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Month In 9 Squares - November 2016
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Our Month In 9 Squares – November 2016

Dear November,

Thank you November for finally bringing cooler weather to Arizona! Fall has been lovely, but your chilly winter weather has really added a festive touch to the month. You were a month filled with thankfulness and gratitude and we loved sharing Thanksgiving traditions with the girls. But, with open arms and eager hearts, we welcome you December!!! Bring on all of the holly jolly Christmas spirit and let us not forget the real reason for the season ahead, the birth of Jesus!

Goodbye pumpkin spice and hello peppermint mocha. ☕️

Month In 9 Squares - November 2016

I just like to smile, smiling my favorite. – Buddy the Elf

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Our Month In 9 Squares - October
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – October 2016

Dear October,

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. – L.M. Montgomery

What a jam-packed month of fun firsts!!! You brought pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins, my one year BLOGiversary, a family vacation and our first trip to SeaWorld, and lots of Halloween festivities.
However, one thing October forgot to bring was cooler weather, so November we are counting on you to do so!
Goodbye spooky fun, hello thankfulness!

Our Month In 9 Squares - October

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1 Year BLOGiversary

1 Year BLOGiversary – Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After

Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet for me, in a time that I have needed it the most … mommyhood!  I am so thankful that over the last year through blogging I have been given the opportunity to do what I love and to grow as a wife, mom, friend, and writer through Espresso Ever After.  I am so thankful to you, for following along, encouraging me and and supporting me through this blogging adventure! Cheers to 1 year and to many more to come!

In honor of my 1 Year BLOGiversary, I wanted to give you a behind the scenes Espresso Ever After tour of my 5 favorite blog posts from the last year. This tour includes my vision as well as my mental and emotional states at the time of creation and reveals the WHY behind the content of each post. I hope you enjoy the tour, and thank you for your love and support in my blogging journey!  As usual, grab a latte, get cozy and enjoy!

:Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After : My 5 Favorite Blog Posts:

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Idaho Family Vacation Recap
Family, LIFESTYLE, Travel

First Family Vacation | Idaho RECAP

We wanted to show our girls the simple life on our first family vacation together as a family of four.  We decided to take the girls out of the city and submerge them into the beautiful wilderness of Idaho.  Our day-to-day life is filled with activities, places to go and people to see, so we really made it a point to relax, kickback and just have fun together.  Our good friends invited us to come out and visit their home in Idaho Falls and it was the perfect opportunity to explore Idaho and show our little ladies a good time.

This vacation was filled with many firsts for us, not only was it our first real family vacation, but it was also our first family flight together.  Flying with kids was definitely a new adventure for my husband… but thankfully all went great and so began our exciting adventure! Continue Reading


Datebox – Growth

I am much more me when I’m with you. – Datebox

For our 8th wedding anniversary, I wanted to share a special date with my husband, but I was looking for something a little outside our box.  Ironically enough, a friend of mine recommended something inside a box: a Datebox.

Datebox is a subscription box company that you pre-order online and every month a unique box containing everything you need for a fun and creative date is delivered to your door step. Each month the box has a different theme and activity inside that allows you an opportunity to create a special memory.
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Motherhood Series Post
Faith & Encouragement, LIFESTYLE

MOMMIN’ Aint Easy : Real-life Motherhood

Urban Dictionary describes it perfectly:

Mom: The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else.  Just telling her your problems makes you feel better because moms always know how to make it all go away. Even if you fight, know that she’s just looking out for your best interests.

When I became a mom everyone warned me: “life will never be the same again.” It always reminded me of the song – “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”  I heard what they were saying but I didn’t truly know what they were saying until I became a mom 1,424 days ago.  And it’s true, life has not been the same. It’s been better… better than I could have ever imagined it!  Being a mom is truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far! Continue Reading

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CHEERS! to Wedding Season – The Perfect Wedding Gift

It’s June… so that means wedding season is in full swing and wedding bells are ringing!  Warning, I might be a little bias because I am a June bride… and if you don’t believe me just turn on the Hallmark channel, June is wedding movie month.  🙂

Since I just celebrated my anniversary… weddings are on my mind.  So I wanted to share with all of you wedding-goers one of my favorite go-to wedding gifts.  It is super simple to make and always a hit with the bride and groom.   Continue Reading

8th wedding anniversary
CELEBRATE, Faith & Encouragement, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

8 Things I Have Learned In 8 Years Of Marriage

Today marks my 8th wedding anniversary, I can’t believe I have been married for 8 years to my college sweetheart! I am so thankful for all of the fun moments and memories, as well as the hard times and difficulties.  We have been through college, more college, moving to Washington, moving to Kansas, buying a home, having babies, career changes, losing loved ones…  I could go on and on.  The beauty of marriage is that you have a partner to do life with.  Someone to lean on in hard times and someone to rejoice with in the good times.  Marriage is a beautiful gift.

8 year wedding anniversary

Since today is my 8th wedding anniversary I wanted to share…               8 little gems I have learned in my 8 years of marriage.

Disclaimer: my marriage is not perfect… far from it actually.  But, we are fully committed to one another and do our best to love, serve, and respect one another on a daily basis.  
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Take me out to the ball game ... Diamondbacks

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – 1st Family Baseball Game

“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back, Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.”-William Hung

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Let me set it up for you… April 4th, 2016 – Opening Day Game 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies – the amazing open roofed Chase Field. The score… no one needs to know that!  My handsome, baseball-lovin’ hubby holding hands and practically skipping around the stadium with our enthusiastic 3 year old daughter.  Me, walking behind, admiring my two cuties, while baby wearing my sweet, wide-eyed one year old cutie-pie.  Memories I will never forget.

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We were so blessed to be gifted with amazing seats that allowed the 4 of us to sit back, relax and enjoy all of the magic of America’s favorite pastime.  It was so much fun teaching the girls different baseball chants and cheers throughout the game, reminding them to always keep their eye on the ball and how fun it is to sing the 7th inning stretch.  Paisley adored the condiment race on the big screen, and honestly Payton just snacked on anything she could get her hands on.  Whether they wanted it or not, we were probably the entertainment for many fans around us.  The girls did amazing, and all I could do was smile.  I was just so happy to be sharing such an amazing and memory-filled night with my family of 4.
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For many, it was just game 1 of the season, but to me… it was an incredible night that my family and I won’t soon forget!

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I truly don’t need all the fancy things the world has to offer, I just need special memories and magical moments shared with the people I love!

Material items fade away, but memories last forever.  Make your moments

 … CLICK HERE to watch Payton cheer on the Dbacks!!…
Mother's Day Gift Ideas ... for the men

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas … FOR THE MEN WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GET!

Disclaimer : Husbands, Dads, Sons, or just MEN in general… this post is for you!

If you have a special woman in your life that you are struggling to shop for this Mother’s Day, have no fear, I am here to rescue you!  I have compiled a list of 10 ideas to assist you with your Mother’s Day shopping/planning.  If you feel like you have NO IDEA where to even start… START HERE.  Mom’s, if that lucky man in your life is struggling to find something special for you this Mother’s Day (or let’s face it, if he has dropped the ball in the past)… send him this post and sit back and relax … I got ya girl! 

Here is a list to get you thinking for Mother’s Day… “What does my lady want???”

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