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Mama + Mini // 4th of July Style

With only one week to go until one of our FAVORITE HOLIDAYS, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite Mama + Mini Styles for the 4th of July!!! Have I mentioned lately that having a Little Girl is the best and most festive thing EVER!!! And I LOVE it beyond belief!!!

4th of July Mini Style

Tank + Baby Bloomers   //   Gold Leaf Headband   //   Chambray Polka Dot Dress   //   Gold Glitter Jelly Sandals   //   Red White & Cute Shirt with Jean Shorts  //   Chuck Taylor All Stars for Mama   //   Chuck Taylor All Stars for Baby

I simply can’t wait to see Miss Reagan in her stylish & festive outfit for the fourth!!!!

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 It is no surprise that I am a lover of Holidays and anything festive.  When I think back to the Fourth last year, I was newly pregnant and in the beginning stages of good ol’ morning sickness…how FUN right??? I was a pouty party because I couldn’t drink, but was still head over heels happy because we were PREGNANT!!! We found out we were expecting over the holiday weekend last year and it was just so much fun.  The Fourth of July is one our favorite holidays and it is very serindipidous that we found out about our sweet baby while celebrating the Red, White, & Blue.

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Here is our very first photo as a family of three + 2 golden retrievers. Baby Reagan was still a tiny tadpole swimming in my belly, but we gave her a little flag nonetheless!!!!

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Bikini Top (last year – similar HERE)

***Mourning my pre-baby body and abs a bit after seeing this photo. Mama needs to continue working her hinny off!

I’m just so excited to see what kind of festive shenanigans we can get into this year.  Miss Reagan is going to be representing the Red, White, & Blue and we will be taking her to the lake for the very first time. I am just so excited.  I know she is still too young to understand what is going on but its so fun to see her little eyes light up when she sees and experiences new things for the first time. SPARKLERS & S’MORES anyone?!?!?!

Hope everyone has an amazing week and it’s definitely time to do some festive 4th of July party planning!

xo xo Friends,

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Happy New Year & My 28th Birthday

HELLO 2016!!!

I can’t believe we are already well into January and 2016 already! With our sweet little gummy bear arriving in a few short weeks my To Do List is longer than ever BUT I am making progress and checking things off the list. Woo Hoo. So far 2016 has been AMAZING for our family!

I know 2016 is going to bring quite a bit of change for our family and therefore my “One-and-Only” New Years Resolution this year is “To have a Year of NO EXPECTATIONS!” My life is about to change is ways that I can’t even imagine. I am still struggling a bit to wrap my head around the fact that we are having a BABY! I don’t know what that is going to feel like and instead of building up the whole experience and setting myself up for failure by trying to be “the perfect mother HAHA,” I am just going to roll with it and take every moment and experience on a day-to-day basis.

This is not to say that I am NOT doing my best to prepare in every way possible, but when it comes to actually being a parent I have some general guidelines that I would like to follow but not much else.  I know for the first few months the baby is going to be just that…a baby…and they sort of set the tone for how the hours and days will pass.  We have some ideas for how we would like our Labor and Delivery to go, in a “general” sense and we are planning on breastfeeding and doing some sleep training techniques with the baby.  But I know several moms that have tried to control the outcome of these things and ended up being extremely disappointed in the whole experience of having a newborn for the first few weeks.  I know it is going to be hard and exhausting but I really want to look back on the first few weeks and let it be whatever it is meant to be.  Therefore NO EXPECTATIONS…within reason of course… for this Mommy-To-Be.

On a completely different note the last day of 2015 was SPECTACULAR!!! We celebrated New Years Eve and my 28th Birthday and everything about the whole day was perfect! We woke up to a gorgeous and frosty morning.  The fog was thick and the sunshine was peaking through the houses! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!!! The perfect start to the morning.

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My sweet husband made me my favorite breakfast complete with coffee and roses! It was so special and thoughtful.

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We had lunch with my Mom and Step-Dad which was so special and took our puppies out to the river to run wild and play. It was exactly how I wanted to spend my day…surrounded by my favorite people and fur babies! The snow was gorgeous and the sun was bright. It was freakin’ freezing but we had a blast and it was so much FUN!!!!

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We watched the sunset over the snow and then headed out to do some Birthday shopping for ME!!!! Because D-Day (delivery day) is right around the corner I really wanted to get some basics that I know probably won’t be high on my priority list in the coming months. So on my list this year…my super expensive and amazing face wash and moisturizer.  I still need to keep up appearances post-baby. I refuse to be one of those moms who “lets herself go” once the baby arrives.  But again, no expectations, so i’m gonna just roll with it and see what happens.  But my general goal is to still feel somewhat put together on a regular basis.  I was also completely spoiled with my favorite Juicy Couture Perfume, a gorgeous Kate Spade watch which i’m just drooling over, and the best ever MamaRoo Rocker & Bouncer with an Infant Insert.  I am so excited to start busting out the baby goodies we got and figure out how they work.  YIPPPPEEEEEE!

