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In Lifestyle on
January 24, 2017

Snow Day

SNOOOOWWWWW DAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

I LOVE snow days! Foster and I both had one (poor Lo still had to go to school much to her dismay) so when dad went to the gym the boys and I bundled up and went outside!

Riv was a little apprehensive so he kept licking it and Foster LOVED it. He kept throwing himself down and rolling all over. Read more

In Lifestyle on
January 1, 2017

Christmas

Christmas time is always so magical at the Ballard house.

The older the kids get the more and more fun it gets.

Lo was a flurry of passing out gifts and this is the first year Riv was interested in presents, he didn’t actually open any, but he loved when the other kids did and the big kids helped him. Read more

In Lifestyle on
December 28, 2016

Halloween

Halloween 2016! We were walking by the costumes and Riv had to have this ice-cream cone costume, I thought it was the cutest thing EVER so I set about trying to convince Foster to be pizza and Lo to be a donut. I had Lo convinced but Foster was dead set on being a spider this year. I couldn’t find many online that he liked so we started looking on pinterest to find some inspiration pics and he loved the orange boa spider. So that’s what I made for him!

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In Lifestyle on
October 11, 2016

Punk’in Patch: Part I

Today Riv and I went with Foster and his class to the pumpkin patch! We love making the short drive every year to pick out a pumpkin, try and find our way through the corn-maze and dive into the corn pit.

Even though that’s apparently “off limits”

For some reason, it’s so hard for us to find a time when Bryson is off shift, we have Lo and no one has school to be able to make the trip together. Seriously, every year it’s a scramble to get us all to the pumpkin patch. I’m hoping we can go next weekend as a family.

Foster was really into it this year, he loved every bit of it. When we were waiting for everyone to get there to go in he kept inching closer and closer to the entrance. He loved picking out his perfect little pumpkin and when it was time to go to the corn maze and train he did NOT want to put his pumpkin in the pile with the others to leave it and pick it up later. That is, until he saw we were heading to the train then he ditched his pumpkin quick. 

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In Lifestyle on
September 10, 2016

Kids Say the Darndest Things

On todays episode of kids say the darnedest things….

Ok, just kidding, I can’t promise that this will be a weekly thing but I can promise that it will be sporadic, hilarious and cringe-worthy.

Let me set the scene for you.

We’re at Natural Grocers and we’re checking out with the two sweetest and most talkative checker and bagger. I mention I am going to use my friends phone number because she has a discount and she moved away.

No problem. Foster says, “My friend moved too”. Also, note he has the sweetest baby voice still, really enunciates and skips words.

He’s also become a compulsive liar lately.

Do we blame the horrendous threes? Jury is still out on that one.

Anywho, the cashier, being so sweet, says, “Awe, it’s so sad when friends leave isn’t it?”

And this is when it happens. Read more

In Lifestyle on
September 8, 2016

Foster’s 1st Day of Pre-k

Foster’s started pre-k Monday!

Is a three year old class actually pre-k? Or is that only when they turn 4?

Whatevs.

He started pre-k and is sooooo excited! He already made friends (and unlike his sister, actually remembered their names and told us haha) He loves Mrs Pam and Mrs Jessica already and was not the least bit nervous. Lo has been hyping him up for Mrs Pam’s Preschool for months. They’ve been practicing school and when we pulled up he threw on his backpack, grabbed Mrs. Pam’s present and said, “Bye mom!” and walked right up to the door.

The best part was is he took a two hour nap afterwards.  Read more

In Lifestyle on
September 1, 2016

Introducing: Kensington

If you’ve been on instagram then you’ve definitely seen the newest member of our family, Kensi. I have shared more pics of her in the last week than I have of my kids.

Bryson has been wanting a french bulldog since we met and when we finally saw some in town I decided to get her for his birthday and our anniversary, both which are this month. So it worked our perfectly.

But instead of being Bryson’s pupper, her and Foster have been inseparable. They sleep together (literally intertwined or spooning), they play together, they eat together, they watch movies together…….literally everything. He gets so mad when we have to leave the house and we don’t bring her.

There are a couple members of the family who aren’t too fond of the newest addition…..that would be our other three girls, Lunchbox, Kali and Emily. They avoid her, hide in a corner from her and, if you’re Lunchbox, then she is also ignoring everyone else in the house. Read more

In Nutrition on
August 31, 2016

What I Drank Wednesday: Kombucha Cocktail

To say I’ve been obsessed with this kombucha  lately would be an understatement. I am craving one every single day…..and totally indulging (hello probiotics).

Yesterday Heath and I got on the topic of health an indulging, specifically in the form of liquid calories, and it got me thinking about combining two of my favorites. Wine and kombucha.

With any old kombucha I’d say no way, but this rowdy belly flavor is the perfect blend of sweet and vinegar. I wanted to pair it with a mild wine so the flavors of the kombucha weren’t overpowered and they complimented each other sooooo well.

So why kombucha? Read more

In Nutrition, The Skinny on
August 29, 2016

The Skinny: Heath Adam Cates

Hey pretty people! I’d like to introduce a new series to you called The Skinny. 

Every Monday I am going to share with you my favorite health and wellness products, tips and tricks.

I have loads of awesome things I use every day planned but I wanted to start off this series with a bang.

If you’re from the Four Corners area, odds are, you know who this guy is or you’ve seen him at the gym morning and night, either for himself or with his countless clients. When he’s not with his clients he’s sharing motivational posts on his instagram or bringing home international titles. So, I’d like to introduce to you Heath Adam Cates with DOWN FitnessRead more