Life Lately

Typical me *comes up with huge, unrealistic expectations for myself* *fails miserable at achieving them*. I knew blogging daily or close to it wouldn't last long, it's been over a month since my last general life happenings post, but it is what it is! Life is absolutely crazy lately and by the time both girls are in bed the only energy I have left goes towards tucking myself into bed. 

Is a Cricut Joy a Good Holiday Gift?

 This post is in partnership with Cricut, all opinions are 100% my own. Contains affiliate links.

Lessons From My Dad

May 5th, October 1st, October 18th, November 28th, December 5th

The worst days of my life. We’ve passed the one year mark, even two years, for most of these, but today is the worst one. The day we lost my dad. I have pages and pages of sadness written out. Trying to explain how I feel, how grief feels, trying to make others understand. But no matter how sad my story is and no matter how well I explain what grief is like, until you experience it you won’t know. So I changed my mind on what I want to say on this one year anniversary of the worst day of my life, I want to tell you about my Dad.

Gift Guide - Small Businesses

small business gift guide

I’m excited to be sharing my first gift guide of 2020 with you! It seems very fitting that this would be for small businesses! I think it’s important to support small businesses year-round but especially during the holidays. Typically we are all guilty of turning to Amazon because it’s quick and easy and usually the price is right. But aren’t there so many times you wish you could find the perfectly fitting, unique gift for someone? Small businesses are great for that! The easiest way to find a small business to support is to search for what you’re looking for on Etsy.

Cricut Joy Holiday Gift Idea - Girl Dad Shirt

Can you believe it’s already time to really get going on holiday shopping? Where did this year go?! I’m excited to be partnering with Cricut on this blog post to bring you a gift idea for the Girl Dad in your life.

Why I Went Dairy Free + My Favorite Dairy Free Finds

Dairy free snacks, dairy free desserts

If you’ve been following me on Instagram stories then you know I have been dairy free for quite a few months now. We pretty quickly realized that Georgia was having some issues (mucus in her poop, sorry TMI  but I get questions about it!) and that cutting out dairy was the solution. 

If you think your baby may have a dairy intolerance I definitely recommend working with your pediatrician to figure it out. Dairy is tricky and can take 3+ weeks to fully get out of your system so it’s not something you can easily try and see if it helps. 

To My 2020 Baby

To My 2020 Baby,

This year is one for the history books. It will be one that everyone remembers but I’m afraid they won’t be looking back with fondness. 2020 is the year that everyone wants to end, the year that everyone wants to forget. 

Pumpkin Carving, Teething?, and Mom Guilt

Well Georgia didn’t go to bed until after 9 last night so writing a blog post just wasn’t in the cards after that. Yesterday was a great day though so I still want to have a post for it, so here we are! 

In the morning Brian watched both girls while I had some kid-free time with my momma. We’ve been able to do this a few times and it is so wonderful! I enjoy the break and even though I see my mom nearly every day we always have the girls so we can’t really talk, so the quality time just us is so special. 

The Pumpkin Patch Saga

About a month into fall we finally made it to a pumpkin patch! It was only 85 degrees and blindingly sunny but we did our best to imagine what fall might feel like if we actually had a fall here in Florida.

So today was quite the adventure. Brian took the day off work and we were going to go to a local farm that has a pumpkin patch, sunflower fields, and other fall activities. We’ve been planning this for over a week now but of course I had to go and mess it up. You have to buy tickets to the farm, which I completely forgot about until Brian reminded me last night at about 11PM and at that point they were sold out for today. 

A Surprise for Avery

Oh today was a good day! It was just me and my girls all day and they were both just so good and Avery was extra sweet. My heart feels so full tonight! 

I started the day in the same outfit I’ve worn for the last two but decided since I had some sponsored insta stories to share I should probably change - ha! Avery happened to be wearing her Castle Home T so I surprised her by changing into mine. It’s so cute how little things like that get kids so excited!

Trying Something New...

For far too long now my blog has been on the back burner. Instagram has been at the forefront when it comes to my content and I declared 2020 to be ‘the year of YouTube’, leaving my blog a bit lacking in terms of new posts. 

