When I Grow Up I Want To Be …

When I was 5, I wanted to grow up and be a bride. And I had to have tons of tulle to fully reach my bride career dreams. Quite the aspiration, right? Because be a bride/wife/mom is alllllllll about the tulle :)

When I was in 5th grade I saw Twister and decided I wanted to be a storm chaser.

A year later my mom bought me a book called Careers Fo Kids Who Like To Talk or something like that, and I decided perhaps speech pathology would be a worthwhile career.

And then, after frog dissections in 7th grade I determined that I was called to medicine. For Christmas my mom even bought me a computer game where you could simulate surgeries! My desire for a career in medicine was quickly quelled when I hit high school and barely passed Chemistry. That, and in my college research I learned that to become a legit doctor I’d be in school FOREVER. So, I changed directions, but my love for healthcare and the apparent drama it embodies has continued on. 

Which, yes, means I’m borderline obsessed with Chicago Med. Did you see the premiere on NBC? Because I sure did! And episode two? Well, let’s just say I’m already chomping at the bit for next week!

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Here’s the catch though. Most nights I’d prefer to lounge in bed while watching my favorite show. With a snack. Alone. And 18 pillows. Maybe it’s the pregnant in me who requires full relaxation while soaking in my hospital drama. Or, well, maybe it’s just me. 

Thanks to NBC Everywhere, I can! And you can too! We can all easily watch TV without TV. Whoop! Now we’ll never miss great episodes from The Blacklist, The Voice, Heroes Reborn, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med since we can watch straight from our desktop or laptop —> CLICK TO WATCH NOW.

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It’s that simple to dive into hospital life while relaxing. 10x simpler than becoming a real doctor like I dreamed of doing years ago :) Just click here —> WATCH NOW <— find your cozy spot, and enjoy NBC Everywhere. Pretty brilliant if you ask me. Practically a pregnancy essential! 

And, let’s face it. Now that I’m in deep with Chicago Med … PD and Fire are officially on my postpartum “to watch” list.

fire and pd

 Here’s what you need to know about NBC Everywhere …

  • You can watch the latest full episodes of NBC shows the day after they air, plus a live stream of your local NBC station (in select markets).
  • You can also binge on new NBC fall shows – no TV provider login required.
  • Or, sign in with your TV provider username and password to watch the latest episodes of ALL NBC shows the day after they air on TV – and even complete seasons of select series! (If you don’t have a provider, you can still watch – most new episodes are unlocked 8 days after airing on TV.)

There you have it — TV without TV. Win! What is your favorite NBC TV show? And, since I’m pregnant and all, why don’t you chime in with your favorite TV snack too :) I’m currently munching on a clementine and Jemma’s stash of fruit leather!

7 Things I Loved About MommyCon

7 Things I Loved About MommyCon

When Bianca of The Pierogie Mama and I were invited to attend MommyCon Seattle as part of their media team we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into. We had heard of MommyCon, but that was the extent of our MC knowledge. So … we arrived with anticipation, wrap lust, and plans for a super fun girl’s night out (more like, in) at the Motif Hotel in Seattle.

Instead of reposting all my Instagram photos from the day —> here <— I figured I’d share what I truly loved about MommyCon. Like, the inside scoop. This info will be vitally important to your life because MommyCon has announced all their 2016 stops. Whoop! You can bet your britches I’ll be back at the Seattle event in the Spring and I hope you’re able to participate in an event near you and experience all the things I love about MommyCon for yourself!

MommyCon isn’t just for moms.

Deceiving, right? Well, I can heartily attest to the fact that MommyCon would be enjoyed by grandmas, dads, caregivers, and more. In fact, I’m encouraging my sister to catch the Austin event. She’s already a rockstar aunt and will someday be an even more amazing mama so why not start learning from the mama community now?

MommyCon brings you amazing speakers.

It’s one thing to read someone’s blog or shop their business. It’s another to hear them speak in person. I was blown away by the wisdom from Jeremy and Jessica Martin-Weber’s talk, “Sex After Baby” of Beyond Moi and The Leaky Boob, respectively, and loved meeting Jennifer Labit of Cotton Babies and hearing her heart behind cloth diapers. These folks are the real deal and truly an inspiration.

Um, giveaways, sales, and freebies!

There are so many! Swag bags are stocked and there are samples from vendors galore. I picked up an Aden + Anais treat for baby at a special MommyCon discount and scooped up these favorites of mine in the new Mountain Range print from The Woodland Collection. Best of all, Bianca won a wrap from my new favorite wrap company. It’s her first wrap ever and totally swoon worthy!

