My Mother’s Day Wish List

Mother’s Day is only 2 weeks away and there are only a couple of things I want right now. Charlie if you are reading this it’s ONLY 2 things! That’s IT!!

We originally planned to take off for the beach but we have decided to post-pone it. 

The Vegas trip put a tiny kink in a project Charlie was working on. That’s okay. It was worth it. The beach can wait.

Here are the things I wouldn’t refuse if I Charlie wrapped it in a box and let the boys hand it to me.

What’s on your list!?

  • Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top in scuba to cuba. There are about a dozen prints and they are all cute. I wouldn’t turn any of them away.



My baby is growing up

Nathan asked to snuggle with me last night and it really hit me that my baby is growing up.

He loves to snuggle during the day but it’s very rare that he refuses to go to bed at night and asks to snuggle.

As he laid in the crook of my arm and wiggled and squirmed felt an overwhelming sadness. I haven’t posted about it on the blog definitively but he is our last baby and knowing that I am closing that chapter forever is a relief and heartbreaking at the same time.

All my life I’ve wanted to be a mom and I am and it’s the most amazing job anyone could ask for. It’s the most rewarding and it’s the most challenging. I have days where I just can’t figure out how to get through without going crazy.

I know there’s no way I could have a fourth child. With homeschool, I am pushed to the max everyday. 

I was tired and exhausted and desperately wanted alone time with my husband but I just laid there and savored Nathan’s not so great smelling toddler scent.



It’s hard to believe my baby is going to be four in a few weeks.

We are beginning an entirely new chapter in our lives where we no longer have a baby.

Nathan’s been in his big boy bed since December. I think it was probably official then that he was really truly a toddler or really a preschooler, and not my baby.

I can sorta see why my mom had nine kids. Not that I would EVER want nine kids. I can’t complain though. If she hadn’t been a lover of the babies I would not be here.

Vegas Vacation

We just got back from a nine day trip to Vegas. I guess I shouldn’t call it a Vegas vacation. It was far from it.

My brother has been sick with various things since August and he was in the hospital again so we decided we really needed to get my mom there to visit with him. She’s never been on airplane and refuses to get on one so we loaded up the boys and the camper and took off.

It took us three days to get there. We visited for three days and it took us three days to get back.
We had a couple of pleasure stops but not many. I’ll post about those later .

Now if you follow me on social media you know we just got our camper less than a month ago. We had planned to make our first trip a weekend getaway to somewhere local just to help break it in. Life has other plans.

It was exhausting but worth it. It’s definitely a trip the boys will always remember.

The visit with my brother was really good and I think it improved his attitude greatly. I’m going to protect his privacy and not go into to many details but his immediate family has a very long road ahead of them. I only wish I were closer so I could help and Mom desperately wishes she were closer, too. I think getting mom over there to see him was a really important and it did a world of good for both of them.

Vegas Vacation

Whoa!!! These two look JUST alike!

The camper is surprisingly very comfortable and I look forward to many fun trips in the future.

I just wish Vegas weren’t so far away.

I was thinking about being the youngest of nine kids the other day and how I’m going to have to watch all my siblings age the same way I’m watching my parents die and age.

It’s an emotionally draining thought process.

My April Rocksbox reveal

Rockbox is sending me THREE months of free boxes in exchange for my honest opinion!

Are you a jewelry fan? Have you heard of Rocksbox? They contacted me and asked if I wanted a FREE 3 month trial of their service and of course I jumped at the chance. I adore accessories but don’t want to spend a lot of money on them. I have 3 kids so it’s really not practical.

The idea is fairly simple. You pay $19/month and you pick pieces you like and your stylist sends you 3 that may or may not be on your list. You get to wear them for the month. You can buy them if you want and if not you just send them back. Easy-Peasy. I’ll let you know if I think the service is worthy of actual money in June, after I’ve sampled everything for 3 months.

If you decide you like the concept be sure to click my link and use this handy-dandy code: activelifexoxo — if you use it before time runs out you get your first month free!! It should be good for about a month, but I am not entirely certain when the clock started ticking on that code so hurry! 