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#1 – Kate Spade Watch     #2 – Kiehls Ultra Face Cream     #3 – Viva La Juicy Perfume

#4 – MamaRoo Infant Insert     #5 – Kiehls Ultra Face Wash     #6 – MamaRoo Rocker

 Overall it was the perfect way to round out 2015 and ring in the New Year! I am so excited for all the blessings and challenges that 2016 will bring…I can’t wait to “feel” what being a mommy is going to be like! I definitely feel pregnant, but not really like a mommy! We ended 2015 curled in bed with our puppies and kitties, had a mini-Office marathon and were both asleep by 10:3oish.

And just like that, goodbye 2015, hello 2016, and time for everything “baby” related to kick into high gear for this mommy!

xo xo friends,

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Lovin’ the Fall Life

I am in Fall Heaven around here!!! Halloween was amazing, my belly is getting bigger, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means Black Friday aka Baby Nursery Shopping for us!!! I could not be happier or more excited!! I’ve got everything picked out and ready to go.  Just waiting for the deals and sales to start rolling in for Big Time Baby Savings!!! Let me start by saying that the hubby and I are not Black Friday Shoppers AT ALL!! Its not our thing one bit.  I love the idea of saving money but we are not the type to stand outside in the cold for hours to save $50.  However, we will be taking advantage of the savings this year with Black Friday Sales and also Cyber Monday Sales.  Here are some of the deals and steals that I can’t wait to get my hands on immediately after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Wish List 2015

J. Hunt Lamp      Tufted Rocking Chair      Sophie the Giraffe Teether     Elephant Teether

Eddie Bauer Langley Crib      Honest Company Diapers       Summer Infant Baby Monitor

I also scored this amazing gather doormat for Thanksgiving/November at Target!!! I love it so much and it was on sale! Double score! I love a festive porch even if I am the only one who ever sees it.  I’m really hoping next year we can host Thanksgiving and Christmas! With having the baby, I want his or hers first holidays to be in our home.  So I see some party hosting in our future!!

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We just returned from a trip to Seattle to visit my husbands family.  We had such a good time.  We celebrated his grandfather’s 85th birthday and danced the night away at a wedding for a family friend.  It was so nice to see everyone and relax for the whole week.  The golden girls were all together again and we snapped some adorable photos of them.  They always have a blast together along with the adults.  Plus I finally got to show off my pregnant belly…which is getting HUGE these days.  I’m so glad I finally look pregnant and not just fat.

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And finally I have spent my last day of vacation putting up Christmas decorations, finalizing all the plans for our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping haul, catching up on laundry from the trip, and cleaning the house.

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It feels so good to be home and to have everything mapped out and ready to go.  This of course means I am almost officially ready for the holidays.  Time to get back into work mode and take the golden girls for a walk around the neighborhood!!! Until next time friends…

xo xo,

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Twas’ a very Merry Christmas – Part Three

I spent most of Christmas Eve finishing up my cookie boxes and prepping some food for Christmas Day!!!! The hubby worked for most of the day and then we enjoyed a nice dinner together and watched some Christmas movies.

And finally…Christmas Day arrived.  After weeks of prep the day always flies by, so we spent most of the day soaking up all the fun and enjoying our time together.

We started our morning seeing what “Santa” brought us aka what santa brought the girly puppies.  I swear, they are more spoiled every year then we are…as it should be HAHA!!!

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It was absolutely magical and we had so much fun.  We were able to Skype with my in-laws while opening presents, and it was so nice to share in the fun and chat with them on Christmas Day. The girly puppies were so exhausted after all the Christmas fun and had a little cuddle-sesh with all their new toys…so spoiled.

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This year I tried a new recipe from a good friend, and made some yummy and healthy quiches for Christmas morning.  The hubby LOVED them and i’ve already made them again since.  I, on the other hand, enjoyed some yummy mimosas while we opened presents.  A Christmas tradition for us…and so yummy!!!!

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We had such a magical morning and then it was off to my parents house for Christmas Dinner with the whole family.  We arrived a little early and opened some gifts with my family before guests arrived.  We enjoyed a relaxing night chatting with family followed by an amazing Prime Rib dinner…sooooo good!!!!

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My cute parents…love them!!!!

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We had such a blast! Given that this will most likely be our last Christmas with the just the two of us, we really tried to enjoy our time together before Little Baby Haguewood comes along at some point!!!

