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

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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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Variety is the Spice of Life


A while back, I was out at a restaurant with a couple girls. We try to get together every once in a while to catch up and have a few drinks. In some ways, we’re a diverse group: one friend has two older kids, another friend is single, and the other is married.  None of us are in the exact same phase of life and that just makes our little group that much more charming. The other mom in the group was reveling in the idea of going home to a quiet house. Her kids and husband were out of town until… Read More

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3 Things I’m Loving | Beach Edition

3 things i'm loving

Beach favorites! These three things made me 😍😍😍 while we were in beach mode. Your turn! What are you loving? De-tangler. You know that stuff that’s made for kids? Well, it’s amazing for adults, too. After spending so much time at the beach, this has been a life-saver. Seriously. I used L’Oreal when I was with Kaitlyn and then bought some when we made it to EI –I think it’s Johnson & Johnson. (It’s also great for non-beach days too. Do you ever pile your hair in a topknot and then decide you want to take it down but it’s a mess? Not… Read More

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How to: Travel with a Toddler and Keep Your Sanity


In a period of 16 days, we’ve been on a tour of the Southeast. We stopped by Atlanta on our way to Panama City Beach. We were in Florida for a week and then made the 12 hour trek to Emerald Isle, NC for 5 days. We came home for less than 24 hours before heading to Pigeon Forge, TN for the weekend. David and I have roadtripped many times and we really enjoy it. (Except for that one time I was severely nauseous, barely pregnant, would only eat KFC mashed potatoes, and made David drive the whole time. But… Read More

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How to: host a blind wine-tasting party

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Several years ago, I came across this idea of a blind wine-tasting party on Pinterest. I thought it sounded really fun but it was kind of one of those things that I thought I should do sometime but never really made it happen. Until now 🥂 🍷 I told David I was kicking him out (with Ari too!) and I was going to pick a date, invite a few friends, and give it a go. I’m always down for a good excuse to hang out with friends and drink wine but this actually turned out to be tons of fun.… Read More

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