Friday, February 27, 2015

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday! I'm so glad to have you here. 

Our featured blog is The Sequin Notebook. I love these ladies and have had a great time getting to know them a little more through their posts. Best friends and bloggers? Great combination in my book! Head over and give their blog some love. 

1. We had a rough past week or so. Jay came down with a really bad stomach flu that kept him sick for about 5 days. I slept on the couch to try to avoid getting sick. Just as he got to feeling a bit better, Juliet caught it. There's nothing quite as sad as a baby getting sick and looking so confused. So, it's been a long, sleepless past week.

2. Because of the sickness, I wasn't able to get into the salon and get my hair taken care of like I was hoping. So next week it is! I've got it scheduled and I cannot wait. I don't think I've ever needed a haircut so bad. 

3. My really good friend is having a baby shower tomorrow and I'm really excited to go and see all the little baby things that she gets. There's just something about baby showers that get me all mushy and happy.

4. We went to pick out flooring for our laundry room last night.  As usual, we didn't really see anything that we were in love with and was a good deal, so were going to look some probably later today's or Saturday morning because the goal is to have new flooring this weekend! Love when we get new projects going. 

5. I'm looking for some great clean eating snack recipes for before and after work. I am getting back into a regular routine with working out, but man eating clean is killing me. All I want is sweets! Ugh. It's a huge struggle. Anything you guys have would be wonderful!

How was your week? I'd love to hear from you!

Bloggers – ready to join in the link up? In case there’s anyone new to the game, here’s what you do!

Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! It could be 5 memories/highlights, 5 pairs of shoes you wore, 5 “good job” comments you got, or 5 pieces of chocolate you scarfed down when no one was looking.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

While I was surfing through Pinterest, ya know like I do all the time sometimes, and found a great reading challenge through Modern Mrs. Darcy.

 Since I've had Juliet, I haven't been reading nearly as much as I used to,  so I have been trying to find a good way to get myself reading more again. This challenge was the perfect way to do that! It's 12 books in 12 months, well, 11 since I'm starting a bit late but still totally doable.

Here's the list of my picks for this challenge:
Book I've Been Meaning to Read: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
Book Published this Year: 
Book in Genre I Don't Typically Read: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Book from my Childhood: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Book my Mom loves: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Book written in a Different Language: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Book "Everyone" has Read:
Book Chosen because of the Cover: Bella's Gift by Rick and Karen Santorum
Book by Favorite Author: A Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste: A Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Book I Should have Read in High School: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Book on the Bestseller List: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I am starting with Bella's Gift, a story about Rick and Karen Santorum's daughter that has Trisomy 18. It's such a fast read already and really moving.

I've still got a few that I am trying to pick out, but I'm really excited to have a list of books that I've been meaning to read and an old favorite, too!


Would you like to be a part of this challenge with me? Let me know your choices in the comments! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why We Are Leaving our Family Size up to God



A few months before Juliet's birthday, we decided that we were being called to leave our family size up to God.

I know. Big statement. 

I never thought that this is what I would be called to do. When I first thought about sharing this, I had all kinds of hope for the future, maybe a bigger family than I originally had thought, maybe more babies close together than I had originally wanted. But that family would be the one that God had blessed me with, so scary or not I was excited.

And then we had a miscarriage. And my idea of leaving this whole thing up to God came crashing down around me.

Does leaving my family size up to God mean that I may not have another baby? That thought may have fleetingly crossed my mind before, but never in a  permanent--this may really happen-- kind of way.  Now, well, it seems like it could be more of a possibility.

And that makes it a lot harder to be open to leaving it up to Him.

It's a funny feeling, being in this space of waiting. Waiting to know whether God will bless us with more children biologically, or whether our family may grow in other ways.

I'd like to say that I am happy sitting in the waiting. But that would be a lie. It's hard and I don't really like it at all.

So I will sit in the waiting,  and try to remember all the blessings that we have been given. It's not going to be easy, but I will trust that this is the path we are being led down.

Are you in a period of waiting? How do you deal with the unknown? 

Friday, February 20, 2015

High Five for Friday

This week completely flew by. Is it possible not to be ready for the weekend? I mean, I know, crazy! Who wouldn't want the weekend? But seriously, this week went by so fast that I really haven't gotten done the things I planned. Oh well, maybe I'll catch up this weekend!