I was also super excited to include my mom in a fun tradition this year for the first time.  Not quite sure exactly how this tradition came about, it just sorta happened, and has been a FUN part of our Christmas ever sense.  The first year Jeffrey and I were dating/engaged, I bought the most adorable Christmas PJ’s for his mom and sister.  Every year sense I have given them Christmas Eve Pajamas that are beyond comfy and cozy!!! It has been so much fun looking back at all the pictures and remembering each Christmas and the endless family memories!!! This year I decide to include my mom in the fun and someday…SOMEDAY…if we have a little baby girl the 3 of us can match!!!  It is such a silly little tradition but I truly enjoy shopping for the cute pajamas each year.  Here is a peak at the last few years…

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FIRST YEAR with my sweet MOMMY!!! Love her to pieces, she truly is my best friend!!!

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And that is officially ALL there is for our Christmas!!! We truly were spoiled beyond belief and had so much FUN hanging out with all our family and friends!!! Not quite sure where we will be next Christmas but I am already excited and can’t wait.  When I took down all our xmas decor on New Years Day I was quite sad but completely ready to embrace 2015 and all the FUN & JOY that is sure to happen!!! I can’t wait!!! Thank you for bearing with me as I blog about our Christmas in January…we just had so much fun that I couldn’t NOT include all the details!!!!

I hope everyone had an AMAZING weekend!!! I was crazy busy with a BIG bridal fair and had such a blast helping the sweetest of brides all weekend long. It was glorious!!!!

As always, THANK YOU SO MUCH, for reading!

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Happy December Friends…FaLaLaLa

Happy December my friends!!!!

I’m so flipping excited for Christmas, New Years, and all things SNOW related!!! Bring on a very white Christmas baby!!!

But first a quick Fall roundup…because once again I got a little behind on blogging!!! I’ve definitely been marching to my own beat lately and blogging just wasn’t part of the schedule!!!

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since mid-November when we were celebrating Miss Jovie’s 5th birthday. I didn’t even cover our Halloween festivities…

So here is a quick recap of all things Halloween and Thanksgiving related with a few of my favorite Football ramblings sprinkled in.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014 

– October 31, 2014 –

As much as I love Thanksgiving & Christmas, i’m always a little sad the day after Halloween. It truly is one of my all-time favorite holidays and I plan our costumes all year long.   This year I searched and searched for an awesome family costume!!! Last years SuperFamily was one of my absolute favorites and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to top it.

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 So keeping with the tutu theme from last year…I opted for a fun fairytale costume…

The 3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf

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 We had such a blast.  I intentionally left all our lights off so we wouldn’t get any trick-or-treaters and we hit the town with some good friends in our costumes.  As always, I made our costumes and I just want to point out that I AM SO HAPPY with how they turned out.  Although the 2 biggest challenges were finding a freakin’ pair of light pink leggings to wear under my tutu AND making the hubby’s wolf hood by hand.  It was a nice challenge but something I won’t be attempting again!!!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014

– November 27, 2014 –

This year was incredibly quiet for us over the Thanksgiving holiday. We are getting to that age where families are beginning to spread out and start their own traditions etc.  That means smaller family gatherings, until of course we start our own family. YAY! YAY! YAY!

I was SOOOOOOOO excited to try out a new Thanksgiving Cupcake recipe this year…

INTRODUCING the worlds cutest Pie Inspired Cupcakes…in cute packaging of course!!!! I’m in love…

Cherry Pie Cupcakes

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Apple Pie Cupcakes

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I had such a blast passing these beauties out to good friends and family! I’m so incredibly thankful for each and everyone of them!!!!

We started our morning with a wonderful and chilly walk with the golden girls. It was such a gorgeous morning and although it was COLD the sun was shining!!!!

The hubby visited some friends and I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We enjoyed an absolutely amazing dinner with my parents, a few aunts and cousins, and my sweet grandfather.  It was super chill and completely wonderful…and you know there were yummy Mimosas involved so I was a HAPPY girl.

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We really missed our golden girls however, so we decided to head home early this year.  We curled up in some comfy pajamas, gave lots of Thanksgiving kisses to the girls, and watched our AMAZING Seattle Seahawks destroy the San Fransisco 49ers.  Just one more reason to be extra Thankful this year!!! My friends…it was an absolutely glorious WIN and we were cheering the whole game. GO HAWKS!!

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We have so many reasons to be Thankful this year…way to many to count.  So i’ll be simple and give a shoutout to all our Friends and Family…WE LOVE YOU and are so incredibly thankful for the endless love and support we receive from you all on a regular basis. Not just on thanksgiving, but all year long.

