Holiday baking. For some, the mention of these words invokes warm childhood memories in the kitchen or a fun tradition you currently do with your family. To others, it may make you break out in a cold sweat and baking is just an added stress to your long to-do list. If you find yourself identifying with the latter category, I hope this post provides you with an anxiety-free opportunity to make and enjoy a yummy recipe with your loved ones this holiday season. And if you enjoy holiday baking, you're in for a treat... pun intended :-)Read More
Less than two weeks away, Christmas is just around the corner and I may just be a tad bit excited. Okay, a lot excited. We decorated our tree earlier this week as we sang our favorite holiday songs, the kids went to see Santa today, and our baby girl has been practicing (aka sleeping) for her big debut as baby Jesus in our church's nativity play. :-) I've gotten most of my shopping done for gifts, but I still have a few more to go.Read More
If there's one thing that Joel and I look forward to every week, it's definitely date night. It's our guaranteed, set aside time to connect, relax, and enjoy one another. Whether that entails dressing up and doing something elaborate, or playing rounds of UNO (go ahead, laugh!) and stuffing our faces with chocolate chip cookies at home. It's fun either way, and it has been a great weekly tradition that I keep with my best friend.Read More
Time is truly fleeting. Our dark-haired beauty is already a month old and becoming more and more curious about the world around her. She is working hard on earning that double chin and loves cuddling in the warmth of our arms (we don't mind one bit). As we continue on in the throws of newborn parenting: exhaustion, no set routine, learning all about this new tiny human, and still connecting with each other and Owen, I wanted to take some time to reflect and share some thoughts.Read More
I really enjoy thinking about fun gift ideas for the sweet people in my life, but sometimes my thoughts don't always translate into actually making my ideas a reality. Can you relate?
However, I recently seized the opportunity (*fist pump*) and I put together a simple housewarming gift basket for my sister who is just starting to settle into her new abode. I'd love to share with you some tips on how you can create a meaningful housewarming gift, too!Read More
My favorite season is fall - hands down. I love a good pumpkin spice latte (who doesn't?), the cool morning air, the changing colors, comfy clothes, the crackling sound of leaves underfoot, and the list goes on and on. Now, I have one more reason to love the season even more and I can't wait to share it with you...
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My sweet boy,
We are down to the last days before your baby sister arrives and we are all so excited! Well, maybe you aren’t, but it’s not because you wouldn’t be if you could, you just don’t understand yet. You’ve noticed Mommy’s growing belly - mostly the inconvenience of my once wide-open lap to read books on dwindling as my stomach has pushed farther and farther into your comfortable go-to seat. But you haven’t seemed to mind too much, there is still a small spot to sit, and my sing-song reading of your favorite “Itsy Bitsy Spider” book hasn’t changed. You are going to be a good big brother.Read More
Asheville, NC holds a special place in my heart. It’s mountainous beauty, creative entrepreneurial spirit, fierce bend toward local businesses, kombucha-drinking people, and a foodie paradise are some of my favorites things about this sweet city. It’s a place my husband and I called home for almost five years and where we experienced a lot of life.
Recently, we had the opportunity to take a trip back in honor of our seven year anniversary and to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our second little one (!!). Our visit included catching up with dear friends, quality time alone without our little guy in tow, and eating… A LOT of eating.Read More
Is “nesting” a real thing when you’re pregnant?
When I was pregnant with my first, I remember so many mamas telling me how bad they had the nesting bug - scrubbing floors with toothbrushes, dusting every last inch of the house, prepping 10+ frozen meals, and making sure everything was in order for baby to come home too.Read More
For years I had pondered and dreamed about starting a blog. I'd read books, talked about it, and was even gifted my own domain name for Christmas one year. I always found an excuse as to why I hadn't started yet - no time, emotionally spent, exhausted as a first-time mom, etc. Underneath those excuses, the real reason was simply because I wanted perfection. I was fearful of doing it wrong - not knowing what to say, not having the best design, or thinking I needed more skills in my tool belt before proceeding. There was a risk involved that seemed to big for me to take. I was paralyzed by my need for perfection.Read More