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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.
2022-01-03 09:00
Happy New Year!!! 2022 is upon us and I am ready for it! I didn’t make any traditional resolutions heading into the new year but I do have one major goal for 2022 related to the blog a… Read More
2021-12-31 09:00
Hey friends! Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s been a hot second, huh? I definitely didn’t mean to disappear for over a week but man oh man has my unintended break been wonderful… Read More
2021-12-22 13:41
December is nearly over and I didn’t want to miss out on sharing a week of workouts this month. Sometimes my workouts are less consistent during holiday breaks and since I can see myse… Read More
2021-12-20 05:00
Winter break officially kicked off for our family on Friday afternoon. Even though both of our boys love school, they’re both seriously psyched for two weeks of lazy mornings and no re… Read More
2021-12-17 09:00
Hey friends! I want to kick off today’s post with a heartfelt thank you to you guys for your supportive comments following Monday’s blog post. It was definitely a scary moment in… Read More
2021-12-14 09:00
Hey friends!! I’m coming at you today with a blog post that focuses on one of my favorite things — BOOKS! I know a bunch of you out there are fellow book worms and I always say… Read More
2021-12-13 09:00
This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind. It was definitely not the weekend we planned and included a rather scary moment but I’ll just start off this post by alleviating any worries and… Read More
2021-12-10 09:00
Hey friends! How are you doing? I hope you’re all feeling okay and not too overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Our week was a pretty typical one. Ryder finished… Read More
2021-12-08 09:00
As a mom with young children, whenever I am out and about with the boys, I always hear a lot of advice and comments from more experienced moms who have been in this crazy phase of life at on… Read More
2021-12-06 09:00
Before we get too far into December, it’s time to me to share a peek into what a week of our weeknight meals looked like in November. This post is part of my monthly Week of Weeknight… Read More
2021-12-03 09:00
Friday is here and our family is psyched! Late this afternoon, after Chase gets out of school, we are off to Great Wolf Lodge for the weekend and we cannot wait! We first went to Great Wolf… Read More
2021-12-01 09:00
The hardest gift guide for me to assemble every year is here! My annual Gift Guide for Guys is always a bit of a head-scratcher for me because men seem to be the hardest for me personally to… Read More
2021-11-26 11:41
Happy day after Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you’re checking in this morning feeling full and happy and hopefully relaxed! I know the holiday season can be crazy and also challen… Read More
2021-11-23 11:33
I’m trucking right along with my annual Gift Guides and am coming at you today with my Gift Guide for Her. Even though gift guides take me a long time to assemble, I absolutely love co… Read More
2021-11-19 09:00
Friday is here! I feel like we’re entering into a big holiday week-long break but that’s not really the case now, is it? I guess I’m just feeling a little checked out knowi… Read More
2021-11-17 11:48
Last week I kicked off my annual gift guides with my Gift Guide for Kids which included a list of gift ideas I think would be great for kids over two years old. For those with toddlers and b… Read More
2021-11-12 11:52
Hello from Florida! We are in Jacksonville this morning but only for a hot second. Ryan, the boys, my father-in-law and I all drove down to Florida yesterday because we have a wedding to att… Read More
2021-11-09 16:43
Gift guides seem to be popping up earlier than ever this year for a myriad of reasons and when I learned that two of my friends were already DONE with their holiday shopping during our girl… Read More
2021-11-08 09:00
Hey friends! Another Monday is upon us! I hope you all had a great weekend. Despite 24/7 rain in Savannah this weekend, I had a wonderful time with my friends and I’ll be sure to share… Read More
2021-11-05 09:00
Hello, hello! How are you doing today? We had a decent week but it included a lot of runny noses from Ryder and Rhett. Both boys were thankfully fever-free (and Ryder had a negative COVID te… Read More
2021-11-02 11:39
We’re a few days into November but I’m backing it up to last week today to share what a week of weeknight dinners looked like in our house in October. Today’s post is part… Read More
2021-11-01 10:00
Hey friends! How are you doing today? Anyone else out there dragging a little bit this morning? I suppose that is to be expected after Halloween! Saturday Our Halloween fun kicked off on Sat… Read More
2021-10-29 10:48
Halloween weekend is here!! Are you guys dressing up? Any fun plans on the agenda? We’ll be trick-or-treating with friends in a local neighborhood and I’m so excited to see the b… Read More