As each year passes, I begin to see the value of our loved ones more and more, and the “stuff” of this life fades into the background. “Stuff” is meaningless and relationships are KEY.  I would like to spend my time investing in people and relationships.

With that, i’m going to wrap some Christmas gifts and put another sprig of Mistletoe up in our house…any excuse to get some “extra” kisses from my amazing hubby this time of year.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and Happy “Everything!!!!!”

Xo Xo & CHEERS Friends,

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It’s all about the Jovie dog…

On Tuesday, November 11th we celebrated our sweet dog Jovie’s 5th Birthday!!!!

She is such a darling and we have so much love for this little baby.  My hubby received Jovie as a birthday gift 5 years ago and she has been his loving companion ever sense.  These two are simply inseparable.  Every time the hubby has to go on a business trip, Jovie patiently waits for him to come home. She was one of the CUTEST golden puppies I have ever seen.

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When Jeffrey and I got married in 2011, I had the honor of becoming this little girls “mommy” and she is just as precious now as she was then. We all look like babies in this picture.

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She loves going to Grandma and Grandpa’s lake house and jumping off the dock more than anything else. She truly is a water dog and her “Happy Place” is wherever she can swim and swim and swim.

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She puts up with so many of my holiday shenanigans including yearly Halloween costumes, bunny ears for Easter, and Christmas scarves for the holidays.

80’s RockStar Jovie – 2010

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SuperGirl Jovie – 2013

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The 3 Little Pigs – 2014

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Santa’s Little Helper – 2012

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Santa’s Reindeer – 2013

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Matching Christmas Scarves – 2013

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Cheering on our Seahawks – 2014

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Celebrating “AMERICA” for the 4th – 2014

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Easter Bunny Jovie – 2013

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This angel has celebrated so many milestones with our family and now we are excited to celebrate HER!!!

In the Spring we found out Jovie had a malignant tumor in her leg.  We were simply devastated.  We knew we weren’t ready to say goodbye to our baby and it wasn’t quite her time yet.  So… after 2 surgeries, several weeks in a full leg cast, and 100lb. mommy carrying 65lb. Jovie up and down the stairs multiple times a day, we FINALLY received the all clear and a clean bill of health!!! Our baby was back and her inner LIGHT was shinning brighter than ever!!!! We added a third Cancer Survivor to our family and CELEBRATED!!!!

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Jovie, you are a beautiful soul and we love and admire you so much!!!

We are beyond thankful for every memory where you were by our side and are JOYFUL for the many years we now get to spend with you.  Thank you for being YOU and the best Jovie-Dog we have!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Love Mommy and Daddy!!!!!

And YES, I do LOVE my animals enough to write a whole freakin’ blog post just about them!!!!

Kiss your babies tonight and love on them!!!!

xo xo friends,

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100th Blog Post!!!

100th Blog Post

Hey Friends!!! Oh my goodness, i’m so excited to announce that this is my 100th Blog Post here on Every Day Should Sparkle!!! Its just so exciting and I feel so honored and blessed to have even reached this point with my blog. I truly love writing my blog posts and enjoy every second of the CREATIVITY and FUN that I have the opportunity to pass along to you all!!!

I’m so incredibly grateful to all of my readers and to each and every one of you who have followed and supported Every Day Should Sparkle from the beginning.  If your new to my little corner of CRAZY and want to read from the beginning, you can check out my very FIRST Blog Post by clicking HERE!!!!!

We’ve been celebrating all kinds of fun and exciting milestones in our family this past week, one of which was the arrival of our littlest fur child, Roxie, one year ago.  We were so excited to be “puppy parents” and the arrival of our sweet little dog was one of the biggest blessings in our life.  Little Miss Roxie Poxie Dog turned 1-year old on August 30th of this year and we celebrated her arrival into our family on October 11th. We absolutely love our “little dog” to pieces.  It has been so much fun watching her grow up and seeing her cute personality develop.  She is the happiest and sweetest dog around, she LOVES her ball and playing fetch more than anything, and she always wants to be right next to us.  She loves being the center of attention and loves her BIG SISTER Jovie soooooo much!!!!

To read about the beginning of our adventure with Roxie click HERE!

This is my tribute to the cutest and sweetest golden girly dog around!!! Mommy loves you so much and our whole family has benifited SOOOOOO MUCH from having you in our lives!!!

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CHEERS Friends to my 100th Post on the Every Day Should Sparkle blog!!! Again, I am so honored that you have taken time to read my little blog and I hope you leave with a smile on your face.  Thank You so much for all the love and support over the past 2 years and I hope i’ve made an impact in your life in some way, shape, or form.

