We hit the road Friday night  and headed to Punta Gorda to celebrate our niece graduating from high school. It was great to get away for the weekend and chase Cooper around someone else’s house! I almost freaked out when I saw that there was white carpet in the bedrooms but luckily we didn’t do too much damage and everyone was so good with Cooper and his tendency to make the biggest mess possible.

Saturday was the party and even though it was a million degrees outside it was just what we needed. It was like hitting the refresh button. The kids played in the pool and raced down the slip and slide while the rest of us tried to find a shady spot and not faint. It’s good to be home but we’re looking forward to seeing some of the family again in two weeks. Thanks for having us! IMG_9925 IMG_9919 IMG_9934 IMG_9928 IMG_9941 IMG_9950

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We’ve entered a new season in our house. Gone is my rolly polly little baby scooting across the floor. The days of endless backaches and rocking him to bed are few and far between. I’m no longer carrying around 5lbs of luggage every time we leave the house and there are no more middle of the night wake up calls or bags under my eyes (I’m particularly excited about this one!).

Instead we’re running and chasing and playing peekaboo around the corner. The giggle that erupts from the pit of his stomach and stops him in his tracks when I pop out and say “BOO!” gets me every time. He’s listening and showing me exactly what he wants and his tiny personality is beaming through, which also means there are times when he just doesn’t know how to communicate something and he’ll throw himself on the floor. As much as I hate to see him cry, it’s kind of hilarious how frustrated he’ll get if I give him strawberries instead of watermelon or when can’t find the exact toy he’s looking for. As my mom would say, “testing…testing…1 2 3″.

He is just so much fun these days and has me cracking up 95% of the time. We’re singing songs and clapping our hands and he’s generally just my little sidekick these days. I love waking up in the morning and kissing his sweet cheeks and planning out our days. The difference between 8 and 18 months is so drastic but it’s also so great. We’ve been sleeping through the night (thanks to co-sleeping), I get to do a solid 30 minutes of yoga most mornings and I’m even going to start doing some freelance work from home again. It really feels like we’re in such a good groove right now. There’s no other way I’d rather spend my days and going back to work in an office again seems like a death sentence.

Even though he feels like such a big boy these days, when he crawls in my lap and rests his head on my shoulder he’s zapped back to my teeny tiny baby in an instant. Or when he falls down and I’m the first person he runs to. I hate seeing his poor knees all scraped up but I love being the one to comfort him. And when my back is aching from a terrible teething please hold me all day day and I try to hand him off to Dad for just one minute and he shakes his head and says “no no no”, I kind of beam inside.

While I most definitely want to have another baby someday, this stage in life is so great that I can’t imagine interrupting it. My doctor recommended that I not wait and “complete the family as soon as possible” but pregnancy for me means some form of bed rest and there’s no way I’m missing out on 9 months of afternoon walks or trips to the park right now. It may sound petty and childish but I just really don’t want to feel excluded from anything. I love picking up Cooper and spinning him around the living room and I’m not ready to give that up. I will squeeze every ounce of baby out of him that I can.

This motherhood thing isn’t always easy and it’s definitely not glamorous, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the cosmos. Even if all my clothes are stained and my floor is covered in crumbs.  IMG_9794 IMG_9792 IMG_9795 (1)

Day of the Dead Ceramic Tiles


Since we’re home so much these days, it seems only natural that I’d switch things around in here. Corners of our house that never bothered me before were suddenly driving me crazy. I started with a good cleaning and went through every drawer, every scary cabinet and even dusted the top of my cabinets. It was pretty bad. I don’t even remember the last time I did it, and I instantly felt better when I was done. But it wasn’t enough!

