Six Years

Six years ago today, he put on a sharp suit and I wore a beautiful white dress and we stood before the people we love and care for most and said I do.  And you know what? Each year has been better than the last. Have there been challenges? Yes. Do we get along a hundred percent of the time? No. Do we always see eye to eye on parenting our children? Of course not. But each year our love grows, our understanding of each other grows, our friendship grows, our passion grows, our partnership grows.

We have seen each other grow in our careers, into our roles as parents and spouses, as adults as well and I just feel so lucky to have found him, and that he found me and that we found each other.

I’ve always been a bit (ok a lot) of a romantic and I can’t help but get all the more romantical when I think about the odds of us meeting. I mean, we were born in different countries, grew up in different states… if my Dad hadn’t been transferred for work, if that temporary transfer didn’t become a permanent move     to America, if I hadn’t given in to my mom’s constant push to go to school in state, if he had gone to another college..so many ifs! But we did! And how amazing is that?! To find someone across the globe that understands you to your core. Who can finish your sentences or better yet knows what you are thinking without you ever saying it, knowing exactly what you need without you ever having to ask for it or sometimes knowing it yourself, someone who feels like home.

So happy anniversary to my love, the one who loves me at my worst and makes me my best, the one who supports me and empowers me and kisses me goodnight. The father of my children and my best friend. I said it on our wedding day and I’ll say it again, Te amo com todo meu coração.

Garden Update and The Winner Of The RMO Giveaway!

I always like to document where our garden is at before going on a trip. It’s so fun to see the progress when you return home! So here are some pics of our garden as of today 🙂

Congrats to Briana Myers for winning the RMO giveaway!!! Please email me your contact info and I can pass along to RMO for them to send you your kit! A BIG thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway!!!

Sweet Summertime

It’s really really feeling like summer over here and we are loving every second of it! From getting our garden ready for the summer ( see Daddy plants and the rest of us pick things for him to plant) to water table fun we are trying to be outside as much as possible! Here are a few fun moments from the past few weeks of us living it up in the sunshine including when the grownups snuck off for a day date with friends! Dont forget to enter my giveaway for a Concentration Kit of essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils here by Thursday!

 

Friday Favorites Beach Edition

 

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Who says twinning is just for mama and daughter? Mike was in need of a new pair of swim trunks for our trip so I was sure to take advantage of it and got him and Joaquim matching blue and white gingham swim trunks! 🙂 I cannot wait to see my two guys twinning at the beach! I found Mike’s here and Sarah had posted about these a while ago which are the ones I got for Joaquim!

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These suitcases! My parents were sweet enough to get our kiddos their very own suitcases for the trip and I cant get over how cute they are! The kids have already been putting them to use, dragging them around the house pretending they are leaving to go somewhere. Mia’s has the full rotating wheels too which are a total win in my book.  Joa will say ” School time!” and pretend he is going to school for the day, it is sooo darling, I just cant stand it. One thing I will say is I asked my mom about the Monogramming/Name embroidery and she mentioned that she read somewhere that it’s not a good idea because then strangers can learn your kid’s names…I had never even thought about that you guys! The more you know right?!

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It will be Father’s Day while we are on our trip so I wanted something small yet meaningful. It needed to be easy to pack but I wanted them to be able to use it on the trip too. When I came across these magic mugs at Walgreens I knew they were the perfect gift! Both Mike and my Dad are avid coffee drinkers and how fun is it that the pictures appear once you pour hot liquid in the mug?!  For my Dad’s I chose a picture of me and him when I was a baby and then a pic of each of the kiddos. For Mike’s there is a picture of the kiddos on the bike trailer ( that is a favorite activity for them that is just a “Daddy” thing” ) and then a pic of him with each of the kids when they were younger. ( I say that like their teens now lol)

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This giveaway for a Concentration Kit from Rocky Mountain Oils on my last post! Travel can mean time change and diffusing cedarwood and orange will be a go to to help my little ones settle into the change! Be sure to comment on this post to enter and get an extra entry by following me on Instagram and tagging a friend!

 

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This waterproof phone case for my iphone! I plan to take lots of pics while in the pool or ocean and I want my phone to be safe! Both Sarah and Brittany recommended this and I cant wait to give it a try!

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

MDW Part Two and a Giveaway!

Sunday morning I got to stay in bed a little longer while Mike got up with the kids and whipped up some breakfast. There was some super yummy French toast made with the eggs we bought at the farmer’s market and of course bacon with a side of coffee. I love mornings like that, when I can lay in bed for a while and listen to little feet running around downstairs coupled with shrieks and giggles and a whole lot of “Daddy! Daddy! Pick me up! Daddy! Daddy throw me high up in the sky!” lol

We moved slow that morning, no agenda, a nice change for us. After breakfast Mike took a nap and I folded laundry while listening to spotify’s coffee table jazz playlist. It just makes the task so much more enjoyable. Mia kept me company while I put the laundry away, moving from room to room and gazing out the window like the day dreamer she is. The rest of the day was just as laid back, and we grilled out for dinner again, because, well that’s just what you do on MDW. At night I diffused some orange and cedarwood oil before the kiddos went to bed. I love blending these oils to create a calm atmosphere before bed time. Orange had such a lovely bright scent and cedarwood is great for evening out my kiddos witching hour moods.

