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  • Our Review: Living Scriptures Streaming Service

    I don’t know about you, but screen time is something that is discussed OFTEN at my house. I think my kids say “Can I watch a show?” about 5 times per day. And the truth is, when we are just hanging out at home and it’s 110 degrees outside, I totally understand their desire to relax. The problem is really that I’m just not comfortable handing over the remote. Of course, I’m in and out of the room working and tending to other kids, but if I’m not sitting next to them and making sure what they are watching is appropriate, it worries me what they may stumble upon! Before we dive in, doesn’t the TV in this photo look like art?! It’s my favorite thing ever. We are absolutely obsessed with our Samsung The Frame TV! We wrote a full review on it here! Samsung Frame TV Review Why we signed up for Living Scriptures I have to admit, there have been times where my kids have started out watching a wholesome YouTube video, and minutes later, it is…

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  • Care Of Vitamins Review: Our Honest Thoughts

    This post is sponsored by care/of. All opinions are our own. My morning routine is one of the BEST parts of my day. I love waking up just a few minutes before my kids and taking the time to be intentional about the day ahead. I do my skincare routine, put on some makeup if I’m feeling like it (routine linked here!), and fix my hair while listening to a podcast or music! A new addition to my routine is this little packet that says “Hi Savannah!” to my every single morning. It’s my Care/of vitamins! Today I’m going to be sharing my honest review of Care of vitamins! Vitamins haven’t always worked for me in the past…. I’m going to be honest – I’ve never taken vitamins consistently. I’ve tried several times but it just isn’t a habit that has stuck. But once I got these small daily packets that hold my vitamins just for me, it was a game changer! Having the small, personalized packets allows me to keep them where I know I’ll remember them. I have…

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  • BOREDOM BUSTERS: Best Games for Kids

    Quarantine is a….special time, right? Finding the best games for kids to keep them busy has been our number one challenge! It seems like we have gone through all of our games and activities! There have been a few that have become family favorites and keep our kids entertained for at least an hour! That is about 10 hours in kid time so we consider that a win! How To Play Tenzi! Dice linked here! Best Games For Kids Best Games for Kids: Ages 2-5 These are perfect for the little ones in your family! ONE | TWO | THREE Ages 5+ Pattern Block Set Ages 7+ Best Games for the Whole Family What have been your favorite ways to keep the family entertained during quarantine? I’m hoping to add some new ones in the mix!…

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  • Back to School Essentials

    This post is sponsored by Abercrombie Kids. All content and opinions are our own, always. When summer vacation comes to an end, Back to School time can be super overwhelming; but it doesn’t have to be. Every year, we take our kids shopping for school supplies, a new backpack, lunchbox, some toiletries and grocery shopping for lunches. One thing that is easily overwhelming is school clothes shopping. We’ve partnered with Abercrombie Kids to make school shopping a breeze! Check out their 40% off sale happening now! Denim is always a hot topic for back to school. My boys want comfort and style and let me tell you, that’s hard to come by. Abercrombie Kids has so many options from size 3/4 up to 15/16 so all of my school aged kids found a pair of new jeans that they loved. My oldest two boys are a long and lean body style so we went with Abercrombie Kids’ Skinny Jeans and they both chose the dark wash. These jeans are their favorite because they’re made out of sweatpant stretch fabric–they look…

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  • My evening and bedtime routines

    Due to popular demand, I’m sharing my evening routines with you guys! I shared some details on Instagram stories and had SO much feedback and requests for it more broken down into a blog post. I will start by saying that every single family is vastly different. There is a time and season for everything and our routine has been 10 years in the making. There were times when my husband worked late at night or studied into the wee hours of the morning. Times when I coached gymnastics til 8 or 9pm and my husband did the bedtime routine alone, times when my babies slept in our room when they were tiny and woke up several times at night. This is simply an example of what our typical night looks like right now and how I make every attempt for it to run smoothly. Family evening and bedtime routine 6:30pm – Dinner clean up.  As a family, we clean up dinner and the boys get into their pajamas while my husband and I finish cleaning the kitchen and straightening…

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  • How to keep strawberries fresh

    Keeping fruit fresh can be quite the challenge! Normally, after grocery shopping, most of our fruit goes straight in the fridge and a lot of times, it goes bad before we get to it. We LOVE strawberries at our house and we still seem to get yucky ones a day or two after we buy them which is so frustrating! today I’m going to show you my easy tip on how to keep strawberries fresh. Well, since I’ve discovered this amazing secret, now I can keep our strawberries and other berries fresh for up to two weeks!! It’s amaaaazing! How to keep strawberries fresh First, place berries into a large bowl. I use a large mixing bowl.  Fill bowl with cool tap water, just enough to cover all of the berries. Next, add 1-2 cups of distilled white vinegar to the water and berries. Let sit for 5-10 minutes in vinegar/water mixture. Pour berries and vinegar/water mixture into a colander. You do not need to rinse them, just drain the water. Place berries on dry paper towels on the counter or…

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  • My Everyday Makeup Routine

    I’m excited to share My Everyday Makeup Routine with you today! I am not a makeup professional but I have compiled a list of my favorite makeup products that I use in my everyday makeup routine that have worked really well for me. Well, this is a super vulnerable post but since you guys asked for it, here it is, my everyday makeup routine. I am in no way, shape or form a makeup artist, beautician or even very knowledgable on the subject. That being said, I’m a normal girl/mom that loves playing with makeup and enjoy getting dolled up! I do feel that when I take the time to do my makeup in the morning, it gives me a little confidence boost to go about my day. That might sound silly but it definitely makes me feel better and feel much more put together. Easy Everyday Makeup Routine My everyday makeup routine is super, super chill. So easy. Nothing crazy but I do see great results. Before we get started, I will say, I get eyelash extensions which I…

