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I’m not going to lie. I feel that this year, the sales have been more than ever in my face. It was leading up to Black Friday, and since then it’s just out of control. I totally get that brands want people to BUY BUY BUY, but I also think it’s time to step back and really understand if you actually need some of this stuff. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve already heard me ranting about this over the course of this month. I’ve decided to be much more intentional with my purchases this year, because it just doesn’t make sense to buy my family and friends gifts that are going to be of no use to them. My husband and I basically decided to not do any gifts for each other, and may just end up buying a new mattress since that’s actually something we need since ours is so old and on it’s way out! EEEEEK.

We don’t really need another sweater, another knick knack, or something else that’s just going to end up untouched and on the counter, or worse, the trash. This is why I think it’s time to talk about gifts that potentially live on past the holidays. Something that people will treasure and will make a giant impact on their lives.

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Mueller Farmers Market, Austin, Family, Kids, Toddlers

We wanted to get out, and enjoy the first day of October because the weather was too good to just stay inside! We decided to head to a local farmer’s market, which was an absolute B L A S T! There were so many activities for the kids, and there were a ton of vendors whether you wanted to buy fresh vegetables, drink amazing coffee or fresh juices, eat BBQ, listen to music, or even do yoga! The two things that the kids were super excited was the petting zoo, and the horse riding! It was soooo cute! They got to hold bunnies, turtles, birds, and a bearded dragon! And then of course, the icing on the cake were the horses. I mean, how can you beat horses, am I right?? 

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This post is a long time coming *insert giant eye roll*, especially given that it happened over three months ago! It’s embarrassing to be honest, but I still wanted to share because we had the absolute best time with our friends, and it made for such a memorable trip. 

This was our fourth time we’ve gone to Mexico! We’ve gone every year since 2014, when Aria was a mere 7 months old because it’s a direct 2 hour flight from Austin to Cancun! It’s hard to beat honestly!! Nonetheless, we stayed at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda, and the kids absolutely loved it. After staying at four different resorts, I think we’ve honed in on what we need out of resorts in order for it to be more of a vacation than just a trip, if you know what I mean! Because traveling with kids isn’t always a vacation.

Nonetheless, I think Aria and Rishi ask at least twice a week to go back to Mexico! Yes, still!! They remember it so vividly and it’s fun to talk about it and share the experiences we had together. Even though it’s no easy task to travel with little ones in tow, I honestly love it. I also highly recommend it.  A lot of people always tell me that the kids won’t remember, but my response is always, “I will!”. I want to create memories with them, even if it takes lots of effort, tears at the airport and the plane, and the stress of packing for tiny humans. #diaperstakeupsomuchspace I’ve learned so much from traveling with them, and what kind of patience it actually requires, and through that I’ve actually grown! Plus, hearing their little stories about what all they remember makes it worth it! Plus, they get so excited when we start talking about our next vacations!

Anyway…back to the actual resort…there were definitely a couple of cons, like the food wasn’t the absolute best given we’ve had some better food at other resorts like the one we stayed at last year which you can read about here, but the positives definitely make me want to go back there! 

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I’m sure what you’re wondering what Raksha Bandhan is if you’re not Indian or are familiar with it. Well let’s talk about pronunciation real quick before we move further: Ruck-sha Bun-Dhunn or the easier version of course is just calling it Rakhi! =)

I actually never got to do this as a kid since I didn’t have any brothers or any close cousins that were boys. But the tradition is absolutely sweet and I’m so glad I get to see it happen with my two babies. 

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My sweet little Aria. Tuesdays and Thursdays have become so much fun, because it just ends up being her and I for a few hours while brother is at school… It’s temporary as she will also go five days a week starting June, but we had to wait for a spot to open up. Til’ then, it’s “Mama-Aria” time two days out of the week! And we have been eating it up! She gets so excited to have just me all to herself. We don’t even do anything fancy and just run regular errands, but she loves having my full attention. And I get it. She started having to share me when she was a mere 18 months old. And that always weighs heavy on my heart, because she was so teeny and doesn’t understand why her mama couldn’t give her 100% anymore. But I digress…

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