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Unplug and Go Camping

  I’m not going to give you 10 tips on why you should unplug and go camping. Instead, my hope is these pictures will lure you in and ignite in a deep sense of wonder from within that will give birth to a desire to create your own adventures with your little familia.  I was […]

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You Know You’re a Latina Mom If…

No matter what culture or race you relate to most, but as moms there are so many things that we do and feel, which transcend color and language. For the most part we all hurt when we see our kids hurt. We are beyond ourselves when our babies take their first step. We are filled […]

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DIY Chalkboard Wooden Blocks City

My preschooler was looking over my shoulder while I was on Pinterest and he saw DIY Chalkboard blocks and says, “I want to make these.” My husband was out of town and I was parenting alone, need I say more. I was running late for a meeting, I hadn’t showered, I was up all night […]

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Making Mom Friends Can Be Hard

  Making Mom Friends Can Be Hard Can I get an amen to that! Before I became a mom I had no problem making friends. In fact, in my single years and prior to having children I had lots of mom friends but when I became a mom things changed drastically. But I wasn’t going to […]

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15 Things I Want My Kids to Remember About Me

Yes, I realize that my picture says 10 but the more I thought about it, the more things came to my mind. So let’s just say 10 + things because at this point I may keep adding to this list. At the beginning of the year our family has a family meeting of sorts, where […]

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The Expat Life: The Star Spangled Banner Song Made Me Cry

The Expat Life: The Star Spangled Banner Song Made Me Cry We live the global nomad life. We decided a little over seven years ago to raise our children in another country. We love raising them in a slow-paced culture, where family is valued and an adventure is always awaiting (whether we are seeking it […]

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July 4th Dessert: Rice Krispie Star Wands

July 4th is upon us! But here in our neck of the woods, you wouldn’t even know it. There are no fireworks, no red, white and blue, no flags proudly waving in yards… nothing. Oh and my favorite, no parades to sit out on the curb of the street and watch as you keep cool with an ice cream cone […]

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Strawberry Watermelon Slushie

Summer fun is here! The kids have been playing outdoors all day, every day! That brings great joy to my heart. It also means, dirty, sweaty little faces constantly asking for some kind of frozen treat. I’ve been freezing yogurt and making yogurt pops for them.  It’s healthier than ice cream.  This slushie is also healthy with no […]

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Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie treats are one of my favorite ways to make a simple dessert–fun!  We’ve made watermelon shaped, ice cream cone shaped, soccer ball shaped and I just realize I don’t have a simple traditional recipe. Rice Krispie Treats ingredients: (makes a 9×15 pan) traditional recipe 30 normal size marshmallows 3 tablespoons of butter 6 […]

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Summer Notebook: Intentional but Flexible Summer

I really want to be intentional about the time I get with my kids in the summer. On the other hand, I also want them to have tons of free time where they can come up with their own magical summer, not me. We don’t plan on scheduling any team sport events, music classes or […]

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Piña Colada Green Smoothie

I am down 10 pounds since I first started getting serious about eating better.  At first it was two steps back and one step forward and though I’m in a better place now, I’m still in process. As a counselor, that’s one phrase that helps me get through the day–We are all in process.  As […]

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Donut You Know You’re the Best Dad! Free Printable

Donut You Know You’re the Best Dad! Free Printable This adorable printable will go great with your box of donuts for dad this Father’s day! If you’re not following us just subscribe to get ALL of our free printables!  We are using a new system for our subscribers so if you’ve already done it in the […]

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Traveling Adventures: Machu Picchu and Beyond with Kids

When I was a kid, I remember watching a spanish documentary type of series, which highlighted different parts of the world. Our whole family sat on the couch listening in a trance, to the heavenly windpipe music and mesmerized by the mystical beauty that lie within Machu Picchu. From that point on my mothers dream […]

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How We Started a Family Running Club

How We Started a Family Running Club I was my PE teacher’s worst nightmare, I’m not exaggerating. And when my parents “encouraged” me to run on Saturday mornings with them, I whined and cried the whole time. I hated running as a kid.  And unlike my husband, I am not built like a runner. But […]

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10 Family Biking Trip Tips

Are you looking for ways to get active this summer?  Biking is a fun way we discovered to not only be active but connect as a family. We started biking as a family when I had a 3 year old and a baby.  It was a wonderful way to bond and our baby loved getting […]

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Campfire Games & Activities

We are headed camping on July 4th so I’ve been collecting ideas. I thought I’d share with you, the games we’ve played for years around the campfire with family and friends. Campfire Games & Activities The Name Game  - This name game is not your typical name game so place close attention. Don’t worry it’s […]

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Our Life in Pictures

Well, this is only a small glimpse of our life here in Quito, Ecuador. We love the slow paced life here. We love that our boys still get to be kids without the societal pressure of growing up faster than they should. I regularly get to watch them play hide and seek, tag, pretend play […]

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Mini Reece’s Pieces Pies (Low Sugar, Gluten Free…)

I was craving something naughty but I wasn’t prepared to completely commit and splurge. I’m very familiar with the after thoughts of feeling guilty for the remainder of the day. Well, actually I’ve gotten better about enjoying food and sweets in small portions and making healthy choices. But now with there being a scale in my […]

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