That one time Kayden didn't like Disneyland



It has been a week after our Disneyland trip, it will be the last for a while and it was surly one I'll never forget. Okay so Kayden didn't exactly not like Disneyland he was just extremely cautious of the rides we went on. I wanted to go so bad this year, Kayden is now the perfect height to ride the "big boy" rides and but I thought it probably wasn't going to happen this year since our schedules have been jam packed. Where there is a wonderful husband though there is a way! We booked our tickets pack up our bags and headed to the happiest place on earth. I had no plan other than to eat begins and have Kayden ride Splash Mountain. Growing up Splash Mountain was my ride and I remember going on it with my dad and mom all of the time it was always the highlight of the trip. I knew I could get Kayden on it but I didn't expect him to say it was the first ride he wanted to go on for our trip and looking back I wish I would have made him go on everything else before jumping on the log ride.

{us waiting in line for SM}
We got in the park and asked Kayden where to he said "Splash Mountain!" So excited and I was too I kind hid Kayden's view from the ride while we waited in line for a little bit, I knew he would't want to go back on after the ride but I didn't expect him to freak out on every ride after if it involved water.
Imagine a child crying on it's a small world till he realized "oh this isn't going to be the same" Yep that was Kayden. We had a blast and a photo of Kayden's first Splash Mountain journey. I do think he was proud of himself after though since her kept asking "where is that crazy ride I rode on?" "Far away bug!"


The trip though was still successful we went on all of our favorite rides and ones we had never been on before. My favorite party was the Paint the Night Parade which was AMAZING! Truly if you can go to DL and see it you won't regret it, Kayden also loved the parade he was singing the song and even remembered the movie he heard it in.


{Kayden enjoying the Paint the night parade and one of the floats.}


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{highlight of the mickey's magic map show Kayden saw Stich!}




{Kayden & daddy following the line onto Cars}
{we were clearly having too much fun}

I'm happy this wasn't our first trip and Kayden remembered A LOT from the two trip before this one.
Besides Kayden & I having a cold or allergies the trip was so much fun and we cant wait to go again in the future. Disneyland is our favorite!

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Saying Goodbye



I haven't written about this yet because it just didn't feel right, every time I started to write I was drowning in tears. This post is one I've never thought I'd write for whatever reason I thought she'd always be here.

Our beloved little Frenchie passed away on January 8th around 8:30pm.
I keep searching for an answer to something that doesn't have one.
I keep trying to think of a way to fix this grief but the one thing that can is the one thing I can't have.
I can't believe she is gone...
The only thing that seems to fix my hurting is looking at photos of her.
I've been thinking of every missed opportunity cause now she is gone; a big one was our christmas photos I ran out of time last year and I told Greg in December that in 2016 I wanted a family photo of us including Frenchie... we won't get that opportunity now.

The week before she passed I still feel as though God was prepping us for it, I took a photo of her in font of the Photo Booth I set up, I got rid of some of her old toys she never played with anymore, I never brought her rugs back in from outside and two days before we dressed her in some of her old clothes and Kayden thought it was so funny that Frenchie had clothes. That weekend was was supposed to be fun, Kayden was set to be at my parents since Greg and I planned to go on a double date with my brother and his GF... which was put on hold cause my brother got sick. I had no idea Frenchie was sick but now when I look back I see all of the signs and I'm even more concerned as to what gave her Cancer.

Through all of this hurting, there are so many things about Frenchie I want to remember. She was unlike any other dog I knew, smart, suspicious, protective and of course loving. When we first got her I instantly fell in love with her she bit me and I knew she would be my dog. She was mine and Greg's first baby; she taught us how to love and take care of someone other than ourselves. She was with us through so much; our first apartment, my first car {she loved driving around with us}, when I was pregnant with Kayden, and when we got our first home. She was there through some of the rouaghest times and always by my side when I was sad or wasn't feeling good. She loved Saturday's cause it was green day and she would dash across the second floor of our home when she got home from being at Nanas cause she wanted her boyfriend. She loved wearing her diamonds and I swear knew exactly what we were saying. Greg and I would talk for her all the time and we'd say she doesn't say anything but we always felt like she said so much with the way she looked at us.


