Fourth of July Picnic

I love the Fourth of July and everything that comes with it, so it's been really fun that we get to celebrate the holiday with family this year in Sun Valley, ID.  My kids have been surrounded by cousins this past week and are having the best time.  There's nothing better than getting to be with family in such a fun place.  The weather has been gorgeous and the house we are staying at by the Sun Valley Lodge is amazing.  We have this huge backyard surrounded by beautiful flowers everywhere and views that I can't get over.  We had to make a little Fourth of July picnic for the kids with these cute new Re-Play Recycle patriotic dishes and it was pretty funny trying to get pictures of all of them.  I kept the food simple with classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into star shapes and a variety of berries.  This is such an easy thing to do for your kids on the fourth that makes it feel special for them.  I love that you can buy this set of dishes and it even comes with the picnic basket and cute cloth.  We've been using these dishes all week long because they are so perfect for the kids and easy to clean up.  You can see more about their collection here, but they are a product I love using everyday at our house!  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!!  

dishes - c/o replay recycle | shoes - saltwater sandals | flags - amazon

Micro Kickboard Scooter Giveaway

Happy Wednesday everyone! The fourth of July is just days away and I have a fun giveaway for you to celebrate.  If you've been following my blog for awhile now then you know how much we love our Micro Kickboard scooters!  Capri got one a couple years ago and used the mini seat until she grew into the full-size scooter and now rides it like a champ.  So of course we had to get one for Liam and he is not far behind her at learning to keep up with her.  We also have loved having an adult scooter, so when we got this new suspension scooter for Adam on Father's Day, we were so excited that we could all ride together.  It is such a fun family activity and one of our favorite things to do together.  Especially on these warm summer nights, it's so fun to ride along the beach and go get a fun treat.  I think it's important to have activities outside that you can enjoy together as a family so you can create those memories with your kids of spending time together and doing something they love.  So to kickoff the summer in style, I have teamed up with my friends at Micro Kickboard to give away this black adult suspension scooter to one lucky follower!! This scooter is the newest two-wheel scooter they have with patented suspension to make a really smooth ride.  It can handle any bumps in the sidewalk and the adjustable handle bar make it just the right height you need.  I also love how lightweight it is that we can fold it up and put it in the car to take anywhere.  

To enter the giveaway, head on over to my instagram then like and comment on my giveaway post.  You can also post the giveaway on your instastories and tag me for an extra entry.  The giveaway will end Sunday 7/2.  Good luck!!

Thanks to Microkickboard for sending these scooters!

Guide to Lake Coeur D'alene

A few weeks ago I went on a little trip up north to visit my cute sister Brittney who lives in Spokane, WA with her husband.  My parents met me up there with my darling Grandma as well.  It was so fun to get to see the cute area where my sis lives and to see all her favorite spots.  After getting a feel for Spokane, we drove over to beautiful Coeur D'Alene for the rest of the trip and I loved it there!  The weather was a little chilly but the views were amazing.  Everything is so green up there and the houses on the lake had the most gorgeous gardens filled with giant peony bushes all in full bloom.  We stayed in a cute house by the Lake with our own backyard grill and fire-pit where we roasted marshmallows at night.  I loved getting to cruise around the neighborhood on our bikes and see all the charming streets.  We found some delicious restaurants and darling ice cream shops all around the streets lined with flower baskets.  We went on some pretty hikes right by the Lake and enjoyed the amazing parks for the kids right by Hotel Coeur D'Alene.  I'm so glad that I got to experience this beautiful little town on the Lake with stunning views and so many fun activities to enjoy.  I think everyone can find something for the whole family to enjoy here. 

| FAVORITE PLACES AND THINGS TO DO IN COEUR D'ALENE |

Hiking Tubbs Hill

Coeur D'Alene City Park and Independence Point [the beach is also right by here where the kids can play in the sand and lake]