Monday morning we went out to breakfast with Mike’s parents before spending the rest of the day outside. We went on a wonderful family hike on the ice age trail and Mia has been asking to go back ever since! There were so many different kinds of wildflowers on the trail and everything was so green and lush! It was the first time we went on a hike where we just let Joaquim walk and did not bring a stroller with us. Wow did he surprise me with how well he did staying on the trail! He would point out different trees, or say “Mama bird!” whenever he heard a chirp, but stayed behind his big sister the official “line leader” the whole time! Mia did great too always asking him if he was ok and taking his hand to help him over a fallen tree or rocky part of the trail. I made my own bug spray with RMO’s Bug Off blend for this hike and tried it out for the first time. It seemed to work well as we were left bite free! I will be testing it out more this summer but it will be so nice if we can find a natural way to keep the bugs away!

It rained for a spell that afternoon but wouldnt you know it,  there was a full double rainbow right after? We always love a good rainbow around here 🙂 We grilled out one last time Monday night and hit the hay early trying to get ahead of the struggle that is getting back to routine after a long weekend.

As summer vacation officially begins it can be hard to focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Whether its packing for a trip or a big move, planning out activities and parties for the summer, working on that project you didnt have time for earlier or just plain getting household chores done; everything seems harder to accomplish in the slow pace of summertime.

To help stay focused and concentrate this summer, RMO was kind enough to give me one of their wonderful Concentration Kit’s to give away to one of my readers! The kit comes with three wonderful essential oil blends: Energize, Attention Assist and Joyful Moments as well as Cedarwood and Orange essential oils! To enter simply leave a comment on my blog saying what you plan to use the kit for this summer! You can get an extra entry by following me on Instagram and tagging someone in the comments of the post for this giveaway there as well! The giveaway will stay open for a week and a winner will be announced here on Thursday 6/15/17! UPDATE: This giveaway is international so feel free to enter if you are outside the U.S!

Good Luck!

Friday Favorites

Another round with some of my favorite things!!!

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1. It’s just a phase tank- I came across this tank randomly one day at Walmart. I never really look for clothes at Walmart but as I was walking past the pj area it was right on the aisle and I got all the heart eyes for it! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it too and people are always surprised when I say where I got it lol.

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2.  This gorgeous hand stitched leather clutch- When Amanda reached out to me and we started discussing reviewing a piece from her etsy shop, my heart went out to her  with her story. They are a veteran family. Husband and her both. She is permanently disabled, wheelchair bound and they have 3 boys ages 12, 9, and 3 months. She stays at home with the 3 month old and is unable to work a regular job so she relies on their 3 home businesses (1 being this Etsy shop) plus disability to help financially bring in money for their family. She has a love and passion for leather work!  This clutch is a handmade and hand stitched brown leather clutch with a buffalo tooth enclosure. It is raw and rustic edges. Perfect for anything from festival season, or a trip to the county fair, to date night or even a rustic wedding!  Amanda’s Handmade Treasures makes custom Handmade leather products as well as crochet scarves and throws, custom medical first aid and trauma kits. All of which are available for order on Etsy shop. She also makes custom orders! I am touched by Amanda’s story and I hope you are too. Check out her Etsy shop here and get yourself something gorgeous! You will be helping out a family that has served our country, thank you Amanda for all that you do!

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3. Mangos!- I NEVER used to like mangoes. We have mango trees at our family ranch in Brazil and I remember as a kid my cousins loving to ride horses through the orchard and pick fresh mangoes from the tree. Me, not so much. But recently I got some for the kids to try and gave them a try again and looooved them! They are so sweet and refreshing and while I used to think the flavor was too strong, now I dont for some reason! So bring on the mangoes, and Ive been thinking maybe mango juice? Maybe a Mango mimosa?

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4. Cove Leggings- I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about these before but these are by far my new fave leggings! They are high waisted but dont cut off your circulation where you cant breathe, they are actually super comfy! The silhouette is so flattering and lifts your booty up nicely. They also have a super fancy cooling technology that keeps you cool while you wear them! And trust me this works, tested them out in my pilates class and on a hike with the fam on a hot day and they were peeerfect!

5. Threshold Sweater Knit Throw and Falsa blankets- Even in the summertime I always like to have a cozy throw around. For cool summer nights or to have a picnic on they are just nice to have! I got the cream color  sweater knit throw a while back for our bed and loved it so much I got a navy one for our living room too! They are sooooo soft and keep you warm but dont over heat you either. Falsa blankets I love to use for picnics outside or laying out in the sun but are great to cozy up to as well. Mine are from Rad Earth Supply Co. and Fernweh Home.

