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August’s 3rd Birthday

We spent Tuesday celebrating our little guy, Gus' 3rd birthday! If you haven't been keeping track, that's 2 birthdays in less than 2 weeks. We've been busy! It's always been very important for me to give the kids killer birthdays that are each their own special day, even though they share birthdays so close together. Me and my young bro have birthdays that are 3 days apart, so I understand the importance of separate birthdays. Not wanting to impose on our friends and family during the busy summer days, I invited everyone over for two very casual birthday celebraishes in the back yard, both took place on weekday nights as not to clog anyones weekend. Anyways, back to our little G-man and the 3rd anniversary of the day of his birth. We spent part of the day at the train museum in St. Paul - Gus totally loves this place, and is infatuated with anything that has wheels. The museum is located in an old railroad building and boasts a miniature model of Minneapolis and St.Paul, pretty cool huh? We watched the trains go around, and around, and around, pretty exciting stuff for a three year old. Later in the day we had the fam and a few friends over for cake, ice cream, bubbles, glow sticks, and a train party in the backyard. It was a pretty happy day for our little guy. It's bittersweet to watch the smallest one grow up but I am so excited for Gus to keep on growing and learning! Finn starts all day kindergarten this year and I am secretly (and not so secretly) super amped to have the next year to spend a bunch of Get the Scoop [...]
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Finn’s 6th Birthday

Guys, I may have been a little MIA this week. We've been busy celebrating the birthday of our young man, Finn. He's six now you guys, that's super old. If you've been coming around this blog for awhile now you probably already know that Finn shares a birthday with his good buddy, Elsa, who turned 5 yesterday (also super old). Elsa and Finn have grown up together, they are the oldest kids of all our friends and thankfully they enjoy each others company because their parents hang out together all of the times. I babysat Elsa (daily) for a couple years, and she has practically become a member of our family. Anyways, Elsa totally skipped school yesterday and spent the day with Finn (so badass at 5). It was pretty awesome. The kids started the day in a sweet royal-blanket-play-fort that somebody's mom (a-hem) set up for them in the backyard. Pretend coffee and raisins anyone? These kids really know how to party. We followed it up by a trip to the MOA (aka the mall of 'merica) for Burger King and rides, because there is an indoor theme park inside of the mall! You guys, two words, "Mirror Maze". It's not part of Nickelodeon Universe, only the true heads know where to find it. Look for it the next time you are at the mall, you won't regret it. Later in the afternoon we made ice cream, set up a chill party scene in the backyard, lost a few balloons (don't ask) and got prepared for a majorly awesome party by stuffing ourselves with the best frozen pizza in town, heggies. Super tyte. Then there was the party, Get the Scoop [...]
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Puddle Stompin’


Oh man! It downpoured for 15 minutes late yesterday afternoon, and as soon as the rain was over the kids went out to splash in some puddles. Typically they like to truck through the puddles at a million miles an hour trying to make as much sweet spray as they can. They like me to take videos of them so they can see how cool it/they look(s).

So I obliged, I ran inside to get my phone because that’s how I take videos (duh). I used to use my camera to capture moments, but now I use my always-at-the-ready phone. Isn’t that so lame? I mean it’s good in a pinch, but I’ve really come to rely on it.

Sitting on my desk was my phone and my camera, guess which one I grabbed – I bet you can already tell by these pics. I used my camera! I love all these photos I took of them puddle stompin’ – I realized I would really like to try and get my camera out in the action a bit more.


Aren’t these kids getting so big? They are going to be six and three this month and I wish I would have taken the time to document more of the last year on my real camera.

It’s on. I’m going to do better!

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Babe Morph : 1 Year Update

Heya Dudes! Are you guys fans of really weird bathroom selfies taken in a #teenish sort of way? I hope that you are because that is exactly what I have to share with you today. Actually it’s a little cooler than that, remember last year when I started my babe morph mission? I am super proud to share with you guys that just this week (1 year later) I have made it to my goal! Well, I had two goals, one was a 20lb weight loss goal, and the other (that I never thought I would be able to achieve) was 30lbs. Guess what? I totally made it to 30, and I feel so awesome about it. It’s been a year since I posted about this so just to refresh your memory; I was two years out from having my second kid and I still had a lot of baby weight. I was so over it! Not only that but I had been carrying around at least 15 extra pounds of beer weight from a Party Prime I took part in during my mid-twenties. I woke up one morning and decided that I was going to change. I was going to lose the weight, and there was just no going back. It was making me miserable and I felt totally uncomfortable in my own skin. Starting that day I began walking 3-5 miles every morning, 7 days a week. I’ve kept it up for over a year, settling in recently on a 6 day a week walking routine. I leave my house every morning between 5:20 and 6:00 depending on the length of the walk. I’m an early, early bird now, incapable of sleeping in. It totally blows on the weekends. However, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not only have I lost the weight I wanted Get the Scoop [...]
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My Tyte Jeff

I'm sharing a post today that has nothing to do with my home, decor or design. It has nothing to do with why you guys typically visit me - and I hope that's cool. Today I just had to take a sec to say how proud I am of my guy, Jeff (aka Tyte Jeff, aka Tyte Waff, aka Nedrick Lamar, Top Rapper). Today he is releasing his new EP TYTE JEFF. Making music has always been apart of Jeff's life. We met at the battle of the bands way back in 1998, my band Hardnox was battling his band The Killer Bees, it was true love, you guys. Ever since then I have always known Jeff to have a guitar in his hands (sometimes that gets annoying) and a fire in his heart. When we had those (GD (J/K)) kids a lot of our personal ambitions were put on hold to make sure that those people got fed, were put to bed at a decent hour, and were well loved. Jeff has spent years working on this EP, putting bits and pieces of it together when time allowed (aka when those kids didn't need something). Feeling an urgency to finally get this thing wrapped up, he has spent the last 18 months recording the jamz, fine tuning the mix, making a band and playing shows. Today is the day that he is finally releasing this most amazing six song EP. I think the music is rocking, man, and the lyrics are just so good. As his wife, I am so proud of what he has made, and beyond happy that my partner has such great ambition in life. You should take a sec to listen to these tytest of jamz. You can stream TYTE JEFF below via sound cloud, listen to it on spotify or Get the Scoop [...]
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