3 Things I’m Loving | Christmas Edition

3 things i'm loving

You guys, I’m loving all things Christmas right now. We decorated earlier than we ever have. I made an Advent calendar that I’m pretty pumped about — even if it’s an Ari fail. You can just feel the magic in the air. And there’s even a bonus one! Peppermint hot chocolate. Have you ever had it? My friends are probably tired of hearing me rave about it. I make it like 4 nights a week. It gives that little extra kick to regular hot chocolate. (You can make your own with peppermint schnapps or peppermint extract.) Advent Calendar. I had in mind that… Read More

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Celebrating Teamwork in Your Marriage

Celebrating teamwork in your marriage

Most of the time, the hustle and bustle to get out the door is up to me. A two-year-old isn’t usually much help — unless you consider it helpful to unpack bags, spill goldfish on the floor, or whine because no you can’t play with the scissors. As a mom who mostly works from home and a husband who works a minimum of 50 hours a week, there are many times it’s just me and the toddler trying to get whatever we need to the car on time. Even if Dad’s going with us, we’re often leaving right when he walks in the… Read More

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Letters to Ariana | Two Years

letters to ariana

Happy Birthday, my girl! November 15th will always be one of my favorite days. I hope you always feel celebrated. You’re loved by so many! Since we had your big party on Saturday, today feels a bit slower and a little more normal. Every time I tell you “Happy Birthday!” you politely reply with, “Thank you, Mama.” I have no idea how you knew that was the correct response to a birthday wish. You know, that’s kind of been the theme of the last few months. “How did she know that?” We ask each other that a lot and the response is… Read More

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3 Things I’m Loving

3 things i'm loving

Happy November first! I can’t believe we’re already in November. I feel like this is the fastest part of the year. Halloween — ✅ Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. Plus, we have a birthday to celebrate, Aunt Kenzie’s senior night, Uncle Corbin’s tournament… and probably some other things I’m forgetting. But before we move along to all those exciting things, here are a few things I’m loving right now. Black elderberry. I wrote a post about it here and I’m pretty convinced that it seriously lightened our most recent cold. It doesn’t completely take it… Read More

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The Case for 5:30

The case for 530

I’m writing this as much for myself as anyone else. Probably more so. One thing life has taught me is that if one person is struggling with it, someone else probably is, too. So, with that in mind, I’ll publish this one. 🙃 Recently, I’ve been struggling to stay motivated. I feel like I’ve lost my drive on several fronts. It’s a phase. I haven’t been getting my workouts in. Or, when I have worked out, it’s been half-heartedly. Or short. Or while Ari’s awake. I feel like every part of this house needs to be de-cluttered and organized. I feel like I… Read More

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A Natural Remedy for Surviving Cold + Flu Season

natural remedy

Sometimes I write from the heart. Sometimes I write because I need to sort through my own thoughts and emotions. Sometimes I write as a way to document life. Other times, I just have a lot running through my mind so putting down on paper makes me feel accomplished. Today is different. This is just an FYI because it’s a game changer. #yourewelcome I totally get a mancold. I hate having a cold more than just about anything. Head pounding. No sleep. Can’t breathe. Can’t taste food. No energy (thanks to the no sleep.) Blowing your nose until it’s raw.… Read More

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3 Things I’m Loving

3 things i'm loving

Earlier today, I thought of the third thing for this list. Now that I’m sitting down at my computer I can only come up with one. I wish I could claim mom brain but I’m 100% sure I was this forgetful way before Ariana. I seriously can’t remember a thing unless I write it down. Well, when the other two jump into my brain, I’ll write about them. MAMA hat. Usually my hats are technically David’s. And when I wear a hat, pretty much anything goes. I’m not trying to protect it in any way. I’ll wear it in the ocean,… Read More

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What’s Up Wednesday | 09.06.17

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged with the What’s Up Wednesday series but I always feel like it’s a concise way to get lots of info in. So if you’re curious to what’s been going on around here lately, this is a little peek! I’m linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer today for What’s Up Wednesday. What we’re eating this week | I’ve recently tried two new recipes and loved them both. We’ve been in a bit of a dinner rut where I’ve been like, what do I even cook?  To which David responds with spaghetti every single time. So in an effort to… Read More

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6 Ways I’ve Grown Since Becoming A Mom

6 ways ive grown as a mom

I think every major life change develops our character a little bit more. Being a mom is no different — it’s changed me mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sometimes the changes are so small that they almost go overlooked. Other times, they’re like a siren — with flashing lights and a loud noise. I believe that life is comprised of unending moments that give you chances to improve who you are. I’m very motivated by growth; it makes me feel like things are worth it when I can see the progress I’ve made. I’ve noticed a few ways I’ve grown over the… Read More

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7 Years Later

seven years later

Yesterday, David and I celebrated 7 years. I pulled up a calculator just now to see how many days we’ve been married. The result? More than 2500. In some ways, seven years is comprised of so many days. I can barely remember a time when we weren’t married. Thousands of dinners together. Morning goodbye kisses as we rushed off to work. Laughter every day. A handful of disagreements. At least a million texts. One one hand, that perfect day in the white dress feels like it was yesterday. I can still remember the conversation we had right before we were announced at our… Read More

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