SUMMER DAYS AND PLATTE RIVER STATE PARK

Last Friday, we spent the day out visiting different parks in Omaha and we somehow stumbled upon Platte River State Park. It was such a lovely coincidence that we just happen to find that park along our car ride and we decided to go in and explore. We stumbled upon the prettiest creek and found a separate trail with a hidden waterfall.
The kids are becoming littleexplores. Grace gets really excited when we tell her we’re going “trailing” and she is always looking for treasure. Most of the time she finds tree branches and stones and brings them home and then collects all of them.
A couple of days ago Haddon twisted his ankle and has not been able to put much pressure on it so…. we’ve had to carry him everywhere. We have the option of staying home and taking it easy, but it was a perfect day and there was no way we were going to stay indoors. We distracted him by sticking his feet in the water and letting him splash around. It was fun seeing him and Alex playing with sticks and building a dam with stones.
I think there’s something so special about being outdoors with your kids and enjoying nature, breathing in the fresh air and getting dirty!
I know it’s not easy for everyone to get outside to a state park with little ones, but If you do, here are a few things I like to keep in mind.

Also, if a big adventure is not your thing, here are my tips on taking your kids to the playground.

  • Fuel up. Having kids makes you realize how important it is to have proper nutrition.  I make sure the kids have a good breakfast before heading out and I bring plenty of snacks for them. I usually pack bananas, raisins, apples, fruit pouches and lots of water! I also pack snacks for myself like protein bars and coconut water.  Having the right snacks and energy keep our blood sugar level, keeps the crankiness away and allows all of us to really enjoy each other’s company.
  • Get in the game. Your kids want to play with you, take the opportunity to engage them.  Take a few pictures and then put the phone down because you’ll never get this moment back. Your kids will never be this little again, and I know for a fact that your kids will have a better time with you then without you.
  • Use your tools.  Bring your stroller, bring your baby carrier, a blanket, a tent… Bring whatever tool you need to be able to participate.  I like to bring my Ergo and carry Emory in there. That way I have two hands ready to lift another kid or two tie someone’s shoelaces or to give someone water. It takes a toll on my back, but when I’m able to use these things to my advantage, it’s easier for me to participate and have a great time with them.
Of course there are a few other tips, like if you can bring someone with you it would help tremendously and always watch your surroundings. What’s important is that your present and that you enjoy them!!
Anyway, we are looking forward to spending most of our weekends out and about this summer.  So, if you need us that’s where we’ll be!

 

 

 

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PINEAPPLE AND CILANTRO BURGERS

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The weather is finally warming up and we are taking all of our meals outdoors. That’s right friends, I have very little indoor plans for the next two months! We are so excited about it, that Alex and I went out and purchased a grill!!  We have been wanting one for a while and it just so happened that we found a floor model on sale! yes!  Best way I know to celebrate this warm weather is to make my Pineapple and Cilantro Turkey Burgers. Friends, this is not your regular burger.  These burgers are HUGE, messy, and absolutely delicious!
Most of the time I try to stay away from the mess, but not this time. This time I teamed up with Dixie Ultra® Paper Plates, because I know that they can stand up to the heaviest messiest foods, because of their Soak Proof Shield™  and their FlexProof™ technology. I stocked up on these plates and use them everyday.  They are microwave safe, recyclable, cut resistant and they have a new, innovative rim so all the food actually stays on the plate! Win!
My favorite part of this burger is all of the cilantro and the grilled pineapple is super sweet and makes the burger taste so good!
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THREE TIPS TO HEALTHY SKIN| THE OVER 30 EDITION

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Three tips to healthy skin

One of my 2017 goals was to take better care of my skin. Growing up in a house full of boys, I never paid much attention to the products that I used on my face. I’m now 30 years old, and I’m starting to realize that I no longer have youth on my side and that I have to be more intentional when it comes to taking care of my skin.  Honestly, as a mom of three, it’s easy to not prioritize myself. When I’m able to sneak in a quick shower I sometimes (most of the time) just use soap to wash my face.  Gasp! I know I shouldn’t, but time is scarce. You know what else is scarce? Sleep! I would love to say that getting enough sleep is one of my top 3 steps to healthy skin, but at this point in my life, sleep is just not in the cards for me.

The good news is that we’re into May, and I’m finally feeling on top of my skincare routine which involves daily wash and moisturizing. On top of that, there are a few things that I do to help my skin remain as healthy as possible, and I wanted to share them with you!

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FAVORITE THINGS + A SUMMER GIVEAWAY

I am SO excited about this giveaway for you! I have teamed up with several wonderful businesses and artists to bring you an assortment of goodies you are going to love this summer!

Before I jump into what is up for grabs in MY giveaway, you must know about the 8 OTHER giveaways that are all happening right now. To see each gift up close, and to enter to win, visit each site to fill out their entry forms.

It’s possible you could win more than ONE!

When you visit each blog take a look around. This is a great list of amazing bloggers and I know you’ll love each one of them. These precious bloggers (who all love Jesus!) are tearing the blog world UP with their commitment to helping women know God more, serve their families well, and be encouraged on the journey. Plus, their giveaways are AMAZING, so make sure you enter to win their giveaways, too!

**Click any AND ALL of these links to enter to win the incredible giveaways going on at each of these fabulous sites!**

1. Happy Home Fairy // 2. Ale & Tere // 3. The Littles and Me // 4. Erika Dawson – Faithful Moms // 5. Filled with the Word // 6. The Olive Tree Blog // 7. The Purposeful Mom // 8. Meaningful Mama // 9. Frugal Coupon Living

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