This week's featured blogger is Jayme from Simply, Always, Forever. I especially like that she does a monthly Pinterest link-up! Something like that is right up my alley, so I'm excited to make a project and join in on the fun. Make sure you check out Jayme's blog! 

Now, for my 5: 

1. I'm slowly getting back into the swing of eating healthy and working out on a regular basis. Since I started my job just about a month ago, I've only been working out probably 3 times a week. I'm hoping just getting back into the rhythm of everything is the reason why I've been so beat lately. 

2. It is absolutely frigid and I cannot stand it. Sigh. I know everyone else has the same thing going on for the most part, but man, when the walk from your house to your car and back makes you want to sit in a hot shower for an hour,  that's just too stinking cold. 

3. We had a great Valentine's Day at home. Juliet had her first sleepover ever with Grandma and Grandpa, so I cooked a yummy dinner just like the one I first cooked for Jay. We watch old movies, drank wine, and just had some time to be together without any worries. It was exactly what we needed! 

4. I got the cutest little sign for our laundry room in honor of the renovations that we are going to be starting very soon. Hobby Lobby, of course, and on sale to boot! 

5. I desperately need a day at the salon. My hair is sad panda. I don't even remember the last time I got it cut (yikes!) and I'm ready for a change. Here's a few of my fave choices so far:




How was your week? I'd love to hear from you!

Bloggers – ready to join in the link up? In case there’s anyone new to the game, here’s what you do!

Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! It could be 5 memories/highlights, 5 pairs of shoes you wore, 5 “good job” comments you got, or 5 pieces of chocolate you scarfed down when no one was looking.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Night I Lost my Baby & Things Right Now

It's about to get real personal up in here. 
You've been warned. 

Well, okay, it's not like I'm against sharing the personal side of my life on the blog so far. Nothing is really more personal than sharing about a miscarriage, so really this doesn't even compare. 

But I'm overwhelmed. Yep. Sometimes completely overwhelmed to the point that I don't know how I'm going to get everything done I need to do and still be a good mom and wife. 

You know those moments where you feel like all you could do is keep the house from burning down and your toddler from killing themselves trying to do things they can't really do yet, then you husband walks in and asks, "Have you done anything today?" Yeah, I've had more of those lately than I'd care to admit, which makes it all seem even more overwhelming. 

Getting used to working outside of the house, trying to keep up with the never-ending chores, and making sure I'm present with Juliet has just been so much lately. Add on trying to keep up with this blog and working on a new creative project, I'm totally beat. 

I've got some great posts I'm working on to share with you all, but I don't want to share things until they are at the point that are worthy of you guys, and honestly, I have been crashing at night rather than writing because I'm exhausted. 

If you are interested in reading a great article I've had published this week, head over to Mom's Magazine and check out The Night I Lost my Baby

Here's a quick excerpt: 
"Standing in the dark nursery that was only lit by a dim nightlight, I stared down at the face that looked so peaceful lying there in my arms. I remembered back to the first time I had rocked her to sleep the night that we brought her home from the hospital. So tiny yet such a big personality even at that point.
But that baby I brought home from the hospital was gone. I wouldn’t ever get her back."

Thanks for sticking by me in all this transition! 

How do you deal with that overwhelming feeling during transitions or even just the day to day? 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Juicing: Changing Your Health from the Inside Out

If you've been around these parts for a while, then you know I have been working really hard to get healthy and back into shape after having my daughter. By Christmas time, I was finally at or below what I weighed when I got pregnant and I was really feeling great about where I was.

Fast forward a few months, full of entirely too much junk food and even more desserts, my diet and exercise have been seriously lacking to say the least.

That's why I was so excited to get Clean Green Drinks by Candice Kumai as my Valentine's Day gift this year. Jay knows me too well. We had been looking at juicing books for  awhile, but he did outstanding in finding the perfect book. I love that it explains what every green or fruit is good for and what type of tools you need to make the juice or smoothies.

Last night I made the first of my juices, which primarily consisted of beets. It was delicious! I was seriously amazed. It made me feel great, too, knowing that my blood and liver were being detoxed with the cleansing juice I made.

Here's the yummy recipe:
2 medium beets, scrubbed and halved
4 cups kale
1 medium cucumber
1/4 lemon
1/4 tsp cinnamon (whisked in after juicing)

All you do is throw your produce in the juicer and drink the beety goodness.


