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I’ve been on a serious podcast kick ever since Ryder was born. Before his arrival, I listened to podcasts regularly but lately I’ve found myself listening to one or two every single day. They’re great to have on in the background when I’m nursing (a two-handed activity for this mama), making a meal or outside walking with Ryder and Sadie on mornings when Chase is at summer camp. I recently began listening to Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations Podcast and love the variety of topics and guests Oprah has on her podcast.
2023-11-29 12:05
The past few weeks flew by in a blur of Thanksgiving hosting and gift guide creation. (I still owe you one or two more — my Gift Guide for Guys is always my trickiest to assemble and I… Read More
2023-11-24 14:14
Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope those who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday are checking in feeling very full and very loved this morning. We hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new home… Read More
2023-11-22 09:00
Hot on the heels of my Gift Guide for Toddlers + Little Kids and my Gift Guide for Big Kids comes my Gift Guide for Her… aka the gift guide that makes me want to put a little too many… Read More
2023-11-20 09:00
Hello friends! I’m back in action today with my second gift guide of the season. This one is a follow-up to the first Gift Guide for Kids I shared with gifts primarily for toddlers and… Read More
2023-11-17 14:12
It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving! Are you feelin’ the holiday season yet!? Earlier this week, Ryan said, “I’m really feeling Christmas this year,” and I agre… Read More
2023-11-13 12:45
I loved this weekend so much for one reason: Its simplicity. I adore jam-packed weekends filled with fun and activity but after quite a few full weekends in a row, a weekend where we stayed… Read More
2023-11-10 11:54
Friday is here and we are ready for what we’re dubbing “Home Weekend.” After a few back-to-back weekends of guests, Halloween craziness and travel, Ryan and I are determine… Read More
2023-11-08 09:00
It’s been a hot second since I’ve shared an updated skincare routine. I’m loosely interested in skincare in that I believe it’s beneficial but I also know myself enou… Read More
2023-11-06 17:04
It’s official! Ryan is an IRONMAN! After 140.6 miles — a 2.4 mi swim + 112 mi bike + 26.2 mi run — Ryan crossed the finish line of his first full Ironman race on Saturday… Read More
2023-11-03 11:13
Hello from Panama City Beach! We arrived in the panhandle of Florida in the early evening on Wednesday after a 9+ hour drive. It was a long one but we made it and we’ve been enjoying s… Read More
2023-11-01 13:16
November is here and that fact alone is blowing my mind. How are there only two months left of 2023? How has Halloween already come and gone? I have no idea but Halloween this year for our c… Read More
2023-10-30 11:59
Only two days remain in October so I’m clearly squeaking in today’s Week of Weeknight Meals blog post in at the last second. I didn’t want to miss recapping what one week o… Read More
2023-10-25 17:20
Hi, hi! How are ya? I’m coming at you today with an old school-style in-the-moment blog post. I love when I have the chance to chat with you guys in real-time. It takes me back to the… Read More
2023-10-23 09:00
Hey friends! How are you? How was your weekend? We were thrilled to have Ryan back in town and spent most of our time together as a family, having fun at our local Renaissance Festival, play… Read More
2023-10-20 13:53
Hey friends. How are you? How have you been? It’s been a hot second since I’ve checked in to chat but lately life has felt like a bit of a whirlwind. Ryan has been gone on back-t… Read More
2023-10-16 12:47
This recipe for homemade cinnamon apple pie ice cream takes our family’s favorite creamy cinnamon ice cream and kicks the fall flavors up a notch with buttery bits of diced apples an… Read More
2023-10-10 10:56
Since I’ve adopted a (mostly) Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule to my blog posts, this means I end up recapping a lot of Tuesdays in my day-in-the-life style posts. A lot of our weekd… Read More
2023-10-09 09:00
This weekend was a solid mix of fall fun, family time and get-our-lives-together organization. Chalking up our Sunday to chores and to-dos around the house was necessary (and, honestly, it f… Read More
2023-10-06 15:39
Hey, hey it’s Friday! Today began on a bit of a hectic note as we had family photos this morning. True to tradition, I combed through our closets yesterday and did my best to pull out… Read More
2023-10-02 11:57
There’s something so wonderful about friends you’ve had for two decades. There’s so much shared history and your friendships have gone through so many different seasons, ch… Read More
2023-09-29 09:00
Hello, hello! Today is going to be a wild one as the morning will consist of usual school drop-off craziness followed by a mad-dash to the airport. I’m flying into Boston today to join… Read More
2023-09-27 09:00
This recipe for banana bread protein pancakes is one of the most popular recipes I’ve shared on this blog. Made with banana, oats, cottage cheese, egg and cinnamon, it’s an easy… Read More
