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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.
Camp Week Tuesday And Brother Battles
2019-06-05 11:25
Hello, hello! How are you guys doing so far this week? Things are trucking right along over here and today I figured I’d bring you along on a little recap of my day yesterday since I m… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #282
2019-05-31 11:35
And just like that, Friday is here! I guess when a three-day weekend kicks off the beginning of the week, I should expect the rest of the week to fly by, but this one seemed to pass at warp… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Dinners: May 2019
2019-05-29 10:59
Hi friends! May is nearly over and that means it’s time for another round of weeknight eats! I often find myself falling into a rhythm of some sort or gravitating toward certain kinds… Read More
Memorial Day Monday
2019-05-28 11:09
Hello, hello! How are you guys!? I am checking in this morning after a good weekend. I barely touched my phone, left my computer powered off on Saturday and Sunday and enjoyed every second w… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #281
2019-05-24 09:54
The weekend is upon us! Chase had his end-of-the-year party at a local pool yesterday and now school is officially out for the summer. Charlotte clearly got the memo that summer is here… Read More
My Favorite Cookbooks
2019-05-23 09:00
Hey friends! Today’s post is one I’m excited to share with you because I’m highlighting some of my all-time favorite cookbooks. I often mention my favorite cookbooks on the… Read More
The Final Tuesday Before Summer Break
2019-05-22 11:05
Hello hello! How are you guys doing? I hope the week is treating you well so far. It’s been a hot one in the Charlotte area! It feels like we sped through spring and summer smacked us… Read More
More Of THIS All Summer, Please
2019-05-20 11:13
More of THIS all summer, please! When we checked the weather late last week and saw that temperatures were supposed to hit 90 degrees and the skies were supposed to be sunny all weekend lon… Read More
Simple Summer Pasta Salad
2019-05-16 11:17
This Simple Summer Pasta Salad is the perfect summery side dish for cookouts. Made with a homemade Italian dressing and tri-color rotini pasta for a pop of color, it’s easy to whi… Read More
Ryder Update: 8-11 Months
2019-05-15 10:55
We have just over one month until Ryder turns one year old. I’m going to go ahead and embrace the cliché and say that time with our baby boy is flying. Something happened almost… Read More
73 Questions
2019-05-13 11:03
Hi friends! How are you today? I hope you had a good weekend! Ours was great — a combination of time with friends on Friday night and Saturday night and family time all day on Sunday a… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #279
2019-05-10 10:00
Hey friends! Happy Friday to you! I hope you’re checking in today after a good week. Though the weekend ahead is supposed to be full of rain and thunderstorms in Charlotte, I am really… Read More
2019-05-07 15:01
This recipe for an easy vegetarian chickpea curry is made with lots of vibrant and nutritious vegetables and is a nourishing meal that tastes fantastic on its own or served on top of warm, f… Read More
Kentucky Derby Party With The Fam
2019-05-06 10:52
Hello! I am sitting at my computer this morning with foggy eyes and a smile on my face. Ryan, Chase, Ryder, Sadie and I left early last Thursday evening for Florida and spent a long weekend… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #277
2019-05-03 10:00
Hello from Jacksonville! Our crew hit the road for Florida in the late afternoon yesterday and we’ll be here through the weekend for my parents’ Kentucky Derby party! (Flashb… Read More
A Peek Into Wednesday
2019-05-02 10:00
Today’s blog post shares a peek into my day yesterday! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Food Lion for IZEA Worldwide. Hello, hello and Happy Thursd… Read More
One Week Of Weeknight Dinners: April 2019
2019-05-01 10:00
We’re four months into this series on the blog and I am digging it. I hope you guys are, too! It’s fun for me to snap pics of our dinners all week long without the pressure of fo… Read More
Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019
2019-04-30 10:59
Hey friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start. Today is the last day of April and for once I feel like I’m actually sharing my Mother’s Day gift guide in a… Read More
Turning 34
2019-04-29 10:35
Can we talk about how awesome it is when your birthday falls on a Saturday? It somehow makes the whole day feel extra special because you can spend as much of it as possible with friends and… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #276
2019-04-26 10:14
Hey friends! How are you doing? Do you ever have those weeks where it just feels like one long day running into the next? This week was a bit of a beast for a myriad of reasons but I am glad… Read More
Springtime Fashion Finds
2019-04-25 10:00
