Luminous Nights: Chinese Lanterns Date Night At The Toledo Zoo

Posted in Life Lately
on October 16, 2017

Just the other night, my sweet hubby surprised with an amazing Date Night.  He whisked me off to the Toledo Zoo for the Luminous Nights, a Chinese Lantern extraordinaire.  Toledo Zoo is only the second zoo in the entire world to offer this beautiful spectacle of color and glowing light, and I am so thankful we got to see it.

If you live in the area, a trip to The Toledo Zoo for Luminous Nights is definitely worth the drive.  I feel so #blessed to live close enough to the Toledo Zoo. It’s an amazing place to visit for the entire family.

I can’t wait to share this awesome Date Night with you.  Let’s go…

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Coping With Miscarriage & Loss: The Story Of Our Angel Baby

Posted in Babies, Infertility, Inspiration, Motherhood
on October 15, 2017

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  It is a day where moms all across the globe unite to honor our babies that have gone too soon.  We light a candle and remember the babies who are in Heaven, and pray for their families back here on earth.

I’d love to share with you the story of our angel baby.  Miscarriage and loss is never easy to talk about.  But, I am here to scream it from the rooftops, that you are not alone on this journey, dear friend.

Here is the story of our sweet angel who I can’t wait to meet one day, and how we learned to cope with loss.

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5 Simple Ways To Prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Today

Posted in Babies, Baby Care, Baby Gear, Motherhood, New Mommy Series
on October 13, 2017

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is every parents worst nightmare.  But, what if there were 5 Simple Ways To Prevent SIDS that you could begin doing today?  Well, look no further, friend.  Today I’ll share with you 5 ways to easily and quickly prevent SIDS and give you piece of mind every time to lay your little one down to sleep.

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5 Things I Learned About Marriage From Chip & Joanna Gaines

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Home Decor, Inspiration, Motherhood
on September 28, 2017

Binge watching ‘Fixer Upper’ on Saturday mornings has become a new favorite in our home.  Even my husband watches the show with me!!  He and I both get a kick out of Chip’s shenanigans, and I’m practically drooling by the end of each show looking at Jo’s beautiful designs.

Chip and Jo Jo are definitely #marriagegoals, aren’t they?  I love how they can be goofy with each other, yet parent their children gracefully and run an enormous business together flawlessly.

I think Joanna and I would be quick friends, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve day dreamed of sitting on their farmhouse porch, sipping sweat tea with her, devouring some cupcakes, and talking about everything home and family.  And, in this elaborate day-dream, I see Chip and Adam wrangling the cattle out in the pasture…Adam getting his inner cowboy on.  Those 2 goofballs would be knee-deep in mud, while Joanna and I shared stories around her kitchen island with subway tile and greenery in the background.

I guess I’ve thought about this more than I realized!  Ha!

This adorable family has graced our television so often, that they feel like close friends. So, it’s no surprise that when I heard this week that this upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be their last, I was sad.  Actually, ‘sad’ is an understatement.

But, if there’s anything that we have learned from Chip & Jo, it would be that family comes first.  Not even a popular HGTV show will cause them to compromise their family values.  And, I don’t know about you, but for me it just causes me to love them more.

So, today I’d love to share with you 5 Things I Learned About Marriage from this amazing, God-fearing couple.  What a powerful testimony our marriage can be…

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Life Lately: The Escape Room, Crack Fries, & Michigan’s State Fair

Posted in Life Lately
on September 28, 2017

Our Summer has been filled with many new adventures that I’ll share with you today.  We loved our quadruple date night out with friends at The Escape Room.  Did we make it out alive?  Well, you’re just going to have to continue reading to find out…or check my Instagram account!  Ha!

We also went to the Michigan State Fair this year at its new location in Novi, and tried a couple of new restaurants.

So, without further adieu, let’s dive right in to what our life’s been like lately…

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Ellie’s Story: A Message of Hope & Faith for NICU Families

Posted in Babies, Motherhood
on September 10, 2017

Today I’ve invited my friend, Melissa, to share the incredible story of her baby girl Ellie.  From day one, Ellie has had a special purpose, and her story is beyond incredible. Quite simply, you are about to read a miracle.  

If you or a close friend or family member have ever experienced what it’s like to have a baby in the NICU, then you know how just stressful it can be.  Melissa shares how she and her husband chose faith over fear in the face of death.  This story is raw, emotional, and powerful.  I love these brave mama friends of mine that are willing to share their hearts and advice with you all.

It’s a powerful thing when momma’s work together and encourage one another, isn’t it?  Melissa not only shares her heart-wrenching first days with Ellie, but also some amazing words of encouragement for all NICU moms.

We hope that this post encourages NICU families to continue having faith and hope, even in the midst of dark days.  We pray that  families facing uncertainty feel the same unexplainable peace that Melissa and her family felt.

I’m so excited to share Melissa’s words with you.  Here is Ellie’s Story…

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25 Must-Have Accessories For The Erin Condren Life Planner

Posted in Likes & Links, Organization
on September 5, 2017

My family and friends know that I love, love, LOVE my Erin Condren Life Planner.  I use mine almost like a scrapbook.  I decorate it with stickers, lots of color, pictures, ticket stubs, and more.  Using Erin Condren’s Life Planner has helped me organize my entire life and be way more productive.

Today I’d love to share with you 25 of my favorite accessories for the Life Planner that I use every single day.  These accessories are definitely worth the money.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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5 Simple Ways To Live Hygge For Busy Moms

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Motherhood, Organization
on September 3, 2017

I have been reading a lot lately about the Danish tradition of Hygge, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the concept.  Just in case you’ve never heard of Hygge before, Hygge is best defined as,

“the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; to create well-being, connection, and warmth; a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; celebrating every day.”

Doesn’t that describe what we all want in our life, and isn’t it really your main goal as a mom?  To create meaningful memories and traditions; build a cozy, creative home for your family; & be able to cherish moments with your family each and every day?

Well, today I’m going to give you 5 Action Steps you can take today to be on your Hygge-living way!

Let’s get started….

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25 Adorable Halloween Costumes For Babies

Posted in Babies, Motherhood
on August 29, 2017

Is there anything cuter than chubby little babies dressed up for Halloween?  I don’t think so either.  And, in celebration of the fall season that is right around the corner, I’m going to share with you today several of the cutest, most adorable baby Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen.

Some of these adorable costumes include DIY instructions, and some you can easily buy with the links provided.  And, some include special ways to decorate your stroller or wagon too!

Get ready for cuteness overload!  Enjoy!  And, Happy early Halloween!

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Blogging Behind The Scenes: July Blog Progress Report

I’d like to share with you the behind the scenes operation of starting a blog and maintaining it.  I’m hoping that eventually this little blog of mine will be my business.  But, that is still in the works, and I am still focusing on writing good content and building an email list of friends and fans…known as Frans! 🙂

If you have a blog, or having always wanted to start one, my hope is that this post and all my Blogging Posts will help you as you build and start your blogs.  So, let’s get started…

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