• How to Be a More Positive Parent

    Being that I used to be that uptight, grouchy mom who had no time to play with my daughter and snapped at her for everything she did wrong, I feel pretty strongly about parenting the way that I do currently. It has become a huge part of me to parent gracefully and positively and to show my kids that they are not an inconvenience. I honestly have no clue when the shift happened, but I am so beyond thankful that I changed my ways because life is just a whole lot happier now! I feel like, a lot of the time, adults treat kids like they should be seen and…

  • 10 doTERRA Products You Need

    It’s no secret that I was totally skeptical of doTERRA until a few months ago. For one, I didn’t realize that they weren’t JUST essential oils. For two, I had absolutely no clue how dangerous the products we use daily really are for us. Three, I didn’t know how to even start using essential oils or what the true benefits they had. I mean, rubbing peppermint oil on your temples isn’t the first thing that people think of when treating a headache, am I right? It’s also no secret that I am now completely sold on all things doTERRA. I diffuse oils religiously, take supplements daily, and have significantly reduced…

  • How to Get Your Kids to Eat

    Meal time has almost always been a point of contention in our house. Breakdowns/meltdowns/tantrums galore. I’m not talking just on Kenley’s end either, LOL! At one point, I had anxiety to even set food in front of Kenley because I just knew that we were going to have a no good, very bad, terrible night. If it wasn’t some kind of breakfast food or dinosaur chicken nuggets, it was going to be a fight. Guaranteed. If you don’t believe me, check out this photo of Kenley after she realized she had almost finished an entire plate of spaghetti that had *gasp* mushrooms in it! I know I’m not the only parent…

  • Goals | Accountability

    The lazy girl in me wants all the success without doing very much work. The procrastinator in me wants to do everything, just not right now. The dreamer in me has all these plans but forgets to put them into action. Anyone else relate? When I have specific goals to reach or deadlines to meet, I’m the most motivated person around. I’ll do anything to succeed and get it all done. Knowing this about myself, I’m taking this post and using it to have you guys hold me accountable and help me reach my goals for the next year. Did you know that people with written goals are proven to…

  • Vacay | Parents Only!

    Have you ever planned something for the future, only to have it be like the absolute perfect timing? Tyler and I spent about 6 months planning a vacation to Florida for his birthday, just the two of us. As it turns out, we had an intense/stressful/ridiculous last few months, so we were beyond ready to get out of town and spend 10 days loving each other, relaxing, and having fun ❤ We had a blast roadtripping (aka jamming to 90s music and eating all the snacks) to Clearwater, FL, where we stayed at the Sandpearl Resort for two nights. You guys. It. was. MAGICAL. We decided that any time we…

  • Elliot’s Health

    Elliot has been a medically challenging child from the get-go. I’ve been wanting to do a blog post regarding his health for awhile now, but I didn’t know where to even start LOL. This one is going to be pretty lengthy but I hope you stick around to the end! Pregnancy is difficult for me so I heavily relied on Zofran and Prozac to get me through, plus lots of Tylenol for my aches and pains. I went days without eating during my worst days, I didn’t give up caffeine, and I gave in to all of my ice cream cravings. Exercise was basically torture for those 9 months, so…

  • Summer 2018 | The End

    Last summer, I was pregnant, sick, uncomfortable, and boring LOL. Poor Kenley was cooped up inside for months and I was more pale than I think I’ve ever been. I vowed to make this summer much more exciting and busy for us and I have to say, I think it has been a success! Honestly though, it seems to be flying by  w a y  too quickly for my liking. We started our summer out right by chillin’ at the pool as much as possible. Elliot’s Otteroo is seriously the funniest thing! He loves it! Some friends came to visit and we spent a weekend at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels,…

  • Our Transition to Healthy

    I’m not sure I ever really knew what the word “healthy” meant to me. I guess I kind of assumed being healthy meant you only eat salad and spend 3 hours a day at the gym. I never really took into consideration all of the other factors that go into being healthy; I just embraced that I definitely wasn’t.  Pizza has always been my jam. Like, I know this is bad but, I literally used to order pizza 3-4 times per week. It was totally an addiction. I didn’t care because, well, it’s yummy! I would fluctuate between bingeing on pizza and starving myself to keep myself thin and didn’t realize…

  • Our Little Fam

    There’s something to be said about finding the person you’re supposed to spend your life with; the person that makes your life feel full and brings joy to minute day-to-day activities. Tyler is absolutely my person! When we met, there was almost a whirlwind of emotion and connection that just told me “he is the o n e” and I’ve never doubted it once. We are totally those people that can’t hang up the phone or leave a room without saying we love each other LOL.   Fast forward a couple of years, a puppy, a new city, and a new baby later; here we are!     We each…