Home, Lifestyle, Soul Food

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I love my crew of girl friends, they are smart, funny, loyal, and sharp as hawks — and they totally called me out about my instagram posts looking altogether too pretty.

You see, they know the state of my kitchen, and no, it’s not perfectly picked up and organized and shining. They know the state of my house, God love them, and they KNOW I picked things up in that one little corner of the house before that photo was snapped. So that little square frame that you see on instagram looks effortless, but really it was me rushing around sweating and pushing toys and dishes and who knows what else to the side, to get that one pretty little shot.

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Decor, Home, Lifestyle

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I don’t know how things are going for the rest of you are with your grand plans of getting your toddler to sleep in their own room at night, but my plans are basically NOT working at all. In all honesty, I guess I haven’t put much effort into the transition because, well, I don’t know if he will be my last baby and so why should I be in a hurry to kick him out of our bedroom?

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Home, Kids, Lifestyle

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Cal is now at the age where he totally gets what this Christmas thing is all about and it’s SO fun to see the magic through his eyes. I, on the other hand, feel the pressure to figure out what is going to be OUR family holiday traditions going forward, now that he can really understand and remember this stuff.

My parents never told us about Santa Clause because they said they didn’t want us to feel like they had lied to us. I was the type of kid that would have LOVED a few harmless lies, especially one as golden as a bearded jolly man bringing presents down chimneys. I was more upset that I wasn’t lied to about Santa! It felt like I missed out on going to the Prom or something, (which actually did happen, but that’s a story for another day). 🙂

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Decor, Home

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We bought our home in late 2014 while I was about 5 months pregnant with Cal — so we had only a small window of opportunity to get remodel work done before he was due. As any mother can attest, that nesting instinct is STRONG — you really get antsy when you have remodel projects pending.

There were a lot of things to do when we moved into the house but for the sake of timing, we decided to tackle the projects in two phases. In Phase 1 we did the kitchen, guest room and powder bath, and in Phase 2, we all lived in the guest room while re-doing the entire upstairs which included creating a new bedroom, a new bathroom, moving the laundry room to a different floor, and giving the master bathroom a major facelift.

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