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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.
Things I’m Loving Friday #338
2020-08-07 10:58
Friday is heeere! And with it comes another roundup of favorites, Things I’m Loving Friday style! How are you guys this morning? We’ve had a good week over here and filled our da… Read More
PBF Baby #3: Pregnancy Weeks 31-34
2020-08-05 09:00
Hello to my favorite internet friends! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I am checking in this morning with a pregnancy update. At 35 weeks pregnant, I officially feel like I&r&hell…Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #337
2020-07-31 09:59
Good morning, friends! This past week passed by at warp speed in our house and Friday totally sneaked up on me. Hey, I’ll never complain about that because the weekend is HERE! Did you… Read More
Chase: 5 Year Old Update
2020-07-29 09:00
We officially have a FIVE year old in our house! Like every mother ever, I’m going to express my amazement that my first baby is five years old and growing up so darn fast. Time needs… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Meals: July 2020
2020-07-28 09:00
After an unintentional one month hiatus, I am back with the July 2020 edition of my Week of Weeknight Meals series! I began this series on the blog to give you guys a glimpse… Read More
Easy BBQ Meatloaf
2020-07-26 10:00
This recipe for a delicious and easy BBQ meatloaf is perfect for a quick and simple weeknight dinner. It’s comfort food at its finest! Originally shared in 2015 and a blog favorite eve… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #336
2020-07-24 10:26
Sadie says “Happy Friday” to you!  Love that sweet lil’ sugar face! Sadie is 12.5 years young and still has no problem keeping up with all of the activity we thro… Read More
A Random July Tuesday
2020-07-22 10:18
Hello, hello! I’m coming at you today with a day-in-the-life style blog post — always and forever my fav! — but first I want to say thank so much for all of the insight and… Read More
2020-07-20 11:09
Hi friends! Happy Monday to Y-O-U! How was your weekend? We filled our days with sweatin’ hot time outside and did our best to cool off as much as possible in the lake and air conditio… Read More
2020-07-17 09:00
We’re officially back in action! After days of trying to get in touch with my website host, I was able to rectify all of the back end blog issues and I’m feeling all kinds of rel… Read More
Pool, Beach, Repeat
2020-07-14 12:45
Hey guys! I am currently experiencing some issues with my blog on the back end (a continuation from last week’s frustrations) so today’s post is coming to you a day late and I am… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #334
2020-07-10 18:31
Hey friends! I hoped to have today’s blog post up for you guys nice and early as usual but after spending hours trying to figure out some back-end issues on the blog yesterday, I reali… Read More
PBF Baby #3: Weeks 28-30
2020-07-08 09:00
Hey friends! Now that we’re about two months away from meeting our baby (what!?), I’m feeling quiiiite pregnant. When we last left off, I said I was going to try to check in with… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #333
2020-07-03 09:55
Hello from Jacksonville Beach! Oh my gosh does it ever feel good to be at the beach with my family! A couple of weeks ago, Ryan and I chatted about spending a few weeks at my parents’… Read More
Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl
2020-07-01 09:00
This sweet potato quinoa bowl is a nourishing vegetarian recipe made with wholesome ingredients. It’s creamy and filling and a one-pot meal perfect for busy weeknights.  About tw… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #232
2020-06-26 09:34
Another Friday is upon us and I am ready for the weekend! It should be a good one over here since the weather looks hot and sunny and ideal for long days outside on the lake. I know, I know… Read More
Father’s Day 2020
2020-06-22 12:02
Hello and Happy Monday to YOU! I hope you’re stopping by the blog today after a good weekend. We spent time celebrating one very special guy in our family yesterday (and missing our da… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #231
2020-06-19 10:22
Hey friends! Another Friday is upon us. How was your week? Ours ended on a good note as we celebrated Ryder’s second birthday (see more below) and I’m thinking the fun will conti… Read More
Maple Pecan Overnight Oats
2020-06-18 11:34
This recipe for Maple Pecan Overnight Oats is the perfect wholesome prep-ahead breakfast recipe. Made with a base of old fashioned oats and crunchy pecans, it’s a simple recipe and the… Read More
Ryder Update: Two Years Old
2020-06-17 10:35
When did our little dark-haired, sweet, smiley mohawk baby morph into a bleach-blonde, always-into-something, always-on-the-go joyful little toddler? I don’t know how it happened so… Read More
Father’s Day Finds For The Outdoorsy Dad
2020-06-16 10:41
Father’s Day is is just around the corner and today I am teaming up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to share a roundup of ideas I think dads who enjoy spending time outside would love… Read More
A Visit From Nona And Papa
2020-06-15 10:57
We had visitors this weekend! My in-laws drove in town from Sarasota on Wednesday and will be heading back to Florida later this morning. We had this visit planned a few months ago but cance… Read More
2020-06-12 10:05