MommyCon isn’t mainstream.

So, you’re a natural mom? Or you think you might want to be one? MommyCon is for you. I love love loved that MommyCon was up my alley — babywearing, breastfeeding, natural products. It was really nice not having to “screen” things or watch out for hidden messages. 

MommyCon is for learning.

I’ve been a natural-ish mama for 5 years now. I know a lot. And guess what? I still learned things at MommyCon. I walked away knowing new wrap passes, was introduced to amazing products (this being the one I’m most anticipating), and gained a lot of great information about children’s sleep. At MommyCon you can be a total newb or an expert mama – if you come ready to learn, YOU WILL!

MommyCon is for friendships.

When you find yourself in a room full of moms you’re bound to connect with others. There are so many friendly faces! Attend planning to say “hello”, share your ups and downs of motherhood, and ask questions.

MommyCon was good for my soul.

Bottom line, MommyCon was good for my soul. Although children are invited, in my and Bianca’s case, we planned it as a mom’s night away. This was smart and oh so fabulous, as I’m sure you can imagine. Side note — if you’re in Seattle, the Frolik burger at Motif was A+. But the whole thing was just really, really good. To get away from home and focus on my calling as a mom surrounded by others who get it was refreshing. Sometimes, to feel rejuvenated in motherhood, we have to pause. Even if it’s for a mom conference :) 

If you’re close to Atlanta, DC, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Orlando, Orange County or San Jose get your ticket to MommyCon 2016. I loved it and I think you will too! And, I’m hoping to have a coupon code for you to save a bit on your ticket, so stay tuned! I’ll be sure to share on Facebook and update this post too!

This post is not sponsored by MommyCon. I did receive a media pass to attend the event, but was not required to share my MommyCon love in a blog post. This is all me :)

This Month at Mom.Me


Before I hit you up with link for some of my favorite freelance posts this month, let me first say …

1) Selfie sticks are amazing! See above :) Mine came as a gift from Stitch Fix and I heart it big time. Plusalso, Stitch Fix as a Christmas gift is a total must. They have gift cards! And obviously, selfie sticks are a great purchase too. 

2) I have a fantastic giveaway going on TODAY ONLY on Instagram. Don’t miss out!

3) I’m 35 weeks pregnant today. OMG! That means I’m just 2 weeks away from being home birth approved! I have all my supplies, even a big stash of herbs just arrived so I can mix up my own postpartum sitz bath. I have this framed as my birth inspiration too. Big love. I just can’t wait to snuggle up this little guy.

And now, for your reading enjoyment …

3 Ways To Help Your Kids Cope With the End of Daylight Savings

This may not seem relevant to read right now, but I promise, sleep tips for little ones are never, ever irrelevant. Read on and feel free to chime in with what you’ve found most effective lately. I have a friend swearing up and down about this

4 Things You Don’t Know About Your Placenta

With this being my 3rd pregnancy, I know a lot of the normal development stuff. But placentas? They’ve been my latest interest and I’m super intrigued! Placentas are crazy amazing organs and if you’re pregnant, or have been, or think you might be someday … read up on placentas!

7 Things We Did To Pay Off $80,000 Of Debt

Debt sucks. Especially when you have a lot of it. And truly, getting out of debt sucks too. Most things worthwhile do because they entail sacrifice and hard work. As we near the end of the year and many of us start making goals for the New Year I figured you all might like to learn how Dominic and I paid off all that crazy debt. And, if you’d like a flashback … here is the post from way back when we announced our debt freedom.

Why I’ll Never Do Disneyland With My Whole Family Again

I mean, never say never, but seriously, going to Disneyland with just Jemma was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Neither of us will ever forget it. 

8 Gifts For the Puppy Mama

I drew my sister in our family gift exchange this year. I think everyone was a touch jealous because she’s pretty easy to shop for. Unlike Dominic who everyone shudders at drawing. Hannah and I have similar style, so that’s a big perk. Plus, she’s in a post-graduate program and thus likes anything relaxing for those occasional moments when she takes a break from studying. She’s also a rockstar cook, Army wife, and puppy mama.

Basically, you can’t go wrong if your gift aligns with something she loves. And her little Riley ranks right up there with big time love.

gifts for the puppy mama in your life

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Such fabulous puppy mama gifts, right?

