5 Tips to Make a Photo Session Easier with a Toddler

5 Tips to Make a Photo Session Easier with a Toddler

This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Taking styled photos with toddlers is not always easy. You never know how the session will go. These are my tips to make a photo session easier with a toddler.

5 Tips to Make a Photo Session Easier with a Toddler


I am a huge fan of pictures. I love capturing my children in timeless photos that showcase every age and stage they are going through. Read more

10 Things to Pack on a Trip to the Lake

10 Things to Pack on a Trip to the Lake

Our whole family is excited that Spring is here and Summer is quickly approaching! We have already loaded up our car THREE times with our favorite things to pack on a trip to the lake!! 10 Things to take to the Lake-2

The sunshine and warm weather is our favorite.

We plan to take advantage of the gorgeous weather down here in Texas and spend as much time as possible at the lake and beach.  When you have a large family like ours you quickly realize that there are some essentials to pack every single trip to the lake. This is a new area to us, so we are exploring new places each trip. Read more

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote Topping

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote Topping

It’s always a good time for Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote Topping! This dessert is so delicious. The perfect addition to your Easter Dinner or Spring Celebration. 

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote

Y’all… We are STILL on our Strawberry obsession!

I am beyond happy that strawberry is in full force! And my children, of course, are loving strawberry season too.  Read more


Strawberry Shortcake Bars with Whipped Yogurt Cream Topping

If you are going to a picnic this weekend or are craving a delicious strawberry dessert, then you HAVE to try these Strawberry Shortcake Bars with Whipped Yogurt Cream Topping! 

Strawberry Shortcake Bars with whipped yogurt cream topping

I grew up in Hawaii and loved the outdoor life. There is something about the smell of the grill or smoker and the taste of fresh fruit and veggies eaten off of a paper plate that just makes my soul happy!  Read more


Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Smoked Chicken

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

Nothing says TEXAS like a table full of side dishes, BBQ’d meat and your friends and neighbors gathered together for a meal and fun! This Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Smoked Chicken recipe is the perfect addition to my table in celebration of the upcoming TexFest!

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When we made the decision to pack up our family and move to a whole new state, it didn’t take long before we decided on Texas as our new home state. When Jon and I were first married we traveled full time and our favorite state was always Texas! Read more

Universal Truths for all Moms – one kid or six kids

Universal Truths for all Moms – one kid or six kids

It often seems that becoming a mother suddenly makes you a hot mess needing lots and lots of advice. Whether the advice is solicited or un-solicited the wide range of practical and simply ridiculous tidbits friends and strangers will give you is rather overwhelming. There are books and magazines, and online groups, and forums, and more all dedicated to letting us know what we should be/do as mothers. As a mother to six children, who started with just one, I have found the following to be Universal Truths for all moms….whether you have one child or six.

Universal Truths for All Moms Read more