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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZONDERKIDZ BEGINNERS BIBLE!

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It truly is an honor to join in on the 25th year celebration of Zonderkidz Beginners Bible Series. What a blessing and privilege it is to have access to such great tools as we raise up our little arrows, pointing them towards the target, which is Jesus.

It’s easy to take a freedom that we’ve always known….for granted. But seriously, think about it….this freedom of ours isn’t a legal freedom for everyone in other parts of the world. Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian publications and they’ve been committed to this vision from their very beginning. These resources are for us…..as we teach our children about Jesus.

I love so many things about this Beginners Bible series. From the board books to activity coloring books. These are perfect for Ezra, at this toddler stage that we are in. The Book of Prayers [which is a board book] is one of my favorites! This melts my heart!!

So, we honor and celebrate Zondervan & ZonderKidz for the investment they are making on our lives and future generations. Check out their website for all sorts of helpful resources as we pour into our families.

IMG_3913IMG_3920zonderkidz beginners bibleIMG_3945IMG_3946Ezra really loves to pray over our dinner each night. He always prays for mommy, daddy, his family, friends and “people everywhere.”
IMG_3955IMG_3962THANKFULNESS is something we’ve been talking with Ezra about lately. I love the way that Ezra thanks Jesus for EVERYTHING! He’s reminding me to be thankful for all the little things in life….like the trees, the roads we drive on, our car, the clouds, the blue sky, our house ect….
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**A monthly collaboration between K&V and Zondervan Book Publishers.

 

Girls Trip to Northern California

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It had been one year since we “Kelli & Vanessa” were together…..face to face. And about 7 years since we were together sans kids. While on our trip to Northern California [Morgan Hill, Monterey, San Jose & San Francisco] we figured out that we’ve never really been on a “girls / just because” trip. So, needless to say….this time together was pretty special…..and we soaked every moment in.

We are speaking at the Pursuit Conference in October so this is what sparked the idea of planning our trip- so we could work on our talking points together. Of course we worked on our talk, but we also were very intentional about exploring and adventuring together.

The best part of the trip for us was just spending every minute together. Whether we were laughing, tearing up from honest and raw conversations, staying up late, sleeping in, talking photography and oils…..it was too much fun.

We decided to split our trip up into a few different blog posts, so below are our images from Monterey, where we walked around Fishermans Wharf & Lovers Point Beach. The weather was great! Well, I guess that depends on who you ask. HA! It was HOT to the Montana girl and COLD to the Texas gal.

Vanessa had NEVER had clam chowder so what better place to try the real deal at The Fish Hopper, right on the water!

Monterey is such a charming city…..very family friendly….and just beautiful.

Here’s a glimpse into our California adventures!
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Part 2 : San Francisco coming soon!
xoxo

The Day Is Waiting

IMG_9290Its been a while since I have really written actual blog posts on this blog of mine. Lately it’s been quick posts around Ezras 52 Week Project. I really want to get back into writing…..and sharing more of our life and what we love as a family.

A few months ago, Vanessa and I signed a promotional/marketing deal with Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan Book Publishers. Pretty awesome, huh?! We are super excited about this partnership. We are passionate about sharing content with you that has enriched our own family and home lives. There is something about books that can’t be replaced by video games and battery operated gadgets. Collectively, we have been intentional about curating a book collection for our children and carving out time in our busy lives to stop, slow down and enjoy reading.

This month was my month to review a book and it could not have been a more perfect fit.

If you remember, “Little Explorer” was the theme for Ezras 2nd birthday party last year….

I pray that Ezra will always be an explorer…..an explorer of people all around the world, Gods love and Gods beautiful creation. This was the verse I chose for his life…and prayed over him this year:

For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break fourth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” –Isaiah 55:12

The Day Is Waiting is about looking up and looking out…..being adventurous, while noticing people and things around you. The beautiful illustrations take us on a tour of our wonderful world and reminds us that no matter how far our adventures take us, we always have home to return to.

This book will be a staple and a wonderful addition to our ever growing collection of books. I love the way books encourage a spirit of imagination, especially this one here. Its a short and easy read…..and Ezra has loved this “turtle book.”

