I Just Made Our Last Preschool Payment … I Should Be Happy

There are so many reasons I should be celebrating. Making that last preschool payment should make me want to jump for joy! It means we have extra money each month to spend elsewhere. It means we have officially graduated from pull-ups and sippy cups. It means all my kiddos are old enough to make their own snacks, put on their own shoes and buckle themselves up in the car. Those are all good things that definitely make me smile. But, then my heart feels heavy and my eyes fill with tears. No more rocking a baby to sleep. No…

My Current Obsessions: Spring 2017

I’m always so excited when spring arrives! There’s something about it that wakes us all up and makes my whole house a brighter place. My boys want to be outside running around, blowing bubbles and playing with the gazillion baby lizards that have hatched. It just makes them happier! And these are some of the fun things that I’m loving (OK, obsessing about) and are making Mommy a happier girl this spring! Summer Song Dress from Cute And Comfy Boutique: A sweet college friend recently opened this online boutique, and I couldn’t…

7 Things I Learned From Watching a Pregnant Giraffe For 2 Months

The addiction began in mid-February. I saw a Facebook post about Animal Adventure Park live-streaming the upcoming birth of a giraffe on YouTube and thought it would be an amazing thing to see. What a great nature lesson for my boys! So, I kept the laptop open on the dining room table and we refreshed the page throughout the day and once more on our way to bed each night. I just knew it was going to happen at any moment! Two months later, we did finally get to see the breathtaking birth, and I realized I had…

Get Active–And Look Good While You’re Out There!

*This post was first published on 1/4/17, and republished on 3/19/17. NEW sales are going on through the links provided. The start of a new year always sparks ambitious resolutions, new life goals, and big plans and projects. Most of these usually have something to do with health or fitness. But, as we move toward spring, those goals sometimes start to fade. Whether you want to lose weight, get toned, improve flexibility (“I’m very bendy,” -Phoebe) or just get your butt off the couch and be active, you need to dress the part to make…

I Don’t Have a Tribe … And I’m Fine With That

Tribe, friend squad, mom club, girl team, whatever you want to call it. I don’t have one. I don’t have one set of friends who are my go-tos for shopping trips, coffee dates or girls’ weekends. There isn’t a trio of girlfriends I text every day, or even see every month. And guess what? I’m good. I feel SO lucky to have the incredible friends I do. They are spread throughout my little world, from all areas of my life. My circle of friends is actually more like several small…

Starting Fresh

February has been … hard. Not with my little guys. Not with my big guy. Just with my own heart and mind. I’ve been in a daze since February 3rd. It was the day I realized my website had crashed and was gone. At first, I wasn’t panicked because my hosting company said they backed up my site, as I knew they were supposed to do. Great! But hours and hours of online and phone chats with them later, we realized the only backups they had were after their server crashed. So, every time they offered…

I Got a Meal Delivery Kit … And It Was Hilarious!

I’ve never pretended to enjoy cooking. I just don’t, not even a little bit. I love good food, and I love finding yummy new things to feed my family. I just despise the lengthy preparation before you get to enjoy the meal! This often leads me to feel like I’m preparing the SAME FOUR MEALS over and over because, A) they’re easy to make, and B) everyone will actually eat them. So, when a friend gifted me two family meals from a meal delivery service, I was anxious to see if I would enjoy it more…

Learning Patience in the World of Blogging

  I’m a pretty patient person. I don’t growl or grumble when I have to wait in a long checkout line. I just smile and wave when someone cuts me off in traffic. I count to three and breathe deeply when my children are making me feel like I’m losing my ever-loving mind. I understand there are so many things in life that just take time, and there are so many instances where having patience can put you in the best situation. Yep, I got that. But I also know the feeling of that desire to have…

The Birth Day … Five Years in the Making

This was the day I had been picturing in my mind for years. It was the day I would bring a baby into the world for his parents. I couldn’t believe I had been given this honor. What a life-changing experience and an absolute dream come true! My journey of becoming a surrogate started five years ago, and now we were about to welcome this sweet baby boy into his family! While it didn’t go exactly as I’d imagined (as tends to happen), it was still the most beautiful thing I’ve been a part of…

Dear Nurses, You Were My Angels

*This is the twelfth piece in my surrogacy story. Thanks for following along! I never fully understood the complete role of nurses until I spent 80 days in their care. While I was at UF Health on bedrest, the nurses and PCAs took care of me, physically and emotionally. They made me laugh, calmed my fears, and made me feel connected to the “outside world,” all while making sure I was comfortable and getting everything I needed to take care of myself and the baby. Including a late-night bowl of cereal while I watched Jimmy Fallon. I saw my…