Coobie Seamless Bra and Giveaway

Y’all.. Ever since I’ve gotten my Coobie Seamless bra in the mail I’ve worn it every. single. day. It’s claim of “Most Comfortable Bra Ever” is 100% TRUE. It’s literally the most comfortable bra I’ve EVER worn! It has great support, soft fabric, is washable (with easy to remove pads), is really classy (I got the lace one!) and doesn’t look like a bra so can be used to look like an undershirt when layering!

28I’ve got only one but will soon be getting more because I can’t even stand my underwire bras anymore hahaha! AND I love them so much I am hosting a giveaway for TWO lucky winners to receive their very own!!571Want a chance to win? Comment below with which bra you’d choose and you’re entered! Winners will be chosen Saturday, December 16, 2017! Can’t wait? Use code USFG on their website for 30% off your order!

(I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own!)

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Paleo Cinnamon Rolls

We’ve started a new tradition. And it came from the CRAZY craving we’ve had for cinnamon rolls. We had plans this last weekend for a trip to try the most famous cinnamon rolls in Colorado but decided we were feeling so good we didn’t wanna splurge that day.. Especially with all of the holidays coming up, we wanted to save it for something really decadent 😉

SO. On a whim I decided to try and make them myself (They looked so complicated non-paleo so I couldn’t imagine making them paleo but took the risk)

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 10.30.12 PMAs most of y’all know, paleo dough can be rough but in Colorado at a much higher altitude it can be SO FRUSTRATING. After tweaking and kneading (and kneading, and kneading, adding water and kneading AGAIN) I finally found the PERFECT texture. It rolled like normal dough and I felt like crying.. ⤓⤓ The rest is below in my recipe ⤓⤓pexels-photo-302544

 


Paleo Cinnamon Rolls

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  1. Add your water, sea salt, maple syrup and coconut oil into a small pot on medium until it begins to boil, then remove.
  2. Put mixture into a bowl and mix in your tapioca flour.
  3. Once cooled add your coconut flour and egg.
  4. Mix with your hands til doughy and stickyish (I added 1/4 tsp water to make it moldable and less dry (like coconut flour and tapioca likes to do!)
  5. Now place dough on a piece of wax paper (I sprinkled tapioca starch on top) and knead dough until it feels like it’s ready to be rolled!
  6. Sprinkle tapioca flour on top of dough and place a second sheer of wax paper over the top and then roll the dough to desired length/width. I like mine thicker so I rolled mine to 1/2 inch thick by 7 inches wide and 10 inches long. Was the perfect size!
  7. As stated in the ingredients you can use whatever filling your heart desires – Just make sure it’s thick enough of a mixture so it doesn’t make your dough too moist! – I used toasted coconut flakes, finely chopped roasted pecans, 100% maple syrup, water and cinnamon! It was DELICIOUS (Next time I wanna try an apple and cinnamon one!!)
  8. Now spread your mixture onto your dough just be sure to leave an inch on each edge so it doesn’t come spewing out 😉
  9. Then roll your dough slowly and tightly until you’ve got it completely into your log!
  10. Then cut to your desired thickness (I did 1 inch pieces. And used a serrated knife! I tried the fancy-shmancy floss trick and paleo dough is just too thick.)
  11. Lay down new wax paper onto a pan and place your beautiful (by paleo standards 😉 ) cinnamon roll pieces down flat and put into your 350*F oven for 30 minutes, remove and place on plate.
  12. Mix your frosting in a blender so it gets really whipped (I NEVER knew how amazing this worked til now!)
  13. Once your cinnamon rolls have completely cooled COVER THEM IN FROSTING AND ENJOY!

Obviously they aren’t like normal cinnamon rolls but they tasted INCREDIBLE and stomped out every craving we had! Now for the tradition part. I will officially be making these with/for my family every Christmas morning now. I heard of the tradition but obviously is mainly done with traditional cinnamon rolls. I want to show my kids that healthy eating/cooking can be fun, rewarding AND taste just as delicious!

🎄 CAN CHRISTMAS COME ANY SOONER?! 🎄

Penwizard Books

Hey y’all – Be prepared for a ton of gift idea posts because IT’S SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS I CAN SMELL IT! One gift I am so so so excited for is one for my Step-Daughter. I found out about Penwizard which is company that makes amazing personalized Children’s book that adds your kiddos INTO the action of which story you choose.