Silverwood Theme Park

Boat Tour from harbors at Hotel Coeur D'alene 

Bike the Centennial Trail

Crafted Restaurant

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream 

Dockside Restaurant [you have to get a Gooey for dessert]

Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese 

Bonsai Bistro

Tito's Italian Grill

 

Albion Fit Summer

We've been spending more and more time at the beach lately as the weather has warmed up and it's been so fun to be at our happy place.  The best part is that the water has even been warm enough to swim in.  Capri and I jumped right into the water together and besides my hat blowing off into the water somewhere, we had so much fun chasing those waves.  I always love wearing a swimsuit that I can run around and play with my kids easy, so this new one from Albion Fit is so ideal.  Not only is this clementine pattern my favorite ever, but the criss-cross back of the top and the comfortable high-waisted bottoms are just a winning combo.  You don't have to worry about adjusting the top when you are swimming or worried about anything hanging out where it shouldn't if you know what I mean.  And because I love so many pieces in their new swim collection, I have an awesome discount code for all of you to get something cute for the summer too!  Use code WESTCOAST15 to get 15% off your order through July 2nd.  Happy first day of summer and thanks for stopping by!  

swimsuit - c/o albion fit | hat - j.crew [similar] | sunglasses - karen walker | lips - maybelline neon red | bag - nordstrom | bracelets - j.crew and here | capri's swimsuit - minnow swim

Arugula, Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

I always love making salads and adding them to any meal, but sometimes it's hard to come up with a new recipe that goes away from your regular routine.  So today I have a delicious new recipe to add to your summer menu and I think you'll love it!  The dressing is so light and refreshing and all of the flavors were incredible together.  You know how I always love to add a lot of toppings so I when made this for our friends last Sunday, I added toasted slivered almonds, crispy bacon, and sliced avocado.  They were perfect additions and made the salad a little more filling.  We served it with flank steak on the side which I would highly recommend as well because who doesn't love that?!  So give this recipe a try over the weekend and let me know what you think.

pear and arugula salad recipe

| INGREDIENTS |

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon honey

4 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

4 large handfuls arugula [about 12 ounces]

1 barely ripe pear, cored and sliced thin

3 ounces soft blue cheese

 

| DIRECTIONS |

Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, mustard, and honey in a small saucepan over low heat.  Gradually pour in the olive oil, and continue whisking until the dressing has emulsified.  Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the arugula between plates.  Top with the sliced pear and blue cheese, then drizzle with warm vinaigrette.

[you can also add toasted slivered almonds, avocado, and crispy bacon which are all amazing on it as well]

Kickoff to Summer with IZZE

This week officially marks the beginning of Summer and we are so excited!!  As a little girl this was always my favorite season.  Maybe it was because it meant that we had a break from school, but I think it was mainly the warm weather, long days, vacations with my family, popsicles, BBQs, tan-lines, baseball games, homemade ice cream, shaved ice, water fights, and pool parties.  These are all some of the best parts of my childhood and I want to create all of that for my kids as well.  We have been spending most all of our time at the beach or pool since the warm weather finally decided to show up here and it's been the best.  We had a family beach day over the weekend when Adam could come with us so we packed up a picnic and our favorite sparkling IZZE drinks that they sent us to try and it was so fun.  We played croquet and got to fly our kite for the first time and it actually flew you guys!  It's the one time you appreciate the breeze at the beach because it flew the kite amazing and Capri ran around just doing it all by herself.  I was so proud of her!  I can't wait for more summer days like this ahead. 

izze drinks - c/o izze | striped straws - amazon | blanket - serena & lily [similar] | hat - j.crew sold out [similar] | sunglasses - karen walker | white shirt - j.crew [love this one too] | orange pants - j.crew | bracelets - j.crew | earrings - nordstrom | lips - maybelline neon red | croquet set - sunny life | kite - sunny life | capri's swimsuit - janie & jack | liam's tank - old navy | liam's swimsuit - gap

izze summer kickoff party