Hi everyone! Sitting here on my couch eating some cheerios and have been looking forward to sitting down and writing about my TruSculpt ID experience two days ago at Revive Medical Spa in San Luis Obispo, California.

Backstory/ Full Disclosure: Shea, from Cutera who makes the TruSculpt ID reached out to me to see if I would try this fat burning treatment and after some apprehension over the vulnerability it would take since they would “Go Live” and film the entire treatment, I decided to go for it. The Reason? Something had potential to solve a real issue I have of stubborn mom gut, and I believe in trying things to make myself a better version of me! I am NOT being paid to write this, I was given the treatment for free in exchange for my honest review. If I’ve said it once i’ll say it a million times, being honest and real is far more important than convincing you a product is good because i’m being paid to do so. Back to my story

In the office where my treatment took place!

Revive Medical hosted me for this and the place was awesome, from the moment I walked into the door the ladies were sincere, warm and kind. The decor was clean and white which I loved, and you could tell that the people there loved their job. That, to me, is important because I value good people and good customer service. Anyways, they ushered me back into a perfectly lit room and showed me the machine, which to be honest looked a lot like the ultrasound machines at the doctors office. It looked simple and far from intimidating, and after the nurse explained a little about the machine I changed into my bathing suit and we got started with some before photos.

TruSculpt ID

Since they were doing it live on Instagram, I brought some leggings because I didn’t want my entire body filmed while laying on a table, but it really doesn’t matter what you wear as long as the area you are treating is free of clothing. It depends on where the areas are where you want to treat but I chose the mom gut, aka the stretch of skin and fat below your belly button. I swear no matter what I do those fat cells are on a permanent vacation, its so frustrating.

The nurse placed the devices in an imaginary six pack form on my belly and then two on the love handle areas I wanted to treat. After, she wrapped me up in a human- like saran wrap and she started the machine. The little nodules got warmer as time went on, and the first five minutes were an increase of temperature in different areas until my entire stomach reached the fat burning temperature, where I sit at for 10 minutes. It felt like I was wearing a weighted, heated army jacket/tube shirt. Personally, I like my showers really hot like almost burn you hot so this heat was nothing to me but I would definitely consider it very warm/hot. Personally I found it soothing, it felt like a sauna for my belly.

After the ten minutes were up she unwrapped then took off the devices one by one. Nothing hurt about this process it was super simple, no mess just a tiny bit of sweat she rubbed off. My abs were red in the areas of the nodules but nothing else and I literally took some photos then put my clothes back on and went and got my kids from my moms house.

I wondered how it worked? It seemed so simple. I could use all the fancy words to describe it but i’m not going to, TruSculpt uses heat to kill your fat cells. Once they are dead, your body will naturally rid of them, and results are complete by the 12th week mark. The reason that this isn’t an immediate fix is because they burn the fat cells, up to 24%, and then your body naturally disposes of them. This can be used by anyone, any reasonable age aka not too young. It can also be used in any place on your body, and it helps reduce cellulite! Woohoo!

Did I notice an immediate change? Not so much, nothing like whoa that’s crazy im skinny now, more like a tightening from the heat and the restriction. Am I looking forward to seeing a change? Absolutely, I will be going back around 12 weeks to measure and see, and I will update you guys along the way.

Do I recommend this product at this moment, I don’t have an answer for that. In fact, if I did sit here and tell you it works I would be dishonest because my results are clinically not supposed to show up for a week or two and possibly up to 12! Trust me, seems like a long time to but no time will be too long if this dang belly fat goes away! What I do recommend is if this is something you’re interested in, like I was, contact the office at Revive Medical Spa. What they will do is set you up with a consultation (which is free) to talk about your options, its difficult to give prices as well because it all depends on the areas you are treating! I hope this gives you a good insight into my initial experience, its as honest as I can be, which is what you deserve!

I believe in taking care of myself, being reasonable, and putting in effort. I’ve found that when im taking care of myself im also better at taking care of those around me I love most like Gavin and my kids. If this works, you can BET ill be singing and dancing it’s praises. I value honesty and transparency and I hope you can see that here tonight in this post!

Happy Late Wednesday Night Friends!


