Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Our Weekend Getaway to Seattle

Remember when I used to blog regularly and document our life?  No?  It's been awhile, I don't blame you for forgetting ;).  I really do miss documenting our adventures and want to get back to it.  Maybe that will be one of my New Year's resolutions?!

We just got home from a quick weekend getaway up to our favorite city and it is definitely worth documenting!  I love visiting Seattle, it's so nostalgic and brings me back to when our Sloany girl was a tiny baby.  Feels like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time.

We walked all around the city and visited our old building and favorite shops.  Sloan loved seeing all of the places we used to taker her to when she was a baby, it was really cute!  Of course we made a stop at the public market, gum wall, and Starbucks.  The kids absolutely loved the public market.  Fresh flowers, trinkets, and mini donuts aren't hard to love though ;).

We stayed at the Hyatt at Olive 8 and it was the perfect home away from home.  Our room was so clean and spacious with the most amazing views.  The hotel has a super yummy restaurant called Urbane and a cute little coffee shop in the lobby.  Our kids loved the indoor pool and cannot wait to go back and visit!  If you're visiting Seattle for the first time, I highly recommend the Hyatt at Olive 8.  The location was so central to everything downtown!

We ended our weekend at Enchant and it was. pure. magic.  There was a Christmas light maze where we found all of Santa's reindeer, ice skating, hot cocoa, and we even got to see Santa!  The kids had SO much fun and Eric and I loved seeing how magical it all was for them.  We will definitely be adding this to our Christmastime traditions!

If you're visiting Enchant, here are a few tips:

1. If you can swing it, get the VIP tickets.  We got there right when they opened and the line for general admission was around the block.  We were able to walk right in and went straight to dinner.  After dinner, we got to walk right into the event.  No lines at all!

2. If you do not get the VIP tickets, get there early.  People were lining up way before the event started.  If you don't get the VIP tickets, you'll still have a great time and get to enjoy all of the magic!  I just really appreciated that it cut down on the lines so much :).

3. If you want to ice skate, do it first (before the Christmas light maze).  The line for ice skating got pretty long as the night went on.

4. Make sure you see Santa, he was the nicest and jolliest Santa ever!  We got right in to see him because we had the VIP tickets.

5. Wear super warm clothing!!  The event is not heated, so it'll pretty much be the same temp as it is outside hats and gloves are a must!

6. Enchant is great for people of all ages!!  Briar is only 15 months and had an absolute blast.  He loved all of the Christmas lights and watching the ice skaters go by.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday season!!  We've been crazy busy, but doing so many fun things that I can't complain.  Next up is zoo lights and then DISNEYLAND!!!  Our kids don't know we're going so I am beyond excited to surprise them!!!



Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas in the Girls Room

Confession?  I took these photos over a week ago and then completely forgot I took them ;).  My brain is kinda like scrambled eggs, but I am doing my best to create allll the holiday magic for my babes!  We threw up holiday decorations in the girls room before we had even eaten Thanksgiving dinner.  They're just so excited about Christmas and I can't even blame them!

I thought I'd do a quick room tour and share the little holiday touches in their room.  We'll see if the girls let me take these down in January... at the very least the twinkle lights will probably have to stay!

The girls room is my favorite for three reasons.  1. It's so dang cute and girly.  2. The girls spend so much time chatting together in their room.  And 3. They don't keep a ton of toys in their room so it's typically not messy :).  Don't get me started on our playroom, that's another story!

If you're looking for more sources, check out the girls shared room tour here!

Believe in the magic garland from  Maddox and Klaus  /   Ornament wreath  /  Pink Christmas tree and ornaments from Hobby Lobby  /  Santa pillow from Hallmark  /  Be good for goodness sake artwork from  Opal Plus Olive

Ornament garlands wrapped around the headboard are from Michaels.

Peppermint garland from  Pearl and Jane  /  Felt mistletoe is several years old from Target  /  Vintage Christmas tree from JCPenney

I had to snap a few photos of my photography assistant...