She was the best dog, our first dog, our fur baby and I miss her terribly!

photo drawn by Genevieve Etsy Shop

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Entry Way Edit


They say first impressions are everything and you can only make it once! Well, our home had no first impression when you walked in. Minus the decor on the walls it was empty and not very inviting. 
So after going on house hunts with our friends I realized it was time to get our entry way going. 
I didn't really have an idea I just knew I wanted it to flow with the rest of the house and still be cohesive with the adjoining front room. I was also on budget so I knew it would take a while to complete it, until I got a free $100 dollar gift card on amazon for completing a survey! Once I got my gift card I bought the white console table & coat rack from amazon, the coat rack was a must cause in our house we were leaving our jackets lying over any chair that was near or on the stair banister so this was something I knew I had to have. 

Once I ordered those I made the mistake of going to Home Goods with no direction so I left empty handed. I went home and made an inspiration board on pinterest and cruised Joss & Main's website. 
I instantly found things I was inspired by so later that night when I went to Target I got majority of the decor, my second trip to Home Goods went a lot better also I found the floral arrangement, rug and basket. Some elements I already had were the apothecary jar and wall art. The final piece was the geo rock I found at The Owl Box shop in our downtown. 





Coat Rack | Amazon 
Console Table | Amazon
Green Plant | Target
Peony Arrangement | Home Goods | Similar 
Rug | Home Goods 
Geo Rock | The Owl Box 
Apothecary Jar | Home Goods | Similar 
Moss Ball Filler | Target
Frame | Target
Geo Candle Holder & Candle | Target | Here
Basket | Home Goods | Similar 
Pillow | Pottery Barn 
Blanket |  Target
Our Story Art | 
Key | Target 

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Shopping for back to school with Osh Kosh!



I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are of my own.


Kayden started Pre-School this year! I can’t believe it he has already grown so much and I feel like he was just born. Before the school year started I wanted to make sure he got some back to school clothes, it was always one thing I loved doing with my mom before school started and one thing I still miss.


We are frequent Osh Kosh visitors and I love the variety of clothes and styles they have for kids, they are fun, trendy, active but still traditional with their classic jeans. Kayden’s personality is loud & so full of excitement so when I saw Osh Kosh’s new line of back to school clothing I knew Kayden would LOVE it! And I was right…


Their new collection of  Black, white & indigo was right up Kayden’s ally, they had all of his favorite things, Rocket ships, the moon, Astronauts, Bugs & so much more Kayden also loved that his clothes glowed in the dark! Shopping was so much fun & we loved everything! I was so thankful for their frequent members program and my coupons! 

We have so many favorites but here is Kayden's favorite outfit! He said he loves it cause it has everything on it...



Not only do they have amazing clothes but Osh Kosh is taking in your jeans to donate to a student in need this year.  The Campign is “B’gosh Jeanius Campign”.
OshKosh B’gosh, in partnership with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org will give customers the opportunity to donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to a students in need this school year.
All denim donated from July 28 through September 16, 2015, will be delivered to local children in need through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, while cash donations will be dispersed to local DonorsChoose.org.
Donate a new pair of blue jeans or make a cash donation at the register.

For more information you can visit:  www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius


If you are thinking of doing your back to school shopping with Osh Kosh you can head over to their website or click here to look up your local store. And of course I hope you enjoy your trip to your local Osh Kosh & this Coupon! Don't forget your Jeans to donate when you go. :)





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Anniversary Trip to Sonoma {7 years}

Ahhh relaxation at it's finest is what I'd like to call this trip with my hubby. This year has been crazy busy and I really can't remember the last trip Greg and I took as a couple... I think maybe it was Vegas and let me tell you it wasn't relaxing! Fun? YES! Relaxing? NO!

So 3 days before taking our trip {yep hubby is a real planner ;) } Greg told me where do you want to go lets pick a place! I like being spontaneous but it's hard to do with a kid no matter the age and luckily Greg's mom was available. So Greg was naming places off and we landed on Sonoma, CA. It was the only place that sounded relaxing but close to home where we weren't spending 4 to 5 hours in the car. 

Everywhere I wanted to stay in Sonoma/Napa area was either booked or we'd be sitting in the hotel room cause it was way out of the budget to enjoy our trip. Finally Greg stumbled upon 
 The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa the reviews were mixed but then I remembered a blogger lady I know and her husband stayed there and loved it so we booked the Mission Suite and that was that! Greg decided that a nice relaxing spa day was in order so when he called for an early check-in he also called and booked us a 60 minute couples massage. 

That Saturday morning we packed up the car dropped Kayden off at his Nana's house and drove over to Sonoma. 





We got there early so we walked around Sonoma Square and enjoyed the morning and looked for a place to grab some lunch. 










