Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Letter to my Teenage Self

I wish I could go back in time and write a letter to my teenage self(goodness would I have even read it?!).

Yes. Yes, I would have read the letter.

As a teenager I ached to be respected as a leader and a responsible member of my family.  I was the oldest and did my best to set a good example for my little sisters.

That does NOT go to say that I would do everything the same way again.



Dear Teenage Holly Marie,

You are really just too plain hard on yourself.  You don’t have to be the perfect student, perfect soccer player, or perfect member of the community to be a great sister.  What you NEED to do is to relish in the time you have left with those sisters while you are ALL under one roof.  Hot Lava Monster-Flashlight Tag-and chasing coyotes in the woods are just as important as grades.  Make time for them.


Never stop believing. Your imagination can set you free.  Do not let your imagination die.

Those times you stood up to the bullies that tried to tear your loved ones apart?  Never let them win.  Love trumps hate and sometimes(lots of times) teenagers are mean just to be mean.  Don’t let them get away with their reckless abandon against joy.  ALWAYS speak up.

You will NEVER regret speaking up for what is right.

You will ALWAYS regret not speaking up.

Never be a bystander. Ever.

So what that you can’t do your hair? Just don’t wear it in a pony tail every day.  Your mom was right on that one.

FYI she is RIGHT A LOT of the time. <cough cough> MOST of the time.

Give her a break.

Nothing AWESOME happens after midnight. Curfews keep you safe.

Always let the people you love know that you love them.

Tough love is still love.  Keep an eye out on your sisters.  It’s your job.

Wear sunscreen on your forehead.  You will have acne for life.  Sorry genetics. But Botox is a poison(and expensive) and skin cancer runs in your family.  Sunscreen it up.


Good lord can we talk about BOYS.  Don’t listen to ANYTHING that they say.  Just pay careful attention to what they do.  This advice will help in college and beyond.

Actions mean MUCH more than words.  Their actions are WHO they are.  Their words are who they THINK they are. And apologies just can’t heal all wounds.

When you need a hug- ASK for one.  It is okay to be sad and need someone to talk to.  You don’t always have to be strong.  Tears do not mean weakness.  Communicating your feelings will help with your emotional well-being.

You are not a morning person.  Nothing will change this- save for two small little souls that greet you with a smile later on in life.

Camping is good for the soul.  Always go when given the opportunity.

Apparently, burnt marshmallows are bad for you.  At 31 you still eat them.  They are delicious.

You do have a four-pack of abs-treasure it-you will miss that in your 30s.

Have FUN.  Do your best, and live without one ounce of regret.

You are very lucky to be surrounded by those that love you.  May you always feel loved and supported.

Love your 31 year old self.


What is ONE piece of advice you wish you could go back and give yourself as a teenager?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

Never Stop Being Yourself


Delicious Fruitocracy Pouches

Don’t forget to Express Your Inner Pop -whether that be breaking out in a car dance(I am totally THAT person)- or wearing what makes you happy(yoga pants until I die).  You can enter to win a trip to LA to attend the taping of a Nickelodeon show.  Enter HERE.

Stay tuned for an awesome video created ALL about these new pouches AND some more advice I wish I would’ve taken when I knew everything.


Take pictures of you running away from imaginative creatures… my favorite? DINOSAURS. Use photoshop to recreate the scene and print it out.  These memories LIVE on my fridge and goodness do they make for interesting conversation starters.

Keep your imagination.  
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Teething Jewelry: Necklace

Wearable Teething Jewelry is a mom lifesaver!  Through two kids under two I wore one every time I left the house(or remembered to-mom brain) and both baby and toddler loved the smooth texture and calming effects.Nuby-Teething-Jewelry-For-Mom-To-Wear

Wearable Teething Jewelry

Definitely a fantastic product for those of us that want to look fashionable and are prone to having a baby on the hip.  I love how soft and chewable the texture is-PLUS the kids both loved these types of necklaces from babyhood through toddlerdom-MOM WIN.

Emma Marie wanted to be JUST LIKE MOM for this little shoot and while it IS adorable these necklaces are NOT meant for babies or toddlers or kids of any size.  Strangulation is a real hazard- so please read the warnings on the product so that you are aware of the risks.


Wearable Teething Jewelry

Grab a set for the next baby shower you are attending and tie it in a pretty bow on the package!  Style with a purpose- perfect for the new mom in your life!


Teething Trends™ Large Oval Necklace

I love this teething jewelry and wore it even while pregnant with my second. I had two babies under two for a few months and teething jewelry was a lifesaver for those times that they just needed something to help cope with me while I held them for a few minutes longer in the grocery checkout line.