Lots of LIGHT & BLESSINGS Friends!!!!!

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Summer Recap – Part 2 “The Bridal Party Olympics”

I’m soooooo excited to share all the details about the awesome Bachelorette Weekend we threw for my gorgeous sister-in-law Jessie!!! Over the 4th of July weekend we had a big celebration with a bunch of friends and family celebrating the soon-to-be newlyweds,  Jessie and Joshua! Bridesmaids and Groomsmen converged on the lake house for a whole weekend full of festivities topped off with a beautiful and rustic Bridal Shower!!!

We kicked off the long weekend with a fun & festive 4th of July celebration.  To read all the details from my Summer Recap – Part 1 “Our 4th of July” click HERE!

Next up my fellow Co-Mohs, short for Co-Maids of Honor, planned a kick-ass joint Bachelorette & Bachelor Party, minus the stripers and penius themed everything. Totally tacky and not our style at all. We opted for something slightly more tasteful and went for a fun Bridal Party Olympics themed weekend, a twist on the common Beer Olympics. The weekend was full of “TEAM BRIDE” vs “TEAM GROOM” events, competitions, party decor and coordinated outfits.

Bridal Party Olympic Bibs

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*TEAM BRIDE Olympic Marathon Bibs HERE

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TEAM GROOM Olympic Marathon Bibs HERE

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To get started we needed a fun & festive “Scoreboard” to keep track of the winners and the losers!  In true “Olympic” style the winning team was given a trophy!!! In honor of the Bride and Groom, we joined their 2 last names and called our Olympics “The Ranwood Games.” Cue the traditional olympic music…

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We put together these awesome “Bachelorette Party Weekend” Survival Bags for all the girls! I’ll be sure to do a small tutorial on how I made these fab little packs.  They were awesome!!!

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We kicked off the “Ranwood Games” with a traditional Beer Pong Tournament followed by a fun 3-Legged Race.  We creatively used blue and pink blow up kiddie rings for our race. Oh yea, we are just awesome like that!! Sorry about the blurry video quality…

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Excited to report that TEAM BRIDE won the 3-legged race!

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 Next up we had a series of Minute-to-Win-It Games thanks to my awesome co-MOH, Kristen!!! You rock!!! Again, sorry about the blurry video quality…

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And last, for the ultimate WIN of the Ranwood Games, we had a totally fun Relay Race complete with color coordinated batons. It was a blast and TEAM GROOM beat us by only seconds on the human pyramid!!! I absolutely LOVE all the goofy girly golden retrievers running around after us!!!

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Ultimately the whole day was an absolute SUCCESS and most importantly, everyone had so much fun!!! The whole weekend was such a blast and we all made fabulous memories! It was also a fantastic way to get the whole Bridal Party together as a meet & greet before the wedding!!!

So much FUN and more to come about Jessie’s beautiful Bridal Shower & Wedding!!!

xo xo Friends, 

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Summer Recap – Part 1 “Our 4th of July”

Well Summer is wrapping up and Fall is right around the corner, as in next week!!! My Halloween loving heart is singing and i’ve got Halloween costumes and Football on the brain.  BUT we’ve got a few nice days left of Sweet Summertime and that means a few quick Summer Recaps.  Our Summer was so jammed packed with activities and festivities that I wasn’t able to blog normally throughout the months.  I decided to condense our Summer Fun into 3 recaps starting with our 4th of July!!!

We are big time American Lovin’ Patriots in this house and that means the 4th of July isn’t just our Nations Birthday, but it is THE BEST HOLIDAY of the summer!!!! America, the lake, s’mores, fireworks; whats not to love?!?!?! We typically spend our 4th at either my parents lake house or my husbands family lake house!  This year was EXTRA special in that we threw my sister-in-law, Jessie, her Bachelorette Party & Bridal Shower at the lake house with all her friends and family.  We had a good time to say the least, such a fun weekend!!! 🙂 More details to come on those festivities in the next recap.

My day started with a festive and fun 4th of July Chalkboard!!!! No holiday would be complete in my book without one of these beauties!!!

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Next up we enjoyed the beautiful weather and took advantage by hanging out together and showing our festive side by dressing up, the puppies included. Cue the absolutely adorable Red, White, and Blue swimsuits!!!

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The boys cracked us up with their matching RED board shorts, completely accidentally by the way. 🙂

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The girly goldens weren’t having it however, they hated the fun 4th of July headbands we put on them! They seriously need an attitude adjustment when it comes to Americas Birthday!!!! 🙂

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We enjoyed the 2nd Annual Haguewood Water Sports Day with a little tubing and fun water activities! Here is my hubby reliving his glory days as a Pro-Tuber…he likes to go fast and can do so many jumps and fun tricks.  Look at how cute he is…I just love him so much 🙂

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Next up we have the girls.  We are significantly less coordinated when it comes to tubing, but we had a good time!

