Today is the only day that I don’t have to work for the next seven days. So I’m ‘taking it easy.’

For those with kids, you understand that ‘taking it easy’ means: running errands; fitting in a workout; cleaning the house; doing loads and loads of laundry; and (fingers crossed) getting both kids to nap.

And coffee. There will be coffee…. :)

I’d be lying if I said this week was anything other than … challenging. Yep. Let’s use the word ‘challenging.’ There have been many, many, tears. Remy has been a wreck, I have been a wreck, and Ari has been confused, to say the least.

So yeah…

Happy Friday, friends!


My name is Rachel and I have a confession: I am a LuLaRoe addict.

An ADDICT, friends!

Don’t know what LuLaRoe is?? I didn’t either until about 6 weeks ago. And I now own FOURTEEN LuLaRoe items. No exaggeration at all.

Here’s what LLR is all about: the founder, Deanne Stidham, had a mission to provide value-based clothing (down to the zippers!), designed to fit women of all ages, sizes, and shapes. LuLaRoe clothing is sold by independent business owners at pop-up boutiques, private online shopping groups, and other events.

LuLaRoe has styles that range from their (famous) buttery-soft Leggings, to skirts (think Cassie, Maxi, Madison, and Azure), to shirts (Irma, Perfect, and Classic), and dresses (Julia, Nicole, and Amelia!).

The awesome thing about these crazy prints is that only 1000 prints are made, TOTAL! Consultants can’t choose their prints, just the styles they carry, so they never know what they will get!

Most of the consultants operate their businesses via private Facebook Groups. They post their inventory in albums on “party dates” and people scramble to find the styles and patterns that they love! Also? LuLaRoe’s sizing is NORMAL! I’m not going to call it ‘generous,’ because it is what clothing for women should be!

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The rules (on most sale pages) are the same… and simple!

You find something you love and you comment “Sold!” When you’re finished with your ‘shopping,’ you fill out a Google Form (so that the consultant has your shipping information), and then they ship your items two-day priority. It’s fantastic. And quite possibly the most addictive way to shop. No joke.

My personal favorites are the leggings (I have two pairs of plain black leggings so I can wear them “whenever”), the Irma top, the Nicole dress (which easily pulls down so I can nurse Remy), and the Azure skirt! See? Perfect for everyBODY!

OK. So now that you know all there is to know about LuLaRoe, it’s time for a BIG little giveaway! Alissa from LuLaRoe Alissa aka Mrs. Fancy Pants is giving away a $100 credit to her LuLaRoe shop!

It’s easy to enter — just use the rafflecopter widget below!

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All entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24-hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Alissa for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclosure: I was sent one outfit (and a pair of children’s leggings for Remy!) to host this giveaway! As always, all opinions are my own.


and don’t be surprised when you find memes like this to be hilarious…



This week I’m hoping for more answers. See, last week I mentioned that we found out some answers from our pediatrician. At the age of 10 months, Ari had a really severe allergic reaction to scrambled eggs, which resulted in an emergency room visit at Akron Children’s hospital. Since then, we’ve had a couple of run-ins at Children’s (thanks, Reactive Airway Disease — aka, too-early-to-call “asthma”). And because of that issue, he’s had a couple of steroids now and then to help with breathing, which has prevented him from being retested for his egg allergy.

So after being in and out of the pediatrician’s office with Remy, I decided to mention having Ari retested to see if he’d outgrown his egg allergy. The doctor obliged us with a blood test and said he’d have the nurses let us know. Well, the doctor himself called us a week ago Friday (yep, high priority, right before the weekend) to tell us that Ari is, in his words, “allergic to basically all food.” Suuuuper.

But guess what? Not eggs. Seriously.

He said he was going to refer us to an allergist to gain a full scope of the situation. So this weekend Chad took him to the allergist (thankfully they pushed us in… because the foods the test came back allergic to?? Beef, chicken, cucumbers, bananas, apples, pears, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, lettuce, etc. Seriously. Ridiculous.)

So the allergist said that his major allergies are tree nuts, peanuts and eggs (until we do an in-office food test). so 4 epi pens later…. and we’re off! But for real. It’s crazy. His tree nut allergy is off the charts. WHO KNEW?? Oops.

Also (and sorry this is SO long-winded), on Thursday we found out that Remy has a recurrence of her UTI. We re-tested her urine after her round of antibiotic. I expected the “all-clear,” but we found out that instead of 1 strain of bacteria, she now has 3. The doctor seems to think she may be physically predisposed to UTIs. But we also need to be conscious of potential kidney issues. She is so, so, miserable. :(

So yeah. Hoping for a call from the urologist this morning!

I’m grateful for the support I have from people regarding Remy’s UTIs. Seriously. The outpouring of condolences is so incredibly helpful to my mental state. ‘Cause it’s makin’ me cray, y’all. Keep the virtual hugs coming!

I’m content with my town. Cleveland and Akron, you deserved this championship. All the tears, all the love, all of the feels!! I’ve left Ohio twice, but I’ve come back each time. It’s always been my city; my town. It’s always been home.

I wish (and hope) for more answers for Miss Bea this week.

Happiness is watching Cleveland win the championship with your husband. And watching your husband explode with happiness… in the quietest way ever because Ari is passed out in the same room! LOL!

Weekly Mantra:

Because, Cavs. ♥ ♥


Happy Father’s Day.

June 19, 2016

Seeing Chad morph from boyfriend, to husband, to father of our children has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I’ve talked before about watching him, quite literally, turning into a father during the delivery of Ari. It was… emotional. And intense. Watching the love he immediately had for our children changed me, […]

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Busy Livin’ with Lil’ Beanies //

June 18, 2016

It’s no secret that being a mom to a toddler and a newborn baby is hard work. Now, more than ever, I have to stick to my routine and my plan to make sure our days run as smoothly as possible. For me, that means writing out a schedule each night for the following day. […]

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Weekend Wrap Up //

June 15, 2016

It was another one of those weekends. The kind of weekend that makes my heart pitter-patter. I went to bed SO full of happy on Sunday night. Seriously. I was just… happy! My mom and dad arrived around noon on Friday. We got them settled in and then headed to lunch over at Retro Dog. […]

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Weekly Mantra //

June 13, 2016
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This week I’m starting a new schedule and ‘job’ at the YMCA. I’m lucky to have already made some amazing friends in the department and I’m SO excited to be working side-by-side with some of them! I’m grateful for yet another amazing weekend. More to come on that (tomorrow). But for serious. My heart is […]

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June 10, 2016

Consider this to be an SOS. I’m exhausted. I’m beat down. I’m anxious. And I’m just, well, sad. Generally speaking, I ‘have nothing to be sad about.’ (Yes, I’ve actually heard that recently. PS. It doesn’t help hearing that.) Because I have two (mostly) healthy children. I have a wonderful husband, a lovely home, food, […]

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Weekend Wrap Up //

June 9, 2016

I mentioned yesterday that I got really sick on Friday afternoon. Truthfully, I was feeling a bit ‘off’ on Friday morning. I thought it was from just lack of sleep. Turns out, I had a ‘bug’ of sorts. I took both kids upstairs to my bed and turned on the TV. I thought if I […]

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Weekly Mantra //

June 6, 2016

This week we have so many exciting things going on! In fact, this blog post is coming at ‘ya late because last night I was busy prepping for our fun week (aka – making meatballs and cleaning the house! Ha!). Also, this morning we had a super fun date-day with Ari’s Grandma Vicki + Grandma […]

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