• Restoring Woodland,  The Wipe House

    Life on Woodland Ave

    It’s such a warm night. Sixty-something degrees. IN APRIL. Simon is taking his late nap, and Paul and Porter are at church for rehearsal. I have brownies in the oven, my guilty pleasure on the TV, and I’m sitting down to check in and say hello. Ahhh. Feels so nice to just… bask in the silence. Haha. We are FINALLY moved into the Wipe House. We moved in on Easter weekend, and it’s been amazing. So fun – the boys are finally getting comfortable with the layout, the stair creaks, and the lack of noise at night. Simon is confident barreling up the stairs, and my heart doesn’t plummet into…

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    Think Happy, Be Happy: A Weekly Link-Up!

    “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.” -Mandy Hale Hello friends! This link party was created as a way to create some inspiration and happiness as we begin our week. It can be hard to find the happiness in our day to day, and I believe it truly does help to take a second to find the positive. Please take a second to visit all of my wonderful co-hosts who will be sharing this link party as well! Kristen of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Kristen of Blissfully Insane Autumn of Our Blended Home Corianne of…

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    Easter Basket Inspiration – Little Boy Edition

    Easter is coming up, and Paul and I are going to do something we have never done before: we’re going to spend some time putting together thoughtful Easter baskets for the boys, rather than running out the night before to buy chocolate and cheap candy. I know, I know. A Pinterest mom, I am not. It only took me 3 years to get motivated enough to want to do something a little strategic. I was inspired by my friend Misty to look around and put together a little “Easter inspiration” board for little boys. Now, don’t worry – I’m not necessarily going to go spend $50 on a stackable toy…

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    5 Reasons We’re Not Buying What You’re Selling

    The notification pops up. A new DM on Instagram? Weird, I rarely get those anymo— Oh. It’s a stranger. And she’s trying to sell me a products. Hey girly girl! I love your feed. Hey, have you ever heard of my products? I think you would love them! Hit me up if you want some information. I have *one spot* left on my team and you would be such a perfect fit ! * ! *. My number is in my profile, text me girl! 🙂 🙂 Man, oh man. Where do I begin? It takes every ounce of self control I have not to reply to each one and…

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    2016: A Year Of Growth

    It’s January 20th, and my life is about to get crazy. So much is changing – much that is dragging me outside of my comfort zone. I went out on a limb, I prayed, and I took a plunge. I’m continuing to pray that my jump works out in my favor… right now, I feel a lot of anxiety, excitement, and just a slight twinge of fear. But, that’s pretty typical when you change up everything familiar, right? I’ve done this is in the past. I’ve leapt, and it’s always worked out in my favor. In fact, so many blessinga have stemmed from my big and scary leaps of faith……

  • Beauty,  Boots No7 Youthful Eye Serum,  DryBar,  Kylie Jenner,  Mac,  MAC Fix+,  Pacifica,  Velvet Teddy

    Merry Christmas To Me: My Recent Beauty Haul

    I got a chance to go out Christmas shopping, like, the day before Christmas Eve. While I was out, I picked up a few things for myself (sorry Paul), and I am so happy with my purchases, so I thought I would share them. I mean, I didn’t SET OUT to buy these things, but they just… fell into my cart. I don’t know. It was weird. Stop looking at me like that. M·A·C ‘Prep + Prime’ Fix+ Finishing Mist • M·A·C • $22 I bought this because Jaclyn Hill loves it, I’m just gonna put that out there. I also love Urban Decay’s Chill All Night setting spray, but…

  • Adulting,  Growing Up,  Lists,  Taylor Swift,  Taylor Swift GIFs

    Grown Up Things (Featuring Taylor Swift)

    So, I didn’t originally plan to include the Taylor Swift GIFS with this blog, but once I found one I wanted to use, I couldn’t resist illustrating each point with my girl. I seriously couldn’t stop. So, Taylor and I now present to you: some ways I know I’m officially growing up. 1. I make macaroni and cheese how I wanna.I remember following the directions on the box STEP BY STEP as a kid – each time, reading it carefully like it was the first time. Measuring milk and butter precisely, having to check the box with each ingredient to make sure I was reading it right. “Ok, a quarter…

  • 2015 Photo Ornament,  Christmas,  Ornament

    Holiday Tradition | Annual Photo Ornaments

    Paul and I started a fun tradition when we first got married. It’s not something that’s going to blow you out of the water. It’s not uber creative, it’s not super original… in fact, it’s not original at all. I’m pretty sure a lot of people do this. We love getting an annual picture frame ornament each year. It’s so much fun to watch these evolve as we grow up and add to our family. Our first two are just us as a young married couple. Then the third year was an ultrasound photo, because Porter was due any day. The following year was his one year old self seated…

  • My Weekend

    Weekend Rewind – Porter’s Birthday, New Make-Up, and Star Wars!

    We had such a fun weekend – it was busy, as usual, but we also had some great family time as Scrooge The Musical came to a close at our church. Here are some highlights: Porter celebrated his 3rd birthday yesterday (Sunday, December 20th). I cannot believe we have a 3 year old. We had a fun party for him last Wednesday – a Paw Patrol pizza party at his favorite restaurant by the train tracks – and he was seriously ELATED with the fact that his entire family and all his friends were in one room together. We sang happy birthday to him, and right at the end, a…

  • Boy Gifts,  Christmas,  Gift Guide,  Toddler Boy

    Last Minute Boy Gifts

    Last year, I did all my Christmas shopping online, and it was amazing. This year, I’m slacking… but I’ve been spending a good portion of my Saturday looking online for some great deals, and found these purchases for Porter and Simon that I’m excited about. Step2® Little Helper’s Grocery CartTM • Step2 • $42.99 Porter is obsessed with “shopping”. We went to the North Pole for Santa pictures last weekend, and they had a store set up where you could shop for food, complete with carts and all. He wanted to take the cart everywhere! Our new house will be all hardwoods, so he can push this thing around all…