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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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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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Life Lately: 4th of July, Cinema In The Street, A Baby Camel, & Nature Walks

Posted in Life Lately
on August 20, 2017

Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by?  I can hardly believe that September is around the corner.  This has been a different summer for us.  Adam’s uncle passed away in June, and it kind of rocked the whole family.  This summer we’ve tried to continue doing activities that we know and love, because we know Uncle Doug would want us too.  Even though most days I’m sure we’d rather just lay around the house and be sad.

Here’s some of our happenings over the last few weeks.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as possible too!

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10 Must-Have Items You’ll Need When Taking Your Newborn Baby Home

Posted in New Mommy Series
on July 19, 2017
Newborn Must Haves

Having a brand new baby is one of the most exciting, meaningful times of your life.  After working with thousands of mommies and babies over the last 10 years, I know that there are several items that moms say they wished they’d had when they took their babies home.  These 1o simple ideas will be life-savers for your first-time moms.  These are baby-tested and mom-approved!  Enjoy!

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The Dog Bowl, Glow Balloons, & Bubble Tea- Our Memorial Day Weekend in Frankenmuth

Posted in Life Lately
on June 29, 2017

I love going to the Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn every Memorial Day weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Frankenmuth is like Michigan’s own “little bravaria”.  When you drive into town it feels as though you’ve just driven into the German hillside.  There are cheese shops, famous fried chicken, the Bavarian Belle, shops, & lots of fun activities throughout the year.

Memorial Day Weekend up in Frankenmuth is like a big giant kick-off to summer for us, & I’d love to share it with you.

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Ultimate Guide To Summer Fun: 80+ Activities, Crafts, Games, & Treats

Posted in Family Traditions, Pinterest Projects
on June 8, 2017

 Is it just me, or is it hard to believe summer vacation is right around the corner?  Doesn’t it just feel like the year is flying by?  Well, in preparation for summer break, I’ve compiled the Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun for you here today with over 80 activities, games, treats, & crafts to do with your kids this summer.

Who’s ready to dive in? {Pun intended!}

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Infertility Story: Our 7 Year Journey

Posted in About Stephanie, Infertility, Inspiration
on May 22, 2017
naturally & beat infertility...

Today I’d love to share with you our infertility journey.  This journey is still ongoing, as we are still waiting for our “little blessings”.  Although, our journey has been a long one (7+ years), we have learned so many amazing lessons along the way.

If you are in the process of “trying” to have a baby, or are knee-deep in fertility treatments, we understand what you’re going through.  The process can be intrusive, unromantic, & extremely stressful.

Here’s our infertility journey including all the personal details that I know you’d be interested in (wink wink!), plus 7 Ways To Get Pregnant Naturally including some of my favorite fertility products.  So, here goes…

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Life Lately: The March for Babies at Kensington Metropark

Posted in Family Traditions, Inspiration, Life Lately
on May 20, 2017

Every year, we do the March of Dimes March for Babies.  My youngest niece, Brianna, was born 6 weeks early.  She is a happy healthy NICU graduate, which we are extremely thankful for.  However, every year we meet families who were not able to take their babies home.

It is an emotional day that allows us to pay tribute to that scary time in our lives & be thankful once again that Bri is a feisty, smart 4th grader….

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A Mother’s Day Giveaway with Lemongrass Spa

Posted in Likes & Links
on April 27, 2017
Safe, Natural, Organic Spa Products Review & Giveaway

Boy, do I have a treat for you!  My friend Tiffany introduced me to Lemongrass Spa products recently, and I completely fell in love!  These beauty products are organic and natural, & made from “beneficial botanicals and plant extracts”.  They are also gluten-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free.  Basically, these products are safe and luxurious, and I can’t get enough of them.

So, as a surprise to my readers, we are offering a special Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway including some of my favorite Lemongrass Spa Products….the charcoal facial mask, the midnight orchid body polish, the coconut body icing, and the lavender vanilla mineral bath soak.

{Instructions on how to enter this giveaway included in this post.  Good Luck & Happy Pampering!}

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