Our Boys' Birthdays: Keeping It Simple

I remember my son’s first birthday party. I did Pinterest proud, with an adorable theme, ridiculously cute food, balloons, handmade goodie bags, color coordinated everything - the works. Although everyone had a great time (and I’m pretty sure my son did too even though he was too young to remember the day), I remember feeling utterly exhausted when it was all over. It felt like it took days until I recovered from all of the planning, prepping, and hosting.

Anniversary Gifts: The Old School Way

July brings happy memories for my husband and myself year after year, as our anniversary is on July 21st! We are coming up on 6 years together, and it warms my heart how much we grow stronger as each year passes, both individually and as a unit. Each year, we give each other a traditional gift to signify the year that’s passed.

The Tribeless Mama: Making Friends After Kids

Making friends - it’s never been the easiest thing for me to do. I’ve always been a pretty shy person and I am okay to claim “introvert” as a title that describes me. From my early school days, I remember the anxiety and nerves that came about with putting myself out there. Though life experiences and a few servings of grace have helped the anxiety fade over the years, I still wish that the process of putting myself out there was less stressful and more organic.

Whoa DogE: Man's Best Friend Accessorized

Along with being a mama to two sweet boys, I also have a fur baby that’s been by my side for years. Meet Maya, my compassionate, fun, loyal and wonderful golden retriever!

Since becoming a mother (to human babies), this fur baby hasn’t gotten all of the special treatment that she was once accustomed, so when I found Whoa DogE, I got super excited to give her a little something special for the summer season.

Advocate: An Untimely End Due To Gun Violence

I live in a safe neighborhood. It’s an idyllic one really. Everyone takes pride in their home on my street. While we do yard work or sit in our Adirondack chairs with our morning coffee or our evening glass of wine, we let our children run to each other’s front yards to play. If we leave and forget to lock our doors, we think nothing of it. Our neighborhood association’s main mission is community.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! Mother’s Day is near - it’s the perfect time to remind the mom and the mother figures in our lives how much we love them. I have an incredibly close relationship with my mom - she is my greatest role model, supporter, and friend. I love showering her with special gifts during this weekend! Since I have become a mother, my hubby has done a beautiful job of surprising me with reminders that I’m making it as a mama. Below are a few gift ideas for mom, some I’ve received and some I’ve given!

My Spring Bucket List

Happy Spring! I am so excited to be kicking off the blog with my spring bucket list. I was inspired to create a seasonal bucket list by one of my favorite YouTubers, Bits of Paradis, who is all about finding the magic in everyday life. I love this philosophy and strive to give my children an extraordinary ordinary life, everyday.