You know that friend you can spend all day with and never get exhausted (introverts will know what I mean)? The one you don’t worry about putting on a non-banana-smeared shirt for if she’s coming over? The one whose house you can stop by without calling first, to drop off something she left at your house, or something from the market you think she’d like?


I took the kids to some of our neighborhood playgrounds in our last few days in Lemoore, but I wanted to take them to a Big Park in town before we left California.

I decided on Hidden Valley Park because they have a really nice playground area, but also a pond full of ducks and geese, with shaded areas where families can relax together.


What I love about Hanford’s China Alley, for photos, is the rich colors and different textures which line the street. Nothing falsely aged or weathered. Just real 125-year-plus buildings.


Fauxtographer is a term generally used as an insult by the threatened-photographer crowd. But my friends and I use it jokingly, to convey the idea that although we are not pro photographers, and we know we’re not, we try to take the best pictures we can and strive to learn new things each time we pull out our cameras. And you can too.


On the day we moved to Hanford, California, my husband and I stopped by the city office to do something… I guess probably something utilities-related.

We didn’t have any kids yet, and although I was pregnant with Anneliese, I didn’t know I was at that point. An old man stopped us in the Civic Center Park and started chatting with us. When he found out we were new to the area, he told us in no uncertain terms that we needed to pay a visit to Superior Dairy, the local ice cream shop.


The kids and I have gone to several of these awesome mom-and-me style yoga classes at the Hanford Yoga Center. I want to spread the word so that YOU won’t miss out. Hopefully someone searching for kids’ activities in Hanford or Lemoore will find this, and give it a try!


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. My 3 year old is so excited about learning. When I tell her a new word for something, she carefully repeats it a few times to make sure it sticks. When she learns a new skill, she


The couch seats become exciting loft beds. Books become more special when shared in “privacy” with a sibling or enjoyed alone. Everyday snacks are transformed into feasts prepared by the toddlers in their own house, castle, hideaway, ship, cabin, fort.


Have I mentioned it’s super hot here? I don’t think I’m alone… on twitter and facebook I’ve even heard of temps in the 120s this month! It was 112 one day last week, and will be close to 110 all week. It’s hot, y’all. So one night, I plopped down with Arrested Development, some shower curtains, pool noodles, and duct tape and made this awesome water pad to play on when the kids woke up.


Even though I pinned tutorials for this before, I didn’t reference them, because how hard could it be? That’s why this isn’t a tutorial. You don’t need one.

Just paint the edges of the canvas, use a foam brush to put modpodge on the canvas, slap that photo on, and modpodge over it.


Lately, my daughter has been more into Real Kitchen Stuff. Wanting to help wash, peel, and cut fruits and veggies. Stirring and pouring. Wearing her little apron. Sweeping and cleaning spills. And standing inside the refrigerator, door open, scanning for snacks. So I figured it was time for a fully-functional toddler kitchen.


I’m teaching my 2 year old how to sew, and from the way she was dancing around today singing, “Pupple em-boy-dee! Pupple em-boy-dee!” I have hope that someday my daydreams of crafting together will come true.



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