Honest Motherhood | Preparing Myself

Before I write anything, I always pray it comes from a place of grace and what the Lord wants. I am under no assumption that everybody who reads this blog is exactly like me, with the same convictions and opinions, but I know that each one of us has a story to tell. Our story of miscarriage and a small part of my experience with postpartum has sparked conversations with women and mothers all over the world that I never would have imagined. I have been so encouraged by how the Lord has been able to connect so many people, and how…

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Freezing Temps + 5 Random Things

It’s been freezing here the past two weeks so we are definitely having an actual winter here in Georgia, unlike years past. Just like most people, the cold weather makes me want to curl up in my pajamas and not do a single thing. I try really hard to stay motivated, because in the winter, it’s just so hard, ha. I recently received this sherpa jacket and it has been perfect for when we actually go out and brave the bitter cold. It is oversized, hooded and makes me feel like I am wearing a blanket. When Ian and I…

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Playroom Update with Lorena Canals & How We Keep it Clean

You may recognize this space from my office post we did a few years ago. Pretty quickly after I did that space, I ended up staying home full time and pursuing blogging and felt like space would be better used as a playroom. It’s actually just a large landing pad/hallway upstairs in between the bedrooms and so I felt like it would get much more use that way. I kept the pink rug for a while thinking we would use it if we had a girl, but when we found out we were having two boys, I knew I needed…

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Thoughts on Things | More Monochromatic Looks, Embracing Your Season and Products I’m Loving

Oh look… it’s me in another cardigan… haha. I guess since my pregnancies are a few months different from each other, I totally forgot about dressing myself in the winter. I wore dresses most of the time with Cove, but won’t work for January in Georgia. The temps have dropped to below freezing quite a few times, so layering it is. Since cardigans are something you can wear even when you aren’t pregnant, I felt they were better options to include in my wardrobe so I wouldn’t be investing in a bunch of maternity sweaters that I couldn’t ever wear…

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2017 Reflections & Favorite Moments

Ian and I recently had dinner to celebrate his birthday and we started talking about this year compared to years past. It has honestly been a great year. Nothing crazy has happened, but we’ve just had some great moments and have learned and grown a lot. Compared to the hard but great years we had in 2015 and 2016, 2017 was a year of reflection, contentment, and growth. I am thankful for it. My favorite memories this year, in no particular order Being able to take a road trip across Canada with my family and having my grandparents meet Cove…

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Freshen Up For The New Year

I have been in crazy nesting mode lately. It is actually kind of crazy how much I have been nesting compared to when I was pregnant with Cove. We took down all of our holiday decor the day after Christmas, the toy room was redecorated (more to come soon) and all of the closets have been cleaned out and reorganized.  I am actually really proud of myself because sometimes I can be a pack rat, but I cleared out carloads of stuff! Along with all the nesting, I got an early start on refreshing our bed linens too. January is…

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Your Last Holiday To-Do List | Present Over Perfect

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks earlier, but here it is now! This year, I have talked a lot about a simpler Christmas. More minimal decorations. Fewer to-dos. Which I guess is why the title of this is a bit ironic. But with it being the week before Christmas, I thought I’d share with you a few to-dos that will make your life easier, less hectic and more meaningful. Stop buying presents and be present. Don’t worry about that last minute person who got you a gift and don’t worry about the stockings being packed to the brim.…

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Easy, Yet Delicious Make Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast

*This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions are my own. I am not quite sure why, but breakfast is so important to us. I have always been a HUGE fan of breakfast foods. Bagels, bacon, eggs, French toast… all of it. Ian and I both have fond memories of waking up on Saturdays to our parents and especially our dads making breakfast and eating together as a family. Before we even had kids, we talked about how fun it was going to be making pancakes and sitting and watching our little ones chow down on the bar stools. Fast…

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Winter White

Last week, Georgia experienced Snow Storm Benji out of nowhere. What was supposed to be a light dusting ended up being a twelve inches of snow with thousands of power outages? That morning, I had gone to take my glucose test and in the middle of my appointment, I heard people talking about how it was starting to stick and they were thinking about closing the office early. I made it home just in time and later that day Ian, was able to wrap up and enjoy the snow with us. Ian built a snowman taller than him, and we…

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Oh Christmas Tree! & Some Thoughts On Motherhood

Ever since I was pregnant with Cove, we made it a little family tradition to go walk around and look at the Christmas trees. We usually go the weekend right after Thanksgiving and sip on Hot Chocolate or Cider and buy some fresh garland or a wreath to make the house smell nice. It’s so fun to see how each year our family has grown and how blessed we are. Cove has loved running around and hiding in the trees the past two years, and it’s surreal to think we will have another little boy in the mix the next…

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Basement Update and Artwork that Brightens Up A Space

  So I have talked a lot about the basement renovations, but I haven’t really shared very many pictures with you guys. I am happy to say that we are almost in working condition. Actually, we are pretty much in working condition, we’re just piecing together all the decorating now. I’m just so proud of Ian and all the work he put into this space. We only had a little idea of what we were doing, and we figured it all out and made it look beautiful. AND a big thank you to my brother-in-law Aaron and the company he…

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Do They Have Gingerbread House Insurance?

When I was little, we celebrated a lot of holidays away from home. Not visiting extended family, but instead, just quality time with my parents and sister, experiencing new places. I loved that my parents did that with us, and it is sort of what led us to have Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving instead of cooking. A few times over the years, we’ve visited Asheville, North Carolina and would do Christmas Tours of the Biltmore House. One of the things my sister and I loved was in the basement of the house where the kitchen was, there were huge decorated gingerbread…

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Shopping Small Business, Making a Big Difference

Thank you PayPal for sponsoring this post. Shop small merchants with PayPal to make your holiday shopping a breeze. If you have been around for a while, you know how passionate I am about supporting small businesses. I’ve always been about supporting the local and their hearts and hard work. And I can say from personal experience how much joy it brings small businesses when people support and shop from them. It never get’s old. The internet has made it so much easier for you to be able to support these local businesses and makers and even from the comfort…

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Cove’s National Parks Birthday Party

We had such a great time celebrating Cove’s second birthday. We decided not to do big parties until our kids were older and they requested them because we try to have more of an emphasis on experiences and time. For the past two years, we’ve just done something intimate and small with both of our families. I still love to include special details to make it memorable for him. Last year, we did a Wild Animal party because it was a big Zoo year for Cove. Animals were a huge hit and he visited the zoo here in Atlanta and…

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Thoughts on Things | New Recipes, Jumpsuits & Minimal Decorating + Advent Download (In case you started a day late)

So now that the weather is actually getting cooler here in the south, I have been pulling out my warmer recipes. I just purchased an instant pot from the Cyber Monday deals, and have loved getting to put it to good use. I really wanted something I could put meals together with pretty quickly because I knew with a new baby coming early next year, there just wouldn’t be a lot of time each day to cook some of the things I cook now. The first meal I made was chicken and rice (like the fresh kind, not the kind…

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23 Week Bump Date Update

One of my favorite things about this season is the fact that we can take the mornings slow. I know that it won’t be like this forever, and it certainly isn’t like that every day, but as much as possible, I try to savor those mornings where it’s just Cove and me relaxing and playing at home. We’ve got a little morning routine, but it’s laid back. We have breakfast, the boys still bring me my coffee like the sweetest gentlemen, and then we just relax and play. I guess I have been thinking about it more lately because it’s just…

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