• Family,  Holiday,  Marriage

    5 Simple Ways to Wish Your Out of Town Sweetie a Happy Valentines Day

    Our Valentine’s tradition seems to be spending it apart… I think this is the 5th or 6th year in a row?… but who’s counting 😉 We’ve always made the most of it, and honestly it’s ok! Though Valentines Day is more of a family thing for us (i’m a total girl mom – think tutus, dance parties, heart coloring and cookie baking) but I will admit, sometimes I do get caught up in the romantic hype. Would it be nice to do something traditionally Valentines related ON Valentines day?? Sure. Who wouldn’t like that?! BUT, with M’s crazy schedule, it’s not always possible. So here are a few ways we’ve made…

  • Lifestyle,  Reflection

    Opening the Windows for the New Year

    Gearing up for the start of a New Year is oddly enough, one of my most favorite times of the year. It’s a chance to reevaluate and reset. For me, it’s like opening all the windows of your house and letting that first day of fresh spring air flush out all the staleness from the winter months and quite literally breathe fresh life into your home. I love it. The end of December always has me craving that fresh air – maybe it’s all those Christmas cookies or the fact that I’m still finding wrapping paper in the couches that throws me over the edge. But whatever spurs the desire…

  • Family,  Health

    How Our Family Uses Essential Oils

    I am sure you all have heard of essential oils, I feel like they are everywhere these days! However with so much information floating around, the whole concept can get get pretty confusing, especially if you are new to the world of oils. I chat about them regularly over on Instagram, and how we integrate them into our lifestyle, so I am excited to share in more detail how we use essential oils in our home! A little background on why I decided to give them a go I was raised in a home that was health concious as far as the foods we ate, however it wasn’t until I…

  • Maternity Style
    Babies,  Family,  Motherhood,  Siblings,  Uncategorized

    What’s Up Baby Bump? 31 Week ‘Bumpdate’

    I’m the absolute worst at blogging regularly and even worse at “timed” personal posts or updates. Whoops. I have yet to do any sort of baby bump-date for this little bambino and since I do enjoy looking back at the updates I had with my first two pregnancies, I wanted to make it a point to jot some things down to remember with this little girl <3 

  • Faith,  Family,  Lifestyle,  Marriage,  Our Story,  Reflection

    Words of the New Year

    I’m a total sucker for New Years Resolutions. I’m a natural-born list maker so this makes total sense. But really, I love the excuse for a fresh start, even if it’s just another day or another page on a calendar. As I get older, and busier, I have adopted a different “resolution” method. Instead of specifics like traveling more, working out every day of the week or promising myself I am not going to eat so much chocolate and wine (who am I kidding) – I have started to pick words or phrases at the recommendation of several smart people 😉  

  • Babies,  Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Reflection

    Pregnancy After Loss // Expecting Our Rainbow Baby

    As I’m sitting here in complete awe, wonder, and insanely deep gratitude for the new life growing inside of me, I often reflect on the events that brought me here with my growing rainbow baby. After losing our son Michael last year, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions – many of which were so ugly and scary my heart literally aches when I think about it or imagine another mother in the same situation. Nevertheless, even with all the ugly, so much beauty and growth came from that time in my life.

  • Family,  Reviews and Giveaways

    Getting into the Holiday Spirit + JORD Watch Giveaway

    Happy December! If it wasn’t for my mom last minute inviting G and I to go Christmas tree shopping after church one Sunday, I literally may not have gotten one. Ok, ok, that may or may not not be entirely true. I honestly love Christmas, it’s just been hard for me to really get into the Holiday spirit this year with “the” move coming up and my hubby away at training and decorating/gift shopping has definitely NOT been on my radar. Poor hubs missed Thanksgiving and will miss Christmas with us as well. Of course, time marches on, and so will we. We are nearing the end though, and that light at…

  • Family,  Parenting,  Travel

    Travel Together: Washington, D.C.

    If you get jet-lag from long flights, do you get toddler-lag from traveling ANY DISTANCE with a toddler?! I vote yes. We just got home from our trip to D.C. and the state of my house pretty much matches to the state of my brain. Since I live and travel with miss Tiger Lily herself I had to totally psych myself up for each trek. I mean, does time actually go by slower on a plane with a toddler?