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30 Things I did Before my 30th Birthday (today!)

Today is my thirtieth birthday. Typing that sentence out was the first time it really, truly hit me that my twenties are over. I’ve always been an old soul so part of me has felt thirty for a lifetime. Since I was a kid, I’ve always been drawn to people generations older than me and could be found asking my grandma to fax me recipes in college and sleeping at my mom’s friends house to learn how to be a homemaker one day at 18. I’ve always been the mom of my friend group and married a man 9 years older than me at 21 years old so part of me has been looking forward to this for a decade. Another part of me can’t believe it.

How I’m Focusing on Staying Healthy in my Second Timester



Everyone wants to be healthy during their pregnancy. It’s a given. That being said, it’s certainly not always easy to be healthy during pregnancy. We are extra tired, our bodies are working extra hard, we typically don’t feel that well (lets be real. we can feel like garbage) and we’re often not sleeping like champs either. All of these things combined wreak havoc on our bodies and our immune systems, especially for someone with an autoimmune disease like me, and the last thing we feel like doing most of the time is hitting the gym and eating a bowl of greens. Here’s how I’m staying healthy from the inside out in my second trimester.

My Best Purchases of 2019



I’m back!!! I always enjoy the break I take every year around the Holidays but I am so inspired and excited about what is to come this year. As always, we begin the year with my “Best Purchases of the Year” post. I absolutely love putting the research in to make the best purchases I can for myself and our family. There are always some impulse buys mixed in along with a dud or two but I work diligently to be sure we will love and truly use what we buy. Here are the items I reached for over and over again that have true staying power. 

Reflecting on the Decade



10 years. An entire decade is coming to a close tonight and it also marks the end of my twenties. When I was younger and my parents would start a sentence with, “10 years ago…” I couldn’t even wrap my mind around it because it sounded like a genuine lifetime. Well guess what? I find myself saying that all.the.time. Ten years ago I was in college. Ten years ago I was playing volleyball on scholarship. Ten years ago I had just met O and already knew I’d marry him one day. Here’s a very brief look back on the past ten years and a very proud close to a long, beautiful chapter.