• Liebster Award

    Blogging Fun: The Liebster Award

    Thank you Linzi at Little Gem for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Linzi is a beautiful wife and mama of two, and a fellow Washington native with an awesome blog (who I randomly found on Instagram)! I was really excited when I got her message about this award… so fun! Hugs to you, Linzi! >> This is an award given to bloggers who have 200 followers or less, and is used to promote each other in the blogging community and attract some attention to your blog in a positive way! Each nominee must first: List 11 random facts about themselves Answer the 11 questions provided by the person who…

  • Holiday,  Random

    Do You Believe In Magic?

    Yesterday at the mall, Paul and I saw from afar that Santa had arrived. I know… already. Ignoring the rising panic at how fast Christmas is coming, we took Porter down to Santa to give him a glimpse — mainly so we could see what we were in for. You never know. Porter was too little to care about the Easter Bunny, but now that he’s older and has an affinity for beards, we wanted to check in to see if he would love or hate the bearded wonder that is Kris Kringle. He didn’t even notice. We sat beyond the cute little fence, watching a bunch of kids interacting with…

  • Confession,  Mom Life,  Work At Home Mom

    The Chocolate Cake Confession

    Confession: it’s been a bad day with Porter. He’s discovered that he can scream at the top of his lungs; like, the kind of scream that will make you lose your voice. So, today, he’s been sobbing and screaming and snotty and basically I am convinced he hates me. It sounds like he’s being tortured or something. And for no reason… picking him up doesn’t help. Blowing raspberries on his little feet doesn’t help. Offering him a snack doesn’t help. Nothing. Helps. So, I finally got him to sleep this afternoon, and ate a piece of chocolate cake for lunch. Yep. Chocolate cake for lunch. With thick, fudgey frosting and…

  • Currently,  My Favorite Things,  Rant

    Currently – November 15

    – Making googley-eyes at my new iPhone 5s. I love it so much. It’s so pretty and bright and perfect. I’m doing things on my phone I would never normally do, like making voice memos about the current episode of Law & Order that is on my TV. Just because I can. Just because it’s so pretty. – Listening to Christmas music. All of you “omgeee, don’t mention Christmas until after Thanksgiving” people… just relax. And read my BFF Jess’s thoughts on this same subject (under “Refusing To”). I support her logic entirely. – being annoyed that people don’t know how to use an apostrophe. – Fighting back tears after reading…

  • Confession,  Fall,  Holiday,  Obsessed

    Salted Caramel Fail: How Is This Even Possible?

    Time for a confession. I would eat YOU if you were covered in salted caramel. It’s scary and sad, but it’s true. I will never turn down salted caramel anything. Cupcakes, frozen yogurt, candles. So, when I saw that International Delight was coming out with a Salted Caramel coffee creamer, I debated setting up camp outside of the grocery store until I was able to get my hands on it. Joy. Unspeakable joy. So, the other day, I saw it. Glimmering under fluorescent store lights like a small piece of heaven, brought down to earth. Via Safeway. This bad boy was in my hands, then in my cart, then in…

  • My Life,  November,  Random,  Thanksgiving

    Sheer Beauty

    I can’t believe October is already gone. One more month to go, and I become the mother of a one year old. That, my friends, blows my mind. I thought time flew by when I was a newlywed… I knew nothing about flying time until I created a human and was put in charge of all of his days. Now, I can’t believe how quickly Mondays fade into Fridays; it seems like I just took Porter’s weekly picture yesterday, and now here it is… time for another? Already? Thank you, God. My days are good. I get up, I make coffee when the house is still quiet. I pull back…

  • Date Nights,  Holidays,  Married Life,  Random

    Tis The Season For… Elf Storage.

    My husband and I got out for an impromptu date night tonight, which was so, so, so needed after a long weekend. I hardly saw him, and Porter was definitely fighting off a stomach bug (or teething worse than anything I could have imagined) all day Saturday and Sunday, so today was a perfect time to catch up and refresh with my favorite guy. We were driving home, listening to some music and laughing about nothing, when we drove by a sign on the 705 for Tacoma Self Storage. Paul knows how much I adore the holidays, so he knew I would appreciate what he was about to say. “Do you…

  • Check In

    Weekend Check-In

    Obsessing over: This. My husband, and some of my best friends did an acoustic cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar”, and it was o-m-g incredible. Watch for yourself (time well spent, promise). My husband is is the one that sings the first verse, and then a couple other parts… but holy moly. I can’t tell you how impressive this was in person. Working on: Cleaning out my personal email. Almost 4,000 emails, and I need, like, 0 of them. But, I’m a virtual hoarder. My iPhoto and inboxes are a disaster. No bueno. It’s like a feel like I’m deleting my child if I delete a single, solitary picture of him.…