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Apple Crumble is one of my all time favorite things to make, and I'm sharing my recipe over on the blog! It's a real cold weather staple for me, along with macaroni and cheese! πŸπŸŽπŸ‚

Apple Crumble is one of my all time favorite things to make, and I'm sharing my recipe over on the blog! It's a real cold weather staple for me, along with macaroni and cheese! πŸπŸŽπŸ‚

Still Seaside dreaming...Finally had a chance to go through our vacation images. I may have cried a few tears, missing the sand and sea. I love that I get to capture our family memories on camera.
Seaside, Florida

Still Seaside dreaming...Finally had a chance to go through our vacation images. I may have cried a few tears, missing the sand and sea. I love that I get to capture our family memories on camera.

Getting caught up on here, and bummed I didn't post this picture in time... Birthday walk with the crew on the second most beautiful September 7th that ever was.
Portland, Maine

Getting caught up on here, and bummed I didn't post this picture in time... Birthday walk with the crew on the second most beautiful September 7th that ever was.

Don't blinkJust like that you're six years old and you take a nap and youWake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wifeDon't blink. ❀️❀️❀️❀️

Don't blinkJust like that you're six years old and you take a nap and youWake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wifeDon't blink. ❀️❀️❀️❀️

Our morning walk! I had no idea how much Mia would change our lives. She might drive me a bit crazy every 5 mins but I love this journey with her and I wouldn't change it for a thing. I went from partying, eating out, sleeping until I had to go to work, watching movies all night to sleeping 5 hours, working from home, eating healthier, working out and partying once in a blue moon πŸ˜‚Making changes just to be a better example for her to follow 😍 #familyisablessing #getoutside #changesaregood #Mia
Toronto, Ontario

Our morning walk! I had no idea how much Mia would change our lives. She might drive me a bit crazy every 5 mins but I love this journey with her and I wouldn't change it for a thing. I went from partying, eating out, sleeping until I had to go to work, watching movies all night to sleeping 5 hours, working from home, eating healthier, working out and partying once in a blue moon πŸ˜‚Making changes just to be a better example for her to follow 😍 #familyisablessing #getoutside #changesaregood #Mia

It's been a total blur around here this month. We're finally back and getting settled in at home, but there's no real end in sight until mid-October. Sorry for being so MIA, and I promise I have a lot of fun things to share soon! Thanks for sticking with us on IG 😘
Portland, Maine

It's been a total blur around here this month. We're finally back and getting settled in at home, but there's no real end in sight until mid-October. Sorry for being so MIA, and I promise I have a lot of fun things to share soon! Thanks for sticking with us on IG 😘

.πŸ’›CREATIVITY isInventing,Experimenting,Exploring,Taking risks,Breaking rules,Making mistakes,Having fun andMaking soul POWERFUL !πŸ’›..πŸ’œCREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUSPASS IT ONπŸ’œ...P.S. : Merog's art kit, messy mat and his appron is from our favorite subscription box (Sky Adventure) @flintobox and his Devnagari script puzzle mat is from @crosswordbookstores.........#abstractart #abstractartist #abstractexpressionism #abstractexpressionist #abstraction #watercolor #abstractpainting #littleartist #art #artcompetitions #artcontest #artgallery #artist #littleartist #artwork #instafollow #love #picoftheday #instagood #bloggerscommunity #bloggermom #mycandidlife #motherhoodrocks #motherhoodunplugged #realmotherhood #subscriptionbox #toybox #activitybox #morningslikethese#flintobox

.πŸ’›CREATIVITY isInventing,Experimenting,Exploring,Taking risks,Breaking rules,Making mistakes,Having fun andMaking soul POWERFUL !πŸ’›..πŸ’œCREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUSPASS IT ONπŸ’œ...P.S. : Merog's art kit, messy mat and his appron is from our favorite subscription box (Sky Adventure) @flintobox and his Devnagari script puzzle mat is from @crosswordbookstores .........#abstractart #abstractart ist #abstractexpressionism #abstractexpressionist #abstraction #watercolor #abstractpainting #littleartist #art #art competitions #art contest #art gallery #art ist #littleartist #art work #instafollow #love #picoftheday #instagood #bloggerscommunity #bloggermom #mycandidlife #motherhoodrocks #motherhoodunplugged #realmotherhood #subscriptionbox #toybox #activitybox #morningslikethese #flintobox

