Weekly Mantra //

January 23, 2017 in mantra

I’m not gonna lie — we’re coming off of the weirdest and best weekend, y’all. Last night it felt like midnight even though it was 6:45pm. That part was pretty awful; but the rest? The rest was glorious.

And this week, well, specifically, today, Miss Bea turns ONE.More on her first birthday party later, but I must say that I am in awe of her greatness; of her ability to be a complete stinker but still somehow make people love her like crazy. So yeah. Today you can expect me to be emotional. Crazy, crazy, emotional.

I’m grateful for the small gathering of people who decided to come together and celebrate the survival of one whole year with us. I text a friend on Saturday morning and said “It’s honestly amazing that either of us (meaning me and Remy) survived.”

I’m absolutely content. Typically I go way overboard with parties. I just can’t help it — I love throwing parties! But this time I really just kept it to family. Less stress, right?? Well, mostly.

I wish and hope that this week goes much differently than last week. Don’t get me wrong — last week started out alright; but it quickly took a turn for the worse. But this week? This week will be different. Ya see, I have about a gazillion things going on this week. And I’m beyond excited about them all! So this week must go well! It just must!

I’m happy that I not only had time to spend time with my family this weekend, but I was able to snuggle Ari all night last night. That, my friends, is a pretty perfect way to round out the weekend.

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SO MANY FEELS for this quote, friends. Yes, last week was MLK day; but over the last week I’ve had a mega desire to spread the light. Have a good Monday, friends. xo


Weekly Mantra //

January 16, 2017 in mantra

This week is my last week to ever have a baby of my own! Remy Bea turns one in exactly ONE week; which means my days with having a baby are numbered. I’m happy and oh so sad about it. Bittersweet, friends. So this week I’ll be soaking up the baby time as much as humanly possible!

I’m grateful to have had a pretty decent weekend, considering. These days any weekend without significant illness is awesome.We ended up making our (seemingly) weekly pilgrimage to Costco — ha! Seriously, that was the highlight of our weekend — which is totally fine by me.

I’m content in knowing that I’m starting this week out on the right foot. Yesterday evening I cleaned the whole house, folded the laundry, did the dishes, and set out our clothes for today — just to make sure I gave myself a break this morning. I refuse to be unprepared this week.

I really wish I could hang on to this momentum for the rest of the week. I mean, I’ve barely planned Remy Bea’s first birthday party and it’s just days away! Eeeeeek!

I’m so happy to say that I’m no longer sleeping in the same room as Miss Bea. The last few days have been far from blissful, but they have been better than normal. I’m not certain if she’s sleeping any better, but heck!, I just can’t hear her screaming in my face. And it’s lovely.

Weekly Mantra:

I am a force to be reckoned with, friends! I’m living with intention this week. Well, and hopefully every week. But this week I’m intentionally living. I have yet to write about my goals for 2017, but my purpose has never been more clear and I have never been more excited. Stay tuned, friends! xo


Guys, I’ve had a draft for Remy Bea’s 11 month update in process for, like, weeks. And… well, I just can’t. Because other than her being a lot more mobile as of late, not much has changed.

Actually, here’s what has changed since her 10 month update:

  • She is eating even more than before, which I didn’t think was humanly possible. I’m surprised this kid isn’t a tank, seriously.
  • But she hasn’t gained any more weight than her 10 month update (which makes her — still — very small).
  • And she’s almost walking. I say almost because this chick is way too lazy to walk. She can walk along furniture and her walker, but she knows that when she needs to get from Point A to Point B, it’s much faster to crawl and hustle.
  • Oh, and she’s still not sleeping. Like, at all. And it sucks.

It really, really, sucks.

I can’t even put it more eloquently than that. My mind is fried from 11 months of not sleeping. Words… sentences… metaphors… they all escape me. The only word that makes sense is ‘sucks.’ And it, well, sucks.

But I’d be lying if I said that there’s something that I have learned over the last 11 months. And that is that those fleeting good moments? They are really, really, good.

For instance, last night I had a ‘sleepover’ with Ari. This amazing little four year old man (yes, man, because he is such an old soul), restored my energy. No, not because he slept particularly well; but because sometimes you need to snuggle a four-year old all night. And sometimes you need to hear “Mommy? I just really, really, love you.”

Besides telling me he loves me a whole lot, he also told me that he’s going to marry me tomorrow (and followed it up with a kiss on the nose and the forehead — melt my damn heart!). ❤️

Babies are cute, y’all. But that’s pretty much as good as it gets until they can speak. Until then it seems like an endless cycle of: cry, look cute, cry, smile to restore your faith, cry again, poop all over you, cry, and giggle. And then cry again.

Perhaps we have the perfect combination of a ridiculously miserable baby and a ridiculously sweet toddler. Maybe that’s why a little time with Ari can feel so restorative. He’s the yin to her yang; He’s the calm to her crazy.

Don’t get me wrong: this child can still drive me bonkers, too. But it’s the kind of bonkers I can handle (aka – the toddler variety). And I’m sure we’ll get to that point soon enough (probably as soon as I hit “publish” on this post); but for now I’m basking in the awesomeness that is a night filled with toddler smooches, movie night snuggles, and an occasional foot in the face.

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope someone looks at you today the way that Ari looks at me as he kisses me on the nose. 😍😍



Weekly Mantra //

January 9, 2017

Before I get started — a bit of housekeeping! Two tickets for Red + White on Thursday Night are still up for grabs, so head on over to the giveaway and enter!  This week will be different. I swear it will be. It has to be! I mean, I’m still totally drained from last week […]

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Giveaway // Red + White on Thursday Night

January 4, 2017

Chad and I have had the pleasure and honor of attending one of Akron’s most anticipated events, Red and White on Thursday Night, for the last 5+ years in a row! In fact, it’s the one event of the year that I absolutely refuse to miss. We went just 5 days after Remy Bea was […]

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Weekly Mantra  //

January 2, 2017

This seems to be a regular occurrence as of late, but, this week is already not going as intended. And, at this point, I’m flat out heartbroken. See, Remy Bea began vomiting Saturday evening. And it has yet to stop. And I feel like the biggest failure in the world because somehow we can’t shake […]

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Little Mover, Big Changes // Adjusting To Life With A Spirited Child

January 1, 2017

I’ll be the first to admit it — Our first born, Ari, did little to prepare us for the wild side of parenting. See, he has always been very cautious and mild-mannered. Certainly, our second child would be just as chill, right? Wrong. Oh, so, wrong! Miss Bea is a handful — has been since […]

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Ari’s Hospital Adventure // The Full Story + A HUGE Thank You

December 30, 2016

For those who have followed along to a couple of sporadic updates on Facebook and Twitter, Ari was admitted to Akron Children’s Hospital on Tuesday morning. Early Saturday morning Ari started to vomit — a lot. Chad had already been exposed to direct contact with Ari, so he took over full-time care duty while I […]

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“Christmas just doesn’t work out for me.”

December 27, 2016

This, my friends, is a tale of Christmas. While I watched joyous friends and acquaintances posting pictures of their Christmases on Facebook, we were knee-deep in cleaning. I mean that quite literally, as I decided to wash the carpets in our house on Christmas Day. Because, well, our Christmas didn’t work. Heck, it never seems […]

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Weekly Mantra //

December 26, 2016

I can’t believe we’re starting yet another week with illness. Yes, you read that correctly. We have, yet again, been hit with the stomach bug. And it’s back with a vengeance. This is my version of hell, friends. And I feel like a failure. I feel like there’s no way we should have gotten this […]

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