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Mike started knocking down walls on Thursday. And by walls I mean a closet and some wall paneling. But he had renovation dust moving in the air. And the sweet sound of 1960s paneling landing in the dumpster. Before I knew it, all the noise and smells and “Daddy, can I help?”s had me reminiscing on life a year ago.

House Renovation Update: One Year Later

mike with old retaining wall

A message landed in my inbox. It was a meme share followed by a friend’s counterargument. And I found it so compelling that I took a screenshot of it. And proceeded to forgot about it until a year later when Memories reminded me of it today. It went a little something like this: Meme: “Women […]

A Message to Ponder

I found myself holding back those happy-sappy mommy tears as we swayed in the living room. Feeling his little swaddled body nestled against my chest. Thinking about how 5 short weeks ago he wasn’t here. And how unimaginable that already seems. A healthy baby. A pile of coats on top of a pile of laundry. […]

Life as a Family of Six

Starting the new year off at 5am with a hot cup of coffee. Granted the coffee is sitting on the floor and I’m tending to a 2 week old, but technicalities. There’s a hot cup in my vicinity.

Cheers to a New Year: 2021

photo of airplane with smoke trail

It’s been 5 weeks since my goodbye-for-now post. A post about taking a break from social media until May 2021. And I’m pretty sure it ended with “You can catch me on the blog until then!” Jokes on me. Should have known pulling back from social media would leave little chance for me to show up here, a place where I already had a hard time landing. Why is that??

Stepping Back from Social Media: What I’ve Learned

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Oh, Hummingbird cake. How I love you. It was a birthday tradition in my family. Or at least a cake I frequently requested. And I gotta admit it made for the best day-after-birthday breakfast.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe: A Southern Classic

Postpartum mental health (aka: perinatal mental health). It’s one of those things you don’t really think about until you get there. And then when you do, you find yourself with a handful of questions.

14 Perinatal Mental Health Questions Answered

woman carrying a baby

Life is odd right now– I guess that probably goes without saying.

Navigating Pandemic Life: Pleasure in the Pathless Woods

Have you hopped on board the Nugget train yet? If not, have no fear! Here’s is everything you need to know about this wonderful, open ended toy! It’s easily one of our most enjoyed purchases– and I know handful of friends who can say the same.

10 Things to Know About Nugget Play Couches

Nugget Comfort in Bamboo

Creativity was something that was unknowingly missing from my life. It only took a few years of denial, a marital argument and a drive to thrift store to discover it.⁣My hope is that this post will give you some food for thought during this weird time in life. Maybe you’ll add creativity, physical fitness, blooming […]

The Missing Piece: Creativity

mantel decor

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