Guys. Last week was a whirlwind! I had two events, continued my 14-day-straight working streak, and dealt with a plethora of toddler/baby related issues. It can only be summed up with the cliché of rollercoaster. Roller.COASTER. ya’ll. And because I was so busy with the ups and downs and loop-dee-loops, I had exactly zero time to put any coherent thoughts together. In fact, my ability to do that now is still questionable.

The weekend did me no favors. I worked. Both days. And it was more exhausting than every workday combined. No joke. By the time I was able to drag my booty (and Bea’s booty) home, I was ready to pass out. So, basically, that’s what we did.

But as this week starts, I am just thinking about how laid-back our work week should be. I’m so grateful for that. I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel! Sure, I only work about 4 hours a day, but I have my children with me — both children — 100% of the time. So I’m on Mommy-duty and work duty simultaneously.

That being said, I’m completely grateful to have a job where I don’t have to pay for childcare. It’s so helpful. So, so, helpful.

I’m (mostly) content. It’s hard as a parent. It really is. The second you feel content, life throws you a curveball and BAM! — your life is completely derailed. Sadly, sometimes these curveballs are so, so, lame! Like, someone refusing to take a nap; or dinner not turning out as expected; or forgetting to turn the dryer on. SO. Lame. But the teeniest things can bring me to tears as a parent. My whole existence depends on things runnin semi-smoothly (I account for *some* curveballs).

I wish that Remy would recover from her sinus infection and return to a normal existence. Yep, as if this child hasn’t had enough wrong with her in the last 13 (!!) months, she has been battling a pretty bad sinus infection, goopy eyes and all. Also, I totally hope that we, otherwise, remain healthy. I just can’t take it, ya’ll.

I’m so happy that I was able to get away, sans kids, for a couple of evenings last week! In the course of 13 months, that has happened, like, twice. So it was basically amazing. Sure, it was only for a total of 6 hours (spread over the course of two days), but it was amazing, nonetheless.

Weekly Mantra:

It’s just funny. It’s only partially true, but it’s 100% funny. Every parent has thought this at some point or another. Happy Monday, friends.


Ya’ll! I am beyond — BEYOND — excited for this week! I’ve been very ‘mum’s the word’ about my world, as of late. But this week is going to be amazing! Not only does Ari have 3 karate classes this week [which is just beyond adorable], but I have an all-Ohio beer and food pairing event AND an event at the Vitamix store [insert 500 exclamation points!]!

All of this comes on the tailend of a super beautiful weekend that included movie nights with Ari, a trip to RetroDog after Ari’s karate class, dinner dates, and a family hike + climb at the Gorge Metropark! I mean, it was sixty degrees in February — in OHIO. Say, whaaaat?! The only thing that could have made it better would be if Chad hadn’t had to work all weekend. But lucky for me and the kids, we had Mimi + Poppy in town to hang out with us.

I’m grateful for opportunities and connections that blogging and social media have brought into my life. It may seem weird, but I’ve created awesome IRL (in real life) connections and friendships with SO many of these awesome women!

I’m so content when my children and I are on a schedule. Last week was so crazy busy, but we worked like a well-oiled machine. Sure, it was hectic; but it went by so quickly and with very few hiccups (considering).

I wish for the blessing of health this week. We’ve been semi-healthy as of late, but all of us have battled a cold or cough off and on for a while now. And I’d really just love — and need — everyone to be on their a-game, healthwise, this week.

I’m really happy that I was able to spend another weekend surrounded by love and family and sunshine. These silly weekends — the ones where nothing in particular is planned — are what truly make my heart happy.

Weekly Mantra:

This just feels really right!  Hoping to shed some negative energy and invite in all of the positive vibes this week! Anyone have tips as to how they stay positive?!