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They’ve got my step-daughter’s two favorite cartoons as options (Peppa and Paw Patrol) so I had a super hard time deciding but the Peppa book gives you the option of even creating a little avatar of them, sooo… Decision made — I am SO excited to see her reaction!

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It isn’t often you get to read a book with your little that’s all about them.

Each and every book Penwizard prints is unique, just like your child! Founded from a love of children and children’s books, Penwizard set up a company that took children’s publishing to the next level.

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For more than 10 years, they’ve used their skills and expertise to push the boundaries and create inspirational books where children actually appear in the illustrations. You can get 15% off* your entire order or personalized books at Penwizard, just in time for the holidays! Use code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. *Valid until 12/25/2017.

I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT! Pictures to come once I do 😉 

Shoutout Saturday – Hidrate Spark 2.0 Bottle

Throwback Update: Just needed to have some parts replaced on my bottle and the customer service team was spectacular at assisting me quickly!! Love how long my bottle/batteries lasted and will continue to use this bottle! You can ask anyone I know, I seriously take this everywhere I go!! Great gift for Christmas!! 

I was SO excited when I got a notification from Instagram saying I was tagged in a post by Hidrate Spark.. I knew exactly what it was for – I had won their giveaway for one of their amazing Hidrate 2.0 Smart Water Bottles! I had been wanting one for SO long. I had seen so many different reviews for them and heard nothing but wonderful things, so was ecstatic to get my hands on one!

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I’d been wanting one of their bottles so badly because they are so unique in that it actually has lights that flash inside the bottle to remind you to drink water when you’re falling behind on your daily goal; The goals can be manually set by you *On their free app* (I set mine to manually be at ~88oz everyday) or you can set it to the “Recommended Daily Goal” which changes your goals day by day depending on your location (Temperature, Humidity, Elevation, Steps, etc) **Such an AMAZING feature! So innovative.

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Having the glowing reminders and your goal tracked really help, because it’s so incredibly important to stay hydrated and this bottle keeps you accountable. I honestly find myself feeling SO proud when I go OVER my goal, even if just a little! And I haven’t had a day yet where I don’t meet my goal! I’ve felt more energized, less groggy, have less headaches and just overall healthier since I’ve started using it!

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The bottle comes equip with bluetooth that allows it’s users to connect to it via the Hydrate app – And also connects to Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, Google Fit, Withings and Jawbone Up! Makes me really want to go out and get a Fitbit.. I’ve almost gotten one twice now! All because I want to be able to sync it to my bottle hahaha!

I am so happy I won the giveaway and was able to get such a beautiful and high tech bottle! It’s made a huge difference in my health and life ALREADY. I highly recommend this to ANYONE! Especially people who are constantly on the go!

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Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

Reviewed by simplykaraliz on Smart water bottle that glows to remind you to stay hydrated

Rating: 5

JORD Wood Watches

Giveaway!! At the end of this post! $100 Store Credit! && A 25% coupon code!

Yes, y’all I know – I’m currently obsessed with Christmas. So much so I’m pretty much completely done with Christmas shopping because I’ve been going on shopping sprees like a crazy person hahaha..

One gift I am SUPER stoked about is the JORD Wood Watch I’m getting my Husband!! He’s never found a watch he likes but has the sexy hairy man arms to rock them SO I got him a GORGEOUS JORD Dark Sandalwood watch – It’s the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life as they’re professional yet stylish and you can engrave them with sweet words of love and appreciation ❥Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 9.05.49 AM.pngJORD Watches create hand-crafted wood timepieces with raw material and refined designs – JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. They spend their days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing 😉 Then they’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. They have fun which is their journey. They are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle.

We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 9.06.41 AM.pngThese high quality watches can be your perfect gift to your loved ones (or yourself 😉 ) at a great price with 25% off for my readers with the code simplykaraliz

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AND! I’m currently hosting a giveaway for a chance to win $100 Store Credit – That’s almost the whole cost of a really great watch! Enter here!

