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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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

I Didn’t Give My Children Up For Adoption

I Didn’t Give My Children Up For Adoption

I had 2 children as a teenager (read my story here). Under the circumstances, adoption was the best choice for them and I’m grateful every day that I made that choice. Some people tell me I’m strong, brave and selfless. Some tell me I’m selfish, […]

My Goofy Boy

My Goofy Boy

I wanted to take pictures with both of my kids in my room so I could show off this AMAZING wall hanging made for me by the very talented Kayli from Arrow to the Heart. Isn’t it beautiful!? I’m SO in love with all the detail […]

The Coolest Camping Accessory

The Coolest Camping Accessory

    My family loves to camp. We love to go to lakes, mountains, deserts, anywhere that we can be outside and unplug. Over the years I’ve found some pretty cool camping tools to make our trips easier, but this year I hit the JACKPOT. […]