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My Big Surprise When I Started Using a FitBit Thumbnail

I was recently given a FitBit from someone who no longer used theirs. It's not the latest version, but the basic one that counts your steps and gives you an initial goal of 10,000 steps per day, or five miles. I was arrogant when I first put it on. 10,000 steps? Easy! I'm exhausted by [...]

Forgiving Myself for My Emotions While Trying to Conceive Thumbnail

Why is it when you're trying not to think too much about something, it’s all you see? When you’re dieting, every commercial is for pizza and ice cream. When you’re dreading back to school, every display in the grocery store is tormenting you with shiny new pencils. And when you’re trying to conceive (TTC), pregnant [...]

Sometimes Motherhood Means Everyone Hates You Thumbnail

The thought popped into my head not too long ago, during our family vacation: These people all hate me right now. It was the first morning of our trip, and as we drove to the beach, my whole family expressed their dissatisfaction with my performance. My two-year-old screamed about the fact that I couldn't take her [...]

Advice as you Transition from a Family of Four to a Family of Five Thumbnail

me and number three Just know that things are going to take a really long time. Getting in the car, getting out of the car, running a simple errand. Four people (at least!) now have to get in and out of the car each time. But it's okay. It's just time. You'll get there. And [...]

DIY: Christmas in July Thumbnail

Hi. My name is Evie, and I like to make things. I enjoy cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing, cross-stitching... I've always got a project or two going. It's practically a compulsion to create. And at this point in my life, I can proudly say that I'm actually pretty good at seeing projects through to the [...]

What I’ve Learned After Toilet Training Both a Boy and a Girl Thumbnail

We just recently toilet trained our two year old. (Yay!) But it wasn't without a little drama. Toilet training is HARD. I've always said, if I could outsource one part of parenting, it would so be toilet training. Wouldn't it be cool to hire a toilet training assistant who could swoop in, magically train your [...]

My All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipe Thumbnail

I have a serious weakness for chocolate, so it's no surprise that my go-to cookie recipe---the one I reach for time and time again---is super duper chocolatey, with cocoa and white chocolate. It's actually a slight modification of Ina Garten's Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Whereas Ina springs for white chocolate bars that she chops by hand, I [...]

Be Careful What You Wish For Thumbnail

After four failed IUIs, two natural, two medicated, I was ready for something different in my attempts to conceive. I wanted more information. Yes, my fertility tests in December and January all came back great, but clearly something wasn’t working. Maybe it was the timing. Maybe it was mid-cycle hormone levels. Maybe I wasn’t producing a mature egg each month. Or maybe I just had bad luck. Whatever it was, I wanted to know—one way or the other. Knowledge is power and all that jazz, right?

Advice as You Bring Home Your Second Baby Thumbnail

Have you ever noticed that babies arrive in batches? Right now, I have several friends that are either pregnant or have recently welcomed beautiful babies into their lives, and it reminded me of this post that's one of my all-time favorites. I published it almost a year after we welcomed our second child, when I'd [...]

Do You Trust Me? Thumbnail

Do You Trust Me?

"Do you trust me?" I heard my husband's gentle voice speak to my daughter as she cried. He'd forgotten to rinse the conditioner out of her hair, even though she was already toweled off from the bath, and so she had to lean over the sink so he could finish getting the soap out. She [...]