Preparing for Delivery: Do You Really Need Those Childbirth Classes?

The first thing Rick asked me when we found out we were pregnant with Addison was, “We don’t have to take those stupid classes again, right?”I can’t help but laugh thinking back to our experience with Ricky’s pregnancy. I was adamant, from day one, that we needed to go through the classes. And in some ways, they were definitely helpful. But coming into parenthood with the experience that I’ve had – and being very logical people – they weren’t overly…informative.Basically, they covered the basics....more

13 Weeks Pregnant: I’ve Got a Baby Belly

Today I had lunch with a few friends after bible study. To clarify, I didn’t make it to bible study because my 2 year old decided that 5 AM is a completely appropriate time to start our day. And then he crashed for a morning nap around 8:30. So we just met up for the “social” side of the morning.As I was leaving, one of my friends told me that I look good, she couldn’t tell I was pregnant. And inside I was like, “Score! I’m effectively dressing my prego bod!”...more

Blogging Tips: Why I Became a Freelance Blogger

If you didn’t already know this, I write for a living. Well, back that up. I consult for a living. And a big part of that is freelance blogging.But this isn’t want I’ve always done. I have a strong background in marketing and finance, writing, public speaking and just generally running businesses....more

Toddler Meals: Start Healthy Habits Now

The moment you start feeding your baby you begin setting up eating habits that will hopefully last them a lifetime.   While habits are developed over time, starting your child on healthier foods right from the start is a great opportunity to help children understand the benefits of eating that is good for them....more

Parenting Toddlers: Instilling Values When Kids Are Young

And that got me to thinking about how we’re teaching our own little guy real values and beliefs to fall back on. While it’s not a conversation we have all the time, Rick and I had some pretty serious talks about the values we wanted to emulate for our own children back when we first got pregnant with Ricky. They still come up from time to time – but I think the fact that we try to live through our values is more substantial than just talking about them....more

Pregnancy After Stillbirth on National Infant Loss Awareness Day: I’m Surviving.

Today, October 15, is National Infant Loss Awareness Day.And to be perfectly honest, I don’t really know what to write about.Right now, I’m in this medium between realizing the milestones that I’m currently missing with Addison and being pregnant with our next child. It seems ironic that today she would have been eight weeks old, and I am twelve weeks pregnant with another child....more

Style and Beauty: Five Products I’ll Actually Splurge On (and a Sephora Giveaway!)

Back in the day (and by back in the day, I mean in my mid-20’s), I was concerned about finding fab make up finds like products that produced the best smokey eye, bright lip stains and glosses and yummy smelling hair products that did the job well.I also had no children, which meant lots of disposable income to spend on…me....more

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer / Toddler Mommy / Pregnant Lady

So, I’ve been meaning to do a “Day in the Life” video for a while, but honestly, I keep forgetting to actually film it. But if you’re wondering what an actual day in the life of a freelance blogger (slash marketing consultant) actually looks like, let me tell you, it’s nothing glamorous. It’s full of the same rushed deadlines, conference calls and crazy hectic kid schedule that you’re facing. Trust me. Want to know more? Well, every day really is pretty different. But in an ideal world, this is how my day looks:...more

Preparing for Delivery: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

Sometimes lately, I feel like I’ve been pregnant for a million years.Ok, not really a million years. But a long time. And when I really look at it, I have basically been pregnant for a year at this point – because even between losing Addison and getting pregnant again, I basically acted like I was pregnant. Because it felt wrong not to....more

I Don’t Care What You Say – I Love My Uggs.

I was reading the other day about something I’ve heard for years: Uggs are SO not fashionable, omg stop wearing them.Well, hear this person who hates Uggs: I am your nemesis.Ok, maybe not that extreme. But seriously, I love my Uggs.If you’re sitting at your computer groaning, hear me out. Because I’m guessing you’ve never survived a winter in the frigid tundra before....more