As I delve further and further into the world of freelance writing as part of my career, I find myself encountering something that many writers dread: writer's block. And it's honestly one of the most frustrating pieces of my job. Because some days, the creativity just flows, and I feel like I could write fifteen articles in a row, no problem. And then I have days where I really have to push myself to get just one or two pieces done. I've never noticed anything to really "trigger" writer's block Read more [...]

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So my child, my cheeky little 22 month old, has somehow become smarter than I could have ever possibly imagined as an under-two-year-old. I'm not really sure if that's just because I had no idea what to expect, or if he's just incredibly brilliant. But I'm going with the latter because...duh, I'm his mom. And don't all moms think their kid is basically the smartest thing since sliced bread? Anyway, the kid is brilliant, I swear. By 15 months, he figured out how to take apart our dining room Read more [...]

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Since we lost our baby, I’ve become a better mom.

I realized something the other day. And it's not something that made me feel like the most incredible person on the planet, to say the least. Since we lost Addison, I've become a better mom. Breathe that in for a second. It kind of hurts your heart, doesn't it? At least, it hurts mine. Don't get me wrong - I was a great mom to Ricky before any of this happened. And I can honestly say that without getting a big head, despite how it sounds. But when we lost our baby girl, our whole world got Read more [...]

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Losing the Baby Weight: Let’s Get Real

Can we just be real about this for a second? Losing the weight after your second baby is SO MUCH HARDER than it is after your first. After Ricky was born, I fit into my jeans about six weeks after he was born. Sure, things were still pretty jiggly. But I could zip up my jeans with no muffin top. This time around, it's been nearly twelve weeks. I'm still using a rubberband to get my jeans to fit correctly. And pulling the rubberband trick when there's no baby in the belly definitely doesn't feel Read more [...]

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ChooseCartons contacted me a couple of weeks ago to share an initiative that they're running during the month of July to help raise awareness about recycling and food packaging - while planting trees at the same time. Being a household that's pretty good about recycling (we try our best!) and choosing the eco-friendly option, it seemed like a pretty cool campaign to participate in. Please note that I was compensated for participating in this campaign. They also planted a tree for me. And they'll Read more [...]

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My Kids Interrupted My Life

I never planned on having kids. You can read a bit of my story on that topic here. I didn't think I'd be a good mom. I'm independent. I like "me time." I like to do what I wanna do when I wanna do it. Selfish? Yes. That's why I didn't really want children. The universe is funny, though, and through the power of birth control gone wrong, I now find myself the mom of Lillian and Levi who were born 355 days apart. My kids interrupted my life. They changed the path I was on and the course Read more [...]

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We Keep Moving.

Last night I had a mini breakdown. And what triggered it made me feel so guilty. I saw all of these beautiful pregnant mamas all over my Facebook feed. And that's when it hit me: I should be 36 weeks pregnant. I should be glowing and happy and getting ready to deliver my baby in just a few short weeks via c-section. August 19th. That's when it was scheduled for. I thought that the more time passed from losing Addison would make this cross easier to bear. But it doesn't. So many of you have Read more [...]

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