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The way you say accident (accinent), swimming pool (swimming cool), mangos (weegos), Chicago (Cago), Menards (ma-ards). Your little sayings: and it was SO funny, why did you do that (dat)?, I’m just teasing you. The way you jump into my lap when there’s thunder (wonder). Your strong attempt—but inability—to understand time (I got it from this morning yesterday).

How you have to make sure your Barbies are all laying on their backs before you can go to bed at night, and the way you notice if even one of your stuffed animals is missing from your bed. The way you have to hold onto the tags on your leopard and polka dot blankets to successfully fall asleep. How your whole body shakes and no sound comes out when you really laugh, and the fact that you’ve completely mastered a fake laugh when you just want to be included on a joke you don’t quite understand. 

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Your strong will and creative imagination. Your love for babies and the high-pitched voice you use to talk to any child smaller than you or any furry animal. How you love being outdoors. You’re happiest in the water and being cuddled in my arms. Pink is your favorite with purple as a close second. According to your terms, clothing is an optional rule. How singing in the car is a necessity and writing your own tune and lyrics are becoming the norm. Accessories are your happy place: sunnies, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and using my running headbands for belts. That you opt for sweet snacks, but will always finish the savory variety faster. 

Your unparalleled confidence when you’re with us, and your reserved demeanor around those you know less. Your hair that glows and your perfectly gapped adorable little teeth. Your sense of humor, how you tease and that you understand how to tease. How you hold my face in your hands when you’re telling me something important. That sweet, sweet little voice that’s only yours.


Happy third birthday to the little girl who has brought so much happiness to our lives!




If you've been following along with me for awhile now you know that skincare is really important to me, especially the older I get. It's amazing the change I've seen in my skin just from having a child. I don't know if it was the sleepless nights, the stress of the overall worrying that comes with having children or just the fact that I'm in my early 30s and getting older, but whatever it is, I'm just starting to look older. 




With this whole "aging process", I've started paying closer attention to when my skin looks its best and what factors were in play during those times. I've compiled a little list for all of you on the main things that just make my skin look as youthful as possible without actually being in my youth anymore (<<insert crying sad face>>).


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The ocean is fascinating to me. It harbors so many emotions on any given day, and no matter what I’m feeling, the ocean always feels in sync with my state of mind. More so, it can always pull me from whatever mindset I’m in and reset me.


Life has been, well, tough these last couple of months. I’m not especially good at opening up when things inside get hard, and I can usually reset fairly easily by powering up my laptop and pouring my thoughts onto paper (er…a computer…). But this time it just hasn’t been happening. This blog has gone through a lull because of it, and I think my overall state of mind has suffered severely from my inability to figure out this tangled mess of words that need to be released.


Among a slew of other personal things that have been going on in life, my father-in-law passed away seven weeks ago. To understand the depths of that void, you have to understand at least a little about him. While some people can be considered a solid ground,[Continue reading...]



If you have a little one—and you’re not a superhuman mom—you’ve heard these words. And like me, perhaps you’ve even gotten a little frazzled by them.


As a mom, a wife, and a 40(plus)-hour a week marketing professional, sometimes it feels like I’m always in demand. On the days I walk into the office early to try to get a little more caught up, it never fails that someone else came in almost as early and needs my ear for just a minute. Or 45. And with the nature of my position, I just don’t have the leeway to say no, I really don’t have a minute.


I come home from work, and it addition to the energy-filled, hilarious spitfire that is our almost three-year-old, I’m greeted by the sweet little 6-pound Morkie who absolutely needs me to show him I’m just as excited to see him as he is to see me. Here’s a little snapshot of our entrance into the house on any given weekday:

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We moved into our new house a month ago, and during the moving process decided it would be really neat to host Easter for each of our families this year. Both of our families are going through some hard times right now, so we thought it not only a great opportunity to christen the new house with lots of family love, but also a great way to take a little pressure off our moms.


So we had a weekend of Easter celebration. Husby's family came over on Saturday and mine came over on Sunday. That meant Adelyn got to do two Easter egg hunts. Albeit exhausted by Sunday night, she was not complaining.


Of all holidays, Easter is probably one of my favorites. Weird, right? You don't hear many people say that. Here's the thing. So many people talk about the real meaning of Christmas; but what about the real meaning of Easter? You guys, the celebration of Easter is the celebration of Christ rising from the dead. Say those words out loud. 

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