Hey friends! How are you? All is well over here. My mother-in-law and Les arrived in town from Sarasota in time for dinner Wednesday night and will be staying with us through Monday! They ha… Read More
2020-06-09 18:52
This cold and creamy banana orange juice protein smoothie is made with a base of 100% orange juice and frozen banana, is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and folate and tastes like summ… Read More
Pregnancy Update: 27 Weeks With Baby #3
2020-06-09 18:28
Hey friends! I’m checking in today with a long-overdue pregnancy update. Time is flying and I’m quickly approaching my third trimester. Let’s just say I’m feeling a w… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Meals: May 2020
2020-06-08 10:05
Hello, hello! How are you guys doing? How was your weekend? It was so nice to be able to spend the weekend with my parents and while I didn’t snap enough pictures to warrant a full wee… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #329
2020-06-05 11:12
Hey friends. How are you doing this week? I thought I’d be sharing a couple of food and pregnancy-related blog posts with you guys this week but this whole week felt heavy and, for me… Read More
A Glimpse Into Our Weekend
2020-06-01 11:29
Hey friends! How are you doing? Did you have a good weekend? Saturday felt like we were in the thick of summer in Charlotte and then Sunday we found ourselves right back in spring. To be hon… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #328
2020-05-29 09:51
Another weekend is upon us! Anything fun on your agenda? It’s looking like another warm and relatively sunny weekend in Charlotte which means we’ll likely be filling our days wit… Read More
Vegan Pecan Bean Burgers
2020-05-28 09:00
When you want to fill up on the good stuff and enjoy a veggie burger bursting with flavor, look no further than these vegan pecan bean burgers! Made with a base of black and kidney beans, ri… Read More
Memorial Day Weekend 2020
2020-05-26 11:12
Hi friends! I hope you had a good weekend as we all spent time remembering the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. We were able to spend the past few days with my siste… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #327
2020-05-22 09:00
Friday is here and I am feeling all kinds of happy because we are having visitors this weekend! Real, live people! In our home! What!? Our family has been rather diligent with following our… Read More
10 Outside Activities To Do With Kids
2020-05-20 10:38
Today’s blog post touches on 10 outside activities you can do with your little ones! From obstacle courses and scavenger hunts to stuffed animal safaris and water play, I hope somethin… Read More
Sunny Weekend On The Water
2020-05-18 10:44
Today kicks off what looks like five days in a row of rainy weather in Charlotte which has me feeling all the more grateful we spent almost every moment of this past weekend outside. Ryan an… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #326
2020-05-13 19:19
Hello from sunny Charlotte! It felt like summer arrived in full force yesterday afternoon and despite the sweat I felt instantly cover my body, I am here for it! Don’t get me wrong, ev… Read More
15 Recent Eats
2020-05-13 09:00
I’ve always been someone who genuinely enjoys eating and as an adult, that has translated into someone who also enjoys cooking, baking and spending time in the kitchen. This unusual ti… Read More
Mother’s Day 2020
2020-05-11 12:02
Hey friends! How was your weekend? We weren’t able to see my mom or mother-in-law on Mother’s Day yesterday but we made sure to send them some goodies ahead of time and had the c… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #325
2020-05-08 10:28
Hey, hey! Happy Friday to YOU! How are you holding up this week? All is well over here. Earlier this week, we learned our governor signed an executive order passing Phase One of lifting the… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #324
2020-05-01 09:00
Hello! Friday is here! How does the weekend ahead look for you? More of the same? That’s pretty much how things are shaping up over here with one giant exception: We’re hoping to… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Meals: April 2020
2020-04-29 09:00
Hot on the heels of Monday’s recap of my Week of Workouts from April 2020, I’m here to share a peek into a week of our weeknight meals on the blog today as part of my monthly ser… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #323
2020-04-24 10:00
Another week of social distancing has come and gone. I don’t know about you guys, but I sure would like to have some kind of an idea of when life will get back to normal. Are we talkin… Read More
Everything Bagel Seared Tuna
2020-04-23 10:10
This recipe for Everything Bagel Seared Tuna comes together in less than five minutes and requires only four simple ingredients. Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring this post!  If seared… Read More
Baby #3: All The Details (So Far)
2020-04-20 11:15
Hey friends! I figured I could share another recap of our weekend on the blog that would look pretty much identical to every other weekend around here since we began social distancing a few… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #322
2020-04-17 10:32
Hey, hey! Happy Friday! First things first, I owe you guys the biggest THANK YOU for your kind words regarding our baby news. We are obviously beyond grateful for this little blessing and re… Read More
Our Family Is Growing!
