• 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…

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    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.…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • 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…

  • Life,  Parenthood

    Dear Beautifully Mediocre Body,

    Dear Beautifully Mediocre Body, I need to start off by saying, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for being such a hater lately, I’m just in one of those slumps. One of those slumps where I just don’t feel comfortable in you, in my own skin. I’ve gained back a majority of the weight we lost for the wedding and am just feeling very meh. It’s not your fault though. You don’t decide what I feed you or how often I work out, which we both know isn’t as much as I should. But you get all the shaming for the aftermath of those decisions. I think you will agree that what I put in you is,…

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    Happy birthday Hubby<3 My thoughts about continuing to grow as a couple.

    If you know us well, you know I am actually older than Nick, and even though the age gap is only 10 months, I never let him forget it;) I take every opportunity I can to remind him, I was an 80s baby, while he is just a youngster born in the 90s. As we get older, birthdays become less and less about gifts and celebration, and more and more about reflection. About pondering how in the world we are actually this old. Having kids definitely intensifies that feeling of moving in fast forward, but it’s there regardless. As we celebrated hubby’s 29th birthday I was hit with a huge wave of “holy cow is…