Entertaining

07.08.21

How to Plan a Moana Themed Birthday

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday …

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday for months, so I transformed our house into Motunui on her special day. One of the best parts of being a mom is making your child’s dreams come true, and it felt so special to make some …

Self Improvement

07.07.21

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries

We are halfway through 2021 and the last 365 days came with some …

We are halfway through 2021 and the last 365 days came with some big life changes. Like many of you, I spent most of 2020 just trying to get through the year. The pandemic forced us to slow down and take a closer look at how we live. It took …

Organization

07.05.21

How to Organize a Refrigerator

  I’ve been slowly working my way through our home, organizing every cabinet, …

  I’ve been slowly working my way through our home, organizing every cabinet, closet, and room. The refrigerator is one of those things I’ve wanted to implement one of my “organization systems” for, but I honestly didn’t know where to start. But today, it happened. I needed to return something …

Blogging

06.30.21

The Best Mirrorless Camera for Family Photos and Blogging

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get …

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get asked what kind of camera I use. Two years later, you can now visit my blog, search “digital camera” or “mirrorless camera” and this post will show up. You’re welcome and also, sorry it took me over …

Organization

06.29.21

The Best Container Store Bins and Organizers

If you follow me on instagram, you know that my home has been …

If you follow me on instagram, you know that my home has been a work in progress the last few years. I was very pregnant when we moved and life, work, and babies took over. As much as I thrive when things are organized (I’ve always been that way) I …

Shopping

06.28.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in June

Another month has come and gone. I’ve done more cleaning and organizing, and …

Another month has come and gone. I’ve done more cleaning and organizing, and as a result, purchased a few organizing essentials. After a year of not organizing anything, it feels so good to get rid of what we don’t need and to find a place for everything. I’ve become a …

Life Lately

06.25.21

Life Lately: Recent Finds and Good Things That Happened This Week

In an effort to continue to be a positive space that hopefully inspires …

In an effort to continue to be a positive space that hopefully inspires and brings women together and with how much better things are with this pandemic, I’m bringing back a post that does just that next week! IYKYK. I’m also going to start sharing the good things that happened …

Childhood Cancer

06.23.21

Hospital Bag Checklist for Kids

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second …

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second birthday. We spent half the first month inpatient and over the next eight months spent a lot of time at clinic. During those first few weeks, we were in survival mode and had no idea what we …

Wellness

06.22.21

How I’m Reducing Stress and Anxiety

I’ve been talking more about stress and anxiety this year – something I’ve …

I’ve been talking more about stress and anxiety this year – something I’ve struggled with for most of my adult life. Most of us fear we’ll be judged or seen as ungrateful if we talk about anxiety, but being anxious doesn’t mean you’re not happy or grateful. Anxiety, depression, gratitude, …

Shopping

06.21.21

The Amazon Prime Day Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

I know, I know. Someone else talking about Amazon Prime Day. I’m not …

I know, I know. Someone else talking about Amazon Prime Day. I’m not usually a fan of sale posts (skipped the Nordstrom sale altogether) because it’s always the same stuff over and over. But since I’m always getting questions about my favorite toys and must-have products, I decided put together …

Motherhood

06.15.21

The First Year as a Mom of Two

I am almost one year into being a mom of two. And I …

I am almost one year into being a mom of two. And I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can talk about the transition. The beginning is a lot, but for me, was easier than going from 0 to 1. One year later, it feels so much …

Baby and Kids

06.10.21

Birthday Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Olds

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started …

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started looking at some gift ideas. She loves playing pretend – play food is probably her favorite thing right now. The thing I was most excited about is something I’ve wanted to buy her since she was born, …

Home

06.08.21

Container Gardening: How to Plant a Beautiful Flower Pot

A trip to the nursery to pick up a few flowers for an …

A trip to the nursery to pick up a few flowers for an empty spot in our yard turned into a second trip for topiaries. Before I knew it, I was going back for flowers for our planters, ground covering (more on that soon), and ordering more terracotta planters. I …

Fashion

06.07.21

The 20 Best Summer Sandals

I’ve been living in my waterproof Birkenstocks since they’re ideal for playing outside …

I’ve been living in my waterproof Birkenstocks since they’re ideal for playing outside with the girls, gardening, running errands, and I always wear them the 2x a week that I go to and from pilates. But sometimes, I like to put on something a bit more…elevated? My love of sandals …

Q&A

06.06.21

Q&A: Life in the Suburbs

   I’m not sure where my days go anymore. After the last year, …

   I’m not sure where my days go anymore. After the last year, that feels like a good thing. We had such a nice weekend – it felt so good to spend so much time outside. It started with Margot’s ballet class in our yard followed by a playdate with …

Shopping

06.03.21

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Conor and I didn’t do Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year.

Conor and I didn’t do Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year. Instead, we chose to buy some new patio furniture. A gift for everyone.  I bought the bocce ball set for Conor for his first father’s day – it’s a splurge but so well made and aesthetically pleasing.

Motherhood

06.02.21

The Unexpected Ways Motherhood Changed Me

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into …

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into my work, life, and travels, and would just continue my life with a baby in tow. And I wouldn’t be one of those moms who always worried or felt guilty when I wasn’t with my baby. My …

Baby and Kids

05.29.21

Girls Room Decor Ideas

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday …

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday around the corner, the time felt right to make the transition to a big girl bed. I won’t be making too many changes, but we’ll say farewell to her crib, daybed, and glider, making some space for …

Childhood Cancer

05.29.21

A Marco Polo Support Group for Women

This last year was one of isolation and loneliness, and mothers were one …

This last year was one of isolation and loneliness, and mothers were one of the groups hit the hardest. Then there were moms like me who faced a childhood cancer diagnosis – something that would be crippling without a pandemic. My husband and I faced the unimaginable with our now …

Relationships

05.26.21

Your Wedding Questions Answered

I never dreamed of being a bride or thought about the kind of …

I never dreamed of being a bride or thought about the kind of wedding I wanted to have. In fact, given my difficult family dynamics, I always thought I’d elope. Being the center of attention is one of my least-favorite things. When I was getting ready for our ceremony, I …

Style

05.25.21

Family Photo Outfit Ideas

As someone who appreciates fashion and design, I didn’t think getting my family …

As someone who appreciates fashion and design, I didn’t think getting my family dressed for photos would be that difficult. When I say “getting my family dressed” I should note that I am referring to myself and the girls. I knew Conor would wear jeans and a white or blue …