Traveling With Young Kids Is Like Swimming With A Cat

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Traveling with young kids is like swimming with a cat . . . but it doesn’t have to be!


I might be certifiably insane or just plain stupid. Hmm, maybe a bit of both. I know my friends all thought so this past June. I decided to take the kids on a cross-country road trip for the whole month of June. By myself! Yep, my last marble must have rolled away when I came up with that idea. Continue reading

Post-Baby Confidence Boosting Essentials for Your Purse

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Motherhood can sometimes be messy, bladder control issues included. But, none of that has to keep you from feeling beautiful each day. Keep these post-baby essentials on hand to help you maintain beauty and confidence all day long.


You know those nightmares you had when you were a teenager (okay, maybe even as an adult), when you were caught with your pants down and you were desperately scrambling to get pants on? Never in my life did I imagine I would experience something like that in real life.

I’m totally, 100%, scout’s honor serious!

If you were driving the highway between Arizona and California last month and saw the bare butt of an almost 30-year old woman on the side of the road, I confess, that was me. I can’t believe I’m actually telling this story, and I’m trying so hard to not guffaw at myself right now.

I peed my pants.

While driving.

In the middle of nowhere.

Ya’ll, this is what Continue reading

The Rumors Are True

You might be surprised about what’s next for us. The rumors are true!

If you are friends with me on my personal Facebook and have seen a couple posts that had you going, “Wait, what?!” then I am here to finally clear the air!

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Three weeks ago, if you had asked Evan and me where we saw ourselves in five years, our response most likely would have been, “Oh, you know, on some Marine Corps base somewhere in the world.” At that time, we sincerely thought that that was where God was directing us.

We were wrong. Continue reading

Deployment Goals: June Update

You may remember that I had written a deployment goals post back in May. In that post, I outlined my goals for my personal life, blogging, Etsy shops, and photography. These are goals that I want to try to accomplish before my husband returns from his deployment.

I know we’re almost halfway through July already, but I wanted to give my update for how I did in June.

Overall, I’m not so sure I did too well, considering the kids and I spent almost all month traveling (which is something I will definitely be blogging about in the coming weeks).

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Mommy Can Be Selfish Too

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Sometimes mommy wants to be just a little bit selfish too.


I remember it like it was yesterday. My oldest was not even two years old and I was largely pregnant with our second. I had made some puppy chow and so badly wanted to eat some. But, I didn’t want my son to see me, because he had just had a small bowlful. So, I waited until he was playing with some toys and quickly sneaked into the kitchen.

I swear, it doesn’t matter how quiet you are, Continue reading

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