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9 Lessons from 9 Years of Marriage Thumbnail

Today, my husband and I are celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary! In honor of that milestone, I’m sharing nine pearls of wisdom gained over the years, many earned the hard way. As special as friends and extended family can be, the truth is that they come and go, and the person I can truly count on is [...]

Some Autumn Eye Candy Thumbnail

Some Autumn Eye Candy

I love autumn. It is my favorite season. The colors, the activities, the temperature outside; I love it all. Just cool enough for a jacket and a warm tea, but also still warm enough to spend days outside. Of course, it doesn't hurt that this season is the precursor to the holiday season, my other [...]

How Living With a Four Year Old is Like Living in a Halloween Haunted House Thumbnail

It was late. It was dark. I lay awake in our new house, listening for the new sounds, the creaks and cracks and dripping taps. The house is a hundred years old and even though it's painted ivory white outside, a layer of sea grime blows off the gulf and fogs up the windows and darkens [...]

7 Reasons Why the Second Year of Breastfeeding is Better Than the First Thumbnail

We are happy to introduce a new guest contributor, Katie, who today, is sharing her perspective. This is for the new mamas out there who are in the trenches of breastfeeding. To the sleep deprived ones who have awakened in a puddle of their own breast milk, the ones who have soaked through a nursing [...]

Fashion: Finding Your Personal Style Thumbnail

If you ever spend any time on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed that one of the most popular board themes is “My Style.” But being that Pinterest is a place to accumulate inspiration rather than record reality, I often wonder how many women actually dress anything like the thousands of outfits they pinned. I’ve been thinking [...]

DIY: Halloween Treat; A Protein Banana Milkshake with TruMoo Thumbnail

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I enjoy cooking, but I love baking. I especially love it this time of year, and during these next few months, I spend many of my grocery trips sauntering down the baking aisle, picking up things [...]

Meet Mo: My Labor and Birth Story Thumbnail

We are happy to welcome a new regular guest contributor, Mo, a new mom. You can look forward to reading her perspective every other Friday. Here she introduces herself with her birth story. We took every course offered to first-time parents, including Lamaze, so I thought I had this in the bag. I had my tennis [...]

DIY Choose-Your-Own-Character Birthday Cake Thumbnail

Last weekend, we celebrated A's fourth birthday (yes, four years old!), and this year she requested a Charlie & Lola party. I was happy to oblige since this is the first year she actually chose the theme, but I didn't realize what a tough task I had ahead of me. See, the thing is, no [...]

Body and Mind: Pilates is a Priority for Me Thumbnail

Image Source I love exercising, but, lately I've been so busy with my kids, work and school, that I've only been able to make it to the gym a couple of times a week. This is not a lot for me; in a good week, I'm there four or five times. It resets my heart, [...]

Psycho-Toddler-Octopus-Splatter, or My Kid’s Artistic Style Thumbnail

Ever take a good long look at kids' art? I mean really think about what they draw and colour and how they do it. Well, I've been thinking about it plenty, maybe you can see from the picture above why. My son's at that age where kids start to develop their own style, and I'm [...]