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The Birth Story: Part OneAug 10th

birth story

Hi guys. I had a baby two weeks ago. An amazing, sweet, delicious baby boy. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see for yourself that he is just the absolute, most perfect newborn ever. I had things planned ahead. Like, I would blog my birth story, and throw up some funny labor/delivery posts. Maybe even […]

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How to Simplify Beach TripsAug 01st

3 Things That Simplify The Beach

It’s summer, you want to go to the beach with your kids, but you know it’s a hassle. Today I’d love to share some of the things I’ve learned that really help simplify our beach trips. We go weekly, and I like to think I have it down to a science. 1.) Antibacterial wipes.   […]

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Nursery Sneak Peek!Jul 14th

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  This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery Today I’d like to share some of the fruits of my nesting labor. No, no real labor going on over here. I haven’t peed my pants again, […]

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When Going Camping Makes You Want A DivorceJul 10th

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**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. When you grow up in a household with six children you end up with a decent assortment of stories to tell. For instance, I could tell you about the time my younger brother’s finger fell off and my mom had to hold it […]

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Five Fun Reads for Your WeekendJul 03rd

5 weekend reads

Well, the infamous 4th is almost upon us. I should be excited for the food. I should be excited for all the drunk-people watching. And I should be excited for the fireworks. Instead, I really just want to either go into labor (first choice) or settle in with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and […]

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My Extraordinary KidJun 30th

PicMonkey Collage

I took my five-year-old daughter into Claire’s the other day. It was her first time. If you don’t know what Claire’s is, it’s basically accessory heaven for girly-girls. I remember discovering it when I was about twelve years-0ld and life was never the same after. I knew Coco would be impressed, but I had no […]

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How To Be A LeaderJun 25th

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This past weekend I had the privilege of going with my church on a women’s retreat. It was unlike any women’s retreat I’ve ever attended. I knew it would be good, and that’s why I dragged my large, extremely-pregnant-self up to the mountains for three days. On the way up the mountain, my feet crossed […]

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Beach Day With Taste of NatureJun 20th

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Living near the beach has many perks. But my favorite one, besides the weather, is that people want to come and visit us. We also live close to a major airport and this too brings folks our way. Nevertheless, the beach remains a natural source of attraction and this summer we plan to manipulate the heck out […]

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Why Kids Need PoetryJun 16th

why kids need poetry

I make it no secret that I’m a straight-up English nerd. Reading is near and dear to my heart. And yes, in case you’ve wondered about my children’s “weird” names–Cosette and Chaucer, it’s because I adore literature. I first discovered I liked poetry when I was in 6th grade. I was at my mom’s friend’s […]

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Why Pregnant Ladies Should Go To The BeachJun 09th

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I’m pretty much over this whole being pregnant gig. My body has reached what I believe are its limits in weight, girth, and hormone capacity. I’d like to have it back to myself now, thank you very much. And yet, I must press on. Onward and outward until my baby boy is ready to pop […]

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Raising Siblings As FriendsJun 05th

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Greetings from the other side, my friends. And by other side, I mean the almost dead side. Jiminey Christmas I had a horrible flu! I think I’m done with it, but I still have this cough that sounds like a cross between old school consumption and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It’s violent, I tell […]

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Help A Story Teller Change The WorldMay 21st


Hey guys! I want to introduce a sweet friend today who could use our help. This is Becka and her brand new husband, Zach. Aren’t they adorable? Becka is a high school teacher English teacher, but her passion and heart is for Africa. Specifically, Rwanda. She feels so strongly for Rwanda that she got Africa […]

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5 Ways To Style Bandanas For Little GirlsMay 20th

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Hey all! I was at a women’s retreat with my sweet friend Amber a few weekends ago and they gave each cabin a piece of “flair.” Don’t worry, no Office Space flair. Really it was just a square cloth–a bandana, if you will, that we had to wear to represent our cabin. Most of us […]

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20 Daddy Daughter DatesMay 16th

20 Daddy Daughter Dates

The semester just ended and that means my little family has daddy back home. The school year is an insane time for my husband, especially since he transferred to a new program. We didn’t get to spend a lot of “quality” time with him as a family. My kids have soaked every minute they can […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Shy Kid Get ConfidentMay 12th

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Guys, allow me to introduce you to one of the sweetest gals in blogland. Kelly from IdealistMom is here to help me out with my “Lasso the Moon” series. Last week I shared about how we deal with Coco’s separation anxiety, and this week Kelly is here to weigh in on helping your shy child […]

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Remember Your Grandma This Mothers DayMay 09th

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No matter how cold the temperature, Grandma’s tapioca always tasted warm. Those weird little lumps could slide around your mouth like soothing, massaging medicine balls. I’ll be honest, tapioca felt iffy for many years. The funny texture, clear and lumpy like fish eyes—the fact that I could almost see the egg whites, always prompted me […]

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Perfect Mother’s Day Gift + A GiveawayMay 01st

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Yourkidvid. I don’t want flowers for Mother’s Day. I don’t want a nice candle or smelly lotion…you can give me a spa gift card if you’re trying to relax me. What do I want? I would love for someone to free me from this […]

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