Life Love Larson: 2019

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Why You Should Take Your Kids Surfing

This post is all about how we took our kids surfing and why we would do it all over again! We happened to do this on our trip to Bali, but this can be done anywhere there is an ocean! The bottom line is, if you have an opportunity to take your kids surfing (or do it yourself), DO IT! You won't regret it!

This idea of taking the kids surfing was first brought up by my brother-in-law and sister before our family trip to Bali. They have been before and their kids have surfed several places on their travels. We decided to go for it and book surfing lessons. This would take up one full day of our time in Nusa Dua, Bali as we had to drive to the destination, surf, eat lunch, and drive back. We hired a driver to take us down a bumpy path to the oceanfront strip. My brother in law found this place online and booked it prior to us leaving for our trip.
All four kids (my two kids and my sister's two kids) signed up to surf as well as myself and my brother in law. Everyone else watched from the beach! We brought swimsuits, sunscreen, and towels. They provided the wet shirts, the surfboards, the shoes, and the zinc for our faces!
The company we chose provided one on one personalized instruction in the water! This was so invaluable! Everyone felt safe and confident in their skills. The other nice part about this stretch of beach were the perfect beginner surfer waves! My kids have never surfed before and they were able to get up right away and repeatedly rode the waves!

Kids are resilient, have a lower point of gravity, smaller, lighter, and use a smaller board. They completely rocked it, I was blown away! What a confidence builder!
I tried and tried to get up for 2 hours! I didn't do as well as the kids but I will never regret trying! I'm all about experiences over things. Our kids were so appreciative that they got to try something new.
Before you head out, the instructions make sure your equipment is secure and they hold an instructional session to get you comfortable with the process. Practice, repeat.
We surfed for two hours. It's both exhausting and exhilerating! Afterwards, we grabbed lunch (Nasi Goreng of course) right at the place were we paid and got ready for surfing. The adults had beers and we talked about what an awesome collected experience it was to have together. These kinds of memories are priceless!
The laid back vibe of this surfing day was so awesome! We literarily bumped down a dirt road to get to this glorious view and destination.
The instructors and owner of this surfing school could not have been nicer or more welcoming! They have people from all over the world come to take surfing lessons in Bali. Such a dream!
If you ever have the chance to surf, I highly recommend you try it! If your kids want to try it, let them! This was an experience we could never recreate in a lifetime and I'm so happy to have those shared experiences with my kids (despite the fact that I was a terrible surfer)! xo
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Easy Broccoli Salad

I've been making this easy broccoli salad recipe for many years and it's one of my husband's favorite sides! I'm not sure where it originated but I got the recipe from my own mom who has been making it for a long time.
Dry ingedients:
1 Bunch of broccoli
1 Cup cheddar cheese
1/4 Cup red onion
8 Strips crispy bacon (I always cheat and use precooked bacon and heat it in the microwave)
Handful of sunflower seeds

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 Cup mayo
1/4 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

Assemble the dry ingredients in a bowl. Chill. Mix wet ingredients and pour over dry ingredients right before serving.
This recipe has a hint of sweet with the sugar in the dressing, which in turn makes it delicious! And with all of the different colors, it looks so pretty and pleasing to the eye!
You could also add Craisins for an additional ingredient for color and texture! I make it for my family and I also make it to take to potlucks or cookouts. It's always a crowd pleaser! I hope you enjoy it! xo
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Explore Kansas City: Overland Park Farmer's Market

I took my first trip of the year to the Overland Park Farmer's Market! Downtown Overland Park is so quaint. It happens to be the town in live in too! It's a hidden little gem of shops, restaurants, hang out space, and home to a hopping little farmer's market that takes place Wednesday and Saturdays (April - September). No better way to spend a gorgeous morning than taking in the sights and smells and sounds of a farmer's market!

Monday, August 26, 2019

One Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Fall is quickly approaching and I have an easy soup recipe to share with you that I have been making for many years! You can make this chicken and wild rice soup in one pot with very few ingredients! My family requests this soup all the time (even in the summer)!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Deciding on Our Latest Travel Destination

We travel quite a bit and the question gets asked, "How do you decide where to go?" I thought it would be fun to share the process of how we decided on the location of our next destination...Seoul, South Korea! Each trip we plan has a different process, but the general idea remains the same.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Is Air Duct Cleaning Worth It?

We recently had our air ducts cleaned and I wanted to share my experience because so many of you asked about the process and the results and the cost! To preface, we live in the Kanas City area in a home that was built 7.5 years ago (as of July 2019). We have a single-family home in the suburbs consisting of 3100 sq. ft. of living space, and 1500 sq. ft. of basement space. They cleaned every duct in our entire home. This post or service was NOT sponsored, I'm just sharing our personal experience!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Explore Kansas City: Louisburg Cider Mill In the Summer!

Country roads! Local products! No lines! Cider Donuts! A friend recently reminded me that Louisburg Cider Mill, a local cider mill and country store, operates in all year long, not just in the fall! Cider donuts and cider slushes and apple cider seem like a good idea all the time!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Explore Kansas City: Shop Scoobie Boutique

In an effort to bring you more things Kansas City, I'm going to be sharing more of the places I visit! I attended a grand opening event at a local boutique that just opened in The Shops of Prairie Village. It's called Shop Scoobie and it is adorable! This part of town, these shops and restaurants, and dreamy neighborhoods make Prairie Village a place to check out!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Explore KC - Wild Rose Equine Center Trail Ride

For Mother's Day last year, we decided to take a family horseback ride! We found a Groupon for a ride for four at a local equine center (it was about 40 minutes from our house) called Wild Rose Equine Center and we all LOVED the experience! My kids had never been on a full size horse before, so this was crazy exciting for them!
The Wild Rose Equine Center is located in the middle of the country in Dearborn, MO. We booked our time slot online and it was confirmed through email. The equine center was not busy when we went which was so nice! It is also not huge and overwhelming. A very family friendly place!
We arrived a little early and one of the employees walked us around the grounds. The have cows and donkeys and many horses. She told us about how the ranch functions and we got to pet all the animals. It was kind of a fun little bonus tour! I just started asking questions! I want to teach my kids that that's how you learn!
We were signed up for a 1 hour guided trail ride. Our guide made it fun for the kids and the scenery was so pretty! The staff makes sure everyone is comfortable on their horse and allowed time for the horses to drink water and for everyone to take photos. Our kids never felt scared! They loved it and didn't want it to stop!

