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On Flu A, Cancelled Babymoons and Not Worrying About Tomorrow



“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

(Prov. 16:9) 

At the start of last week I was frazzled. I had a to-do list a mile long in order to prepare the house and the meals and the schedule before O and I left for our trip to San Diego. My sister and her husband were going to stay at our house so school drop off was a breeze so I wanted to make sure things were as easy as possible for them. I needed to get ahead on blog work, make a few meals to stock the fridge, prep the guest room, get al the laundry ready-the list goes on- all while O was working long hours to start the week and out of town to end the week. I looked at O on Sunday night and said, “I just don’t know how I’m going to get all of this done.” Turns out, none of it would get done. We would end up cancelling that trip and every single plan for that week. We faced the flu instead.

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. 

The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Mom and Baby

Two of my sisters are pregnant and due NEXT MONTH. Ten days apart. It’s the absolute sweetest gift to our whole family and I’ve been doing a whole lot of directing in the baby gift department. One of my most popular posts on the blog is my Hospital Bag Essentials list which has some favorite baby items in it, but I’ve yet to compile a list of my favorite gifts for the new mom and baby. Here are the things I always gift, have received and loved myself or would have loved as a new mom. As always, grab some tea and a pen-gift giving is my love language and I’m sparing no words.

Our Natural Medicine Cabinet and Fighting off Cold Weather Germs

keeping a natural medicine cabinet stocked for kids


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.

The Yellow Victorian

I went to visit my midwives today. It was time to face the appointment I’d slyly pushed back week after week. I don’t feel sad most days, I really don’t. But I knew these walls would stir it all up and what I want to hide would seep out in a mess I couldn’t clean up fast enough.