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6. Madden Girl Gold Sandals- ever since the like it to know it fashion blogger conference happened I had been seeing those dang cute rose gold birks EVERYWHERE. And I’m sorry but I dont have that much money to throw at a sandal. So I searched and searched and found these that are a much more reasonable price and I thing still pretty dang cute!

7. Sonoma Girls Summer Dresses- Mia recently had her 4K graduation so we of course needed a new dress for the occasion. I found these darling dresses at Kohl’s and I love how light weight they are for the summer!

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8. Back porch hangs- Now that the weather is warm all I want to do it hang out on our back porch! Set up the water table, eat dinner cooked on the grill, catch some rays, read a book, it’s where you’ll find us a lot this summer!

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9. ASOS Hat- I got this hat for our trip to the Bahamas later this month but wore it out to the Farmer’s market last week already 🙂 I love the size and color of the straw. Reasonable price too!

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10. Honest Co. Orange Vanilla Lotion- With  extra sun rays comes extra dry skin, at least for me and I just love how soothing this lotion is! The scent is sweet yet calming and it goes on light and not greasy! We do bundle orders with Honest Co. and a bottle of this is almost always in our order!

There you go! Some of my favorites for my fave link up! Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!

 

 

A Laid Back MDW Part One

We had such a beautiful weekend for MDW this year! The weather had been predicting rain off and on all the week prior so it sure felt like a blessing to have sunshine filled days!

Friday I worked from home for 1/2 the day and then made sure to get outside with the fam! We took the water table out and the kids just had a blast! That thing really is a parent’s best friend. Then the boys went down for a nap (Mike had the day off) and Mia and I played outside and took her baby doll Waterfall on a walk. Then later, once Joaquim was up, I took the kids on another walk around the neighborhood while Mike kept napping into  afternoon ( it’s important to give each other breaks!)  and we made sure to observe all the new flowers our neighbors have been planting. We grilled out for dinner that night and then hit the hay.

Saturday we went to the Farmer’s market for the first time this year! I always love going as a family, being outside, seeing all the different stands, the farmers and their families, all the colorful produce and beautiful flowers, the live music and all the amazing smells, it’s one of my favorite summer traditions. Last year we barely went which is sad.

We picked up a few tomato plants for the garden at the farmer’s market but the herb selection wasnt the best so off to Stein’s we went. Mike was on a mission to get only the herbs we planned for, while Mia and I totally got lost in all the pretty blooms they had there. The peonies, roses, dahlias, and more all so colorful, I want them all! After a scolding from Mike when we suggested some pretty pricey but gorgeous Azaleas, Mia and I settled for a sweet coral pink begonia. Later a little squirmy worm friend was found in said begonia and provided lots of entertainment for the chickadees.

The rest of Saturday was spent outside of course. It was actually hot outside. Like ice melting in your glass hot, and I loved every second of it. The water table was once again the main event, and all the scooping, pouring, and splashing were accompanied by the best sounding shrieks and giggles.

Mike took to planting and mowing and trimming and all those things that he does that I do not know how to do, or cannot do. Ive said it before and Ill say it again I totally have a black thumb. I try and I love having our garden and plants and flowers, I really really do! But no matter what I do I manage to kill anything I try to care for. So my dear husband, willingly ( for the most part, see the azaleas I mentioned before) plants and cares for all the plant babies I bring home, or ask for or are given to me. Bless him.

We ate lunch outside, Joaquim took a long nap, and Mia played with her babies and umbrellas. At one point our sweet neighbors came outside and Mia and Joaquim would.not.leave.them.alone. It was so cute but totally embarrassing at the same time. Mia kept yelling out things like “Rich! Riiiiich! Watch me ride my bike!” Riccch we are eating lunch now!” At one point she just invited herself over to their house and Kristin was nice enough to not only let her in, but provide her with snacks, answer all her odd and hilarious questions and then even let Mia give me a tour of their house! haha Oh man, we are lucky to have them next door. Did I mention they brought over a couple cold beers for us too? Bless them too.

That night Mike’s cousin Ryan came over and we grilled out for dinner, and wow how good does food taste fresh off the grill?!! Another reason I love summer. If I could I would probably cook on the grill for most my meals. We made foil packets of red peppers and potatoes and chicken with an Italian dressing type marinade I made with olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, rosemary, basil and oregano. Foil packets are the best because you can mix all different kinds of veggies and they come out so tender and full of flavor. I used the same marinade on the potato pepper foil packets that I used on the chicken and everyone seemed to like them.

Mike set up the tent in the backyard and Mia and him had a little camp out. It has become a summer tradition for these two and it is so adorable how excited Mia gets to get to go camping with her Daddy.

After I put Joaquim to bed, sand still in his hair and between his toes, and Mia was sound asleep in the tent, Mike and I sat by the fire. We looked at the stars and talked about nothing and everything and it was such a great way to end the day.

 

I got some compliments and questions on Instagram about a few things so here are some links:

Mia’s umbrella is from Kidorable

My dress I wore to the farmer’s market is from Hollister Co. 

My hat is from ASOS

My ruffle short is from One Teaspoon

Mia’s butterfly sandals are form Melissa Shoes

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