Colleen’s Cakes And Cookies For The Win!

Daughters Happiness Love

Last night at dinner an older gentleman ordered a bowl of ice cream to the table for Kennedy, and told her she was “the first real life princess” he had ever met.  It was adorable, he was sweet… and don’t worry, I double checked the ice cream first to “make sure it wasn’t poisonous.” Sometimes I love #MomPower. But this wasn’t…

Get Yo’ Craft On: DIY Magnetic Chore Chart!

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“Kennedy, pick up your toys.” “Kennedy, brush your teeth.” “Kennedy, put your dishes in the sink.” Again & again & again… times infinity.  I was SO #OVER IT. Sooooo… to make things seem “fun” and to possibly save my sanity, I decided to make a DIY chore chart for her to visually see what she needs to do… and what…

First Comes Love, Then Comes… Baby?? Our Perfect Backwards Wedding Day

Family Happiness Love

First comes love, then comes… err baby. Then many, many years of waiting. THEN marriage? Ok, PHEW… there it is. Marriage. Yes, we did… as we always do… things a bit backwards. But you know, as a sit back and think about it, there are some beautiful benefits to getting hitched, after already having a family. From the resolution of…

Buried Treasures and Digging Deep

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Digging Deep For Our Love

I used to think that ALL of me had to love ALL of him. That if he wasn’t the love OF MY WHOLE LIFE, then maybe, he wasn’t… the one. And frankly, after so many years, I can honestly say… we have not been IN LOVE with one another the entire time. To think that I am the same person…

Uncomfortable Necessities: Talking Private Parts & Saying NO! to a 4 Year Old

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Jungle Princess Playfully Hiding

“And you know if anyone touches you here, to tell Mommy or Daddy, right?” I asked Kennedy, feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, talking to her about something so vile and obscene, that I honestly could have cried. But this conversation, sparked this time during a post-beach shower, was the second time this week it had come up. Passing comments…

Discovering Nature with Compass Crate

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Often I feel overwhelmed by the consumerism Kennedy is now accustomed to.  What was once a faraway thing, living in Costa Rica, has become an every day occurrence of “OOH, I want that… and that… and that.”  The simplicity of our lives there, with very little access to “material things” and a surplus of nature, is definitely the number one…

5 Ways Beach Days Change After Kids

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Beach Days Sure Have Changed After Having Kids

Gone are the days of relaxing by the water with a good book… or solid buzz.  From chasing kids to sandy juice boxes, pretty much everything except the ocean itself, has changed.  And while I definitely love beach days with my fish-disguised as a human- daughter, I do find myself pining away at some young… childfree… woman, clearly enjoying her “quiet…

Welcoming You To Motherhood: A Love Letter To My Best Friend

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Entering Motherhood For the First Time

It has been 1,450 days since the last… and first time… I was pregnant. The raw emotions that weave their way into this last week of normalcy can be overwhelming, I know. I feel myself messaging you, or calling, more often… checking up on you, I guess. It’s not that I don’t think you can do it… BY GOD, I…

HOPElessly Searching for Sportsmanship

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HOPElessly Searching For Sportsmanship

I remember that feeling. The feeling of losing something you wanted so badly. Being angry, frustrated, and feeling so damn defeated, you’re practically empty. Yea, it stings. But I also remember feeling in awe… and definitely impressed. We lost and I mean we lost big. We hand our butts handed to us and I personally got worked by the opposing…

Awkwardly Awaiting My Mom Tribe

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Mom Tribe at its Best!

There I was, standing in the sand, anxiously looking at my feet as I fumbled over the words “ So you want to get together sometime? To hangout?” No, this wasn’t a horrible, reoccurring nightmare about the awkwardness of highschool… though it might as well have been. This was me, a normally confident and outgoing 29 year old woman, trying…