Yesterday we picked Wyatt up from school and surprised him and Rosie with a little adventure, as Wyatt sat in his carseat he yelled in excitement over going to see a waterfall!

Gavin decided we were going to Big Falls/Little Falls outside of Arroyo Grande for a little family adventure, I was in. With goldfish, oranges, and drinks we were ready to rock and roll.

We drove 40 minutes on the back roads, kids on our laps going through these big river crossings in Gavin’s truck. The noise of life felt farther and farther away every mile we drove into this beautiful mountain. I’ll never forget watching Gavin and Wyatt’s facial expressions as Wyatt sat on his lap. As if I didn’t think they were already the same person, watching their reactions confirmed it, every reaction was the same I just started taking pictures because it was so funny. They were both like little kids in a candy store, hooting and hollering through each river crossing. Rosie was just laughing and eating, of course and enjoying herself on my lap. We had the best time with a little George Strait in the background I thought to myself how lucky I am to be right where I was.

When we arrived at the trail head we saw a beautiful waterfal (not the one we were hiking to) perfectly situated in plain sight for the kids to see, I joked with Gavin we could have ended it there and they would have been happy. Gavin wanted more of an adventure so we headed down the trail. Remember that big river we crossed in our truck a few miles back? That same river was in front of us and we had to cross it, on foot with two little kids. Most parents would probably realize that it was now a risk and we should probably turn around, not us. Gavin took both kids to the other side, using what rocks he could as placement for his “waterproof” boots, made them sit far away from the river then came back and got me while I watched them and made sure they didn’t move a muscle. It was comical, you think we would have stopped there. Nope, two more river crossings and a few minutes of hiking we decided it was time to stop and just enjoy where we were. The idea of getting to the waterfall seemed less and less important the more we enjoyed the simple journey of getting there. We threw in rocks, felt the freezing water, looked around at the big trees and enjoyed a few hours of no reception or a person in sight. Just our little family and nature.

It made me think about the idea we had at first, needing to make it to the waterfalls and see how happy the kids were when they saw it. Yet when we really thought about it, the journey failing to get there was the best part. As we drove home, back over all those crazy rivers I smiled to myself, grateful for Gavin, Wyatt and Rosie’s giggles and squels all along the way. Grateful for the ability to get excited over the little things. Sometimes when we forget to stop and find success in the process and joy in the journey, We get to the end and realize its not its all chopped up to be. There is power in finding success in the process. I hope today, wherever you are in your journey you can find some joy like we did.



Valentine’s Day always comes at the perfect time, the holidays are over and the new year starts with a ton of good intentions and a will power to be the best “you.” It only makes sense that the first real holiday we celebrate is the one that focuses on the one true thing that gets us through life, love.

As the years go on, Valentine’s Day takes on new meanings and looking back it is pretty fun to see the growth of love in my life. I could honestly say that love is the most powerful feeling in the world, from my husband to my children, my faith and my family there is literally nothing that is more motivating to me than the people that I love. So of course I want to celebrate and make it fun! I did a few little things I thought I would share with you guys that have made this season more fun than it already is. You can do these with your kids, spouse, family ect..


Make Cookies or Order them from a bakery! I worked with Melanie’s Cookies on these and they are to die for! I love her design and they are delicious. She made these for the kiddos and for the teachers. Being a preschool rookie mom I’m learning how fun it is to find cool teacher gifts! Check out the Instagram behind this amazing baker, she can make something for you guys just in time!

Decorations! Ive always found that decorating gets me so much more in the spirit! I worked with Kate from @baloongirlslo on these and she totally knocked them out of the park! She even personalized them with Rosie and Wyatt’s names! She is a Senior in college who started her own little business and is totally killing it! If you look at the picture of the big balloon, she can actually make and deliver that to someone you love on Valentine’s Day! I would literally die if someone delivered that adorable balloon to me, its such a fun and unique gift! Find her HERE!

Class Valentine’s! Do Something different!

Our babysitter Gina is a craft genius, I worked with her and Wyatt and we found the perfect Valentine’s for his class! He is obsessed with dinosaurs and candy of course so this worked perfect! It was only 11.99 for a big bucket of rock candy and we created the rest on the cricket!

Valentine’s Love Hearts!