Honestly most days I wonder how we got so lucky. These two are incredibly easy going. They play so well together, they are patient, thoughtful, and kind. They do an amazing job of verbalizing their feelings at such a young age. I often say they make parenting a 2 and 3 year old as easy as it can possibly be. And then every once in a while it feels like someone sneaks in and replaces them with more typical 2 and 3 year olds. Today was one of those days. Scout seemed to be feeling exceptionally sensitive. Most things he usually has a well of patience for sent him into immediate emotional meltdowns. He also struggled to follow guidance or reminders today, which is usually a strength of his. On several occasions I asked him to take a break from playing with certain toys after multiple reminders on how to play with them safely. At the end of the day instead of unloading his belongings out of the van one at a time and then closing the van door independently, like he usually does, I needed to carry him and his belongings into the house, which never happens. This sparked another emotional meltdown. Cedar also struggled today. She bit Scout twice, once leaving a solid bite mark through his Tshirt. She also grabbed hair on the back of my head, tangled her hands in it, pulled to the point of pain and wouldn't let go. They both had what appeared to be a restful night sleep, they took almost 3 hour naps, they ate well and I was spending time with them. So the usual culprits that explain this kind of day were not the issue. However, in the midst of these shadows while eating lunch, I heard Scout say, "Cedar, do you know what? I love you," and Cedar replied, "You know what, I love you." Scout then said, "You are making my heart smile." During dinner we were reflecting on the day and the multiple bumps we all had, (myself included...it was a hard day to show up gracefully,) and Scout said, "Mama, do you know what? I love you." It is without a doubt true, the darkest shadows reveal the most beautiful light.

Honestly most days I wonder how we got so lucky. These two are incredibly easy going. They play so well together, they are patient, thoughtful, and kind. They do an amazing job of verbalizing their feelings at such a young age. I often say they make parenting a 2 and 3 year old as easy as it can possibly be. And then every once in a while it feels like someone sneaks in and replaces them with more typical 2 and 3 year olds. Today was one of those days. Scout seemed to be feeling exceptionally sensitive. Most things he usually has a well of patience for sent him into immediate emotional meltdowns. He also struggled to follow guidance or reminders today, which is usually a strength of his. On several occasions I asked him to take a break from playing with certain toys after multiple reminders on how to play with them safely. At the end of the day instead of unloading his belongings out of the van one at a time and then closing the van door independently, like he usually does, I needed to carry him and his belongings into the house, which never happens. This sparked another emotional meltdown. Cedar also struggled today. She bit Scout twice, once leaving a solid bite mark through his Tshirt. She also grabbed hair on the back of my head, tangled her hands in it, pulled to the point of pain and wouldn't let go. They both had what appeared to be a restful night sleep, they took almost 3 hour naps, they ate well and I was spending time with them. So the usual culprits that explain this kind of day were not the issue. However, in the midst of these shadows while eating lunch, I heard Scout say, "Cedar, do you know what? I love you," and Cedar replied, "You know what, I love you." Scout then said, "You are making my heart smile." During dinner we were reflecting on the day and the multiple bumps we all had, (myself included...it was a hard day to show up gracefully,) and Scout said, "Mama, do you know what? I love you." It is without a doubt true, the darkest shadows reveal the most beautiful light.