2023-09-25 19:44
It’s official! Ryan is a 4-time Half Ironman! It was a hot race with a fast swim and a brutal run and 5 hours and 3 minutes later, Ryan eared his fourth Half Ironman medal. We could n… Read More
2023-09-22 12:39
Hello from Augusta, Georgia! On Thursday afternoon, Ryan, the boys, Pepper and I made the 3+ hour drive to Georgia to the house we’re calling home for the next few days. We’re st… Read More
2023-09-20 10:57
Over the course of the past few months, I’ve had more than a few requests to bring back my semi-regular Amazon hauls. I realize it’s been a hot second since I’ve shared one… Read More
2023-09-18 09:00
We made it back! Last fall one of our favorite fall activities slipped by us due to overly busy weekends but this year we were determined to head to Hamptonville, North Carolina for Alpha &a&hell…Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #484
2023-09-15 11:57
Friday is here and today should be a fun one. Chase’s second grade teacher is a huge animal lover (it was truly the first thing two of the moms I know from Chase’s school told us… Read More
2023-09-14 00:34
Hey friends!! I just got the boys tucked into bed and since Ryan is at a work dinner right now, I figured I’d use this solo time to type up a blog post and chat with all of you! How ar… Read More
2023-09-11 16:44
Last week was the first week in months where I’ve managed to work out for five out of seven days. For a while now, three to four workouts a week has been my realistic sweet spot, with… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #483
2023-09-08 11:21
Your comments on Wednesday’s blog post had me thinking a lot of us are feeling things deeply these days. Thank you for meeting me where I am, even when it’s messy, and always mak… Read More
2023-09-06 13:34
Hey friends. How are you? How is your week going? It feels like we’re only one day into the week over here thanks to the long weekend. We spent our weekend close to home and enjoyed lo… Read More
2023-09-04 21:52
Hey friends! I might be squeezing in August’s roundup of weeknight meals at the last possible second by recapping the very last week of August’s weeknight dinners, but I made it!… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #482
2023-09-01 09:00
What a week! Man oh man am I ready for the weekend. Our week was jam-packed and I feel like I’m just beginning to come up for air. Our days were filled with a two visits to the boys&rs&hell…Read More
2023-08-28 16:19
Though for an unknown reason Rhett is telling everyone he’s turning seven tomorrow, Rhetty Roo, our sweet and spicy little guy, is one day away from turning THREE! There’s somet… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #481
2023-08-25 15:33
Hey friends! Happy Friday to you! How are you? How was your week? Ours was H-O-T and apparently it’s only going to get hotter as the high is expected to reach 100 degrees today. Phewww… Read More
2023-08-23 10:56
Hey friends! I’m back in action today recapping this weird limbo phase we’re in right now through a “one picture per hour” post. We have one foot in school mode as Ch… Read More
2023-08-21 09:00
Children’s podcasts are a big hit in our house. Chase began listening to audiobooks years ago during his “quiet time” — aka that awkward time when kids are in the pro… Read More
2023-08-18 09:00
Summer break is officially over in our house as Chase began SECOND grade on Monday. Something about watching my kids walk into school on the first day back, with a too-big backpack covering… Read More
2023-08-15 10:46
I’m back today with another roundup of recent looks! Earlier this year I began sharing snapshots of recent outfits with you guys and, thanks to your encouragement, I think I can offici… Read More
2023-08-14 09:00
Our weekend kicked off with a bang with a family trip to Carowinds, a local theme park located just south of uptown Charlotte. Carowinds is an amusement park and water park in one and we had… Read More
2023-08-11 11:22
Hey friends! Friday is hereee! We are ready for it because Ryan took the day off of work as a surprise for the boys and we’re heading to Carowinds, a local amusement park/waterpark, as… Read More
2023-08-08 09:00
A vegetable and protein-packed breakfast dish, this recipe for cottage cheese zucchini breakfast casserole is a cheesy, fluffy and mouth-watering way to jump-start your day the healthy way… Read More
2023-08-07 09:00
Hey friends! How are you? We’re back in North Carolina and I’m blogging from home right now after two weeks away in Florida. Though I admittedly have a little bit of the post-vac… Read More
2023-08-03 11:30
It’s Friday and our Florida fun is coming to an end. The past two weeks we’ve had with family in Florida has been such a gift and we’ve loved our time together so, so much… Read More
2023-08-02 12:45
And just like that we have a braces-wearing, book-reading, animal-loving eight-year-old in our house! Chase turned eight years old on Saturday and it’s kind of crazy to think we&rsquo&hell…Read More
2023-07-31 11:21
When I think back over the past weekend it feels like we crammed so much into three days. It was a full weekend but a fun weekend and we filled our days with a trip to a farm, a birthday cel… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #477
