Author Archive for Mrs. Cotton Candy

Untangling My Feelings About Trying for Baby #2

Do you ever have a moment where something that happened to you in the past that you thought you were over comes back and hits you in the face, full force, and brings all of those emotions back so strongly that you think, hmm, maybe I’m not over this? I had a moment just like […]


What’s on My Baby #2 Shopping List?

When I was pregnant with Little Cotton Candy, I spent hours poring over baby registry lists and forum discussions to cull the perfect list of products that we just “needed” to receive or purchase before my due date. Our friends and family were so generous with gifts and hand-me-downs, and we ended up with pretty […]

Budgeting Tips & Strategies for the New Year

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to tackle those naggling tasks that we put off over the holidays. Clean start, and all that. This year, due to some changes in income, we are tweaking our budget to squeeze it a bit tighter. I wanted to give an overview of how we budget, plus […]

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Embracing 2017: 6 Parenting and Family Goals for the New Year

I have started to reflect on 2016…the goals I started the year with, what I have accomplished, and which goals have shifted or are no longer relevant. Then I began to form my goals for the new year and put them all into a vision board that I can reference throughout the year. It’s a […]

Everything You Need to Know about Chemical Pregnancy

A week ago I took a pregnancy test around 6:00 AM, when my whole house was quiet, and to my great shock, I saw two pink lines. I woke up Mr. Cotton Candy to tell him the news, and then it was on with our day…we had a ton of cleaning and organizing to do […]

Career Struggles, Anxiety, and Adding a Second Child

Note: This is a post about my feelings around working part time versus full time and balancing work with parenthood. This is about my personal struggle, and I hope this post doesn’t come off as insensitive to those who work full time. I know lots of moms work full time, either by choice or because […]


Last Minute Holiday Gifts That Ship Fast

I don’t know about you, but I always find myself coming down to the wire on holiday gifts. As much as I try to stay organized, there is always something I forget to buy, or a person who I am just stumped on and have to hurry and order something for at the last minute, […]

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