the sibling bond.

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I only have two kids and that’s really how I feel- only. To me I don’t feel maxed out, passed my birthing years, or like our family is complete. I feel secure in the little reproductive break we are taking but I know this strike will end sooner than later.

However, when I go to the park or the the grocery store strangers are always putting their opinion on me, implying that I got my boy and my girl so I can just hang it up- mission accomplished. It’s weird. When I vocalize that we aren’t done having babies yet they are stunned! They look at me like I’m delusional! Really! And again I think just how weird THEY are!

See, I was never the mama who consider having only one child- and thank goodness since I was pregnant again by the time my first was six months old!!! Oops! But really, I always knew I wanted more and I always knew I wanted to give them siblings. So I mean I guess we could stop. I have a boy and a girl and they have each other. I could look at it like okay I did it cross that obstacle off the list but my heart doesn’t feel that way and one of the biggest determining factors for me is the sibling bond. You just can’t grasp just how sweet it is until you create it and watch it bloom before your eyes. It is easily one of my very favorite things about being a mama, just watching them love on each other so well. Siblings create a crazy dynamic and at times it is a bit overwhelming because I swear they learn how to team up and take you out so quickly! But even on the toughest days, nothing compares to the love.

Having multiple children is a lot of work. It is a stress on your body, your patience, and your wallet. HOWEVER, the reward is ten fold! Giving your child a sibling is one of the very best gifts you will ever ever give them! I mean imagine them stuck with crazy you || ALONE || forever?!?! I mean that’s just not right! Give them some back up! Give them a forever buddy! Give them a partner, a confidant, and truth speaker that will be by their side for life! Help them grow by teaching them to love more, share more, and communicate more from a young age. Their life will be blessed by it and so will yours!!! And while you’re at it don’t just give them one give em a few!

I always say// you’ll never regret the kids you have but you might regret the ones you don’t have!

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Where to snag the looks we love//
High chairs// ikea
Bows // every dot and tiddle
Tank // little boogaweezin
Tee// the seeding project
Pizza Tee// JAMZ
Moccs// freshly picked

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Earth Day

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The kids and I met up with some friends and celebrated Earth Day at The Branch. It was so rad! The Branch is the California base camp for Element Eden. Everyone knows about Element skateboards but have you seen what Element Eden is up to?! Man it’s some good stuff! It’s so much more than the “girls line” of Element. They have a unique mission and purpose and it is inspiring, “it is to inspire girls to follow their own path and to find a different perspective from the old standard. Genuine, creative, and passionate, Element Eden lets you express yourself without saying a word. You are what you wear because you wear what you are.”

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For Earth Day they had a good showing of people ready to have some fun! People were skating, tacos were being made, a few guys were custom cutting boards, and there was even succulents to plant and pots to paint! Element Eden reached out to the community and the community responded with great love and acceptance!

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Keep reading there’s a surprise at the end…

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We love supporting other mamas and finding rad threads for our littles! When we happened across rad republic threads we were floored! It’s a family run business creating fun tees, tanks, hoodies, and hats for yourself and your kiddos! We have been with this company since the beginning and watching them grow thrills me! Check them out and snag some goodies! The very best part is that they are offering our readers (YOU) a coupon code for 20% your order!!! Enter lionnamedRAD at checkout! How perfect is that?!?! Get shopping and spread the small business love!

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Happy Saturday!!! What are everyone’s Easter plans? We are celebrating with church, family, food, and a giant Easter egg hunt for all the kids! I cannot wait to see how much fun they all have!

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the next chapter

So I’ve been MIA in the blogosphere because we’ve been moving!! It’s been a wild ride but we have finally landed!

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This last year we lived in a town house that we were pretty unhappy in. There was nothing wrong with it, it was actually pretty cute, but it wasn’t a house and my babes need a house! They are loud and active and just need to be able to spread their wings and make music without having to be overly concerned with the noise factor.

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Over the last year we became insanely familiar with zillow. We knew every place for rent at any given time and there was not a single place we fell for! It was crazy! We were so discouraged and really didn’t know what our next move would be. Our lease would be up the end of April and at the beginning of March my sweet husband heard from God, “stop looking for places until April 1st.” If you know my husband than you know this could not have been further from his comfort zone! He is an extremely organized planner and waiting until 26 days before we had to move seemed straight irresponsible to him BUT he obeyed and we waited it out. On April 3rd we found the perfect house for our family. It had not been listed until then and had we been planning ahead like we typically would we would have missed out. We were praying for a bigger house, with a yard, for less money, and I was crossing my fingers and saying pretty pretty please could ya throw in wood floors and white walls! Pipe dreams right?! WRONG!

