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User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 15, 2012 1:44 AM (UTC)

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Okay okay here is what I'm going home with...happy marriage of outfit 1&2 now if only they sold a #kardashian booty to go with it!! #sears #searsstyle #stylesurprise #ad

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Worth every second! 💕Kayla turned 9 last week and over holiday break became a big Harry Potter fan. I never read the books when they were all the rage in my young adulthood, but hoped to one day read them when I had a child old enough to enjoy them. We read the first book taking turns reading aloud. After that, we've spent so much time snuggled up on the couch reading independently and chatting about them together.
We usually don't throw elaborate parties or give big gifts for birthdays, but I really wanted to do a few things to make her birthday feel as magical as Hogwarts. She woke up to flying keys outside her door and over the breakfast table. Hedwig the owl delivered birthday packages wrapped in brown kraft paper. I made Gringotts Bank sacks full of gold galleons (chocolate of course!) and spent a stupid amount of time making Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans containers. I enjoyed every second. After watching her make brooms to ride out of old wrapper paper tubes I remembered I had a credit in my account from @halloweenexpressdotcom and ordered her a Nimbus 2000 which is pretty awesome looking in person. Her actual gifts were nothing more than a book, new underwear and a shirt (Harry Potter of course) but she said over and over that it was the best birthday ever.
Reading these books with her and making everything has been one of the happiest times for me in months🙌🏼 It wasn't for some big party or a work project, it was entirely for the purpose of surprising and delighting Kayla. It was a very nice reminder that we all have lots of things pulling us in different directions and demanding our attention. Investing in our kids is never a mistake❤️
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:42 AM (UTC)
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The best way to keep your New Year’s Resolution is to enlist the ones you love to help you stay accountable! One resolution I’m sticking to is staying hands on as a mom, but hands off my phone when I’m behind the wheel. After all, as they grow up, we're sending our kids messages with how we behave in a car. If they see mom or dad using their phone to text, check social media, etc. while driving, do you really think they're going to take us seriously when we tell them not to do the same as sixteen year olds? Probably not. It starts with us, so let’s start now! #ItCanWait @ATT #ad (link in profile)
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Jan 2, 2018 10:25 PM (UTC)
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Current state of my parenting = YOU get cheese doodles and YOU get cheese doodles and YOU get cheese doodles. It's the last day of holiday break. It has been lovely. And exhausting. And today I choose the path of least resistance 🙌🏼 #cheesedoodlesforall #traderjoes #honestmotherhood
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 29, 2017 4:36 AM (UTC)
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❤️Sisters reunion ❤️ Literally couldn't be happier (in case that wasn't obvious) #awkwardhairsortacare #whatayear #sisterstrip
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 22, 2017 7:59 AM (UTC)

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Cute jammies✔️
Indoor snowballs✔️
Mom wrapped around your little finger✔️ I guess Blake is Christmas vacation ready! ❤️🎅🏼🙈💃🏻😬😍
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 22, 2017 7:45 AM (UTC)

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Bring some JOY to the table! 🌲🎅🏼🌲Find the perfect stocking stuffers and everything you need for your holiday table (link in profile) #JoyToTheTable AD @crackerbarrel
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 15, 2017 7:18 PM (UTC)

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12 months of grandchildren = grandma GOLD 🙌🏼
Grab a yeti sized discount on a thoughtful gift for grandma that will still arrive in time for Christmas🎄
BONUS - see me looking sassy in a dinosaur costume 😬 (link in profile) AD
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 12, 2017 5:43 PM (UTC)
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How elves on shelves get ready for a few days off from the workshop!💃🏻 I'm heading off on a road trip from Irvine to San Franciso with my partner in Christmas cheer @alicechase who is one of the best humans I know. We're driving the new Kia Niro PHEV, which can make it all the way to San Francisco on one tank of gas! 😱 We'll be making pit stops to spread cheer, drink hot cocoa and sing loud for all to hear. Okay, maybe we won't sing loud because I'm tone deaf AF. But get ready Cali coast. Because ALL of this elfing is coming your way 🎄🚗❤️ #NiroRoadTrip #KiaPartner
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Dec 1, 2017 4:55 AM (UTC)
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❤️This is my third Blake and the 🍩 picture. I have taken one each time we made memories at @greatwolflodge and I'm so happy to have them. We spent Black Friday riding slides and laughing with friends. This trip, while a small journey from San Diego had major significance for me. I booked it in early March of this year. I did not know that two weeks later I would find out I had cancer. When I was diagnosed, I cancelled everything in the foreseeable future. I cancelled vacations, I cancelled work trips. I made my mother and little sister take back the spring clothes I had ordered from J.Crew. I had no idea if I would live to wear them. I did all of this silently, not wanting to admit to what was going through my head.
But there was one thing I did not cancel. This trip. This Thanksgiving trip for our family to what had quickly become Kayla's favorite place. This trip was my silent survival goal. I would live to see this trip. I would live to see the smiles on their little faces. It has taken me a week to share this photo because there are 463 million emotions behind it and yes, I'm wiping the tears off of my screen while writing this. So, you may see a little boy eating sugar before 8am. But what this photo represents is the magic that a few incredible women made happen for our family (you know who you are) The importance of deciding to chase the positive instead of wallowing in the negative. And a reminder to live for the little moments with your little people ❤️❤️❤️ #gwlsocal #aml #leukemiawarrior
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 17, 2017 11:05 PM (UTC)

