One thing I love about Japan is seeing all of the women dressed up in their traditional kimonos!! I think they look too beautiful and they always have the best braids. We bought traditional Japanese kimonos when we were there in April and I love them. I am not sure when we will ever wear them but I love to have them haha. Ironically before our trip I was browsing Free People and Zara and they had so many kimono inspired pieces which were perfect for our trip – this one is from Zara! I love the faux fur detail on the sleeves. Most of the temples we went to were really busy but this one we had all to ourselves. It was my favorite one we visited and I think because it was so quiet and we got to enjoy it more because of that.

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These are some pictures Tessa snapped of our fam on the beach in Thailand! Sure love these three a lottt!!! And I love the beach so all of us together on the beach – you know its gonna be good. We would always say this when we were living in Hawaii that its just hard to NOT be happy on the beach. Especially throw in a sunset and it gets all the feels going! Atticus was showing off his tumbling for Tessa – he has been taking this superhero tumbling class that he loves so any chance he gets he shows off his moves!

Over the weekend we celebrated Rosie’s second birthday and it was the best. We had a little party for her at my moms house last night and she felt like such a princess. She knew she was center of attention and she was loving it!

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It’s been a minute since I have done a 12 things so here we go!

1. This morning I was getting ready and gave Rosie some make up to play with and I wasn’t paying attention – we were just gabbin and all the sudden I look down and she has dug her little nails into my bronzer so much that nothing was left but powder alllll over the floor hahah it was such a mess

2. I just filmed a hair tutorial! The kids are on a little pre birthday outing with my mom and sisters! It’s rosies birthday on Saturday!!

3. I am completely obsessed with Oprah’s podcast. You guys have to go listen! Every episode is amazing. I loved Joe Biden’s – I thought it was really cool to hear his family values and a bit about how he was raised. I also loved the Eckhart Tolle episode – makes you think about certain things differently!

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Can you believe it’s almost time to start sending out Christmas cards? Every year we take our Christmas card photos with plenty of time to get them printed, but then every year I put off printing them until two days before Christmas. Then those same cards I planned to have as Christmas cards end up becoming New Year’s Eve cards, it is a yearly struggle. So, this year I teamed up with Shutterfly and got my Christmas cards ready with plenty of time to spare.

Shutterfly offers plenty of options to help you design a special and unique card that you will want to share with all your friends and family. When creating your card, you can select from hundreds of different designs and customize it by selecting your preferred color, paper type and what kind of trim you would like. You can even customize your envelopes.

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Here’s a little secret, this wasn’t our first time going to Bermuda, despite the fact that you may not have seen any photos of us there. Almost exactly a year ago, we went to Bermuda on our first trip together without the kids. I remember, because we binged watched season one of Stranger Things in the hotel. Who loved season 2 by the way? We were living in NYC and because I was a little apprehensive at the time about leaving the kids, we wanted to make it a quick trip and go somewhere relatively close to the NYC. And who knew Bermuda is just two hours out of the city?

On my first trip to Bermuda, for pretty much the entire time, we shut off our phones, computers and stayed off social media. We barely took any photos, I may have taken one or two photos on my phone, but we wanted to have some time to ourselves.

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We are back from our trip and the high was 72 degrees in AZ today! The good weather has arrived and I am so happy!! Our trip was so fun, it was really awesome to spend it with family. The kids lovvved having their cousins. Our trip started off kinda rough – we got to Hawaii for a layover and our brand new (very expensive) double stroller that I just bought came broken when they brought it up to us! We had just landed and I got some stressful work emails and things that needed to be resolved right then and then the broken stroller so I was in a NOT good mood about that.. mostly because I was thinking, how are we going to do Japan without a stroller now?! The lady was telling us “it came like this.. this is how we found it.” and the wheel was completely broken off – it couldn’t be fixed so surely we didn’t BRING a broken stroller lol.

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Back in Japan!! Remember when we were here back in April for their cherry blossom season?! We are back for their fall leaves now! You might have heard me mention how we found cheap tickets – I am going to do a big insta live about how I find cheap airline tickets and basically our whole booking process. You won’t want to miss it so I will announce when I do this. Anyone I show they love it.

Zara and Free People had sooo many amazing kimonos I had a hard time narrowing down which ones I wanted to bring with me! We weren’t there long enough for me to wear them all. I had planned to change a couple days so I could wear another outfit but with kids that idea isn’t so practical. It ended up being that I just didn’t care to wear another look haha.

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Over the weekend I read the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and now it has me wanting to give 90% of everything I own away.. which I know I have said about 10000 times. Remember when I talked about wanting to be more minimalist also 10000 times? I REALLY still want to but find it soo hard when I do love clothes so much grrr. I need to find a balance somehow. But what I really loved about the book (some parts were a tiny bit much for me haha) but I loved that she talks about how each item has its purpose. If there is a shirt we bought but a year later haven’t worn and we don’t want to get rid of it because we spent money on it.. maybe that shirt’s purpose beyond just being a fun thing to buy at the time, was to show us what type of clothing doesn’t suit us or what we don’t like.

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​I​ ​recently​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​go​ ​out​ ​to​ ​LA​ ​and​ ​shoot​ ​Willow​ ​and​ ​Clay’s​ ​new​ ​look book! Willow & Clay is an LA based brand whose collections have a balance of classics with a twist and trend pieces, perfect for updating your wardrobe for any occasion. ​ ​I showed​ ​all​ ​the​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​scenes​ ​on​ ​insta​ ​stories​ ​so​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​these​ ​outfits​ ​probably​ ​look​ ​familiar.​ ​They​ ​have 3​ ​new​ ​collections​ ​that​ ​will​ ​be​ ​released​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​next​ ​few​ ​months​ ​and​ ​the​ ​pieces​ ​are​ ​so​ ​amazing​, ​so​ ​I wanted​ ​to​ ​show​ ​you​ ​some​ ​of​ ​my​ ​favorites!​ ​ I am in love with the use of both floral and animal prints on the long sleeve dress in the Fall Essentials Collection. It looks classic, but the pattern makes it unique and fun!

​They​ ​have​ ​a​ ​ton​ ​of​ ​super​ ​cute knits​ ​but​ ​I​ ​especially​ ​loved​ ​the​ ​detail​ ​in​ ​this​ ​brown​ ​sweater.

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I am home from Hawaii!!! My sister and I had such a fun and relaxing time. I am in bed writing this on my phone and it’s 1am! I am either on Hawaii time or just incredibly anxious for it to be morning so I can talk and hang out with my kids and husband! I want it to be morning already. Not sure I will get much sleep tonight.

The other night I went through and booked tons of fun dates for david and I. I realized it has been a while since we have done date nights and I wanted them to be in the calendar so they happen once a week. I planned fun things like casino night, symphony, the ballet, cooking class, and other stuff. I’m so excited.

Today was our one year anniversary from when we started barefoot blonde hair!!! That year FLEW by!

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We shot these up in Strawberry, Arizona and when we were there we were all eating pizza and someone rolled up in this cool car. We all noted that it was a pretty rad car and then kept eating. Well then the guy came up to us and said he heard we were up there doing shoots (it is a VERY small town so I guess word travels fast lol) and he said he brought his car over in case we wanted to use it for pics! Haha it was soo sweet! Everyone in that town was just so nice. Anyways he owns Old County Inn which is a pizza joint there and SO good.. so if you are ever in Strawberry you know where to go. The chances of any of you being there though are probably very small haha.

We are filming some fun content for Barefoot Blonde Hair today and working on some projects.

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Hey Travelers,

Want to know one of my essentials for a rich, happy, FULL life? Vacations are essential. I firmly believe that. As a young, unmarried gal, I spent a good chunk of my income on travel— creating rich, beautiful, LASTING memories. And it was worth it. Now, as a married gal, my husband and I still make traveling a priority. Because money spent on experiences will always trump money spent on mindless junk. Even if you opt for a low-key “staycation,” invest in experiences. We all need time to take a break from life and to completely de-stress. Because stress (and the sun!) is the ultimate ager for your skin.

But what are the essentials of your vacation bag? Which items do you always have with you on a trip? What weapons do you have in your arsenal for when disaster strikes? Here are a few of mine:

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