Discover Me Challenge: 3 - If I Could Travel Through Time...


Imagine, if you will, that you have a time machine. This time machine can take you to any period in time - past or future. You can only use your time machine once, to get to your destination and to return (if you so choose to return!).

What period in time would you visit? What would you do there? Why does this period in time call to you?

Would you return?

“Shh! Listen! Someone’s coming! I think — I think it might be us!” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

next prompt will be posted Oct. 13th


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To participate, just write a post on your personal blog/site and linkup below!!

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Wordless Wednesday 9/28



Wordless Wednesday... the sweet things...

Vegan, GF, Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Toys, toys everywhere but the box is just so much more fun!

It's all about these two ladies (bff's in the making!)

Moral Support


p.s. The recipe for those AMAZING pumpkin spice waffles above can be found over at: Delightful Adventures. Enjoy!! xo
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DMC 2 - When I Grow Up


Once upon a time, I was a relentless dreamer. I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to be a famous journalist, a children's book writer, a poet, and I was going to marry Christian Slater. Yup, I did say that I was a dreamer.

Though some of my plans fell through, I am not yet done with my dreams. They have changed slightly but I do still have a love for creative writing. Christian Slater, however, will have to understand that I've moved on. Sorry, Chris...

Today, I still do a lot of exploring and learning. You'd think at 39, I would already have the big question figured out but the truth is, I don't. I know that being a SAHM and wife are incredible blessings and I can't imagine putting anything else before being at home, teaching and eventually homeschooling my child. So, I guess you could just say that I want to be a teacher when I grow up. But I also want to be a few other things.

I have long considered studying massage and holistic medicine. This is something I bring up to my husband at least a few times a month. I've thought of going to classes, getting certifications, and possibly opening my own practice so I would still be able to "mom" full time. This is a huge dream but so darn interesting and exciting.

Anything is possible.

Then there are days where I want to study nutrition. Now, this is something very personal to me, as I've adopted a mostly plant based diet and have seen incredible improvements in my overall health. Because of my personal struggles with food (and there were very many), I want to learn more and share with others. Food doesn't have to be complicated. I am finally getting this. So many people have yet to. That's where I want to help.

Anything is possible.

I am pretty sure that I've made my final dream pretty obvious... I'd love to be a creative writer when I grow up. I want to write those children's books. My love for writing poetry remains. I enjoy creating the scene, the characters, the story and especially the mood. I love books and I would love to see my name on the cover of one, one day.

Anything is possible.

I guess you could say that I am still a bit of a relentless dreamer...

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4 Fab Faves for Friday

This week I am really loving...

I can't even wrap my head around how much "stuff" we have scattered all over the place with the little one! Lucky me, I was able to get my hands on these fabulous Jute Storage Totes from Ziggy Baby. They are completely different from my other totes, as they aren't just fabric covered cardboard sides and bottom. These are actually made from jute (burlap) with a waxy interior that makes them easy to clean and waterproof. They are super sturdy and they look pretty darn good, too!
Ziggy Baby Jute Storage Totes


OK... I'm kinda in love with my Skechers Memory Foam Slip On shoes. I needed something that was comfy and versatile and in brown. I am on my feet A LOT and so my shoes need to be able to provide support for this busy momma. I honestly wasn't expecting to love these so much (because I am ridiculously picky) but... YES. I love these and they are cute!
Skechers Memory Foam Slip On Moccasins 

Ok, so when I was pregnant with my little one, I needed a hospital bag for all my stuff. I knew I would be staying a few nights, so a bigger bag was necessary. I carry a lot of stuff on the regular but this is special occasion stuff, right?! Anyway, I searched high and low before I settled on a very inexpensive weekender bag from Wild Pair. This bag is pretty darn big (HUGE) but it's also super cute. I can't help myself - I loved it so much that now I use it as a crossbody, everyday type bag. It's perfect for all the "mom stuff" I tote around. Just throw a wristlet in it for quick runs inside a store and anything else you can think of. My husband calls it the Mary Poppins bag. Yup. It's big. Oh, and it gets compliments allll the time. I love this bag.
Wild Pair Canvas Weekender

It finally happened! We got our first tooth on the 21st! Of course, now I am all about mini me's dental hygiene. You gotta start them straight away!!! I went with Dr. Brown's Infant to Toddler Toothbrush and Toothpaste Combo because we seem to do so well with the Dr. Brown bottles and nipples. It's a brand we really trust. Well, it was a good pick. My little one seems to really like the sensation of the brush on her sensitive gums and new sparkly tooth and the flavor of the paste isn't bad either! What I love is that the brush isn't just fun to look at but it is also practical and made well. The little elephant brush stands upright on its own and has soft bristles. This is a great first toothbrush set!
Dr. Brown's Infant to Toddler Combo


I can't believe how quickly the week flew by... a late TGIF to you. Happy Weekend!! 


