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Dear Friends, I Lied.

Dear Friends,

The first time I had a baby I lied to you. When you asked me if I needed anything, my smile was fake and my voice cracked as I responded, “No thanks! I’m doing great!” When I finally let you visit it took every ounce of strength to open my front door and let you in.

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Why I’m Choosing Now to REALLY Teach Values

Somewhere between birthing a baby and today, I had a huge revelation: these little human beings we’re raising are seriously amazing little sponges. For example, on the way to a birthday party recently we passed some windmills. N asked if they were airplanes. I could have simply said, “No, they are windmills.” But instead, I continued just a smidge further, “Windmills make electricity that give us things like light that help us see better.” He said okay and we headed to our birthday party. Several hours later, on the way back from the party, N saw the windmills again. He said, “Windmills make light to see better.” I know he was just repeating me and he doesn’t understand the intricacies of how that is actually happening, but it still blew my mind.

My point is, now is the time for me to actively introduce N to values that are important to me. Continue reading

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A Favorite From Leftovers: Ham & Bean Soup

Spring is here, so bring on the tulips! Then, within 24 hours pull your parka back out because we are in for some more snow! I have a great soup to share that you are sure to enjoy, especially if you live in a snowy, spring wonderland like we do.

As a busy, working mom my favorite dinner recipes are simple, nutritious, practical, and delicious. Anytime I can combine a healthful combination utilizing leftovers in my crock-pot, I become one happy lady. The soup recipe I’m sharing today Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: 2 1/2 Years Old

I’m a little bit overdue on this series. I posted my first A Day in the Life in August 2014. I was hoping to post it every six months but I’m a little closer to eight. Oh well, better late than never, right?

In the last few months one thing I have noticed is the more independent N gets, the more independence I get back. My eyes don’t need to constantly be on him anymore, he is officially potty trained, and he is talking so well that he almost always tells me what he needs. Continue reading

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Toddler Swim & Sun Outfits

I am a four seasons girl! There are many things I love and appreciate about each one and if I lived somewhere warm year around, I’d miss the qualities each has to offer. The fall brings beautiful reds, yellows and oranges as the Aspen trees change colors and the chill in the air makes me want to throw on a sweatshirt with my flip flops. Heading into winter I’m always excited for ski season and adore cuddle time with my family. For a brief period during the spring, the beautiful rolling green hills make me feel like I live in Ireland. For me, summer is always about water. It’s about lake days, pool time, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, water tables, and squirt guns.

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Pretty Little Lies: Speaking Out About C-Sections, VBAC Bans & Shame

Last April, in honor of National Cesarean Awareness Month, I shared the second part of my birth story, The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part II. Disclosing my intimate journey didn’t come about because of a new found comfort level; or even because I could write or read my own story without becoming overwhelmed with emotion. Instead, I shared in the hope of Continue reading

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Modify Ink Print DISCOUNT & A Mommy Moment!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored by Modify Ink. We received complimentary merchandise to review their product.  All opinions are 100% honest and our own. 

Hello friends! Do I have a treat for you today! We are featuring Modify Ink prints and they are offering YOU 30% off a print (details at the end of the post)! Continue reading

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We Are Having A Baby: Pregnancy Announcement…And Then There Were 4

I am thrilled to make an exciting announcement…

Surprise! We are expecting our second bundle of joy! I am well into my second trimester and have been waiting patiently to Continue reading

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How to Teach a 2-Year-Old to Ski

Seano and I both grew up skiing. But, in very different ways. Seano was practically skiing before he was walking and during the winter skied at least weekly. He now serves on our volunteer ski patrol and, at the least, skis every other Sunday during the season. When he found out we were pregnant, Seano was immediately excited to someday teach our child to ski. On the other hand, my family took a week long ski trip to Utah once a year until I was about 14. After that, I didn’t ski much for about eight years. When Seano and I started dating, it became something we could do together and I got back into it.

We decided to get N on skis this year and just see how it went. Continue reading

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Easter Cup Baskets: S’more Spring, Please!

Easter is so…very…close and if you are like me, you may be looking for a last-minute treat to share with coworkers, friends, or family members. Look no further! A quick trip to the store (or possibly your own pantry and craft bin) will have you set to make these affordable and adorable Easter Cup Baskets.

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