It's hard to ride a horse, even on a walking horse, for an hour! Ha! These kids did great! They teach you basics on how to hold the reigns and turn your horse. They also teach you how to lean forward when going uphill and to lean backward going downhill to help with balance.
My kids have already requested to go back again! I would highly recommend the Wild Rose Equine Center! They also offer riding lessons if interested. These are the kind of experiences kids remember, so get out there and try something new!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon & Honey

Happy summer! It's grilling season! My family loves to eat grilled peaches for dessert this time of year! Peaches are readily available and inexpensive and simple to prepare!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Painted Tile Around Fireplace

Hello! A new DIY coming at you! This one required very little effort to get maximum impact! Love when that happens! We recently painted our entire first floor white. During that process I also started thinking about how I could change up our fireplace a little. We have lived in our home for 7 years and I'm having the urge to switch things up! I always consult my mom and my sister and we discussed painting the fireplace black to give the area some contrast! It's done and we LOVE it!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sears Home & Life Store Opening

Hello friends! I wanted to share a new store opening in Overland Park, KS! Sears is rolling out an all-new concept store called Sears Home & Life in three cities across the country and Kansas City is lucky enough to get one of them! The square footage of the new store is smaller and easier to navigate, but the products and services are the same quality you would expect from Sears' trusted name!
The store is sleek and modern and bright with large aisles to shop. The store carries mattresses, large appliances, small appliances, home services, and connected home products. I found this to be a very easy and enjoyable shopping experience!
They have a large selection of name brand mattresses to choose from. They also have a Dream Lab technology system that recommends what firmness your body responds to!

Aside for items to purchase, Sears also provides a Home Services area where you can get help with appliance repair and parts and accessories replacements. Shoppers can also work with experts regarding home improvement needs such as windows, roofing, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and more!
This store in Overland Park has a kitchen set up for events too! Give me all the shiny new appliances! 
You will find a welcome desk when you walk in. You can meet with Home & Life experts and explore appliances that will work in your home.
You will also find a "Search Bar" kiosk in store where you can access Sears products and services. Your online purchases can be picked up in store or delivered to your home. Sears provides free store pickup on any item purchased on sears.com. You can also return items to the store that you purchase online. I love this feature! For Shop Your Way members, you can also shop online or in the Sears app and select "in-vehicle pick up", which means you don't even have to get out of your car to pick up your items!
I was able to attend the grand opening of this store and did a little shopping for myself! I purchased a Nest thermostat for our home. I've been wanting one for a while and decided to go for it! My husband is going to install ours, but Sears offers installation if needed! Sears offers many smart home products!

I also came home with a Kenmore dutch oven! Also something I've never had before! I can't wait to put it to good use!
It was a great morning checking out the new Sears Home & Life store! The address is 6327 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, KS. I was also able to meet Peter Boutros, Chief Brand Manager of Sears and Kmart, who is making big things happen for the company! I hope you will check it out for all your Home & Life needs!

A big thank you to Sears for partnering with me on this campaign!


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hallmark Flowers & Jewelry at Amazon!

Hello my friends! Happy May! May is a busy time of year for many of us, but don't forget the holiday that is quickly approaching...Mother's Day! Perfect Mother's Day "go-to" gifts usually include jewelry and/or flowers and I've partnered with Hallmark to share an easy way to gift these items to the mothers/friends in your life using Amazon.com! Yes! Prime shipping has you covered! Whether your mom lives near or far, you can give a thoughtful gift in just a few short clicks!
As you can see, I'm in my element with these gorgeous orchids! I knew they were coming and I was still giddy opening the package! Imagine how someone would feel opening something live and fresh as a surprise gift! Did you know that Hallmark offers fresh cut bouquets, tropicals, a variety of plant types, and succulents? And you can order them at Amazon.com and they will ship for FREE with Prime in a Hallmark Gift Box! How easy is that?!
All plants and flowers are shipped straight from the nursery, in ready-to-bloom stages, so no need to be nervous about the delivery process. My package was delivered perfectly secure, and in a pretty box with a little message tag and planter. It's the little things for me!
These orchids are such a vibrant pop of color in my dining room! I just love them! The perfect Mother's Day gift (or gift for any occasion)!
Hallmark also offers a unique collection of jewelry including pendants, rings, and bracelets. After the jewelry package arrived even my kids said, "Mom, Hallmark sells jewelry?" Yes, yes they do! You can also shop Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon.com with free two-day shipping. This makes shopping for your loved ones so easy!
I think we are all trying to find ways to simplify our lives while also spreading kindness and joy! I love the idea of shopping for quality pieces from a brand you trust right from your own home! A total win/win! Every mother deserves to open a little "happy mail"! Be sure to check out Hallmark Flowers and Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon.com to shop for the favorite woman in your life on Mother's day!

This is a sponsored post by Hallmark. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.