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Caroline - Lifestyle Blogger  Caroline Armelle Drake. Half French. Half Vietnamese. LDS. Utah. Mom. Foodie. Fashion. Home. Party. Travel. DIY. Email βœ‰οΈ: carolinearmelle@gmail.com

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"Sometimes we try to run so fast that we may forget where we are going and why we are running."
-David A. Bednar
Is anyone else a little sick of the word "busy?"πŸ€” Somehow society has made it socially acceptable even prestigious to be "busy" all the time! What is happening here?
But, I find when people ask me how things are, I find myself immediately saying, "busy!"
And, truthfully I have been! But, do I want my life to be filled with busy moments or beautiful fulfilling moments?
I am consciously trying harder to make the time to take a slow walk down a beautiful lane, sit still and observe, have lunch with a friend, date my husband, look my kids in the eye and really talk to them, and be ok with having nothing to do. βœ¨πŸ’›
#lessbusy #lessismore
Photo credit: @jesskettle

Just my favorite pair of red-headed brothers for your Sunday evening. πŸ’›
We just got done with family movie night, and showed the kids Hocus Pocus! πŸ‘» I sure hope no kids end up in my bed tonight! πŸ˜‰
What is your favorite family friendly Halloween movie? Comment below!πŸ€”πŸ’€πŸŽ₯
#brothers #auburnhair #teacollection

*Deep Breaths* I have some big work projects today that are exciting and fun, and so much work, and all of it! I'm trying to stay organized and keep it together, although my husband has already been giving me the side eye and has already used the words 'acting crazy' in a sentence.πŸ˜¬β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‰πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ But, wish me luck! I've already bribed my kids for good behavior, so let's cross our fingers that they pull through! πŸ˜‰πŸ€”πŸ˜‚
Hope you have a great weekend! After today, I'm celebrating for a week for getting a huge chunk of work done, and off my list! Here's to goals, hard work, and being BOSS!
πŸ’› #goals #hardwork #momlife #workingmom #momboss #crushinggoals
Photo credit: @jesskettle

Back when I was little my mom used to tell me all the time that one day I'd have a kid just like me. πŸ€” Well, she was right. She's strong willed, determined, and wants what she wants. Yep, sounds about right. πŸ˜‰
So, as you can guess my little Norah and I can clash at times, but when she tries to pull something, I'm like...Don't even girly girl, I invented that move. πŸ€”πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ But, I'm banking on that fact that one day she will use that will for good, and to stand tall for herself. Because, heaven knows. The world needs more strong girls who will one day become strong women!πŸ’ͺπŸΌβœ¨πŸ’›
#strongwilledchild #internationaldayofthegirl
#teacollection #littlelady

I miss the good ol' days of "Insta" gram. When you'd actually post something you did that day? Seems like I have to plan more posts ahead of time with work instead of sharing the here and now lately.
Today, I decided to grab my big camera to snap a moment baking cookies with my little guy. Not for work or any other reason than I wanted to remember Thomas always on the counter as he does, stealing my chocolate chips, finger-fuls of cookie dough, hair in his eyes, church socks still on, all while wearing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pajamas. #turtlepower #theeverydayproject #dayslikethese
Hope you had a wonderful Sunday friends!
What made you smile today? πŸ’›β˜ΊοΈ

I get so excited to see what the future holds for these three! Often I do think about how sad it is that my kids are getting so old! But, even more so I think about how much I am enjoying the stage we are in. πŸ’›Things can change so fast, that I always try to stay present and enjoy the here and now when it comes to these kiddos of mine! πŸ’›But, really they are getting so big, aren't they?! πŸ˜„/ 😭/ πŸ˜‰β˜ΊοΈ
One of our favorite clothing companies @tea_collection has the most adorable Scotland inspired Fall clothing collection right now! My kids have worn their clothes ever since they were just itty bitty newborns! I love kids clothing brands that are not only cute, but also make such good quality clothing, and offer so many good options and sizes! πŸ’›
Exciting news for new Tea Collection customers, feel free to use the code: ARMELLE15 for $15 off your order over $50 (shop using the link in my profile)! I hope you can snag a few fall goodies for your crew too! πŸ’›
#teacollection #ad .
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#parenthood #motherhood #momchat #candidchildhood #mommyblogger #utahblogger #parentingblogger #nothingsisordinary #mytinymoments #uniteinmotherhood #motherhoodunplugged #momitforward #letthembelittle #momlife
#honestmotherhood #documentyourdays #darlingweekend