Lately Instagram has just been absolutely terrible to me (and many other creators). My posts and stories are not shown to much of my audience, and it seems the harder I try, the less and less I get. So I am re-thinking where my priority should lie. I’ve always known that my blog should be my #1, because Instagram could up and disappear at any time (unlikely I know but it could happen). But as my audience has grown on Instagram and daily stories are so easy to do, it has just become my go-to and the place my audience knows they can always find me. 

Mommy + Me Matching Lilly Pulitzer Outfits

This weekend I finally got myself and the girls into our first matching Lilly Pulitzer outfits! I bought these well before Georgia was born and I guess I didn’t anticipate her being such a tiny nugget because it’s already fall and she just now fits into the dress! But luckily the Florida weather makes these outfits still very much appropriate. 

3 Beginner Projects with Cricut Joy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring today's post! As some of you may know I started my blogging journey as a craft blogger (head over here if you want to see some amateur work lol) so this collaboration is a dream for me! This post contains affiliate links. As always all opinions are 100% honest and my own, and I only work with brands I 100% believe in! 

Who is ready for a little craft time? Since we've all been spending more time at home than ever before it's the perfect time to pick up a new (or bring back an old) hobby. I'm going to share with you 3 step by step tutorials for projects I made with my Cricut Joy machine. Whether you're a Cricut veteran or are brand new to the machine, I think you'll be able to handle these with ease!

How To Find Coordinating Family Outfits

Thank you to Burkes Outlet for sponsoring today’s post. Since I haven’t been going out much at all due to concerns around the coronavirus, I did all my shopping online at and you can expect the same great prices and quality items as you can find in store. I will also say that I was pleasantly surprised with the shipping speed! My order arrived within 2 days of ordering!

If you know me then you know I love pictures (and videos) of my family! As much as I share online, I take even more than I show! While our kids are little I have made it a priority to do family photos frequently, which can get pricey when you’re talking coordinating outfits, photographer, etc. We usually get a professional photographer once a year and use a tripod and our own camera for the other times, but that’s for a whole other post! Today let’s focus on outfits for the whole family, without breaking the bank!

At Home Newborn Photoshoot | Tips and Tricks

Newborn photography tips

Baby Georgia is here! In case you are not following along on Instagram (which if you’re not you’re missing out on a lot of newborn cuteness!) I’m thrilled to announce the birth of our second daughter, Georgia Anne.

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week - Pregnancy and Grief

This week is maternal mental health awareness week and as someone who follows a lot of other mamas, it has been at the forefront of my social media. Though the main focus seems to be around things like postpartum depression and anxiety related directly to motherhood, it has still brought up a lot of emotions in me related to grief and how motherhood has affected my grief journey.

Dear Avery...

I wrote a letter to my baby girl still growing inside me, so I wanted to write one to her big sister too.

Dear Avery,

I haven’t even started writing and my eyes are already filing with tears. Our world is about to change in a big way and I just wanted to write you a note to remember these last days and weeks where you’re my only child. 

What's In My Hospital Bag? Free Printable Checklist

If you haven't already, be sure to check out my "What's In My Hospital Bag" video on YouTube!

Maternity Photos with Toddler

family maternity photos toddler

The world is so crazy right now, and my life is kind of on tilt at the moment on top of that, so getting the photos back from my maternity photo session was a serious mood booster! We moved our session up by a week because as things started to get crazy with the coronavirus I was getting nervous that we may not get to do them. Thank goodness that worked out because sure enough a stay at home order was in place by the time our original session day rolled around.

Dear Baby Girl...

mama tee, baby bump, third trimester

Dear Baby Girl, my second daughter, the missing piece of my heart, someday I'll tell you the story of the time you spent in my belly, and how you kept me afloat through many seasons of drowning.

8 Ways To Use Puzzles (Besides The Obvious)

Toady I was shopping for a few new puzzles for Avery (specifically a lower case letter puzzle and a numbers 1-20 puzzle) and came across one of the puzzles that she's loved since she was about 18 months old. I had the idea for this blog post when we first got the puzzle but never got around to it, but today I saw the puzzle is just over $5 now! So I decided I better tell you guys about it!

Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

Lately I have been seeing a lot of talk around capsule wardrobes again (they were really big a few years back) and I, being pregnant, decided that a maternity capsule wardrobe would be a great idea!

Watch the YouTube video (with try-on) here!