easy makeup brush cleaner diy

i don’t have many makeup or beauty tricks but this one is too good to keep to myself! about a year ago i replaced a few of my most used makeup brushes and then totally freaked the sales girl out when i informed her that i had never used a brush cleaner. even though i […]


winter wardrobe: sweaters are a girl’s best friend

last fall while taking care of back to school shopping for the kids, i snatched up a few new items for myself (including the cutest sweater) and planned on putting together a “bus stop style” post for all the mamas. //SWEATER: aritzia (& it’s on SALE!), DRESS: j. crew (similar H&M, old navy), BOOTS: zara (similar)// however, my […]


why i blog

well friends, christmas break was pretty amazing (and i hope yours was too!)… we celebrated, visited with friends and family and spent an entire week tucked away and unplugged at our family cabin in the mountains. i feel refreshed and rested and ready to jump into 2014, starting with this blog. over the holiday i […]


merry christmas & a little surprise

wishing you and yours lots of christmas cheer and oodles of fun in 2014. and guess what? we’ll be adding a new little peanut to the mix this summer (july/august)!!!! i’m only 8 weeks along, which is a little early to spill the beans but a 5th pregnancy has come with no will power to keep […]


happy weekend & the tree farm.

last weekend we kicked off christmas with a visit to the tree farm for pictures, hot cocoa, lots of shenanigans and to pick out our tree. but the festivities came to a screeching halt when we (but mostly my husband) got home and started laying new floors in our downstairs….(good job honey). now that our […]


easy ways to cozy up the kids’ room for christmas

now that thanksgiving has had it’s moment in the spotlight (hope yours was lovely!) i’m so excited that it is officially christmas season and i can wish you  MERRY CHRISTMAS! minor disclaimer before i really start this post – i’m not a home dec person. sure, i can style a wall or nook, but an […]


advent calendar diy & download (& a peek!)

(if you are joining us from armommy, welcome! hope you like the new digs!) happy day before turkey day! i have a couple fun things to share with you today, including my new favorite place to shop for the kids, but first a tutorial! if you are like me, you started thinking about christmas way […]


a new adventure

today is the first official day of the new adventure that is this blog. in celebration, i want to give you this usa map poster as a free download! simply sign up for emails to access. a link will be provided on the “success” page! xo . rae printing details: after downloaded, posters can easily be […]


new york trip (part uno)

last week my husband whisked me away for my birthday to visit the big apple and my loved ones who live there (little bro, sis-in-law & nephew), & i would like to make it official,   i’ve always suspected that i am a city girl living in the suburbs, but now i know for sure. i […]


beauty for ashes.

so, i’ve been sharing a little bit more about my family lately but have been feeling like you need to hear the whole story…  how our family began. there was a time in my life when a big family with a loving husband seemed like a long lost dream.  not even a possibility.  as in […]


Mm, mm, good!

we all have those days, you know, the ones that start with a jump (after hitting snooze a few too many times) and frantically fly by with a million errands, car pool duties, kid wrangling, forgotten homework, never ending emails, meetings, and soccer practice. All of a sudden it’s dinnertime. These sweet (hungry) faces are […]