Weekly Mantra //

February 15, 2017 in mantra

I’m getting to this a little late, but I swear it’s for good reason. Last Friday we (and by we, I mean Ari, Remy and I) took an impromptu trip to Columbus to visit my sister and her family — and my mom, who happened to be in town from Kentucky. So by the time we got settled back in at home Sunday evening, I was basically dead to the world (and, of course, had to catch up on house things I had missed while I was gone).

And this week has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. Monday just wasn’t the day I was anticipating. And that’s alright, I guess. But it’s hard not to be discouraged when your week is bad from the start, am I right!? I suppose Tuesday was a bit better. I mean, the work day flew by and I ended up getting a gazillion things marked off my to-do list, so that was a major win.

Perhaps this week can turn around after all!

I’m completely grateful for the opportunities that blogging has brought into my life. Without divulging too much information right now, there are some big things headed this way and I’m so, SO, excited!

I’m most content when I’ve had a couple of hours asleep, snuggled up next to my four year old. There’s just something about his little warm and flailing body that I find comforting.

I still really wish that Remy Bea would sleep through the night. She happened to randomly sleep through the night twice — yep, twice! — while we were in Columbus. Sure, it was great. But I, of course, still woke up — looking at the clock, thinking, ‘I wonder when she’s going to wake up to eat…”. So that part was a lot less lovely. But DANG! A girl could get used to that!

I’m happy. Things certainly aren’t perfect, but I’m okay with where things are right now. The chaos; the busy; and all of the love.

Weekly Mantra:  

Okay, so this is very much in jest, but do you ever just feel this way? Like, maybe going to your garage and screaming a four letter word will just release some negative vibes?? Been there, friends. Been there, like, yesterday.

PS. It feels totally amazing.


Soothing A Colicky Baby //

February 12, 2017

In my (many) efforts to be a super-‘real mom,’ I’ve shared our struggles with colic quite a bit. Honestly, before becoming a mom — heck, even after becoming a mom — I had read and heard so little about the battle that is colic. It was discouraging, to say the least. We found ourselves knee-deep […]

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First-Year Mommy Must-Haves // and a GIVEAWAY!

February 10, 2017

Whether you’re a new mom of one, two, or seven, the first year with a new baby is tough! Now that we’ve made it to the other side of that first year (hooray!) with Miss Bea, I want to share the things that helped make this transition a whole heck of alot easier! Seventh Generation […]

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Illness, Float Therapy, Yoga, and the Northside Market // Weekly Mantra

February 5, 2017

So last week I was all “this is going to be THE BEST week,” which is pretty much just tempting fate. And fate handed me about 50% of what I was expecting last week, and 50% of the unexpected. Win some, lose some, friends. Monday morning I woke up with a bit of a sore […]

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Red & White on Thursday Night // Recap

February 2, 2017

Last week Chad and I legit skipped our way out the front door to attend the 20th anniversary of Red and White on Thursday Night — a food and wine event to benefit The Arthritis Foundation. I’ve said before that this event is truly our favorite event of the whole year. It’s something we continuously […]

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Remy Bea // 1 YEAR!

February 1, 2017

Guys. I can’t believe we survived a whole year with this child! She has been challenging since her first days at home. She has pushed me to my physical and mental limits, but we survived. I feel like this blog post should just be titled “WE SURVIVED!” I’m not even joking. For those who haven’t […]

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Weekly Mantra //

January 30, 2017

It’s the dawn of a new week, friends! And after some serious R+R this weekend, I’m absolutely ready for this week! Honestly, we didn’t do much this weekend, besides signing Ari up for Little League (so exciting!) and watching several Disney movies. It’s been a perfectly semi-relaxing weekend, that’s for sure! And this week I […]

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P.S. I Love JORD (and my husband) // GIVEAWAY

January 28, 2017

In keeping with my commitment to be as open and honest as possible here on my blog, I have to say that I had no idea how having children would change my relationship with my husband. See, Chad and I had dated for four years before we decided to get hitched! So we certainly didn’t […]

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