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🎶Cue Shania Twain's You're Still The One 😜 Gosh I love this four legged furry face. Even though he gets on the couch EVERY day while I'm doing school drop off. Even though he gives me smug looks while I ask him what he thinks he's doing and he makes ZERO effort to move🎶
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 11, 2017 5:17 AM (UTC)
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When digital heroes come to life❤️ Kayla was in ALL her glory today! Last year when we visited, this whole world was new to her. She watched a bunch of boys shout out the answers to trivia questions about games and characters asked by Nintendo employees and I guess it stuck with her. On our way here she told me she had been practicing hard and was going to be a girl who wins the trivia💪🏼 And she did! 😂 I literally found her taking notes this morning and thought to myself OMG you really are my child😬 And you're in the right place to have people appreciate your ability to recite the 37 million permutations of Pokemon evolution. It was a nice reminder to me to appreciate her weird passions and total determination when she sets her sights on something. After all, that's exactly how this whole world became my job, right? 🙌🏼 #nintendoamerica sponsored
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 10, 2017 5:41 PM (UTC)
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Girls trip ✈️ Kayla and I are off to the home of Mario & Luigi at @nintendo It has been a year since we were here and SO much has happened in our lives. It's nice to come back to a place that has such positive memories for Kayla and she feels like she can just be a kid ❤️ #nintendoamerica #sponsored
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 9, 2017 4:37 PM (UTC)

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The flu. Not doing it. We've had ENOUGH sickness and missed memory making to last a decade. Tips on how to say BYE Flu-Lecia! (Link in profile)
AD #SaveTheLikes #FluFOMO
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 9, 2017 5:44 AM (UTC)
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If the holiday season is about spending quality time with family, keeping those in need top of mind and creating magic for our children, then YES, I’ll take two months instead of a few weeks. Sign. Me. Up. ❤️
I'm talking traditions, cute jammies and being okay with not being perfect. #BestTimeToBeAKid AD
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 8, 2017 8:28 PM (UTC)

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This is the time of year many of us encounter our first bout of lunchbox burnout AD If you're like me, then as much as you love your children, you aren't going to manifest it by turning their lunch into a food diorama of their favorite movie 😬

Ahh yes, I’m talking tiny changes to make lunch a little bit more fun for both the lunch maker and eater, plus this #DIY lunchbox (link over in my profile) #StonyfieldYoKids
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Nov 2, 2017 4:08 AM (UTC)

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User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Oct 28, 2017 3:35 PM (UTC)
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How I feel when my kids sleep till 7 on a Saturday 🙌🏼
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Oct 24, 2017 5:15 AM (UTC)
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I LIKE BIG MUTTS AND I CANNOT LIE ❤️ #ad Rough day and you can use a sympathetic ear that won’t judge? Check. Feeling a little stressed and need a furry stress ball to massage? We’ve got a willing candidate🐶 Try to get right behind his ears. Throw in a little butt scratch and you’ve got a friend for life.

Go see what I made my favorite furry friend recently (link in profile) Hint, we're channeling the 90's in a major way 🎤 in partnership with @Clorox
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Oct 17, 2017 3:58 AM (UTC)
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❤️ I’ve spent the past few weeks reviewing the last six months in my head. Over and over like an athlete watching game footage. I’m still trying to process everything that has happened. To find the weak parts of my game where I could have improved. To spot the pivotal moments that led to my still being here. To try and determine if the feelings I felt were indeed the truth, or were they what I told myself I felt in order to survive? Does it even matter?

I wrote a thing. You can read on if you like (link in my profile) #aml #uniteinmotherhood #leukemia
User Image hellosplendidblog Posted: Oct 16, 2017 3:29 AM (UTC)

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For LITERALLY millions of years moms have wanted the same thing 😂 Five minutes of peace to drink our coffee while it's hot and raid our kid's halloween candy. Amiright?
Okay, this Jurassic World T-Rex costume is now my favorite thing. @halloweenexpressdotcom has the largest selection of costumes online including a kids version of this same costume. I also picked up an Elf on the Shelf getup because YOLO! Grab a very sweet discount on anything you like using the link in my profile or using HELLOSPLENDID26 And if you're feeling lucky you can enter to win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards over at {} #halloweenexpress AD #trexcostume