2015 Family Week 47/52

Week 47 in the 52 Weeks Family Project

We are unplugged and loving it. Our week was hectic and crazy, it always seems to be before a vacation. But I guess it just makes the trip that much sweeter in contrast. Teacher conferences are complete, some projects are done and others are yet to be started. We are now spending our days golfing, switching to some bike riding, then hopping over to the pool with some workouts and spa-ing on the side. I think it's going to be good...

Friday Link Love

It's been such a long time since I've blogged a link love post just for fun. And although I should be folding laundry or sweeping my kitchen, the cell phone billing department has me on a lengthy hold so I decided blogging would have to win. 

The photo above was from an anniversary party we hosted. I have more photos of the decor and table settings, but for now you get a peek of the eucalyptus centerpieces we used which I just loved. Oh, you agree that you messed up our bill and will be crediting us the balance? Coincidence, just the reason I called! Back to being on hold...

This video had me laughing out loud. My kids totally stall at bedtime. They become chatterboxes right when it's lights out time. Interesting since my questions all day are usually met with a "nothing" and a shrug. But they have so much to share at just the moment they should stop talking! Except for Sawyer, he talks all day long. 

It case you missed it, Madre Beads released her winter collection, all of it is just so adorable.

I'm all about the comfort. Speaking of which, these just became a part of my family. And Greta got a pair of these, her favorite. 

I have to share about a farm we recently purchased meat from. I follow them on Instagram, @maryheff, and they're a family who bought a farm, moved their four children with them and raise all their cattle and animals and handle the slaughter and butchering and shipping off to customers. It's been so refreshing to see where the meat comes from firsthand, know what they are eating, how their living conditions are, etc. Everything we have had has been delicious. 

I don't remember if I have shared this before, but it was a very interesting and thought provoking piece. 

No secret I'm a Tonight Show fan, and this pregnancy announcement to the grandparents had me rolling. 

Hoping you all have a beautiful and safe weekend. xo

How We Enjoy the Outdoors

*This post is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, as always all thoughts are completely my own.

Our summer's grand road trip adventure to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks has our entire family itching to explore and adventure and just get outside. Living in a big city like Los Angeles can be a challenge. We aren't surrounded by nature, there are no winding paths in the woods, no sprawling landscapes behind our house, lots of cement, lots of buildings, those are my sights on a daily basis. We are fortunate however to be a few minutes walk from a local park. And we have a gorgeous state park about a 20 minute drive away. Unfortunately, most Americans aren't as fortunate. Over 100 million Americans who live in cities don't live within a 10 minute walk of a park.

That's where the nonprofit group The Trust for Public Land comes in, a program founded to create parks and preserve land. I absolutely love their mission, and you can search on the site for local community forests, greenways, parks, historic sites, ranches, farms, and so much more. They are asking all of you readers to join in the movement. Head here and upload a photo to create a postcard and share why nature matters to you and your family. 

A few weeks ago we took our family up to Will Rogers State Park for the day. It was gorgeous out, a bit warm, but the shade was just perfect. There's something different about the air in a park like this. I know scientifically, of course it's different, all the oxygen from the trees and the clean air in contrast to the smog, but there's something about breathing that air that just calms us. Fresh air, fresh minds, and fresh bodies. That's what my postcard will say. Outdoor space like this is just too precious to lose. 

A good park day for our family always begins with a great blanket for chilling or taking a break, and a backpack full of snacks and drinks for keeping our energy up. We also pack hats, sunscreen and a soccer ball or football, friends are always a plus, and pretty much our day is set. Here are some photos from our beautiful day at Will Rogers. 

I'm sure you'll agree that this planet is too beautiful and sacred to deserve the damage we have caused through pollution and careless acts.