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Lots of new things have been happening around here! For starters, my first born started Preschool!! I can’t believe it. She was so ready and is thriving. Check out her sparkly new Hello Kitty shoes! We live in flip flops so that was a big deal. The second I pick her up, the socks and shoes come off!

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Her teacher told me that she is well-mannered, well-behaved, and eager to learn. Music to a mother’s ears :)

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When we first walked into the classroom, Ada went straight for the paints. She put on the smock and got to it! I told her I was going to leave and she said, “Okay, bye Mommy.” all the while focused on her masterpiece. I said, “Hey! Gimme a kiss!” so she did. She didn’t cry, I didn’t cry. Lola cried because she wanted to stay!

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I whispered in her ear that we had a smoothie date and the tears disappeared. Lola is loving the one-on-one time with Mommy and so am I :)

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Ada has made friends and this little girl is the daughter of one of my friends! They’re adorable together.

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I love volunteering in the class. Ada puts her little hand on my arm during snack time and looks back at me with a smile while I’m there :)

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Another new thing is the blog redesign! I am thrilled with it!! I wanted to convey in my header that I cover Food, Home & Family, Travel, and Running & Fitness. Danielle nailed it. The font and blues make me SO happy! She was easy to work with and extremely patient with my picky requests, not to mention incredibly reasonable for her work! She works with Mary on WordPress installs and she was fabulous as well, answering emails within minutes and fixing any requests quickly. If you’re looking for someone for a redesign, check them out!

The last new thing is that we finally joined a gym again!! We are loving it!

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Sparkling Dishes with Finish Detergent

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias 

Finish detergent is all I have used for years. It’s the best dishwasher detergent (in my opinion)!

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I love that Finish Powerballs come in little individual packages, eliminating the mess that comes with liquid and powdered detergents. We have extremely hard water where we live, so it’s important to have a great detergent that gets our dishes clean and won’t leave behind yucky residue or water spots. I think that we have saved so much money over the years by not having to re-wash our dishes thanks to Finish Dishwasher Cleaner!

Walmart has a Rollback for Finish products going until October that can be paired with a coupon for incredible savings! Click below to get the coupon:

Ada & Lola know where to find the goods!
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The girls both love helping out with the dishes. They have a little stool that they stand on while rinsing, then hand the dish to the other to load into dishwasher. When everything is loaded, it’s always a big deal who gets to put the Finish Powerball in the dishwasher. We take turns so there isn’t a fight over who gets to do it. We take turns opening the package, putting the detergent in, closing the latch, closing the dishwasher door, and starting the dishwasher.

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I think it is so important for children to help out with chores around the house. It helps everyone feel a sense of accomplishment and respect what we have instead of taking it for granted. I lived without a dishwasher for three years and am SO grateful to have one! I hope my children learn the same lessons by helping do the dishes.

Finish now has Finish Quantum Power and Free that has less harsh chemicals, so you can feel even better about having your children help out!

Lola Turns Three & Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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My baby turned three this month! Sweet Lola girl wanted a Tinkerbell party and picked out her tablecloth, plates, napkins, cups, and outfit to wear. We looked through the blog for dinner ideas and she chose Hot Beef Sandwiches au Jus, much to her … [Continue reading]

Lasagna Roll-ups with Classico Family Favorites Sauce

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This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FamilyFavorites I wanted to make a delicious family dinner that the girls could have fun making with me. We decided to do Lasagna Roll-ups … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Beautiful Cheese Plate

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For my sister's Bridal Shower, I also made a cheese plate. It was SO much fun to put together and really looked beautiful! One of my Nana's sweet friends asked me if it was real, she thought it looked too pretty to eat :) Meghan, who co-hosted … [Continue reading]

Black Forest Bacon Quiche

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For my sister's Bridal Shower, I created this Black Forest Bacon Quiche recipe. It turned out so well that I had to make it again to share! It was really nerve-racking not being able to taste it before it was served at the shower (can't really cut a … [Continue reading]

Kraft Printable Coupons!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PackedwithSavings #CollectiveBias I am always looking for new and fun activities to enjoy during the summer, but costs can start to add up … [Continue reading]

Making Education Fun With Disney Junior!

Making Education Fun With Disney Junior!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Ready4Preschool #CollectiveBias Ada is my little late bird. She is a December baby, which means she is turning 5 this year but still has … [Continue reading]

Turning 30 With The Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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For my birthday weekend, Matt & I drove up the California coast and spent the weekend in the Carmel Valley and Monterey. We got a late start, as usual :) I was really proud of myself for not forgetting a thing for the girls or us, though! My … [Continue reading]

Lorna Jane’s Nourish – The Fit Woman’s Cookbook

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As a SweatPink Ambassador, I received a digital copy of this cookbook to review in addition to a promotional item. I made two recipes and photographed them. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.   I was so excited to have the opportunity to … [Continue reading]