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 […]

Making Faces! Book Review and Giveaway

My kiddos have been super spoiled since we moved here with all the beaches and outdoor activities. Florida is like a giant playground for kids! But sometimes we stay home because I get lazy or it rains. And when it rains, I get lazy. I’m always looking for indoor activities that allow the kids to […]

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 […]

Is This Real Life or Vacation?

We’ve been in Florida for almost a month now and folks back home were asking me how life in Florida is so far. I started my new job and they certainly did not hold back from putting me to work. It’s more projects and longer hours than my old job. (It’s not a bad thing, […]

Spelunking at Ruby Falls

Spelunking. That word should be added to the list of most hated words along with “moist,” “phlegm,” and “panties.” It sounds like something contagious or dirty, but really all it means is “cave exploring.” As in: We did a ton of spelunking in Chattanooga, TN at Ruby Falls Cave. Ruby Falls is the largest underground […]


We are now on the road, figuratively and literally in between our life in Illinois and our new adventure in Florida. Last week our family (my husband’s cousin who also happens to be our next door neighbor) threw us a Despedida Party, or a “going away party.” We barely had time to pack up our […]

Bye-Bye, Illinois…Hello, Florida!!!

It’s official! We’re leaving the Land of Lincoln and heading for the Sunshine State. In one week. Eek! It’s all happening so fast! After having the best maternity leave ever, we talked about taking the leap to leave Illinois and move to Florida to enjoy beautiful weather, cheaper cost of living, and be closer to […]

Adventures (and Yipit Deals) Ahead

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Yipit. I just wanted to share these awesome deals with you! As always, all opinions are my own. Exciting things are happening!  AHHHH!  Professionally and personally, there are so many adventures ahead in the very near future.  (Don’t panic, this blog is not going anywhere.)  It’s just so. many. […]