I started with a new (round) dining room table and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. I planned on painting the old bench too but since the table took three cans of chalk paint, I think I’ll just deal with the brown for now.  White Round Table Chalk Paint IMG_9730

Then I tackled the dark, narrow (and impossible to take pictures of) hallway. Some of these frames have been sitting in our room for over two years now! Procrastination is my middle name.
Gallery Wall Narrow Hallway Gallery Wall Narrow Hallway IMG_9783 IMG_9782 Then I was on to pillow covers. It only took me THREE trips to Joann’s to get the right amount of fabric. And now you know why I was an English major.
IMG_9743 DIY Envelope Pillow Covers The white fabric was so thin the design on the pillow was showing through but I was NOT going back to the store. After a little tinkering I ending up cutting an old white sheet and sewed it to the fabric. BOOYAH!

And just for fun, I scored the most amazing deal on new patio furniture from Craiglist and made Corey drive to pick it up at 7am on a Saturday. There’s no way I could pass up a deal like that and they even had it waiting out by the road for us. I’m nothing if not a caring, thoughtful wife. 😉

Patio Furniture DIY Twine Triple Hanging Planter

I’m so glad we get to call this place our home!

Influenster Bella Vox Box


I used to love slowly walking through the makeup aisles at Target – stopping to twist open a lipstick or two, grabbing that new mascara I’ve been hearing about, and maybe a new eye shadow, just because. There was always something new on my list of products to try and let’s be real, it’s fun! One of the many perks of being a woman, I think. Liking the way you look and feeling good goes a long way. These days though, the frivolous luxuries are few. Instead of spending extra money on makeup or fancy shampoo, I spend it on food and things for Coop. Not bad, just different.

I’ve toyed around with the idea of signing up for Birchbox. It’s only $10 a month, but I’ve heard some folks are disappointed with their boxes more often than not now. I did sign up for two one-time $5 boxes from Target (worth it!) and Walmart (ehhhh) and I found a few must haves, but more than anything it was just fun to play around with a few new things and not feel bad if I don’t love them.

A couple weeks ago I saw someone post about Influenster on Facebook, which is designed to match you with products to review based on your answers to survey questions. I signed up, linked all my accounts, answered what felt like a million questions and waited. And waited. Two weeks later I got an email telling me I was picked to review the Bella Vox Box. Yes! I didn’t even care what they were sending me. It felt so great to get something in the mail other than a bill or junk mail (seriously, do we really need all these sale ads?!).

Influenster Bella Vox Box

Out of everything they sent me, my HANDS DOWN HOW DID I EVER LIVE WITHOUT THIS product is the Not Your Mother’s Deja Vu Du. My hair usually gets washed every day and even if I wash it rightttt before bed, it’s always oily in the morning. But with the Deja Vu Du I can literally get 4 days out of a wash. That is crazy for me! I’m looking forward to getting a ton of use of it this summer. I only wish I would have found it when I had my bangs. Third day hair - Deja Vu Du

They also sent an Eco Tools matifying brush and it’s the softest thing that’s ever graced my precious skin. It feels so luxurious because it’s ridiculously softer than my cheapie no name brushes. I looked up the Eco Tools line expecting the brushes to be crazy expensive and they’re not! The only I was sent is only $8. I can get behind that!


The only thing I really didn’t like at all was the Rimmel mascara. I had high hopes and I’ll probably still use it because I’m cheap and hate to waste anything, but it smudges so easy! Like within an hour I looked like I had two black eyes. No bueno.

It was great to be picked and get a whole box of goodies in the mail just for little ‘ol me!

Thanks again, Influenster!

disclaimer: all products were provided by Influenster for review purposes. all opinions are my own. 



I have three half written posts sitting in my drafts folder but nothing is coming together. All my words are being used on my side project. 11,476 of them. But who’s counting? 😉

Anyways, life via iPhone in 3…2…1…

IMG_9477 His happy place is a pile of laundry.  IMG_9530 IMG_9524 First haircut!  IMG_9576 Third day hair THIRD day hair! That never happens for me, thus justifying the selfie.
IMG_9539 IMG_9493 IMG_9489 IMG_9606 The best $40 ever spent.  IMG_9592 IMG_9679 Storms, man! At least it didn’t end up on the neighbors roof this time.

Here’s to a (hopefully) sunnier weekend!