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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 #509
2024-04-12 09:00
Hello, hello! Friday is here and we are ready for it! Our big plans for the day aren’t anything crazy but they’re certainly something we’re looking forward to later this af… Read More
Picture An Hour: April 2024
2024-04-10 12:00
Hey friends! How are ya? Anyone in the mood for a day-in-the -life blog post today? I hope so because I am coming at you with a glimpse into our Tuesday through photos this morning. It was a… Read More
Sarasota With Kids: What We Did
2024-04-08 09:00
Hello, hello! Spring break is officially over and all three boys are back in school today… for some of the day. Anyone else have little ones who have a half day or even a canceled sch… Read More
How To Make Salmon Bites
2024-04-01 09:00
It’s no secret I am a seafood lover through and through. If I could eat seafood in some form every single day I would. My dad loves to tell stories about how I used to order steamed cl… Read More
2024-03-22 13:52
Friday is here! Hooray! How are you guys? Did you have a good week? We had a fairly typical week over here and are looking forward to the weekend. We have friends in town visiting us through… Read More
2024-03-20 11:01
Easter is less than two weeks away and our family is already getting excited! We’ll be celebrating in Sarasota with Ryan’s mom and Les this year and are counting down the days un… Read More
2024-03-18 12:14
Hey friends! How are you? I hope you’re checking in after a fun-filled, relaxing weekend! Our weekend began on a wet and soggy note with non-stop rain on Friday but that didn’t s… Read More
2024-03-15 09:00
Hi, hi! How are you! How was your week? I am personally a little extra happy it’s Friday because Ryan returns from India late this evening! He’s been gone for nine days on a work… Read More
2024-03-13 11:12
Today’s blog post is all about Burn Boot Camp! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m a Burn Boot Camp super fan. I’ve been attending camps multi… Read More
2024-03-08 14:28
Hi and Happy Friday to Y-O-U! How was your week? It seems like a lot of people were out on spring break last week but our boys don’t have spring break until the end of the month so it… Read More
2024-03-06 11:46
Hey friends! I’m coming at you with a day-in-the-life blog post today. I managed to snap enough pictures to recap our Tuesday yesterday so let’s dive in! Tuesday  My alarm w… Read More
2024-03-04 16:23
It was another whirlwind weekend marked by travel for me but it was such a wonderful one because it included lots of quality time with my mom’s side of the family. My mom, sister and n… Read More
2024-03-01 13:19
Hey friends! How are ya? How was your week? My week flew by but I suppose that’s how things go when travel sandwiches the weekdays. After arriving back in town on Monday afternoon, the… Read More
2024-02-23 09:00
Our whole family is back under one roof and it feels wonderful! Ryan and the big kids arrived home from Park City on Wednesday and they were all what I’ll call exhausted-excited after… Read More
2024-02-21 12:48
Hi! Hi! How are ya? How is your week going so far? It’s another funky week for the Fagan fam from a scheduling perspective (days off from school, travel for me on Friday) which is kind… Read More
2024-02-19 09:00
It’s been years since I made any tangible new year’s resolutions. To be honest, it’s been years since I gave any real overarching goals a lot of thought. I’m not sure… Read More
2024-02-16 14:43
Now THAT was a fast week! With Chase out of school on Monday and the little guys out yesterday and today, it felt like a funky week in our house schedule-wise but we made it through. The wee… Read More
2024-02-12 09:00
We’re baaack! Ryan and I arrived home on Friday after a whirlwind three days in Las Vegas! (Skirt: Revolve / Boots: Jessica Simpson / Top: Talulah / Purse: Marc Jacobs but old / Heart… Read More
2024-02-07 13:27
Hello from Las Vegas! Ryan and I left for the Charlotte airport just after lunchtime yesterday and arrived in Las Vegas a little before 6 p.m. thanks to a three-hour time difference that wo… Read More
2024-02-05 09:00
Kindly disregard the fact that the last couple of days of this January edition of my “Week of Workouts” series actually took place in February please! I still wanted to squeeze i… Read More
2024-02-02 18:37
