House Updates Lately

We have been busy making updates and changes to our house as per usual over the summer.  Here are a few of the updates! We put in a patio at the beginning of the summer which we love.  It is colored stamped concrete with a diamond cut.  It is beautiful!  Our existing deck is rather small and our backyard is pretty big, so it’s nice to have more outdoor living space in our backyard.  This summer was kind of crazy (aren’t they all) and we didn’t buy furniture until the end-of-summer clearance in September, so it looked pretty sparse all summer.  Since our son started walking over the summer, we spent a lot of time using this open space to practice our toddling skills. The […]



READING : Old journals from the past 9 years that I found while cleaning out my closet.  How embarrassing!  After reading them I realized 2 things: I am actually happier now than I have been probably in most of my life and I still complain about the same unimportant problems that I had 9 years ago (like wanting to lose 5 pounds, not sticking to a routine, and annoying problems at work — I guess I’ll never escape those things! Ha.).  I am pretty certain that the main things contributing to being so happy are being really fulfilled by motherhood (it is a true and pure happiness, love and fulfillment every single day) and my husband and I are in a GREAT place in our relationship. […]

No Cry Sleep Training Tips 1

  I used to think I would be a full-on cry-it-out mom before I had my son.  But as soon as he was in my arms, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do the cry-it-out thing.  I was desperate for both of us to get the sleep we needed at night, but I wanted to find a way to do it with no crying.  And I’m here to say that we DID successfully sleep train without crying (fussing is allowed in our house!) when he was 4 1/2 months old.  He’s now nearly 15-months old and is (knock on wood) a FANTASTIC sleeper. (By the way, I am referring to sleep training as teaching the baby to put themselves to sleep and not relying on being […]


My Browsing History

My Browsing History This Week

Here is a peak into my browsing history this week…hope you find these links as interesting as I did! Maternity Leave: How Long Is Too Long?: The author says this about going back to work after having a baby: “I feel completely and utterly discombobulated.”  In my experience, this is 110% accurate.  Nothing prepared me for the anxiety-filled first year back to work. Reasons Why Clothes Shopping is the Absolute Worst: Yes.  Why am I just now finding out about Matt Bellassai? I was LOLing at this video. The Year I Embraced Minimalism and Completed a Yearlong Shopping Ban: I’ve ‘known’ Cait for a few years online, but I found this post fascinating.  She is accomplishing big things right now. Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate […]

Favorite Protein Shake: Mocha Peanut Butter Protein 2

I’ve been really getting into drinking protein shakes every day, usually on the way to work.  It’s so convenient and I usually don’t have much of an appetite in the morning.  I prefer to drink my breakfast first thing in the morning!  Plus, I’m lazy in the AM, so a shake is perf. I go back and forth on drinking caffeine and not drinking caffeiene and right now I’m totally in lustful caffeine mode.  Bring me all the coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper!  When I was nursing baby boy, I avoided caffeine, but I weaned about a month ago, so time to party, right! Here’s what I’ve been throwing in the shake lately and let me tell you, this mix is SO GOOD: 1 cup […]


preventing morning sickness

Preventing Morning Sickness Before You’re Pregnant

When I was pregnant with my son, I had pretty bad morning sickness.  I felt sick pretty much all day from week 6 through week 18 or 19.  It was miserable to feel like you had mild food poisoning for 3 months.  I ended up taking Zofran which I didn’t love for 2 reasons: it didn’t really work that well and I was always worried the drugs were hurting the baby. I came across a pin on Pinterest a few months ago claiming that you could prevent morning sickness before you got pregnant.  Hmm, intriguing.  I would do anything to prevent that awful feeling for our next pregnancy! After reading that article and doing some more research, I learned that some woman have had success […]

Currently // 06.20.15 2

SAVING // $75 per month! We just cancelled our digital cable this week.  We still have basic cable, but, clearly, it’s much, much cheaper than digital (although, no more DVR, boo).  We hardly ever watch cable anymore, as it is.  Our bill before the downsize was $210 and now it’s $135!  And our Internet speed went from 15 mbps to 50 (random)!  Every since Google Fiber came to town, TWC has really improved their customer service.  Still, as soon as Google Fiber is available in our neighborhood, we will jump the TWC ship for good.  In summary, we only have basic cable now and hardly watch it anyway and will switch to Google Fiber whenever it’s available to us. LOVING // The 13-month phase with my son. […]


Master Suite Makeover: Making the Bedroom Into A Calming Spa-Like Retreat 1

I’m making over our master suite into a calming retreat! I want to walk into this room at the end of a long day and feel relaxed. I want to feel all the stresses of the day vanish when I step through the door.  I want it to help me sleep better.  I want it to be cozy and serene. When I first started working on our master suite 3 years ago, I was going for purple and gold…so clearly I was crazy back then.  It was not a good look.  I knew it then, but I didn’t want to accept it. My intentions were good, but now I know that I’m not a professional interior designer and I really don’t have the skills or […]

Working Mom 4

Oops, I haven’t blogged in 7 months!  Well, I’m here now and a lot has changed. Becoming a mom is completely life-changing (obviously)!  My son is seriously my everything.  He is the coolest, sweetest, funniest person I know.  It has literally taken me 9 months to even start to dabble in my old interests.  It’s truly like falling in love – all I could think about the past 9 months was him! After 3 months of maternity leave, I went back to work in mid-August.  One week after I started back to work, I put in my notice that I was leaving.  Yep, I resigned from my job after just one week of being back. Most people thought I was leaving to stay home with […]


Body After Baby: 2 Months 3

Last week, my baby boy turned 2 months old.  How?! That also means I’m 2 months postpartum.  I’ve been slowly easing back into a fitness routine, which is really exciting for me.  It makes me feel like my old self and gives me ‘me’ time. On the weight loss front, I’m only 2-3 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight.  I’m sooo happy about that.  Honestly, I feel like I’m pretty much back to pre-pregnancy weight because those 2-3 pounds are probably in my boobs.  Not even joking.  Breastfeeding is doing crazy things to them.  Ha. I’d still like to lose 15-20 pounds, as crazy as that sounds.  I’m about 20 pounds above my wedding weight, which just sounds crazy to me.  I was in such awesome […]