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“You’re a Great Mom”



“You are a great mom.”

Initially, in those newborn days with Oshiolema, I took the compliment as necessary fuel. If my life was a pie chart, breastfeeding, up with a crying baby instead of sleeping and chores were even; me-time, time in the Word were those little slivers that are too small to see or title. In photos, Oshiolema was clothed, sometimes smiling and alive. I’d tidy up the scene I was about to snap a photo in, moving a stack of diapers  and stained burp cloth aside to make way for a fresh pretty swaddle blanket. I’d write a caption about being up all night with him but it not mattering anymore because he’s so perfect.

But here’s the thing.

It mattered.

Our Natural Medicine Cabinet and Fighting off Cold Weather Germs



Fall and winter are full of the year’s best things. October-February golf many of my favorite things, but they also hold some of the worst: germs. Ohhh winter germy season, how I loathe thee. I’ve recurved many questions about our natural medicine cabinet and now feels like the best time to share how we prevent illness and how we treat it if need be.

Why I Switched to Natural Deodorant

I’m over a year into my natural deodorant journey and thought this was the best place to share the questions I’ve received and things I’ve learned throughout the process. Let me just emphasize that: it’s a process. The beginning is just the pits (I really wanted to work that in early) but I’m finally in a great place where my body is used to it, my mind is on board and I haven’t touched my Clinical Strength stuff in a year.

Autumn Bucket List



It’s officially Fall, friends. There are two types of people: spring/summer people and fall/winter people. I am one hundred jabillion percent a fall/winter girl. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Chicago where fall seems to last a lifetime, maybe it’s because of all the holidays stacked up in a row. All I know is once my Magnolia Fall candle is crackling, the fleece sweaters are pulled out and soups are on the stove, I feel at home. We have a big trip back to California planned this Fall so I pray we get a little taste of crisp fall air. Without further adieu- here is our autumn bucket list:

Favorite Matching Pajamas for Littles

Theres nothing like crisp fall air to make me suddenly feel nostalgic about everything. I don’t know what it is about matching pajamas that melt me as a mother but I’m hooked for life. Call me a sucker, I’ll take it. If you beam at the sight of your littles in matching pajamas, here are some of my favorite pairs in a price range that makes such a thing as unnecessary pajamas acceptable.

Already Fixed.

Does anyone else have a “junk email?” The email you had before you got your shiny, professional gmail address that you use for every online purchase and email opt in? I do. I rarely ever sign in there, but the other day I did. And while digging for a Gap Kids receipt, I saw my pregnancy update. “You are 26 weeks pregnant!” Nope. I’m not.