These are pretty set explanatory but the kids love them, little hearts for each day up to Valentine’s Day or if you want, just put them up the morning of Valentine’s Day on a wall or a door! It’s fun to teach them about love, that love can be little or big!

I hope that you can find some inspiration from todays post and celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone you love! Hope you all have a great weekend!



  Happy Wednesday everyone, hope this post reaches you at a happy time in your week! I am sitting here with coffee at a desk with no outlet and a computer at 18% so here we go!

Ever get back from a vacation and feel like you’re full of energy instead of drained of it? I definelty have had those times where I get home and I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation, thankfully this wasn’t one of them. For Christmas, my mom gave us an experience gift which was the best gift idea ever. I had originally wanted to go to this little cabin for Gavin’s birthday but instead she gifted it to us for Christmas and we were so happy.




We wanted to go to the snow with the kids but the 5-6 hour drive from our house to the big time snow places like Mammoth and China Peak sounded daunting and pricy when we considered Gavin’s time off and driving long hours with two children under 4. We didn’t have a lot of time and we wanted to spend as little amount of time in the car as possible. Mount Pinos was our choice, and a good one it was. This sleepy little mountain town was amazing, the easiest, most perfect getaway for our family.




Our kids looked like marshmallows, so fluffy and impossible to hold with all their snow gear. Gloves, hats, jackets, pants and snow jackets you name it we had it on them. We were the very typical snow “rookies” and we ordered everything under the sun to prevent our kids from being cold. The thought of cold toes reminded me of college winters in Boulder, Colorado and I wasn’t about to put them through that pain, so we ordered little snow boots and these amazing socks from Amazon! I swear I am over here freezing my booty off in my Lululemon pants and borrowed boots from my aunt, and my kids are dressed to the nines but I guess that’s motherhood. You guys would have laughed if you saw me the week prior to our snow trip, the amount of Amazon boxes full of snow gear that came in was ridiculous. I am turning into my grandma, who literally winces at the thought of my kiddos being cold.

When we drove into Mount Pinos, it had snowed the night before so it felt a little bit like driving into a winter wonderland. The roads were white and the perfect amount of white snow rested on top of the trees. No brown snow, no tire tracks it was such a dreamy scene and we were so graeful to experience it. Wyatt was screaming “snow, snow, snow” and Rosie was sleeping. When we arrived at the cabin, I started laughing like no freaking way this is happening.

The cutest log cabin was covered in snow, no footprints, perfect swing hanging from a large oak tree, and a little light on in the cabin we were lucky to call ours.

I’l never forget the crisp cold air, and the gush of warm air as we opened the cabin door. You know when you think of the little cabin in the snow and the cozy feeling, this cabin had all the feels. For only $132 a night, this was nothing fancy, but perfect in every way. The board games were endless, Wyatt learned to play Candy Land with us and actually won, there was an old popcorn maker, and an old ice cream maker. We made ourselves at home and I cooked some fresh bread and soup from the Cusack Family Cookbook my grandma just gave me.


Okay im literally laughing out loud right now at the paragraph above, it sounds so domesticated and perfect but in my life which is SO NOT and totally full of imperfect moments but you’ve got to believe me when I say this moment really did feel surreal. It truly felt like we were hours away, just our little family and nothing else. After the crazy of the holidays and life I felt like I never wanted to leave, just the four of us and a warm fire had my mama heart overflowing with graciousness. God is good

In a matter of minutes the kids were bundled up and we were up the road to this little sledding spot. Two other local families were there for a brief moment and then left so we literally had this place to ourselves. Wyatt went down with Gavin, then Rosie, then our entire family which you can see on my Instagram was hilarious. I don’t know if Gavin or the kids were having more fun, Gavin was running up that hill and sledding back down in record speed. Rosie loved sledding, she is such a dare devil we finally let her go down on the last day and she was so cute.

This trip was a great reminder that the biggest adventures don’t have to be grand. This was a cabin two hours from our house, nothing grandiose or fancy but we put heart into it. We prepared, talked it up and really found joy in the simple little 2 day getaway. Joy in the old country we played as we drove up, joy in the smell of the fresh bread, or in Rosie’s little marshmallow looking self waddling around the snow, joy in Wyatt’s smile as he sled down a hill for the first time. As parents sometimes it can feel daunting to do a big trip or getaway but this snow trip proved to us that it doesn’t matter the scale of the adventure, it’s how much heart you put into it that makes it great.


