• Life

    How I started a blog: 5 simple steps

    This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more info:) Welcome future bloggers! I’m glad you could join us:) So you’re thinking of starting a blog? Well, I think that’s a really great idea. Blogging can be such an amazing way to express yourself, such a great creative outlet. It has given me confidence and validation in my role as a stay at home mom, it’s the perfect “me time”, and the perfect side hustle. But, even though I think it’s a really great idea, I also think you’re probably ridiculously overwhelmed. I know I was. I watched probably thirty YouTube videos and read just about every blog post I could find explaining the ins and outs of starting one. Lucky for you, I’ve already done the hard part. My hours and hours of research and reading, are your gain:) There are some really great resources out there. Some very…

  • Life

    This is 30.

    This is it, the death of my 20s. The end of an era. I’m not sure how in the world it happened so quickly, but somehow another decade has passed. I am officially the big bad dirty 30, and honestly, I could not be more content with it. I feel excited and invigorated and hopeful. I’ve always been told that your 30s are your best years, and I can totally see that. I can’t wait to grow my little family by a few more kids, buy a house we can turn into a home, grow my own food, raise my babies, and hang out with my seriously amazing husband. This is what you work for. This is 30. This is what makes fumbling through your 20s totally worth it. Through relationships that don’t quite fit, through shut off notices and broke college days, through retail jobs you can’t really stand,…

  • Parenthood

    I am one lucky stay at home mama, but luck has nothing to do with it.

    “Oh you’re so lucky to be a stay at home mom.” “I’m so jealous!” “I would give anything to stay home.” I hear them all the time, and normally I just smile softly and nod my head in agreement. Because yes, I am so lucky and I am so blessed. But once in awhile, normally after a few rough nights of sleep or a particularly hard day of butting heads with a toddler, those simple statements get to me a little. I read into them a little more than I should. And I know people mean well, they really do. They aren’t trying to make me bite my tongue, they are just stating the truth. They wish they could stay home, I get it. But they don’t see what goes on behind the scenes or how much we sacrifice for our decision. They simply may not know, that luck has…

  • Life

    Simple swaps for a more ecofriendly home.

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” – Native American Proverb This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more info:) About a year ago I began my journey towards more green and simple living. I started researching small ways I could reduce our waste, specifically plastics, and start my family on the path towards being more kind to our planet. In honor of Earth Day this week, I have decided to share the simple changes I have made to make my household a little more ecofriendly. Because we have to. Somethings got to give. We’ve all seem them, the heart wrenching photos and videos of wildlife losing the battle against our garbage. Swimming among plastic jugs, and straws, and bags. Struggling to survive because we have gotten to a point where convenience trumps everything. We’ve all seen the pictures of once…

  • Life,  Parenthood

    My Blighted Ovum Miscarriage Part 2

    As it turns out, writing the second half of our journey through miscarriage, did not come as easily as the first. I’ve started and restarted this post more than a handful of times, and it just never felt right. It’s hard to figure out which direction to go in, and even harder to draw the line between too much information and not enough. But here we are, and I think I’m finally at peace with how it turned out. If you haven’t read My Blighted Ovum Miscarriage Part 1, feel free to take a look into the beginning of our story. If you have stumbled across this post while frantically googling your sweet little heart out, I am truly sorry. I am sorry that what drove you here is beyond your control. And I am sorry that hoping and wanting, sometimes just aren’t enough. I am so sorry you had…

  • Life

    An update on our beautifully mediocre life.

    Hello to all of our Beautifully Mediocre friends and followers! I have been slacking, and for that I’m sorry. My mind has been elsewhere and blogging just hasn’t quite fit into our schedule lately. I feel like I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I have been so busy house hunting, spring cleaning, bachelorette party planning, and dog poop scooping… so much dog poop… yay springtime! And to top it all off, Everest has had a fever for 2 days now and just wants all the mommy snuggles, which I am totally ok with. But with sick babes, comes minimal sleep. And with minimal sleep, comes a whole schedule thrown outta whack. So I’m sorry for being MIA! Just been drinking my weight in coffee and worrying myself to insomnia. **Update… Everest and Nick both tested positive for Influenza A. Thank goodness mom has an iron…

  • Life

    Dear Grandpa, I miss you a little extra on your birthday.

    Happy birthday, grandpa. I wish I could say that in person. I wish I could give you a hug, kiss that bald head of yours, and watch your eyes smile like they always did. You were our rock. You were our jokester. You were the storyteller, the voice of reason, the racecar driver, the hook baiter, the boat driver, the donut getter. You were grandpa, and there was no one cooler than grandpa. You are where all of our stories started. Today would be your 83rd birthday. And I would give just about anything to make you a ridiculous cake. Piled high with 83 candles and posing a serious fire hazard, in true grandpa’s birthday tradition. I would give up quite a bit to sit and eat a piece of that cake with you. I would spend every dollar I have to sit next to you at the slot machines…

  • Our Furry Family Members

    10 Must-Haves for Your Canine Companion.

    What a wonderful place the world would be if we all had the heart of a dog<3 This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more info:) We are blessed with four fur babies, our children before we had a child. If you’ve got fur children of your own, then you know, you always want whats best for them. But what is best for them? It can be hard to navigate the hundreds of options, and if you’re anything like me, decision making is not your strong suit… Seriously I am THE WORST at choosing anything. But, you’re in luck! I have decided to put together a list of our favorites. From treats, to toys, to a few things that just make mom and dads lives easier, these are the winners in our house! Some of our canine companions must-haves. KONG Stuff-a-Ball If you’re like me, you’ve got doggos that…

  • Life

    It’s been two years since my husband lost his person.

    Two years ago I lost a dear friend. Two years ago a family lost their brother, son, uncle, nephew. Two years ago the world lost a soul so bright and full of life, that it dimmed the sun for awhile. Two years ago my husband lost his person. You know what I mean? One of those people whose existence is so instrumental to who you are as a person, that there isn’t really a word that can adequately describe it. Not brother, not friend… Those are “your people”. And if you know Nick well at all, then you know his childhood was rocky and far from ideal. He was never dealt the easy hand. But there were a handful of people there willing to keep dealing him new cards. Willing to turn his crappy hand into a good one. Kody was one of those people. Grief is a strange thing.…

  • Life,  Parenthood

    Why you should get yourself a planner.

    This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more info:) I need some structure. I enjoy having a to-do list. My toddler, my pets, my husband, my house, just run more smoothly on a schedule. I have officially been back at it as a stay at home mama for almost a month. It’s been amazing, and stressful, and a little isolating, but we’re finding our groove. Surprisingly, one of the biggest struggles so far is keeping myself busy and getting done what I want to get done, while simultaneously feeling like I’m not doing enough “nothing” with Everest. The procrastinator in me has been poking around, making me think I’ve got all the time in the world. You’d think I would have learned not to listen to her by now, but she gets the best of me sometimes. So I’ve decided to put myself on a bit of a schedule.…