If you’re not following us on Instagram– you should! We will be giving away a FREE COPY of this book tomorrow- so be sure and find us and follow us for more details!

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TOY SPRAY DIY | Kelli & Vanessa Essentials

KELLI AND VANESSA ESSENTIALS

We love oils! Collectively, Vanessa and I have been using essential oils for over two years & they are very much apart of our lifestyle. Throughout our homes, we have many DIY’s we’ve created using our oils & thought it would fun to share some of those with you!

So, first up in our DIY series is the >>> TOY SPRAY <<<. For those with kids, you know you need this everyday! Not only is it extremely safe for the kiddos, it’s especially handy when someone in the house has a cold. To top it off, it’s super easy to make!

| TOY SPRAY DIY RECIPE |

 

I2 oz glass spray bottle | 1 tsp. witch hazel | 10 drops of Thieves Oil | 5 drops Lemon Oil | Fill with water after all ingredients have been added & shake.

If you currently do not use essential oils but have been curious, know it does not have to seem overwhelming. We are a part of a team with over 3k members who are ready to educate & support you! So if you’d like to learn more about the everyday uses for essential oils, we will be hosting an Essential Oils 101 class this month, so follow us over on @kelliandvanessaessentials to join the class!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, visit our blog post HERE. If you have any questions, feel free to e-Mail hello@kelliandvanessa.com.

California Trip // Santa Barbara

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We spent last week in sunny Southern California…..just the three of us.

This was Reed and I’s 10 year anniversary trip, but also a special week of laid back family time [& some friend time here and there, which is always refreshing to the soul].

Our initial trip was to be in Newport Beach for the week, but while I was photographing the O2 Experience tour this past Fall….we spent a few days in Santa Barbara, and needless to say…..I immediately called Reed and said that we must spend a few days of our trip there. We made it happen…..and it was so worth it!

As we were planning for our Santa Barbara accommodations…..Reed suggested the Four Seasons. I’ll be honest, I was hesitant of the idea….only because I was nervous about having a toddler in tow at such a nice hotel resort! As I started to dig around their website…..it was loud and clear that families and kids were welcomed. They even have a complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, professionally organized with activities that give kids their own unique resort experience. Pretty awesome!

When I reached out to the Four Seasons, a unique opportunity came about to collaborate with them. I tell you, our experience at this resort was like none other. They know customer service…..and not as highly paid robots, but they genuinely care about and serve people well. I certainly left inspired in so many ways. From the handwritten welcome / anniversary note left on our bed upon arrival….to the little details that were put together in the crib for Ezra….everything was carefully thought of and executed well. Above and beyond.

There are just a handful of cottages at the Four Seasons, and we got to stay in one of them! AMAZING, right?!? Our cottage was spectacular. The breakfast we had overlooking the beach was so peaceful, especially as Ezra was filling up on the [kids eat free] buffet! The resort grounds were breathtaking….to see such beautiful greenery and flowers everywhere I looked was incredible. Our flower season here in Montana is so short…so it’s in the little things like this that made walking around the resort so much fun.

We spent one full day split between Butterfly Beach and the Resort Jungle Pool. Ezra loved the sand, sunshine and all the water! A dear friend [who just so happens to make the very best cupcakes in the world- who has a little shop in the Santa Barbara Public Market] met up with us as well, so that was so much fun….to catch up face to face and watch our kiddos play together.

Of course a trip to Santa Barbara wouldn’t be complete without an authentic Mexican meal….and so we enjoyed dinner at Los Agaves. Oh my goodness….no words….so good!

Can you tell we had the best time ever in SB?!? We sure did. We only stayed for two nights, but it was the perfect start to our vacation [after this we headed to Newport Beach for the remainder of our trip].

Our must-eat/drink list for Santa Barbara: Bella Vista at Four Seasons [fabulous breakfast & buffet!], Enjoy CupcakesThe French Press & Handlebar Coffee Roasters [tied for best coffee], Los Agaves & Los Arroyos [our absolute favorite Mexican food spots] and Jeannine’s Bakery (for breakfast, lunch &/or dessert)

Between all the splish splashing pool fun, sandy beach hangs…..and just being together as a family….this trip was a special one. So much fun sharing our trip with you! And now…..our vacation in photos!

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