Tuesday, October 6, 2015

10 Things Not to Say to Me During the Final Weeks of Pregnancy

So I've been warning my husband that I'm entering the "don't cross me" stage of pregnancy.  I can't be the only one who experiences these symptoms about 4 weeks out: irritability, sensitivity, extreme exhaustion or hunger causing me to lash out uncontrollably.... Tell me I'm not alone.  In that vein I thought it would be cathartic obnoxious fun to make a list of things I don't want to hear to share with the world. Because why not?  You've gotten plenty of inspirational posts here.  Plenty of scripture laden posts.  Plenty of encouraging posts.  Plenty of heartfelt posts.  I'm going to assume that allows me one snarky post. Am I right?  I hope so because here goes (oh and I should add that all of these statements have been said to me.  I didn't make any of them up.):

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Budget Friendly Fall Mantel

Affordable fall mantel ideas
I thought of a few titles for this post.  One was "Pretty and Approachable Fall Mantel" but I'll be honest, no one is going to put that into google search and I'm all about SEO these days. Hashtag keepin it real. My point is that you don't have to be a designer or have a beyonce budget to create a pretty mantel.  Side note: I often get overwhelmed, rather than inspired by all the beauty out there. I'm always looking for inspiration but it's nice to have attainable inspiration from time to time. Hopefully you'll find that here today. Here's what I came up with + scroll to the bottom for my top 5 tips to create a budget friendly fall mantel.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dax Joey's Monthly Photos plus Tips to Capture Your Baby Every Month

Dax Joey is ONE.  What?  How did that happen?  Where did the time go? I've always said he's our beauty from ashes and the evidence of God's perfect timing in our lives.  Carrying him gave me hope and purpose when I was tired and overwhelmed with life.  I knew at the end of Joe's treatment, we'd have a perfect little son awaiting us.  Dax has my heart.  I joked with Joe that he's still number one but Dax is a close second. ha! I'm so honored that God entrusted us with baby Dax.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

An Update on Joe's Journey and A Big Lesson Learned

For a while now I've wanted to update you on Joe's recovery. Most of you know he was diagnosed with cancer in March of 2014. This came as a complete shock and as you can imagine was devastating news for our family. While we were living it, it was too painful for me to discuss, but now that it's been about a year since he finished treatment I’m sharing a few lessons learned and an update on how he's doing, including his current treatment plan. I still get emotional thinking of our little family in such a fragile state.  But we learned some very valuable lessons.  For one...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Weekend Getaway at an Awesome Resort

Last weekend Joe and I took the kids to meet his parents at Mariott's Oceanwatch Villas at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. They'd booked a vacation there and since it's only a few hours away it was the perfect opportunity to cure a little bit of homesickness. I'm not sure what I expected but it certainly exceeded my expectations.  It  really was the perfect place to take the kiddos. Oh and I should say that though this sounds sponsored, it's not. I wish it was. Like I really wish it was because then I could justify going back soon. Ha. I'm always curious about what people do with their kids plus it's been a bit quiet here on the blog so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and share. So what made it so great?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Nadia Sophie is 4 plus FIVE Ways to Make a Birthday Feel Special

My little one is turning FOUR today.  Yesterday, she sat in the backseat with the cutest pout ever saying "I'm tired of being 3 1/2.  It's boring! I don't want to be the youngest."  How convenient that I could assure her that not only is she not the youngest but that she also didn't have to stand for being three one. more. day.  My little petulant Nadia.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kitchen Planning in a New Construction Home

I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to get to plan a brand new kitchen.  To give you some background, 2 years ago we had a small budget to renovate our kitchen. We'd already updated the appliances and the floors.  But there was only so much lipstick we could throw on a 60 year old pig.  It was finally time to replace the counters and cabinets. Eek!  We excitedly started gathering information to estimate cost. But then we had the 3rd contractor over to fix our roof.  Which led to our entire kitchen renovation savings being spent on a roof. Which is kind of like spending $200 on socks instead of a new pair of boots.  Or like spending $5000 on surgery for your big toe when what you really want are new tatas.  It was such a bummer! And then to add insult to injury, when we put our house on the market we put in new laminate and a new sink. While it certainly wasn't what I would've chosen for a "real" remodel (although I loved this sink), it made the kitchen look about 100 times better and I hated that we hadn't done it sooner.
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