Family Christmas pajamas


Welllll Halloween is over and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it so it’s basically Christmas and what good Christmas is it without matching family pajamas?

If you know me you know I’m a sucker for matching. #sorrykids

I’m going to start by sharing ones we ordered this year now we just need to cut down a tree.

Kids pjs



One of the best things about Old Navy is they always have sales and coupons so you could get each set for less than 30$.

We also have matching family pajamas from Target which are also a great price point. These last few years Target has really been stepping up their game. They have tons of styles and patterns this year we well.

I really love this buffalo plaid print because I feel you could wear it all holiday season long.

Women’s plaid

Men’s plaid

The next one I absolutely love is from Hannah Anderson. We have some PJs for the kids from their and the quality is amazing and stretchy they last forever. You can occasionally catch a sale there as well. They have some super fun Mickey Mouse and Star Wars prints too.




Also, Macy’s has come out with some different Christmas family pjs at a great price point.

Macy’s family

And well as we know life happens there are also options on amazon. I can’t speak for the quality but, might have to order some to let you know.

As always I hope this helps and if you have any recommendations or order any of these I would love to hear.



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Take me to the mountains

Family trips/ reviews

Banff travel guide.

All the must dos, family friendly restaurants, and beautiful sights.

After Drumheller we made the 2.5 hr drive to Banff to spend 5 days before heading home.

We didn’t book super far in advance so that limited our hotel selection. Banff is pretty busy during the Summer since not as many people travel during the winter.

Our hotel was in the perfect location, I was walking distance to everything in downtown Banff, as well as across from a bus stop.

Plus it had the cutest and yummiest coffee shop attached to it!

Elk + Avenue Hotel

One of the places we ate which had great reviews and kid friendly was the old spaghetti factory. The place was busy and there was a wait so I was glad we made reservations, but the food was sub par. Wished we would have found a less popular restaurant maybe.

Our first adventure there was the Lake Minnewannka cruise .

It was about 15 minute drive from our hotel, we took the scenic route and saw some great wildlife on the way.

Then we got down to the lake to get on our boat for the hour cruise. This lake is beautifully nestled in the mountains with tons of history.

Our tour guide and captain were super fun and nice. They let the kids take turns driving the boat which they loved. There is also a little cafe there for snacks and ice cream.

We followed our boat ride with a trip to the hot springs.

This is a tad overrated, I was expecting a natural hot springs to be set in the mountains in its natural settings. This is built more like a pool which natural hot spring water is put into.

I would recommend it if you have a little free time, I would block a whole day out of your plan for it. The view once again is worth it all.

I did some research for restaurants online and made some reservations based on that and we were let down by some.

We made reservations for The grizzly house which was a good choice. It is a fun interactive restaurant for the family. We order a couple of the four course meals to share.

Everyone’s favorite was the chocolate fondue.

The next was our big adventure.

we drove 2 hours to the Colombian Icefield adventure. It was worth the drive. The beauty, uniqueness, and education was fantastic.

You ride on the big bus out about 10 min to the Colombian Icefield then you get 30 minutes to explore. Dress warm!

Then from there we drove out to the skywalk which is included if you do the Icefield adventure. You do this on your own time and then get on another bus back to the chalet.

Then we stopped in some outlooks on the way back. The scenery is truly phenomenal.

Then we followed that up with the the Gondola and dinner at Sky Bistro

I had the chowder for dinner and it was some of the best chowder I have ever had. We had just been on the pacific west coast and I had some good chowder, but this hands down.

The next day was a little bit unplanned and explore day, while my husband took our niece to the airport.

We had breakfast at Tooloulous and it was yummy! By the time we left the line was long!

We followed the yummyness off with a walk to Cascade gardens it was beautiful!

Then we had a carriage ride Banff trail riders. We had a great tour guide and did the 30 min ride for the more scenic route.

Also, some things Banff is famous for.

The beaver tails. I’m not much of a sweet person, but we got a few to try and they were good.

Also, a fun thing we did was stop by the Indian trading post to see the “merman” that we learned about on the Minnewanka boat cruise. We also ended up getting the kids some cute Indian made moccasins.

And last my favorite place we ate while there for the service, location, food, and vibe was The Park distillery.

If you have the chance to travel to Banff, you will not be disappointed. If the kids were older or we had more time we would have loved to get some hiking in as well as see Lake Louise.

If you have any questions leave a comment or send an email!



Traveling with toddlers .. again

Family trips/ reviews

Toddlers vs babies.

Everyone is always scared to fly with babies but that’s honestly the easiest time. Wear them, feed them, change them, and let them sleep.

We have been flying with our kids since newborn, plus numerous road trips. But when it comes to a about a 12 hour travel day between 2 flights, layovers, and 2 hour dry, plus time change we have to be prepared.