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Every year all the folks vacationing around the lake will do a festive 4th of July boat parade!!! Totally festive and right up my alley.  The boys were feeling very patriotic and represented our boat well.

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We spent the rest of the day eating lots of yummy and tasty oysters, a 4th of July tradition in our family,  and taking cute and goofy photos.

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As the sun went down around the lake we watched the gorgeous sunset, cooked up some absolutely FAB s’mores in my S’mores Bar, and enjoyed the endless hours of fireworks going off around us.  Such a gorgeous and beautiful day.

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A very very VERY late Happy 4th of July from the Haguewood Family!

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To read about our 4th of July from the Summer of 2013, click HERE!!!!

CHEERS to all the fun and festive memories that were made during the Summer of 2014. I’m already looking forward to next summer!!! A few more recaps to come and then we can dive into ALL things FALL!! Whoop Whoop!

Cheers Friends,

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Frosty Paws Homemade Puppy Treats

Happy Hump Day Friends!!!

The Haguewood Family has been busy soaking up the last few warm days of Summer and that includes all our furry children. I’m always a fan of summertime popsicles and recently found a great recipe for some yummy frozen treats for our canine friends!

Frosty Paws Homemade Puppy Treats

Frosty Paws Homemade Puppy Treats

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These were so much easier to make then I was anticipating and I busted out a couple dozen in no time!

INGREDIENTS:

32oz. Plain Greek Yogurt

2 TBS. Peanut Butter

2 TBS. Honey

1 Mashed Banana

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STEP 1:

Mix the 32oz. of plain greek yogurt, 2 TBS peanut butter, 2 TBS honey, and 1 mashed ripe banana in a mixing bowl until well mixed. I left a few chunks here and there!

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STEP 2:

Scoop mixture into the pan and even out on the top. Place on a flat shelf in the freezer. Leave to freeze for a few hours or until each treat will pop out of the pan easily.

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I used a simple and easy mason jar that I had laying around and filled the mason jar with the treats for easy access.  Place the jar in an easily accessible spot of your freezer and your DONE!!! Easy Peezy!!!

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Someone knew what was happening in the freezer and stuck her nose in every time the door opened!

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These treats were a BIG HIT in our family and both the girly puppies absolutely loved them!! I will definitely be making these treats again and I can’t wait to find a good recipe that I can make in the oven. The doggie treat pan above is good in both the freezer and the oven!! Bring on the Puppy Treats!! As soon as I test out some new recipes I’ll be sure to post all the details!!!

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As always,

Thanks for reading FRIENDS!!!

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I’m Back!!!!

I’m Back Ya’ll 🙂

I feel like i’m constantly cycling through phases where I’m up for blogging, and then sometimes… not so much. It’s all good…i’m learning to ROLL with life these days!

We’ve had a whirlwind few months here in the Haguewood Household with some big family changes and major updates to fill you in on.  Lots of good changes and a few that have really tested our bond and strength as a family.  But, there is always a silver lining, and thankfully we’ve made it over the hump and we are back on track.

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These two gorgeous ladies have really kept us on our toes lately.

Our 4 1/2 year old Golden, Jovie – on the left in this photo, recently had surgery to have a tumor removed from her elbow. We actually discovered the tumor when my hubby’s parents were in town for his SuperHero birthday party.  We quickly hit up the vet and received a diagnosis of an aggressive type of cancer called histiocytic sarcoma. We scheduled surgery for the next day and had that BAD boy removed from our precious baby.  Lots of antibiotics, 2 surgeries, and 8 weeks in a full leg cast later…we have our Jovie dog back and in much better spirits! It has been an emotional time for us as a family, and it really tested our resilience and ability to push through the fear of losing one of our babies.

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She is still the happiest and brightest little dog in the world!!! Love her so much!!!

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She was all kinds of “stylish” with a new bandage each week.

And of course she had her little sister, Roxie, by her side week in and week out. Pretty sure Jov was getting all kinds of irritated with Roxie, but in the end she helped bring some element of “normalcy” back to our lives. Plus they are just soooo adorable hanging out together. I can’t get over how much they look alike in this photo!

