Ah! Rosie just fell asleep and Wyatt is at preschool so I’m taking my time and ignoring my giant pile of camping gear that needs to be put away in order to write about an amazing little getaway we just got back from.

If I close my eyes I can still hear Wyatt giggling with his grandma over a funny peanut song as they sat together on a camping bench, my nephew in a homeschool session in the tent putting numbers together with Brea, and the sound of the truck’s diesel engine as Gavin returned back from an early morning surf session with his dad, brother and uncle. It was one of those getaways where you look around, breath and think “this is life.”

You wouldn’t have had any idea at that moment that our Studabaker Camper overheated 4 miles from the campsite the day before and changed our plans entirely.

Ill never forget looking behind me as Gavin pulled off the side of the 101 with an engine blowing smoke everywhere. When I finally turned around and got to the side with him he goes “look, we are not going to say one thing negative about this, we are going to stay positive and everything is going to be just fine.” What was supposed to be our “home” for camping was completely unpacked and shoved into my 4Runner within minutes and brought to the campsite. What was going to be an indoor living trailer turned into a new 5 person tent, sleeping bags, and an outdoor kitchen. I have been working a lot on mindset lately and this was one instance where having practiced a bit totally paid off because we turned what could have been a disaster into a laughable and light adventure. Looking back it was a ton of fun and I’m happy to share that little adventure because its one we won’t forget.

When we got settled into our tent, the kids were going crazy with excitement. Camping is not new to Gavin, his Eagle Scout kicked right in and he was getting all organized and teaching me everything he could think of, I loved it. Me, on the other hand, can’t remember a time in my life I slept in a tent. I was a rookie at age 28 which is a little embarrassing but hey we all have to start somewhere.

There were seventeen people and two dogs total camping with us in our group spot at El Capitan Campsite so you can imagine the fun and craziness that was going on. Wyatt and Rosie were practically held by someone else for three days straight. They were in heaven. Being the little kids they were constantly entertained by cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. From playing catch with Jarom, Ninja Turtles with Jedidiah, getting bottle fed by Naomi, learning to cook pumpkin cake with Auntie Keara, or holding Auntie Brea’s hands down into the ocean my kids were on a life high. So many times I sat and thought to myself how precious family time outdoors really is.

The second day was spent at the beach and Wyatt and Rosie loved every second of it. Rosie was obsessed with the Ocean and was trying to get anyone and everyone to take her into it. Wyatt was busy chasing around his cousins Jeremiah and Forrest trying to learn and watch whatever they were doing. It was so fun to sit on the beach with my mother in and law and sister in law just watching the kids run around and the guys hop from activity to activity. That night I went and got a Campsite map with my nephew Jeremiah and together with some of my nieces we created a treasure hunt around the campground. Kids went crazy searching the area and finding the gold chocolate coins. I can still picture them all walking like a train, hands on each other’s shoulders from area to area.

Driving home I couldn’t help but think about a few things I will leave you with here today…

there is serous power in unplugging
going somewhere where you have to create fun is well worth the energy you put into it
making time for family is the most important and valuable use of time
when plans change, go with it.

 

Happy Thursday everyone!

xoxo,

Steph

Happy Friday everyone!  I am writing to you today about a topic I get asked quite a bit about and its probably the one topic I shy away from talking about the most. Blogging. It’s almost as if I feel incredibly unqualified because I am so far from my goal, however doing this now for two years has taught me quite a bit, mostly from trial and error. By mostly I mean almost entirely from error, so you’re getting the good and raw advice here today.  I have gone through ups and downs, moments of thrill and disappointment and at the end of the day I still this because I love it. I love writing, meeting people who follow my blog, and I love creating something that my children and husband will be proud of.  An idea brought me here and passion is the reason i’ve stayed. Today I’m going to share my top 10 pieces of advice to anyone blogging or looking to blog.

Find Your Passion

When someone tells a story they are passionate about, you can feel it. Whether you feel that same passion or not, you’re still hooked. Starting your blog and writing about things you are passionate about is a must. By passion I don’t mean what you think is cool, what Instagram tells you is cool, I’m talking what you think about when you’re at a red light, sitting with your nails in the dryer at the salon. Choosing a topic that fuels you, that you can talk about for hours and truly enjoy is key in starting a blog. The best blogs and people I follow own their passion, and its real. I’ve seen it happen numerous times where people start a blog or an Instagram page and they have not found their passion because they are Helter Skelter covering so many random topics you can’t keep track, trying to post about what they think everyone else wants to hear. Recipe for disaster, seen it happen. Find what fuels you, sit and take time by writing down a list of the things you love the most. For me, it was motherhood and my family and writing and posting about my life with them is a piece of cake, its my passion and maybe its yours too!

