My Favorite Things: Broward Patch

My Favorite Things: Broward Patch

Last year we had a family photo shoot with the fabulous Jenn Hopkins, a fantastic photographer based out of Jacksonville, Florida.  I loved our photos so much that we are having another photo shoot with Jenn once Baby Gracie arrives.  Newborn and family photos!!  I can’t wait! When I first met Jenn, one of the first things I noticed about her was her awesome camera strap on her very expensive, very big girl camera. When I asked her about it, she introduced me to The Broward Patch, an adorable Etsy…

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Yard Sale

Yard Sale

This past weekend, we had a big yard sale.  I’ve been collecting stuff in our garage for the past 5 months and finally the stars aligned (meaning Chris was home, I was feeling good, Bean was gone, and the sun was shining), and we were able to have it this weekend. My friend, Sarah, brought some of her stuff over to sell and she came bearing bagels, so we let her stay. Let me just tell you that we rocked this yard sale. Rocked it. I priced everything really great…

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Learning to Discipline My Child

Learning to Discipline My Child

This is the newest game that Bean and Chris have started playing. Every night while we’re making dinner, Chris and Bean back up to different sides of the kitchen and then run straight towards each other and right at the last minute before they collide, Chris jumps over Bean. Then they both fall down laughing. Apparently, it’s the greatest thrill in life. Right there in our kitchen. Looking at this picture, you’d probably never guess that about 2 seconds after it was taken Bean had a complete and total meltdown…

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Etsy Day: Sew Divine

Etsy Day:  Sew Divine

You know you’re a blogger when you hear about something cool and the first thing you think is, “I can’t wait to blog about that!”  That’s totally what happened to me a couple months ago when my mom told me about this idea she had for an Etsy Shop. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, then you know that my mom is as creative and talented as it gets.  In fact, I’m pretty certain the reason that I can’t do creative projects to save my life…

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Romper Womb

Romper Womb

On Friday, I will be eight and a half months pregnant.  At this point, I should be looking forward to Gracie’s arrival.  I should be washing her little tiny new clothes and fluffing her crib sheets in eager anticipation of having her in my arms soon.  I should be humming lullabies while I put the finishing touches on her very girly nursery.  But I’m not doing those things. Why?  Because I’m not speaking to Gracie. Why?  Because Gracie thinks that she is still small enough to roll around my belly…

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Teach On

Teach On

I’ve gotten several questions lately about my job teaching.  For those of you who don’t know, I used to work in university administration.  And before that I worked in the legal field.  And now, I’m a teacher.  Strange path?  Sure.  But it seems to have landed me just where I belong. My decision to become a teacher sort of came out of left field and was definitely driven by the economy.  I tried to find a university position for six months when we moved to Florida and couldn’t get one. …

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Phase One: Bean Meet Potty

Phase One:  Bean Meet Potty

Last week when our daycare teachers confirmed our own suspicions that Bean might be interested in potty training, Chris and I decided it was time to begin.  But it’s overwhelming to think of all the different ways of teaching kids how to use the potty!  Finally, after thinking through a few tried and true methods we’ve heard about, Chris and I decided to do it our own way.  Or rather, Bean’s own way.  We’re customizing our potty training method by taking a few bits from all the things we’ve heard…

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Get Thee to a Borders!

Get Thee to a Borders!

I heard on NPR that Borders Bookstores are closing something crazy, like, 200 locations across the country.  Lucky for me, one of those stores is my local Borders.  While I hate to see businesses go out of business because I think about all those people without jobs, I did do a little happy dance when I heard it was closing.  Bean LOVES books.  He reads them all the time and because of that our books go through a lot of wear and tear.  So, I’ve been thinking for a while…

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After All These Years

After All These Years

Did you know Chris is a music fanatic?  Well, he is.  He loves all music.  He appreciates the artistry.  He isn’t musical himself, but he understands it.  He gets music in ways that most people just don’t.  He hears things that I don’t hear when music plays. And so a couple years ago, it didn’t surprise me at all when he came home with an old record player he found on eBay.  He thinks that music sounds better on albums.  “It’s the way you’re supposed to hear it,” he says. …

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