Coffee Date | 7.22.16

Happy Friday everyone!! Good afternoon, I hope you're Friday has been treating you well. It's been a while since I've done a coffee date but I'm excited to be back and have some regular coffee dates for you the rest of the Summer and this Fall. Check out coffee date below! 

Links I mentioned;
Kale Summer Salad:
Honest Co. Shave oil (get $10 off your first order w/my link):


One Year House Tour

Hard to believe that we've been in our new home for one year now! We've made a lot of changes in the last year, but I have to say my favorite transformation is the work we did on our kitchen the last year. So let's go through the house for a chatty tour of all the changes we've made! 

Thanks for joining me today on this tour! We've got more projects and improvements planned for year two. I can't wait to transform the guest half bath downstairs soon! Stay tuned for more! 

READ | Leading and Loving It by Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson

I finished this book last week during my kids' swim lessons. Side note; having 30 minutes each day to sit and watch my kids swim under the supervision of lifeguards and read was glorious!

Ok back to the book, this book was a re read for me. I read it years ago when it first came out. For those that don't know my husband and I were in full time ministry a few years ago and were out of full time ministry for the last few years. We're now pursuing church planting. So ministry is no stranger to me. Given the current season of life I decided that I wanted to read this book again. 

This book is a must read if you are a pastor's wife or woman in ministry. I also think everything church goer should read this book to better understand your pastors job and the demands on their families. 

This book covers so many topics as it relates to ministry, transition and change. I adore their hearts for pastor's wife and women in ministry and their honesty as they talk about their struggles they have had and lessons they have learned through the years. 

You can pick up your copy below. 

J U L Y Goals.

Pay no attention to the fact that we're over halfway through the month and I'm just now sharing these with you. Good news is, that I've already started crossing some of the list! Let's get to is! 

1. Read two new books; I've already read one so far this month. Come back Wednesday for my review on the first one. 

2. Paint the kids' bathroom cabinets; I've been wanting to do this for so long. I've even bought the hardware and had it sitting in the garage for so long. So this month I want to tackle this project.

3. Celebrate our anniversary; We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary last week. So this past weekend we got a chance to sneak off for a couple days together. I'm so excited to share with you where we stayed.

4. Start bathroom remodel; we've been talking about this for a while. Picking out new things for the bathroom and saving for this project. We've gotten our new faucet, a new mirror and shelf for decor. I can't wait to share with you all our plans so time to get to work on it! 

READ | Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs

Thank you B&H Publishing for providing this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

Remember my reading goal for the year? I've been super slow at reading this year but I'm still excited to read my 36 books this year. A couple weeks ago I finished this book while on a quick trip to Vegas. 

I've never read any of Annie F. Downs books but I wanted excited to get this book in the mail and start reading and now I want to read all her books. This book goes through her journey of her life after she finished her book 'Let's All Be Brave" and the "break down" as she calls it that she had after writing that book. 

I really loved her introspective thoughts on herself and her life during that season. She talks about how she started going to counseling and explores themes in her life like; why does she want to quit or run away when things get hard? 

This season forced her to "look for the lovely" in her life. Or look for the good. This theme really resonates with me since the theme of my blog here is all about celebrating the everyday. And finding something in your daily life worth celebrating. Life is made up of lots of tiny little moments that matter. 

Look for them. Cherish them. 

Her writing speaks to my soul, she's witty and is full of great stories to tell. But it's her authenticity in her writing and her honesty that pulls you in and makes you want to be her best friend. She's got a whole lot of truth and a big dose of wisdom packed in these pages. 

Grab your copy below. 

Family Evening Walks.

We've been trying to get out more as a family, one of our goals this year was to be more active as a family. Remember our hike a couple weeks back? We started taking evening family walks. It gets us outside and active. Sometimes the kids ride their bikes or scooters and we walk. I thought I'd take you along for one of those family walks;

What are some ways that you get out and get active as a family? I'd love to hear them in the comments below. 

Beach Day at Carlsbad State Beach

We love spending time at the beach. We're for sure beach people. Give us salty water and sand in our toes and we are happy campers. Since Legoland is in Carlsbad we decided to stay close to our hotel and visit Carlsbad State Beach. This is a new beach to us, but we completely fell in love with the city of Carlsbad. 

The day we went to the beach it was quiet, and not many people at our particular spot which was really nice. Carlsbad Village is really close to the beach with tons of restaurant and shopping. 

We had the best day at the beach. The kids built sand castles, and collected shells. We all jumped waves together. I love sharing these experiences with my family, and visiting the beach. It's such a happy place for our family. 

After a few hours we headed to get lunch, and on the way back to the car I found my future beach house! We ate at Dini's Bistro- they had some of the best fish and chips and crab cakes I've ever had! A must go if you're in Carlsbad for lunch or dinner. 

Dini's Bistro 3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Dini's Bistro 3290 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Lots of fun happening at Tower 36! We had so much fun at the beach and always look forward to when we go back! I'm wanting to put together a visitor's guide to Carlsbad of all the local places we found to eat and shop. Look for the sometime in the next couple months. 

Day 4 we when whale and dolphin watching at Dana Wharf, you can read about our experience here.  A quick little mash up of our vacation video!! We had so much fun on our family vacation this year, enjoy! 

Our First Trip to Legoland California!

Happy Monday friends!! I just realized a couple days ago that school officially starts again in 1 month!! That's crazy, it seems like Summer just started. Before Summer is over I wanted to re-cap and share with you our adventures on vacation this Summer. 

You already heard about our experience whale and dolphin watching at Dana Point, CA. The first day of our vacation we checked into the hotel, went swimming and just got settled in before heading to Legoland the next day. 

We arrived around 10:30 am to explore the park. We bought park hopper passes to the water park but weren't able to use them since it was to cold and breezy the day we went. So we stayed in the Legoland park and explored all day. 

The kids had so much fun. The sheer amount of work and detail that goes into making Legoland and everything out of legos is amazing and fascinating! We loved mini land and looking at the the different scenes and cities they made out of legos. 

This boat tour was a fun afternoon break, we sat in a boat and toured the entire park. While our guide told us exactly how many legos were used to make each piece she was telling us about. So cool! 

Zane loves Lego Ninjago, so it was really fun for him to get to see it all in real life and he loved seeing his name all over the park! 

Day 1 in the books! No vacation for us would be complete without a beach day! Come back Wednesday for a re-cap of our beach day!