I really wanted to make her first birthday special but without breaking the bank. So, like all things I do, I make a plan, create a budget, and start planning. Here is how I got my party planned on a budget.Read More
I don’t even know where to start on the events that happened a year ago. It feels like Marleigh has been a part of my life forever, but then it feels like just yesterday I was in labor. You know the cliche “You won’t remember the pain once you see them”…. THAT IS 100% true. However, I wasn’t always in pain during the labor, just pre-labor.
I guess it is time to just start from the beginning.Read More
Thankfully, the stress of building a barricade is gone. I am now easily able to create a safe, confined, and functional space for Marleigh' to independent play while I work on my other chores around the house. I am a big advocate of independent play, so creating this space was so important to me. I ended up going with the North States Super Yard 3-in-1 Arched Decor Metal Superyard with a two panel extension to make it extra roomy for Marleigh as she grows. In total, I have about 19 square feet of space for Marleigh to play (perfect size for my living room!)Read More
Mountainier Bath and Soap Company hands down is one of my favorite soaps to have in stock in our home. The customer service is also impeccable. They truly take pride in their products and want the best for their customers. They are incredible small shop that I love to support. Shop small, shop with love.Read More
So, you want to start a blog?
I might not a blogging guru (still discovering the world of blogging myself) but I can share how I have started to flourish in the blogging world and you can too. (I don’t fully have all the answers on how to make it big in the blogging world, but I can help you with dipping your toes in the water before you take the plunge!)Read More
If you are looking for me, you will probably find me in the middle of the Farmer’s market perusing the freshly baked bread or grabbing all the yummy, locally-grown fruits and veggies. In the past few years, I have really found myself falling in love with the atmosphere of markets. It’s become a weekend tradition of bringing the family (and our sweet Golden) to the markets and sipping on some fresh juice or specially made coffee, stocking up the fridge, and finding all the local artisan goods that vendors are selling. My favorite part is talking with the vendors and hearing their stories. It is so beautiful to hear about their passion behind their goods and their reasons for being there. Some come to share their talents and artistic abilities, while others are there as their weekly income to provide for their families. Each booth has its own story, but together it makes up a community of local small shops.Read More
When I found out I was pregnant, I was given a lot of advice from family. One thing that really resonated with me was creating a “night time routine”. I knew I didn’t want to be one of those mothers that had to have their kids in the bath by 7:00 and down by 7:30. (If you are that mother and it works for you, you’re doing awesome). Our family dynamic just doesn’t work that way. We have no “routine” at home and knowing my husbands job schedule alters so often, I didn’t want to be tied to a set routine. However, I did want Marleigh to have a loose routine to let her know when it was time for bedRead More
I used to set an alarm on my phone to get up in the morning. Now, my alarm clock is the sweetest little girl and “Oh mama” does that little girl keep me up. There is that age old saying that every expectant mother hears while pregnant: ‘Enjoy your sleep now because once the baby comes you will not get any.’ I am here to tell you – THEY ARE NOT LYING! Go to sleep while you can because when the little one comes, goodbye sleep- hello exhaustion. I know a few mama’s that have been blessed with great sleeping babies, and man do I envy them! For me on the other hand, sleep is a thing of the past. I am now the mom that is so tired she puts her shirt on backwards and needs her morning coffee to feel she can tackle the day.Read More
I am pretty sure when the third trimester hit, I started to panic. It wasn’t that I was nervous for the baby to come, but I was scared that I was not prepared. I wanted everything to be ready for her arrival. The nursery was done, the new clothes were clean, the diapers and wipes were stocked, now it was time to prepare my hospital bag.Read More
Everyone knows about the awful sugary liquid that you are forced to drink around the 28-week check-up. Most, however, do not understand the purpose of the drink other than it tells you if you have Gestational Diabetes. I can say that if you are positive for this test, I know the feelings you are going through. If you are first time mom or this is your first time testing positive, know that you did not FAILRead More
Remember when date nights consisted of dressing up, going to a nice quiet restaurant, gazing into each others eyes, eating a gourmet meal, taking a romantic stroll on the beach, and finishing it with ice cream and a romantic kiss? Wait, does this only happen in the movies? No, but seriously, it used to be so easy to go on dates. Now, with a five month old and exhaustion after a long day parenting, date nights don’t seem to happen all that often.
I honestly thought date nights were a thing of the past. Luckily, there is Date Night In Box that can make it happen, realisticallyRead More
You know in baseball when all the bases are loaded and the last man comes up to bat. He seems so calm and collected but you know there is a lot of pressure for him to hit a home run because those potential points are dependent on him not striking out. I may not play baseball but I can only imagine that feeling. Well- that is about to become my reality. I am about to see what it means to take on the pressure of the team and lead us to a big win!Read More
Pregnancy and kids can put a lot of pressure on a marriage. I learned that first hand in the first few weeks of having Marleigh. To be honest, it wasn’t my husband doing anything wrong – in fact, he was doing everything right. He was helping with the diapers, supporting me during my breastfeeding struggles, holding the baby to let me nap, and showing his unconditional love to me. So why were we struggling?
I feel like something that is often not talked about enough is that you may resent your spouse. Yes, you heard that right – RESENT.Read More
You’re pregnant and having a baby. For some of you, this is a dream come true and you have waited for this moment. For others, you are staring at the test in disbelief. I think I was a bit of both. I was so excited to be pregnant, but my mind was also in a million different places. What was happening next? I wish there was a “You’re pregnant - For Dummies…”. I am sure there is a book like this but I am too lazy to go searching for it and I lack the patience to fully read it to find the generic textbook pregnancy answers. If you’re like me, you want the truth and facts up front. People often sugar coat pregnancy, but if you are anything like me, you want to know what it is really like. The good, the bad, the ugly -SPILL. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Here are a few things I didn't know . . .Read More
FED IS BEST.
I am starting there because it is the truth. Whether you formula feed, breast feed, or exclusively pump, feeding your child is what is truly important. You should never be ashamed of how you feed your child, because they only care about one thing- F O O D.Read More
So the title may be a little misleading. I am not sure there is any way to fully heal in “bliss”. Healing though should be a top priority to make life easier when it comes to taking care of your child. Without you healing, it will be difficult to be your best for you child. After labor, you kind of forget the trauma that you just endured. Nothing is in pain when you are holding that beautiful baby. A few hours or even a day after the baby is here is when the real pain sets in and it’s time to focus on you. I am going to share with you a few things that I prepared for myself before the baby came so I was ready to go after. There is no magical recovery, but there are ways to help out the process.Read More
One of the hardest things to do while you are pregnant is creating your baby registry. I swear, we spend so many hours researching, finding items we think we might need and it can be pretty overwhelming. I remember walking the aisles of Buy Buy Baby and thinking “OH MY GOODNESS- Do I need all of this?”. There is so many things out there nowadays that help with raising a child, but do we need it? Many of you asked about what I think is important to have on your registry. Well before I break down the items that have been helpful for me, I want to share with you something that my grandmother told me and it resonated in my mind since then. She said “All your baby will need is a source of food, diapers and wipes, a roof over their heard, a onesie or two, but mostly someone to love them day in and day out.”Read More
Call me crazy or call me crazy, but over the holidays we took a road trip from California to Florida. We went to visit family for the holidays. Did I mention we brought along our three month old and our Golden Retriever? I know, it sounds like a ridiculous idea and one that many would not dare to take but we did it. I am so grateful for all of our memories we made from this trip and I am so excited to share a glimpse of it with you all.Read More