I recently realized that I’ve been blogging for close to 10 years. That’s a long time, friends. Like, a ridiculously long time. So it’s likely that most of you have no idea who I am or what exactly brought me to where I am now.

  • I never wanted to be a mom. It’s true. My ‘grand plan’ for life did not include having children. Being a mom was simply something I did not want (and I’m not afraid to speak honestly about it). It seems bizarre now, but Chad and I had talked about kids and both had decided they weren’t for us. We were grown adults, living our lives, and, totally content. But life had other plans. One Vegas trip and one Birth Control Pill statistic later, and I’m a walking cliché. Because I seriously feel like being a mom is the job I was meant to have. It’s most definitely the path I’m supposed to be on. So freaking weird, dude.

  • I’m a (kind of) SAHM to Ari (age 4) and Remy Bea (age 13 months). Meaning, I take my kiddos with me to my part-time job. I’m a gymnastics coach and also work in childcare, and my kids are with me at my job and at home, so 24/7. Which is… interesting, to say the least.

  • I’m a sucker for comfort foods. One of my favorite foods of all time is biscuits and gravy. Of course, my husband thinks it’s disgusting. But I grew up in a house with a Southern father. Okra, grits, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and biscuits and gravy? Those are my jam. But I honestly don’t remember the last time I actually had any of these foods. Turns out they’re hard to come by in Ohio.

  • We travelled a lot before becoming parents. Which is amazing. We went on a cruise, road trips up the Eastern Seaboard, and a notorious trip to Vegas (where, it turns out, not everything that happens there stays there).

  • My husband, Chad, and I eloped in Portland, Maine when I was 13 weeks pregnant with our son, Ari. I had a wedding dress, we hired a photographer, and we stayed in the only 5 star hotel in Maine. After our vows we dined at the Lobster Shack at Two Lights — so that’s the kind of couple that we are. Laid back. The real deal. No fancy shmancy nada around these parts.

  • I have Emetophobia, which is a phobia of vomit. No, I’m not just grossed out by it; I have a legitimate phobia of it.

  • I received my BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Syracuse University. I had every intention of going to graduate school for Biological Anthropology (think Jane Goodall), but was offered three different full-time positions at my job during the housing market crash. Soooo life won.

  • I’m obsessed with NPR and the old music in my iTunes. I’m a lame old lady and it’s all I listen to. But I still think it’s pretty rad.

  • My birthday is on October 5th, which just so happens to be the most common date of birth in the United States. Basically, I know what my parents were doing on New Years Eve, 1983.

  • I’m obsessed with cilantro. Load that crap on everything, ya’ll.

  • I despise Summer. Give me Spring and Fall all year long and I’m happy. But keep that crazy heat away from me. #ByeFelicia

  • I’ve been practicing yoga for the last 10 years, but fell out of practice when I was pregnant with Remy Bea. (Hyperemesis doesn’t make a person want to get out of bed, let alone exercise). But yoga and running really are my passion.

  • I can’t cook and don’t cook. A couple of times a week I buy a rotisserie chicken and make rice in the Instant Pot and call it dinner. Taaaaa daaaaaaa!

  • But I can bake, dude. Like, I’m the daughter of a baker and can make cookies, cake, and other desserts from scratch like no big thang. Just don’t ask me to cook. Please.

  • I despise when people say “No offense” and “Obviously”. Because people say “no offense” and think that it gives them free-reign to be turds. And nothing in this world is “obvious.” So STAHP.

  • Labor, delivery, and birth are my passion. Albeit, a passion I never knew I would ever have in a million bazillion years. But I love labor, delivery, and birth so much that I have a goal of someday becoming a birth doula and Bradley Method instructor.

  • I’m not afraid to do things alone. Movies, dinners, and random events? Sign me up. I can fly solo anywhere. It’s a skill that I’ve realized makes people really uncomfortable, either because they can’t imagine going to dinner alone or because they wonder why you’d want to.

  • I hate salt unless it’s on potatoes or corn. Seriously those are the only two things I put salt on. It drives my husband bonkers.

I realize this list is totally random, but that’s my life — totally, completely, and utterly random, like 99% of the time. Thanks for following along on our journey! Now tell me something completely random about you! 

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candy March 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

Ten years is a long time to be blogging. Nice getting to know you and your like, desires, hates and loves.

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Stacy March 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Congrats on blogging for 10 years. That’s awesome! So fun reading about you!

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Kate March 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

I love this. I didn’t know SO much of this!

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Margaret March 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

When I was pregnant- ALL I wanted was sausage gravy and biscuits and it was seriously impossible to find!! There was a diner in Shaker that made it pretty well…but it was so hard to find it!

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Bethany March 17, 2017 at 9:30 pm

This was the best list! You sound so fun!

I also love dinners by myself.

I have a phobia of stickers. Like, literally straight up phobia. If my kids bring me a sticker, I gag!

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Shannon March 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm

I loved reading this! Totally didn’t know that 10/5 was the most popular DOB. That’s hilarious.

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Justine March 18, 2017 at 8:13 pm

i LOVED reading this! I like reading about people. A few things…. 1. I’m originally from Chicago, but lived in Vegas for the last 10 years (before the Army moved us around) AND I LOVE THAT CITY. I’m also a walking statistic too! Two babies, Two BC pills.. yep…
2. I, too, am a lover of cilantro, spring, and fall and hater of summer, and “no offense” and “obviously”.
3. My sister went to Rochester and went to Syracuse often, whenever I visited we would go there a lot….. i really don’t know why lol
4. Im cool with hanging out by myself too, I don’t know why people think its weird.
I’m going to steal this from you, then link you back! I think we need to be friends. <3

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Diedre March 18, 2017 at 10:41 pm

I’m obsessed with cilantro too!

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Betty March 19, 2017 at 12:03 am

Wow you are so brave for writing some of these points! I love reading and learning more about you! And blogging for 10 years is quite an achievement, congrats!!

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Nicole Banuelos March 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Congrats on 10 years of blogging! Love this introduction post and all the photos!

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Jehava March 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Love learning about you! I love cilantro too and could put it on everything. Also, am obsessed with all things pregnancy and birth related.

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Amber Starr March 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm

This was such a fun read (I might have to do something similar)! I’m a running and yoga nerd too. I’m getting back into yoga again after my past pregnancy and I feel so much better.

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Holly March 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm

I loved the random introduction. I had no idea you eloped! My husband I went to Maine in 2014 and Portland was one of our stops/stays. I would so very much like to go again someday!

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Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm

I love how you introduced yourself. I think all the time how my readers probably don’t really know me either.

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Patricia March 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm

I absolutely, positively loved Learning more about you! I’ve been blogging for about five years this summer so it’s great to know that you’ve been going for as long as you have. Your wedding photos are beautiful and the facts you shared are so fun!

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Nicole March 20, 2017 at 1:47 am

This was fun to read and I love your real ness!
xo, Nicole

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Charissa | thenotsobusymom March 20, 2017 at 6:31 am

I love a random list! These were fun to read, thanks!

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Anna nuttall March 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

Aww this is a lovely post. I love the photos of the wedding. I never wanted to be a mum till I met my hubby, but life has a twisted sense of humor and I found I can’t have kids.
Thank you for writing this. xx

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