Day Hike with Kids Near Seattle | Franklin Falls

 One of the things I love most about Seattle, it’s all the GORGEOUS nature that’s all around us within close proximity!

I only wish we got out and enjoyed it more as a family!  It’s always “on the list” but sadly…the list is long!

We did this actual hike to Franklin Falls almost a year ago, last September.  I kept meaning to blog it, but the fall is my busiest time with work, so… Just now getting around to it!  I really would love to add to this series and find some more fun family hikes!  We all had so much fun, and the scenery is just breathtaking!  Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

It’s about 60 miles outside of Seattle, 2 miles round trip, and only 400 feet of elevation.

Right in the beginning of the hike, you can walk off to the side onto these huge boulders.

So funny to see little Maya!

Or…littler. 😉 The trails are very well maintained! It’s a little steep going down into the water, so keep that in mind when wondering about appropriate ages to take your kids. Sooooo pretty!! And a little breeze from the falls 🙂 These steep rocks line the sides near the bottom.


  • Come early to avoid the crowds!
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  Hiking shoes aren’t necessary, but I wouldn’t wear sandals.
  • Layer.  There are a lot of trees, so even on hot days, you might want a light top layer, and it’s breezy by the falls.
  • Have some bug spray handy.
  • You need a pass to park, and buying one ahead of time is a good idea!

On me…

Tank- Lululemon Power Y Tank (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- New Balance “Fresh Foam” (similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Shedo Lane (C/O)
Tank- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Shorts- Ivivva (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Saucony (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Chia Pudding with Blueberries + Rasperries + Almonds

“Brilliant Breakfasts”

How many of your girls read #FancyNancy?  Maya is a big fan, so when I saw @redtricycle was doing a @disneyjunior Photo Challenge, I thought it would be the perfect thing for Maya and I to do together!
No, this isn’t an ad.  Yes, it was somewhat staged.  But also yes, we had fun!  AND…ate some yummy chia pudding.
That’s where the “brilliant” comes in!  #ChiaSeeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.

Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.



  • 1/3 cup chia seeds (or more depending on how many people you want to feed-this would make about four to five 1/2 cup servings)
  • 2 Cups unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or whatever milk you want to use)
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey or agave, plus a little additional for drizzling.
  • Handful of Blueberries, raspberries, and almonds.


  • Mix, chia seeds and Honey/Agave in with the milk and let it sit overnight, or do it first thing in the morning, if you want to have it for dessert.  It will plump up, and ends up looking like tapioca pudding.
  • Scoop out into bowls.  Top with berries, almonds and drizzle a little more honey over the top.



Chambray Shirt dress + White Skinnies + Saltwater Sandals (Twinning!)

 I’m all about chambray right now.

It’s soooo comfy for the warmer temps! Technically, I think this is a dress, but…yeah that’s not happening 🙂 LOVE!! Maya was adamant about Star Lily being in our pics…

Honestly, whatever makes her happy and willing, I’m IN at this point! We got her for Maya a few years ago for Christmas.  Costco had them (for $50!), and I KNEW the minute I saw it, that Maya would love her!

I was right 🙂
Twinning is always winning! 🙂 AND….haha.

These were taken over TWO months ago, when I could still pick Ruby up!

She’s now 5 months old and weighs 65 lbs!!

SO…no more picking her up 🙂 Such a little nugget!!

On me…

Top- Rails (eBay, similar here and loving this long sleeve one!)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals
On Maya…
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Dress- Gap Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Sandals- Salt Water Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Pretty typical face from Maya…
And yes…for those following along for a while, STILL licking. Before she heard the shutter clicking.  It seemed to mesmerize her, which was great!
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Happy Birthday to me! | 44

 Ok, so my birthday was back on the 18th, but there were a few delays celebrating, and then more delays on me working on the pics.

I just realized I haven’t posted for almost 2 months!  There was a time when I posted every single day.  What the what??  Then it went to 3 times a week… Then a few times a week.

And now…


Here’s some pics from my birthday celebration. I’m obsessed with anything cowl neck!!  If it has it in the back, I’m always in! That grin though… Slightly out of focus, but whatever…. Getting the Huz in front of the camera requires a special occasion, and I WILL pull the bday card!!  🙂 Loooooove this next one! Maya fake laughing…um…? One of the reasons we didn’t celebrate a little sooner was that Maya fell off a bench at Girl Scout camp and cut her head open.  This kid can handle pain like a CHAMP, but…trips to the Dr and treatment…not so much.  Trips to two different Urgent Cares later…she was totally fine, but our dinner reservation was not.  BIG thanks to my parents who had dinner waiting for us when we finally came home.

A few days later we celebrated for real, and…you’d never know she had 5 stitches in her head 🙂 Maya’s in a “I’m going to make any kind of face but a real smile for pictures” phase…it’s neat. But she sure does love her Meme and BOPO.

At some point I’m hoping to get back to blogging here regularly.  I miss it.  I miss taking pics with Maya.  I miss the documentation of what’s going on in our lives, because honestly…  In the blur of our chaotic life, I forget… I forget the little moments, and to be honest, I have to stop and really think to remember the big moments.  This blog was my reminder.

Truth be told, it was also my highlight reel.  And while that’s not a true depiction of our day to day life, I need that to look back on sometimes.

SO…hopefully we will get back to this more regularly, but maybe we won’t and that’s ok too.