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  • Wearable teether means you always have it with you
  • Soft silicone surfaces

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  • Deep Purple
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*Disclaimer – I was provided a product for review as a Nuby Parent Blogger. No other compensation was received. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft{Toddler & Preschooler}

Valentine’s Day is FAST approaching and the perfect time to update the art on the walls!  Every season I plan out crafts to place up on our gallery wall.  Our first choice this year are Hand Print LOVE Trees!  Check out this sweet and simple craft that you can gift to family members with a chocolaty surprise.Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Valentine’s Day Hand Print LOVE Tree

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Hand Print LOVE Tree


Washable Paint

Paper Plates-Muffin Tins-Paint Plate

Brush Set

Card-stock Paper

Toilet Paper Roll


Valentine’s Day Sweets(for brain power AND fun)


Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Tape the toilet paper roll into a “heart” shape- I tried… and the kids LOVED it.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Raymond was really excited about being able to stamp with the heart and make heart leaves for our LOVE Tree.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

A couple of fun treats and decorations to liven up our tablescape.  The kids gasped when they saw the Valentine’s Day Craft set-up and I knew instantly that my small amount of prep-work made them feel extra special.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Now at four Raymond can do the hand print part all by himself.  I let go of the need for perfection a long time ago and just want my kids to enjoy the art they create. BOY was he truly excited to do it all by himself AND goodness did he have fun.


Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Making sure that the hand was planted firmly. Needed to reapply another layer of red paint(he chose the color) as he wanted the hand print color to be darker.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Emma chose PURPLE for her LOVE Tree color(no surprise, it is her FAVORITE) and truly just loved smearing all sorts of paint colors on her tree.  She said the leaves were flying in the wind and falling off of her tree.  Love her imagination.


Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Washable paint for the win!

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Hand Print LOVE Tree Art for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Showing off his new Valentine’s Day Art in front of his art he created on our Chalkboard Wall.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Look at my LOVE Tree Mom!!! Our gallery wall is now full of bright, sweet visions of love.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Craft for toddlers or preschoolers?

Would love to find another craft or two(or three) to complete with my little ones before the holiday!

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Warm Winter Wardrobe Staples

During the cold months here in the desert the temperatures can dip down into the twenties at night and then reach mid seventies during the day.  Such temperature extremes leave the need for layering with comfortable AND warm staples. Check out what I have been wearing the past few weeks(affiliate links included).Warm Winter Wardrobe Staples

Pants/ Boots/ Socks/Shirt/Watch Set c/o Anne Klein/Infinity Scarf

Warm Winter Wardrobe Staples

Infinity Scarf/Shirt/Stella & Dot Engraved Necklace

WarmWarm Winter Wardrobe Staples

Pants/ Boots/ Socks/White Shirt(sale)/Vest Sold Out-Similar

WarmWarm Winter Wardrobe Staples

White Shirt(sale)/Vest Sold Out-Similar/Watch Set c/o Anne Klein

The Athleta pants are definitely my go-to favorite for Barre, shopping, and running around with the kids.  They are warmer than typical leggings, yet wick away sweat(oh so necessary during Barre).  The vest is comfortable and definitely just for looks(no real added warmth) and a lovely layer to wear indoors or to a movie.  The added sparkle with Stella and Dot & Anne Klein help me feel dressed up and ready to take on the day.

What are your winter wardrobe staples this year?

Would love to hear about what your favorite piece is this season!

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Arizona Ren Fair{Giveaway & Coupon}

Fun For the Whole Family! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 12-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure!
Arizona Ren Fair

It’s that time of year again!  Can’t wait to take the kids this year!

And now I am so happy to announce that there is a coupon code AND giveaway for a family four pack of tickets!  


Kids Free! – Receive One Free Child ticket Per Coupon with One Full Price Adult Ticket Purchased at the Festival Gate.

Coupon valid at the 2016 Festival Box Office only. NOT VALID in conjunction with a FRYS discount ticket or any other discount offer. Not for resale. One coupon per person. Distribution on Festival property is prohibited. VALID FEBRUARY 20, 2016 THROUGH MARCH 27, 2016.

Buy One Adult-Get One Child in Free! COUPON HERE


Enter to Win Tickets Here! 

Are you attending the Renaissance Festival in Arizona?

Any tips or tricks of what we should see or eat with a two and four year old?

Check out our adventures from last year- Arizona Renaissance Festival

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