Parenting

Warm hearts, cozy winter accessories + grateful kids

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m self-conscious about entitled children. It’s one of my biggest fears¬†as a parent,¬†so¬†in a world where it’s ME ME ME all of the time, we are working overtime to implement gratitude in all things! Please bless I’m not the only parent banging my head on my palm at times? Read on for 4 areas we¬†are focusing on:

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3 ways an effortless treasure hunt made me a better mother

Over the weekend we treasure hunted.
It’s been on our #parrishfambucketlist for forever.
But this time it was different.

1. CHECK THE CLOCK AT THE DOOR:
We set aside 2 hours. (obviously didn’t tell them that) + turned off distraction.
Turned off work.
Turned off the life that they don’t really even know exists?
Isn’t that a mind blowing¬†thought?
We let the boys make allll the rules.
Jonah has been putting together letters to make words at school, so believe me when I tell you watching him make the treasure map that WE ACTUALLY FOLLOWED, was absolutely priceless. I cried a few times. Surprised?

2. SOCIAL MEDIA CAN KISS IT: I often think social media is ruining all of us. Damaging many of our relationships. Or maybe I should step back + speak for myself. Where are our intentions? I want to remember everyyy detail of my kids lives, but is that just a lame excuse masked behind “intention” or do I really mean it? Life is often different in my journal, so is this how I realllllly feel when I snap 89 photos of the same scene?! #heartdrop NOTE TO SELF: Actions speak louder than words. Especially to kids.
Moments like these remind me that I gotta shape up. I went to a lunch meeting with with Mel Robbins (author of 5 second rule) a few weeks back¬† +¬† when she flat out told us to¬† STOP TAKING NOTES if we really wanted to start learning – – –¬† I was like whoaaaa. You’re on to something woman. Our scavenger hunt went undocumented on social media. ON PURPOSE. I didn’t take any phone pictures. I was trying some new settings on my camera because the lighting was unique, but doing it without the intention of posting kept my intentions right where they needed to be.¬†Being¬†fully sincerely present is a rare gift now days. To ourselves. To our loved ones. To anyone we genuinely care about. Would you agree?

Honestly, we didn’t make it far.¬†I think that was¬†the best part. Had I been in charge we wouldn’t have been on the same block for longer than 15 minutes. A genuine reminder to SLOW IT THE CRAP DOWN, GP. Which is the 3rd reason¬†this simple treasure hunt changed my life. I swear to you these boys in my life teach me waaay more than I’ll ever manage to teach them.¬†

xx

My Podcast Interview with Chrissy Powers

Chrissy Powers, a long time internet friend of mine, launched a new podcast: Sure, Babe.
I’m honored to be her first guest + mostly stoked she didn’t stop the interview cold turkey
when I¬†slayed the world record for how many¬†“like”+ “ummm” + “ya know what I mean’s” quoted in less than a minute. #covereyeemoji


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In fact, I contemplated even sharing it because I’m sincerely embarrassed.

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CHANGE OF PLANS

Wellp. . . all my late nights finally caught up to me.
Smack dab in the middle of our family Halloween Party this weekend.
#everypartyneedsapooper

I spent the morning finding white sweats for our stick figure family costume.
Jon came up with the idea + I was stoked to run with it.
But my heart pretty much ate itself
when we stopped at Zurchers quick, before we met Jon after work .


To keep it short, the kids were NOT into our family costume idea.
Like, at allll.
But Halloween is for the kids right?
#facepalm
I cried for a hot second, ditched the original plans
+ let them pick out whatever the crap they wanted to be for the party!

Rigg : Batman | Jack : Robin  | Jonah : Charizard

We lost the costume contest by a mile, but I still came home feeling good about life.
MINUS the fact that I crashed before Jack.

When you see our family dressed as a stick family one day,
promise to judge us as parents, k? ūüėČ

Do you lean towards family themed costumes?
xx

Parrish Family Code

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I came home from dinner¬†last night with Bre to a new family code that “can’t ever be broken until the end of time”. ¬†I had nothing to do with this family code — yet I support it with every fiber of my being.

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

 

PARRISH FAMILY CODE

Respect others,
Take care of your brothers,
Never lie to your mother.

