Celebrating Oliver

We celebrated Oliver’s birthday with cheap party decorations from the Dollar Store (including the official “birthday goblet” that everyone uses on their special day), stacks of coconut pancakes for breakfast and a caramel apple bundt cake (made by big brother) for dessert that night. We walked into town for a bag for of penny candy and sat on a bench to soak up the sun while we ate our our treats. We sang “happy birthday” several times throughout the day, and were surprised when Aunt Rhiannon showed up with a special birthday snack. We hugged and we kissed and we cherished the little life that means so much to us all.  Continue reading Celebrating Oliver

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Today I wanted to share with you a quick, easy, and inexpensive recipe for a DIY coffee body scrub. In fact, if you are a coffee drinker, I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry!

This recipe comes together in a snap, smells unbelievable, and does a fantastic job of smoothing out those rough patches on your face and body, all while leaving it nicely moisturized. And let me tell you, if you use this in the shower, it basically makes your whole bathroom smell like Starbucks. Talk about a lovely way to start your day! Continue reading DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Five Things

1.Ok. I’ll admit it. I’m allll aboard the high waisted jean trend. I can’t help it. I love my low-rise skinnies, but three babies later and I’m just like FOR THE LOVE, will you please just stay up already? I’m in the market for a new pair – one that I can wear on repeat and pair with a variety of styles of tops and shoes (livin that capsule wardrobe life). I’m looking at these jeans and these jeansDon’t let the name fool you, they are so cute! What do you think?  Continue reading Five Things

Friday Five

1. What are your thoughts on smoothies? Delicious or over-rated? I love a good smoothie, although I’m desperate for some new recipes. I made myself a blueberry smoothie and then threw up a blueberry smoothie every morning for my first trimester  with Beatrice.

I’m nothing if not persistent.

All that to say, I have no interest in drinking a blueberry smoothie. Like…ever. This Papaya Mint smoothie recipe sounds yummy, though, and I have the fresh mint growing on my patio! I might have to give it a try. Continue reading Friday Five

Five Things


1. Spring break is upon us, and I’m so excited to have my husband home to make me breakfast every morning and watch the kids while I take naps, that I can’t hardly stand it. I mean…I’m happy that he’ll be home so that I can see his hot face, but mostly I’m looking forward to the naps. Continue reading Five Things

Thursday Things I Love: Kitchen Helpers, Little Treasures, and Red Hair

It’s been a good week. Some good changes. Some good, normal, every day stuff. Personally, I’ve been learning a lot. Motherhood continues to refine me. And I’m just so happy to get the chance to come here, day after day, week after week, and share my life with you all. Thanks for reading. Seriously.

This week, I loved… Continue reading Thursday Things I Love: Kitchen Helpers, Little Treasures, and Red Hair

Thursday Things I love: Family Hikes, Amateur Haircuts, & Cake

This quote:


I’ve wasted a lot of time banging on doors that I was never meant to walk through. Over the past year or so, I’ve become better at not only identifying which doors aren’t for me, but then also, letting those doors go. I’ve stared at a lot of shut doors, knowing that they weren’t for me, but obsessing over why they are shut. I’m over all that. If I don’t need it/want it, then I’m also going to let it go and walk away from it. No more worrying about why closed doors are closed. It’s time to start walking through open ones. Ya feel me? Continue reading Thursday Things I love: Family Hikes, Amateur Haircuts, & Cake

Five Things

1) I purchased activated charcoal tablets awhile back to have on hand this winter in case the stomach flu strikes. But after finding this recipe for DIY charcoal Face Mask, I might have to use a few capsules on my face! (Curious how activated charcoal can help with your family’s stomach flu symptoms? Read this article.)  Continue reading Five Things

Thursday Things I Love: Coffee Breaks, Yoga & Beets

It’s been a good week. Beatrice has found her groove with nursing and sleeping longer stretches; Mike and I had an awesome date; Theo has been particularly sweet; and Oliver and I have enjoyed some special moments together while big brother was at school.

Here are a few of the things I’m loving this week:

This coffee break Continue reading Thursday Things I Love: Coffee Breaks, Yoga & Beets

Five Things

1) I watched this video of James Corden from the Late Late Show where he drives around with Adele and they karaoke together and he interviews her between songs. There may or may not be a Spice Girl’s song included in the mix. Watch it. It’s kinda the best.

Continue reading Five Things