“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

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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...]

57 Thoughts Every Mom Has While Attending Their First Playgroup

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Lately I've been loving some of the funny lists floating around, such as 53 Thoughts Every Woman Has While Shopping At Target, and so I decided to compile my own list, drawn from my incredibly awkward experiences when I was searching for a playgroup.  57 Thoughts Every Mom Has While Attending Their First Playgroup I haven't wanted to make friends so badly since I was in junior high school. At least I don't have to be worry about being judged on my outfit now that I'm an adult. Am I the only one here wearing yoga pants? Why isn't anyone else wearing yoga pants? I thought yoga pants were basically THE mom uniform? Is that woman … [Read more...]

Mothers Of Daughters: #surprisedbymotherhood

#surprisedbymotherhood, Surprised By Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker

Exactly three years ago this week I left the hospital with my daughter for the very first time after spending almost six months in the NICU. I have been constantly surprised ever since. It’s like a perpetual state of emotion. I should see it coming, expect the antics, but I don’t. She has been a feisty little thing since the moment they lifted her from my womb, trying to breathe on her own with lungs that hadn’t even finished developing and kicking legs that were no bigger than my index finger. You can read this post, The Red Letter Mystery Of Maple Syrup, in it's entirety over at Mothers of Daughters today, where we are sharing our … [Read more...]

The Smallest Things | Free Printable

free printable A.A. Milne Quote, sometimes the smallest things printable

This week marks the anniversary of the day we brought Scarlette home from the hospital after spending nearly six months in the NICU. And so in honor of celebrating our homecoming day, I asked my friend Jen Kinkade, who does amazing calligraphy, to hand letter one of my favorite quotes. She gave me permission share it on my site as a free printable, so you can click this link to download it (for personal use only) if you would like: AAMilnePrintable_KA ♥ In honor of Scarlette’s homecoming celebration we will be walking in our local March For Babies on April 26, to support other families and raise awareness. If you would like to make a … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

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There is a story in the Bible about Sarah, who struggled with infertility, longingly waiting years for a child. When she gave birth to her son Isaac she said "God has blessed me with laughter" And to all of that I would just like to say AMEN. ♥ I took Scarlette into a bathroom stall with me at Target. I don't even need to finish this story, do I? Oh but I will. The second I sat down she took off crawling into the stall next to us yelling "OH HAI WHAT YOU DOIN? ARE YOU JUST GOIN TINKLE IN DA POTTY? DO YOU NEED TO WIPE YOUR BA..." as I desperately attempted to pull her back by the hood of her jacket while attempting to remind her about … [Read more...]

Giving, Goodwill and Girly Shoes

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This is a sponsored post that was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own.My friend Christine is the author of a book called Minimalist Parenting, which advocates for acquiring mindfully and includes lots of tips on decluttering your life. I am not at all minimalist, I tend toward hoarder which is why I WANT to be minimalist and have spent the past couple of years striving towards that goal. I'm pretty sure it is something that happens when you have kids, sometime in that first year you look around at all of the accumulation of stuff that comes along with having a baby and you're like DONATE ALL THE … [Read more...]