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

Jon is the very very best dad for our little family.¬†I love his heart + the way he’s making respect a priority in our home. I hope the boys turn out EXACTLY like him. Aren’t they¬†lucky I convinced him to marry me? ūüôā

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish
Dress : Sonnet James 

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger ParrishThese images were taken by Sami Jo Photography.  I freakin love that girl!

5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED

We’ve had our pop up trailer for a month or so now? Maybe a bit longer, but HELLO, best investment so far as parents! HANDS DOWN. ¬†Fresh air, warm beds, Jonah’s campfire stories + PB&Js sure¬†making me smile tonight.

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5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

All the camp sites we were planning on staying in for Fathers Day were full by Friday afternoon, so we faced a bit of an adventure head on + stumbled upon a gold mine while we were at it. WHO KNEW THIS BEAUTY EXISTED IN OUR BACKYARD? Utah, you pretty! Real, real prettttty.

5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

5 quick memories before I gush over how obsessed we are with Jon for Fathers Day:
1. Squashing all 4 of us onto one motorcycle | 2 for 2 riders falling asleep
2. Conversations about each of the kids on said motorcycle ride
3. Meditating in the most serene place. My heart was overflowing. Still is.
4. Jack listening to his voice all the way up the canyon, all the way back. His mind will be BLOWN when we take him on a rumble strip in the mini.
5. Whittier’s¬†joining us for lunch + motorcycles!
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5 quick sours to remind you exactly how normal our life is:
1. I forgot the bag with the cheese + marshmallows. “ohhh you guys love egg only omelets, remember? …wait, can they even be called omelets¬†with just one ingredient…..?¬†
2. the egg carton disintegrated in the cooler of melted ice
3. cold sore from H E DOUBLE
4. jack biffed it off the chair after his watermelon was gone. #bloodynose
5. camp fire laundry

5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

Wanted to throw on a few phone snaps because this place is too GREAT to forget!

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5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

I think I’ll save the ranting as to why Jon is the best dad in all the land — for his Fathers Day¬†card. But it feels good to be ahead of the game on a post for once! Huzzah!¬†Happy Fathers Day weekend! xx

Finding screentime balance with Circle by Disney

Finding a balance with screentime by lifestyle blogger Ginger Parrish

I had to let go of “the rules” for how much time is too much when it comes to the internet.
Jon has found plenty of studies supporting how screentime makes kids smarter + I’ve found just as many that support the exact opposite. You’ll always find what you’re looking for online! That’s A FACT. ūüôā But we’ve sat down as a couple + found what we feel is best for our family. I hope that you’re able to find a balance that is tweaked juuust right for your family as well.

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New Jams in our Family Jams: The Coolest Family Pajamas

Last week the temps hit 50 degrees. Naturally, I boxed up the snow gear + put it back into the giant tub in the attic. Then came the weekend. RAIN, RAIN, RAIN, + SNOW. Woof.
New Jams in our Family Jams: The Coolest Family Pajamas by Ginger Parrish of The Parrish Place

Pride in my hands, I unfolded the ladder for the attic +¬†got them all back out. FOR.THE.LOVE. I’ve lived in UTAH my whole life, how do I forget this glimmer of warm weather teases us every year? That groundhog ain’t playing around.

New Jams in our Family Jams: The Coolest Family Pajamas by Ginger Parrish of The Parrish Place

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Family Valentines Day Activities To Cherish

Family Valentines Day Activities To Cherish by Ginger Parrish from The Parrish Place
Family Valentines Day Activities To Cherish by Ginger Parrish from The Parrish PlaceFamily Valentines Day Activities To Cherish by Ginger Parrish from The Parrish Place

Valentine’s Day this year was pretty memorable. I’ve learned that the more I invest in this little family of mine, the happier I am with life. Motherhood without regrets. Wife life # 1. The rest starts to fall away +¬†I ¬†genuinely enjoy the way it feels at the end of the day. It’s more important for me to live a life that feels¬†good on the inside, before it looks good on the outside!

Family Valentines Day Activities To Cherish by Ginger Parrish from The Parrish Place

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