Most of the restaurant were closed so we went over to the busiest place in town The Sunflower Cafe

{I loved their wall mural}
The line was out the door so we knew the food would be amazing! It was and so were the drinks, we both grabbed a chicken salad sandwich and I drank a white peach Bellini and Greg got a Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat Beer {he loved it!}. 

{My white peach Bellini}
We ate our food outside in the backyard eating area and it was so relaxing, could have been cause we didn't have a little one to make sure he ate too or the sun shining but it was nice to take our time eating and talk about Kayden. lol 


After lunch we hopped back into the car and drove over to the hotel. I have to say the reviews on The Fairmont Hotel don't do it justice! I have nothing but amazing things to say about our trip so I just decided some of them were having bad days. 

Instantly when we got there the valet greeted us and were very friendly, we left our car with them while we checked in and got our spa itinerary then we headed back out for them to put the luggage in our suite. The valet that helped me to our room was very nice he told me where everything was, how to get around the hotel and what places were around there to eat at. 

I was blown away by our suite, I mean I knew we got a suite but couldn't really tell by the photos online how nice it was and it was gorgeous. 

We unpacked and tried to unwind before our massages and of course I realized I forgot my flip flops and a brush... I always forget one thing, normally it's my shampoo and conditioner but this time it was my brush and flip flops. So we did a Starbucks run and went to the local rid aid by the way Sonoma doesn't have a Target! Got back to our suite and headed over to the spa. 

Sadly I didn't get ANY photos of our spa experience, I wanted one but also wanted to be completely free of all texts, calls, emails, and any other things that usually stress us. 
I can tell you though our experience at the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn was AMAZING! If you ever visit Sonoma you must get a spa treatment from them. We got to enjoy their pre massage bathhouse, it had the sun and moon painted on the ceiling which instantly made me think of Kayden and how much he'd love to see it. In the bathhouse they first had a scrub down with this grape seed scrub to exfoliate your skin, thetwo mineral water soaking pools, herbal steam, dry sauna, and then a cool down shower. I enjoyed all of it except for the herbal steam room {I can never breath in those things} After the bath house we relaxed in the waiting room for a little bit till our masseuses came down to get us. Helen and Bryan were amazing, Greg kind of got a full body athletes massage and I got a full body massage but Helen focused on certain areas I always have problems with. When they were done I was sad cause Helen was so sweet, but she did an amazing job I seriously felt like I was floating after. 

{we noticed this after our massages and took a photo cause Kayden thinks they are rocket ships}

After our massages we sat out by the spas pool and enjoyed a glass of champagne. We also got a free bottle and a rose from the hotel concierge since we were celebrating our 7 year anniversary.
Got back to the room and started getting ready for our dinner reservations at The Girl and The Fig

Greg and I were ready super early like hour and half early before our reservations so we went back over to the Sonoma Square and wondered around some more. Everything was closed so we waited outside and people watched. Another moment when I felt really relaxed  doing absolutely nothing. lol
{just us being goofs!}
We went in and sat at this little spot lounge bar after waiting for a spot to open up and then our reservations were ready. They took us out to the back and it was gorgeous, I didn't think the back seating area would look so magical but it did. The hostess sat us at her favorite spot int he whole place, next to their little fig tree and a secluded table. I loved all of the atmosphere but some of the food was a hit or miss. I think since everyone talked the place us so much I was a little disappointed. Greg and I both for this drink called Summer Love, I really didn't like it and it had the weirdest taste. Luckily our waitress understood and took mine back and got me a bellini instead. We then got the fried green tomatoes, it was the best thing I ate all night and even Greg loved it! He is normally not a tomato eater but after we ate it we wish we could of had more. For entrees Greg got the Steak and Fries and I got the sweet pasta it was good, I loved the flavor but it was very rich and I couldn't eat all of it. We decided to get dessert we tried the chocolate and salted Carmel fig trifle & the Profiteroles. The profiteroles was delicious and exactly what I wanted but we weren't impressed with the trifle dessert, it had way too much Carmel in it and wasn't good at all. 

After dinner we went back to the hotel and passed out! Seriously after the long day and massages we were exhausted and I slept like a baby. 
The next morning we grabbed Starbucks and headed back home. Because we did so much in one day it felt like we were there for two days. It was such an amazing trip and so relaxing I can't say that enough. 

Thank you hubby for giving me such an amazing trip with you I love you and can't wait to go back again someday. 


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