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Top 10 Gifts for Five Year Old Boys

I can’t believe it—somehow I have a five-year-old. Seriously, when did that happen?! Although my preschooler loves all things pink and purple, when it comes to toys he has always gravitated toward traditionally “boy” categories—trucks, sports, and building—so my gift guide leans heavily in that direction. But of course any of the items on this […]


Financial Goals 2017: Third Quarter Recap

I have written several posts about my financial goals for 2017, which I broke down with specific goals for each month of the year. Overall, the goal is to give myself a healthier relationship to money, and to reduce our spending and consumption as a family. In order to keep myself accountable, I’m recapping how […]

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Introducing Baby Cotton Candy!

When I last left you, I was 40 weeks pregnant and still waiting for baby number two to arrive. I felt so uncomfortable—baby was just SO heavy, and I was getting impatient to meet him. Luckily, he didn’t keep us waiting too long…he was born two days later on September 29, 2017! I woke up […]

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Pregnancy Update: 40 Weeks

How many weeks along are you? 40 Due date? September 27 (yesterday!) How much weight have you gained? around 30–35 pounds Symptoms? tired, sore, and mentally “done” with being pregnant; also some shooting pains down my leg sometimes from sciatica nerve How is baby looking? Well, according to my doctor he is measuring around seven […]

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for During and After Labor: Drug-Free Childbirth Edition

I’m not sure I have talked about it much, but this time around I am planning on going drug-free for my childbirth experience. With my first pregnancy, I had a birth plan that was hopeful about avoiding an epidural, but I ended up getting one anyway. I think it was due to a combination of […]

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Mission Moving While 38 Weeks Pregnant: Complete!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated on our house selling/buying saga…but the good news is, we’re all moved into our new home! We love it here so far—the house may be smaller than our previous digs, but it is full of charming quirks and we can’t wait to personalize it to our own style. […]

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Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

How many weeks along are you? 32 Due date? September 27 How much weight have you gained? 30ish pounds? I realized that my at-home scale, which gave me my pre-pregnancy weight, was off by as much as five to 10 pounds, so I’m unsure of exactly how much I have gained. Symptoms? insomnia (boo!), soreness […]

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