Hello, 2018

Hello, 2018

Well, three days into 2018 and I already feel behind. Typical. In all seriousness though, I am so happy to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. While 2017 wasn’t a crazy year for me by any means, the end of it stressed me out – job switch, throwing a last-minute first birthday for Ella, Abbie’s fifth birthday (andI still haven’t written her birthday post), and the holidays. Let’s just say I am so incredibly thankful for the new mindset a switch of the calendar brings, and I’m so ready to fill this brand new year with my dreams and…

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The Ultimate List of White Elephant Gifts Under $25

The Ultimate List of White Elephant Gifts Under $25

I cannot believe that we are officially halfway through December – it’s crazy. If you work full-time like I do, December brings lots of things to the workplace – holiday parties, treats from co-workers, and one you may either love or dread – the White Elephant gift exchange.

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Cheesy Italian Turkey Sausage Frittata

Cheesy Italian Turkey Sausage Frittata

   I am always looking for easy, filling breakfasts. I’m a big proponent of fueling up at the start of your day… and if you know me, you know I adore breakfast food. In fact, I could eat breakfast food any time of day and never get tired of it. Even though I enjoy the classics, it’s nice to come up with new ideas too. We’re always trying to get more whole foods into our diet – that allows us to indulge just a little bit while still keeping with a healthy lifestyle. I’ll be honest – the motivation for…

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WW Freestyle: First Impressions

WW Freestyle: First Impressions

Today, after hearing about the changes all week long, we finally got the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program. I’ve heard good things, grumblings, and more, but honestly? I’m really glad the changes are here. One of the things I love about Weight Watchers releasing program changes at the end of the year is that it gives me a bit of a reset before the new year begins. Because let’s face it – EVERYONE is going to hope on the weight loss train come January 1, and I’m happy to be just a little bit ahead of it. So, first impressions…

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Tackle Kids Cancer

Tackle Kids Cancer

  A few weeks ago, we got the news that one of my good friends has cancer. It was a shock to all of us, and while she has an excellent prognosis and she’s on a good treatment plan, I think we’re all nervous about what that diagnosis means for her and her family. It all got me thinking about how cancer touches so many of us. It’s touched my family as well (with my mom), but thankfully we’re all currently healthy. Some of the hardest hit are the littlest ones in our lives – children. It’s so easy to…

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Stitch Fix: November 2017

Stitch Fix: November 2017

It’s Stitch Fix Day! I always mean to share this way earlier but you know, life. So even though the month of November is over, here’s November’s fix!

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How to Pick Outfits for Family Pictures

How to Pick Outfits for Family Pictures

It’s that time of year – if you haven’t done your family photos yet, they’re likely in the next few weeks. If you’re like me, you completely stress over what to wear, and it only gets more difficult the more kids you have. This was our first year taking outdoor photos as a family of four, since last year’s photos were Ella’s newborn photos!

For the past few years, I’ve had a bit of a system for picking our outfits, and it’s served me well. I’m so happy with how our outfits and photos turned out, so here are my tips for getting the look yourself!

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Essentials for When Your Kids are Sick

Essentials for When Your Kids are Sick

  There are some things that are just no fun as a parent. But the worst? When your kids are sick. Whatever the reason- a virus, vaccinations, the flu – we do whatever we can to make them feel comfortable. Ella finally had her 12-month checkup over the weekend, and for us, that meant vaccinations. She’s usually pretty resilient when it comes to those, but these hit her hard and she was out of it all weekend. While there isn’t a ton I could do to help her feel better, I prepared by making sure I had a few must-haves…

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Simple 401k Management for Working Moms

Simple 401k Management for Working Moms

  When I switched jobs last month, there were a lot of changes in our lives. My hours changed, my commute changed, and daily routines changed. But in addition to all of those big changes I could see, there were some I couldn’t – like changes in our benefits. I have always carried the benefits for our family, so a switch in my job meant looking at those carefully and deciding what to do about all of it. We looked at everything and made decisions on all of it, including planning for my 401k. Speaking of 401ks – why the…

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How to Throw a Last-Minute Birthday Party

How to Throw a Last-Minute Birthday Party

The last few weeks of our lives have been a whirlwind. I left one job, started another, attempted and failed the Whole 30, and my baby turned one. After thinking about Ella’s first birthday for months and debating lots of different scenarios – renting a room, going to a festival, having family only, doing it a relative’s house – we ended up just doing a celebration at home. And it was perfect. Despite all my worries that we didn’t enough space, my house wasn’t clean enough, or that our girls wouldn’t behave – it was the exact opposite. Everyone seemed to…

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