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    2016 Year in Review

    I can’t believe it’s almost over.

    I know a lot of people think of 2016 as a pretty crappy year. In terms of pop culture and politics, yeah, it wasn’t that great. But in my personal life? Although it had it’s hardships, It was a pretty good year and I’m so thankful.

    We ended up traveling a lot this year! We got 2 separate vacations which is unheard of for us! We spent a week in Balboa Island, my favorite place in the world.

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    How Moms Can Stay Healthy (When Everyone Else is Sick)

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    It’s that time of year.

    Cold and Flu season.

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    As a Mom, there’s no time to get sick. We all got the stomach flu in our house last week, and it was awful. I didn’t want to catch it, but it’s not like I can’t take care of my baby when he’s sick. I have to risk the germs and be there for him. When my husband gets sick, I do the same. Even when the dog gets sick! You have to push your fears aside and take care of your family. Moms don’t have time to get sick!

    While you sometimes can’t help but catch a bug, there are things you can do to help boost your immune system. If you’re immune system is strong, you will hopefully get sick less often!

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    Jazz Loves Disney and So Do We!

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    Disney has been such a huge part of my life, for my whole life!

    I grew up loving the movies and going to the parks often. Some of my favorite childhood memories are at Disneyland! I was obsessed with The Lion King (I have a Simba tattoo on my ankle) and princesses. Trips to the park as child are my favorite memories. The Disney blood runs deep in our family, and I’ve been passing it on to Sawyer as soon as he was old enough to watch the movies!

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    As an adult, I continued my love of Disney, going on a trip to Disney World with my sorority sisters, and then getting engaged at Disneyland not long after!

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    Birthday Recap- 24!

    Happy Belated Birthday to me! I turned 24 yesterday!

    Yes, my birthday was on election day. Which was a pretty big bummer since this election was also a pretty big bummer. We couldn’t help it, we were glued to the news after dinner watching the electoral votes get counted. Oh, well. I’ll have tons more birthdays, hopefully never colliding with an election again.

    But the rest of the day was great! I’m trying to do more of these “life updates”. I love blogging as a profession, but I also want to keep a record of some of our fun life moments to look back on!

    On my birthday, we woke up and made breakfast burritos with my new cast iron skillet (a gift from my sister and brother in law). Then, I watched some tv while Kurtis got Sawyer ready, then headed out to to vote!

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    Halloween 2016 Recap

    We had such a fun Halloween! Sawyer had such a blast trick or treating!

    We met Kurtis at work and then drove to a neighborhood nearby. We only went to a few houses because obviously, Sawyer can’t walk super far before he gets tired.

    Sawyer was the Big Bad Wolf, I was Little Red Riding Hood, and Kurtis was the woodsman. I was a bad wife and forgot his beanie and suspenders so his costume was kind of lackluster. My bad.

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    Family Fall Traditions

    Halloween wasn’t big in my house growing up, and because of that, Halloween was never big with me as an adult. I’m not really into dressing up, I hate anything scary, and I try to not eat too much candy. Kurtis and I have been together 6 years, and we’ve never once done coordinating costumes, if that tells you anything.

    But, now that we’re parents, Halloween really excites me. I want him to grow up having fun memories of this holiday, and us doing fun things together as a family. And it doesn’t all have to be scary, especially when they’re younger.

    Fun Fact (or maybe a TMI fact?) Sawyer was conceived on Halloween, so we should probably make an effort to celebrate with him, given that he is a Halloween baby.

    Announcement: We are doing a family costume this year. The first time in the 6 years we’ve been a couple that Kurtis and I will have coordinating costumes. My level of excitement is too high to be socially acceptable. (P.S. our costumes are inspired by Once Upon a Time, any guesses?)

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    3 Toddler-Approved Pasta Dishes

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    Happy National Pasta Day!

    We all know how hard it can be to get toddlers to eat. Luckily, Sawyer likes most food but there are still days where mealtime is a struggle.

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    But you know what he loves? Pasta. Pasta in any way, shape, or form. Mac and Cheese night is by far the best night of his week and he’s also been known to go crazy on some spaghetti. Pasta is flavorful, and easy for him to pick up. It’s the messiest finger food of all time.

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