The Veteran Mom

Having young kids, I’ve always looked up to those who are a step or two ahead of me in parenthood. I feel comforted (or terrified) knowing what stages are next for our kids; I guess I’m a planner. In the infancy stage, I eagerly watched friends’ older babies eat solids, walk, and begin to talk and […]

Decorating the Back Deck

Last week I shared that we had recently rebuilt our back deck (to see the before and afters, go HERE) and today I am sharing how I furnished and decorated that area. I wanted to make this space functional, cozy, yet not too crowded, and I think I was able to accomplish just that. I […]

Our DIY Backyard Deck Makeover

On a whim, my husband decided to rebuild our deck. Actually, I am going to go ahead and say WE rebuilt our deck, because trust me, I’ve made more runs to Home Depot and other various lumbar stores in the past month than I had previously ever done in my lifetime, not to mention being […]

Sadly, I’m Not Alone

I want to give a huge thank you for the overwhelmingly positive, uplifting and emotional response I received to my POST a couple of weeks ago on my experience with sexual abuse. I feel weird calling it sexual abuse because at the time, I didn’t see it as such being I was able to get […]

Don’t Ever Be Afraid to Speak Up

I read an article the other day that left my blood boiling and my jaw clenched. It was THIS article, and basically states that a woman was suing the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) for not banning a high-profile volleyball coach who she claims sexually abused her years earlier. This article hit pretty close to home because […]

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale- 2017 Faves

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is HERE! WAHOO! Once a year, Nordstrom holds their anniversary sale discounting items from swimsuits to winter jackets, and everything in-between. It is a GREAT way to stock up for the upcoming fall and winter months and to get your hands on some items at a much better price. Yesterday, Nordstrom […]

Prime Day Deals 2017

Hello, friends! Prime Day is officially here! This is the day Amazon discounts thousands of items, sometimes at crazy-good prices. So, if you’re in the mood for a little online shopping, now is the time to do it! The only catch is, the items go quickly, so you need to act fast. I put together […]

Date Night

Having our first baby pretty much knocked us flat on our faces. We were exhausted new parents trying to figure out how to keep our tiny human alive while still functioning in everyday life, and the days of nice dinners out, spontaneous trips to the movies and all-day river floating adventures were no more. Instead, we […]

My Top 5 Beauty Faves

On most days, my self-routine doesn’t include many steps or products. My days are pretty predictable and we are usually on-the-go, so in order for me to look somewhat put together, I need things that are simple and time-savvy. So, today I thought I would share my top five beauty faves! Lipsense- lip color I […]

Keeping a Tidy Home is Easy If You Stay Home With Your Kids

Sticky floors. Dirty hands. Crumbs galore. I was having a conversation with another mom the other day when the topic of our homes came up. She was talking about how those who stay home with their kids are able to keep a tidy home since they are physically at their home during the day, and […]