I’m all about celebrating all members of the family and in Hannah’s case – Riley is her furry little son :) So, since I drew her, I kind of drew him and he’ll get celebrated this Christmas too … maybe with this or this. But really, it’s Hannah who is my focus. She’s the one who will make the clean sweep, but I won’t spill the beans on what I chose since she’s a faithful blog reader :) All the gifts I highlighted above can be wrapped up and nestled under the tree, but one bonus idea, probably the sweetest of all, can’t. It’s pet photos with Santa!

If you’re a local puppy mama or if you drew the name of one for Christmas, hop over to Tacoma Mall TODAY, Sunday, November 22nd, between 7-8 pm for pet photos with Santa. What a unique gift — Santa snuggling up all our favorite pets! It’s the perfect tradition and will make everyone smile when it’s displayed each and every year. Get your smile ready, Riley! Mama Hannah will be tickled when she sees you posing with the one and only, Santa Claus!

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What are your favorite gifts for puppy mamas? How about the furry friends in your life? Share what you and they love!

This post is sponsored by Simon’s Tacoma Mall. All opinions are my own.

DIY Wall Yarn Thingamajig

A few weeks ago I saw this pop up on The Paper Mama’s Instagram feed and I so badly wanted attend the Portland craft night. But, alas, Portland is a solid 2 hour drive for me … not home anymore. And so, I was forced to kick off a solo craft night in hopes of somewhat recreating this yarn thingamajig to hang on baby’s wall.

Wall Yarn Art DIY

Don’t judge my beige walls. I hate them more than you. 

Back to the DIY, the real important thing. Between my bestie and I, we had all the yarn on hand so this was a freakin’ cheap project! We learned to knit at the same time and over the years have collected quite the textile stash. Funny thing is, I’m an ex-knitter and she still knits like crazy. Goes to show our individual crafting commitment levels. She becomes an expert while I dabble and collect supplies. 

This explains me far too well. 

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Thankfully, this project didn’t cost anywhere near $92. It was actually free! Which was why I gave it a solid attempt. Jemma found the stick on a nature walk and we swiped the nail from Dom’s work bench when we were ready to hang it up on R’s wall :) And yes, that does mean that we are feeling more and more confident about baby’s name!

If you’d like to whip up your own wall yarn thingamajig, here is what you need …

  • A branch — any ol’ one will do as long as it is straight-ish and about 12 inches long
  • Yarn — a collection of colors and textures
  • Scissors

diy yarn step by step

Cut strands of yarn, double, triples, whole bunches … you pick! Loop in half and place on top of your stick. Fish the tail through the loop and pull tight. I think that’s called a slip knot? Don’t fret about the length because you can trim it up when all is said and done. Add a little extra flair with an occasional braid or contrasting tie. Keep going until it looks just right. Or until you’re tired :) DIYs aren’t about perfection so remember, done is good. 

Hang it up, smile at a craft well done, and know that your kids WILL make fun of you for bringing back the 70’s art projects in no time at all! For now, I’ll relish in the fact that Jemma said it looks “really, really fabulous!”. yarn wall hanging


3 Ways To De-Stress During the Holidays

Are you plagued with a touch of stress when it comes to the holidays? I get it. Really. It’s a busy season and often, it falls on us mamas to help make the holidays come together without a hitch.

Watch this and then read on to see how I’m attempting to slow down and de-stress this holiday season. Join me and have yourself a very stress-free Christmas :)

Don’t you just love seeing me run around like crazy in an effort to wrap up my Christmas shopping? A special thanks to my sister videographer who followed me on my trip to Hallmark! Seriously though, holiday memories are truly made in the peace and quiet when all that running around is done … and that’s why I thought I’d share three ways to de-stress during the holidays.


You know what I love about my kitchen? When it’s clean. You know what else I love? Sweets. So, sometimes, it’s ok to forgo baking every holiday treat you see on Pinterest and pick up something equally as delicious. Boom! Just like that you’ve got a clean kitchen and a wonderful dessert. Hallmark has quite a few scrumptious treats all ready to go, and I for one, can vouch for the Crafter & Co Almond Butter Toffee. YUM!


Sadly, our current home doesn’t have a fireplace. So, in the winter months I turn to candles to get that peaceful glow around the house. I love nothing more than snuggling with a cozy quilt and a good book while a candle flickers beside me. Talk about a stress-free escape!


