• Gift Guide,  Nordstrom

    Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts At Nordstrom For Under $200

    Hey, guys! Yeah, you. You’re here because you’re trying to find a gift for that lady in your life, and you’ve resorted to clicking on blog posts someone tagged you in on social media. It’s cool. Your secret is safe with me. If you’re looking for a few more things to put under the tree for the woman in your life, you can just start here and thank me later. Click the links directly below the pics, or at the bottom of this post, for more information and to order directly from the store, or just to get more information so you can run down to your local Nordstrom and…

  • Holidays,  Work At Home Mom

    This is a tough season, but I’m a tough mother.

    Selfish shopping basket – roses, cookies, and food for ME! Being a mom of two little ones, while trying to work efficiently from home, is harder than I thought it would be. I mean, I knew it would have challenges, but I think I’m right in the heart of the stress – complete with a 3 year old with lots of energy and demands, and a 1 year old that is a mama’s boy, though and through. I cannot be in the same room without holding him, he just thinks that is a total disgrace. Add these demands together with a job that needs my full, analytical attention? Yeah. The other day,…

  • Christmas,  Holiday,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Photo Fail,  Pinterest Fail

    Fail To Plan? Plan To Fail.

    Here’s something super inspiring, today from my Instagram: ​ All I wanted was a matching Christmas pajama pic. Inspired by this photo, from a blogger I love: www.instagram.com/lvdmrthncrrts ​First of all: nailed it. Clearly. I mean, I did buy the same pajamas. Second, the underlying lesson in all of this is to not force something that just isn’t meant to be. At least not right now. Here’s my reality: Right now, my life is hectic. I don’t have perfect lighting because we’re living in a basement waiting for our house to be finished (yes. Still waiting). My youngest is just now learning about his freedom, and has no interest in…

  • A Very Merry Mix-Up,  Countdown To Christmas,  Crown For Christmas,  Hallmark Christmas,  Let It Snow,  Nine Lives Of Christmas

    Hallmark Movies Madness: My Top Picks

    I am proud of a lot of things. Birthing two children. Paying my tithe at church. “Dating” while married. The fact that as I grow up, I’ve gotten better at actually finishing beverages rather than just collecting half-empty cups in whatever room I pass through. You know, true growth and empowerment. However, when I introduced my friends to Hallmark Christmas movies, I pretty much felt like my life was complete. Then, I got a text that just said: “Lori Laughlin just touched a snowflake on her wall and was transported down a North Pole slide.”And I felt fulfillment that I just can’t explain. I couldn’t tell if she was impressed,…

  • Baking,  Buckeye Cake,  Cookie Butter,  Cooking,  Porter

    Thanksgiving Update: Baking With Toddlers

    Today, Porter and I attempted our first cake together, and I just gotta be real: baking with toddlers is a complete joke. Maybe girls are more patient, but Porter seriously made me want to rip my hair out. He wanted to taste everything. After repeated “nos”, I just let him go for it. Let me tell you, the look on his face when he tasted vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder was a pained one, and I fought back every urge to beam at him: “I told you so”. I told him not to throw stuff into the KitchenAid. After I fished out apple skin (from the apple he was eating),…

  • My Favorite Things,  Recipes,  Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Eve

    MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR: Thanksgiving Eve. Actually, if I’m being honest, the EVE of Thanksgiving Eve is probably my favorite. It’s literal perfection. The anticipation, the planning, the prepping, the cleaning, the CAFFEINE. We don’t stop drinking coffee until way, way after the kids are in bed. By this point, I’m peeling potatoes like a machine and Paul has decided not to involve himself with kitchen activities, so he starts putting a puzzle together at the dining room table. We’re talking about desserts for our Thanksgiving night bakeoff, we’re texting friends and family to solidify plans, we’re listening to Christmas music and letting the kids stay up way too late.…

  • Family Date Night,  Gluten Free,  Pizza,  Restaurant Review,  Tacoma

    Tacoma Gems: Elemental Pizza

    I love when a new food joint open up in town (why do I sound like a grandma saying that? Um). Some friends posted photos of this new pizza place downtown Tacoma, Elemental Pizza, so when Paul got home from work midweek last week, I dropped several very obvious hints until Paul finally said: “so, do you wanna go get pizza at the place you’ve brought up about fifteen times in the last hour?” I acted surprised, like “oh, I did? You noticed that?” So, yeah, we packed up the kids and headed downtown. First of all, any establishment that brings fresh dough for the kids to play with while…

  • Work At Home Mom

    A Day In The Life

    Renee Biscarret Photography Emails. Phone calls; quickly place my Skype on mute while Porter screams about “sharpie scissors” (although I have no idea what it means and decide quickly to ignore him, because it doesn’t sound like the best idea he’s had). Get apple juice. Grab Simon from climbing up onto the fireplace. Refill apple juice. Find Simon’s missing sock. Distract Porter from sharpie scissors with a piece of candy. Before breakfast. It’s fine. Remember my muted phone call and rush back to catch up on what they are saying. Pretend like I haven’t gone missing, moonlighting as a waitress/maid for two very demanding clients when I should have been…

  • Routine,  Saturday,  Target,  Weekend

    Our Target Tradition

    Saturdays are my favorite. We have a pretty “official” Saturday schedule going: wake up, Happy Donuts, Starbucks for mom (who is avoiding processed sugar and gets super grumpy after about 20 minutes at the donut shop), “The Target”/mall, sometimes lunch, and then home so Paul can head to church. We always mindlessly wander Target, throwing things into our cart that we don’t really need, browsing the toys with Porter, looking at the new clothes for both the boys, trying to find a good place or reason to buy a faux fur stool in the home decor section, stocking up on La Croix and coconut milk nog and peppermint white chocolate…

  • Inspiration,  Motivation,  Random,  Work At Home Mom,  Writing

    Inspiration from Dr. Seuss

    I got today’s little morning reminder from last night’s storytime with the boys. As I read this book out loud, I found myself so encouraged – I had to pause and laugh a little at the simplicity and blatant challenge of this message.  You have a brain in your head. Use it however you see fit.You have feet in your shoes. Now, go.What I appreciate about his books: the way he lays it out there – no frills, no fuss. It brought me, even just for a moment, back to the basics of what truly drives me. Let’s remind ourselves of what we have in our hands, what we’re capable…