That's how #ayaanu❀️ prepares for a dinner. His dinner suit , sandals and the must have toy! He is so much in love with this that he would not go anywhere without it in his hand (or mouth πŸ™Š, well don't judge a teething baby for the things he loves to put in his mouth πŸ˜‚) If you have been following our insta stories you would know that we are on a fun trip to UAE. Have been to Dubai, Sharjah and have a stop now in Abu Dhabi. It has been such a great trip so far. Except #ayaanu❀️ has got a runny nose. Blame it on change in weather or the teething ? Take your pick. Otherwise we have been super chill and relaxed. Hoping to see more of UAE in next couple of days . πŸ™πŸ»β˜ΊοΈ follow along our insta stories for instant updates and our fun activities. πŸ’«βœ¨πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ P.S: I would totally recommend this Toy. It's attractive in color, easy to hold for babies and teddy there can spin. Not only that it helps babies to develop motor skills, it is also easy to clean . It's from @mothercaremena . Shoes are from @nextofficial next mini. And are super soft and elegant. Dress is @babyshoparabia signature dinner suit . And an absolutely lovely addition to #ayaanu❀️ wardrobe. In short it's 3 of my favourite brands in one picture. 🎈❣️ Lastly I am looking out to find fun options in Abu Dhabi except for the Ferrari world rides ( For the record, i hate rides ) and water park activities ( don't think it would be much fun for the baby, would it be ? ) And can't find many options other than that up till now . Any suggestions ? πŸ€”.. #celebrate_childhood #momentsofmom #expatlife #parenting #candidchildhood #thatsdarling #mycandidlife #treasuringlittlememories #momentsofmom #reallife #pakistanibloggers #babylove #clickinmoms #choosehappy #muscatbloggers #mommyblogger #babyclothes #babyshoes #shareitwithnext #travelblogger #travellingfamily #travellingwithbaby #mamablogger #uaeblog #uaebloggers #dubaimums #muscatmums #abudhabimums #pakistanimom #abudhabi
Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

That's how #ayaanu ❀️ prepares for a dinner. His dinner suit , sandals and the must have toy! He is so much in love with this that he would not go anywhere without it in his hand (or mouth πŸ™Š, well don't judge a teething baby for the things he loves to put in his mouth πŸ˜‚) If you have been following our insta stories you would know that we are on a fun trip to UAE. Have been to Dubai, Sharjah and have a stop now in Abu Dhabi. It has been such a great trip so far. Except #ayaanu ❀️ has got a runny nose. Blame it on change in weather or the teething ? Take your pick. Otherwise we have been super chill and relaxed. Hoping to see more of UAE in next couple of days . πŸ™πŸ»β˜ΊοΈ follow along our insta stories for instant updates and our fun activities. πŸ’«βœ¨πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ P.S: I would totally recommend this Toy. It's attractive in color, easy to hold for babies and teddy there can spin. Not only that it helps babies to develop motor skills, it is also easy to clean . It's from @mothercaremena . Shoes are from @nextofficial next mini. And are super soft and elegant. Dress is @babyshoparabia signature dinner suit . And an absolutely lovely addition to #ayaanu ❀️ wardrobe. In short it's 3 of my favourite brands in one picture. 🎈❣️ Lastly I am looking out to find fun options in Abu Dhabi except for the Ferrari world rides ( For the record, i hate rides ) and water park activities ( don't think it would be much fun for the baby, would it be ? ) And can't find many options other than that up till now . Any suggestions ? πŸ€”.. #celebrate _childhood #momentsofmom #expatlife #parenting #candidchildhood #thatsdarling #mycandidlife #treasuringlittlememories #momentsofmom #reallife #pakistanibloggers #babylove #clickinmoms #choosehappy #muscatbloggers #mommyblogger #babyclothes #babyshoes #shareitwithnext #travelblogger #travellingfamily #travellingwithbaby #mamablogger #uaeblog #uaeblog gers #dubaimums #muscatmums #abudhabi mums #pakistanimom #abudhabi

Sometimes I think she's got a window to my soulMama knows, Mama knowsEven when I think it doesn't showMama knows ✨✨✨✨

Sometimes I think she's got a window to my soulMama knows, Mama knowsEven when I think it doesn't showMama knows ✨✨✨✨

She does and says whatever her brother does and says, right down to the intonation in her words. It is immediately clear how deeply she adores him, but the intricacies of their relationship are more complex than they sometimes appear. Cedar enters most situations with unabashed confidence. She jumps without looking, she eagerly tries any and all food, and she repeats new words like announcements. If you look more closely you will notice Scout watching her in the pause of his hesitation. He often waits for her to try something new before he finds his own courage. There is beautiful harmony among all things wild. Somehow in this big world we find just who we need exactly when we need them.