Are you interested in learning more about juicing? I highly recommend starting with the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It's on Netflix and it changed the way I viewed my food and everything that I put into my body.

Do you juice or eat clean? Have you seen any benefits from this lifestyle? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to be a Working Mom When You Want to Stay Home



This week will mark a month now that I've been working outside the home again, after staying home nearly 14 months with my first child.

This isn't something that I would have chosen we had any other options. I'm still sad when I have to leave Juliet and go into the office. In this transition, I've found a few things that really have helped.

Work part-time if that's an option.
Luckily, I found a job close to my home and enough pay that I can work 20 hours a week and still bring in enough income to help my family. Another option I was looking into was evening hours so I could spend more time with her during my days.

Incorporate your kids in the things that you have to do during your time off. 
Take them grocery shopping with you, let them "help" with folding laundry or picking up the house. Just getting to spend that time with them makes a huge difference.

Make the most of your time. 
When you are home, really be present for your kid(s). Put up the phone, the computer, or whatever else gets distracting and talk or play. I know this is something I sometimes struggle with, especially when there's a ton of things to do. But, honestly? I'm never going to get this time back and lately I've become all too much aware of that.

Work hard to make this just a season, not a solution. 
If you were at the point I was, most likely you had been cutting back as much as possible. Work was the last option you wanted to take. Make that a motivator in saving everything extra that you have after the bills are paid. Figure out a goal of what you need to be able to get back home and let that motivate you to get through this season of your life.

Are you a working mom that wants to be a SAHM? How do you deal with this season of life? 

Friday, February 13, 2015

High Five for Friday

Welcome back to another week of High Five for Friday!


This week we are featuring Paige for Reasons to Come Home. I've been reading Paige's blog since I found her on H54F about a month ago, and I especially have loved reading her posts about Rwanda. Go over and show her some love today!

1. I've been trying to work on some Valentine's Day gifts and projects throughout the last couple weeks and it's been so much fun to find all the fun projects out there. Make sure you check out my Valentines Day chalkboard tutorial, date night outfit ideas, free printableValentines day beauty, and yesterday's post about last minute gift ideas!

2. Last night was my Mommy's group at my church and it's always great to get out and see the ladies. We talked about how even the little things we do can make big impacts, just what I needed to keep in perspective in the past few weeks. 

3. I'm getting my Hobby Lobby fix tonight and I can't wait! I have to get a comfy pair of shoes for work, which just happens to be right by Hobby Lobby, so I mean I have to go, right? 

4. Jay and I have been discussing redoing our laundry room. It's one of the places in the house our realtor said needs redone before we could ever plan on selling, plus it'll seriously be so nice to get that room done! Here's just a few things I've found before that I love:



5. I'm ordering some Ava Anderson products this weekend and I'm so excited to get to try some more nontoxic beauty products. Keep an eye out for some reviews!



How was your week? I'd love to hear from you!

Bloggers – ready to join in the link up? In case there’s anyone new to the game, here’s what you do!

Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! It could be 5 memories/highlights, 5 pairs of shoes you wore, 5 “good job” comments you got, or 5 pieces of chocolate you scarfed down when no one was looking.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Minute Valentines Day Ideas




It's only a few days away from Valentine's day and I'll be honest, I haven't gotten done nearly as much as I thought I would by now! This week really has just felt like it's slipped away.

Are you in the same position too? Well never fear! I've compiled a list of awesome but quick Valentines day gifts for all the special people in your life.









Do you have any great last minute Valentine's Day gift ideas? 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Beauty Inspiration

A special date night is always a fun time to get to try out pretty makeup that's out of the norm for me. I'm not a huge makeup wearer to be honest. I tend to lean on the very natural looking side of beauty and I rarely even wear eyeshadow anymore. 
(That could also be blamed one a cute little one year old. )

So I've been scouring Pinterest (would you expect anything else?!) and found some great and easy makeup and nails that are a notch up from my day to day but nothing that will take me hours in front of the mirror. 

Here's some of my current loves: 




Can I just say that although I have a real love for the Beauty Department, this definitely wasn't intentional! Their simple tutorials just happen to be perfect for what I am looking for this Valentine's Day. 

What are some of your fave ways to change up your look for a special date or event? 



