Finding My Best Self

As a young family, we spent a good part of our formative parenting years living in New York City. I think about our experiences there and refer to them often because of how much we learned through the different perspectives we were given every day. The...


The Clean Team

There are certain things in my life and daily routines that I am pretty good at. I love cooking, baking and preparing meals for my family. I even somewhat enjoy doing dishes and washing clothes, so long as I don’t have to put any of...


A New Solution

Earlier this year, long before I became pregnant with our fifth child, I finally found an exercise routine that I was not only able to commit to but also excited about the process. For weeks I played with different times and days that I would...


Staying Close Through the Holidays

Every year I say I will manage my time better during the holidays. I promise myself I'll get my shopping done early, my holiday cards in the mail, and everything wrapped and ready for Christmas morning. Needless to say, every year I leave large gaping...


Celebrating with our Furry Love

It sounds silly and obvious I’m sure, but when we adopted Theo at 7 weeks old, I had no idea that bringing home a puppy would be so much like bringing another child into the family. He was so young and likely fairly traumatized from...


Decked Out for Christmas

Every year, Christmas has slowly gone from being my least favorite to my most favorite holiday. The uptick began when Jack celebrated his first Christmas at 11 months old. We were living in a tiny apartment while Justin was working full time and completing his...


Sweet, Savvy and Supersized (Plus an Awesome Giveaway!)

It probably sounds silly, but living in New York City taught me how to shop efficiently online. I bought everything from diapers and groceries to setting up and dealing with laundry on the internet. New York City is a great place for shopping for fun...


An Extraordinary Experience on the Islands

The islands of Hawaii are deeply rooted in our story as a family, starting with my marriage. As a child I was fortunate enough to visit one time, and not again until I met my husband. Justin spent his undergraduate years on Oahu while attending...


Sending Love, Personally

As a child, I didn’t spend a lot of time around my immediate family. We lived across the country from my dad, my aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. I developed a fondness as well as a skill of keeping pen-pals with my best friends from...


Important Conversations

Parenting isn’t one of those things that I went into fully prepared for. I hadn’t really thought about what kind of disciplinarian I’d be as a mother, or how often I’d allow sweets in their diet, or how often screen time would be acceptable. I...


Helpers, Big and Small

The pathway through the holidays isn’t always the smoothest journey for our family. For years when we lived in New York City-truly where we spent the majority of our time raising our growing brood-we’d either have visiting family members or we’d spend the holiday by...


Eight Years & Well Rounded

"That attitude and confidence will suit her well when she’s grown,” a stranger called out to me as I struggled with Zoe. Our oldest daughter Zoe has forever been known as our strong-willed, confident and entirely loving child. She learned early on how to express...

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