I’m Not Good at Being Pregnant and That’s Okay.

I have a confession to share with you: I am not very good at being pregnant. Shew. It feels good to get that off my chest. The truth is, despite a good fight to eat healthy foods, exercise and wear more than yoga pants, I have waddled into my third trimester with acne, no control [...]

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Planning a Montessori-Inspired Playroom

Hey Friends! Sorry it’s been quiet the last week around here. Between writing assignments, house projects and the onset of third trimester exhaustion, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to update. We’ve been trying to wrap up several projects before Eli comes in June. We’re about halfway finished with planking an accent wall in [...]

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Missing My Pup & a Pottery Barn Inspired Pet Pillow

I am forcing myself to sit down with a cup of coffee and blog this afternoon, even though my natural inclination is to keep to myself. The truth is, when I’m blue, I just want to turn inward and deal quietly but I made a promise at the start of this year to make this [...]

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5 Ways to Decorate with Ikea’s $2.99 Rug

Hey Friends! Do you have an Ikea near you? We’re a little over an hour away from one and I don’t know if that is a blessing or a curse. On one hand, if it were closer, I’d be even more broke than I usually am but then, can you imagine the possibilities of just [...]

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Frugal Friday: Reader Bedroom Makeover

With everything that has been happening at our house this week, I was so grateful when Kate of Albany, Oregon wrote to ask if I could give her a few ideas for redecorating her bedroom. I haven’t had much time to work on any of my own projects and honestly, needed the break away from [...]

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The Family Infertility Built

For years now, I have thought about opening up a dialogue on this little blog about our intuitive, albeit a little odd, parenting style. From time to time, I begin writing only to stop for one of many reasons. At times, I have worried that I may hurt or even anger other parents by explaining [...]

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Frugal Friday: Refreshing Your Bedroom on the Cheap

I have a confession: I love hotels. I love the feeling you get when you crawl into a big, plush bed. I love pulling back the drapes and filling the room with light. I love feeling like I’ve found a quiet corner of the world to unwind. In our home, our bedroom is anything but [...]

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Budget Birthday: Snow Happy to Be Three Party

When I was a kid, my grandpa and grandma used to host carnivals in their backyard. The yard would be full of grandkids, cousins and neighbors and it was magical. Magical and cheap. The carnival stalls were made of quilts tied to ropes. Games were made out of household items like empty Clorox bottles and [...]

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That Time Travis Almost Got Off the Hook for Valentine’s Day

I know. I know. It’s Frugal Friday and I still haven’t posted the promised pictures from Ada’s third birthday party. To be fair, I am sick. SUPER SICK. And pregnant. And it’s Valentine’s Day and I look like this so you should probably pitty Travis as much as you pitty me: So, instead of party [...]

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To the Child I Wasn’t Sure I Wanted

Dear Son, I am wide awake at 6 AM, which isn’t an unreasonable time for some people but since I was still up at midnight, singing lullabies and scratching your sister’s back then arm then leg then back again while you also wiggled to get comfortable in my belly, I know I could use the [...]

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