There are moments in life where I can literally feel the fullness of my heart. It’s a feeling I wish I could bottle up and save to give to someone having a bad day. The past ten days with my little family have brought more smiles and laughs than Gavin or I could have imagined.  

If you follow along my social media or blog you know that Kauai has a very special place in our hearts, I have been coming here now for over 20 years, we were engaged here, I’ve floated in the pool 36 weeks pregnant here, and each year Kauai serves as our little getaway from reality. Between Gavin’s work schedule, building a new house, and living in guest units over the past year I can truthfully tell you i’ve had a LOT to juggle both physically and mentally while doing my best to maintain stability in my families life. 

The busyness of life was grasping at me, I felt like I was “needed” in so many directions I decided the very thing that kept me attached to all these different elements in life was my phone. My phone was the lifeline to my busy lifestyle, so I decided to do something that embarrassingly enough, scared me. The second I thought about doing it I got a bit of anxiety which was exactly the reason I decided I needed to do it. I changed my voicemail and left my phone turned off, on the dresser in our house. It wasn’t just social media or email that were grabbing my attention, it was the ability to be mindless by looking at a screen, the accessibility to anything I could think of that derailed me from what was in front of me or inside my head.  It was no doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 

Phoneless and disconnected enabled me to see every single happy smile and moment through my own eyes. I can’t tell you how much time I spent thinking, which sounds so weird but it’s the truth. I sat in my own thoughts, and did a lot of thinking which I didn’t realize until I truly thought about how my phone really takes me away from my own thoughts and reflection. 

  I brought my camera because I love taking pictures and video so I was able to capture these memories without feeling the need to instantly share them with anyone. The happiness from keeping them to ourselves far outweighed any gratification from an outsider, we truly lived each moment and as I can write this I can feel it in my heart. 

We got up every morning at the crack of dawn thanks to our human alarm clocks, and sat on the porch watching the waves hit the rocks with a cup of Kauai coffee in our hands. The first three days my mom and our best family friend Lori were there so Gavin and I were able to go workout together and have some alone time. We worked out, then walked and chatted so far away from the realities of life, moments and conversations I’ll cherish forever. 

We spent the next week adventuring, swimming, seeing as much of the island we could. We biked, kayaked, paddle boarded, swam with turtles, devoured ice cream and shave ice, napped, and relaxed. I will write more about the things we did but today I just want to write about the power of being together and disconnected from reality. 

Bottom line, life can wait. Everything that I put on hold is still there, anything that is only accessible by phone is not as important as the lives of your family. What life has demanded of me can in Gavin’s word “sit the bench.” I hope if this post does anything for you, it inspires you to experience the best moments without your phone.

 Made a video of our amazing trip on Youtube! Check it out below and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

xoxo,

Stephanie 

I am sitting in the parking lot outside a what feels like Costco size warehouse of every item I’ve ever “put in my cart” and gone to bed dreaming of. This Habitat Home and Garden Warehouse Sale makes my dreams a reality. Inside and outside under a big tent are items up to 75% off and let me tell you, this is no Target dollar section. These items that are for sale are quality and trendy, heavy, and you can see the detail with just a glance. I can guarantee you’ll pull the trigger on at least one item… it’s that good. From tiny vases for $5 to coffee tables and media consoles from $285-$500 the deals are endless. 

This won’t last.

The Habiat Home and Garden Sale only lasts a few days. Thursday – Sunday is your window and you won’t want to miss this opportunity, trust me! I thought the best way to showcase all these amazing deals are to share with you a few I LOVE that you don’t want to miss out on. This will hopefully give you a glimpse into all the goodies they have to offer! 

Habitat Home and Garden Warehouse Sale is located at 1291 Mesa View Drive Arroyo Grande, California and it is open from Thursday – Sunday 9am-4pm each day!

decorative bench
farmhouse coffee table
decorative pots
dresser
jute rugs
raw antique wood
farmhouse lights
row of dressers
raw wood tree planter

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..

Cookies!

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!

xox,

Stephanie

  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. 

xox, 

Stephanie 

 

To See The Cabin we Stayed At – Click Here!