Life since my little sisters wedding a couple of weeks ago (and my 30th birthday the day after) have been craaaa-zeeeee! I’ve had several blog posts about her wedding festivities half-written in draft form. But I just haven’t had the energy to finish them.

Life over the last week alone has been exhausting! Illness after illness after illness has hit our family in one way, shape, or form. If it isn’t us, it’s our sitters family. But this week I really took things in stride. There are things that happen that are beyond our control (ie: everything).

For instance, Moosh started coughing like crazy late Sunday afternoon. It came out of nowhere. Like, really, no where. He was fine. And then he wasn’t. He was coughing up a storm and screaming bloody murder. He was so inconsolable and I was so worried that I called my neighbor to come check on us. Chad wasn’t home and I didn’t know if I was freaking out for nothing. It turns out they did think there was reason for concern, but nothing that couldn’t wait until the morning. So first thing Monday morning our pediatrician got a call. And we had an immediate appointment. Followed up by a nebulizer for daily breathing treatments. :( Bummer? Yes. But it totally helped him. Even if we did spend 2.5 plus hours waiting for the nebulizer prescription to be filled. (PS. Cranky, sick baby + 2.5 hours in a waiting room full of old people and medical equipment = almost my worst nightmare — it could have been worse, y’all. He could have been throwing up.).

The rest of the week was just normal. Prepping for Ari’s big 2nd birthday, which was Thursday. And then, like clockwork, I got a call while getting ready for work Thursday morning. Our sitters 2 year old son was throwing up. :( Bummer? Yes. But? That meant that I spent his whole birthday with him!

By the time the mister got home from work, the presents were wrapped and the festivities were set to begin! He loved his cake and his presents, but I’m not 100% certain he knew what was going on. But he DID know what to do with wrapped presents!! Finally!!

The next day was my normal day off from work. So Moosh and I slept in and then went to a local pumpkin patch for a hayride and pumpkin picking. It was hard to get him away from the other activities to actually pick out a pumpkin.

And when we finally did, he picked out a pumpkin that the dude decided not to even charge us for — he said it would rot within a week. Ha!

Oh well. We had fun.

Other notes from the weekend include a Moosh & Mommy hike at our local Metroparks. He was super excited to pick out lots of acorns and rocks to bring home to show daddy (yep – definitely a boy).

Oh – and a notable 8-mile run. My first long run since the half marathon. It was rough. But I made it! The beautiful fall morning scenery definitely helped (and so did my running partner!).

And right after I completed my run, I registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon 2015!! A FULL marathon! AM I INSANE!?! I guess so!

So yeah. It’s been a heck of a week! Ups, downs, and craziness for sure. But such is life, am I right!?


I’m in shock and awe of the love that this little man that I love and adore more than words can express is now TWO WHOLE YEARS OLD. Where did the time go?! So yeah… the sappy part of me has been both excited and dreading writing this blog post. Two+ years of memories all wrapped into one blog post. Easier said than done (that was the long way of saying this post will be extra-heavy on the pictures).

Fast forward through 9 months of a nearly perfect pregnancy. The support of my incredible doctors and my Bradley Method teacher (oh – and my husband!) brought me to this picture.

Forty-weeks doesn’t mean you’ll just go into labor. I knew that. But at 41 weeks I decided I didn’t want to spend more than one week of my maternity leave sans baby. So I went to see an acupuncturist. And within hours I went into active labor.

That active labor lasted for 24-hours. It was an absolutely awful experience (you can read about it here and here — it’s a long ass intense story).


Throw in nine-months of colic for two brand new parents with a side of PPD… it was a rough first year. But looking back, there were a lot of genuine smiles and laughs, too.




After last years Yo Gabba Gabba major first birthday bash, I’m over the mega-birthday party. Today Moosh, the mister & I will be celebrating in the best ever low-key way… pizza, cake & presents!



So I guess what I’m saying is… Moosh — your smile, your curiosity and your belly laugh are the things that my dreams are made of; dreams I never even knew I had until you showed me. So thank you. I love you. Stay this way forever. Please?


Life has been kinda rough on our small little family since Moosh and the mister returned home from Denver a month ago. We’ve had more than our fair share of illness and injury.

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It’s hard being a working parent (working moms and working dads) when your little one is sick. It puts you in an impossible position. So it’s been a struggle lately. But ya know what I know for sure? I’m a great mom. And although I’m not the best wife I can be, I’m working on it every day. Because those two? Those are what really and truly matters in my life. <3


WIN Detergent Giveaway //

October 8, 2014

Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with doing laundry. Love — Having clean clothes; Hate — Putting them away in their rightful place. And my extreme love/hate?? The fact that my workout clothes are beyond stinky and need to be washed every. single. day.… My husband has long hated one stinky workout jacket in particular. […]

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Making Your Home A Smart Home //

October 6, 2014

Winter is right around the corner. And fall rolled into town with full force this weekend. It got downright C-O-L-D! We pay close attention to our energy consumption year-round, but we pay extra attention during the winter. Need help thinking of ways to make your home smarter and more convenient? Here’s a mixture of energy efficient […]

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Hello, Thirty! //

October 5, 2014

The last few days have been a whirlwind with celebrating the wedding of my sister. Today I welcomed the big THREE-OH! I’m far too exhausted for words. Chad and I spent our weekend eating, drinking, talking, and chasing a sleepless toddler for days on end. A pretty incredible mix of awesome and exhaustion. Just going to […]

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Akron Half Marathon // Race Recap

October 2, 2014

I’ve been trying to write this race recap for the better part of several days. And each time, I just can’t seem to finish. And to be honest, during the half marathon, I almost felt like I just couldn’t finish… But I did. I crossed the finish line at Canal Park to finish my first […]

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weekly mantra //

September 29, 2014
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I suppose this isn’t really a mantra, but I am going to embrace this last week of my twenties. And I’m going to spend a little time reflecting on what kind of changes the last decade has brought to my life. See you soon, thirty!

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Ready To Run //

September 26, 2014

After months of pretending that this day would never come — it’s here. It’s real. Tonight I will not sleep. I will toss. I will turn. I will spend the entire night in anticipation of tomorrow. Of starting in a corral for the first time ever. Of running my first real-deal race. 13.1 miles. See […]

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New Mommy Must-Haves // Part 2

September 24, 2014

A funny thing happened after I posted Part 1 of the New Mommy Must-Haves — an acquaintance (one who does not read this blog) mentioned one of the items from that list as part of her “OMG I couldn’t live without it items,” and that’s when I knew… Moms — you for real need to […]

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