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7 quick takes: an alligator birthday party, mystery beeping, & a crapload of pictures

7 quick takes: an alligator birthday party, mystery beeping, & a crapload of pictures

1. We’re winding down Birthday Season in our house (I’m not even kidding: seven birthdays in six weeks, just between our immediate family/in-laws. CRAZYPANTS.) Last weekend was Zach’s party and there were 16 kids under the age of eight in my house. It wasn’t warm enough to be outside, so, uh, it got a little… KEEP READING »


one

one

(HI WE’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT BIRTHDAYS IN OUR HOUSE! WELCOME TO OUR CRAZY MARCH AND APRIL!) This is what happens when Mommy tries to take a birthday picture first thing in the morning before my bottle. Mommy is not very smart. That’s better. Maggie is very good at making me smile. Morning birthday snuggles HELP… KEEP READING »


warming up our coffee corner (giveaway)

warming up our coffee corner (giveaway)

I’ve been slooooowly making my way through the huge list of house projects I’ve curated over the past couple of years (ridiculous how things come to halt just because you have a BABY, right???) Since January, I became BFFs with our paper shredder and finished purging our office of many many folders of useless paper,… KEEP READING »


Maggie turns 7

Maggie turns 7

Every time one of my kids has a birthday, I always half-compose a sappy blog post, gushing about the year we’ve had, the amazing kid they’re growing into, how fast time is flying, etc. It’s all the stuff every parent feels each time their baby blows out another candle on their birthday cake! It doesn’t… KEEP READING »


party number seven

party number seven

I’m going to fast-forward through the last week or so in a single blur here: Dan did some more work travel! Stomach bugs for Dan and Maggie! St Patrick’s Day was in there somewhere! We watched Frozen 9,782 times! WHEEEEE! Okay, you’re all caught up. Maggie turns seven this Friday (WHUT.) so this weekend we… KEEP READING »


like riding a bike

like riding a bike

I used my real camera to take pictures of Zach in the playroom one afternoon this winter when it was actually semi-bright outside. Sure, it took me a month to finally process them in Lightroom and post them, but hey look! I do still remember how to take pictures with something other than my cellphone!… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: paint, lone wolves, germs, and unauthorized haircuts

7 quick takes: paint, lone wolves, germs, and unauthorized haircuts

1. Hey so remember when Audrey was sick? Guess who started with The Stomach Fun two nights later? ME! Motherhood: Where Immune Systems Cry For Mercy On A Weekly Basis. I was down for about 24 hours and the worst part was that after the first 8 or so, I felt so much better and… KEEP READING »


yesterday, today, tomorrow

yesterday, today, tomorrow

Yesterday: Audrey stayed home from preschool/daycare due to a 3am Stomach Incident. It was isolated and she was acting mostly normal by morning, but she was pretty mellow and spent the day watching movies and snuggling her binkies (oh, she loves those binkies and I don’t even WANT to take them away from her just… KEEP READING »


a day in the life of my monkeys & me

a day in the life of my monkeys & me

A few others have done this little day-snippet post and I thought I’d join in! I’ve done them a few times through the years, the last one this summer (OMG BABIES ARE HARD WORK), and it’s always interesting for me to see my days written out. And I love reading about other people’s days because… KEEP READING »


Audrey snippets

Audrey snippets

Audrey is rapidly approaching three-and-a-half, by FAR my least favorite age with Maggie. THREENAGERS. Such big feelings! Such terrible communication skills! Audrey is definitely living up to the age so far, stubborn and meltdown-y and emotional and all the things that come with age three. But she is also HILARIOUS and loves making people laugh… KEEP READING »


embracing life’s little messes with Swiffer Sweep & Trap

embracing life’s little messes with Swiffer Sweep & Trap

Our house has an infant-almost-toddler who is an enthusiastic self-feeder so things get very messy. Zach LOVES the act of feeding himself, even if 75% of the food ends up the floor. The space underneath Zach’s high chair is pretty much always crunchy and/or sticky. Veggie straws, bits of noodles, chunks of cheese, broken crackers…… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: the OMG LIFE ATTACKED ME edition

7 quick takes: the OMG LIFE ATTACKED ME edition

1. Hi! Remember me? I was doing so good at writing regularly in January and it was wonderful. I blogged 10 times! I was enjoying myself! I love blogging! And then something happened during these last two weeks and BOOM. February is halfway over. HOW?? 2. Actually I know how. Dan went out of town… KEEP READING »


soothing my skin with Moroccan Infusion (review & giveaway)

soothing my skin with Moroccan Infusion (review & giveaway)

For the past few weeks, we’ve been stuck in the Polar Vortex Of Freezing Cold Arctic Air And Misery, and while I thought winter was harsh on my skin before, this has been a whole new level of brutal. I have found myself moisturizing my face twice before putting on my makeup in the mornings… KEEP READING »


yesterday, today, tomorrow

yesterday, today, tomorrow

Yesterday I… had a snow day with all three kids at home. The morning was a little crazy, because everyone was FIGHTING. The girls with each other! Zach and naps! Me and 5 giant piles of laundry! But we powered through and the afternoon was better: Maggie played at a neighbor’s house while Zach and… KEEP READING »