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  • How to remove spray paint from skin – without harsh chemicals

    Today we’re going to show you how to remove spray paint from skin. Removing spray paint from skin can can be super frustrating unless you know how to get it off quickly without irritating your skin or taking forever to remove it! Check out this easy DIY tip for removing paint from skin! Supplies: Fractionated Coconut Oil Lemon Oil – I love Doterra brand – It’s one of their less expensive oils and it works amazingly well for so many things! Baking soda – optional Spray painting is undoubtedly the quickest way to transform pretty much anything! I was spray painting my basketball hoop pole (post?) when I realized I was getting overspray from the spray paint bottle all over my hands! It turned out great but then I was left with spray paint coated hands right before bedtime. Often times, just taking a shower doesn’t get rid of the paint so I thought I’d share with you guys how to remove spray paint from skin. Works like a charm for me every time! How to remove spray paint from…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Colorful Baby Girl Nursery

    I am really excited to share my baby girl nursery with you guys today. Since I have three little girls, finding the right girl room decor can be a bit of a challenge. With my daughter’s nursery I wanted it to be colorful and fun and I also wanted it to have character and be special to her. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shutterfly. The opinions and words are all mine. Designing a nursery or any room for that matter can be challenging. There are so many amazing and beautiful nurseries and rooms for inspiration. Today I want to show you how and why I decorated this nursery the way I did. I want to walk you through the different steps I go through when deciding on the decor of any room in my house. Bedroom and Nursery Decorating Room Tips Define a space theme or vibe for the space Come up with a room color scheme Find room decor you love Find artwork or a statement piece for the space Nursery Theme In…

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  • My Skin Care Routine

    My tried and true Skin Care Routine with Olay. The 3-step Reset has been a game changer for my skin! This post is sponsored by Olay. All opinions and obsessions with these products are my own. The big 3-0 Lately I’ve had so many questions about my skin care routine on our Instagram stories. Up until like hit the big 3-0. (I’m 31 now!) I literally used a makeup remover wipe at night and called it a day. I mean, I was lucky to have even washed my makeup off.  Bad news bears, right there. I didn’t give much thought to my skin care routine and over the last 2 years, I’ve noticed that I can’t neglect it anymore. I decide that I wanted to find an amazing product line for my skin care routine and boy have I ever found it! I am in love with the 3-step Reset from Olay! My new skincare routine After years of neglect, I definitely became more aware of the fact that I desperately needed to make a change. The 3-step Reset was…

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  • Family Pictures in Entry Way

    How we protect our homes and families

    This post is brought to you by Liberty Mutual. While this is a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are our own, always. Our priorities: Family and Home FIRST! Over the past year and a half or so, we both became homeowners. Since we started this blog, we had been renters for 7 years. When we started this blog we had 2 kids each and now have 9 kids combined. NINE. While our love for DIY projects and decorating runs real deep, those 9 kids and our husbands are first and foremost our top priority in life. We love what we do because it provides a special, personalized place for our families to grow and create lasting memories. Our kids will never look back and try to remember the details of their bedrooms since we have about a million photos to remind them. 😉  Our families are forever and our homes set the stage for those memories to be made. Our homes are the settings of virtually every memory our children will have. That being said, we’ve recently…

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  • Park Home Reno: Home Gym Organizer using a pegboard

    Easy DIY Project: Home Gym Organizer using a pegboard This post is sponsored by Krylon® Brand. All ideas and opinions are my own, as always. Hey friends! I’m excited to share my gym organizer with you today! I LOVE organizing and exercising so this gym organizer was so fun to make! It took about 3 hours total (including drying time for the paint) to make this gym organizer. Supplies: 3 – 8′ x 1″ x 2″ boards 1 – 4×8′ pegboard 3 cans of Krylon ColorMaster® Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Oxford Blue 2 cans of Krylon General Purpose Metallic in Silver Metallic Assorted pegboard accessories several 1-1.5″ wood screws – I used 1.5″ wood screws that I had on hand. Instructions: In a well ventilated area, spray paint the pegboard with Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Oxford Blue.  Make sure to read the label for safety and application instructions.  I did 3 coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between coats. This took about 2.5 cans of spray paint. While…

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  • Halloween Costume Ideas: Girly Clown Costume

    This year I did this easy, quick, cheap and super cute DIY Clown Costumes. This DIY Clown Costume is still one of my favorite costumes we have ever done. How to make a DIY Clown Costume Materials leotard 2 skeins of yarn (yellow and pink) yarn pom pom maker scissors tights or leg warmers arm bands/gloves 110 yards of tulle 1 yard of thick elastic (waistband) top hat headband sparkle pom poms (mixed colors) feather embellishments suspenders Instructions: For this this costume we started out with a basic pink ballet leotard and embellished the entire thing. Step 1: Pom Pom We used our pom pom maker to make different colored pom pom balls out of yarn (2 yellow, one pink) and stitched them to the bodice of the leotard straight down the middle. Step Two: Tutu We started the tutu. First we measured Millie’s hips and made a circle out of the elastic for her waistband. Stitch the two ends of the elastic together to make a circle. Next, we created the tulle skirt. We used 110 yards of 8″ strips of…

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