An Official Goodbye to Summer

This was our first summer as a family of 4, and there was a lot I wanted to squeeze into it! About half way through the season I panicked feeling like summer totally got away from us, so I paused and wrote an "end of summer bucket list" to document all the things I really wanted to accomplish by the end of the season. Here is a look back at what we got done - some amazing times were had here in the Northwest!

Abbey Co. is Back!

Let me tell you what friends... making a baby is hard work! So hard that it took all of my energy for the past year, and I had none left to give back to my blog. I am however happy to say that baby is here, healthy, and we are doing great as a family. We are doing well enough that I have got my spark back and am excited to be chipping away at my blog again!

DIY Pink Polka-Dot Party – Vivienne Turns 3!

DIY pink polka dot party that I threw together last minute after my daughter's very specific birthday request... a party themed after her polka-dotted puppy, Polka! Thanks to some quick purchases off Amazon, I was successfully able to execute this request, which of course, the birthday girl was thrilled with.

How to pack your family for a trip to Hawaii!

Travel as a family sure isn't easy. There is SO MUCH to remeber to pack, unexpected things you need to be prepared for, and of course there is always something you didnt think of that you end up learning the hard way! Packing our family for an upcoming Hawaii trip, I thought I would make a list of some of the things I consider essential to help families with packing for their future beach vacations. Bon Voyage!

My toddler figured out that I fake sleep at bedtime and now I’m screwed

Fake sleeping in the same room as your kid to get them to fall asleep - I think EVERY parent has done this. Haven't you seen that viral video of the mom fake sleeping on her toddler's nursery floor, then crawling out slowly after her kid passes out? The move is pretty standard, but sadly for me my toddler has not only figured out that I am faking it, but has a strategy to get me to crack too. You can't just break formation in front of a toddler like that!!! The bed time struggle is so real right now... please tell me there are other toddler moms out there who are on the struggle bus too!