The Belly is Always in the Way

Here I am, 34 weeks pregnant and counting down the days until my due date. Life has become extremely uncomfortable since my last post. I am very large, at least I think so, and everything down south hurts. Sleeping has become a challenge as my belly is taking up most of my weight and Avery likes to push real low. I also find that my belly is in the way of me shaving my legs, walking through people and bending over to pick up things. I just cannot wait until I am no longer pregnant....more

Sometimes It's Good to be Scared...

“Sometimes it’s good to be scared, it means you still have something to lose.”I love this quote. I borrowed it from Grey’s Anatomy, which is one of my favorite shows. They always have the best quotes....more

A Very Restless Mother

Now that I am entering the beginning of my third trimester, I feel that time is moving even slower. Not only am I excited to meet our little girl but also, I am excited to get rid of the penguin wobble. That’s right, I now have a full-time wobble. I never understood why pregnant women walked this way because the growing belly never seemed to affect their legs. Well now I know. The ever-growing belly bump expands not only the stomach but also the back and hips. And this growth is not a slow growth overtime; it is rapid growth within the last three months....more

Only Weeks To Go

I can’t believe that in a short, 11 weeks, James and I will be meeting our little girl. It seems like yesterday I was sitting in the bathroom peeing on a stick and coming out to tell a very anxious man that I was pregnant....more

Why "When Life Gives You Lemons?"

 know the title of my blog is a little cliché to say the least. We have all heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons… (insert catchy phrase here)” I have a hard time coming up with fun or interesting titles for things. I always overthink and get really frustrated because I want my idea to be perfect. When I thought of this title, a light bulb went off!...more

Introducing Potty Training to Your Toddler

Hello, my wonderful nannies and au pairs!(Mommies, daddies and everyone else are equally wonderful and welcome here  ) ...more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 10/12/14 + 31 Days of Photography

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 10/5/14 + 31 Days of Photography

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more

The Importance of Pets in Our Child's Life

Making the decision to bring a pet into your family isn’t always easy. There are many things to consider such as the type of pet, cost, housing, etc.  You may be hoping to teach your child responsibility. All of those things are important. But adding a pet into your home can provide priceless experiences you may have not considered before....more

Scapegoating Syndrome-5 Signs

Have you heard of Scapegoating syndrome? I hadn’t heard of it until I randomly came across this post in my facebook feed;  Scapegoating: When You Get Stuck Trying to Outrun Someone Else’s Shadow by Glynis Sherwood.  This article answered many questions for me. It solved a mystery that I just couldn’t figure out....more
survivelivethrive Me too, Jane! This has been a struggle for me but there are some unique ...more