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God totally provided just that!!! It’s been pretty crazy and we have so much more to do but we are up for the challenge!

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God is so faithful and life with Him is super fun!

If you’re looking for a new home for you and yours do yourself a favor and and begin your search with zillow

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Mom Friends.

Lets talk friends. To be more specific, Mom friends.

I was laughing the other day when I got a call from one of my close friends here, and her name came up,

“Jen- Rileys Mom-Rec Center”

It was her name, her childs name, and where I met her.

I was so terrified in the first few months of meeting someone, a potential friend, and then forgetting their name and not able to call or text them to make friends. So I was very specific in their contact information.

One of my friends I had,” Emersons Mom- the really smart one that likes legos”

Yeah.

But truly, I felt almost paralyzed trying to make new friends in the first few months of living here. I joined a few play groups, and Bible Studies, but it’s almost like dating!

Hear me out.

I see a girl, she looks like my “type” ( Right?) She is wearing TOMS, so am I.

Her kid isn’t wearing something that says ” My aunt is cooler than your aunt” Check.

She seems like fun.

Her coat is cute, I wonder where she got that?

Should I talk to her? How do I start? Maybe if I give Ethan an m&m I can bribe him to go ask her something and that can be a segway?

Im so awkward.

The situation is awkward. After you do start talking and it’s fun and your kids get along whats the pickup line? If she doesn’t ask for my info, does she not want it? Is she thinking the same thing?

” We should totally do this again sometime”

Lame.

“Our kids really seem to play well together, chick fil a tomorrow?”

Über lame.

So do you live around here? Want to be neighbors, and besties, and drink wine on my driveway while our kids play?

Run for the hills people.

So I ask you, how do you make Mom friends? Is it more natural for you? Do you hang out with the same people you always did?

I am so glad that a group of ladies here took a chance on me… and asked for my phone number first. In a way cooler, and classier way.

I think it was, “Will you be at playtime Friday? Great, maybe we will see you then, heres my info in case you ever want to get together, I know it’s so hard to make friends in the winter!”

See –THATS SMOOTH PEEPS.

Rad Republic Threads//

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Rad Republic Threads is a new company the we got hooked up with via Instagram. It’s been so fun watching their ideas become a reality. They sent Phinneus a shirt prior to their website launching- so you never know what to expect fully. There aren’t product reviews and hundreds of images circling the Internet with their logo plastered all over! So, I have to just say I was blown away! The quality was great, the colors were vibrant, and the over all encounter and customer service was better than I could have hoped. Check out what they are doing as they continue to expand! Their product is rad!

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Shirt c/o Rad Republic Threads

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It’s Wednesday… Here I am!

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Yikes. Talk about slacker. I’ve missed the last couple Wednesdays and I have no good excuse for it! But it does lead perfectly into what I want to talk about today.

Time.

I feel like I am either battling too much time in a day, and not enough plans to fill it with or I blink and the day is gone!

My laundry is constantly piling up, my vacuum gets used a heck of a lot less than it should and yeesh, my bed hasn’t been made since we got home from CA.

I’ve been trying to work smarter not harder and be more proactive when it comes to playing Susie homemaker.

I utilize my crockpot to minimize dinner time prep, I try and do one load of laundry per day, and I try really hard to make my bed.

The biggest thing I’ve learned lately is that it really doesn’t matter what my home looks like, or if dinner is chicken again but it does matter if it affects me.

My mood is easily swayed by piles and piles of stuff everywhere. By hungry people asking about dinner and I forgot to thaw the meat, by stepping on yet another goldfish. I get snappy and short and I feel myself being the wife and mother I don’t want to be.

So for my own sake, I need a better routine. A more stable “work ethic” if you will.

All that being said, I’m definitely ready for some sunny days! I know my house suffers because were stuck in it all day! So bring it on Spring! We are R E A D Y.