2021-10-26 09:00
What a weekend! Our family drove to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for the weekend with one main purpose in mind: To cheer for Ryan as he set out to complete his first Half Ironman! (Hu… Read More
2021-10-22 09:00
It’s a big weekend in the Fagan household! Well, it’s a big weekend for one of us at least. Ryan will be doing his first Half Ironman on Saturday! Our family left yesterday after… Read More
2021-10-20 09:00
Now that I’m in my mid-30s, I feel like I’ve tried a lot of different skincare routines. I’ve toyed around with fancy products, drugstore finds, natural skincare products&h&hell…Read More
2021-10-15 09:00
Hello, hello! Today is a little unusual for a Friday over here because Chase is off school and Ryan is taking a vacation day so we can hit up a local pumpkin patch for some fall fun without… Read More
2021-10-13 09:00
It’s been a hot second since I’ve shared a day-in-the-life style blog post with you guys but I’m back in action with a recap of our day yesterday! Morning I slept terribly… Read More
2021-10-11 09:00
I finally found myself in “The Room Where it Happens” on Friday night! After years and years of trying to see Hamilton, I saw the musical in person and it surpassed every expect… Read More
2021-10-06 10:26
Back in August, I shared a recap of what a week of my workouts looked like that month as part of my monthly Week of Workouts Series. I expressed some feelings I had that questioned whether o… Read More
2021-10-04 09:00
October is officially in full swing so I figured I’d better pop in today with a recap of one week of weeknights eats from September before we’re onto the next month! I began my W… Read More
2021-10-01 10:25
Hello and Happy October!! I’ve been holding off breaking into our fall décor but now that October is here and it’s no longer 95 degrees outside, it is tiiime! Anyone else… Read More
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
2021-09-29 13:00
This recipe for whole wheat pumpkin muffins is made with simple ingredients that come together to make a dozen of the fluffiest and tastiest whole wheat pumpkin muffins. Lower in sugar tha… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #386
2021-09-24 10:45
Happy Friday, friends! And Happy FALL! I hope you all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend ahead. We’re hoping to lean into the fall season this weekend and visit a l… Read More
Five Thrive Market Hauls
2021-09-22 09:00
I’ve been a huge fan of Thrive Market for years and never question whether or not to renew my membership to the online marketplace every year. I consistently turn to Thrive Market to… Read More
Fishing, Biking And Meal Planning
2021-09-20 11:15
Hey, hey! Monday is heeere! How are you guys feeling today? We had a good weekend and I’m entering the week not feeling too behind on life so I’d say that’s a win. Saturday… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #385
2021-09-17 11:06
Hey hey and Happy Friday! I hope your week was a good one! We had a decent week over here. School for the big kids is trucking along, Ryder started soccer and Rhett officially has fourteen t… Read More
A Weekend At Jellystone Golden Valley
2021-09-16 09:00
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind over here for the past few weeks with a handful of visitors, the start of the school year and a weekend away, but I’m finally beginning to catch my… Read More
Teriyaki Salmon Bowls
2021-09-14 09:00
Hop on the Flavor Express and enjoy bites of sweet ‘n’ savory teriyaki salmon, chewy grains, crisp cucumber and bell pepper and punches of lime and creamy avocado when you dig… Read More
High Protein Oat Bran
2021-09-13 11:19
This recipe for High Protein Oat Bran quickly became a go-to for me when I discovered the thick, creamy texture of oat bran. By amping up the amount of protein in this high protein oat bra… Read More
Full House
2021-09-08 20:31
Hey friends! How are you? I’ve been trying to get this post up since Monday but suffice it to say we’ve been busy with our visitors! My Aunt Laurie came in town earlier this wee… Read More
Week Of Workouts: August 2021
2021-09-06 10:16
September is upon us so I figured I better hop on it if I wanted to make sure to document what a week of my workouts looked like during the month of August in 2021. I began this series a whi… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #384
2021-09-03 10:53
Another week has come and gone and Friday is upon us. We’re really looking forward to the next few days around here in part because it is a long weekend but mostly because my sister an… Read More
The Last Day Of August 2021
2021-09-01 09:00
Hey friends! How are ya? I’m coming at you today with a day-in-the-life post recapping our day yesterday. I still have some pictures and things I want to share from this past weekend w… Read More
Rhett Is One!
