Colleen’s Cakes And Cookies For The Win!

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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…

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

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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…

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…

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…

Raising The Brave and Bold

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Shine On Jungle Princess

“Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Blank stare… walks away. “Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Stares right through her… and walks away. A blessing… and a curse… this kid has it. The love, the light, the heart of gold that makes her walk up to child after child and try to make friends. Like her Mama, she can walk into any…

Ebbing and Flowing Through Life is More Than An Action… It’s A Choice.

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For some my lifestyle and that of my family is, well, unconventional.  To some that is amazing, beautiful, goal worthy and causes minor moments of envy, despite their best intentions.  For others though, it is scattered, unorganized, frantic and lacks any foundation. The truth is, I have been like this my entire life and though at first it was without…

The Scattered Brain of a Young Entrepreneur… And How I Finally Figured Out How to Embrace It.

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Screw being a fly on a wall… you should jump inside my head for a day.  If I am even able to turn off the “Mom Brain” for a moment, it turns into a mumble jumble of details for an app I’m thinking of, a great opening line to a someday novel, a new ingredient to work with or an…

Worth the Worry: An Open Letter To My One Day Annoyed Daughter

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White knuckled, driving through the roaring rain and wind yesterday, my mind was racing almost as fast as the 18 wheelers down the flooded highway.  I saw a car wrecked on the side of the road, now abandoned, waiting to be towed away.  Were there children inside? Is everyone OK?  How would I handle an accident with you in the…