Even for shorter flights these are great activities to keep the kids busy and occupied.

Now the kids are older and excited about traveling and going on a plane and we are going to be gone 20 days. Just under 3 weeks with some driving and flights in between.

So we got the kids their own new suitcases to carry on and do 2 big bags checked, well because I over pack.

I’m from Texas where it’s just hot as hell in summer, Canada can be 80 in the day and 50 at night (brrrr) so I need all the options.

Mackenzie suitcase

These suitcases from pottery barn are the perfect size to take on the plane for the kids and get them so excited to travel and make them feel big!

On the go maze book

Our 4 year old is obsessed with mazes at the moment, it might not be handwriting but it’s practicing with a pen and keeping off technology for a short time.

Wikki stix

These are actually great for both kids and reusable. It’s like clay but in a stick and easy to travel with and share.

Vetch camera

Y’all these cameras have been so fun for the kids. We got them back in October when we were traveling to Disney world for their birthdays. They have used them regularly. They not only take pictures and videos, they can make filters as well as play games.

Mermaid puzzle

Reusable sticker

Y’all Melissa and Doug is always a go to for us for toys at home and traveling activities. We got the magnetic puzzle and reusable sticker book set. Our daughter is obsessed with stickers, our son was too at this age.

Water wow

Another great Melissa and Doug product ! We got these for our son. Mess free and technology free.

Fidget toy set

This toy set from small fish on amazon is a new purchase. But movement and sensory of the toys should be interesting and new to the kids. Will post an update on the kids interaction with them.

We will also bring iPads and a few “surprise toys.”

We also have some toddler headphones from amazon. Blue for our son his are actually bluetooth capable and charge or can use cord. Our daughter has a cheaper pink pair with cord.

If you are traveling with younger toddlers as well and need some tips, message me.

We use to fly with car seats on board, this will be the first time that we don’t. But we have all the tips on that too!!

Where are your summer plans?!?

Stay tuned for our Canada travel blog post!


Happy Summer!


Three chicken recipes

healthy recipies

Three easy, quick, and healthy weeknight chicken recipes.

If your anything like me dinner can get challenging.

Between toddlers, sports, trying to be healthy, but get the family to eat. Some weeks I repeat the same things or everyone complains and it is draining.

This week I did 3 chicken dishes that worked well with our family and schedule.

First recipe is chicken paillard. Super simple and can be modified.

Recipe is super simple as followed:

1 lb thinly sliced chicken breast

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Garlic seasoning

Lemon juice and lemon zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp mustard Dijon


Shaved Parmesan

1. First make the dressing and let it set in the fridge. Take 2 TBS of oil, salt and pepper, lemon juice and zest, and 1tsp Dijon. Shake up together and set in fridge.

I used this Salad dressing shaker.

2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat skillet with oil. (I used spray coconut oil) Cook each side of chicken for 3-4 min until cooked through.

3. Take arugula in a bowl drizzle with dressing and Parmesan and toss.

4. Put chicken on plate and top with arugula mix.

Simple. Easy. Under 20 min. Healthy.

I added some steamed asparagus and jasmine rice for the kids.

Next easy chicken dish is chicken and dinner in a pan. Who doesn’t love a one pan meal?

Chicken breast strips

Frozen green beans

Frozen corn on the cob

Zesty Italian mix

Ghee or butter

Seriously the simplest meal ever.

1. Preheat oven to 425 f

2. I melted 3tbs of ghee and added the package of zesty Italian mix.

3. Put chicken breast, green beans, and corn in an oven safe dish. Stir and pour seasoning over entire dish

4. Place in the oven for 35-45 min until chicken is cooked and veggies are warm.

I added some fresh strawberries and dinner rolls.

Mom success when the kids enjoy and eat their food without complaining.

Last chicken dish was prob my favorite.

Roasted chickpea and Romaine chicken ceaser salad.

I made some extra thinly sliced chicken breast earlier in the week which made this recipe even easier and faster.

1 can of chickpeas

Olive oil

Salt, pepper, garlic seasoning, chili powder

Girard’s light ceaser

Shaved parmesan

Cooked sliced chicken breast

Package of Romaine lettuce

1. Preheat the oven to 425f.

2. Drain, wash, and dry the can of chickpeas. Place on baking sheet drizzle with oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and chili powder.

3. Place in oven for 40 min shaking the pan every 10 min.

4. Place romaine on baking sheet drizzle with ceaser dressing. Stuck in the oven for about 5-10 min.

5. I added the cooked chicken to the chickpea pan for the last 10 min to warm it up and roast it a little bit.

6. Cut the romaine on your plate add chickpeas and chicken. Top with Parmesan and extra dressing if needed.

I added some Mac and cheese and strawberries drizzled in honey for the kids,

Seriously all these meals were winners with the kids and husband. They were simple, easy, and healthy.