When was the last time that you sat in silence not doing anything or looking at a device?Β Β When is the last time you picked up an actual book?Β πŸ€”I have noticed that I am constantly running around a mile a minute, and now more than ever I have to intentionally make choices every day to live a more mindful life.Β Β I feel so grateful to be able to partner with @WorkmanPub to introduce you to a book that has really changed my life!Β Β #ABookThatTakesItsTime is not only the most gorgeous, and interactive book, but has also helped me to realized some things that I need to focus on more in my life.Β Β It is a book that inspires mindfulness, and about doing and experiencing with intent.Β Β I have learned to re-focus, slow down, remember the beautiful moments of my day, be happy with nothing new, and learn to just let go.
I am sharing 6 steps I am working on to becoming more mindful today on the blog.Β Β I hope you will check it out!πŸ’•
So, tell me.Β Β What are you intentionally working on each day to become more mindful?Β Β I would love to know!
#FlowBook #Sponsored .
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#Beautifulmoments
#SlowLiving
#Changeisgood
#Cherishlife
#Cherishthemoments
#Clearthemind
#Creativitytakescourage
#LookAroundYou
#Todayisagift
#Peacewithin
#Selfcompassion
#Selfdiscovery
#Timetocreate
#Tinypleasures
#Stepoutsideyourcomfortzone
#Takeyourtime
#Thetimeisnow

There isn't a morning that goes by that I don't have to drag this 6 going on 16 year old off the top bunk. I'm thinking he secretly likes the extra hug first thing in the morning. πŸ’› This kid can get me to do just about anything, but don't tell him that.πŸ˜‰ How many of you had bunk beds growing up? πŸ™‹πŸ» #armellehouse

It was so amazing to be away to celebrate my grandpas 100th birthday this week, but I'm also so happy to be back with these knuckle heads! There really is no place like home! πŸ’›
Also, my prayers are with so many today, especially with the people of Las Vegas. πŸ’”πŸ’› With so much going on in this world, I hope to teach my kids about love, kindness, and compassion. I think focusing on that will make all the difference!πŸ’›
http://liketk.it/2sUVy @liketoknow.it #liketkit @liketoknow.it.family #LTKkids #LTKfamily

I've been spending the week celebrating the 100th birthday of my grandpa (Papy) in Montreal!πŸŽ‰ (Swipe through) He was a French a prisoner of war for almost 5 years during World War II in Germany, and has he been through a lot! But, he's doing amazing at age 100, and today he told me it is all due to him eating an apple each morning. πŸ˜‰πŸ I guess that's the secret!πŸ˜‰πŸ€”

As much as I thought I'd be the mom to whip up something extravagant each morning, I have quickly realized that it's just not going to happen! Cereal has been the way to go at our house! The kids are loving @BarbarasBakery cereal! My kids can get it out and pour it themselves, and they don't complain about eating it! A big win for Mom!
September is Better Breakfast Month, and did you know that one in every five children go without breakfast at least once a week due to lack of time and hectic mornings?
Breakfast is super important for children, and I want to help make it easier on one of my lucky readers by giving away SIX boxes of @barbarasbakery Puffins!
All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite tricks to help breakfast time go smoothly!
Best of luck, and feel free to tag a friend or two to join in!! πŸ’™
#Sponsor #BarbarasBreakfastSurvey #BarbarasBakery #PuffinsCereal

Looks like I took a little unintended break from posting here. πŸ€” I do want to thank all of you for your sweet comments and messages on my last post. This community has been so uplifting and supportive to me over the years, and I just love all the amazing friendships I have made. So glad to know we are all in this together.πŸ’›
So, now that we are officially into Fall around here. I'm craving all the soup, all the pumpkin things, and alllllll the CARBS! πŸ˜‰πŸŽƒπŸ˜¬. It's like my body knows the cold is coming, and it really wants me to pack on that insulation.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜¬
Anyhow, I've combined my love for soup and pumpkin with this favorite pumpkin soup recipe of mine. Google "Armelle Blog Pumpkin Soup" for the recipe, you won't be disappointed! πŸŽƒ
What do you start craving when the cooler weather hits?
Happy official Fall to all of you!πŸ’›
#fallsoup #pumpkinsoup #fallrecipes
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