She does and says whatever her brother does and says, right down to the intonation in her words. It is immediately clear how deeply she adores him, but the intricacies of their relationship are more complex than they sometimes appear. Cedar enters most situations with unabashed confidence. She jumps without looking, she eagerly tries any and all food, and she repeats new words like announcements. If you look more closely you will notice Scout watching her in the pause of his hesitation. He often waits for her to try something new before he finds his own courage. There is beautiful harmony among all things wild. Somehow in this big world we find just who we need exactly when we need them.

So inspired by a recent client of mine because of how vulnerable she let herself become. She embodies the REAL beauty of a woman's body, which realistically isn't the images we see in the media. Our bodies have curves, cellulite and stretch marks. Celebrate your body no matter your size, shape or age and be confident in what your body can do. This is her story: "I love a woman's body. The fluid lines and the smoothness of the skin. This photograph is a dedication to my ever changing body. Two years ago, I decided to have weight loss surgery do to some health concerns. I am 45 celebrating my hard work. Honoring a passage in my life where I am not shy, find beauty in the little things and actually finally loving myself."

So inspired by a recent client of mine because of how vulnerable she let herself become. She embodies the REAL beauty of a woman's body, which realistically isn't the images we see in the media. Our bodies have curves, cellulite and stretch marks. Celebrate your body no matter your size, shape or age and be confident in what your body can do. This is her story: "I love a woman's body. The fluid lines and the smoothness of the skin. This photograph is a dedication to my ever changing body. Two years ago, I decided to have weight loss surgery do to some health concerns. I am 45 celebrating my hard work. Honoring a passage in my life where I am not shy, find beauty in the little things and actually finally loving myself."

Little Ladies.... πŸ‘―πŸŒΉπŸƒπŸ–€
Union Public House

Little Ladies.... πŸ‘―πŸŒΉπŸƒπŸ–€

She's somebody's heroA hero to her baby with a skinned up kneeA little kiss is all she needsThe keeper of the cheeriosThe voice that brings snow white to lifeBedtime stories every nightThat smile lets her knowShe somebody's hero✨✨✨✨

She's somebody's heroA hero to her baby with a skinned up kneeA little kiss is all she needsThe keeper of the cheeriosThe voice that brings snow white to lifeBedtime stories every nightThat smile lets her knowShe somebody's hero✨✨✨✨

After a busy few weeks of sunflower season, it is officially over (at least Grinter Farms). Now on to fall! My favorite season! I can't say summer is my favorite season in Kansas since I have no beach around, but I do miss a good hot day come January. Where's my pumpkin spice latte at? Hint hint @twintusks

After a busy few weeks of sunflower season, it is officially over (at least Grinter Farms). Now on to fall! My favorite season! I can't say summer is my favorite season in Kansas since I have no beach around, but I do miss a good hot day come January. Where's my pumpkin spice latte at? Hint hint @twintusks

Keeping up with the trend. We are celebrating 8 months today and somehow making shapes has caught my fancy. Check out my 7th month birthday celebrations πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ 🎊So here's a simple figure of 8. Nice whole wheat pancakes made from scratch at home.πŸ’πŸ’. 🎊another draw has been the maple syrup that I have been using in my baking, as a healthier alternative to sugar. The one that I have been using is the @kirkland_maplesyrup. And I am a fan πŸ’πŸ‘Œ 🎊so a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup and happy sprinkles make for a good hearty birthday party! 🎊 A month of many development milestones. I feel so overwhelmed and so overjoyed at one go, seeing this little baby of mine grow up. 🎊Baby naira has started standing with support. Crawling is a close second favorite activity. Also little missy loves to drop toys and listen to the sound they make! πŸ˜†#babyfirsts #baby8months#mylittlerabbit #themomproject #mommyandme #mycandidlife #mumsterandbubster #babynaira #momlifeisthebestlife #littlefluffball #littleones #littlefierceones #letthembelittle #smalljoysoflife #smalljoysbiglove#maplesyrup#puremaplesyrup#🍁