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In other exciting news, my beautiful sister in law Jessie is getting married in August. We are so pumped for another Haguewood Wedding.  Planning and Maid of Honor duties have kept me busy busy busy over the last 6 weeks.  We hosted a big Bachelorette Bash & Bridal Shower for the lovely Bride to Be over the 4th of July weekend which was simply EPIC! All the details coming soon for sure…

For now, i’m just glad to be back!! I’ve really missed blogging but wasn’t feeling motivated one bit! My Etsy Shop is also is desperate need of some attention, so please watch for some new prints coming soon!! I promise to be more diligent when it comes to blogging etc. and i’ve got some fun stuff planned for DIY tutorials.  I also need to play catch up on some past projects and post the tutorials.  I’ve got everything laid out and ready to go, I just need to sit down and bust them out.

In the meantime I’m heading back to work which is fantastic, and my sweet hubby is continuing to build up our business.  Lots of exciting things ahead for the summer and of course I already have a football countdown going on my phone, whoop whoop. “GO HAWKS”

The girly dogs need to have a couple of rest days after our big fourth of july bash and I could use a few myself.  Time to clean my house and catch up on some laundry!!! Our 3-year wedding anniversary is coming up at the end of the month and i’m really excited. Lots of things coming up. Time to put my big girl panties on and LIVE THIS LIFE to the fullest!

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Thanks for reading!!!

xoxo,

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A very Super Birthday Bash!!!

Happy Springtime, Happy April, Happy Friday, Happy Everything…

So, I’ve been rather absent lately in the blogging department.  I’ve been feeling very reclusive and reflective lately and sometimes its good to take a break to clear the mind and gain a fresh perspective. Definitely some Spring cleaning but in an internal sense.

We’ve been busy relaxing and doing some major clean up after our fantastic Birthday Bash. My sweet husband turned 27 last Saturday and we CELEBRATED all weekend long!!! It was an absolute blast and I could not be happier with how everything turned out.  We definitely needed some family time and it was wonderful to see him so happy and relaxed.

I decided to go with a SuperHero theme, only adult style 🙂

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Everything turned out so awesome! No party would be complete without life sized SuperMan and Captain America figurines, a city back drop photo booth background, SuperHero photo booth masks, and colorful tissue pom poms!! I went with all the SuperHero colors (red, blue, yellow, green, purple) mixed together and hung fun circle garlands from the ceiling!!!

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I made all the decorations myself and will include DIY guides for all of them in a later post.  Everything was super easy and really inexpensive.

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We had lots of family and friends in from out of town and it was a blast.  We had a small gathering at our house for everyone before heading out to dinner.  We had more than enough food, drinks and laughter to go around.  My husband’s only request was his own Funfetti birthday cake and I added a SuperHero cupcake tower to complete our spread.

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In typical “Haguewood Family” fashion we had a total blast taking goofy photos with the SuperHero Masks and Photo Booth!!!

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We got a little crazy with the Comic Book Callouts that I made, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from our silly family.  We always have a good time 🙂

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Even our little puppies got in on the ACTION!!!

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We had so much FUN!!! After enjoying some time together we headed out for dinner and drinks. Life has been so busy and crazy lately and it was nice to relax and let our guards down with wonderful family and friends!

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To Jeffrey James, I LOVE YOU so much!!! You are a wonderful husband and fur-daddy to our babies.  Cheers to 27 and all the good things to come.  Each day with you is a blessing, Happy Birthday!!!

XOXO,

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Seahawks for the WIN!!!!

HOLY CRAP!!! I literally am writing this post and I am so emotionally twisted and happy that I don’t know what to write!!! We had the most amazing day together and it ended perfectly with a BIG WIN from the Seahawks!! They are officially Superbowl 48 Champions!!!!! We literally can’t believe it.  We have hoped and prayed and cheered on our team even when they sucked and they finally did it.  We could not be happier or more thrilled to be SEAHAWKS Fans!!! Go 12th Man!!!!! On a personal note we have so much respect and admiration for Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, in addition to the whole team and coaching staff!!! Together they are fantastic and make for an AMAZING team!

Check out all my FUN & FESTIVE SuperBowl decorations in THIS POST!

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I can’t even focus fully on writing this post so here is a recap of our day in photos! We slept in and did some work around the house.  I got to work making food and getting everything set up. And then we got settled in for the game!!!

Game Day Chili all ready to go!!!! (Recipe coming soon)

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A few adult beverages for the win!!! Loving my Football Mason Jar Glasses!!!

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I did Rum and Coke!!! I was trying to think of yummy drinks that are brown for the football effect!!! This is one of my all time favorites!!! I was double fisting my drink & water the whole game!!! Gotta stay hydrated.

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SO EXCITED!!!

I could barely contain myself and my anxiety was shooting through the roof!!!

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BIGGEST FANS EVER!!!

