Kids Summer Reading Club, June 2017

We’re back again for another month of the Kids Summer Reading Club. If there is one thing Marissa has done this summer, it’s read. She’s read well over 50 books and completed all 4 levels of our libraries summer reading program, in less than 4 weeks, making her a “super reader”. Her love for books seems to always be growing and sometimes it is challenging to find her new things to read. She recently read the entire Never Girl series and loved it. She even carries a book inside her purse almost everywhere she goes. I joked with a friend that she is just like Rory Gilmore, and she doesn’t even know it. If her love of reading evolves to her picking up Tolstoy, I’ll know for sure. 

We are feeling abundantly proud of our book work over here.

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Turning Nine, A Birthday Recap

This past weekend my sweet girl turned 9,  😥 . I was a little sad over just how quickly she is growing up, (Aren’t all mama’s sad about this on their child’s birthday?) but I put my brave face on and we celebrated all day long. Today I wanted to recap our birthday adventures so you can get a glance at how a 9-year-old girl might choose to celebrate her birthday.

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$10 at Target, June 2017

Last month I confessed that I almost hung up my hat and quit the $10 at Target team. With our current housing situation (BTW, we officially sold the house last Monday!) and the major purging we’ve been doing over the past several months, plus the uneasiness over what the next few months are going to look like… Do I really need to keep going to Target and buying more stuff?

Then I snapped out of it. I mean, can you ever really quit Target? I’m fairly positive the answer is no. So instead of giving it up I decided to come up with a new game plan. I hereby promise to shop intentionally for things that we actually need. It seemed like a fool-proof plan, but old habits die hard. Would I really be able to change my strategy?

Spoiler alert: This month Target got the best of me.

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Celebrating Marissa, Nine Years

We’ve been counting down the days for weeks now and it all is leading up to tomorrow, the day my baby turns 9. It’s her last single digit birthday and the first year to officially be a “tween”. I’m not so sure how I feel about all of this, but I don’t really seem to have much of a choice in the matter.

Today I want to introduce you to sentimental & mushy slideshow Beth. She’s the one that pulls out the external hard drive and spends nearly a whole day looking through old photos of her first-born child, because she didn’t have a blog back then to document all of the milestones. She also noticed that somewhere in the middle years she stopped taking as many pictures and over the last couple of years has really upped her photog skills.

So grab your coffee and get your scrolling finger ready. Today we are looking back on 9 years of Marissa Renae. 

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The Kids Behind The Blog, June 2017

It’s the second Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for The Kids Behind the Blog. Every month I take a few minutes to interview my girls. I love taking these moments to sit down and talk with them one and document the big and little things that they have to say. They always leave me with a smile on my face.

This months questions are about all things summer. Because, what else would they be about?!

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Margherita Grilled Pizza

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If you know me well you know that I love food. Pizza happens to be among my favorites, especially summer pizza. Yes, summer is the time that the pizza is grilled, the toppings are fresh, and things simply just taste better. It must have something to do with the state of euphoria that only summer can bring. Today I want to share my recipe for one of our very favorite pizzas, ever!

The perfect summer pizza. Try this grilled margherita pizza today!

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