2023-07-28 09:00
Hello from the Sunshine State! Florida certainly has delivered on the sunny weather front and our boys are sporting summer tans, sun-kissed cheeks and salty hair non-stop. Our kids love Flor… Read More
2023-07-24 09:00
Hey friends! I’m coming at you today with the latest edition of my Week of Weeknight Meals series! I began this series on the blog a while back in an effort to stay true to the origins… Read More
2023-07-21 11:24
Hey, hey, hey it’s Friiiday! The weekend is here and we are ready for it! Our crew is Florida-bound today and we cannot wait to spend lots of time at the beach with family. We’ve… Read More
2023-07-20 11:37
Hey friends! I’m checking in as I sip a much-needed cup of coffee this morning. We had a very full but very fun day yesterday and I wanted to take you along for the ride in the form of… Read More
2023-07-17 11:48
Do you ever have those weekends during the summer that make you think, “What in the world do we do in the winter?” With so much sunshine, warm weather and a million and one outdo… Read More
2023-07-14 10:43
Friday is here! I hope you’re all checking in today after a good week. It was yet another “free week” of summer over here (meaning none of the boys had camp) but we filled… Read More
2023-07-11 11:32
Hey friends! Happy Tuesday to you! Today is a day with a lot of buzz in the internet world because it’s the first day of Amazon’ 2-day mega-sale. Prime Day kicks off today and th… Read More
2023-07-10 09:00
A while back, I began a monthly series on the blog to highlight what a week of weeknight meals looks like in our house for one week of every month. Weekend eats haven’t been documented… Read More
2023-07-07 11:14
Hey friends! JULY is officially in full swing and my mind is blown. This entire year — and summer in particular — is flying by. We had such an odd start to summer in Charlotte wi… Read More
2023-06-30 11:56
Hello, hello! We have a full house this Friday and I am loving it! My parents, sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephew arrived yesterday and will be staying with us for over a WEEK! What i… Read More
2023-06-27 10:50
It’s been six months since we moved into our new home and I’m finally getting around to sharing more focused home content with you guys. This has been, without a doubt, the conte… Read More
2023-06-23 10:42
Hey friends! Friday is here and I’m thinking it will be a good one because I’m about to meet up with some friends and drive into the mountains for a girls’ weekend getaway… Read More
2023-06-21 09:00
Ryder, our hug-happy, determined, loving, sensitive, funny, thoughtful and snuggly middle man, is officially FIVE years old! My heart grew 10,000 times over when Ryder came into this world… Read More
2023-06-19 11:46
What a weekend! A trifecta of big things swirled together over the past few days over here: Camping with the boys for the first time, Ryder’s fifth birthday and Father’s Day. I f… Read More
2023-06-16 11:42
Hello and Happy Friday to YOU! How are you guys doing? Do you have any special weekend plans? This weekend we’re doing something we’ve been dying to do with the boys for years. W… Read More
2023-06-14 11:14
It’s been more than a month since my last “picture an hour” post so I figured I’d pop in and share a recap of our day yesterday through photos again this morning. We… Read More
2023-06-12 11:38
Guess what took over the last four days in our house? Yuuup… potty training! I’d be lying if I said I was psyched to dive into potty training madness again but this was our thir… Read More
2023-06-08 09:00
I missed out on sharing a Mother’s Day gift guide this year so I promised myself I’d be on top of things and get a Father’s Day gift guide out to you guys! While shopping… Read More
2023-06-02 10:13
Hello from Roanoke, Virginia! We arrived in Virginia last night and will be here through Monday for a very special reason: Ryan will be completing his third Half Ironman! He was convinced to… Read More
2023-05-30 09:00
Hey friends. How are you? How was your weekend? Our weekend was dreary, cold and rainy and despite canceled outdoor plans, we made the most of it. We did all the usual rainy weather inside s… Read More
2023-05-26 14:43
Well hot danggg Maycember/May-nia/May-hem is in full swing over here but this past week should be the final week of this kind of craziness because Rhett and Ryder are officially done with sc… Read More
2023-05-24 09:00
Back in February, I shared a Roundup of Recent Looks blog post featuring some quick pics of outfits I wore for various day-to-day life happenings. It took me back to the days when I’d… Read More
2023-05-22 09:00
Occasionally when Ryan and I don’t know what to expect from small(ish) events that are new to us within our community, we’ll  take our boys to them with “we’ll s… Read More
2023-05-19 10:51
Friday is here and we’re just that much closer to summer break! We have a little taste of no school life today because Chase is out of school today for a teacher work day (Rhett and Ry… Read More
2023-05-16 18:12