On me…

Top- Boulee (eBay)
Jeans- 3×1 (ebay)
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, love these on sale here)
On Maya…
Dress- Crew & Lu (Old, but love this updated one!)
Leggings- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Shoes- Naturino (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
When you aren’t sure if the timer is working….but it is haha 🙂
Maya aka Zoolander…. Um…is this thing on?
Yup. And where are we supposed to stand??
🙂 Pretty typical Maya shot as of late… AND…I messed up where we were supposed to stand!!!  SO BUMMED, but…still love this in all
it’s blurry goodness 🙂
(Most pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya and my Parents and a few of me and Maya-thanks mom!  :))


Knit Jumpsuit + Distressed Denim Jacket + Studded Tennis Shoes

 We’ve been super lucky to have a LOT of warm sunny days, but it’s still interspersed with some chilly mornings and evenings.

This weekend was totally bonkers.  Super sunny one then an hour later a down pour.  THEN…sunny again, oh and wait…more rain! That means lots of layers in the morning, that you peel off during the day, and then add back on at night… 🙂 I’m seriously obsessed with knit jumpsuits now!  You literally feel like you are wearing pajamas!  Yet, you cam make them look put together too! These have a fun stripe down the side. How cute are Maya’s pink Docs!!?? Our neighbor came home.  Don’t mind us… 🙂 She kills me with these poses!

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Sweater- Inhabit (old,)
Jumpsuit- Nation LTD (eBay, similar here and LOVE this one here)
Shoes- Superga (similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Dress-Mignone (thrifted)
Boots- Dr Martens “Blip” boots (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
A) Truth be told….I took these THREE MONTHS AGO!
Oh, the days of blogging daily are GONE!
BUT…c’mon, Seattle weather means I can pretty much insert anything in and make it seem like I
just took it!
And…I have no idea what was going on here (because…3 MONTHS AGO!) but I’m assuming a
neighbor walked by haha.  As they do.
I can’t even… I almost didn’t post this, because…my LORD…what is that FACE?!!  But obviously
Maya sees that all the time, so…wow.  Sorry Maya.  And if you scroll down to these “keeping it
reals” well, this is IT! haha 🙂
Me adjusting, and Maya…well, who knows what that face is for 🙂 Us just seeing our neighbor… 🙂
And can we talk about Maya’s gap toothed SMILE?  GAH!  I miss it!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Leather Bomber + Silk Tank Dress + Wrap Sandals | All Black for Date Night!

 The Huz and I were long overdue for a date night!  We had gotten a gift certificate from his boss for….CHRISTMAS, but just hadn’t gotten the chance to use it until now!

Ok….these were taken about 3 weeks ago now…as per usual!


We went to the Pink Door downtown, and I decided to sass it up a little bit more than my usual around the neighborhood date night.  This dress is SO comfy, and I love that it can be dressed up or down.  I’m all about small cross body bags when I go out.  Easy to wear and not at all cumbersome! AND…I even managed to coerce the Huz out for a few!! Maya was not as happy about it.  She was a little bummed that we were leaving her behind… I knew it would get chilly in the evening, so I brought along this leather bomber.I think it’s such a fun alternative to the classic biker leather jacket! And these sandals are SO comfy!  I accidentally wrapped them oppositely, but I kind of like it!Dying over this vintage Hanna Andersson dress!!

SO CUTE!!  Even if she’s giving total attitude…

On me…

Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Dress- Feel the Piece “Ray Tank Dress” (ebay $14- retail $290! similar here less expensive here)
Cross Body Bag- DVF (eBay, similar here and less expensive here)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Vintage Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Her face in these…
Kind of classic these days.  I’ll TAKE pictures, but I’m going to be a grumpy face about it….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Cold Shoulder Blouse + Released Hem Skinnies + Booties + Leather Jacket

 To be honest…these were taken almost two months ago from Easter!

Gah!  One of these days I’ll get my act together and blog more consistently, but that day is not now…

BUT, I figured I need to blog some of our warmer clothing looks soon or I’ll have to just wait til next fall haha.  And you can just wonder why Maya looks so young 🙂

I’m ALL about loose tops for the holidays, so I can hide my food baby haha.  We had a pretty casual Easter meal, so I decided to pair this silk top with some released hem jeans.

I undid the hem myself with seam ripper!  Anyone interested in a tutorial?  It’s super easy!  I showed how in my Instagram stories under DIY Denim, but could make a blog post at some point!
I love that this jacket looks like a “denim jacket” yet, it’s the most AMAZING leather!!

Thank you eBay!
I asked if everyone wanted to come out for a family pic, and got a resounding universal “NOOOO!”

Thankfully, I can still bribe Maya to come out quickly for a few! The sun kept coming out, and then hiding…such a nightmare for taking pictures, but whatever… Oh, and Maya’s leggings are actually work out pants that she wore on our morning walk that she didn’t want to take off.  It wasn’t a battle I was going to fight…

Again…bitter about the sun blowing out so much of these shots, but…I’ll get over it. This next one is SO HER!!!! hahaha.

Sorry, no time to search for similar items right now!

On me…

Leather Jacket- Vera Wang
Jeans- J Brand
On Maya…
Faux Leather Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Anavini (thrifted)
Shoes- Dr Martens “Delaney” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Other than the HORRIBLE light??
Yeah, Maya loooooves to grab the focu stand and move it.
I laugh sometimes…other times, I do not 🙂
Her face…YET AMAZING lighting as the sun went behind the clouds….GRRRRRR. I love this SO MUCH!!!  SOOOO her!  And yet…keeping it real 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))