I think we all grew up loving to color, but have you colored lately? It’s the ultimate relaxation and I’m beyond happy that Hallmark has such pretty coloring books to choose from. So, grab a snack, light a candle, and settle in for an evening of coloring — adult style!

How do you keep your holidays a little less stressful? I’d love to hear your tips! And, to help ease you into the season with some calm, feel free to enter the giveaway below for your very own copy of The Art of Happiness – A Coloring Book of Whimsical Designs From the Hallmark Creative Collection! art of happiness

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Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only. Giveaway not sponsored by Hallmark … it’s just from me, because I love you all! Winner will be announced within 24 hours of the close of the giveaway. Package will be mailed in early December. I am not responsible for the final delivery of your prize.

33 + 34 Weeks

How far along: 34 weeks

Gender: A boy! And we finally have a name! Well, at least a first name.

Weight gain: As of last week’s midwife appointment … +23 pounds, sitting pretty at 168 pounds total.

Sleep: I am the pillow queen. More pillows equals more comfort for mama.

Best moment this week: I took a bellybinding class on Saturday. And my sister came so I could have a binding assistant postpartum :) Then we went here for Christmas cheer :) Anyways, I’m super excited to support my body as it heals postpartum. This is the only body I have, so it’s worth my time and energy to give it what it needs to figure out life post-baby.

Worst moment this week: You guys. My back. My poor, poor back. I didn’t even know it was possible to feel this stiff. Is it the cold weather? 

Miss anything: My favorite Mexican restaurant is opening up a new location super close to my house. AND THE MARGARITAS. Let’s just say, I’m giving birth and heading out for a drink.

Movement: So much! We’re moving past the kicking phase and into the body rolls that stretch my belly more than I could imagine!

Cravings: Clementines!

Looking forward to: Wrapping up my Christmas shopping early so I can declare December the month of ultimate relaxation.

What Jemma thinks: “Ok mom, every time you go, I have to do 3 things … a kiss for you, a hug for you, AND A KISS FOR MY BABY BROTHER!”

What Max thinks: “I don’t fink a weally like dat baby.” Um … this is a problem, my son!

Santa’s Christmas Eve Treat

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 Jem has caught the early Christmas bug around here. She must sense my urgency to get things organized and ready to go before baby arrives. Of course, her focus is a little different than mine and most recently we had a little conversation/explosion that went like this …

Jem — Mom! Max found the Christmas candies in the cupboard! He says he is going to eat them ALLLLLLLLL!

Mom — No, no, he won’t. Max, put them back. Those are for Christmas. 

Max — It’s Christmas today?

Jem — I’m saving those for Santa. Don’t, Max! Get them out of your mouth!

Mom — Ok, ok. Max, hand them over. Jem, don’t worry, we’ll make sure Santa has a yummy treat.

Jem — Good! I think we should make him something super delicious. Maybe like chocolate flavored with peppermint and a big glass of milk and lots and lots of his favorite candy!

And so, thanks to Jemma’s inspiration, and infatuation with preparing for Santa, we have made plans to whip up White Peppermint S’more Brownies for his Christmas Eve arrival. Of course, a trial run was in order and boy, am I looking forward to playing Santa with Daddy when round 2 of these brownies are baked again on Christmas Eve!

Jemma even has plans for an on-the-go treat for Santa … mini bags of all our favorite M&M’s® so Santa can snack in his sleigh. Isn’t she the sweetest?A TREAT FOR SANTA

White Peppermint S’more Brownies


  • 1 box of brownie mix (and required ingredients listed on the box)
  • 6-8 graham crackers
  • 18 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup M&M’s® White Peppermint 
  • 1/2 cup peppermint crumbles


Preheat the oven ad required by your brownie box recipe and butter a 9×13 baking dish. 

In a mixing bowl whip up your brownie batter according to package directions. While it mixes, layer the bottom of your baking dish with graham crackers. Pour brownie batter on the top and spread evenly. Bake for 20-30 minutes; not as long as the box requires. Usually 1 box of brownie mix calls for a square pan, but for this recipe we’re using a 9×13 so it’s a thinner layer of brownie batter, hence, cutting the cook time. 

Remove brownies from the oven, test for doneness, and position each marshmallow on top of the brownies. Broil on low for 2-3 minutes. Stand close! Broiling is tricky business!

