• To Be a Writer
  • Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks
  • Reid — 6 Months
  • The Food Desert Challenge — Can You Eat For $5 a Day?
  • This Month and Last Month at mom.me

To Be a Writer

I never set out to be a writer, let alone a person who earns their income through the internet. Well, technically, if you had asked 8 year old Gretchen if she wanted to be a writer, she would have said yes. That was the year my best friend and I co-authored a novel all about […]


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

During early access I both ordered online (because, hello, 6% cash back thanks to eBates!) and popped into the store. My oh my, Nordstrom has delivered. Once again. Of course. I’ve seen a few favorites round ups from fellow bloggers and decided that my blog has been lacking in the style category lately and thus, a […]


Reid — 6 Months

There was a time when I shared monthly updates throughout my little’s first year, but now that all resides on Instagram, #reidrainiermonthly. But, I figured 6 months was a worthwhile age for Reid to get an official blog check in … so, here it is! Reid is an absolute dream. The sweetest, most content baby. […]


The Food Desert Challenge — Can You Eat For $5 a Day?

This post was sponsored by Y-USA as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. When it comes to grocery shopping, I’ve always shopped on a budget. That budget has obviously changed over the years … growing from a family of 2 to a family of 5, but that just means we’ve adjusted the amount […]


This Month and Last Month at mom.me

June welcomed our annual beach trip to the Washington coast. And so far July has been full of summer camps and menial, but productive home projects. It has been simple like summer should be. Once August arrives though, whoa, things pick up at breakneck speed around here! By the time we turn the calendar to […]


How To Make Elephant Toothpaste

This post was sponsored by P&G as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. By now you’ve probably gathered that we are official homeschoolers! I know, I know, I can hardly believe it too. It took mountains of research and a giant leap of faith to […]


This + That

Beach life is the best life, right? It’s our favorite place to go as a family and despite a yucky bug traveling through the family on our little vacation – we had a fair amount of fun. The rest of the summer is jam packed. Vacation Bible School for Jemma, swim lessons, birthday parties, family […]

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MommyCon For the Not Yet Mom

Hello there, if you have ever heard mention of the sister who lives in the sweltering heat, I mean, heart of Texas… That’s me, Hannah! I am That Mama Gretchen’s youngest sister – a military spouse, laboratory scientist, and mom to my precious fur baby, Riley (the dog Max always wants to say hello to […]

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What’s In My Bag — Summer Adventure Edition!

Happy 4th of July! Today is one of the days we traditionally venture out as a family each year. We aim to visit a new park, catch the 4th of July parade, and have a picnic lunch all before nap time. Then, fireworks, of course! The 4th isn’t our only adventure filled day though. During the […]

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5 Year Olds Here + 5 Year Olds There

This month South Sudan turns 5 years old. This birthday is monumental for a few reasons, one, because South Sudan is the youngest country in the world, and two, because for most of those 5 years, South Sudan has been involved in an awful war. Children who share the same birth year as South Sudan were born […]


Hello, Tide purclean (and Mom Rompers)

This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide purclean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I go to Target every week. Sometimes with a specific shopping list. Sometimes just to browse and wander. And, let’s be real … sometimes just to sip a coffee and let my kids watch a movie on my […]