9 months on, 9 months off

9 months on, 9 months off

It has happened. Finally. I am back down to my pre-pregnancy weight after Zachary. There must be something to that whole “9 months on, 9 months off” thing that everyone always tells new moms who are frustrated with the slow progress of getting back to their old selves. Though for me, I didn’t gain much… KEEP READING »


over 1000 words on DIY jewelry organizers because I am a lunatic

over 1000 words on DIY jewelry organizers because I am a lunatic

I’ve been in Super Project Mode the last few weeks. This tends to happen every January for some reason. Maybe it’s partly a mental resolution for the new year and also partly because January is usually pretty crappy weather-wise and we’re stuck inside on the weekends so what ELSE is there to do? Whatever the… KEEP READING »


yesterday, today, tomorrow

yesterday, today, tomorrow

I’m totally making this type of post a weekly thing because WOOHOO EASY AND INFORMATIVE! Yesterday I… worked my tail off. A client from years ago was having a minor/major crisis with a hacker so I spent the large part of the afternoon rebuilding the site. Plus other work things and by dinnertime, my brain… KEEP READING »


taking a time out

taking a time out

This weekend, Dan and I escaped to the big city (a whopping 25 miles away!) for an overnight date and oh man, you guys. It was just what we needed. We are super lucky and my mom is almost always willing to watch the kids for us for a few hours, but this was the… KEEP READING »


yesterday, today, tomorrow

yesterday, today, tomorrow

Stole this post idea from K, who I believe stole it from April. Bloggers are SO unoriginal! heh. I may make this a regular writing prompt for myself because it’s simple and it will force me to just WRITE, you know? Yesterday I… worked at home in SILENCE, ALONE. School was finally back in session… KEEP READING »


2014: focus. finish.

2014: focus. finish.

My words for 2014: FOCUS and FINISH. I joked this summer that I developed child-induced attention deficit disorder because by the time maternity leave ended, I was having a TERRIBLE time completing anything I started. Even when I had time to do things, I felt scatterbrained and distracted and couldn’t focus on any one thing,… KEEP READING »


recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

recipe: slow-cooker BBQ beef sandwiches

We’re headed into a very specific phase of cooking right now: Comfort Food Season plus I’m Too Lazy And Tired And Sick Of Winter To Make Anything Fancy. It’s the time of year when I become very good friends with my slow-cooker because having dinner essentially “done” by 9am? BEST FEELING EVER. This recipe is… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: Christmas Break In Review Edition

7 quick takes: Christmas Break In Review Edition

All hail the list post! 1. WE DID IT WE ALL REMAINED MOSTLY ALMOST HEALTHY FOR BOTH CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY! Just a few sniffles and some coughing from Zach, and everyone was a little bit tired, but overall we were good. I was seriously doubting that we’d get through the holidays without another… KEEP READING »


2013: the year of THREE

2013: the year of THREE

I’ve done this year in review survey a few times before and while I know it’s not always everyone’s favorite type of post, I happen to like it. It provides a nice way to reflect on the past year, and list posts are nice for my poor, tired brain these days. heh. I believe the… KEEP READING »


a wonderful, chaotic, messy, amazing life

a wonderful, chaotic, messy, amazing life

Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!


work-related post: win a custom WordPress blog design!

work-related post: win a custom WordPress blog design!

I try to keep my work and personal stuff separate on the internet, but sometimes I fail at it and sometimes I feel like that’s totally okay. Like right now! Last week I opened up a giveaway on my blog design website, and it was too good not to share here. All you have to… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: the OMG CAN EVERYONE JUST BE HEALTHY FOR FIVE SECONDS edition

7 quick takes: the OMG CAN EVERYONE JUST BE HEALTHY FOR FIVE SECONDS edition

1. Audrey broke out in hives last Thursday. So after all that happened the last few weeks, we went BACK to the pediatrician to make sure I was right about my guess: she is allergic to amoxicillin. This was her third time having it, but Dan and I are both allergic, so from this point… KEEP READING »


Switching Career Gears

Switching Career Gears

When you’re 18 years old, trying to pick what you want to be when you grow up can feel overwhelming. At least that’s how it was for me. I never had that One Dream Job in my head when I was young. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was older,… KEEP READING »


the beginning of the end of squishy babies

the beginning of the end of squishy babies

So this happened last week. He’s also doing this. And he had his first haircut. He is just so sweet. I’m trying so hard to soak up these last few months of baby, because once he’s done with it, so are we.


my own wearable billboard

my own wearable billboard

I was offered a t-shirt to review for this post. But my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend anything I wouldn’t purchase with my own money. I’ve had a blog for… many years. Since LAST CENTURY, no joke. This particular blog is one that I settled into in 2005 and even though… KEEP READING »


germ warfare

germ warfare

HAAAAA. Remember when I thought the week before Thanksgiving was sucky with Sickness around our house? Spoiler alert: IT GOT WORSE. We had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving weekend, thank goodness. A mellow dinner with Dan’s family, then dessert with my family at my parents’ house. Then I spent the weekend decorating the house for Christmas,… KEEP READING »