October 28, 2019

The baby countdown is on, and we’re in the homestretch over here! Finishing up all the baby tasks, and I’ve turned my attention to Christmas.

Since we’ve been married, I have always been one to send out our Christmas cards early—I typically order them in October, stuff them in early November, and send them out as soon as it no longer seems inappropriately early to do so (which is usually the day after Thanksgiving).

This year, w...

May 17, 2017

We don't have a great track record of painless car travel with kids so I am definitely no expert in this arena. But with an upcoming 10ish-hour (if we're lucky) ride to the Outer Banks, I have been crowdsourcing and prepping for weeks now, and thought I'd share what I've come up with.


Boogie Board

Aquadoodle (to replace our old one--would highly recommend! Just make sure you get an extra pen)

Water Wows (we bring these...

October 4, 2016

Do you know the word hygge (pronounced hue-guh)? We love that word around here. In Danish it translates to something like “cozy family time" and sometimes Eloise, who knows the word but not its meaning, can be found running around the house repeating "hoo-ga, hoo-ga." (But if she knew the meaning she would do no such thing, as the child is absolutely allergic to anything remotely cozy or cuddly.)

I love the warmer months, but f...

September 3, 2016

Hello! I solo-mommed it for a few days this week for the first time since having Amelia and am happy to report it wasn’t nearly as terrifying as I had anticipated. The witching hour/bedtime routine felt about three times as long as it usually does, but otherwise we have all emerged unscathed. Nick actually told me that I should try and miss him a little bit because I MAY have hinted that there is less mess to clean up and I sl...

August 13, 2016

Hello from the other side of a busy week, and happy weekend!

I started off the busy week with a massive Sunday food prep session—something I never do, but it was so worth it. I pumped out pesto, bacon, and cheesy polenta while Nick grilled the chicken, shrimp and zucchini. I might need to start doing this more often. All done with the help of Melick's hard cider, which we picked up at the farm while peach picking last weekend!...

August 11, 2016

A recipe! Something you don’t find around here too often :)

My feelings about getting dinner on the table range from ambivalence at best to dread at worst. When I was a new bride, I would spend HOURS scouring Pinterest for the perfect weekly meal plan, and then hours more prepping, chopping, braising, and other stupid verbs after my hour-plus daily commute home.

Those days are over! My current dinner mentality is get it done. No...

August 8, 2016

Essential oils! One of my favorite topics. I’ve gotten some questions lately about how our family uses oils, and thought I’d share here.

First thing to note: Not all essential oils are created equal (some are diluted, or contain fillers or chemicals), so do your research! Because we use many of these oils topically and/or internally, I did lots of research and am only comfortable using Young Living oils for our family. We use t...

July 29, 2016

I normally drink three things: coffee, water, and wine. However, I've stumbled over some new-to-me beverages in the past week or so and thought I'd share here.

HFCS-free ginger ale

I try to always keep some ginger ale in the house for sickies, and with Eloise down for the count earlier this week, I was scouting out the beverage aisle at the grocery store when I came across a ginger ale without high fructose corn syrup, halleluja...

July 26, 2016

Back with the second installment of some of my favorite gifts to give young children. (If you missed the first installment, here are my newborn favorites.)

One-Year-Old Favorites:

Pull toys—We get lots of mileage out of our dancing alligator! As soon as Eloise was off and running you could find her doing laps around the house with this (which can be deafeningly loud, warning! but it's part of the fun), and she loved it all throu...

July 7, 2016

Over the past couple years I’ve compiled a list of favorite kids’ gifts, grouped by age, that our girls have used and loved. I love having this list at the ready so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time we have a gift to give.

Here are some of our favorites for baby, in case you’re interested! I'll follow up with posts on one- and two-year-old favorites but naptime is running out so it will have to wait for another day!...

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