things I’m digging

I’ve been attempting to pay more attention to myself lately, take better care of myself, wear nice things, pretend that I actually MATTER even though I spend a lot of my time making small people the center of everything. Not that my children aren’t my favorite people ever, but you know what? It’s very easy to lose yourself in the years when you’re raising kids, especially babies ....more

7 quick takes: the What The Heck Happened to September edition?

1. September went by in a blur of barf in our house. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE, RIGHT??? ...more

beauty box giveaway: one lady’s trash is another lady’s treasure

I’ve been doing The Subtraction Project these past few weeks and I am LOVING it. A few of the prompts haven’t applied to me or they were projects I did in the last 6 months or so (and boy does THAT make me feel on top of things!) But most of them have been great ways to get me to take 10 or 20 minutes to focus on an area of the house that needs some organization attention: the kitchen drawers! my desk papers! ...more

yesterday, today, tomorrow

Yesterday I… celebrated my baby girl turning 4. (video embedded in case you don’t see it in your feed reader!) did a crapton of fall yardwork: pruning and digging and pruning and weeding and more pruning. Walking and lifting my arms does not come easy today ....more

now accepting applications for sister wife

I started watching Big Love on Amazon Prime a couple of weeks ago, and while the awkward weirdness of a polygamous marriage makes me want to cringe, don’t think for a second that I haven’t entertained the thought of how AMAZING it would be to have another mom or two around the house. Help with the kids! Share household chores! ...more

excitement, not sadness

I find myself unable to relate to the sentiments of some parents when school is starting up again. I LOVED school when I was a kid (even as a high schooler. Mostly because SCHOOL SUPPLIES.) and I am thrilled to see the same look of excitement on Maggie’s face when the first day of school comes back around ....more

someone remind them that they are BABIES, PLEASE.

This is happening now. And yesterday, I took the girls to the dentist and they take pictures after the exams, and there’s a whole ceremony of finding last year’s picture and replacing it with this year’s. When we found theirs, I nearly fell over ....more

recipe: Cheesy Sausage Tortellini with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Every time I cook something amazing for dinner, I think “Self: You need to share this with your blog people.” But most nights, getting a meal on the table for my family is chaos and insanity, with the girls fighting in the other room, Zach climbing up my legs near a hot stove, etc… so keeping my thoughts together long enough to walk 20 feet to grab my camera from my desk and take even one picture is a rare feat. Yesterday, I made one of our favorites and the kids weren’t home yet from daycare and the kitchen was quiet and I remembered how much I enjoy cooking. I really do! ...more

7 quick takes: beach vacation edition

1. A 9-to-10ish hour drive to the Outer Banks took us 16 hours. We left at 2:45am on Saturday morning (two weeks ago, on the 12th), thinking Oh! ...more

all about Zach who never gets any blog press

This little guy is going to turn 15 months old on Friday. Early toddlerhood is by far the most fun age for me, I think. Newborns are great with all their smooshyness and sweetness and they smell amazing, and older kids are independent and can do stuff on their own and have interesting conversations with you ....more