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Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

Courtney Carlmark Photography

First, I’m super excited and honored to have been invited to participate in this feature. It’s how I found this blog, and I just adore getting to “meet” all the other mommas featured! I’m Sarah. Wife, mommy, sister, friend, entrepreneur extraordinaire! I am a thoroughbred Sacramento girl.

Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

My husband, Andy, and I were both born and raised in Sacramento, and we love raising our kids here too! Andy and I have been married for 8 years in September. (OMG!!)

Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

Courtney Carlmark Photography

He is my ying. He balances me, he keeps me grounded, and I keep his life interesting and fun! We love taking family bike rides and movie nights. We’re a pretty low-key couple, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

Courtney Carlmark Photography

We have these two pretty awesome, crazy kiddos!  Michael is 6 and Addison will be 2 at the end of August. He is a wonderful big brother. He is loving, attentive, and protective and he adores his little sister. Her world revolves around her big brother. She is his little copy-cat, right by his side. Whether its watching a movie, playing legos or running around the yard. She is also our wild child. I wasn’t fully prepared for how wild and crazy this tiny little creature is! She is a spit-fire, but so full of love! I’d love to say that I’m the luckiest mom in the world, but we all feel that way!  We are incredibly blessed!

Five for Friday: Meet Sarah

During the day, I am the Director of Development (I ask for money) for a small local non-profit that provides support and services to youth experiencing homelessness. But, my desire to find an easy way to live a healthier life and improve our family wellness led me to build a thriving health and wellness business as an independent consultant with Arbonne. I LOVE getting to share about our amazing products and healthier options and love helping others find the same! As a mom of two wild and crazy fun kids, I want them to grow up knowing that living healthy is about good choices most of the time, and should be simple, enjoyable and yummy! I’m on a never ending quest to make this unconventional job work! This business has been the most fun I’ve ever had while making a paycheck!

And that, friends, is pretty much me!

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Back to School Made Easy

Back to School Made Easy

Back to School Made Easy

I have been there, I’ve seen it!  I’ve seen those moms that roll up to school with coffee in hand, hair looking fab, outfit on point, and their kids look awake, fed, and happy to be leisurely walking into school.  Meanwhile there I am in workout clothes I picked up off the floor of my closet, (despite the fact that I have no actual intention of working out on that particular day) hurrying my kids across the parking lot because we are late, my daughter’s shoes are magically too small that morning and she is upset that she had to wear a different pair that doesn’t match.  And wonder, what did they do differently that morning?  What time did they get up???  How can I do that?

Well, one day I stopped wondering and I started planning.  Now, I’m the mom that’s on time (most of the time)!  I still mainly wear workout clothes, but that’s actually by choice.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m no where near perfect and I’m still late sometimes.  BUT, you GUYSSSSS!!!  I was so early getting out the door one day last week that I stopped and got coffee before I took my kiddos to school.  I mean, that was a blue ribbon day.

Here are the tips I’ve been employing in my household to get us all out the door on time and prepared.

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Five for Friday: Meet Alyssa

 

Five for Friday: Meet Alyssa

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Back to School Gifts and Supplies for Teachers

Back to School Gifts and Supplies for Teachers

Back to School Gifts and Supplies for Teachers

For me, back to school starts this MONDAY!  So crazy.  In an attempt to get myself organized and start off the school year with my best foot forward I’ve been researching some simple and useful teacher’s gifts.  There are plenty of things that teachers get that they just don’t need or like as well as plenty of things that teachers actually need and want.  For example, don’t assume you know which scented candle your child’s teacher would enjoy.  Instead think about things all teacher’s need in their classrooms throughout the year: Sharpies, Ticonderoga pencils, twistable Crayola colored pencils and crayons, Clorox wipes, baby wipes, kleenex, 409, paper towels, and Expo dry erase markers and erasers.  These are things you can always give that are very useful.  And, if you’re just dying  to add a Pinterest-y touch, add one of the super cute free printable tags from this post and you are at the top of the class!

For even more tips and tricks on Back to School Gifts and Supplies for Teachers follow my Back to School board and my Gift Board or follow all my boards here.

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Local Summer Fun

Local Summer FunLocal Summer Fun

Last week my family and I spent an unbelievably amazing week surrounded by family and friends in the gorgeous Yosemite Valley.  Tent camping is not always glamourous, but when it’s down right it’s awesome!  Now it’s time for me to get my head out of the clouds and get set for back to school.  My son starts a week from today and my daughter starts a week from tomorrow.  While I cannot believe our carefree summer days are almost over, I am looking forward to being back on a steady routine.  Here’s a list of fun to do this week to help you (and me) savor this last week of school-less summer fun.

Plan ahead: Amador Vintners Harvest Wine Festival is coming in October.  You can buy tickets now, $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday and $10 for the designated driver.

For over twenty years, Amador County wineries have opened their cellar doors and tasting rooms to bring the harvest to you!  The Big Crush once again rolls out with  over 40 wineries celebrating a year’s hard work with hospitality and harvest activities on October 4th and 5th.

Two days of bountiful cuisine and world-class wines, along with sounds of acoustic to rock & roll music wafting from every crush pad in the county!  Most exciting are the harvest activities–personal vineyard tours, blending seminars, grape stomps, and more…

This is just a sampling of Local Summer Fun.  For more happenings and  specific details about each item, go to the summer calendar tab:

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Ponytail Streamer Tutorial

***With soccer season coming very soon I thought I’d share another one of my top performing pins.  This one has been viewed and pinned over 10,000 times.

Ponytail Streamer Tutorial

Ponytail Streamer Tutorial

I’ve seen these adorable ponytail streamers on girls playing all kinds of sports for awhile now.  They are so cute!  Just tons of long ribbons that hang into their ponytails.  When Lyla started soccer last year I HAD to get her one!  Well, after shelling out $12 I was a little disappointed, I mean it was still cute, but it was fraying at the ends, the ribbons weren’t really long enough for her hair, and it wasn’t personalized to her team or with her name.  So, I decided to make my own for all the Unicorns.  I looked at a few different tutorials on how to make them including a glueing and sewing version.  The glue got too thick and clumpy and the sewing one didn’t allow for the ribbons to hang every which way.  Here’s how I did it.

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Camping Tips and Tricks

Camping Tips and Tricks Camping Tips and Tricks

Today I’m giving you a tour of our site and how we like to keep things organized and safe plus a few tips and tricks.  Remember, I can’t take credit for much (if any) of the campsite organization and set-up.  My MIL and FIL (Mimi and Poppy or M&P) handle it all.  They’re expert campers as they’ve been doing this for a very long time.
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