2021-08-30 10:57
I can hardly believe it but our little Rhetty Spaghetti is ONE! Rhett turning one feels both mind boggling and emotional. I’m always so weird about our kids’ birthdays — e… Read More
2021-08-27 10:32
Hey, hi, hello! Happy Friday to you! How are you guys doing? I hope you’re wrapping up a good week and have some fun things to look forward to on your agenda this weekend. It was a gre… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Meals: August 2021
2021-08-25 09:00
Another month is nearly over so I figured it was a good time to dive into my monthly Week of Weeknight Meals series! I began this series a while back to give you a glimpse into our weeknight… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #382
2021-08-20 11:07
Hi friends! How’s it going? I felt like my heart was all over the place this week with so much of the world facing so many heavy, hard things. I sometimes struggle with how to address… Read More
Recent Beauty Favorites
2021-08-18 09:00
It’s been a hot second since I’ve shared a beauty-related blog post (my last one was this  Current Beauty Favorites blog post back in February 2020) but I’m back at it… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #381
2021-08-13 11:40
I feel like a bit of a broken record over here by focusing on the fact that this is the “last weekend of summer” before school starts (for Chase) in our house but something about… Read More
Last Summer Tuesday Before School Starts
2021-08-11 10:56
Hey friends! How are ya? I hope you’re having a good week so far. I’m coming at you today with a day-in-the-life style blog post — forever and always my favorite! Yesterday… Read More
Lake Days
2021-08-09 11:15
Good morning to my favorite internet friends. I must say our weekend went by a little too fast but it was a good one filled with good things so I guess that’s all we can ask for o… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #380
2021-08-06 10:40
Friday is hereee! How does the weekend look for you? We’ve had visitors in town every weekend since we returned from Florida so this is our first chill weekend we have on the books in… Read More
Our Week So Far
2021-08-04 10:28
Hey friends! I feel like it’s been a hot second since I’ve shared a catch-up style post. Today I woke up in the mood to just chat with you guys so that’s how things are goi… Read More
Chase Is Six!
2021-08-02 10:00
Though just typing this out makes my head spin, we officially have a SIX year old in our house! I’m honestly having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Chase is no long… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #379
2021-07-30 11:40
Friday is here! Woohoo! We are once again going into the weekend with some special visitors in our house and I’m so excited for quality time with people we love. My friend Merri and he… Read More
Chase’s Sixth Birthday Party
2021-07-27 09:00
Our weekend was a good one because we spent a lot of it celebrating our almost-six-year-old! One of my closest friends, Lauren, and I teamed up to throw Chase and Claire a sixth birthday p… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Meals (July 2021)
2021-07-26 10:43
Hello, hello! Happy Monday! I hope you’re all checking in today after a good weekend. Today on the blog I’m diving into my monthly Week of Weeknight Meals series. This… Read More
2021-07-23 11:00
Friday is here!! We are especially psyched for this weekend for two reasons: 1. My mother-in-law, Diane, flew in from Sarasota yesterday and will be here through Monday. 2. It’s Chase… Read More
Week Of Workouts: July 2021
2021-07-21 09:00
Hello my friends! Happy Wednesday to you! I hope your week is trucking along smoothly and that you’re checking in today feeling good! I am popping in this morning with my Week of Worko… Read More
2021-07-19 09:00
We made it home! After a little more than two weeks in Florida, we are back in North Carolina. We are missing our family, the sand and the surf but I’m grateful that our life in Charlo… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #377
2021-07-16 09:00
Happy Friday to Y-O-U! I hope you guys all had a good week! Our time in Florida is coming to a close — we leave tomorrow afternoon — and even though I’m already kind of dre… Read More
Family + Beach Time
2021-07-12 09:00
Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! We’re still in Florida for another week and plan to fill our days with the good stuff — family, sunshine, sandy toes, boogie boarding, pool pla… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #376
2021-07-09 09:00
Good morning, my friends! How are you doing today? I hope you had a good week and, for those of you who may have taken advantage of the long weekend to enjoy some time away, I hope you are f… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #375
2021-07-02 09:00
Hello from the beach!!! Ryan, the boys and I hit the road for Jacksonville, Florida at 5 a.m. Thursday morning and have been soaking up family time ever since our somewhat rocky arrival. No… Read More
Amazon Haul #4: Recent Amazon Finds
2021-06-30 09:00