Good morning, friends! Happy Friday to Y-O-U! I hope your week was a good one and that you’re going into the weekend looking forward to the next couple of days. We have a quieter weeke… Read More
2024-01-31 12:17
We’re halfway through the week already and it’s been a good one over here so far. After a wonderful weekend in the mountains with friends (more on that below), we began the week… Read More
2024-01-29 11:55
I’ve never kept track of all the books I’ve read or done much other than fly through novels and share them with you guys on the blog (usually in a Things I’m Loving Friday… Read More
2024-01-26 14:11
Hello and Happy Things I’m Loving Friday #500! What in the world!? It’s crazy how time flies and it’s crazy to me that I’ve sat down at my computer and typed up 500 b… Read More
2024-01-24 12:47
Hey friends! How are you? How is your week going so far? It’s been a hot second since I’ve sat down and recapped a day in the life post to share with you guys but I made it a poi… Read More
2024-01-19 12:07
Friday is here! Ryan and I are right on the cusp of a decent amount of travel and after spending time away from home last weekend in Orlando, we intentionally built a weekend with no plans i… Read More
2024-01-12 14:52
Today is a day filled with anticipation in our house because we are on the cusp of something magical! We are flying to Orlando, Florida first thing tomorrow for a long weekend away at Disney… Read More
2024-01-10 09:00
The beginning of a new year is always when I try to spend a little more time diving into the analytics behind this blog to see what you like to read, what recipes you like to make and what s… Read More
2024-01-08 09:00
Something about the beginning of a new year had me feeling extra motivated in the kitchen. I kicked off 2024 with a little meal planning (one of my big goals for the new year is to do MORE o… Read More
2024-01-05 14:08
Things took a sharp turn in our house from the last time I checked in. We went from being all excited to return to school and get back into a routine after winter break to 102-degree fevers… Read More
2024-01-03 13:10
Hi friends! How are you? How is 2024 treating you so far? I thoroughly enjoyed some time completely away from the blog and social media over the past week or so and hope you were able to unp… Read More
2023-12-23 11:49
It’s that time of year again! The end of every year / the beginning of a new year is always when I like to take a look back over the past year and examine my analytics behind the scene… Read More
2023-12-22 14:29
The final few days before Christmas are here and we are feeling the madness in our house! We’re doing our best to couple downtime at home with the local holiday activities we love so m… Read More
2023-12-20 12:26
Hello friends! How are you? How are you handling the craziness of the holiday season? As of this afternoon all of our boys are done with school until after the new year and we are ready for… Read More
2023-12-18 09:00
Hello friends and Happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a good weekend and aren’t feeling too frazzled in the midst of the holiday season right now. I am popping in this morning to s… Read More
2023-12-15 14:51
Hey friends! How are ya? How is your week going? Our week passed by in a blur of pediatrician visits (for Ryder — he’s thankfully better now), school performances (so cute), holi… Read More
2023-12-13 12:36
Hi friends!! This month’s edition of “Week of Weeknight Meals” is a little different. I snapped pictures periodically this month but, admittedly, kept forgetting to take pi… Read More
2023-12-11 09:00
On Saturday morning, as we all dug into breakfast, we asked the boys, “Would you like to do something Christmasy today or would you like to go to Repticon?” Their very fast, very… Read More
2023-12-08 13:58
Good morning! It’s feeling a little jollier than usual over here because Mae is in town! My mom arrived on Wednesday because we had an extra ticket for The Polar Express on Thursday ni… Read More
2023-12-05 11:38
The trickiest gift guide of the holiday season is here! The gift guide I share with gift ideas for men is always the most challenging gift guide for me to create every year. Thankfully I hav… Read More
2023-12-01 13:41
Happy first day of December from our Elf on the Shelf! Fisbee is back and the boys are psyched! Honestly, I think I like this crazy elf tradition as much as the boys for the first week or t… Read More
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

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