• Mom life

    Mom Adventures – April 2019

    Hot n’ fresh out the kitchen I’m standing at my kitchen island as I am writing this. My kiddo is emptying our entire Tupperware drawer. It’s keeping her busy SO WHATEVER. And I’m just gonna take all the Tupperware and shove it back in the drawer when she’s done. We already season our food with dog hair, so a little dirt don’t hurt. Sometimes when I am prepping a meal in the kitchen, I find myself freezing when I hear the pitter patter of her bare feet approaching me. If I don’t move, can she still see me? Other moments we’re playing tag in the kitchen. She’s always “it”, and…

  • Mom life

    My baby is one!

    Happy birthday to our little love bug! I’m adding the finishing touches to this post and it’s currently 10:37pm on April 6, 2019. I started pushing at 11:30pm April 6, 2018 and she arrived about 2.5 hours later on April 7, 2019 . Read our birth story. My husband and I returned from a last minute Target run about an hour ago, and I’m just sitting down after we finished putting together all her little toys. How come some of the stickers are on the toys, and then some aren’t? Toymakers, why only some of the stickers? What is the logic on this?!? A discussion for another day. Tomorrow is…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    Well, it’s my birthday!

    This birthday isn’t a big one, but this past year was the year of “realizing stuff”. Don’t hate me for referencing KUWTK. I was a long time hater, until I had nothing to watch when I was nursing 24/7 during my maternity leave. Now, I want to be adopted by Kris Jenner. Okurrrrr. Reflecting in this past year, I’ve learned a lot about myself with the help of my daughter. She’s almost one, stay tuned for her one year update in a few days! She has opened my heart, not only to her, but she’s opened my heart to let go of my past and take in new experiences. Wait,…

  • Lifestyle

    Distance makes the heart grow fonder

    I titled this with the cliché distance makes the heart grow fonder because I understand this now that I live far from all my friends and family. I think I took for granted the convenience there was when I could visit them on a whim. When my in-laws left on Sunday, I cried, but don’t tell them! My father-in-law is the sap in the family, I can’t take his place! I’ve really grown fond of them, and I hate to see them leave. I’ve known them for 10ish years now. That’s a DECADE. Though, I just learned that my father-in-law salts his pizza. UMM WHAT? You think you know someone…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    Unpopular opinion: Having dogs is the worst

    Before you storm down my street with pitchforks and torches, hear me out. I’m not asking you to join my bandwagon, I’m just asking you to read my rant about the asshole I share a roof with. I have two dogs, and one is really chill, but the other (who I’ve ranted about here) is obnoxious on a whole other level. He’s the one on the left in the photo above. Not the pitbull. He thinks it’s his responsibility to protect the house, so I have to live in darkness with all the shades closed around the house so he has nothing to bark at. Every time he barks I…

  • Mom life

    Ending our breastfeeding journey

    I didn’t think I would be upset when our breastfeeding journey ended, but then I saw a modest Instagram story with a mom nursing her baby and it brought tears to my eyes. They were cuddly and wrapped in blanket. I won’t get that time back with her. My daughter loved it and she was always excited. My husband and I had this silly routine at night where I’d dress her and hand her to him. I’d get comfy in my chair with the beloved boppy and then he’d hand her back to me. She would practically leap out of his arms and hyperventilate trying to get to me. “Do…

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    Remembering R.E.D.

    I remember March 7, 2013 like it was yesterday. I was filling my gas tank and I peeked into my car. My friend was sitting in the passenger seat on the phone with someone. I knew something was wrong by the stunned look on her face, but I didn’t think whatever it was would affect me. Bummer, I thought. Something is wrong and I probably need to take her home. “Is everything okay? Do I need to take you home?” I asked. “Ryan died.” I started driving towards the mall in some weird haze and I questioned why I was even heading there. We sat in the parking lot of…

  • Mom life

    My baby is 11 months old

    My little girl takes adventures up the stairs and is obsessed with clementines. She loves books, flicking the light switches, and being held. She’s doing this thing… where… I can’t put her down. I’ve been wearing her because I need my hands free and she’s NEEDY AF. All the moms I’ve talked to say “oh it’s only a phase”. SHE’S BEEN DOING THIS HER WHOLE LIFE. HER 11 MONTHS OF EXISTENCE. ALWAYS. NEEDS. TO. BE. HELD. I have a love/hate relationship with this holding thing. I loveeee that she needs me, but I’m also not jacked yet so this isn’t benefiting me. Can I at least get some upper body…

  • Mom life

    Mom Life – February 2019

    Lately I’ve been counting the minutes until bedtime. The guilt I feel for saying that is terrible, but it’s the truth. I’ve been a little absent from my social media and the blog because I’m in this never ending state of exhaustion. (Little disclaimer: a bad day with her still beats a good day at the office. I’m so grateful that I get to spend so much time with her–just some days are hard.) Dad: *puts down baby* *baby is happy as a clam* *sky is blue, birds are chirping, there’s a rainbow in the distance* Mom: *puts down baby* *baby SCREAMS* *WORLD IS ENDING* She’s around 11 months now…

  • Everything Home,  Lifestyle

    Hosting out of town guests

    I love hosting out of town guests! I’ve outlined some great tips you can use to make your guests feel right at home. We get a lot of guests because we moved far away from all family in friends for work. You can read about if you should move for a job, or about our first year in Minnesota! I think hosting out of town guests is a lot like staging a home. You want to make the guest feel warm and welcome. Open up the shades, turn the lights on, and light a candle right before they arrive. Think about what you would want if you traveled to a…