Consistency is Key

Gavin told me right when I decided to blog that he was reading how important consistency is in Blogging. I have never held onto a piece of advice more, and its something that keeps me in-line with my goal. Consistency is important when you are talking to a group of people, creating your brand and asking people to trust you.  This is something I have to work on often and still fail at a lot these days. Consistency is creating a relationship with your followers by continuing to deliver. Sure, consistency can be slow or fast thats up to you, but there is a lot of power in being consistent.

 

Remember Why You Started.

The Blogging and Instagram world have a way of influencing you. Again. The Blogging and Instagram world have a way of influencing you. If I wasn’t going to be annoying by typing that again I would but I couldn’t stress this enough. SO many people have this awesome idea or Blog and overtime get sucked into changing their ways, their writing voice, their ideas because of how much they see “out there.” Before you start your blog or your journey, write a mission statement. What are you trying to accomplish, who are you at your core?  Best and easiest way is to focus on your about me section, write it out. Why are you writing? What inspires you? What is your goal? What are the values you cherish? There is power in knowing your foundation and there is nothing wrong with tweaking it overtime but I promise you it will continually remind you of why you started and keep you on a good path

 

Keep your Blinders on

New Flash, someone will always be “better” than you at something, maybe its writing, body shape, networking ability, the list goes on an on but in Blogging you have to remember the power you have that nobody else does. You are the only you. Keep your blinders on at first, don’t read other blogs or spend countless hours on Instagram under the #blogger. Work and put your energy into your own brand, build it up before you look outwards. This will help you solidify your writing voice, and your style that way when you do venture out it will often inspire rather than change you.

 

Stay Genuine and Personal

I remember one time I looked at my Direct Messages on Instagram and I had 51  message requests from people. Most of them were asking little questions or just saying a sweet comment and I hadn’t taken the time to respond. To this day I still hate that I got to that point. When you are building your brand or your Blog no matter how big or small there is serious value in creating personal and genuine relationships. Ignoring the very people who are reaching out to you is essentially ignoring the core of your following, the most engaged ones. Take the time and have a conversation, get to know your followers and readers.

Set Goals

I actually feel funny writing about this because its a topic I am trying to work on myself. With blogging I haven’t really set goals, I’ve literally just done this for fun for so long I’ve created a “whatever happens happens” attitude. However, I’m learning that setting goals doesn’t mean you have to change your ways, instead it helps create a clear path of the direction you are trying to go. Maybe your goal is a sponsored post, a Blog post comment, or a certain number of followers. Whatever your goal is, write it down and write three things you need to do in order to get there. Whether those three ways work or not, you will learn something new.

 

Don’t sell your authenticity for approval

Don’t fall into the trap of approval. This is by far the hardest when most of how we get sponsored posts and such are based on the “approval” rate of others. At the end of your day, when your computer is closed and your phone is off be sure you still care most about the opinions of those that are with you. I can guarantee you there is nothing on the internet that holds more value and satisfaction than having a loyal relationship with someone who loves you for you.

 

Hope you guys have an amazing weekend! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment below or get in contact with me on my Instagram!

 

xo,

Stephanie

Happy Monday everyone! Hope this post reaches you well. Currently sitting on the couch listening to Wyatt read Rosie play in the other room while I see the most fall morning ever outside! I love this time of year! Here on the central coast, the weather dips below 70 and I instantly get out our puffy Patagonia jackets and boots. We’ve officially hit fall and the rest of the year is MY FAVORITE, I actually just saw a Christmas advertisement and I about died. I would like to say the best days of 2018 are just ahead and fall is the opener.

The other day we went to U Pick Apples and I snapped a couple of these photos, they were seriously so cute and the place was awesome! Someone had told me about it and I went for the first time! It was so fun because we were Able to take a basket and head out into the Orchard and pick and eat apples. They said for as long as you’re out there you can taste apples so we probably ate more apples than we bought to be honest! Kids loved running up and down and Wyatt brought his tractor and loaded all of his apples in there!

I love getting Wyatt and Rosie out to do fun things during this time of year because its all so festive and beautiful. Today I am sharing with you guys my fall musts for the Central Coast of California! Just a little list of goodies and memorable spots to create traditions, make memories, and enjoy life with the ones you love!

Feel free to drag this image to your desktop or go to my Instagram and screenshot it in my stories today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like I just stepped into a coffee shop with an old friend, with a million updates and not enough time! Life has been on fast forward, a constant movement and changes everywhere I turn. I can’t say I’m hating it because I’m actually have a lot of fun although it can feel a bit overwhelming at times. To prevent total word vomit, scatter brained I’m going to title a few sections and give you guys the jist.

