Adulting Is Hard

I know Adulting isn't a word, but it should be.  If Parenting is a word, and that involves the act of being a parent, then Adulting should be the act of being an adult.  What does that encompass? All the things. Perhaps it's the almost-end of my pregnancy and the aches and pains my body is enduring as we approach the finish line, or the two kids that know something is up and are not listening, or not wanting to eat dinner, or want to whine for everything.  Perhaps it's the forecasting of our family budget, finding all the ways to be money smart now to help when we send Luke to … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Kids To Sleep Longer…

how to get your kids to sleep longer - blackout curtains

When we purchased this home, we knew it would be our forever home.  We knew that my mom would come live with us, and we knew that the layout was perfect.  Each kid had their own room, and we had pretty decent sleepers.  What we wouldn't realize (due to the time of year we purchased - Fall) was that the larger kid room - Aubrey's - would turn into a sauna during the summer. Each room has big beautiful dual paned windows that let in some great light. Luke's room is located at the back of the home and nuzzled between our bedroom and the living room. His room always stays an even temperature. … [Read more...]

How To Hide You Only Slept 3 Hours

How to hide you only slept 3 hours - L'Oreal Beauty

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LorealBeauty #CollectiveBias   There's a realization coming soon.  The realization that my already choppy sleep will be interrupted even more with the birth of our third baby in November. We're preparing for baby now, and last week we bunked Aubrey and Luke together in her room to leave Luke's old room for the baby.  The transition has gone better than I was worried about except for one thing. When one wakes up crying in the middle of the night - they both wake up.  Meh. … [Read more...]

Prepared Meals – Fresh to Your Door – Freshly Review

Fresh Meals To Your Door - Freshly Review

Freshly was kind enough to send me a start set of 6 meals to try out.  Below is my impression! If you're searching for a company to send fresh meals to someone (new parents, someone recovering from a surgery, a parent who is solo-parenting while the other is on a business trip) - PLEASE read on.  Spoiler alert but I loved the ease of everything that arrived.  Receiving a shipment of food without having to cut, chop, marinate, etc - and heat up in 1-2 minutes is just pure awesomeness. Ok so what is Freshly?  They're prepared meals delivered right to your door.  There's a variety of options … [Read more...]

5 Tips To Grow Your Scentsy Business

Scentsy Consultant - Tips and Tricks

If you found this post by doing a search on how to boost your Scentsy sales, thank you for stopping by! I signed up to be a Scentsy Independent Consultant in July of this year, after many many months of contemplation.  My sponsor, Mary, always checked in with me whenever I or my mom put an order in with her.  You know Melissa, you should really sign up so you can earn commission on this sale!  But, it took until the summer, and when their enrollment kit was on sale for $49, for me to finally jump in. I'm no stranger to starting a business, and no stranger to sales.  I worked in … [Read more...]

DIY Kid Halloween Costume – And How To Style After

Orange Costume - DIY from Gymboree

(This Post Contains Affiliate Links) A few weeks ago, we started talking with the kids about Halloween.  All of a sudden Aubrey announced she wanted to be an orange for it.  I have no idea where that came from, but with 2 days of dress up at Preschool, I figured one outfit could possibly be that of an orange.  But, to make the most of our hard-earned cash, I figured it would be best to create a DIY outfit with regular clothing that can be broken apart to use with other outfits.  Here's some options from Gymboree to give her that orange look.  (she's hilarious, by the way). Orange Bow … [Read more...]

Becoming a Minivan Mom – 2015 Kia Sedona

2015 Kia Sedona Review Minivan Mom

Our family was given the opportunity to drive the 2015 Kia Sedona for a week thanks to DriveShop and Kia Motors. All opinions are mine. Many many years ago, a friend of mine was working for Enterprise (he still does) and I was looking to make the leap from a sedan to an SUV.  I was on a limited budget, but wanted something that was stylish, had lots of features, didn't cost a fortune, and held up well.  Since the rental car market goes through a ton of vehicles a year, I asked him what his thoughts were on different SUVs.  The first thing he told me was to check out the Kia Sorento.  I … [Read more...]

Consciously Being More Productive – CoSchedule Review

Review of CoSchedule

This is an unsolicited review of CoSchedule.  I signed up for a 2 week trial and will be purchasing a discounted paid subscription in exchange for this post.    A year ago, I was manually keeping tabs of all my posts, separated by sponsored and non-sponsored content.  Part of being a successful blogger is having more eyes on your content.  I figured with this monthly reminder of what I had written, I could flip back every now and then and schedule out some tweets or Facebook updates in case someone missed a post, or to capture a new audience. I had some amazing intentions. … [Read more...]

I Survived…And Got A New Do To Celebrate


Jon recently was gone for 2 weeks in Germany.  I was basically radio silent on social media about it all because, safety.  He headed out the first week in August and we both knew it would be difficult but holy cow, at times I couldn't just even. We had the CloudPets Kitty to help send messages to the kids.  Although we learned quickly Aubrey did not handle the bedtime messages well. So we switched to daytime only with it, and that helped a lot.  My mom said Luke would press the paw often while I was at work and Aubrey was at school. Aubrey seemed to handle things well.  But Luke. Luke was … [Read more...]

Date Night With Mommy

Mommy And Me Date - Breyers Gelato Indulgences

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Breyers Gelato Indulgences. All opinions (and Aubrey's) belong to us. If you have multiple kids, you start to realize the importance of spending quality one-on-one time with each of them.  Jon has some activities he does with Luke (like, getting hair cuts. Mainly cuz Luke cries if I go) and I like to have some girlie time with Aubrey.  We went and got her a fancy hair cut at a real salon a few weeks ago, and then recently we went on a movie date.  Summer brings on hot temps, but also gorgeous weather.  Many local parks have music or movies in the … [Read more...]