the podie people: September 2017

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 29, 2017

We've had some really warm days this week but today finally feels a little cooled down! I enjoyed my hot coffee this morning before the kids woke up and wasn't sweating through my jimjams. Hallelujur.

Here's 5 things I am loving this week!

1. These shoes and these too
I'm allllll about a comfortable momiform and that's no exception heading into fall.
Although I'd love to strut my carpoolin butt down the side walk in the latest over
the knee 3 inch boots (babe take me on a date) I'll settle for a practical pair of slip
on flats and sneakers any and everyday.

You won't regret reading/listening to it. Audible is my saving grace right now.
I am just soaking up this stuff every minute I can during nap time and after
kids go to bed.

3. New Items in my Etsy Shop! 
Super excited about the other stuff I have coming too. I've been working hard
on getting some cute stuff added to the shop and I hope you guys like it!

4. THERMOS insulated Cup for kids lunches
We just got this in the mail from amazon prime this week and so far loving the option
to switch up school lunch! We've done chicken + cheese quesadillas and macaroni + cheese
in between sandwiches and it's a win! Not a huge time saver if you're cooking in the
morning but I think Krew has appreciated having different options in his lunch.
Can't wait to do his favorite leftovers, taco soup for him!

5. Festive Pillows from Pier1
I don't know why but I love to decorate with pillows.  It makes me so excited at
Christmas time when I pull them out and place them around the house. It instantly
feels festive. This witch pillow is so cute for Fall and Halloween!

Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I have loved these moccasins since Krew was born so I was so excited at the opportunity to host a giveaway with them! This brand comes from my Home State and I have followed Susan and her journey from the Etsy days and it is so exciting to see where her brand has grown and to even walk through Nordstrom and see these sweet little baby shoes!

I will be giving away one pair of moccasins! Head over to my INSTAGRAM to enter! All you have to do is follow @freshlypicked and myself @daphnepodolak then tag a mom friend you love!

Fall Bucket List

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cannon Beach 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Every year we go to Cannon Beach with Dylan's parents and it is always the perfect little getaway. I always laugh because it's one of the most relaxing places ever but of course we're always entertaining the kiddos so the real relaxing is the brief hours in the day during nap time and after they go to bed.

We are so fortunate to have good family surrounding us that always makes it possible for us to join them on little vacations and we love it so much. Our kids are so blessed to have the most loving grandparents that would do ANYTHING for them. It makes it harder on us parents sometimes as they are always sneaking desserts and toys but I know our kids will forever have these memories and be grateful for the close relationship they had with their grandparents on both sides. The older I get the more I truly cherish family memories and traditions. I hope our kids look back on these trips and have fond memories and do the same with their own children. It's what life all about!

 We flip flop where we stay depending on price and time of year and always are lucky enough to share a room with the inlaws, (THE BEST!) This last time we stayed at The Waves. They are little condos right on the beach. Whenever we travel with the kids we try to have a kitchen and a bedroom and it works out perfect for our whole family. We had a large full kitchen with a fire place and large windows- so perfect. It's like being in a Nicholas Sparks book. The kids just walk out the sliding glass door and get to walk right down onto the beach and play in the sand and walk through trails in the tall grass. NO driving needed! Plus everything is really close in town and we are always able to walk right into town for a meal or shopping.
 3 generations of Podolak boys. Love them with all my heart! 
 HayStack rock is so incredible. During low tide you can go see all the starfish, clams and sea urchins on the rocks. Plus The Goonies is a favorite film of ours so we're making it a tradition of watching it with the kids while we're visiting and then going to show them where it was filmed. (We even went to the Goonie house in Astoria but unfortunately the new owner is not friendly and doesn't allow any tourists or photos so we did a quick drive by)

 Dylan and I are going to try and take a little solo trip without the kids for our next anniversary because we love it so much and it's so relaxing. My in laws do this all the time. :) 

 Felt like a little Goonie myself, taking this shot. 

 Star fish were everywhere! I love seeing God's sea creatures so close up. Something about the ocean is so mysterious and serene.
We ate at a newer Brewery/Resturaunt this trip and loved it. It was so big inside with garage style doors, a large mural with a giant clock showing high and low tide, a kick ass crowd, friendly waiting staff, and snacks for the kids before we even ordered. I mean that had me at hello. I'm not much of a beer gal but I tried Dylan's IPA and actually liked it so, you can say we will be going back. We snacked the whole trip so when it came time for meals we kind of just ordered a bunch and shared it which is always my favorite. We had the yummiest clams in warm butter, clam chowder, chicken lettuce wraps, and fish tacos. YUM. We had so much fun that night and ended up having some cosmos and going back to the room to put the kids to bed and play Yahtzee till close to midnight!

Family traditions means so much to us, even the littlest ones like the movies we watch or the toys Dylan has passed down to our kids. In this time of life we don't have much except our family and it means the entire world to us. Cannon Beach --- we love you, until next time

Easy Healthy Taco Soup

Thursday, September 14, 2017

As soon as the weather starts to cool down about we are allllll about that crock pot life. Although I am going to miss our BBQ nights it's honestly the best thing to have dinner ready and more time to hang out with the family after everyone gets home from school and work. This is GO TO at our house and even the kids like it! I have no idea why our kids are even picky because I will eat just about anything, okay I know. It's their dad. But really, the whole family loves it and it's just  so simple and easy. This will feed a family of 4 for with leftovers - double up if need be!
I always send it will Dylan to work the next day with some toppings and he loves it. 

1 cooked package ground beef/turkey
1 can rotel
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1 can any kind of beans
1/2 or 1 whole packet taco seasoning( I cut down to lower sodium)
1/2 packet ranch seasoning

Directions: Cook ground meat on a skillet then add to crock pot
Open cans and dump all ingredients into crockpot with water from can. No need to drain.
Add 1/2 packets of seasoning and mix together.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours

Serve: add sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro and crushed tortilla chips to taste!

Krew starts Kindergarten

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My baby started Kindergarten this week. 🙈 I've posted about it a few hundred times on my Instagram but I thought it would be cute to ask him a few questions about himself. I never want to forget this time- his perfect innocence and curious mind. The way he is independent but lights up like a Christmas tree when he sees me waiting for him outside the school to pick him up everyday. Watching him grow is so bittersweet. I love my sweet little 5 year old boy. 

1. How old are you? 

2. What do you want to be when you grow up? 
An artist 

3. What's your favorite thing to wear?  
A leather jacket ( like Johnny from Sing)

4. What's your favorite song?
Uhm, back street boys 

5. What's your favorite color? 
Purple and Black

6. What's your favorite thing to do after school? 
Be with you

7. Who is your best friend? 
Wyatt. (New school friend)

8. What's your favorite book? 
Star Wars books 

9. What's your favorite thing to do? 
Play and watch videos... screen time. (mom rolls eyes)

10. What do you like about your new teacher?
She's kind and has long blonde hair

Back To School (Elementary)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

With the school year already started for some and just around the corner for a few (talkin to you Kindergarteners!) I thought it would be fun to throw together a few of the things we got that we have loved or are excited to use for the school year. Let me know your faves so I can check them out or add to my list! Hope you all have a had a great start to the school year and your littles transition easily. 

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