(I was compensated for this post with an amazing watch for my Hubby for Christmas and genuinely cannot WAIT. All opinions are my own)

 

Good Buy Gear

Ever have such an amazing experience with a company that you want to tell the world about them? That’s what this post is about. For parents living in Colorado, you’ve GOT TO TRY Good Buy Gear! They’ve got some AMAZING products with a unique twist. They’re an online infant/toddlers/children’s consignment shop that picks up the items and delivers!!

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I had things PILLING up in my garage from the kid’s past bedroom decor, to toys, books and more. I wasn’t having luck on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and honestly felt uncomfortable meeting people whenever doing a sell without my Husband home – So decided to try something new. I had heard of Good Buy Gear from another Mom and decided to check it out.

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They’ve got some AMAZING products at such incredible prices!! I was able to get quite a few gifts for the kids for Christmas but most importantly.. I was able to make some room in our garage! I scheduled a pick-up appointment time to come grab my items and they made it SO easy for me! They did the research for descriptions, they clean up the items if needed AND find a great price to sell it at that people would find appealing (They run the prices/posts by you first before posting them!)

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Their Huge Warehouse in Arvada!

This is exactly what adapting to the future looks like! Making a consignment store online with the convenience of delivery/pick up is SO perfect for people who would be using this website – Parents with Busy Schedules!

Try it out!! There’s SO many amazing gifts for your kids AND a $10 gift code (TRYGOODBUY)

I just spent $42 on some amazing gifts!!! 😀 Can’t wait! ❥

Organizing Holiday Decorations

Hey y’all – I’ve got a 9 day cold going on and am miserable. So, the last thing I wanted to deal with was a ton of decorations thrown back into flimsy boxes and hoisted up into a random spot in the garage. So amid my illness I decided to try something new.

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I sat my butt on the couch and created an excel sheet that would assist me in labeling each box by number for each holiday (So that if I ever didn’t need a box I could reuse it for another holiday or for the kid’s Winter/Summer clothes!).

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I ran to Walmart and picked up 6 (For Now) clear large bins (For only $4 each!) and a thick Sharpie! I ran home and marked each bin with a 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. I was able to get ALL of my Halloween decorations to fit into 3 bins (With bulky stuff sitting to the side of course) Made it so much less stressful and looks way cleaner now!

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Now I cannot WAIT for Christmas – It’ll be SO much easier to get everything back into their respective boxes without the worry of missed boxes AND the flimsy cardboard boxes being so heavy that they empty through the bottom of the box when trying to bring them down or put them back up!

LOVE this idea and wish I would’ve thought of it earlier! Recommend it to anyone really but especially families because it makes it way easier to find decorations instead of making it an entire afternoon ordeal just trying to find each box when your kids are dying to put stuff up!

Bye Halloween! Helloooooo Thanksgiving and Christmas! 

Ghoulish Halloween Dinner (For Kids!)

It’s almost Halloween!! Our kids are SO excited. They’ve nearly got their costumes by the front door hahaha! We’re excited for all of the plans we have starting today til Halloween! Pumpkin carvings, haunted houses, festivals, Boo at the Zoo, and ghoulish treats!

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For dinner tonight I decided to make the kids some delicious and hilarious looking goodies – Mummy Dogs and ghost bread! I preheated the oven to 350°F and grabbed a roll of Crescent Rolls, some cheddar cheese and a pack of Oscar Meyer Weiners!

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I opened the dough roll, laid it out flat and cut the dough into long strips to make it easier to wrap the dogs in their Mummy Wrappings (I placed the cheese over the weiner before wrapping it) Obviously they weren’t going to eat ALL the weiners so I used the leftover dough to make Ghost Bread (I didn’t have any Halloween cutters so I used a gingerbread man and joined together his legs hahaha!) and BRAINSS (Which was balled up leftover dough with red food coloring)!

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I placed the pan in the oven and cooked for about 13-15 minutes! I kept a watchful eye on the ghost bread since they were a little thin (But they got SO fluffy! So they cooked ALL perfectly at the same amount of time!)

 

Once they were done I dotted eyes on the mummies and biscuits with ketchup and mustard and the kids DEVOURED them! I added a jack n’ cheese cup to their dinner for a cute Halloween extra 😉

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The kids had some pumpkin honey on their brainssssss and ghost bread! It was sooooo yummy!

It’s little meals like this that really get the kids excited for Halloween AND helps them eat if they’re being picky hahaha!