2020-04-15 09:00
Our family is growing! We are so thrilled to share that we are expecting a baby in the beginning of September! I am 19 weeks pregnant and my belly is getting harder and harder to hide!… Read More
Easter Weekend 2020
2020-04-13 09:00
Our Easter weekend didn’t include a huge family gathering, a delicious buffet of favorite family recipes or time at the beach in Florida like we originally planned but we kept our focu… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #321
2020-04-10 10:20
Friday is here! For those of us celebrating Easter on Sunday, I know many of our plans likely look very different than we anticipated right now but I’d love to hear about any at-home c… Read More
Mailing Hugs And Eating Cookie Cake
2020-04-08 10:17
We’re halfway through the week. How are you guys holding up? Things are going fairly smoothly over here in the land of sheltering in place. In an effort to keep things trucking along o… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Dinners: March 2020
2020-04-06 10:12
Hi friends! How was your weekend? How are things going in your area right now? We spent the vast majority of our weekend outside and let the springtime sunshine do its thing to lift our spi… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #320
2020-04-03 10:00
Hey friends! How are you doing today? How was your week? Ryan and I were chatting yesterday about how the days are going by oddly fast right now and we’re wondering if that simply has… Read More
Week Of Workouts: March 2020
2020-04-01 10:00
For the March 2020 edition of my Week of Workouts series it was a week of at home workouts! I think most of you are in a similar boat right now and attempting to squeeze in some e… Read More
Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
2020-03-31 12:31
Hey friends! Today’s blog post is another reader request — from a few of you actually — and it’s one I haven’t done before so I hope it’s helpful! I had a… Read More
Another Weekend At Home
2020-03-30 11:22
Hey friends! How are you doing? How was your weekend? On Friday morning, we got word that the governor of North Carolina issued a statewide “stay at home” order through the end o… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #319
2020-03-27 10:15
Hey friends! How are things going for you right now? As of 8 a.m. yesterday, those of us in Mecklenburg County have been instructed to stay at home with the exception of leaving for essentia… Read More
Social Distancing Weekend
2020-03-23 09:48
I wonder how many weekends I might be able to title blog posts with the same title I used today? How are you guys hanging in there? I didn’t mean to miss posting on Friday but, to be t… Read More
St. Patrick’s Day 2020
2020-03-18 11:13
I think most of us can agree St. Patrick’s Day 2020 felt a little less festive than usual. How are you guys doing with everything? I hate that this virus is so deeply effecting so many… Read More
Weekend Eats
2020-03-16 11:18
Hey friends! How are you doing? How was your weekend? We have been doing our best to adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the CDC to hopefully help slow the spread of the COVI… Read More
2020-03-13 11:25
Friday is here! But WOW, what a week. How are you guys doing? How are you handling the COVID-19 outbreak? Everyone in Charlotte is on high alert and we’re doing our best in our house t… Read More
Blogging In Real Time!
