Our Wedding in an Instagram Story

On Monday, Jeff and I passed our 8 year milestone of being married and Irma came to crash our wedding anniversary.  Luckily, the hurricane weakened significantly by the time it reached us and we made it with no damage, flooding, or injury. We didn’t even lose power.  Thank God! Needless to say, we didn’t celebrate at all […]

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer is short this year for A&Z. Well, technically, we get summer all year round because we live in Florida, but their summer break is relatively short at only 8 weeks. We created a summer bucket list to make sure we cover off all the things we want to do during their vacation: Summer is […]

Unimpressed Toddler

It’s so funny how my babies’ personalities are so different. Arielle is happy and friendly, Zavier is sweet and goofy…and Alyssa is, well, unimpressed. I have all these photos of her where her facial expression says, “meh!” and when people try to coo at her or make her giggle, she just gives them the stink […]

Zavier the Graduate

My sweet little guy graduated from pre-school! It seems like these milestones come and go so quickly. If this happened already, then that means that high school graduation is right around the corner. I’m not even remotely ready for this. A photo posted by Gracielle (@mommya_z) on Jun 4, 2016 at 8:55am PDT

Pavo Presents: Friendship

I’m part of a babywearing community centered around Pavo Textiles. Pavo makes the most beautiful woven wraps and I’m obsessed. They have a store in Essex, MA, but since all their loyal customers can’t make the trip out to New England, the lovely owners host trunk shows in select cities. This past weekend was the […]

Gratitude 2015

2015 was not an easy year – I think I hit 4 of the 6 top stressful life situations this year and I’m still chugging along.  Adjusting to being a mom of three, moving to another state, starting a new job, and illness.  We are coming towards the home stretch of this year and we made out […]

Pink and Gold Stars First Birthday

Alyssa turned one already! To celebrate, we had little birthday celebration at a local restaurant. It wasn’t a big event, but that didn’t stop her from going baby-glam – we went for a pink and gold stars first birthday theme!! With a matching pink and gold star cake and smash cake, of course. I got […]

Crossing the Street

We are in this crazy transition stage right now – with our new lives beginning in Florida, but all of our belongings and our home still back in Illinois. New jobs for my husband and me, new schools for the kids. We are definitely enjoying the newness of it all and exploring all the theme […]

Why I chose to have my daughter wear a uniform in a public school

Arielle will be starting the first grade at her new school next week.  (Woah! How did that happen already?!)  She will be attending the public school that’s just down the block. I read that there is an optional uniform policy for their students and I thought that was bizarre. I thought uniforms were only for private […]

Close Enough to Kiss

I’ve had this post brewing in my mind for a few months now. If you see me, I’m wearing it. If you converse with me, I’m talking about it. It’s the first thing I do when I get home from work and what I look forward to the most on weekends. A hobby, you might […]