Try it for your kids today, they’ll love them!!

Texas Vacation & Roadtrip

Oh Texas.. How I already miss you so!

For my birthday we took an amazing 5 day road trip to Texas to visit my family and have some us time 🙂 It was incredible and I already miss it so very, very much!

As stated in my previous post I had packed way early to avoid any stress and it made it soo much easier the morning we left (Husband finally admitted it was a good idea ;)) We packed everything up and were on the road by 6AM! Brent and I do so wonderful on road trips, it’s a wonderful time for us to crack jokes, play car games and just bond. ♥

It’s around a 13 hour drive so it was really nice to have some new special things for Hudson! Before we took our trip I bought some brand new snacks he hadn’t had before and toys he’d never played with from the Dollar Store and it kept him busy for many hours of the trip! (Thank goodness!) We also had just gotten a new backseat organizer and carseat tray by DMoose for him! He loved the tray for playing cars on and was able to watch his favorite new movie Rock Dog on his tablet with the backseat organizer’s tablet slot! Made it so much easier on us :).

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After a long drive we finally made it to our incredible cottage we were staying in! We used Airbnb which we love for their customer service – I found a little cottage in Crowley, TX that was only $85 a night! And it had two rooms so we didn’t have to worry about sharing a hotel room with Hudson and having to be super duper quiet so it made it SO much easier having a whole house to ourselves!

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The owners were lovely people.. I miss them already.. We got all settled in, put Hudson down to sleep and enjoyed the owner’s famous chocolate chip banana bread before turning in for the night in the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept in ♥

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In the morning we already had plans to spend the whole day with my Dad ♥ He came over and was so impressed with the gorgeous land we were staying on! (Sure made us feel good!) After some good breakfast we made the drive over to Dallas to visit the Dallas Zoo I used to LOVE as a child and was so excited to share with my son!!

It’s more beautiful than I remember! There was so much to see, so much to do and there was almost no one there because it was a Thursday morning! (Didn’t get many photos there because I just wanted to enjoy the time with all my guys :))

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After a few hours at the zoo Hudson started getting super sleepy (SO many kids activities there, helps to wear them out ;)) so we drove around while he napped in the car then hit a delicious Cuban restaurant (I cannot go to Texas without getting cuban food. It’s not the same in Colorado. I LOVE Cubano Sandwiches ♥)

Afterward we headed to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium!! GO COWBOYS! It was SO much fun! Brent wanted to bring a Football so he could throw it around on the field and we’re so glad he did cause it was a hit with Hudson too!

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Think the stadium made a fan out of my Husband whose usually a Saints fan but it’s such a gorgeous stadium and him getting to throw some pretty impressive passes into the end zone made him gitty!! ♥

Hudson was POOPED. So after a long tour of the rest of the stadium we headed back to our gorgeous cottage and took it easy.

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Once Hudson went down for bed my Dad watched him as Brent and I set out for my FAVORITE childhood memory in Dallas! Medieval Times!! I’d been telling him about it for years and we finally had a chance to check it out!

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I forgot how beautiful it was! The Spanish style castle was so impressive and Brent got more and more excited as we walked up! Once inside the staff was so friendly and really got into character! We got our photo taken in our red and yellow knight crowns and grabbed some delicious drinks before heading to our seats!

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Once the show began, Brent started to get what it was all about. You really get into it and root for your knight! We screamed and cheered every time he came out! Our server Noah was amazing and was SO cheerful and really played the part, especially with our food saying our potatoes were “dragon hooves”, etc. It was a blast. **And it came with a HUGE meal!

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The show was glorious, the food and service was fantastic and the experience was incredibly special. It’s something my Husband wouldn’t usually do but he really enjoyed it and got into it and it’s still a conversation of how much fun we had together! It’s wonderful for kids, birthdays, date nights, whatever! SO happy we went and I know we’ll be back again! They have a ton of locations so check it out if going on vacation or if you have one in your town! Check Here!


 

The next day my Dad had to work so we had just us 3 time. We started with some coffee and breakfast in our comfy cottage then headed to surprise my Grandparents with a visit! They were so happy to see us and especially their Great Grandson! (Wish I’d gotten a photo :'() Then went to see longtime friend of mine with her new adorable baby boy!