It’s been a few months since my last Amazon haul and I’ve had some awesome finds since then, so I figured it was time to share another one! These hauls are actually one of my mos… Read More
A Very Full Family Weekend
2021-06-28 10:25
Hey friends! How are you? This weekend flew by and was very full thanks to lots of time on the lake with my in-laws! We had back-to-back sunny days and with temperatures in the mid-to-upper… Read More
2021-06-25 09:00
Hello and Happy Friday to you! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve shared a Things I’m Loving Friday post because my head and heart were other places but I’m happy… Read More
2021-06-23 09:00
Last year at this time we had a toddler on our hands who was wearing diapers, sleeping in a crib and loving on his pacifiers. Fast forward one year and Ryder is now a little kid and I cannot… Read More
Missing Her
2021-06-17 10:00
It’s been three days since we said goodbye to Sadie. Three days of puffy eyes. Three days of thinking I see Sadie everywhere. Three days of smiling when we talk about her only to burst… Read More
She Was There
2021-06-15 10:20
She’s gone. That is the hardest part. Because for so long, she was there. She was there when we got engaged. She was there when we got married. She was there running after bears and… Read More
A Very Sadie Weekend
2021-06-14 10:23
When we learned of Sadie’s cancer diagnosis early last week, I was so scared we’d lose her any day. Any minute. Since her cancer has already spread from her spleen to her liver t… Read More
An Update On Our Sweet Sadie
2021-06-11 09:46
I am sitting down at my computer right now trying to find the words to share some news about our sweet Sadie. Her warm, soft little body is curled up against me as I type and I cannot think… Read More
Rhett 9 Month Update
2021-06-08 15:08
The littlest member of our dude crew is 9 months old! Every time I think Rhett is in the cutest phase of babyhood, another month pops up and, like every mom ever, I’m left thinking, n… Read More
Edamame Black Bean Salad
2021-06-07 11:00
This recipe for edamame black bean salad is an easy one that is absolutely bursting with flavor and color. It requires minimal chopping and is always a crowd pleaser. Enjoy is as a main di… Read More
2021-06-04 09:00
The weekend is nearly here and I’m so, so psyched! Ryan, the boys and I are off to Tennessee for a family getaway this weekend and I cannot wait to explore and enjoy some special time… Read More
First Tuesday Of Summer Break
2021-06-02 09:00
Good morning, my friends!! Wednesday is here and this week is flyin’ by. I’m stopping by the blog today with a throwback day-in-the-life style blog post to give you a glimpse int… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #372
2021-05-28 10:21
Good morning and Happy Friday to you! I’m so, so pumped for the weekend because my parents arrived in town last night and will be staying with us through Monday. All day long the boys… Read More
Week Of Workouts: May 2021
2021-05-26 09:00
Hey, hey! Wednesday is here and we’re halfway through the week. I hope it’s been a good one for you so far. Today’s blog post is the May 2021 edition of my week of workouts… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #371
2021-05-21 09:00
It’s going to be a H-O-T one in Charlotte this weekend! Apparently we’re taking a brief reprieve from our beautiful spring weather and diving into summer with temperatures in the… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Meals: May 2021
2021-05-19 09:00
Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday to YOU! I’m comin’ at you today with May’s edition of my monthly Week of Weeknight Meals series. I hope you brought your appetite! I began thi… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #370
2021-05-14 09:00
Hellooo to you! How are ya doing? Any fun plans this weekend? I’m not sure what all we have on the agenda for the weekend ahead but with a forecast of temperatures in the low 70s and a… Read More
Currently (May 2021)
2021-05-12 09:00
Hi friends!! How are you doing this morning? I hope your week is going well so far! I’m popping in today with a throwback 2013 fav  — a “Currently” themed… Read More
Mother’s Day Weekend 2021
2021-05-10 10:16
Hi friends! How are you? Did you have a good weekend? I hope it was equal parts fun and relaxing. We managed to cram a decent amount of activity into the last few days and I’m sitting… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #369
2021-05-07 09:00
Good morning! Happy Friday to Y-O-U! I hope your week is wrapping up on a good note. We have some fun things on the agenda for the weekend — a park picnic with friends tonight and a fa… Read More
2021-05-05 15:00
Grilling season is upon us and what better way to kick off the warmer months than with this flaky, flavorful Maple Ginger Grilled Salmon? This grilled salmon recipe is an easy one thanks t… Read More
A Strawberry-Filled Weekend
2021-05-03 10:20
Good morning! I hope your week is off to a good start after a great weekend! We filled ours with a lot of the usual — family time, outdoor fun and some good eats! Saturday Saturday mor… Read More

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