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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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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Cold Weather Comforts

Cold Weather Comforts

It took a long time this year, but the cold weather is finally here in Virginia and I’m loving cozying up with my family on the weekends. We finally furnished our basement (after living here over 3 years), so we’ve been spending lots of time down there as a family – watching movies, playing, and just enjoying each others’ company.

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Our Favorite Custom Granola

Our Favorite Custom Granola

   I have always wanted to be a person that makes my own granola. I love the idea of putting my own spin on things, mixing it up, and making it my own. But let’s face it – I just don’t have time for all that. Plus Abbie is beyond picky and definitely has her own ideas about what she wants to eat. Enter Bear Naked Custom Granola. This is like my granola making dreams come true, without me having to do the work! You simply head to their site here to create your own custom mix of granola. They…

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My Job Update

My Job Update

As you may remember, I switched jobs last month, and that’s the main reason it’s been quiet around here – getting used to a new routine, a new commute, and learning a whole new position and company. Some of you have reached out on Instagram to ask for updates, so I figured it was worth a post, right? Well, to make a long story short, at only a week and a half in, I can say with certainty that I made the right decision. I was at my previous job for 7.5 years. While there was a lot that was…

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October Catch-Up

October Catch-Up

Let’s do an old-fashioned catch-up post, shall we? Things have been a bit busy around here getting ready for me to switch jobs, so a life update is in order, right? Everyone at my office has been so supportive of my job change. It’s been a weird two weeks, working on projects while knowing I’m leaving. There are a lot of people that work remotely on certain days, so I’ve already started saying goodbye to people, and it’s just a strange feeling. On Friday, I’ll walk out of this building for the last time as an employee, and it’s just a…

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

You know that saying about how one door closes, and another one opens? I can never remember the exact wording of it, but it’s exactly my life right now. Big changes are happening in our neck of the woods. What are they, you ask? Well, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that on Friday, I put in my resignation at my current job. Don’t worry, this isn’t some sweeping announcement about quitting my job to blog or anything like that – something like that is just not in the cards for us. Instead, I’m finally moving on to…

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What No One Warned Me About Motherhood

What No One Warned Me About Motherhood

Becoming a mom is a huge transition for any woman. You suddenly have another person depending on you (and your partner) for everything. You love this person more than anything in the world, and your life completely changes from the moment they enter it. According to all the books and blog posts, I was prepared to become a mom nearly 5 years ago. I had the gear, I had the clothes, I had the books, and I was as emotionally ready for this little person as I could be. I knew that she would change me. I listened to my…

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

I’ve said before that fall is my favorite season, and I stand by that – but there’s something magical about the transition to fall from summer. The evenings are cooler but the days are still warm and sunny. There is just enough light in the evenings for family time. Gone are the crazy summer thunderstorms, but it still rains often enough that it’s not too hot. I’ve always enjoyed the change, but it’s even more magical with kids. As a family with two working parents, our weekend time is precious. We use those hours to get all our weekend errands…

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