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β€’ Oil pulling β€’

Oil pulling is the trending fad of the moment…. Only it’s it not a new thing at all! Oil pulling is an ancient practice that’s just getting on the map. I was skeptical about all the hype but I couldn’t get away from it! Everywhere I turned I was reading something about it or hearing someone rave about it! I decided that I’d look into it a bit on my own.

While I was reading about it I was sorta laughing to myself because it was being talked about like breast milk! Hahah okay that sounds weird. I’ll elaborate! I’m one of those natural birthing, breast is best, mamas that wants only the good stuff for my babies! I am not a major fan of turning to western medicine for every ache and pain. In the hippie mama circle you hear people talk about breast milk as if it’s liquid gold magic! It can cure an ear ache, diaper rash, baby acne, pink eye , a stye, as well as be be the perfect food for your child! People who have started oil pulling seem to report a countless amount of benefits that covered a wide range of effects that weren’t all for vanity…. Though come on… I’m in it for vanity as well!

Okay okay! So what is oil pulling exactly?! It is the process of swishing or “pulling” oil threw your teeth and around your mouth collecting all the toxin stored up in your body! Amazing right?! I mean who wants toxins in their body?! Not me!
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How do you oil pull? It’s really basic. In the morning you take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon amount of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for TWENTY minutes. Okay! Okay! I promise it’s not as bad or as long as that sounds!! The fact that I had to do it for that long was my biggest deterrent but I promise it’s not awful or terrible or torture! You can do it!

Pro tip// when you’re all done be sure to spit the oil into the trash. You cannot swallow it (yuck) and you can not spit it down the sink or you will clog your pipes.

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There are many claims associated with oil pulling but for me I’ll tell you my personal results as of now. ||almost 3 weeks of daily pulling||
-whiter teeth
-fresh breath
-less tooth sensitivity
-reduced headaches
– improved skin
– my day starts positively and energized.

The hardest part is the first 1-2 minutes. Coconut oil is not liquid at first so you have to kinda chew it to get it to liquefy. At first that made me gag but as soon as it switches to a liquid… You’re solid.
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Let’s talk Instagram!

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Instagram has been such a beautiful and inspiring experience for me. It’s not only a creative outlet but it’s also a close knit community that I’ve so graciously been accepted into. I know there can be clicks//insecurities//comparison issues that take place but I choose to focus on the positive

I am thankful for the opportunity to document my daily life in little squares.

I am thankful for the true friendships that I have made.

I am thankful for the opportunity it has given my small business in regards to sales && collaborations.

On top of all that my little family has been blessed with opportunities to promote brands like freshly picked, camp wolf, the seeding project, white rabbit, mark it with a q, geo fox apparel, rad republic threads, and little boogaweezin! It has been such an incredible adventure! Hopefully we are representing you all well! We feel humbled and honored.

Cheers to even more friendships and opportunities!

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Bow and bow tie c/o Mark it with a q!
Gold moccs by freshly picked

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young love

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage.
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Well, in our case that’s totally the order it happened && fast. I can’t really comment on the timing being good or bad// it’s all I know. When I think back on the dating years I often times ask myself what I’d change. Like for instance my husband and I met very young and though we were friends for a long time before we were boyfriend and girlfriend we still started dating very young. Dating your future spouse when you’re like sixteen/seventeen is gnarly. It’s a huge responsibility and it brings up quite a few struggles over the years. However it’s also awesome and protects you from other struggles. It’s a weird space for sure. We often joke about how our kids are never going to date as young as we did…. But what if we followed our own rule?! Would we still be here today?! I DON’T KNOW! That’s the problem! There is no way to know!

Would we have more money if we focused on really digging deep into our careers before gettin hitched? Probably.

Would we have more possessions? Probably.

Would we have cooler cars or a more hip house?
Probably.

But would we be happier?
PROBABLY NOT!

Marriage is a tricky dance and there are obstacles that come up frequently but I’m thankful to have a partner who knows me and I know. Like we really know each other. We grew up together. We know each other in and out of season. We know the tones, the looks, and even the subtle silent body language. We certainly aren’t perfect. We don’t have it all figured out and we are far from accomplishing all of our goals but we are on our way! We love purely and we are not jaded by the world.

Can I say I have zero regrets? Certainly not! But if I had a do over would I make tons of changes? Certainly not! All of our choices have brought us to where were are today and where we are today is sweet.

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