Thursday, May 31, 2018

3 Lessons I’ve Learned about Grace this Year

It has been nearly a year since my accident and I can finally say that it’s pretty much just an unpleasant memory now. But, boy did it teach me a thing or two this year.

1. Don’t be too confident because you aren’t in control. The month leading up to it was my biggest month ever in my business and was a huge Teachers pay Teachers month, too. I earned well over what I would have netted after childcare if I had stayed at my previous job and I had my sights set on matching my previous salary within the next couple months. I’m not the kind of person who is always waiting on the other shoe to drop so when things are going well, I don’t really anticipate when they won’t be anymore. This really put me in my place and reminded me to be more grateful for what I have and not take it for granted.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thoughts for Tuesday

Tuesday, friends. I hope you all had such a great Memorial Day weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed ours even though the weather wasn't ideal. It has felt very rainforest-like in Charlotte over the last couple weeks, with constant rain combined with ninety-degree temps.

On Thursday Madeline had her last day of preschool for the year. She had such a great year and I know she will miss her teachers so much. Most of her friends live close by so I know she'll have lots of play dates over the summer. Right before I went to drop her off on her last day, she colored all over the wall, our new carpet, and the curtain in our guest room with purple permanent marker - all in the very short time it takes me to brush my teeth! So, that is how I spent my last day of preschool.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Day in the Life

It has been quite a while since I’ve shared one of these type posts but with the end of preschool coming near, I know our schedule will be changing soon, which is always so bittersweet. We’ve gotten into a nice little routine throughout the last several months and I’ve really enjoyed the rhythm of our days. 

6:15 My alarm goes off and I snooze for fifteen minutes. When I worked away from home I always got up at five but I have struggled so hard with this since I left my previous job!

6:30 I’m up and making the bed and getting dressed before Madeline gets up. These are the two things that just have to get done before she’s awake for us to have a productive day.

7:00 Madeline is awake. We head downstairs for milk (for her), coffee (for me), and a little Peppa Pig. I take care of Riley, answer emails, check social media, and spend a few quiet minutes with my girl.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday! I am coming off a fun little bachelorette weekend in Asheville for one of my best friends from college.

I headed out at naptime on Friday and left Madeline for a fun  little Daddy-daughter weekend with Corey. When we arrived, we spent some time catching up and then headed to dinner at Asheville pizza and brew. Since everyone is so spread out now geographically we were all asked to bring a craft beer from our home town for a beer tasting back at our house afterwards. The bride now lives in Colorado and is a huge fan of craft beer so this was a fun low key way to spend our first night.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I'm eating my words.

I will never be one of those parents. You know the one that bribes her child with a cake pop so she can sip that coffee at Target. Or whose kid is playing with the iPad at a restaurant.

Yes, I really did make those statements to myself once upon a time. But I’m here to tell you that I am eating my words. 

Probably one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about parenthood over the last two years is to set high standards for yourself (and your child) but for the love of Jesus, have flexibility, too.

Sometimes we all just have to do what is best for the sanity of all. It is for the greater good. One instance of this was at Target a couple months ago. I don’t like Madeline to have regular sweets but the terrible twos seemed to be overtaking every cell of her sweet little twenty-six pound body all at once. And it picked my weekly Target run to spew its ugly head.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday, friends. We had a nice Mother’s Day weekend but it sure did go fast as they always seem to do recently!

On Friday, Corey and I went to the Kenny Chesney concert. He is such a great performer and it was nice to do something out of our regular routine because it has been a while since we’ve been to a concert.

Friday, May 11, 2018

5 on Friday


What a busy week this has been! It has gone by fast this week, which is always welcome when Corey is away. Madeline has thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather and spending them playing outside on her new playset. If you missed it in my stories, this was a major impulse by at Costco and had a pretty big instant rebate this week.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

5 Summer Backyard Must-Haves for the Toddler

The weather in North Carolina has finally warmed up and the end of preschool is near. With our mornings at school about to end until next September, Madeline and I are preparing for lots of time outside. We are planning to enjoy some days at the pool but when we are home, we have some great outside toys to enjoy. If you have a toddler, I can not recommend these items enough to keep them entertained during the warm summer months and the bonus is that all of them can be purchased from Amazon so that they conveniently arrive at your front door. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday, friends. Its hard to believe the weekend is over - they really go so fast, don't they?

On Friday we went to Costco for fig bars and coffee and then stumbled upon this. It was love at first sight for Madeline and apparently I have no self-control because it is being installed today as I type this.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Join me for Go Gray in May

Last month I shared a little about our family’s switch to safer personal care and household products. This month I am putting my money where my mouth is - literally - and donating 100% of my Beautycounter commission this month to the American Brain Tumor Association as part of Go Gray in May.

May is brain cancer awareness month and this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart as we lost my husband's dad to a glioblastoma almost three years ago. This is a very aggressive type of cancer with most patients surviving less than a year, is very expensive to attempt to treat in the event that a loved one is diagnosed, and is critically underfunded. 

I was personally introduced to Beautycounter about a year and a half ago when I was sent a little sample package and asked to review it on Instagram. I shared here that I tried to use safe products while I was pregnant but afterwards went righ back to my old ways. Not because I didn’t care but because I didn’t know better.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Make your own pizza Supper Club

It was our turn to host our monthly Supper Club last weekend. We get together once a month with some of our favorite couples and the host plans the main dish. Then, the guests bring an appetizer, sides, and dessert. It’s such a fun way to catch up with our friends on a regular basis.

When we lived in Hoboken and were preparing to move back South we attended a pizza making class in the city because Corey and I are pretty big pizza snobs and we wanted to be able to make the New York pizza we’d gotten so attached to. So, I made the dough using that recipe and Corey prepared the sauce from our take-home cook book from our pizza school class. Unfortunately it’s copyrighted so I can’t post it in full here but if you want some homemade pizza tips, send me an email. I will say homemade dough makes all the difference, though, and is so much more cost efficient when making lots of pizzas (8 in our case). I use the dough hook on my Kitchen Aid mixer to do the kneading for me so it keeps it from being a lot of work.