• Today we’ve been married for sixteen years. But the story I have to tell you happened two years ago, when we had been married for fourteen years. We were sitting in a tiny cafe in San Francisco, California. We were taking a much-needed getaway, a chance to decompress and unwind and most importantly, an opportunity to connect with one another and have a break from the insanity of our schedule

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  • First of all, if you’re seeing this post entitled “Making Drastic Parenting Choices” and think that means that I consider myself some parenting guru, let’s get something straight right now: that couldn’t be further from the truth.  I am just a mom who is loving her kids fiercely while trying to figure it all out and stay sane through the ups and downs of this thing we

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  • So I’ve seen your DM’s while we’ve been on vacation this week and I’m answering the call with this post on Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Beach Trip to Rosemary Beach. I am literally writing this post as we drive home from the most amazing seven-day vacation in Rosemary Beach and you know me….we planned absolutely nothing and just flew by the seat of our pants. 

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  • Schools out for summer which is why I am writing this post on How to Limit Screen Time for Kids and Free Printable Chore Charts. Because I don’t know about you but I just might lose my mind if we don’t have some sort of system going that outlines what is expected of my kids and most importantly, what is NOT expected—that they will waste their lives away sitting on their butts in front

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  • I’ve got you covered for the best gifts for your baby daddy in this Father’s Day gift guide!!! Grand Pro Tennis Sneaker – Cognac | Ice Mule Cooler-Large | Ice Mule Mini Cooler  Polo Men’s Black Cologne | Grand Pro Tennis Sneakers – Black  | Apple Wireless Air Pods | Yeti Hopper Bag | SAXX men’s vibe underwear | Phantom Drone | Brett Bootcut Jeans | Oakley Holbro

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  • I am so excited to share CC and Mikes Family Favorite Things for 2017. I have had so many people message me and ask me for teen gift ideas or gift ideas for their husbands. I have already shared some gift guides (Gifts and Stocking Stuffers under $25, Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone and 21 Gifts from West Elm) but this one is different. WHY?! Because this guide is all about CC and Mike and our en

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  • I’m ready to talk about why my kids don’t have social media. Now first of all, let me get something out of the way. This is a zero judgment post. You go ahead and raise your kids the way you want to and I’ll do the same. I do, however, look around and find myself in the minority these days and sometimes, it can feel a little lonely. You can start to question yourself, and think m

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  • I’ve been thinking a lot about fairytales lately. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about how there’s really no such thing as a fairytale, if there’s not a villain.  Cinderella had the wicked stepmother and evil sisters who made her life a living hell;  Sleeping Beauty had Maleficent to contend with; Snow White had the wicked queen trying to murder her because of jealou

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  • I remember the first time I met Mandy Ferguson Kraft as if it was yesterday. But then again, I imagine anyone who has ever met her would say the exact same thing. Mandy was someone you noticed.  Sure, she was gorgeous with her dark skin and dark hair and those long, dark eyelashes that she perfectly manicured with her safety pin and Q-tips, but it wasn’t just that.  There was something about

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  • A new year has begun and we are so excited for what 2017 will bring, but first, I thought it would be fun to look back at CC and Mike’s Top 10 Lifestyle Blog Posts of 2016. 1. A Letter of Forgiveness to the Man Who Tried to Murder My Mom – On Sept. 16th, 2016, I sat down and in 30 minutes —with a lot of tears shed—, I wrote a letter of forgiveness to the man who tried to murder my moth

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