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Blogging is HARD

Blogging is HARD

This post is difficult for me to write, but I feel like it’s something I just need to get out of my system. Blogging is hard. It’s been way harder than I ever thought it would be. A little less than a year ago, I […]

From a Birthmother: What Open Adoption Means To Me

From a Birthmother: What Open Adoption Means To Me

Growing up, when I heard about a baby being placed for adoption, I automatically pictured that baby’s birthmother as a drug addicted teen who didn’t want anything to do with them. I viewed adoption as a cop out, or a way to shirk your responsibilities. […]

The Best Sunless Tan

The Best Sunless Tan

I love being tan. It’s a huge confidence booster for me, and I always feel like I look much better when  I have some color. As I’m getting older, I’m starting to notice some signs of sun damage on my skin, which has been freaking […]

Lumberjack Party For Baby Max

Lumberjack Party For Baby Max

One month ago my little baby turned one. When we were thinking of party themes, we knew we wanted to find something that screamed ‘MAX’: my rough and tumble boy. As soon as I saw the lumberjack theme, I was sold. We kept this party simple, […]

My Love/Hate Relationship With Autumn

My Love/Hate Relationship With Autumn

It’s been eight years. Eight. Most days, I live my life and don’t do much reflecting on that crisp autumn day that changed my life forever. But on days like today, just as crisp, I’m reminded. Isn’t it interesting how certain smells and scenes can […]

The Perks of Having Two Kids

The Perks of Having Two Kids

Having two kids has also been SO incredible. I was absolutely terrified to have more than one, but as soon as Max joined our family, it was like he’d been there all along. Here are some of the biggest perks I’ve found with having two […]

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Anyone who reads my blog pretty much knows my life story. But most people who read don’t know much about the “real me.” So here you have it: 10 things you probably didn’t know about me!  I’m awkward. Like. Painfully awkward. In real life, I’m […]

Dear Mama, Enjoy Your Baby

Dear Mama, Enjoy Your Baby

Mama’s of the world: Enjoy your baby. It’s SO cliché, but time goes by way too fast. Ellie was a tough baby. That’s an understatement. By far. I love her to death, but she. was. TOUGH. Having Ellie first was like being baptized by fire […]

Top Three Reasons to Raise Kids in Utah

Top Three Reasons to Raise Kids in Utah

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Utah. I’ve since had the opportunity to live all over the country in amazing communities, but there’s just something about Utah that can’t be beat. Here are my top three reasons why Utah is an awesome […]

My California Dream: How I Met My Husband

My California Dream: How I Met My Husband

Recently the company Statesman Ties reached out to me about their unique ties. Eric chose the California tie right away, and we had our amazing friend Erin from Erin K. Photo take some pictures for us. This weekend he’s out of town camping, which has made […]