Everything I’m Packing for my Surprise Vacation (Today!)

I turn 30 next week. In one way it feels a bit surreal and in other ways I feel like I’ve been 30 for years. To kick-off the occasion, O is sending me on a surprise vacation I had no idea about until a couple days ago. At the time I’m writing this I have no idea where I’m going but by the time you’re reading this i’ll be in the air and on my way! He gave me this as packing advice: pack for warm but not hot weather and pack for four days. That’s it! I’m a very strategic packer so this is almost painful for me but I’ve done my best and here is everything I’ve packed for this trip.

The Non-Maternity Pieces I’ve Loved for my Pregnancy

For my first pregnancy, I fell into the first-time-mom trap of thinking I needed a while wardrobe of maternity clothes and I’ve learned my lesson. I simply didn’t need that much stuff for what boils down to a five month period of time, but I still wanted to feel put together and, most of all, to feel like myself. Here are the pieces I’ve been loving to make that a possibility.

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.

How to Homeschool With Younger Siblings and Keep Them Entertained



I started homeschooling Oshiolema following the Peaceful Preschool method when he was a little over 3.5 years old. Now that Keogena is 3.5 I’m going at a much slower pace. Since Oshiolema has a true curriculum and Keogena has a much looser and freer schedule, there are times every day where she needs to be able to learn and play in a way that’s exciting and fun and age-appropriate for her while I spend more one on one time teaching big brother. Here are some of my go-to activities and resources for homeschool days with a younger sibling joining in: