which part of our land would you like to visit?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Macdonald Family Photos

So... motherhood always seems to put me in my place.
"Family photos are horrible..." they'd tell me.
"It will be years of annual torture..." I'd hear.

Then I'd scoff and think, "Heh. That won't happen to us. We've been good so far the past few years, and we've got quite some time before resentful, uncooperative teenager stage...."

Then came family photo time with our now 3-year-old. Commence THE MOST NAUGHTIEST (warrants the improper grammar), WORST-BEHAVED TODDLER EVER. IN LIFE. LIKE ALL OF LIFE IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. Ok, maybe she wasn't that bad, but it sure felt like it at the time. How I thought a 3-year-old would somehow be cooperative was beyond me. How I thought I'd be free of saying, "SIT DOWN NOW!" and "JUST SMILE. No...not like THAT. A NICE smile!" is beyond me.

Honestly, when it came time for me and Scott to have "mommy and daddy" photos alone, we HELD each other while the photographer snapped away. Like....hugs of relief to get a break alone together. It was wonderful we got that moment to have photos of just us two.

But ANYWAY.... looking through some of my favorites below, you could never really tell that we wanted to string Lilly up the wall, could you? I just love how they turned out! Bless our photographer's heart, she's so talented and did an amazing job! You can't even really see the vein popping out of my forehead or my eyes bulging from frustration or the sweat on our foreheads from dealing with Lilly. And it looks like we've got a few more years before Everett joins her. I won't let his sweet little face fool me the way his sister did though!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Instagram helps me update my blog.

Needless to say, things have been crazy 'round these parts, but I've been writing and writing when I can, as it keeps me sane - somewhat. (if you could only see all the "drafts" I have going)

Since I can't seem to decide what to post first, here's my instagram in the past month or two. I amuse myself with captions and this will be a (cop-out version of a) blog post to kinda get this blog up to date until I can do a "real" post...whatever that means.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Online event to help moms & kids in need!

For the past month and a half or so, we have been working hard at preparing for this online auction. After many emails, connections, generous vendors, photos, and tons of time and patience, we finally launched the 1st ever holiday auction for our charity, Project Lead Kindly!!

The auction just went live at 12pm PST today and will end this Saturday, November 8th at 7pm PST! It's hopping already, so be sure to go bid on items and keep up to date to grab a great deal!!
  • Head over to to participate! (if you don't have an instagram, sign up! It's super easy!)
  • almost 110 items up for bid!
  • over 80 amazing, wonderful vendors who we couldn't have done this without!
  • home decor, wall decor, apparel, baby/kids items, gift certificates, jewelry, accessories, and tons of handmade goods!
  • starting bids are at low, discounted prices! All items start at 50% off  (or more!) from their retail price! Shipping prices are included! Get some early Christmas shopping done!
  • 100% proceeds goes towards assisting mothers & children affected by homelessness & domestic violence. We provide them with grants that help them achieve educational/professional goals and safer/permanent housing!
Also ensure that exploiting my sweet children in their jammies does not go in vain!

Also, it helps mothers & kids in need, which is most important :) Thank you for your support for Project Lead Kindly!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Goldfish Conversation.

The hubs and I are planning to get a pet for our daughter for her 3rd birthday (which happens to be in 2 days). I never thought I'd become the mother who says, "I don't want a pet because it's just added work." And yes, even a goldfish sounds like work to me...

Anyway, I gave in because my little Lilly is determined to solidify her identity as Peppa Pig (she already has the little brother), and has been asking over and over again for a goldfish named Goldie. Seeing as pets provide great learning opportunities for children, and a goldfish is a good/easy start, I agreed to get her one....

Friday, October 31, 2014

Why This Mom Loves Halloween

Oh, Halloween. There are so many reasons why I love you.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

$205 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Thought I'd throw some fun into here and let you all know that I have teamed up with my awesomely beautiful and talented friend, Aly from Ooh La Lovely Blog , and 18 other awesome bloggers to bring you this $205 Target Gift Card Giveaway! Simply enter in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win and be sure to check out all of the wonderful ladies who have teamed up to bring you this giveaway! 

Giveaway ends next Monday, November 3rd and a winner will be randomly selected.  Best of luck!

$205 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Hosted By:
Macdonald's Playland | Ooh La Lovely Blog

Weeks-In-Review: Playing serious catch-up!

Camera Captures:
 | "tiger on speed" drawing | chomper | mommy-daughter girls day out |
| chunker | love | temple |
| connected Lead Kindly with 1st center | eek! | gah!!! |

Life Lately: 
Me & Scott:
-I turned 28 on September 29th.
-Scott turned 33 on October 11th.
-To say the least, we feel busy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homemade Halloween Family Costumes: Pooh and Friends!

Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday.

Best things about Halloween with my little family?
1) It's super fun. Trunk or treat, Fall is here, lots of candy, trick or treating together as a family, cooler's the best time of the year for me!
2) I can use my young, adorable kids to get more chocolate for myself (and I don't feel that bad about it because they shouldn't be eating so much of it anyway), and....
3) It's a good excuse to dress my entire family up and not embarrass them...that much.
4) Family themed costumes are awesome.

After some discussion of what we should do, we finally came up with this....
 Lilly is Tigger, Everett is Winnie the Pooh, I am Piglet, and Scott is Christopher Robin.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Submit A Photo, Gratitude to Bloggers, & Vendors Needed

Hi guys! It's been a fun and crazy two weeks for Project Lead Kindly.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, see a few posts back!

I'll be back to updating about my family and kiddos & other things we've been up to (weeks-in-review post is LONG overdue!).

Right now I wanted to challenge you!
It's been fun watching our photo initiative (to help spread word on Project Lead Kindly) going forward on social media. We have loved seeing everyone's photos. If you haven't done it yet, you should!! People have been participating on facebook, instagram, and on their blogs :)

We want to place your photo on our website (check out the collection we're growing of all your submissions!) to help encourage others. We can also link up to you in social media should we feature you. If you're ready to join, just check out the directions below!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Thoughts At 28-Years-Old

Yesterday, I celebrated my 28th birthday. Here are a few things I thought about as I turned 28....

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Secret Project's REVEAL!

Today is the day! The official launch of our "secret project" is here, which means our "secret project" isn't a secret anymore! We have been so excited to finally reveal what it is! If you're ready to find out what my husband and I have been up to for the past many months, then please read on!

::drum roll::

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apologizing For My Kids.

Apologizing for my children.
This thought has been weighing heavily on my mind recently.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our secret project's launchdate & help wanted!

That's right, the secret will be out on September 22nd!!
Lilly, your excitement for the launch of mommy & daddy's project is almost tangible!  

Friends, family, bloggers, crafters, shops, ANYONE: we need your help! If you want to help us during our launch in a SUPER easy way on your instagrams, facebooks, or blogs (and be let in on the secret sooner -- got your attention there, didn't I?) leave your email in comments or email me at
I'll send you the details & you can decide if you're still interested to help!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The time Lilly prayed for rain...

Yesterday was Sunday. We got out of church and it was yet again, a very hot day. It's no news to everyone that California is in such a terrible drought right now. "When is it ever going to rain again?" I whined to Scott. Overhearing our conversation, Lilly said, "Rain? What rain?"

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Favorite Memories From Last Month?

What are some of your favorite memories from last month? Don't you sometimes feel it's hard to remember all that goes on as the months pass (so quickly) by? I've found that taking the time to think of all that went on in the last month and picking out my favorite memories has helped me to really recognize my blessings.

So with that, here are some of my favorite memories with my cuties from the month of August. Hope you're able to remember at least one good memory from your August, too!


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