Matcha Madness

I enjoy my morning cup of warm goodness, it is like a ritual. I can remember waking up to the smell of my dad’s coffee brewing in the kitchen. As I became older I often enjoyed visiting my parents for breakfast and having a cup of coffee on the porch. We often talked about cars,…

Mari-Mac Designs Thanksgiving 2017

“If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.” -Timothy Leary We spent our Thanksgiving in our hometown of Lufkin. During the holidays, especially the past eight years I seemed to have focused more on who wasn’t with us instead of who actually was there. We…

Marriage help from our kids, books and business

Today my husband and I celebrate 8 years of marriage. Our anniversary celebration consisted of a melon baller, “no trespassing” sign and a wrong turn that lead to a great evening. Ryan and I are complete opposites which make us a great team. Growth in our marriage has come from our growing family, the books…

Denim Lace Purses and Kindergarten

Denim Lace Little Explorer Purses are HERE and just in time for school!  Get them for $10 in my shop Mari-Mac Designs. These will be on sale for 24 hours only or until they sell out. I had a lot of fun digging up Fall fashion inspiration in my girls’ closets. I love how the denim…

5 organization and productivity tips for the Stay at home mom

I have never been neat or organized. This may be a shock to some, while others know my “beautiful mess” all too well. My dream is to have that beautiful living space where everything has a place and my house is always ready for surprise visitors. The reality is that my floor is always covered…

The secret to fitness 

I use to wake up to my mom doing her aerobics before work. She would stand with her arms outstretched to the sides, balancing on one leg while swinging the other back and forth as high as she could. “You’ve got to exercise to keep your belly small.” She would say as she switched legs….

Teach your kids to eat their vegetables and finish their dinner

The girls both have gone or are currently going through this phase where they need to be prompted to finish their vegetables. Yes every mother’s daily struggle. When people comment “you guys are so lucky that your kids eat their food” I take a deep breath and internally snarl. “Lucky nothing!! If you knew how…

Ren Fest 2016

We had the best time with new friends at the annual Texas Renaissance Festival. We celebrated Lexi’s fifth birthday with turkey legs, frozen ice and cotton candy! Her parents, Patrick and Melissa are pros at dressing up for Ren Fest. Patrick’s family was also in attendance in full costume as well. Ryan and I were…

Jagged Ridge Park- The Woodlands, Texas

My family and I love the outdoors. We would rather be outside than anywhere else in the world. My daughters have become very spoiled by the parks in our area. The Woodlands is known for their master planned community surrounded by trees and water systems. Their attention to outdoor spaces, hiking trails and community make The Woodlands…