This blog post features some of my recent affordable springtime fashion finds. Thanks so much to Walmart for sponsoring this post!  Spring is officially here and that makes me incredibl… Read More
Easter 2019
2019-04-23 14:34
Our Easter this year was one of the more low key Easters we’ve had in a long time but in a very, very good way. Ryan and I intentionally planned to arrive home from our Hilton Head Isl… Read More
Family Spring Break: Hilton Head Island
2019-04-18 10:00
Hello from sunny Hilton Head Island! We’re on the homestretch of our family’s spring break trip to the beautiful South Carolina island and we’ve been making the most of o… Read More
Thai Chickpea Burgers
2019-04-15 11:04
If you are a veggie burger fan – or even if you’re not – I need you to make these Thai Chickpea Burgers. NEED. Considering the base of this recipe is a measly little can of… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #275
2019-04-12 11:38
Hello, hello! I’m feeling all kinds of energized this morning because the antibiotics DID THEIR THING and I am feeling like a brand new woman. Strep be gone! I’m also excited bec… Read More
10 Recipes To Make For Easter Brunch
2019-04-10 11:05
Hello from the land of strep! I made my way to urgent care after preschool drop off yesterday after waking up completely drenched in sweat again. My throat was on fire, my fever remained and… Read More
Hiking, Jumping, Sweating, Freezing
2019-04-08 14:07
Aaand just like that, another weekend has come and gone. We filled the past few days with some family fun and took full advantage of a weekend with absolutely nothing on our agenda. It was a… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #274
2019-04-05 09:00
Hey friends! Another weekend is upon us and I am psyched! This is the only “free” weekend we have in April with zero plans on the agenda so I’m excited to take full advanta… Read More
Pancakes = Cool Mom Points
2019-04-04 10:00
Today’s blog post is a recap of our day yesterday so if you’re a sucker for day-in-the-life posts like I am, hop on board and join me for a glimpse into our day with an emphasis… Read More
Go Karts, Pizza, Mae And Pop
2019-04-01 11:30
This weekend included lots of springtime sunshine, go kart racing, pizza two days in a row and my parents in town, so I think it’s safe to say this weekend was a good one. Weekend visi… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #273
2019-03-29 09:00
Hey friends! It definitely feels like a happy Friday over here because my parents are spending the weekend with us! To say Chase was excited when I told him Mae and Pop would be visiting aga… Read More
Spring = North Carolina’s Sweet Spot
2019-03-26 10:32
Ever since we moved to North Carolina from Florida, Ryan and I have commented on just how much we love the weather in the Charlotte area because we get to experience all four seasons in a re… Read More
Week Of Weeknight Dinners: March
2019-03-25 10:00
Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! I hope you’re checking in today after a fun weekend! I haven’t had the chance to type up our weekend recap yet which will be coming your way sh… Read More
2019-03-22 10:00
Hey friends! Happy Friday to YOU! I hope you’re checking in today after a great week. It was a relatively normal week around here as we got back into the groove after our short vacatio… Read More
2019-03-20 10:00
Made with wholesome ingredients and naturally sweetened, these whole wheat chocolate chip sweet potato muffins are perfect for breakfast and make a great grab-and-go snack. Bonus: They&rsquo&hell…Read More
2019-03-18 11:40
Our trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee was a whirlwind. It came together at the last minute — we booked our hotel last Monday — and we made the most of our mini vacation! Early last w… Read More
2019-03-15 11:51
Hi friends! How are you!? I am checking in this morning feeling extra excited about the weekend ahead because we are headed off to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Chase has not stopped talking about… Read More
2019-03-13 09:00
Ever since I became a mother, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to make motherhood easier. Being a mom is my absolute favorite thing in the world but I’m pretty sure there’… Read More
2019-03-08 09:00
Another Friday is here and I am pumped! Woo! I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend ahead, whether it be a whole lot of nothing’ (that counts as amazing plans in my… Read More
2019-03-06 11:49
Hey friends! I hope you’re having a decent week so far. I’m back this morning with another day-in-the-life recap of our day yesterday! Let’s dive right in, shall we? Mornin… Read More
Our Tuesday + Biggest Baby Product Flops
2019-02-27 18:58
Hey, hey! What’s cookin’ with you guys today? I’m checking in this afternoon with a recap of our day yesterday. I managed to snap pics of the madness around here all day lo… Read More
Lemon Sugar Cookie Icebox Cake
2019-02-26 09:00
Tangy, creamy and perfectly sweet, this recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookie Icebox Cake is a no-bake dessert that’s perfect to serve for a special occasion (Easter brunch!) but simple enough… Read More