Gypsy Life

My life is a homebody’s worst nightmare. Sadly, I am a homebody so channeling positivity and energy into making each place we are at a home has been quite the task. Since June 28th we have 1. moved out of our home and rented it out 2. moved into my parents house, moved out two months later 3. moved into Gavin’s parents guest cottage on their property and we will be moving out of here in two months! Where to next you ask? Finally our farmhouse property, however not in the way you may think! Each space has been so much fun and full of adventure and change for us all. As a mom I’ve never put so much effort into being the “home” my kids and husband need me to be.

Farmhouse, we’re fighting for you!

 I’ve spent the last month really working on mindset because we are going to have to salvage as much wood and precious items from the farmhouse and rebuild a new one. Yup. Not how we pictured it but you know what, I’ve learned life never goes as planned and if this is the “not planned” part of my life I will take it. So there’s that update, been waiting to get that out for a minute. We are going to move onto the property and because rebuilding a new house overnight is going to take a minute, we are going to buy a little trailer to live in while our guest unit is finished and then live in that while we build our home! If you look at it backwards, by the time we are in our finished home we will have moved four times. It’s going to be a crazy ride but its will be worth it! Now we get a brand new house which I would be very annoying if I complained about that. So we are excited and our meeting today with the city went great!! Time for some vision boards!

Cabbage Leaves, Tiny Steps and our sweet Rosie Girl

Sweet Ro is almost officially weaned and this was WAY harder than I expected. Cabbage leaves, Tylenol and a few days of true blues are thankfully being me but holy cow did anyone else have trouble weaning? Rosie was totally fine but my body was like wait, hold up, I’ve produced milk for 13 months and now you want me to stop? It was really crazy, I’m not an emotional person so to have feelings of sadness for no reason was crazy and I really worked hard to get outside, workout, and hang with my mom to help me get through the hormonal change I didn’t expect!

Wyatt 

My little love. In preschool three days a week for two weeks now and I still make sure he knows how much I miss him while he is at school. Around 12:30 I get really excited to go in and pick him up because he gets super excited and drops his toys and wants to be held when he sees me which really makes my mama heart happy! He has been learning so much at school its amazing, he will come home and talk about the funniest things. The other day he goes “You want to know the difference between a toad and a frog?” I am constantly laughing and listening to him totally smiling inside at how great of a little boy he is.

Parents Getaway!

Never ever ever ever ever underestimate the power of a getaway with your signifiant other, especially if you’re parents. We realized that over the past year we have done quite a bit of traveling but nothing with just the two of us. The second we realized that we were like get us the heck out of here! The morning we were supposed to leave I woke up at 7am and Gavin was already up, dressed and packed it was super cute. We went to Rosewood Cordevalle and we had the best time. We officially don’t know how to relax so we hiked and worked out then spent the rest of the time chatting and catching up on life. It feels good to be in love and to nurture our relationship. On the way home we were already planning our next getaway!

I will likely be writing individual posts about all those topics above but I thought I would update you on life because its going a million miles an hour! I appreciate you guys following along, I know you probably feel like you can’t keep up but I almost feel the same hahah! I’ve learned a lot about mindset lately and the importance of focusing on the good things, really keeping my blinders on so my focus is on the things that matter and things that are vital to keep my little family happy. At the end of the day, if I’m stressing about things that aren’t necessary it flows into my family and that’s the last thing we need so I’ve been grateful for that realization lately. . Talk to you guys soon, pancakes are burning lol.

Lots of Love,

Stephanie

Wyatt starts preschool in two weeks!

I can’t even believe this time has come and I’m sure like any mom my heart is torn in two directions, so sad my first baby is going to sit in a class and be a big boy, and so happy I get some free time with little Ro! With him going to school, and being my first child I can’t help but look a million places for the things i know ill look back on by baby 2 or 3 and laugh at. I remember being so set on having a wipe warmer with Wyatt and with Rosie I’m like hey no wipes gotta wet this paper towel real quick as I change her over my lap.I can’t help but laugh at what i’ll be doing for the third child when he/she comes, and nope not pregnant!

     

Anyways, back to the point. Preschool is coming and I have searched high and low for a cool lunchbox a for Wyatt since he doesn’t need a backpack. I decided to order a lunchbox from a company called State Rodgers, I love all their designs but decided on number 7 below! What i love about this company is with every single lunch box purchase they actually give back to a child in need.

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success – to a local child in need.”

 

He was so excited when it arrived, be has been filling it up with snacks every single day he literally takes it all around the house. He will tell me in the morning he has to go to his job, Preschool. Then packs his lunchbox up and sits in a random place. He kills me.

With all the searching I thought I might as well share with you guys a few of my favorites in case you haven’t ordered or bought one yet! If you click on the corresponding number to the pictures below there are a ton of color options as well!

 

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Hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you!