• Lifestyle,  Mom life

    Our Family Christmas Letter 2018

    Hey there! Welcome to our very first family Christmas letter. I don’t know what I am doing, so bear with me. Fun fact: I initially wrote this entire damn thing in third person, but it sounded bizarre so I scrapped it. “Bri did this” and “Bri did that.” Well. I am Bri. I am writing. My old boss would write this hilariously witty family Christmas letter in third person every year so I thought I should give it a shot. Turns out, I am terrible at writing in the third person. And, now I’m boring you with this lengthy explanation. Anyway. Incase you haven’t heard me mention it a thousand…

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    Our family photos!

    Let’s set the scene. We scheduled our family photos for late October and when the day came it was a mere 35°F (2°C) outside. Winter came fast this year in Minnesota. (Read about our first year in Minnesota!) As you can imagine, our little girl was not a happy camper. She is usually extra smiley, but you’ll notice that we didn’t get many photos of her smiling. We spent a lot of time running to the car trying to warm her back up. Even though it was FREEZING outside, I am still really pleased with how our photos came out! Working with Christa, from Christa Reed Photography was awesome. She…

  • Mom life

    How motherhood has changed me

    My little girl is 7 months old, and that means I’ve been doing this whole mom thing for 7 months. I didn’t think motherhood would change me, but to my surprise, it has. Did you see our family photos? I love being a mom, and every day she gets more and more fun. (Granted, she doesn’t move yet. Maybe I’ll regret saying she is more fun each day when she discovers markers and colors on my wall. I’ll keep you posted.) But, just look at how cute she is. *squeals* How motherhood has changed me   I’m more decisive. Time is limited now. I have to spend it wisely. I…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    Why I’m thankful for my miscarriage

    I thought I’d be half in the bag when I posted this blog entry. Truthfully, I am sober and nervous. I’ve been flip flopping all month. Do I post about my miscarriage? Do I scrap it? Now is as good a time as any. Here we are, on October 31st and October is miscarriage awareness month. And as I’m sure you figured out by the title of this article, I’ve had a miscarriage. About 15% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to March of Dimes. You must be thinking, “Thankful?! How is she thankful?!” It’s called ‘reframing,’ my friends.  It’s important to reframe your thoughts to move on. And…

  • Tuesday Tidbit

    Tuesday Tidbit: Take time to unplug

    It’s Tuesday! Welcome to my Tuesday Tidbit series, a short blog post with inspiration, every Tuesday. Catch up on the last Tuesday Tidbit. This week, my Tuesday Tidbit was inspired by my beautiful cousin. Her wedding encouraged everyone to unplug. Put down your phone. Live in the moment. Dance like no one is watching. Okay, enough clichés. But seriously, it was a fantastic idea on her part. Last week, our family was on vacation in the lakes region in New Hampshire. We went home for my cousin’s wedding, but decided to turn it into a vacation to visit family. I began to stress about getting some blog posts done. I…

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    Tuesday Tidbit: Make a List

    Welcome back to my weekly Tuesday Tidbit series. You can read last week’s post.  This week I’m advising you to make a list (and a cocktail) when you are feeling overwhelmed. I can’t survive without lists. I have so much to do before Thursday, and I’m ready to FREAK OUT. My cousin is getting married Saturday and I’m the co-MOH. I have to finalize the speech (well, I have to start it too). I have to pack for our trip home, finalize the details on my husband’s not-so-surprise party on Sunday, clean our house, finish up two huge work projects, and the list goes on. But you know what helps…

  • Lifestyle

    This or That Challenge

    I was tagged by Elizabeth from Uncustomary Housewife for the This or That Challenge! I was so excited to be tagged, this was super fun and I loved learning about her! Thanks again for tagging me, Elizabeth! She has a ton of great content on a lot of broad topics: Housewife, Mental Health, Cooking, and more! You should go check out her blog or her This or That post. This challenge was fun, but comical because I’m also terribly indecisive. I’ll stand in the store for long time contemplating if I should buy an item (which drives my husband bananas). I did my best to choose one answer for each question.…

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    Tuesday Tidbit: Make time for yourself

    Here we are again, the fourth Tuesday Tidbit. A short blog post, every Tuesday, to inspire or entertain. Read last week’s post! I forget how valuable alone time is until I’m actually alone.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but I am with them 24/7. Even when my little girl is at daycare, my husband is a few steps away. (We both work from home. We live in MN, and you can read about our first year here in our new state.) Here I am, typing this, actually alone. My husband is out golfing and my little babe is happily sleeping. I’m going to end this here so…

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    Tuesday Tidbit: It’s okay to throw in the towel

    Hey there! Welcome to the third Tuesday Tidbit. Tuesday Tidbits are short blog posts, related to my life, that I hope can entertain or inspire! Read my first and second Tuesday Tidbit posts. Here we go, week number three — knowing when it’s okay to throw in the towel. My mom replanted the ivy from our wedding and gave it to me for my house. I killed the plant. When I moved from NH to MN, my coworkers bought me some ‘forget me not’ flowers. I killed the plant. (My dog also knocked it over a few times, so it was doomed anyway in my defense.) I had a bad…

  • Lifestyle

    Read about our year living in Minnesota

    It’s official, my husband and I have been living in Minnesota for a year. For those that don’t know, we moved because he got a promotion that was the next step for his career. Living in Minnesota has exceeded my expectations! When I first heard about the potential position in Minnesota, I didn’t know what to think. Minnesota, at the very least, seemed completely random. Minnesota is 1,500 miles away from New Hampshire (where we moved from). I hadn’t been to the Midwest before, and Minnesota? What’s out there? We took this picture a whole year ago, when we closed on our house! A lot has changed since this picture, I…