A Week Of Weeknight Dinners: February
2019-02-25 09:00
Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! How was your weekend? We spent most of our weekend at home in our pajamas tending to Ryder who seemed to catch whatever bug hit me and Chase a week and a… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #269
2019-02-22 09:00
Hey friends! How are you doing today? It was a pretty cold and wet week in Charlotte and it’s looking like the rain will continue through this weekend. While we’re predicted to g… Read More
Ways To Involve Kids In Cooking
2019-02-19 15:19
Right around the time Chase turned two, he began regularly “helping” me in the kitchen. I put the word “helping” in quotations for a reason because his level of actua… Read More
A Weekend With Granddad
2019-02-18 09:00
I cannot tell you how nice it feels to be sitting at my desktop computer right now without feeling nauseated. Last week took a lot out of me and I’m happy to say I think I’m fin… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #268
2019-02-15 09:00
Hi friends! How are you doing? We had quite a week over here. I hoped to share a recap of our weekend and then dive into some random musings from the week on the blog but that clearly didn&r&hell…Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #267
2019-02-08 12:59
Hello, hello! Friday is here! I’ve been looking forward to the weekend all week because Ryan flies home today! He left on Sunday afternoon and traveled out west for a conference for wo… Read More
10 Books I Recently Read And Loved
2019-02-05 16:18
Fellow bookworms, I finally have my followup post from last summer’s roundup of favorite recent reads for you! I’ve had visions of sharing biannual roundups of my favorite books… Read More
2019-02-04 10:00
Hello! Another Monday is here and another weekend came and went in a blur. We had a decent balance of family time, friend time, household chores… The usual weekend checklist! Saturday… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #266
2019-02-01 09:00
Friday is here! Woop woop! How are all of you doing!? It was a cold week here in Charlotte but I know temperatures in the 20s and 30s would be very welcomed in other parts of the country rig… Read More
A Sunny Winter Weekend
2019-01-27 18:36
Our weekend kicked off on an unbelievable note. Both boys — BOTH OF THEM — slept in past 7:30 a.m. Ryan and I couldn’t believe it.  We were on a ridiculously giddy hi… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #265
2019-01-25 09:00
Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! I hope you guys all had a great week. It flew by over here since Chase only had preschool two days this week and we had a bunch of stuff on the agenda so I… Read More
Sadie’s Birthday Weekend
2019-01-21 10:00
This crazy furry lady turned ELEVEN years old on Sunday! I cannot believe Sadie has been in our lives through our engagement, marriage, multiple moves, children and all of the highs and low… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #264
2019-01-18 09:00
Hello, hello! Another Friday is upon us and I am ready for this weekend! We’ll be celebrating someone in our family’s 11th birthday this weekend… Happy (almost) Birthday… Read More
Ryder: 7 Months Old
2019-01-16 09:00
If I thought time was flying in my life before, adding this smiley little dude into our lives has made it pass at warp speed. Can you believe Ryder is (almost) SEVEN months old? Insanity, I… Read More
Collagen Baked Oatmeal
2019-01-14 09:00
This recipe for Collagen Baked Oatmeal is simple, filling and protein-packed. Made with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, it’s an easy recipe to customize and serve… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #263
2019-01-11 09:00
Hello, hello! Happy Friday to all of you! How was your week? I know last week was the first official week of 2019 but this week felt like the real return to normalcy after the holiday season… Read More
First Weekend Of 2019
2019-01-07 10:00
The first weekend of 2019 is in the books and it was a cozy, family-oriented one. We stuck close to home all weekend which was our goal for the past few days since we were dying to get our h… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #262
2019-01-04 10:49
Friday is here! This week felt a little all over the place with New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and no preschool in the mix but it’s Friday nonetheless and the weekend has a… Read More
Top Recipes Of 2018
2019-01-01 13:55
Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am so happy to be back to blogging! I missed chatting with you guys in this space and I am ready to dive back into my usual routine after a little more than a wee… Read More
Christmas 2018
2018-12-26 21:07
Hi friends! How are you guys doing!? I’ve missed checking in with all of you but we’ve been busy soaking up family time over the holidays in Florida. This generally seems to be a… Read More
Twas The Week Before Christmas
2018-12-18 11:34
