Five on Friday – 1.26.18

Five on Friday – 1.26.18

It has been a LONG time since I’ve sat down to write solely to write. It has also been entirely too long since I’ve done a little life update, so I thought today I’d go back to the basics with a Friday Five. Remember when we all did these every week? It seems like ages ago now. While I would love to say I’ll do these more often going forward, the truth is I don’t know if I will. That’s the craziness of life, right? ONE This cold and flu season has KICKED MY BUTT. If you’ve seen my Instagram stories,…

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I Don’t Want My Daughters to Say #MeToo.

I Don’t Want My Daughters to Say #MeToo.

When I turned the Golden Globes on last night, it was more for background noise than anything else. I glanced at the dresses and went about my chores for the night, getting ready for the busy workweek ahead. The to-do list never stops, you know. But then I started really looking at the dresses. I knew that most of the attendees had planned to wear black – but I didn’t see a single other color in the audience. I saw one of my favorite new shows, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, win two awards. And then Oprah received the Cecil B.…

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Three Easy Solutions for Your Game Day

Three Easy Solutions for Your Game Day

  It’s so hard to believe that football season is just about over and the biggest games of the year are here! We are huge football fans in our house – the TV has football on all day long every fall, despite Abbie and Ella’s protest to watch kids shows. Sorry kids, but it’s football season.   With football season comes hosting Game Day get-togethers. Now let’s be real here – I’m a full-time working mom and I want to enjoy my weekends. That means the food for all of these get-togethers needs to be two things – tasty and…

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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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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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