2020-03-11 19:27
Hey friends! I’m live blogging today! What in the what!? Is this 2010? Chase is happily decorating the box that arrived carrying my most recent Thrive Market delivery right next to me… Read More
Amazon Haul #2: 12 Recent Amazon Finds
2020-03-09 11:26
Hey friends! How was your weekend? Are any of you out there feelin’ the time change this morning? I made the mistake of leaving Chase’s Hatch Light on his usual 7:30 a.m. “… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #317
2020-03-06 11:18
Good morning and Happy Friday to my favorite internet friends! How was you week? Things are going well over here and we’re all looking forward to a fairly low-key weekend. We have anot… Read More
Grocery Haul #1
2020-03-05 11:42
I’m continuing to chip away at my giant list of blog reader post requests today! In case you missed some of my other reader request posts earlier this year, here is a roundup of the to… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #316
2020-02-28 11:35
Hello from Raleigh, North Carolina! I loaded the boys up in my car yesterday afternoon and the three of us made the drive to my aunt and uncle’s house. We’re in town for a baby s… Read More
Whole Wheat Pecan Banana Muffins
2020-02-27 09:00
A fluffy and wholesome muffin recipe, these Whole Wheat Pecan Banana Muffins are naturally sweetened with banana and maple syrup and every bite includes a delicious crunch thanks to nutrient… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Dinners: February 2020
2020-02-25 11:32
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s peek into a week of my workouts, I’m sharing a glimpse into our family’s weeknight dinners on the blog today! This series began last year i… Read More
Week Of Workouts: February 2020
2020-02-24 09:00
I’m back today with February’s edition of my Week of Workouts series! At the beginning of the year, I had a few requests to resurrect this series I initially began on the blog ba… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #315
2020-02-21 10:50
We had such a fun surprise yesterday in Charlotte: Snow! We’ve only had one other snowfall in our area this winter and it didn’t stick so we’ve been crossing our fingers fo… Read More
A To Z Family Workout
2020-02-20 09:00
This A to Z Family Workout does not require any equipment and is perfect for the family who wants to move and play together. Thank you to Academy Sports + Outdoors for sponsoring this post!… Read More
Valentine’s Day Weekend
2020-02-17 11:59
It was a very L-O-V-E filled weekend for the Fagan family as we spent most of the past few days as a family of five (Sadie always included). This is exactly what I wanted after Ryan spent th… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #314
2020-02-14 11:00
Hi friends! Happy Valentine’s Day! I feel like it’s been forever since we caught up. How are you doing!? We’re doing well over here and that’s not something I’m… Read More
15 Books I Recently Read And Loved
2020-02-12 12:37
Last year I began periodically sharing roundups of books I recently read and loved on the blog as a way to highlight some of my favorite recent reads in one place. While I regularly share li… Read More
How I Make My Tea Lattes
2020-02-10 12:17
Today’s blog post details how I make my afternoon tea lattes through step-by-step instructions. I also included a list of a few of my favorite kinds of tea that I love to use in my tea… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #313
2020-02-07 12:51
Hey friends! Happy Friday to Y-O-U! Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend ahead? A fun weekend is in store for our crew, as my mom will be driving up to visit tomorrow. We also have… Read More
(Almost) All Day Outside
2020-02-05 12:48
We had a 70-degree day in Charlotte yesterday. In February! What!? Considering the fact that it snowed for the first time this winter on Friday (a light dusting that didn’t stick) such… Read More
My Current Beauty Favorites
2020-02-03 09:00
I have another reader request blog post coming your way today and oh my gosh it is a LONG one. When I began typing up a list of my updated beauty products to share with you guys, I had no id… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #312
2020-01-31 11:13
Hi friends! How are you? Did you guys have a good week? It was a good one over here… just ask Ryder! (19 months of the best baby smiles around!)  We broke up the usual weekday m… Read More
Incredibly Easy Black Bean Dip
2020-01-30 11:54
A flavorful dip packed with black beans and corn, this Incredibly Easy Black Bean Dip is a crowd pleaser and the perfect dip for your next party. It comes together in a flash and prepping it… Read More
Week Of Workouts: January 2020
2020-01-29 11:37
A while back, I began a series on the blog that detailed a week of my workouts every month. I think this initially fell to the wayside during the postpartum period of my life after Ryder was… Read More
Sea Life, Laser Tag And Plasma Car Chaos
2020-01-27 12:08
Good morning, my friends! I hope you are stopping by the blog today after a great weekend. We had a good one over here and filled the past few days with family time, an afternoon out and abo… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #311
2020-01-24 12:16
Hello from Exhausted Mama Land! Happy Friday to Y-O-U! This week was a good one over here but last night was one of those sleepless parenting nights. I cannot complain because we have good s… Read More
Fitness In My 20s Vs Fitness In My 30s
2020-01-22 11:00
Hello and Happy Wednesday to you! We’re halfway through the week and I hope you guys are doing well today. I have another reader request blog post coming your way today and it’s… Read More
2020-01-20 10:00
Hello, hello! How are you guys doing today? We had a great weekend over here and filled the last two days with family time, a birthday party and a trip to the trampoline park with the boys… Read More
Marriage After Kids
2020-01-15 11:19
Today’s blog post is a reader request and, if I’m being honest, it was one I struggled a bit with how to begin. I had a few people ask me to write a blog post about marriage afte… Read More
Girls’ Weekend In The Catskills
2020-01-13 11:56
Hello friends! I am typing up the beginning of this post from the sky en route to North Carolina after a weekend away in the Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York. I spent the past two… Read More

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