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The First Year You SURVIVE, The Second You THRIVE!


Oh, what a difference a year makes! Our sweet boy, Henry, just turned 2 and it was a SWEET birthday indeed. No longer are we the sleep-deprived parents who feel like a shell of their former selves. No longer am I a nursing Momma with a baby attached at the boob. No longer is Henry a 2-a-day napper, but just a good, solid napper from 1 to 3 pm. On his first birthday, I felt…

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New Year, Better Us


I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions but I am going to try something this year. For 2018, we’re going to set an “intention” for our family. And this intention is going to be a guide post for how we live our life this year. I’ve been feeling an energy in my soul over the last few months and it’s saying “have no fear.” Do not let fear rule your life, make your decisions, influence…

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How A Baby Makes Marriage Hard And When We Had Our Breakthrough


Our baby rocks. Henry is the happiest and sweetest little boy, and we love him to the moon and back! But having a baby is hard…much harder than we thought. So hard that we asked each other, “Should we have even had a baby?!” When we first brought Henry home from the hospital, we were running on adrenaline and bliss. Those first couple weeks are a blur and we were just so happy to have…

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We Love To Cancel Our Vacations


For the second time, Mark and I are cancelling our beach vacation to work on the house. This happened last September. That was when we were still living with my parents (best time of our lives) and we were THIS CLOSE to getting the house to a point where we could move in. Fast forward 365 days and we are in a similar position. We (again) are THIS CLOSE to FINISHING all the major rooms…

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I think we need some Botox.


They say anything worth doing is hard. And Mark and I can prove it with all the new wrinkles and lines on our faces. Is 32 too young to get Botox? Mark is 38 and already scheduled for a much-needed appointment. 🙂 As we try and tie up some of the loose ends of our DIY home renovation project, we are reminiscing about all the CRAZINESS that led us to this! Remember when we ordered…

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DIY Doubles As Marriage Counseling


I keep looking around our house thinking, “I can’t believe it…I can’t believe we did this.” Our house was so dirty and yucky and crappy for so long… And now, it’s not. 🙂 This DIY home renovation project took a big leap of faith. But I always knew, deep down, that Mark and I could do it. Same thing goes for this blog, I didn’t know if anyone would read it. But here we are…

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I've lost my patience


It’s gone. I’ve reached my limit. I tried to be a really good and understanding wife, but I can no longer live in a construction zone. Mark knows that we’re coming up on our 1 year anniversary of owning this house, and it’s time to finish it so that we can actually have people over. He started working on our basement door hatch. You’ll remember we moved the original staircase and that’s why we have…

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You know your husband loves you…


When he delays his basement floor hatch project to come to your Saturday morning spin class. Mark is a road rider. He’s never taken an indoor cycling class. We rocked out during our 60 minutes on the bike with jumps, push-ups, hills and sprints. Mama-to-be Kelly Belly killed it while Mark struggled to finish. Not gonna lie…I was surprised that my hubby can lift a hundred pounds of drywall but barely get through my spin…

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Role Reversal


2015 has already brought some exciting new developments to our little neck of the world! First, we got our new mail slot. I know, I know…so freakin’ awesome. The insulation we bought this summer… We finally put it down in the attic. That has served us well in these ridiculously cold temperatures that have me seriously thinking about moving south. My husband, Mark, is now doing some VERY COOL work in his professional life. Because…

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Life's A Beach (Well, it WAS a beach)


My husband took his first vacation since buying and renovating our house. I begrudgingly went along with him. (HA!) We went to the warm beaches of Longboat Key, Florida where we did absolutely no remodeling, but LOTS of sitting. I guess we have good mojo because the weather was beautiful and hot almost every day we were there. While we lounged, swam and played with our nephews, it was easy to forget that we had…

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