The Day Job: Strategic Planning Manager

First and foremost, I am a mother.  Since you’re here, you obviously know that I’m a blogger, but let’s be honest – I hate blogging. Occasionally…more like about 45+ hours per week – I am a Strategic Planning Manager.  But you would never know it or even know what that means.  I’m kind of shy […]

I Hate Blogging

I hate blogging. There, I said it! What a way to start off my first post of 2016…womp, womp. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing. I love that this is a creative outlet for me that also serves as an archive for my sweet babies’ precious, it’s-over-in-a-blink-of-an-eye moments. Now that we’re in Florida, it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]