Here is my first box.


I have not had a chance to wear the gorgeous statement piece yet but be on the lookout for it on instagram. I absolutely adore the bow earrings. I am not a big fan of the small chain. I remember putting it on my “Wish list” but it’s not me. I thought it would be but I was wrong. I will have to go back and take other dainty pieces off my list.




Disclosure: I am a SeaWorld Wildside blogger. I receive complimentary passes for my family and other perks throughout the year. All opinions are entirely mine, I promise! I was not asked to write this post, it just fits too perfectly into my niche.I am so excited to be a part of the SeaWorld San Antonio Wildside team again this year!


This weekend we are headed to San Antonio to enjoy our first event of the season. SeaWorld JUST FOR KIDS is back and we will get to enjoy a Sesame Street breakfast!! How fun is that?

I’ll be honest here. My ten-year old is LESS than thrilled, but if the rain holds off he will be rewarded with freedom to ride the roller coasters so he promises to pretend he’s having a good time.

This is my first time attending a Sesame Street breakfast but I will ALWAYS love Dining with Shamu, which we paid FULL price for!  

SeaWorld is offering a limited time BOGO for the breakfast reservations, for every adult reservation you purchase, you get a FREE child’s reservation.

Mimosas and The Girl on the Train

Traci and I are at it again. 

Somehow we managed to squeeze in yet another video together. The split screen amazingness will just have to wait. Today you get Traci and Priscilla: RAW.

Why Raw? Because we are to lazy to edit or to do more than one take. You get the REAL us.

We don’t have anything pinteresty today but we do share mimosas and The Girl on the Train.

Do you love mimosas? Have you read The Girl on the Train?


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A Fairy Tale Reunion

Once upon a time(1971) in a land far far away (Germany) a beautiful young lady meet a handsome young man. They fell in love and had a darling baby boy.

Two years later some things changed and the girl took the baby boy and left, never to be heard from again. Days turned into weeks and weeks into years. The young man was very sad and mourned his wife and boy for many years.

He met a beautiful woman several years later and became a stepfather to her many children.

Day after day, week after week, month after month year after year he told stories about the baby boy, crying and longing to hold him again. We all wondered where he could possibly be.

Many years later that man became very sick. He had one wish and one wish only. He wanted to find his baby boy.

His family dug here and his family dug there and finally he was found. That baby boy was now a grown man, much older than his father was when he last saw him. That man wanted to meet him father.

The two men looked so much alike it’s almost scary. The reunion was beautiful & amazing.

The man is still very very sick but he now has a bigger reason to fight and we hope he will be around for many many years to come to make up for lost time (40 years worth of lost time!).

A fairy take reunion

Two reasons I could never give up dairy

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. I received samples in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

If you recall, back in January I did a 28 day challenge with Arbonne. The recipes were amazing and the foods that I WAS ALLOWED to eat were very satisfying.

However, I was NOT allowed dairy while on the challenge, so when Stonyfield sent me new products to try I wanted to cry.

Here are just two reasons why I could NEVER give up dairy forever.


Even my husband and kids loved everything. See. Here we are FIGHTING over who gets he next bite.  That never happens. This was so rich and creamy, definitely not a low fat yogurt option. It may be my favorite stonyfield product to date. How can you say no to Madagascar Vanilla? It even sounds adventurous! I can’t wait until these little treat is on the Texas store shelves.



Next up we have these delightful little snacks. Frozen Yogurt Pearls. For real. These are incredibly yummy and the perfect quick, mess free snack. The yogurt inside is rich and creamy (and organic, of course) and the fruit outside has a not too sweet fruit leather texture. IT sounds weird but it works and the kids love them! I definitely see many of these in our future. Sadly they are currently only available in the New England area. Be sure to check the store locator!  I can’t wait until they make their way to Texas. They come in about 4 flavors and I have to say that while I enjoyed the peach/vanilla, chocolate/coconut was by far my favorite.