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SO Happy, Excited, Overwhelmed, Joyful, and Proud all wrapped into one.  Watching our team struggle and get close so many times only to be disappointed!!! We could not be happier for Paul Allen and the whole SEAHAWKS franchise!!! We definitely chose a good year to get our “Wilson” jerseys!!!

“Hawks for the WIN!!!!!”

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Happy 2014 & New Years Photo Stragglers

Well in total “Michelle” fashion, i’m about 17 days late on my New Years Day blog post!!!! So for the sake of my sanity lets just pretend that it really is New Years Day. 🙂 The good news is that i’m still here and i’m ready to get back on track.  I’ve been knocked out a bit from the holidays and getting caught up on life in general has been testing my patience lately.  This getting older thing totally sucks by the way.  The last few days i’ve been down with a cold and my head has been foggy in addition to all other facets of my life.  Making it through the work day and remembering to eat have been high on my priority list.

Here is a quick recap on our New Years Day!!!

CHEERS TO 2014!! HAHA, who says this holiday can’t drag throughout the whole month of January.  We celebrated New Years Day by being really chill and spending time at home with our furry babies.  We slept in, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast together and took Roxie on her first ever “big” girl walk.  Leash training is officially in full swing. My patience needs to get the memo that this is a learning process for her and us.

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Initially she was not thrilled one bit about having to wear a Halti. FYI these are the most wonderful training tools ever when it comes to leash training.  Be prepared to receive lots of dirty looks from other walkers because it looks like you have a muzzle on your dog.  Nobody ever said parenting was easy. These really don’t hurt her one bit.  The purpose is to control and guide her while walking so she learns not to “pull” on her leash.  When you only weigh 100lbs like me and your freakin’ dog weighs 3/4 of your body weight walking can be a challenge sometimes.  One word can sum this up for you…Squirrels.

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We were in desperate need of some fresh air and a little exercise after my big birthday dinner on New Years Eve.  The snow was gorgeous and it was chilly but not too cold!!!

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Such a good little walker!! After about ten minutes she finally got the hang of the leash and did a great job!

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After our nice long walk we took our tired pups home for some family movie time.  We all snuggled up and spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching movies!!! Totally chill and absolutely wonderful.  Our lives are getting more and more hectic and being able to enjoy time as a family is so awesome!!!!

Next up on my blogging schedule… getting my 2014 goals in check order and some 2014 announcements!! I’ve got some exciting things planned for 2014 and I can’t wait to share all the details!!! Thank you for following along throughout 2013 and being a part of our lives.  I know someday i’ll be able to look back on this and see how wonderful and beautiful these early years in our marriage were.  So exciting!!!!

Happy New Year & Cheers to making 2014 the Best Year Yet!!!

Love you all,

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A Very Merry Christmas Day

Christmas Day came and went rather quickly this year.  December is such a whirlwind of activity, projects and planning for me!  I barely remember it at all to be completely honest. With the addition of the Roxie puppy, we had an extra special Christmas this year.  It definitely is one for the books!!!  After a fun Christmas Eve dinner with the family we all curled up and watched Miracle on 34th Street!!! Definitely on my top 10 Christmas movies of all time list. We all slept rather restlessly, as always, and then it was time for Christmas morning!!!!

We enjoyed a yummy Paleo Christmas Breakfast prepared by Jessie, my sister in law!!! Our fantastic breakfast was completed with Mimosas and REAL bacon!!! SOOOOO GOOD and not something we are used to indulging in very often. Yummmmy!!!!

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Next came a crazy frenzy of wrapping paper and awesome presents from Santa 😉 We were completely spoiled this year and somehow our “small” Christmas turned into a BIG Christmas right before our eyes.  The biggest gift was being able to spend time with our family and friends!!! The dogs were spoiled more than anyone else this year.  It was so much fun to see Roxie tucked under the Christmas tree chasing kitties.  And at one point we couldn’t see the dogs at all as they were covered with wrapping paper.

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We all needed some serious down time after presents.  There is something about waking up early and enjoying the hustle and bustle of Christmas Morning that wipes one out.

While I enjoyed my Christmas socks and watched the puppies play, Jeffrey took a little snooze with the kitties!

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It was a very Seahawks Christmas this year and we were decked out in our gear most of the day! We decided to get each other Seahawks Jerseys for Christmas and we LOVED them and representing our team.  We are HUGE SEAHAWKS fans!!! Go Russell Wilson!!!

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After nap time we took the puppies to the dog park so they could burn off some energy! Watching them all run and run was beyond adorable.  Roxie was not super interested in the other dogs and was busy exploring.  This was her first time out and about as we just wrapped up all her puppy shots.  She is now officially out of quarantine.

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“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

Happy Holidays to you all from our Family to yours!!!!