Keeping up with the trend. We are celebrating 8 months today and somehow making shapes has caught my fancy. Check out my 7th month birthday celebrations πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ 🎊So here's a simple figure of 8. Nice whole wheat pancakes made from scratch at home.πŸ’πŸ’. 🎊another draw has been the maple syrup that I have been using in my baking, as a healthier alternative to sugar. The one that I have been using is the @kirkland_maplesyrup . And I am a fan πŸ’πŸ‘Œ 🎊so a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup and happy sprinkles make for a good hearty birthday party! 🎊 A month of many development milestones. I feel so overwhelmed and so overjoyed at one go, seeing this little baby of mine grow up. 🎊Baby naira has started standing with support. Crawling is a close second favorite activity. Also little missy loves to drop toys and listen to the sound they make! πŸ˜†#baby firsts #baby 8months#mylittlerabbit #themomproject #mommyandme #mycandidlife #mumsterandbubster #baby naira #momlifeisthebestlife #littlefluffball #littleones #littlefierceones #letthembelittle #smalljoysoflife #smalljoysbiglove #maplesyrup #puremaplesyrup #🍁

Since the last update Jay was also hospitalised:( Cora's doing a lot better and is now discharged from the hospital but is still having to stick around for the pure fact that Jayden cant handle this without her! Whenever she tries to move away from him, he crys out so she sits right back down and whispers to him "its okay bubby, I'm not going anywhere" πŸ’—#celebrate_childhood #cameramum #parenthood #magicofchildhood #candidchildhood #mumswithcameras #childhoodadventures #mummylife #babies #littleadventures #letthembelittle #childrenoftheworld #wanderlust #makingmemories #unscriptedlife #thebest_capture #worldcapture #runwildmychild #letthemexplore #mycandidlife #vintagechild #supporthandmade

Since the last update Jay was also hospitalised:( Cora's doing a lot better and is now discharged from the hospital but is still having to stick around for the pure fact that Jayden cant handle this without her! Whenever she tries to move away from him, he crys out so she sits right back down and whispers to him "its okay bubby, I'm not going anywhere" πŸ’—#celebrate _childhood #cameramum #parenthood #magicofchildhood #candidchildhood #mumswithcameras #childhoodadventures #mummylife #babies #littleadventures #letthembelittle #childrenoftheworld #wanderlust #makingmemories #unscriptedlife #thebest _capture #worldcapture #runwildmychild #letthemexplore #mycandidlife #vintagechild #supporthandmade

Front door goals.

Front door goals.

Whenever I feel impatient or find myself struggling to be the kind of mother I strive to be, I take a deep breath. I look into his soulful eyes, the ones that sparkle with so much light that his entire face shines, and I think to myself, "she chose me." She trusted me with the most precious part of her and in return they both deserve the best version of me. I know it's an impossible task to approach every moment of motherhood with grace, but I feel the weight of this responsibility heavily in my bones. I never want to take for granted the incredible gift I've been given. As two kindred hearts walk around in this world without each other, the very least I can do is remember.

Whenever I feel impatient or find myself struggling to be the kind of mother I strive to be, I take a deep breath. I look into his soulful eyes, the ones that sparkle with so much light that his entire face shines, and I think to myself, "she chose me." She trusted me with the most precious part of her and in return they both deserve the best version of me. I know it's an impossible task to approach every moment of motherhood with grace, but I feel the weight of this responsibility heavily in my bones. I never want to take for granted the incredible gift I've been given. As two kindred hearts walk around in this world without each other, the very least I can do is remember.