Hey friends! How are you? How is your week going? I’m doing pretty well and just wanted to check in today to share a recap of last week’s workouts with all of you. I created this… Read More
2023-05-15 14:31
Good morning friends! How are you? Did you have a good weekend? Our weekend was jam-packed but it was filled with good stuff — family, friends and plenty of time outside in the springt… Read More
2023-05-12 11:15
Friday is heeere! How are you? How was your week? Earlier this week one of my girlfriends referred to this month as “Maycember” when referencing the number of kid-related end-of… Read More
2023-05-10 11:29
A little more than a month or so ago, I shared a glimpse into a Sunday on our blog by sharing one picture per hour that day. It was a fun way to recap a typical Sunday in our home and I thou… Read More
2023-05-08 10:49
Each bite of this ceviche inspired shrimp and edamame salad is a flavor and texture explosion thanks to vibrant veggies, protein-packed edamame, succulent shrimp, tangy citrus and creamy a… Read More
2023-05-05 10:43
Hey friends! How are you? How was your week? This week was very, very full as all weeks seem to be toward the end of the school year. Any other parents out there feel me with 1,001 activitie… Read More
2023-05-03 09:00
I’m coming at you guys today with a peek into what one week of weeknight meals looked like for our family in April. I began this series as a way to throw things back to the origins of… Read More
2023-05-01 14:57
Good morning friends. How are you? How was  your weekend? Our weekend was filled with small moments that pulled us out from under the cloud that seems to be covering a lot of our days… Read More
2023-04-28 09:00
Hey friends. How are you? How is your week going? I’d honestly really, really love to know. Hearing about how other people are doing or what is going on outside of our home feels like… Read More
2023-04-23 19:17
I’m giving myself permission to blog when I feel the urge right now and today I feel the urge. Writing has always been something I’ve turned to when I need to work through my emo… Read More
2023-04-19 09:00
Hello friends. The past few days have been very hard and very heavy. They’ve been filled with intense anxiety and immense sadness. I am so incredibly sad to share Ryan’s dad pass… Read More
2023-04-10 09:00
Last week was the first week of April and since I missed sharing my “Week of Workouts” post in March, I figured I’d get to it nice and early this month. This series began o… Read More
2023-04-07 11:52
Spring break is here!! Today is the official kickoff for spring break in our house and we’ve all been feeling very ready for a break. I am really looking forward to more chill mornings… Read More
2023-04-05 09:00
I’ve been a loyal ALDI shopper for years. It’s a grocery store I frequent weekly because the prices cannot be beat and I’ve been continually impressed with the number of he… Read More
2023-04-03 11:04
Good morning friends! How are you? How was your weekend? You know those weekends where, at the end of it, you find yourself exhaling and saying something along the lines of, “Phew, I n… Read More
2023-03-31 13:16
Hello friends. Before I dive into today’s roundup of favorites, I have to say a big thank you for your comments on my last blog post where I shared my thoughts on growing our fami… Read More
2023-03-29 09:00
This blog post has been sitting in my drafts folder for months and months. It’s taken on different forms as our feelings have swirled and changed and as we experienced our fourth misca… Read More
2023-03-27 09:00
Hey friends? How are you? Did you have a good weekend? I’m feeling extra chipper this morning because one of my best friends from college is arriving in town today! My friend Laurel is… Read More
2023-03-24 12:40
Hey friends! How are you doing? I’m doing well and buoyed by some good news! Thank you all for your kind words and prayers for my dad. I truly believe they’re working as he was a… Read More
2023-03-21 12:00
Hey friends! How are you? How is your week going so far? I let blogging and social media fall to the wayside over the past few days (with the exception of pre-written and scheduled content)… Read More
2023-03-20 09:49
Deliciously rich and creamy, this recipe for cinnamon ice cream is made with simple ingredients (and one sneaky, unexpected ingredient!) and is perfect on its own in a cup or cone or serve… Read More
2023-03-14 09:00
It’s been a little more than three months since my last book recommendation blog post and I figured we were way overdue for a book-related blog chat! Selfishly I love sharing these blo… Read More
2023-03-13 09:00
Hey friends! How are ya? I hope you’re stopping by PBF today after a good weekend. Our weekend was filled with soccer-related fun. While both Ryder and Chase are playing soccer this sp… Read More
2023-03-10 11:41
Hey friends! How are you? How was your week? Our week was a pretty good one due, in large part, to the incredible weather. Isn’t it insane how much weather can impact your mood sometim… Read More
2023-03-08 09:00
It’s officially been THREE months with our spunky, cuddly, adventurous, thinks-she-weighs-60-pounds-not-6- pounds little Pepper and it’s safe to say she’s been the best fit… Read More

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