My Husband seemed drained and wanted to head back but I didn’t want to waste a minute of our trip! He perked up really quick when I showed him another favorite memory of mine, the Fort Worth Water Gardens!!

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It was so beautiful and Hudson LOVED to watch all of the trickling water!

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I decided I wanted to walk to Sundance Square in Fort Worth for their other water feature but we found ourselves at Riscky’s BBQ for some drinks!

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We ended up being RIGHT next to a parade that included the TCU band! Hudson was in AWE, especially with all of the ladies that were in the parade 😉

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After our drinks and parade fun we headed to the Sundance Square water fountains! Hudson had a total blast playing in them!

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We were all exhausted so headed home (Felt like home ♥) and took it easy the rest of the night (Brent thanked me for taking us around instead of heading home early) 

The next morning we woke up and met Dad for some breakfast! Shortly after we began to get ready for a special vow renewal I had planned for my Hubby and I. It was our 2 year vow renewal and although I know 2 years isn’t usual I wanted to do something special for him to show him how much I truly love him still.

The couple who owned the land we were staying on were so excited for the idea to have our very, very small ceremony on their gorgeous land and they offered to officiate it for us!!

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His words were wise, sweet and something we’ll never forget. He personalized it for us and had some gorgeous things to add from experience from his loving 55 year marriage. This bonded us to the owners forever. We feel a little empty now that we’re away from them as this was such a special and intimate experience.

Brent and I feel closer than ever now and we have Joe and Joyce to thank for that. My Dad wasn’t able to make it to our small wedding in February 2016 so it was so special for him to be a part of this as our only guest 

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Hudson enjoyed chasing the ducks around the pond during our ceremony hahaha!

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After settling down after our gorgeous ceremony we decided to change and head to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. It was as beautiful as I had remembered!! Hudson loved to run around and look at all the koi in the ponds 🙂 I loved experiencing this with him.

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We ventured back to the cottage to relax before our long drive the next day back to Colorado.

The next morning was a very sad one. We felt so at home at the cottage and didn’t want to leave. We love Texas, we love Joe and Joyce and loved the together time we were able to spend (We rarely looked at screens the whole trip!)

Hudson loves planes so I found a nearby restaurant at an airport and it was DELICIOUS! The Beacon Cafe had a breakfast buffet that was to die for and Hudson loved being SO close to all of the planes they had on the runway!

This was an amazing trip that I still think about, constantly. I miss the Southern hospitality, food and family. It’s a whole other world down there and if I had a chance would move there in an instant. Miss you, Texas.. Thank you for all of the adventures, experiences, new friendships and family time you gave.

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Prepping – Texas Road Trip (With Toddler)

Hey y’all! It’s only 2 days away from our Texas road trip! So very excited! Get to spend time with family, friends AND I get to have some alone time with my Husband (Make time for Y’ALL time).

My Husband thinks I am CRAZY for packing 5 days early (Which is LATE for me..) but I’ve told him time and time again how useful I find it! SO I’ve put together some how and why’s I believe getting ready for a trip early IS useful!

  1. When you’ve already got you and your toddler’s bags packed and left on the couch it makes it very easy to throw additional items in as the days get closer (To ensure you don’t forget anything!)Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 2.31.21 PM.png
  2. Begin packing non-perishable food in bins! One for your little and one for y’all up front! *We don’t usually let Hudson have many sweets so we brought new treats he hasn’t really had much of so it’s new, exciting and a special treat!**

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  3. Pack a bin of BRAND new toys your child has never seen or played with *I just went to the Dollar Store and got a few awesome things I believe he’d enjoy!22547930_1386721598092111_1371867882_n
  4. Get a list together of what you still need to do/pack/make! *We’re still wanting to eat relatively paleo while our there so we’re going to be making snacks and meals for on the road!*

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    Don’t mind Hudson’s beautiful scribbles 😉
  5. Packing early gives you the time to CLEAN your house which is so important before a trip because it’s so much less stressful to come home to a welcoming, clean and fresh house!
  6. Plan some stuff ahead of time! You don’t want to find yourself really wanting to try something in town only to find it’s all booked or you missed on the chance for a coupon to get it at a better price!

So yes, I DO believe getting ready early is smart! Especially when you have a toddler riding along with you!