Is this week an insane one for everyone or what!? The days leading up to Christmas always feel a little chaotic but for whatever reason they feel extra crazy this year. (Is this what having… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #261
2018-12-14 10:00
Another Friday is here and while it’s always nice when the weekend arrives in a flash, I’m kind of wishing this December would slooow down a bit! The holiday season is flying by… Read More
First Snow Of The Season
2018-12-10 10:00
If I could sum up our weekend in one word it would be SNOW! We had our first snow of the season in Charlotte! As the weekend approached, pretty much all anyone could talk about in our area… Read More
PBF Gift Guide: For Her
2018-12-07 09:00
Good morning and happy Friday, my friends! I hoped to get a chance to type up my usual Things I’m Loving Friday post to share with you guys today but time got away from me this week. R… Read More
Beginning Solids With Baby
2018-12-06 11:00
Today on the blog I’m sharing a little bit about how I’ve approached beginning solids with our boys and what plays into my decision about when to start and more. Thank you to Bee… Read More
Oreo Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert
2018-12-04 10:00
Sweet, cold and creamy, this Oreo Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert is a family favorite that pairs perfectly with a warm mug of hot chocolate. Made with crushed Oreo cookies and peppermint ice c… Read More
A Weekend At Great Wolf Lodge
2018-12-03 10:00
We spent the weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina and it was a whirlwind! Though Great Wolf Lodge has been on our radar for a while, this was actually our first experience… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #260
2018-11-30 11:35
Hello and happy last day of November! If I wasn’t already in the holiday spirit, something about the beginning of December always helps push me over the edge and makes me want to liste… Read More
PBF Gift Guide: Under $50
2018-11-28 09:00
Hi friends! It’s that time of year again where gift guides are popping up all over the place. One day I’ll plan ahead and share my gift guides before Black Friday and Cyber Monda… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #259
2018-11-23 09:00
Hi friends! How are you guys!? I hope all my American readers out there had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I cannot believe this is the first time I’m checking in all week. I definitely di… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #258
2018-11-16 10:57
The weekend is here! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this weekend because I booked tickets for me and the boys to fly down to Florida to snuggle with Callie! (We will be staying with my p… Read More
Holiday Cheese Puff Casserole
2018-11-15 12:36
Perfect for a holiday breakfast or special family brunch, this recipe for cheese puff casserole is a savory dish the whole family will love. Made with creamy sharp cheddar cheese and diced h… Read More
Tuesday Happenings
2018-11-14 13:12
Hi friends!! How are you doing today? I am a little more excited for this random Wednesday than usual because we have Chase’s fall feast at his preschool later this morning. He’s… Read More
Pizza, Parties And Family Pics
2018-11-12 10:00
I don’t know about you guys but the weekend went by a little too fast for my liking. Can we rewind and pretend it’s Friday all over again? Friday was a fun one over her… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #257
2018-11-09 10:00
Friday is here! Who else is psyched? We are especially looking forward to the next few days because Ryan is back! He was traveling for work most of this week and didn’t arrive home unt… Read More
Paleo Coconut Crisps
2018-11-07 10:00
This recipe for Paleo Coconut Crisps is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Made with only five ingredients and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, it’s a s… Read More
Laid Back Weekend
2018-11-05 12:25
Hello, hello! What’s going on with you guys today? I hope you all had a good weekend. This probably sounds way too dramatic but I wanted a really low-key weekend because by Friday nigh… Read More
Things I’m Loving Friday #256
2018-11-02 11:33
Hi friends! How are you guys doing? We had quite a week over here but it was filled with good things. On Tuesday, Ryan and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary! (One balloon floated… Read More
Easy Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Corn Chili
2018-10-31 10:00
This recipe for Easy Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Corn Chili is packed with warm Mexican flavors amid a deliciously creamy base. It doesn’t sit heavy in your stomach but manages to fill you… Read More
Trunk Or Treat And A Chili Cook-Off
2018-10-28 19:08
Hi friends! How are you? I hope you are all checking in today in the midst of a great weekend! We drove back to Charlotte from Banner Elk on Friday morning amid lots of rain and fog and spen… Read More

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