• 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…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    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…

  • Mom life,  Tuesday Tidbit

    Tuesday Tidbit: Take a chance!

    Welcome to the very first Tuesday Tidbit. Published every Tuesday, a short blog post to encourage, inspire, or to simply entertain. This week is ‘Take a chance!’ This Tuesday, as the title says, I’m taking a chance and I’m encouraging you to as well. Do that thing that’s been eating at you. Why not? Life is short! Cliché of course, but where’s the comfort in this unpredictable world if we can’t all use the same overused phrases? What’s something that you’ve wanted to do? For me, I’ve wanted to chop my hair off, but I’ve been afraid. I’m a perfectionist and terribly indecisive. (Also why it takes me FOREVER to finalize…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    How to maintain your breast milk supply while traveling

    Are you wondering how to maintain your breast milk supply while traveling? I did it! It is possible! I outline everything below: what I used, what worked, what didn’t work, and obstacles while traveling. Once in a lifetime trip My husband was kicking ass at work and earned his way into the President’s Club trip to Sardinia, Italy. (See more about our vacation!) But there was a catch – when the trip was scheduled, my little babe was only 2 months old. My sister-in-law volunteered to babysit almost immediately. I contemplated the trip for a while. So many questions were running through my head. Would she get sick? Would she…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    I was INDUCED – Our Birth Story

    I don’t remember what life was like before our little bundle of joy arrived! She’s two months old, and I love spending every second with her. I recently met some moms and we all shared our birth stories, it was really interesting hearing about what the other moms’ experiences were like. So, I decided to write our birth story up to share!   Days leading up to birth I was due on March 29, and my baby was too comfy to leave. Once I entered March, my boss was convinced I was going to disappear at any moment. I had a feeling that my baby would be late and I…

  • Lifestyle,  Mom life

    Should I hire a doula?

    My experience with a doula Are you having a child in the near future? Are you wondering about your options for child birth? I can tell you all about my experience with my doula! According to dictionary.com, a doula is a woman who provides support during labor and child birth. I don’t think I can say enough good things about my doula. She was AMAZING. I don’t know how I would have delivered my beautiful baby without her support. (And if you live in the Minneapolis area, I’d be happy to give you her info! Leave a comment!) Why did I look for a doula? I first started looking for…

  • DIY & Crafts,  Mom life

    DIY No-sew Growth Chart

    I’m assuming that my children won’t reach 6ft. Sorry future kiddos 😉 That’s as tall as I made the growth chart for our little addition! My husband is just under 6ft, and I’m not close to 6ft, so I don’t think any of my future children will reach that height. I can’t believe our first baby will be here in a month or so! I wanted to add this to decorate her room. This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you choose to purchase anything I’ve recommended. Learn more. Here’s what you need: 7′ of a fabric of your choice Fabric…

  • DIY & Crafts,  Everything Home,  Mom life

    Simple Nursery Decor

    I’m really excited about this post, mostly because how much money I saved! I had a vision for this design in my head, a frame around the letter “M” (my babe’s first initial) with some flower petals scattered around. Feminine and simple. I went to buy a simple unpainted wooden frame at a well known craft store, with no glass, just the frame, and they wanted $50 for it! I was shocked. That was not what I was expecting and I certainly didn’t want to pay that much. After I gave it some thought, I decided it couldn’t be that hard to make it myself. I went to Home Depot…