Fall Blogger Exchange


Why, hello there, readers. I know, I know.  I've been super quiet around here over the last six months.  What began as a month-long respite turned into an attempt to avoid social media all together.  Call it hormones, but I have become acutely aware of how fleeting my time with my little boy is.  It has overtaken all of my thoughts.  With each photograph of every friend's child headed to pre-k Continue Reading

Weekly Menu with grocery list (and last week’s budget bust)

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A word of caution; if you are on a budget, best to stay away from last week's menu. I spent WELL OVER my $100-125 budget.  Having said that; however, the Zucchini noodle with bacon and scallops recipe courtesy of meatified was TO DIE FOR. Seriously.  I am following her on Instagram for more delish recipes. The chicken avocado lime soup was good; efficient and easy. I would recommend this Continue Reading

Weekly menu with grocery list/last week’s menu in review

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Last week's menu gets an A+.  I would highly recommend all three recipes.  I spent most of the week lunching on the leftover roasted shrimp and spaghetti squash. In truth, we didn't have much leftover from the lettuce wraps or the carne asada steak with tomatillo and avocado salsa. Those were my husband's favorites of the week.  As much as I detest this Whole 30 nonsense (there, I said it), it Continue Reading

Weekly Menu with Meal Plan; Last week’s menu in review

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Here's the truth: First--I procrastinated with meal planning.  Yesterday was a busy...packed...fun...but really difficult day. Also, I planned this week's meals while chasing bouncy balls down our steep driveway. C'est la vie. Aaaaaanyway...here's some more truth: I busted my grocery budget last week.  Whole30 never really promised a small grocery bill...especially when you're ONLY eating Continue Reading

The first 13


Let's talk about the first 13. Those first 13 weeks of pregnancy, that is. Most every pregnant woman sees a positive pregnancy test somewhere between weeks three and four...that is if she is trying to conceive; any woman who has spent more than one month in this process understands what the abbreviations TTC; DPO; PPT; BBT; BFN; BFP mean.  And let's be real, there is NOTHING more Continue Reading

Weekly Menu with grocery list (7/19-25)

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Welcome to my new weekly feature--the weekly menu. I cannot tell you how long menu planning and grocery list making takes me each week.  Its embarrassing.  I am not a chef, and take all of my inspiration from the amazing chefs I have at my disposal, thanks to foodie bloggers. I want to make my blog more friendly for all mamas; especially those who'd admit that a little time saving could go a Continue Reading

Alpha and Omega: A double book review

A few weeks ago, I witnessed a moment I never should have seen. But I am really glad I got to see it. My most beautiful friend got married and I had the honor of standing by her side. The stage was set; bridal party in que; and the bride was patiently waiting for her father in her bridal suite.  As the mothers of the bride and groom began to walk down the aisle, I noticed one very proud Continue Reading

To the graduating seniors (who changed my life forever)

Today is your day, sweet graduates. Today is the day you walk across the field, receive your diploma, and move forward into your future without looking back. I was there on your first day.  I remember your first steps into the dirty floor of our mod.  I remember your precious, anxious faces as you sat at the little brown box desks that I fought tirelessly to keep straight for your first Continue Reading

To Do lists (Guest Post by Lynne of The Sweet Midlife)


Today, I'm honored to have a guest post from Lynne of The Sweet Midlife.  Lynne has been such a huge supporter of this blog from the very beginning and I always love reading what she has to say.  Today, she touches on a topic that has been top of mind for me lately--the never ending to do list and the ever-present struggle between getting things done and choosing your children. Continue Reading

To the soon-to-be mama


I see you, little mama. You haven't quite gotten used to that name, yet.  After all, you haven't met your little one.  You haven't seen his or her little nose or kissed each one of his or her little fingers.  You feel tired: tired of being pregnant; tired of well-intentioned strangers; tired of the looks directed at your over-stretched belly as if they've never seen something so foreign. You Continue Reading