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Four Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making Plans This Holiday Season

December 10, 2018

Welcome to the happiest/most stressful time of the year! While we are feeling all warm and cozy and sparkly, we might also be running ourselves ragged. Call me crazy, but I have a hunch that some of us are prone to overbooking ourselves this time of year, and making "bucket lists" that are just a little bit too extra. I'm encouraging all of us, myself included, to be a little more cognizant of what we are doing and why. …

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Seven Ways My Parenting Changed With The Last Born

December 5, 2018

If you are a mom of multiple kids, I can almost guarantee you can relate to the shift in parenting style as more children show up on the scene. We all have an idea of how we will be as a mom, and then it changes twenty more times. These are seven ways my parenting changed after having a third baby.…

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The Building That Saved My Life

December 4, 2018

This is a story about the gym. Yes, that kind of gym. The one with treadmills and dumbbells and mirrored walls and group fitness rooms. If you think that this is about to be a story about how my life changed through weight loss or nutrition, it isn’t. Just like lots of busy moms- I have always struggled to make time to get to the gym.…

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Atlanta Family Photography By Miriam Hoffman Photography

October 27, 2018
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It’s that time again! Family photo shoots are buzzing around social media in preparation for Christmas cards and the like. You might remember our past family photos (here and here). Since we are approaching the holidays, I was starting to think about searching Atlanta family photography and then something happened! Atlanta family photography found ME! Ha! But seriously, Miriam reached out to me to see if we could work together on a shoot and I glanced at her feed and…

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My Best Childhood Christmas Memory (And The Toy That Made It)

October 18, 2018

When you think of your favorite Christmas memories, what do you think of? Perhaps, you think of the fidgety nervousness on Christmas Eve when you are trying to fall asleep so Santa will come. Maybe you think of the taste of your favorite Christmas candy or the smell of your Grandparents’ house during holiday dinner. While I have more amazing holiday memories than I can count, I specifically remember a very special Christmas. To this day, I will tell anyone…

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5 Practical Reasons To Use Neutral Nursery Decor

October 13, 2018

Decorating and styling my home has become my very favorite hobby. When I am stressed or need to decompress; organizing/decorating/cleaning is actually my favorite fix. Weird, huh? My friends like to laugh about the fact that most of my home decor is neutral. My husband has even said (on multiple occasions) that my house is “50 Shades of Grey”. All areas of my house are, for the most part, color neutral. It was especially important for me to use Neutral…

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To Grandmother’s House We Go: The Importance Of Children Living Near Their Grandparents

October 5, 2018

Thank you Maxi-Cosi for sponsoring this post. Keep your little adventurers comfy, safe & stylish with the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat! I don’t know about you, but my Grandparents were an integral part of my childhood. Spending time with my Grandmother was my favorite thing in the world and I looked forward to seeing her every weekend. I have joked before that I would have lived with her if I could have, but it isn’t really a…

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The Importance Of Music Lessons For Children (And The Impact Music Has Had On Me)

September 26, 2018

I think I basically came out of the womb into music. My Dad was (and still is) a very talented songwriter and musician. He’s been the lead singer in quite a few successful bands. Fun fact: R.E.M. opened for his band in the 80s. True story. Needless to say, music has always been a huge part of my life. I have always been a Daddy’s Girl, wanting to emulate his talents and skills.…

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Mom Hack: Finding The Best Place For One-Stop Shopping

September 18, 2018

Thank you BJ’s Wholesale Club for sponsoring this post. If you have kids and you don’t buy in bulk, are you even momming? I kid, I kid. But, seriously- it’s Fall, which is undoubtedly our busiest time of year, and I have about a million things on my agenda on any given day. Shopping for necessities should be the last thing to cause a headache. Am I right? Not only that, but I just finished potty training Charlie, which means…

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Is Early Education REALLY Important? Here’s What I Think.

September 13, 2018

Since my oldest is a third grader, I have had a few years of experience with Early Childhood Education. Actually, Grayson was in some form of formal childcare setting since he was only six months old. When Grayson was tiny, I worked full time. It wasn’t even an option to do anything else. He always did well with the structure and organized curriculum of a school setting. I truly believe it helped him to thrive. Charlie and Lincoln have been…

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Learn How To Ditch The Mom Guilt (From A Mediocre Mom)

August 27, 2018

When expecting my first child, I got a lot of advice. Expectant moms are basically flashing red targets for advice, both welcomed and unsolicited. Other, more seasoned mothers have all the tips for sleep training, feeding, and discipline- always accompanied by their own personal anecdotes. The nuggets of wisdom are usually wrapped up in a neat little package of smiles and hope. Naturally, people want to be encouraging and positive. Who wants to put any focus on the rough parts?…

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