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Sedona: Where We Stayed - What We Did - Where We Ate

Sedona: Where We Stayed – What We Did – Where We Ate

This trip came at the perfect time. It’s amazing how you don’t realize you need a break from reality until you finally get one!  My hubby had a work trip in Sedona, AZ, and so with the help of my parents, we were able to turn it into a kid-free getaway as well.  April is a fabulous time to visit Sedona as it offers cooler temps and fabulous outdoor activities!

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While my husband spent half days at a work conference, I was extremely blessed with a refreshing few days filled with beautiful hikes, relaxing pool-side quiet time and taking in the incredible 70° Sedona weather.  I was also able to enjoy some much-appreciated pampering, quality time with my hubby, and time to reflect and work on me.

As you all requested here is the scoop on our trip, a little Sedona Recap for you!  If you are planning an upcoming Sedona vacay you will love these recommendations! Continue Reading

Angel Food Ice Cream Cake | It's Heavenly!
CREATE, Recipes

Angel Food Ice Cream Cake | It’s Heavenly!

Looking for the coolest dessert to serve for your upcoming summer BBQ or Memorial Day gathering? A dessert that can feed a large group and have your guests begging for more?  This simple recipe covers all of those desires, it is easy to make and only requires a few delicious ingredients!  And it combines some of what I consider to be dessert staples; cake, ice cream, chocolate and strawberries!  What more could you ask for?

This dessert is pure heaven, but don’t just take it from me… Try it for yourself!

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Monthly MUST Haves - A few of my favorite things
Monthly MUST Haves

Monthly MUST Haves – April 2017

Monthly MUST Haves is a monthly recap on products, services or companies that have caught my attention, or that I have fallen in love with over the last month.  A fun way for me to share random things that make me happy, in hopes that they might bring you joy as well!

For this month’s edition of Monthly MUST Haves I wanted to share of few of my absolute favorite things: Girly items that I enjoy and use on a daily basis!   

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Are You SUN-Ready? | Splash Pad Essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBiasAre You SUN-Ready? | Splash Pad Essentials

Now that Arizona has hit the triple digits, splash pad season is upon us.  With the amount of time we spend outside and as an Arizona mama of two fair skinned girls, that means we need to take sun protection seriously.  One way I do so is always being prepared, and since we are always on the go, I like to keep a splash pad essential bag in my car at all times.  This keeps us ready for any adventure that comes our way!  I have found that there are a few essential items to have in your bag to keep you SUN-ready, but there is one that you can’t leave home without… Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Baby!

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What to pack for your kiddos… Splash Pad Essentials

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Britney Garner Design | Shop Feature
Fashion, LIFESTYLE, Mommy Break Features

Brittany Garner Design | Shop Feature

Are you a FUN haver?  Do you like awesome gifts and accessories? Do you want to focus less on the crappy and more on the happy?  …If you answered NO to these questions, bummer!  But if you answered YES to these questions, I have the best company to introduce to you!!!

Introducing Brittany Garner Design – BGD!  

This online shop has everything you need to gift awesomeness to those you love!  Brittany, the lady behind it all, is a #momboss getting it done and designing fun things you can’t live without!  BGD is the perfect example of a company that demonstrates how you can love what you do and have fun doing so!

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Brittany Garner Design recently sent over some fabulous goodies for me to test and fall in love with, and guess what, I fell hard!  Each item is so unique and hilarious and allowed for me to find humor in mundane situations.  Everything BGD creates is pure quality and professionally printed, otherwise why would Brittany put her name behind it? Right?!

In all seriousness, I will definitely make Brittany Garner Design one of my go-to online shops for gifts.  You will find something for everyone on your list, whether you are buying swag for the cool mom, the rad dad, the foodie or the pop culture divas in your life, she has you covered!

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Here are a few of the items I fell in love with! (Bonus: If you put them all together you would make one HIP gift basket!)
Wine Glass // Mother of Wildlings Unisex Tee // Tote Bag // Drink Sleeve // Art Print

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So what are you waiting for… Be a rad mama who wrangles her wildlings in style, and knows the beauty of motherhood comes from a sense of humor!  The BGD way!


Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so rush over to BGD and shop here for your—> COOL MOM!

This post was in collaboration with BGD.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  

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Swept Away with bObsweep PetHair

Swept Away with bObsweep PetHair

At this stage of life, toddler messes have become a fairly frequent visitor to our home.  Day after day, week after week, I find myself constantly sweeping the floors to keep the crumbs and messes minimized in the wake of our toddlers!  After considering the ridiculous amounts of time invested into sweeping, I thought I’d give one of those fancy robotic vacuums a try.  I decided to go with the bObsweep PetHair, because if it can handle pet hair, it can surely handle the messes of my kids!

Swept Away with bObsweep PetHair

Now don’t get me wrong, I was a little skeptical about a robotic vacuum, but the bObsweep PetHair, AKA Bob, swept away my fears. This vacuum has become a lifesaver for me as a mom with two small kiddos at home. Every day I have it cycle through the kitchen, family room, and play room to pick up all of their crumbs and messes from the kids meals and play dough adventures. It is easy to use and oh-so helpful, I can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner!

Swept Away with bObsweep PetHair

This post is in partnership with bObsweep.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Espresso Ever After possible.

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Boxwood Wreath Tutorial | DIY Home Decor

Boxwood Wreath Tutorial | DIY Home Decor

I love having greenery in my home, there is something so refreshing about greenery.  I will admit that I do not have much of a green thumb so I am always on the lookout for authentic looking plants and decor without the hassle of keeping a real plant alive.  One greenery item that I absolutely adore is the preserved boxwood leaves, especially as wreaths.  They look good all the time and they are fun to use as statement decor pieces.

Boxwood Wreath Tutorial | DIY Home Decor

This DIY project came to life when I fell in love with the 11″ Smith & Hawken™ preserved boxwood leaves wreath at Target because it is fabulous!  The color is a rich green, it comes with a woven hanger and it looks so real!  It inspired me to get creative and do a little DIYing!

I have been wanting to add a fun wreath to my eat-in breakfast nook in my kitchen and this wreath was perfect to work with.  So I picked up my wreath and ran over to Michaels to select a roll of ribbon… and got crafty.

Boxwood Wreath Tutorial | DIY Home Decor

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What My Girls Are Wearing | Matching Easter Dresses

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

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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