More room sources can be found  here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Home for the Holidays with Glade® at The Home Depot

This post is sponsored by Glade® at The Home Depot.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

Well.  I caved.  I decorated the house for Christmas before we had even eaten Thanksgiving dinner.  In my defense-the girls have been begggggging us to put up our tree!  And I really just wanted to and I'm a grown up so I can do stuff like that ;).

The holidays are just magical with kids.  The girls LOVED decorating our tree!  We put on Home Alone, drank hot cocoa, and crossed our fingers that Phayre didn't drop any of the glass ornaments!  She only dropped and broke one so it felt like a major success.  Once we finished decorating the tree, Sloan kept standing back and admiring our tree which is exactly what I've always done!  It was the best night and I'm so glad we didn't wait to put our tree up.  I mean we get an extra week and a half to enjoy it!

We have an artificial tree that we've had for years.  If you're a fellow Oregonian you're thinking, "Shame Marisa!! Most of the countries Christmas trees are grown in Oregon, how can you have a fake tree?!"  Well, you're not wrong.  And while I love the idea of a real Christmas trees, there is about a 0% chance I could keep a tree alive for an entire month.  Also not super down with the pine needles and bugs.  So we have a fake tree and I love pulling her out of the box each year and fluffing her big beautiful branches :).

The one thing I miss about a real Christmas tree is the amazing smell.  I solved this problem though when I found the new holiday limited edition fragrances from Glade® at The Home Depot!  The Enchanted Evergreen scent makes our entire house smell like a Christmas tree farm.  I light one three wick candle in our living room and it makes our entire main floor small amazing.  I also love the Nutcracker Delight scent, it's a delicious hazelnut and praline scent.  Both scents are available in three wick candles and PlugIn scented oil air freshness refills.

Our holiday Glade® candles are spread out around the house.  I love that the candles come in a clear glass container.  There aren't any ugly stickers or anything on the container so it looks nice displayed.  Plus they're only $4.88 so I can't stop buying them!!  And the best part?  You can order them online from and have them shipped right to your door!

Happy holidays friends!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

2018 Black Friday Sales

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had so much fun spending the day with loved ones.  I went to bed with a very full belly and and even fuller heart.  We are driving from one festivity to the next and I've got the next two hours in the car (a car that happens to have wifi!) so it's time to get my Black Friday shopping on!  I thought I'd share my favorite deals with you guys!

Abercrombie and Fitch: 50% off the entire store and free shipping.  My favorite coat is on major sale!

Anthropologie: 30% off your entire purchase.  I grabbed a blanket, Christmas mugs, gloves, and three of these candles to give as gifts!

Boden: 30% off with code V4N9.  Grab this darling dress while you're there!

Cotton On: 40-75% off the entire store!  Sooooo many cute things!!  For the girls I love these flats, this rainbow dress, sweatshirt, sweatpants, and unicorn purse.  For Briar I love this Mickey tee and these jammies.

Crate and Kids: 20% off black friday event and free shipping over $49.

Gap: 50% off your entire purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY, no exclusions!

Gymboree:  50-75% off the entire store!  For the girls I love this beanie, vest, sweater, and sweater.  For Briar I love these snow boots, sweatshirt, and fleece jacket.

H&M: 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping with code 3238!  I grabbed the girls these Minnie sweatshirts for our upcoming Disney trip!

Hanna Anderson: All kids jammies are $25, plus 30% off everything else!  Time to grab the whole family Christmas Hanna jams!

J Crew: 50% off your entire purchase with code TGIF.  My all time favorite slippers that I've had for years are under $25!!

J Crew Factory: Up to 80% off, use code ADD2CART for additional discounts!!  I got Eric these slippers for $11.97!!  I also got him these sweats and this pullover.

Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code DEALWITHIT.  Favorite items are these earrings,  mules, beanie, and jeans.

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off select items.

Old Navy: 50% off your entire purchase!  I grabbed my kiddos these ornaments.

Pottery Barn Kids: 25% off and free shipping with code GIFT25!

Target: Lots and lots of Black Friday door busters!

Urban Outfitters: Buy one item, get one 50% off!

West Elm: Tiered savings with code SAVEMORE.

Happy Shopping!!

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