Monday, February 9, 2015

Free Valentine's Day Printable


Guys! It's the week of Valentine's and luckily I've been able to get some crafty things done this past weekend in anticipation for this fun day.

The chalkboard tutorial from last week was a fun, easy way to start decorating. Today I will be sharing a great (and FREE!) printable for around the house and to really set the mood for this weekend.

It's the perfect size at an 8x10, so easy to print and easy to frame! I also love the idea of printing it out on cardstock and using it as is on a shelf or even thumbtacked with some pretty tacks on the wall.

Get the print by clicking here.

Do you like to use printables to decorate your home? 

Friday, February 6, 2015

High Five for Friday

Yay for another Friday and a day off with my little munchkin! I look forward to my Fridays even more now the past few weeks of going back to work.

This week's feature is Heather from My Little Hea. She's got some great posts and I especially love the Love and Kisses cards that she DIYed. Make sure you head over and check out her blog!


1. This week was killer. I was gone 10 hours a day for most of the week, and it definitely was a reminder that I'm no longer a SAHM. I missed my Juliet!

2. My mom and I went to Jeni's ice cream and it was so amazing. They use all organic, local ingredients and I could basically eat it all the time. If you have one nearby, you have to go. 

3. I've been itching to do some creative projects. My training for the new job has been boring to say the least. So keep an eye out ok Instagram and next week here on the blog! 

4. I've been wracking my brain to figure out what to do for Valentine's Day this year. I can't believe it's only a week away!  I know some people call it a "greeting card" holiday, but I love that it's a chance to really have a fun and meaningful time with your spouse or significant other. I really love this "stud muffin" idea that I've been seeing all over Pinterest. 

5. Has anyone tried the Younique 3D fiber mascara? I'm reallllllly tempted now that I'm running out of my drugstore stuff. It's just such a hefty price tag. If you've tried it let me know what you think!

I'm also linking up with Diary of a Real Housewifeoh, Hey FridayMeet @ the Barre and A. Liz Adventures
How was your week? I'd love to hear from you!


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Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! It could be 5 memories/highlights, 5 pairs of shoes you wore, 5 “good job” comments you got, or 5 pieces of chocolate you scarfed down when no one was looking.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Date Outfits


Valentine's Day is one of the few times a year that Jay and I have a special date, so I love to have a special outfit to go with it.

For a more dressy look, my go-to is nearly always a dress. The touches of vintage that Modcloth's clothes have make an outfit timeless but still super cute. 



the casual valentine
If you are more up for a coffeehouse date or just something casual with your significant other, I love a feminine blouse with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. Add to it some delicate jewelry and some soft perfume and you'll have a romantic look for your special night. 

I love using pink and red for this time of year because you can do it without it looking cheesy. Even though, let's face it, I don't mind a little cheese in my life. 

What is your favorite piece of clothing or accessory for a special date?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Tutorial


Love is in the air. 

I love Valentine's Day. Call me cheesy, but I go a little weak in the knees with all the romantic little gestures that tend to come along with this time of the year. 

I always want to decorate, but hate spending too much on a holiday that really isn't that important. That's where the chalkboard came into play! 

I just knew when I bought this for Jay's birthday party this past summer that I would get my use out of it. 


When I create a saying on the chalkboard, I like to start with the outer detail and fill in from there. A heart shaped like the vintage doily Valentine's. 

Next, instead of using a line to keep the letters straight and trying to erase it cleanly (which lets face it never seems to work out for me) I instead use something else with a straight edge that will go all the way across. A yardstick is perfect.

So does a notebook when that's all you have on hand. 

I love looking at different lettering on the internet to get new ideas for my fonts. Pinterest is awesome for this! Varying sizes and a few different fonts really give it a great hand lettered feeling.

So, try out different things, but don't be afraid to change things as you go! That's what I love about doing the lettering on a chalkboard, there's really a play with it as you design feeling that you don't always get with other mediums. 

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day? 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

When it Rains...

When it rains/snows in Ohio, apparently everything goes a little goofy. 

I wanted to post my Chalkboard tutorial yesterday, but had the hardest time finding chalk, so I decided to just be a day late. No big deal, right? 

"Of course not," I thought. 

You know, until my cord for my camera decided to die.  

So, sadly I won't be getting you a post this weekend. I'm working hard to get my camera back into working shape so we can have the regular posting schedule this week. 

Thanks so much for understanding and hope to see you all back tomorrow!