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cozy work from home / sahm style

November 13, 2018
Working from Home with Ben

This post is sponsored by Cuddl Duds, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Now that I don’t have to worry about dressing business casual from 8-5, I’m fully embracing the momiform. Blaire is in afternoon Pre-K, so I typically start my day with breakfast for all of us, then when they’re done and playing, I do the dishes and then respond to emails and…

favorite advent calendars for kids

November 4, 2018

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. One of our favorite Christmas traditions with the kids is an Advent calendar. Blaire always loved the advent calendars with little chocolates, but last year we did one with Blaire that had Disney princess socks (from Target on Black Friday). I have no…

the best way to backup your photos

October 30, 2018
iphone with photo apps

Anyone living in the modern age has struggled with the best way to make sure your photos and videos are backed up. Before I had all of my files set up to backup automatically, I used to lose sleep over what would happen if I lost Blaire’s baby photos, or the videos of her first day of life. Knowing all of those memories are living safely on a…

fall family photos

October 29, 2018
Fall Family Photos 2018

Fall family photos are always my favorite. The colors on the trees make for the prettiest backdrop. Whenever possible, we like to do our photos back at the country club where we met. We did our engagement photos there in the fall, so it’s just fun for me to see things come full circle. Knowing we were there at this time in 2012 taking photos of just the…

ben: 18 months

October 13, 2018
Ben, 18 months old

My little guy is a year and a half old already. HOW. It’s just a bittersweet age. He looks more like a toddler than a baby. He’s talking more. He wants to be independent. He says “no” when I try to help him. He knows what he wants and is really learning to communicate it to us. He has quite the temper if he doesn’t get his way,…

planning for fire safety as a family

October 12, 2018
First Alert The Super Prepared Family

Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. October is Fire Prevention Month – practice safety in numbers to ensure your family’s super prepared too! I know a lot of people don’t like to think about disasters and I don’t LIKE it either. But I do like knowing my entire family is prepared in the event of an emergency. To make talking to your family less intimidating and…

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