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Our Month in 9 Squares - May 2017
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2017

Dear May 2017,

I guess time flies when you’re having fun! May, where did you go!?…  You brought the end of preschool and with it an excited heart that awaits the start of kindergarten… que mommy tears! We spent all month in swim lessons, so we are now ready for summer and official pool season!

We were blessed with family in town and some long overdue family fun!  And of course, who can forget Mother’s Day… I was spoiled by my loves.  I even got to break away for a mini staycation with my BFF for some much needed kid-free girl time, whoop-whoop!  As I look back on all of the fun times and memories that were made, I’m realizing that May 2017 completely exceeded my expectations!

June… You have some big shoes to fill, so let’s bring on the SUMMER fun!… and go easy on us with those triple digit temperatures!  #arizonaliving #thestruggleisreal

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2017 ::

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Month In 9 Squares - Dear April 2017
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – April 2017

Dear April 2017, 

April, you were such a great month, I struggled to pick only nine photos to showcase all of our adventures.  You are always my favorite month not only because of the fabulous weather, or because you are my birthday month, but because of Easter.  Holidays are so special and memorable now that we share them with two littles.

We also had so much fun traveling and enjoying the great outdoors on a Sedona getaway. As you can see from our photos, it will be hard to beat this month!

May… Bring on new adventures and more memories, we are ready for you!!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – April 2017 ::

Month In 9 Squares - Dear April 2017

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Mother's Day Gift Guide - For the mom who has it all
Fashion, Holidays, LIFESTYLE, Travel

Mother’s Day Gift Guide – For the Mom Who Has It All [Blog Hop]

Welcome to our special Mother’s Day Gift Guide Blog Hop!!! Thank you Jenn over at The Body Type Stylist for sharing all of your stylish Mother’s Day gifts ideas. So many pretty things!!!  If you are joining me here at Espresso Ever After for the first time, WELCOME and let me tell you a little about myself.

My name is Jenna Wodiske and I’m the mommy/lifestyle blogger behind Espresso Ever After. I am having way too much fun living this mommy-hood life in sunny Arizona!! I am a Jesus lover, wifey to a fantastic husband, & a mommy to two beautiful little girls. I am a topknot-wearing, photo-obsessing, latte-loving mama … enjoying this thing called real life!

I started this blog to share all of my adventures in mommyhood & to creatively inspire others. I strive to produce quality content coupled with beautiful photos and creative delivery, and I hope you taste the supportive and encouraging flavor of Espresso Ever After. I’m glad you’re here, and hope you’ll enjoy this journey with me!

This Mother’s Day… what do you get a mom who has it all???  That is a great question, here are a few of my favorite ideas! 

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What My Girls Are Wearing | Matching Easter Dresses
CELEBRATE, Fashion, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

What My Girls Are Wearing | Matching Easter Dresses

Easter is here! I absolutely love this time of year.  From Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter… it’s all about Jesus, and its so exciting to teach my girls that He is Risen, He is Risen indeed! I also love all of the Easter festivities such as egg hunts and matching Easter dresses.  When I was a little girl, my parents were intentional in teaching us all about Jesus during this wonderful and special time, and of course, they added in ridiculous amounts of candy, eggs, and bunny rabbits!  A special memory I have as a little girl growing up was getting a new dress every year for Easter.  Every year my mom would dress my sister and I in new fluffy tule matching dresses, while matching my little brother in his darling suspenders.  Some of my favorite family photos are those taken on Easter in our Sunday best.  Knowing how much I love that tradition, I have continued it with my girls and thank goodness they love to match!

What My Girls Are Wearing | Matching Easter Dresses

Every year, immediately after Christmas, I start looking for darling and affordable Easter looks… terrible, I know.  This year I fell for these bright floral dresses.  I love going with a pop of color mixed with a cheerful pattern. Easter is such a happy and springy time, and as their momma, I believe their outfits should embody that!  Enjoy these sweet Easter photos, and remember the perfect accessory this Easter is a matching or festive basket! 😉

What My Girls Are Wearing | Matching Easter Dresses

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Styled Easter Brunch With Just Destiny Mag + World Market
CELEBRATE, Holidays

Styled Easter Brunch With Just Destiny Mag + World Market

I have been so excited to share this with you!  I was honored with the opportunity to model on a Just Destiny Mag and World Market Styled Easter Brunch collaboration.  It was a fun filled day of watching the talented Destiny work her magic with fabulous pieces from World Market.  I was able to test out all of the yummy recipes, indulge on the eye candy that is the decorations and learn from the best when it comes to designing a themed tables-cape.  Destiny has every aspect covered for your Easter brunch from one-of-a-kind recipes, matching decor, bunco cards/gifts and so much more.  Thanks to Destiny and World Market we can all throw an Easter gathering that is one for the books!

If you are not familiar with Just Destiny Mag let me spill the beans.  Destiny is a lifestyle blogger, designer, wife to her Mr. Right, mom of 3 and a sweet friend of mine since high school.  She lives her life rooted in her faith and gives God all of the glory.  Check out her online publication HERE and get ready to drool over all of her creative projects.

Styled Easter Brunch With Just Destiny Mag + World Market

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She's Two Fancy | 2nd Birthday Party
CELEBRATE, Events & Parties

She’s Two Fancy | 2nd Birthday Party

My baby is two so you know what that means – PARTY time!

Since we did the big first birthday party, we decided to scale back this year and just celebrate with a few close family members.  But, just because it is a small party doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a festive theme and cute decorative touches! I decided to hit up Target (one of my favorite spots) for all of the birthday decor and as usual I found more than enough goodies.

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Our Month In 9 Squares - March 2017
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – March 2017

Dear March 2017, 

What a fun month! March 2017… You were a month filled with fabulous weather, outdoor activities, lots of bubbles and wonderful memory-filled family time.  It was so much fun celebrating and party planning for my sweet little girl’s second birthday and of course we loved all of the fun that St.Patty’s, Spring Training and March Madness brought to the month.  With the welcoming of spring, we started working on spring cleaning and home projects, which always brings me so much joy!

As I gladly welcome April, I am ready for a month filled with more family adventures, continuous beautiful temps and of course my BIRTHDAY!  CHEERS to April!!!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2017 ::

Our Month In 9 Squares - March 2017

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Arizona Mommy Blogger Photo Shoot
Family, Fashion, LIFESTYLE

Arizona Mommy Blogger Photo Shoot

Motherhood isn’t easy! …So why go it alone?

Arizona Mommy Blogger Photo Shoot

Finding mom friends that are in the same stage of life (i.e.. running around after littles), is the best way to get through this crazy season of life. Having mama friends that you can talk to about all of your real life day-to-day moments is not only important, but it is vital to your mama sanity! For that reason I am so thankful to have met some amazing local AZ mama bloggers to do life with. Continue Reading

Two much fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Payton!
CELEBRATE, Family, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

TWO Much Fun – Happy Birthday Payton

When I look back on these last two years with Payton, the one word that comes to mind is… FUN!  Two years ago today my quirky, smiley, and independent baby girl joined our family, and made me a mom for the second time, and Praise God, life has never been the same!

Two much fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Payton!

I didn’t know what to expect when I found out we were having our second daughter. I naively thought that she would be just like her older sister. Boy was I wrong, Payton Reese is quite literally the complete opposite of her Big Sis!  God has quite a sense of humor and I’m sure He has loved watching me grow and nurture my sweet little mini-me. And mini-me she is!… Payton reminds me so much of me as a child, and sometimes that can be scary, but it has given us an extra special bond from day one!

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