These Nails Are My Jam

JAMBERRY NAIL WRAPS

So I don't actually do my nails, as evidenced by that first picture of my bare hands. My nails grow really fast but also break easily and because I don't know why, I'm always just ripping them off with my teeth versus acting like a grown up and finding a pair of nail clippers. But  a bunch of the moms in my preemie group have been showing off their Jamberry Nail Wraps and I wanted to try it out, kind of like that time in middle school when I wore white knee highs because everyone else did only this is a way better look for me.2 Anyhow, a fellow scrapbooking friend is a consultant so I ordered a set to try from her. Then I attempted to … [Read more...]

Scarlette’s Big Girl Room

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I definitely did not dust before I took some of these photos, which probably I should have done but you know, real life. I also have never properly hemmed those curtains. Because I still haven't learned to hem stuff in a straight line. This is why I don't try to be a professional home decor blogger, on account of the lack of skills and also all the housekeeping that I would have to do. (I almost didn't post these pictures because of that, feeling like it isn't a pinterest-y enough room since I'm not a home decor guru but then I got over that because I remembered that my life is not my blog, my blog is a reflection of my life. Besides I … [Read more...]

Sensory Issues & Scarlette’s Big Girl Room

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Scarlette hates blankets. That's basically the gist of things, for months we had been trying to get her to sleep with various blankets and each and every one of them would end up thrown in the floor. Even if I snuck in long after she was asleep and tucked her in I would hear her moving minutes later, glance at the monitor, and see all of the blankets on the floor. And even with warm footie pajamas I worried that she wasn't warm enough, mostly because she was waking up to complain to me that she was cold.  Her yellow blanket was the only one she would tolerate but she was getting a bit too big for it, it is more of a lovey than a snuggle-under … [Read more...]

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all the joy of this grace-drenched day Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection - 1 Peter 1:3 … [Read more...]

Five For Friday | Wake Me Up, Before You Go Go

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1.) This weekend we celebrated Scarlette's homecoming anniversary with red velvet cupcakes. She asked me if she could have a candle and then she asked me if she could blow out said candle about thirteen times. Then she proceeded to sing Happy Birthday to herself and asked the mailman if he had a present for her. I might not have explained this day well to a three year old is what I am saying. 2.) Lately Scarlette has been all about pretending to give people checkups. She is constantly listening to my heart with her stethoscope, looking in my ears and giving me pretend shots. So this morning when she crawled in my bed and started pressing … [Read more...]

“And that ended my professional career as a bobsledder” #TBT

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Today for Throwback Thursday I'm reposting a story I wrote several years ago about one of my favorite childhood memories.  When I was younger, I used to live with my grandparents. Every year on the first of June my parents would drive me to their house in Tennessee and every year I stayed until the day before school started in September. This began the year that I turned five. My baby sister was desperately ill, in the hospital for weeks on end, my mother sleeping in a cot next to her and my father working overtime to pay for that extended hospital visit. This turn of events was horrid for me, as I worried a lot and was also … [Read more...]

DIY Homemade Coconut Sugar Scrub Bars

diy sugar scrub bars, homemade coconut sugar scrub bars

I've been playing around with making some DIY bath and body products and wanted to share. These would make a super cute Mother's Day gift packaged up in glass jar. It is possible that I know this because I might have made some for my own mother. (Spoiler alert, mom!) And also for myself. I mean, I'm a mom so that is legit. I made coconut mint bars but you can just switch out the essential oil for whatever scent you prefer, like lavender. DIY Sugar Scrub Bar Supplies: (some affiliate links included, ty!) 1/4 cup coconut oil - I recommend this one. I've also used the Trader Joes brand which smells really coconut-y. 1/2 cup Melt and … [Read more...]

Day In The Life | April 2014

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6:25 AM – Make salted caramel chai, read Known & Loved by for my morning devotion and do some work before Scarlette wakes up. Don’t let this pretty scene fool you. About three days a week I sleep in until Scarlette wakes me up. The rest of the time I try to get up before her so that I can start my day in peace. Yesterday I woke up to a basketball being hurled at my head and Scarlette saying “OH GOOD MORNING MOMMY I GOT YOU DIS COCONUT FOR BWEAKFAST!” Hence the importance of attempting to wake up before her. 7:45 AM – Breakfast time. Waffles, smoothie and blueberries for Scarlette, bagels slathered in cream cheese and jam for me. I also … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday | Homecoming Primer

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♥ Three years ago we rolled a bright pink coat of paint on the walls at her father's insistence. He saw her and he wanted to create a space for her, something bright and beautiful and befitting. I dipped a brush in the paint to cut in closely around the corners, the crisp white of trim, the sharp edges echoing a pulsing pain in my heart. What if she never came home to this room? We worked shoulder to shoulder in quiet, hushed by the thought, creating a place for her as we rolled out all of our love onto the walls in candy pink. When we finished we were marked with it, spatters of paint covering our clothes and we could wash these … [Read more...]