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The Innocence of Motherhood

Last night, a memory came to mind, and it was vivid as the day it happened. It was the moment I asked my mom if I could start shaving my legs. I don’t know how or why this memory came to mind, but I can remember where we were in the house, the time of day, the season and the look on my mother’s face. She was surprised, not shocked, but perplexed. She was hesitant. She understood and reluctantly gave...

Fighting a Cold When You’re Pregnant

fighting a cold during pregnancy

Feeling under the weather when you’re pregnant makes perfect sense (unfortunately). When you’re pregnant, your immune system doesn’t pack as big of a punch. Thank goodness for that … it’s allowing a foreign body (i.e., that cute baby) occupy your body. However, the downside is the increased probability that you will become sick. And this time of year, colds are very common … and huge bummers....

The Calendar

I feel the need to preface this post with a disclaimer as my proofreader was surprised at the sudden turn in tone … It might seem sudden but it’s real. It’s raw. It’s just me. There’s a sudden change in tone....

Easy Gingerbread Recipe

gingerbread cookies

This year we decided to make gingerbread cookies. We always decide to do a little baking … #holidays … but this year, our girl requested to make and decorate gingerbread. I’m not one to say no to that, and she’s at that age right now where she can somewhat help in the kitchen. Watching her get out ingredients and start measuring is really exciting (and sometimes nerve-wracking) to watch, but a memory nonetheless. Where does the time go …...

Winter Bucket List

winter bucket list 2016

This started as a holiday bucket list, but who are we kidding? It’s already the middle of December. Although some (most) items on the list are holiday inspired, they can definitely be carried throughout the season. I plan to do just that …...

Enjoying a Girlfriends Thanksgiving

Friendsgiving 2016 Table Setting

The holiday season goes by too fast. Wait. Let me re-phrase. The Thanksgiving holiday goes by too fast. As years go by, Octoberย seems to slowly lead right into December holidays, and November’s Thanksgiving sometimes gets less than stellar attention. It bums me out because this holiday really helps kick off the season of thanks … at leastย in my eyes. In my attempt to continue to hang on and celebrate and give thanks to those around me, I decided to host...

How To Raise a Redhead

upset face

I hear it so often … “It’s because she’s a redhead.” SO. OFTEN. And many time, it’s the response to a negative action, like acting out or talking back to a friend. Since I’m a redhead and my husband is a redhead, I thought I would put out a few words on how we are raising our redhead. We’ve been there. Our parents went through the same thing. And we’ve been there ourselves. So now, we are taking that knowledge...

Vacation All I Ever Wanted …

Summertime and the living is easy. Somewhat. Well, it was during vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had one single goal for this vacation: relax. I would say we achieved the goal with flying colors. There is something very special about living on lake time. Late mornings turned into late nights. We never rushed or felt like we needed to get something done. It was just really, really good. I encourage a schedule-free vacation for everyone once in a while!...

Podcasts for the Mamas in the Front Row

podcasts for moms

I’ve been on a podcast kick lately. I don’t remember the first podcast I listened to nor do I remember how I really found out about the first one I heard, but something that immediately captured me, and a reason why I really love many of the podcasts I listen to today, are the unique perspective on the subject matter. Granted, the majority of the podcasts I listen to focus around motherhood, parenting and family life, but that is a...

Homemade Watercolors

diy-watercolors

Our little girl is a lover of making. Not a day goes by where she isn’t coloring a page, making a card or drawing with chalk. She adores color. So, when I noticed a few paint recipes floating around Pinterest, I started doing a little research on what we could do at home. Anything new that we can add to the mix is great. Add in the fact that this recipe is EASY just adds to my motherly joy....