I hope you guys have an amazing week, life is really about perspective and I’m learning that more and more everyday. 




To See The Cabin we Stayed At – Click Here!

Is it just me or does it happen to you that every year on the last day of December I look back and think the year just completely flew by? Like there is this happy memory of 2018 with a bunch of good moments and some tough ones too that all come together and make me feel like it all passed too quickly. The quote “the days are long but the years are short” never felt so true as I meet you guys here today.

This year was crazy. We lived half of the year as gypsies with 3/4 of our belongings in storage because we bought a new farmhouse that now has to be torn down and rebuilt. My brother and sister both got married which was amazing, and we traveled a TON. We really lived this year, and with a whole lotta’ living comes a whole lotta’ lessons so I wanted to share with you a three good lessons I learned.

Being a Parent to Young Children is a True Gift.

After my sisters rehersal dinner Gavin sat on a step with Wyatt at the San Luis Obispo Mission. Wyatt was fast asleep on his chest as always, and Gavin sat in peace just holding him tight while looking around. The two of them were just far enough away from me that I considered myself and observer of the special moment. Out of nowhere, a spanish man came up to Gavin and took a minute or two and told him something. In cool Gavin fashion he smiled so sincere and nodded his head, and the man was on his way. An hour or so later I remembered to ask Gavin what he said and what the man told him, and it was one of the most memorable lessons of 2018.

He said, ” Hi there, I know you don’t know me but i’ve been watching you sitting her with your little son. I just want to say its a beautful thing to watch you truly enjoy your simple moment with him. You know, im 68 and my son is now 18 and I would give up an entire year of my life just to have a day back with him when he was that age.” Re typing that story makes me cry, but we both realized the gravity of how special this time is with our young children. When our problems are about who took the goldfish box down and spilt it everywhere, or why Rosie keeps putting her hands in the toilet, it makes me smile. 2018 taught me to be grateful that i get to spend my days raising these precious little humans. I get to smile and laugh every single day because God blessed us with the gift of parenthood.

Lesson 2: Be Patient with your Burdens for they are likely Blessings in Disguise

I feel like this year God has given me 3489767889 moments that I have to really evaluate whether it is a burden or a blessing. Like at first glance it seems horrible but with patience and perspective i’ve learned so much. What i’ve learned from these moments collectively are that so many times what seems like a burden is actually just a heavily dressed blessing and with little uncovering turns out to be amazing. The most obvious that stands out was the purchase of our farmhouse. When we bought it in July we rented out our other home thinking we could move right in, turns out the entire farmhouse has to be torn down. Had we stopped there and lost hope it would have been horrible. However as we peeled back and patiently waited we are now going to be able to build a brand new home and keep our barn and guest unit. Its a huge blessing, that was at one moment disguised as a burden.

Lessons 3: Be Ruthless in Keeping Your Families Well Being

At the beginning of this year I read this article from a young-ish girl who was dying of cancer, she said “be ruthless for you and your families well being”. It truly touched me and the mindset I had as a wife, mom, daughter, cousin and friend. She spoke briefly on the importance of being ruthless for your families well being. The importance of agressively pursuing your best self for the purpose of yourself and your family, that honoring yourself and losing your roots was a death trap by society she wished we wouldn’t fall for. It was probably one of the most influential pieces of literature I read. Well I took that and ran with it, and with every step I took to care for myself had my family and life as a whole in mind. My life is more than myself, its a pile of a million pieces of things that make me whole, and I really did my best to take care of it all. Did I fail at moments, yes. But it was a mindset shifter that really helped me and im grateful for that.

I think i’ll end there, but as 2018 closes I also want to thank each of you guys for following my blog. In some weird way when I sit at my computer I feel a sense of community from you all. This outlet has been an amazing blessing that I don’t take for granted. I absolutely love writing, and knowing there are people on the other end that enjoy reading it makes it even better. From my heart to yours, I wish you the best 2019. I hope you find happiness in each day over the small things.