I would be lying if I said that this past year was anything but rough. Sure, it had plenty of good times; but it also had quite a few rough patches. I’ve been sick a lot. Like, a LOT. Yes, with this pregnancy, but also before that. It’s been an odd year of ups and downs as far as my health is concerned. Lucky for me, Moosh has been pretty healthy (minus one small childrens’ hospital scare).

In an effort to remind myself of what happy times happened in my 30th year of life, I went through my pictures. It turns out, YES, amongst the craziness of the last 365 days, we found reason to smile. Reasons for hope. And reasons for love.

That being said, I’m really and truly looking forward to 31. Bring on the craziness. Bring on the roller coaster. Bring it all. I know it won’t be easy. We’ll be welcoming baby number 2 into our house in just a few, short months. That alone is sure to stir things up. But I’m changing my expectations. I’m planning on just rolling with the punches. Easier said than done, am I right?

That’s my goal for the next year — to just roll with the punches. And to remember what matters in this world — my itty bitty (growing) family. ♥

So if you need me, I’m going to be spending the last day of my 30th year in comfy clothes, eating soup on the couch, while watching movies with the husband + Moosh.

And thank you to everyone who hung in there for thirty. XO

PS. Let this serve as a friendly reminder that both Homeland AND the Leftovers start back on HBO tonight — HAPPY (almost) BIRTHDAY TO ME from HBO! :) 


It makes me so happy to see how many people — both in person, and all over social media — truly delight in everything that is October. There’s just something welcoming about the cool, crisp, Autumn air, warm coffee, oversized sweaters, and the falling leaves!

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I have always loved October, but I assumed it was because it’s my birth month. And since Moosh was born in October, too, my love for this month has grown exponentially!

My focus for the next 30 days is to make the most of the month, regardless of what circumstances life may throw our way! We have absolutely zero plans for the next thirty days (with the exception of a very Minion third birthday party for Moosh); but I’m hoping that I will be able to eat something delicious for my birthday. Let’s be real — that’s all I really want. A really good meal out of the house with Chad. ♥

However, there is SO much to do (if by chance I start to feel better). We’ve already been to the apple orchard, but I would love to take Moosh to Maize Valley for their Fall festival! He loved the hayride so much last year, I just know he’ll enjoy it even more this year. I also happen to think that Fall is the perfect time to visit an outdoor farmers’ market [I’m looking at you, Haymaker!].

If push comes to shove and I end up ill for the entire month, I will still manage to enjoy the simple things — hot coffee, football on Sundays, and warm soup with the family! ♥

I’m just so happy it’s October!


Is anyone using Poshmark!? I’ve been trying to ‘purge’ my closet for a while now and I really want my precious clothes to go to a good home! LOL! But seriously. I’ve been hanging on to a lot of super tiny clothes that I just need to pass on to someone new. Buh-bye, size 2 J. Crew jeans + pants! It’s been real! 😉

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weekend wrap up //

September 29, 2015

This weekend my sister-in-law and her family came into town from Denver for a quick visit. The unfortunate part about this is that I was still very much sick; but I made the best of it (and luckily just spent my nights throwing up, not my days). We haven’t seen them in what seems like […]

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September 28, 2015

Just a gentle reminder for ALL of us on this Monday morning. ♥ I’m still not sure what this week has in store for me, health-wise, but I know that I need to embrace the happy life, regardless.

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i am my own worst enemy // but it will all be okay

September 23, 2015
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Sometimes I get in my own head. I start to panic because it’s pretty much the worst place to spend a significant amount of time. I am THE BEST at doomsday scenarios, in every facet of my life. Seriously. I can jump from nothing to worst case scenario in 2 seconds flat. It’s a horrible […]

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September 21, 2015

This week I’m hoping for the best! I was sick most of the weekend (throwing up nonstop again) and barely got any sleep; so I’m hoping I start to get the rest and relief I am SO in desperate need of! I believe that my health, and the health of my family, is of utmost importance. […]

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let’s party like it’s Friday

September 18, 2015

Can’t wait to “party” all weekend. Happy Friday, friends!

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Things To Do This Weekend // Fall Fun Guide!

September 16, 2015
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Just because Summer is coming to an end in Northeast Ohio, it doesn’t mean that the social calendar slows down! In fact, there are plenty of fun things happening THIS WEEK! Aviation Heritage Fair  //  Kent State Airfield  // Saturday, September 19th, 7am – 5pm  //  FREE The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast […]

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tuesday randoms //

September 15, 2015

Even though it’s been roughly 90+ degrees and humid out, I’m happy to see that Autumn is right around the corner! The arrival of Pumpkin Spice Lattes can only mean one thing, right? I love seeing the Halloween decorations out in stores and other signs that the seasons are changing. It feels like as the […]

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