Reaching for the weekend like.... we made it!!! Wishing everyone a weekend of much needed relaxation and fun! P.S. photoshoots with bubbles maybe my new favorite! •••#sarahwilliamsportraits #tampaphotographer #tampafamilyphotographer #tampaphotoshoot #tgif #weekendvibes #choosetampa #risingtidesociety #mycandidlife #bubbles #igersoftampa #creativesofinstagram #lilypulitzer #pixel_kids #clickinmoms #naturallightphotography #nikonphotography #bestofmom

Reaching for the weekend like.... we made it!!! Wishing everyone a weekend of much needed relaxation and fun! P.S. photoshoots with bubbles maybe my new favorite! β€’β€’β€’#sarahwilliamsportraits #tampaphotographer #tampafamilyphotographer #tampaphotoshoot #tgif #weekendvibes #choosetampa #risingtidesociety #mycandidlife #bubbles #igersoftampa #creativesofinstagram #lilypulitzer #pixel _kids #clickinmoms #naturallightphotography #nikonphotography #bestofmom

Union Babes by the beach... πŸ‘―βœŒπŸΌπŸŒŠβ˜€οΈ
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Union Babes by the beach... πŸ‘―βœŒπŸΌπŸŒŠβ˜€οΈ

Smile and #tgif! Let's play a game and take a vote, is that "haze" in the background done by me or is it dew?

Smile and #tgif ! Let's play a game and take a vote, is that "haze" in the background done by me or is it dew?

These three besties were excited to see The Little Mermaid πŸ πŸ¦€πŸŒŠβœ¨πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸΌπŸ‘§πŸΌ
Centennial Hall

These three besties were excited to see The Little Mermaid πŸ πŸ¦€πŸŒŠβœ¨πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸΌπŸ‘§πŸΌ

Who's down for a little hygge? I'm fascinated by it and I have to say, my mental health has vastly improved since I started bringing a bit more of it into my life. I'm ready for autumn now I've dusted off my books and given then another read though!
London, United Kingdom

Who's down for a little hygge? I'm fascinated by it and I have to say, my mental health has vastly improved since I started bringing a bit more of it into my life. I'm ready for autumn now I've dusted off my books and given then another read though!

It's one of those photos where you catch a glimpse of an older face, of what they will look like as a teenager, a young adult. It's beautiful and terrifying at the same time #staylittleforever #letthembelittle #twogoingonsixteen

It's one of those photos where you catch a glimpse of an older face, of what they will look like as a teenager, a young adult. It's beautiful and terrifying at the same time #staylittleforever #letthembelittle #twogoingonsixteen

Throwback Thursday You don't know people's story until after you've had a chance to get to know them. It's very common for people to come from miserable, unhappy, & unloving relationships. When you find yourself happy & in love, you wish you would've waited for real love instead of stepping into a relationship with a person you knew you didn't love. We both have that story and are thankful we've overcome toxic relationships and met each other. This night is over 18 years ago. Enjoying a night out with my then future husband. Over 22 years of knowing each other & he's still #theloveofmylife. #lovemyman #stilltheone #togetherforever #marriednow #marriageandfamily #marriagerocks #thankful #livelifefully #liveyourlife #behappy #youdeservelove #littlestoriesofmylife #mycandidlife #ootd #picoftheday #personalblogger #life #embracelife #rhizalife #tbt

Throwback Thursday You don't know people's story until after you've had a chance to get to know them. It's very common for people to come from miserable, unhappy, & unloving relationships. When you find yourself happy & in love, you wish you would've waited for real love instead of stepping into a relationship with a person you knew you didn't love. We both have that story and are thankful we've overcome toxic relationships and met each other. This night is over 18 years ago. Enjoying a night out with my then future husband. Over 22 years of knowing each other & he's still #theloveofmylife . #lovemyman #stilltheone #togetherforever #marriednow #marriageandfamily #marriagerocks #thankful #livelifefully #liveyourlife #behappy #youdeservelove #littlestoriesofmylife #mycandidlife #ootd #picoftheday #personalblogger #life #embracelife #rhizalife #tbt