In the spirit of full disclosure, this post does use affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from the affiliate companies or campaigns from the links provided. 
Please know that I will only recommend products that I have tested and love. 
Ziggy Baby provided the Jute Storage Totes at no charge for an honest review. All other products listed were bought and paid for by me. My opinions are in no way influenced and are always 100% my own.


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Road Trippin' - Rhode Island

We FINALLY had our first little family vacation just last weekend and it was so lovely. Short, sweet and absolutely wonderful!

We all piled in the car and drove north to visit my bestie, whom I hadn't seen since my baby shower last September! Needless to say, this was her first time meeting mini me, so it was a pretty special time.

As far as car trips go, the little one really seemed to enjoy herself. Very little fussing and a whole lotta singing! We were (mostly) all smiles from the time we left, to the time we came back home. My only advice to mommas traveling with little ones is this - coffee. And music. But, mostly just coffee. Car rides are long for everyone but as long as you have the energy to sing The Wheels On The Bus several hundred times, you should be just fine! ;)

Seriously, though... It's incredible how quickly a weekend can go by on an average weekend but when you are spending time with the ones you love - it zooms by. Take tons of pictures and give/get lots of hugs. I wouldn't mind going back to snag a few extra from S. I miss those hugs already.

Here are some pics from our trip and visit to beautiful Newport, RI where we got to do a tour of the Breakers Mansion and town. Exquisite.










Thank you for more wonderful memories. I miss you. I love you.

p.s. I am making a vow that we don't wait a full year in between visits. A girl needs time with her bestie. <3
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Discover Me Challenge: 2 - When I grow up...


Remember how your younger self had big dreams? You knew in your heart of hearts that you would be an astronaut or famous writer or detective or you would stop crime, wearing your favorite blanket cape... Your younger self was free to dream big, without any limitations. Rules didn't apply to our dreams back then.

For this challenge, let's go back to those days where we weren't afraid to dream big, without the limitations. Anything is possible. There are no rules. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

next prompt will be posted Sept. 29th


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I welcome anyone who would like to join in on the fun. 


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DMC 1 - Teachers Who Inspire


For this Discover Me Challenge, I had to really think long and hard about the one teacher who left me the most inspired. At first, I thought it would be pretty simple. I had some great teachers but one stood out almost right away. Then I really started to mull it over and I realized that I had a couple teachers that more than stood out - they gave me something lasting. All in all, I wasn't quite sure where this journey would lead me.

I ended up going back to the teacher that I originally selected. It was 6th grade and Mrs. M taught Science.

What you really need to understand is that Science really didn't awe me like it did for other kids. I was much more interested in Reading. Honestly, Science kinda bored me. It seemed too rigid. But, Mrs. M... she anything but rigid. She really was special.

I remember Mrs. M would talk to us kids as if we were her own. Some classmates called her "mom" in jest just because she was that kinda person (I may be guilty of that). She was so incredibly kind and full of affection. 

In Mrs. M's class, we had field trips to the recycle yard, which was a huge deal in the 1980's. Not everyone recycled back then. Some of my favorite "trips" were when we just went outside to inspect the fallen leaves and try to identify the trees that they came from.

Perhaps the biggest and most influential moment that I had in my sixth grade year, or of my entire early education, came from a very unexpected class lesson.

I remember walking in to Mrs. M's class and finding my seat. I noticed that at the front of the room was a record player. Immediately, I tried to guess what the lesson would be. We all did. The whole class was buzzing. Why would we need a record player in Science class?

Mrs. M waited for us to all pile in and take our seats. She then went on to explain that we would be listening to music today in class. We would hear all types of music. Some would be happy fast songs while some would be slower and a bit more moody. 

Then Mrs. M passed out blank pages and some drawing or coloring instruments (honestly, I can't remember which). 

Our lesson was simple. As each song played, we were to allow ourselves to draw with the music. Whatever we created, we created. We could have our eyes opened or closed. The music was meant to inspire the hand and our minds would were to let go. 

I had never heard of anything so fascinating. My love for music was already very deep, as I grew up in a home where music was a key part of communication. To introduce a visual component to the music, more importantly, a component that was a mirror of my mind - well, that was new territory. This was an all new experience.

I suppose to some, this may sound a bit silly but I believe it was that moment that my love for art truly took form. I started to see a deeper meaning in what people created. I began to question the artist's intention and mood. What music did he or she listen to as they drew, painted, sculpted, photographed, created? Everything around me had to have a soundtrack. 

27 years later and I am still inspired by Mrs. M and that unexpected lesson from a sixth grade Science class. 

