After our third move, I had built up enough practice in decorating our homes to make it appear as though I had some interior design in my background. After all that practice, I also figured out ways in which to keep my spending smart, sticking to some of my favorite places, Target, Home Goods, Marshalls, and Hobby Lobby. Continue Reading
Let me start this by saying my house is about two more smart devices from being the fifth family member. It talks to us, turns on our lights, opens our doors, keeps us safe at night, waters our garden, records activity when we are away, sings to us at night, and many more things I’m probably forgetting (my husband could go on I’m sure). The point is, you can’t do much of anything in our house without needing some sort of internet connection.
Everyone I work with thinks it’s strange that I am technically in the beginning of the millennial generation. I’ve never really fit into the typical stereotype that describes that generation. The biggest stereotype: always having your phone attached to you. I just don’t see it’s necessity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a Facebook and Instagram person for sure, but I tend to miss capturing moments because I’m actually living them.Continue Reading
Some days we eat Pinterest worthy gourmet meals. But most nights it’s chicken nuggets or hot dogs. I’m not even sorry about it. It has a little to do with our busy lifestyle but a lot to do with the fact that it seems to be all my kids eat these days.
For a long time I held on to the fact that I wanted this beautifully balanced meal. One that was truly picture worthy. I’m sure there were times those pictures made it up on my Facebook and Instagram feeds. “Look at me, I’m a mom who can work all day, pick-up my kids, and cook at home like Martha Stewart!” Except those days were few and far between. I would be rushing home to hurry and make dinner while the kids were screaming that they were hungry as I threw some goldfish crackers at them (not literally, relax). After sweating because I almost burned something after running back and forth to stop Jack from doing something he shouldn’t for the 7th time, I would finally get dinner on the table only to get annoyed if no one ate the food or if leftovers went untouched for days. Leave it to my daughter to ask for chicken nuggets and yogurt instead of whatever fancy chicken was in front of her.Continue Reading
Shortly after deciding to leave law school, I had been working different jobs and floundering through life, trying to figure out what was next. My whole life had been geared toward one goal: become a lawyer. If you ask any of my family and closest friends, my role model in my life, and the person I looked up to most, was my older cousin, who was like a sister to me. She was a lawyer so of course I wanted to be a lawyer. When I realized the life of a lawyer wasn’t for me, it was my cousin that supported me and made me feel like it was okay. She said it was better to know and be confident in my decision to leave now than to finish and hate my job later and also be hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. She knew, being a lawyer herself, how grueling the hours could be … and she also knew being a first time mom, the struggle of work/life balance. I didn’t know it at the time, but we would come to have many conversations about this once I became a mom myself.
One day he knows he wants to be there but doesn’t know what that means.
Until that day comes fast approaching.
That stick has two lines that he can see.
He’s not quite as emotional as his partner, she seems to weep at everything.
He plans for it all; the house is ready.
Until suddenly the doctor says she’s coming.Continue Reading
Let me preface this by telling you that my grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave by the lack of green thumb I turned out to be. I would spend hours upon hours at her house (which was just a few blocks from my own). She had the most beautiful garden that she kept pristine year round. She was the envy of the neighborhood. My mom and other relatives all took their wedding photos in her yard, using her garden as a backdrop.
I had pretty much thrown in the towel on gardening. I managed to kill any plant that came into view. We did ok with the landscape updates at our first home, but that was easy; it was just updates. However, when Matt and I decided we were going to overhaul the entire landscape of our new home to match our style, I wasn’t so sure I was ready to take on the challenge.Continue Reading
From a very young age, I was always a talker. I never minded sharing my feelings or being loud about it. In the delicate words of my brother, “the house got so much quieter at dinner time when you left for college. I could actually talk…” I was also a control freak and a do-er. I didn’t like to stand around and wait for things to happen to me, I liked to make them happen.Continue Reading