Stay tuned for the next blog post on our 10 lbs of fresh strawberries we picked and what we’re using them for!

And the recipes!

Holiday/ winter bento boxes

bento boxes

Happy Holidays and New Years!

Man, oh man. Life has been crazy busy. Even with a break from school and activities the holidays kept us on the go.

So here is a little late post on some fun holiday bento boxes and breakfast I have made lately!

Fall // Turkey Themed bento box !

Corn bread turkey with apples for the feathers.

Spiral zed carrots and healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

Ghost themed bento box

This one was a big hit with the kids!

Ghost shaped quesadillas , with frozen peas and edible eyeballs, black beans in purple silicone muffin wrapper, with purple grapes.

Nutella bear toast

Super easy and super fun!

Whole wheat toast with a Nutella bear topped with banana nose and blue berry eyes. Super easy and fun. You can always improvise and use fruit or things you have on hand.

Snowman winter wonderland bento

I used mini bagels and reduced fat cream cheese with raisins and strawberries for the snowman’s face and added some marshmallows for some fun snow! I added some left over turkey and red and green fruit for the Christmas theme!

Christmas minion

This was another favorite of the kid! But you could totally do any theme minions with a banana.

Once again I used the edible eye balls which I order from amazon, but can be bought from craft stores or Walmart. I used washable marker because it doesn’t bleed through the skin of the banana and they won’t be eating it anyway. Put some popcorn underneath the bananas for an extra snack and snow look.

I added cut up snap peas and raspberries for some more red and green Christmas theme! Then some cut up meat and cheese for extra protein !

Lastly, just a fun quick breakfast and improvised with what we had on hand!

Lion protein pancake

We used our go to protein pancake mix from kodiak and added milk and egg for more protein!

I made one large pancake and one small for the nose.

Then we used a clementine orange around the face for the main and then banana and blueberries for the face.

Once again you can use anything you have on hand to make eating fun and healthy!

I would love to know if you use any of my ideas!

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Disney outfits


Guys, I’m a sucker for coordinating outfits for my family. I gotta do it while my kids still let me, right?

So let’s get started with some coordinating Disney outfits from our trip.

This was the outfits I had set out for the plane ride and tell the kids the big news of where we were goin.

My first trip to Disney tees were made by me.

Black bottoms from Macy’s.

Then found them both some cute Mickey and Minnie high top tennis shoes from targets.

Plus my favorite lululemon joggers for traveling!

This Mickey Mouse bathing suit was a must when I saw it.

H&M has some super cute Disney outfits for the entire family. This suit was less than 15$ you can’t beat that price anywhere!

My daughters black suit is from old navy with some red bows.

Daddy mouse, mommy mouse, brother mouse, sister mouse, tees made by me. There is tons of options on Etsy though for similar tees.

I paired it with white bottoms for everyone and black shoes.

Mine and my husband’s shorts are from Jcrew.

The kids shoes are both adidas from Journey Kidz.

Okay these are prob some of my favorite outfits from the trip.

Let’s start with these matching mommy and me leo and top from Raising wilds.

My jean shorts are from Gap.

My favorite hoops from Straine.

My son’s lion Mickey Mouse shirt was perfect for our day at animal kingdom. I ordered it from cutiescake studio on Etsy. Then I found some orange shorts from H&M which matched the shirt perfectly.

I got my husband an orange shirt by Hugo boss at Nordstrom rack with some khaki shorts to coordinate.

Then these cute toy story themed shorts from urban comfort apparel on Etsy with T-shirt’s made by me that said “you’ve got a friend in me.”

Then this super cute Mickey skort from one of our favorite small shops, The haltered thread

My domestic goddess tee from The pine torch. Use code mayritchie for discount.

Then this birthday boy shirt for our son’s birthday at Disney World. The shirt is from trendy pines on Etsy.

Then the cutest park hop till you drop Leo from Mamma and addy boutique and the cutest distressed Minnie Mouse shorts from messy lemon apparel on Etsy. Then of course Minnie Mouse shoes from mini Melissa, I would advise sizing up and wearing socks with them.

Then these super cute floral shirts for the boys from old navy were just adorable paired with some navy shorts for doing a little adventure on our last day in Orlando.

Then Briley and me coordinating in some denim outfits. My romper is from Vici dolls and her dress from old navy as well.

I love to support small shops and custom outfits. But, also have a few go to stores for lots of basic and cute things.

Do you have any favorite Disney outfits or places to shop for coordinating family outfits?!?