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DIY - Whipped Vanilla Body Scrub

We are back with another recipe for a body scrub. This one is a little different, as it is much creamier than my other scrubs. It moisturizes while you are in the shower and it leaves a delicious scent. My new favorite - this scrub is the miracle cure for those postpartum stretch marks and other pesky skin annoyances. 

DIY scrubs are not only great for pampering yourself after a long day but also to give as an inexpensive but thoughtful gift. All you need are a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes!

What you need:
 White Granulated Sugar ~3/4 cup
 Coconut Oil ~ 1/4 cup
 Shea Butter ~ 1/4 cup
 Vitamin E  ~ 3 gel tabs (pierce and sqeeze the liquid into your mix)
 Jojoba Oil ~ 10 drops
your favorite vanilla essential oils or extract ~ 5-8 drops oil or 1 tsp of extract (this is personal preference... and remember that the more oil you use, the stronger the scent)

Mix!! I recommend a hand mixer to get a nice "whipped" effect. 
Store in a waterproof container. This time, I opted for an upcycled candle jar that I cleaned and sterilized.
For scent, I used my favorite Vanilla Orange oil. 

This recipe calls for Coconut and Jojoba Oils, which have so many great health benefits. To learn more about these oils, please check out the links below:
As always, be cautious using essential oils while pregnant. Always check with a healthcare professional if you are uncertain if there are a risks associated with a specific essential oil prior to use.

Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think! What type of essential oil did you use?

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Mom-Life Moves Fast

You know how everyone tells you that your children will grow up too quickly and you should hold tight because you might miss something? It's true.

My little one is only 10 months old but that doesn't mean that the last ten months didn't fly by too quickly. Seriously, she was still struggling to hold her head up on her own just two days ago!? Or so it seems... 

Even with the warnings, I haven't been at all prepared to hear my daughter call out to "mama" or give me kisses or learn peek-a-boo or stand on her own or eat solids or any of this! It is happening and it's scary. I can't keep up! Where is that pause button? I need to hold my baby and make time stop.

I say this as here we are now planning for her first birthday and discussing her education. Yet, I am still pinching myself and reminding myself that I have a baby! I have a daughter. Yes, she's mine! Unreal. Wonderfully, unreal.

I know that I can't stop time and I know that the days, weeks, months and years are going to continue to barrel down at me. Really, all I can do is document, take a zillion pictures and videos and do my best to make each moment count. If I can't pause time, the least I can do is capture as much of it as possible and create special memories for the both of us. I'd like to think that one day, she and I will look back on these recorded moments and giggle together.

Mom-life is amazing but boy does it move fast!

What are some of the things you are doing or have done to hold tight to memories of your little one(s)? I'd love some ideas!




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Research

There is something beautiful about getting older. Not everyone gets to do it. My mother's motto regarding age was, "As long as the years keep coming." She was only 49 when she passed away suddenly, not to sound depressing or morbid or anything of that nature. Actually, my mother handled aging gracefully. She embraced each birthday and celebrated like she was a kid. Birthdays are special. 

On Friday I turned 39. The last of my 30's! It's odd because writing the number makes the age look so much older than it feels. Saying 39 doesn't phase me but typing it out here - wow, it just looks weird. Honestly, I don't feel older but I do feel more grounded with each year. I suppose that is getting older.

When I look back on 29 going on 30, I was very confused in life everything. Still reeling from the loss of my mother (I was 28 when she passed), I struggled with happiness. I had some guilt, a lot of pain and no real plan for my future. My relationships were suffering, my confidence was empty and I was a stranger to myself. It was more than the loss of my mother. I simply had no direction or clue.

Now that I am getting ready to exit my 30's, life makes a whole lot more sense. I like myself quite a lot. I have a family that I am so in love with. I don't carry the burden of guilt and while the pain of my mother's death is always something that will be there - I have more control of that. The future is something I get excited for because now I am a mother. I get to be a part of something so much bigger than I ever imagined! 

My 30's have been an exceptional learning period. All the ups, all the downs, and all of the exciting in-betweens have prepared me for the next phase of my life. 

Carl G. Jung said, "Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research." Makes a whole lot of sense, if you were to ask me. 

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Discover Me Challenge: 1 - Teachers Who Inspire



Welcome to the very first Discover Me Challenge!

In the spirit of Back to School, I thought it would be fitting to kick off the DMC with something school related - Teachers Who Inspire!

No matter what our experiences may have been in school, I am willing to bet that every single person has had at least one teacher who has inspired them. These special teachers may have pushed us to work harder, believe ourselves more, gave us the nod that allowed us to just be us, or gave us someone to look up to when there was no one else. Whatever the reason, I am sure we all have an teacher who inspired us. 

In this first challenge, lets call out those inspiring teachers. Who are they, what did they mean to you and how have they inspired you as an adult?

next prompt will be posted Sept. 15

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I welcome anyone who would like to join in on the fun. 



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