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all about Zach who never gets any blog press

all about Zach who never gets any blog press

This little guy is going to turn 15 months old on Friday. Early toddlerhood is by far the most fun age for me, I think. Newborns are great with all their smooshyness and sweetness and they smell amazing, and older kids are independent and can do stuff on their own and have interesting conversations with… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: rollercoasters, yardwork, & sharing some love.

7 quick takes: rollercoasters, yardwork, & sharing some love.

1. Hey! It’s summer! We made it through our first week with the expected exhaustion, and maybe just a bit more than usual because Dan was out of town for most of the week. Maggie had gymnastics camp in the mornings 4 out of the 5 days so I either worked at Panera or my… KEEP READING »


dear daughter: I see you.

dear daughter: I see you.

I see you, my sweet girl. So much has changed in this past year. I see you with your suddenly long limbs, gangly and graceful at the same time. The last bit of little kid that was lurking around is gone. I see you with your crooked grin, proudly displaying your latest lost tooth-turned-treasure. You… KEEP READING »


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The last couple of months have seemed like a long string of big milestones in our house. Zach turned 1! Started walking! We stopped needing both formula and bottles! I’ve donated some baby toys we won’t need again! Last Monday, I had a Lady Procedure that will ensure, once and for all, no more babies… KEEP READING »


what’s the haps? and other random stuff

what’s the haps? and other random stuff

Well! A lot of things have been going on since I last wrote anything of substance here. All good things (mostly) but pretty much every day, I think I WILL BLOG TODAY ABOUT [insert interesting topic here]! and then by the end of the day, it hasn’t happened yet and the kids are in bed… KEEP READING »


CHOCOLATE! and Market District coffee (giveaway)

CHOCOLATE! and Market District coffee (giveaway)

I never drank coffee until I had my second baby. Perhaps it was necessary for my survival at that point? Audrey WAS a particularly challenging newborn. I don’t even know what made me try it or make it part of my morning routine, but now I love it. I don’t drink a lot of it-… KEEP READING »


gearing up for the summer whining: activity & snack lists

gearing up for the summer whining: activity & snack lists

Last summer was… well, it was interesting. I decided to keep the girls at home and out of daycare because I wasn’t headed back to work until September. So for the first time ever, I found myself as a full-time stay at home mom with two kids and newborn baby. That newborn was nursing ALL… KEEP READING »


Easter: it happened, but it almost didn’t!

Easter: it happened, but it almost didn’t!

We visited urgent care three days in a row last weekend! WHAT DO WE WIN?!!? Maggie was there for strep throat on Friday. Zach was there for strep butt on Saturday. (It’s a thing. Maggie had it when she was two. Our children are weird.) Then Audrey and I headed in on Sunday morning because… KEEP READING »


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 »


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(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 »