If you follow me on instagram, then you may have noticed that we have this thing for coffee shops and getaways with our little guy! Over the summer we did a lot of traveling and got an opportunity to spend a week in Dallas, TX and a weekend in Austin, TX.  With a little one around, it can be so easy to be homebodies or kinda stick within a few-mile radius of the house so that Oliver can nap, eat good food, and avoid a meltdowns whenever possible. But that can be taxing on both Johnny and I, creatively. So when we were given the opportunity to head to Dallas and Austin, we didn’t even hesitate! The last time we were in town, Oliver was 10 months old and slept most of the time, did not have an opinion, and was happy to do whatever mom and dad wanted to do, oh how things have changed in just one year! Oliver, is now an energetic, opinionated, toddler. As exhausting as it can be to travel with a toddler we wouldn’t change a thing, we love being able to share what we love with him. Johnny and I overly caffeinated ourselves in any city that we are visiting so our kiddo has probably visited more coffee shops than most adults! If you are heading to Dallas or Austin and want kid friendly suggestion feel free to contact me on Instagram.




Now that it is finally starting to feel like autumn in the morning, I am starting to crave cozy meals, is that a thing? Lately, I have been on this chia seed pudding craze because its so easy to prep ahead and so versatile and can be paired with so many things. When we were heading back home from Dallas this summer we stopped in Phoenix and by chance had an opportunity to taste the chia seed pudding at Cartel Coffee Lab, I was hooked! It was creamy, slightly sweet, and full of flavor what kind of magic was this? So after many attempts I think I have finally found a mixture that I love and yields a creamy, flavorful, pudding. This recipe here features all the pumpkin spice goodness that we are all obsessed with this time of year, let me know if you try it and what you think.


Chia Seed Pudding 

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 1 can whole fat organic coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

Instructions: This pudding is super easy to make, I throw all of the ingredients in a glass container and mix with a spoon to ensure that all the chia seeds are coated with the milk mixture. Scrape the seeds from inside the vanilla bean and make sure to get all the tiny speckles of goodness in the milk mixture. Cover container with a lid and place in the fridge over-night. In the morning you will have creamy goodness that smells amazing.

Pumpkin Mixture 

  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tbsp pure maple
  • Mix all ingredients together.

Pumpkin Spice Granola 

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • pinch of tumeric (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper (optional, sounds crazy but it makes sense when its all together)

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together except the shredded coconut set that aside. Once the oats are coated in the mixture spread on a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Throughout the baking process mix the oats around to ensure they cook evenly, add the shredded coconut and bake for another 3-5 minutes until they are golden. Let the oats cool down and once they’ve cooled layer your pudding and enjoy! I promise its delicious!

This sounds so obvious right? Water equals good for you, but did you know that over 70% of Americans walk around chronically dehydrated which is alarming because “60 percent of our bodies are composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine.”

I have been super intentional about my water intake because its good for my overall health and essential when on a weight-loss journey. I carry around this super awesome and good looking Takeya Tumbler  that keeps water cold for ever and is eco-friendly. We carry our tumblers everywhere and even have our local coffee shop pour our coffee into them, pretty awesome right!




Listed below are different ways to guarantee proper hydration. Try each one to see which you like best or mix it up throughout the day!

Yep plain clean and filtered water. Not sure how much you should be drinking? While most of  us grew up hearing that we need 8 glasses of water a day, the answer is really to take what you weigh in pounds and divide it in half. Then you will have how many ounces of water you should be drinking a day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should drink 90 ounces of water a day. If you have a hard time drinking plain water then infuse it with citrus slices, herbs of your choice, your favorite essential oils (we use Lemon, Tangerine, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Slique, Lime, Endoflex from Young Living), fruit pieces, and to make it even better add chia seeds.

Coconut Water
Studies have shown that coconut water promotes fluid retention, which makes it great in the hotter months such as summer or when you’re in labor, yep I said that! I skipped the IV fluid and kept myself and my baby hydrated by sipping on raw coconut water. Of course consult this with your doctor and do what is best for you.  Coconut water also has calories, sodium, and carbs—unlike water—so it is beneficial when working out and an amazing replacement for neon colored sports drinks.

Make sure you and your kiddos are staying hydrated even in colder months when the signs of thirst aren’t as obvious as they are in the summer.



Right after our trip to Hawaii literally the next day we headed up to Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains to spend the week at Family Camp at the Forest Home camp center. This is our second year attending and it was so much better this time around because my sweet boy had an opportunity to enjoy all the amazing fun that Forest Home has to offer. If you have never been to family camp I highly encourage you to check out Forest Home. I know what you’re thinking “camping? No thank you” but this is more like glamping!

Fully furnished cabins with super comfy beds, 19 meals cooked and served for you in a family style dining hall, personal baby sitter for adult time, go ahead and say Amen, group exercise classes, craft time, a coffee shop on site, pool, splash pad, lake day, hiking trails,  and most importantly lots of Jesus and people living out Jesus so that you and your family can truly enjoy your week there. I came back refreshed and my cup filled after a week spent unplugged being reminded  about God’s grace and mercy and spending time in worship and fellowship. It was seriously the best! We dont know how much we need a place like Forest Home until you are there, we plan to attend next year as well and hopefully every year after that because this place is truly a blessing.

If you’re on Instagram make sure to check out the hashtag #foho16.

If you have any questions about Camp just ask and I will do my best to answer!


This was a collaboration with Forest Home but all experiences and thought are my own.


Oh Hawaii. It’s been a few weeks and we are ready to head back and explore you with a plan, because planning a trip 4 days before heading out was not the easiest thing!! I wanted to share some of our favorite places that we visited during the trip.

+ Poke Shack: Completely worth the hype. Had some of the most delicious poke.
+ Lava Java: Breakfast with an amazing view.
+ Kona Coffee Co: 100% Kona Coffee
+ Acai Bowls

Play/Visit: Enjoy the Island life, it’s slow and magical.
+ Kua Bay has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches
+ Dolphin, Sea Turtle, Whale watch