I'm Sick of Apologizing for My C-section

Did you know that April is Cesarean Awareness month? I didn’t. I didn’t even know such a thing existed. A little over two years ago I had a scheduled C-section. When I found out that my primary method of delivering Els was by C-section I was upset. I cried and felt like a failure. My body in my eyes was failing me and a C-section was the worst thing possible. I was naive and stupid for thinking that way. Now over two years later I blame the media and birth propaganda for making me feel like a failure and taking away some of the excitement of Els’ birth. ...more
I just wrote an post related to this. I actually wanted a c-section. And at times feel so ...more

Photoshop Tip

 This is my first Photoshop/editing tutorial so bare with me.  If you have any questions feel free to email me and I'll help you as best as I can....more

Do not take...

I'm about to spread some extremely valuable advice.  Ready?  Do not take a book obsessed toddler to church.  Oy! We are not church goers.  To be honest I do not understand how families with little kids do it every week.  More power to you.  ::internet fist bump:: ...more

Go Green and Save Money

I’ve been trying to find different ways for my family to be more 'green' but the main issue is that being green can sometimes cost a lot more.  So, I went looking for ways to be both nice to the environment and nice to my wallet.  Let’s be honest, most of the population isn’t going to change their lifestyle if it is going to cost more. I’ve come up with five easy changes that will not only help reduce excess waste but also save the average family a decent amount of money each year....more
There are always something we can do for our environment and our own good. Reducing the usage of ...more

Tips for Flying Alone with Baby

I've flown a handful of times with E so far.  I've compiled a list of handy tips to make flying with your baby as easy as possible. ...more

I Broke All of the Breastfeeding "Rules"

I read a lot of information on the internet before E was born on what can lead to successful breastfeeding, good latching techniques, when to introduce a bottle, how pacifiers are the devil, etc. I also “broke” every last one of the recommended “rules.”...more
I broke a lot of rules too, and we're still going strong at 9 months!more

Beware the "Baby Zone" - A dining out guide

We take E with us almost everywhere we go.  {The only time she isn’t with us is when it’s not an approved activity, it’s past her bedtime, or it’s not child friendly}If we go out to eat we bring her along.  She loves to people watch, try new food, and socialize so we figure why not.  {We do go to dinner a lot earlier now} ...more

Raising a Confident Daughter

One of my main goals as a mother is to teach E to be confident in who she is.  I don’t want her to feel that she has to change for anyone or alter herself at all.  I want her to know and believe that she was born perfect.  I don’t want her to only have value in what she looks like on the outside, but to value what is on the inside as well....more
@@BehavioralChild im not against plucking/waxing. Im just curious where to dry the line and how ...more


I started running again yesterday.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was what I needed to do yesterday. I am still dealing with the loss of Oscar.  And it’s still hard.  Someone said recently, “I don’t understand he was only a pet”.  I will not get into that now.  All I will say is that I felt bad for this person because they have never had the true bond that happens when an animal becomes so much more then “just a pet”....more

I miss my friend

I miss my dog.  He was always so much more then just a dog.  He was my best friend.  No matter what kind of day I had, or what kind of mood I was in, he was always there with a wet nose and a wagging tail.  If I was sick he would be there laying in bed with me, no matter how snotty or germ infested I was.  He would lay in my leg nook with his head propped up on my leg keeping watch.  He was always my little furry shadow.  I could always count on him being there when I turned around....more