Great Gifts for the Fixer Upper Lovers In Your Life!

Disclosure:  I received some of these items in exchange for a feature in this blog post.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own and I only promote items on my blog that I love! I think we all have a Magnolia lover in our life these days, no?  I am a bona-fide Fixer Upper addict, Magnolia for life.  My love affair with Fixer Upper began by complete chance, I was not in general someone who watches shows about homes. …

My favorite firsts & a great deal!

I always get a bit weepy this time of year, because both of boys have summer birthdays.  As happy and fun as it is to watch them grow up and evolve, it is always a bittersweet time to have another year pass by.  I recently met a mom with a four month old, and suddenly found myself in a new role: veteran mom.  I have an almost five year old now!  I'm wise and knowledgeable.  I know that she has…

Cross Country Move: The Bad & The Ugly.

I have shared the good, over and over.  Moving has been relatively awesome.  Moderately seamless.  A ton of fun in many, many ways. But this blog, as I love to remind you all, is not about ONLY the good and great.  It is about the honest, the funny, the messy, and the great. So, I thought this morning I'd take a little time to share some of the darker parts of moving. I'm a little lonely.  Just a little, I…

Enjoy A Day At The Coast With Your Preschoolers & Stearns® Puddle Jumpers!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JumpIntoSummer #CollectiveBias I love to take my kids on new adventures. As a mother, nothing brings me more joy than seeing their curious faces brighten.  Moving to Oregon has made it even easier to explore as a family, because we are centrally located to so many different places.  We can drive an hour and play on the coast all day, thirty minutes…

Getting back to the heart of this blog with a new series: weekly recap!

When I started blogging, I had no idea how many opportunities I would be blessed with.  This blog has supported my family, helped me meet so many amazing people, and most importantly gotten me many emails from women and mothers saying they've been blessed by some of the content I've curated. Having just moved though, and feeling particularly homesick, I thought it would be nice to get back to the days of incorporating regular recaps of my week and our…

when motherhood doesn’t meet your expectations.

"Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too.  Nothing else will ever make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality - especially while you struggle to keep your own."  -Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons  Yesterday was an interesting day in our home.  Everyone was losing their marbles in my house and no one was…

Summer Reading List For Mama + Free Audiobooks!

Disclosure: This Post Contains Affiliate Links.  If you purchase through these links, I can make a small percentage! I love books, like truly.  I never tire from escaping to a fun, new world.  I love to turn on an audiobook, while I'm sitting about the more mundane parts of my day as a homemaker.  Washing dishes is infinitely more fun when you're traveling back in time with books like Orphan Train However, sometimes finding the perfect book can get exhausting!…

My Annual Body Confidence Post With Rad Swim!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary swimsuit to write this review.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own! While my husband was in grad school, for whatever  reason, I just really neglected myself.  I gained quite a bit of weight, visited too many doctors, rarely had a lot of energy.  It was stress.  I wasn't practicing my best self care and really felt the effects. From the moment we moved in here, I've felt refreshed and motivated.  Every day, I've…

Don’t Be Bland This Summer With Sparkling Ice!

Summer is here, and I'm all about a delicious special drink in the middle of the day! My favorite is Sparkling Ice  in Orange Mango, although the 15 unique flavors!  I feel like motherhood can get so mundane: the chores, the mundane tasks, constantly making meals, and cleaning up meals.  I like to reward myself throughout the day for all of my hard work as a mother with special drinks.  Sparkling Ice is this delicious, fruity drink I never get tired…