Remove from the oven and ever so gently stir the marshmallows so they break open and act like glue for all the peppermint goodness you’re about to sprinkle.  Add M&M’s® White Peppermint  and peppermint crumbles to the top while the marshmallows are warm. Allow to cool before cutting — it will be messy, but totally worth it! Serve alongside a large glass of milk, because, obviously. This gooey Christmas treat REQUIRES milk for ultimate enjoyment so don’t skip that! step by step browniespeppermint brownies sprinkles

While your brownies bake, don’t forget to prep Santa’s sleigh treat! We filled cellophane bags with a mix of M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate, Holiday Peanut, and Holiday Peanut Butter and twisted them shut with shimmery star wire. You know, for when he flies through the stars on to the next family’s home!snacks on the go for santa

Walmart is brimming with holiday baking products. We found everything we needed on the seasonal aisle, holiday baking display, and dairy section. Yay for stocking up on Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, Great Value milk, and an assortment of M&M’s® like White Peppermint, Hot Chocolate, Holiday Milk Chocolate, Holiday Peanut, and Holiday Peanut Butter. walmart holiday

While you’re doing your holiday shopping be sure to stock up on at least 2 bags of M&M’s® at Walmart. When you do, up to a gallon of milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive. Milk is one of the most requested items at food banks and sadly, one of the lowest supplies. So, enjoy M&M’s® while helping a family in need or make a small donation at Pour Milk Love. And stack this $1 off coupon while you take advantage of the opportunity to give milk! peppermint brownies finalpeppermint brownies close

Need another holiday treat idea? Give these M&M’s® Holiday Snowflake Cookies a try … so simple thanks to Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix! I already picked up a box so we can give them a try ourselves :) And these recipes are making my mouth water too! holiday funfetti

“Nursery” Peek



Nurseries aren’t really a big deal around here. They never have been. Jemma had a little corner in our room and a play space in our guest room. Max too, had a corner in our room. That’s it. Talk about depriving our children and saving money while we’re at it! Seriously though, we always knew we would be co-sleeping folk so the idea of a full-fledged nursery sounded lovely, but impractical.

But, of course, I’ve always loved decorating SOMETHING for the new member of our family and this little one is no exception. Jemma and Max both had forest themed spaces, but for this little man, I decided to blend forest favorites with an adventure theme. 

At some point in the future Max and his little bro will share a room. I’m planning for it to be adventure themed with maps, forest animals, modes of transportation … that sort of thing. Think modern, kid-friedly REI feel. In preparation for the boy’s future adventure room I’m double dipping with baby’s wall decor. Again, so frugal am I! Hopefully I still love the idea when the time comes to move the boys together …

So far I’ve collected some fabulous pieces for the wall and plan to make a bomb yarn thingamajig in the next while. DIY soon? Maybe!

  • Sundvik Crib — IKEA
  • Modern Feather Sheet — Little Wife Power House
  • Small Stuffed Bear Mount by Stuffed Animal House — Amazon
  • Lamby Rug — Amazon
  • “Be Strong” Canvas, Mountain Art, Canoe Paddle, Moose — Hobby Lobby
  • “R” and other letters — JoAnn Fabrics

Here’s a peek at Jemma’s set up (one and two), Max’s first space and then his round two after we moved.

The Gourmet Holiday Gift That Says Thank You

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #CollectiveBias

By now, I’m guessing we all have a working list of Christmas gifts we’re looking to fill — family, close friends, and those who influence our lives on a daily basis. Big on our list this year is teachers! And Jemma has three! How many teachers are you aiming to bless this year?

I come from a family of teachers. My mom and sister are both educators and my best friend happens to be one too! That means I get teacher speak :) First and foremost, they do not at all expect anything from you or your child for Christmas. So if it’s not in your budget; don’t let that stress you! Teachers understand that they work in a compassion field; it is both their job and their heart to teacher your children and receiving gifts isn’t part of their requirement to stay happy.

With that said, no matter anyones area of work, a little token of thanks is always appreciated! Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for us to bless the teachers in our lives with a gift and today I’ve got a perfect (and easy) one for you to consider! Because nothing says “thank you” like a spread of gourmet treatsThe Gourmet Holiday Gift That Says Thank You

Many of the teachers I know are classy and cool ladies. After school they run their errands,  they head home, change into sweats, and prepare dinner. JUST LIKE YOU AND ME! If your Christmas gift can alleviate a bit of their food preparation, or help the experience be extra fancy, then, by all means, you’re on the right track!

My mom especially is a snacker, she loves a little sweet and savory appetizer and will often call that dinner. That’s why this gift box filled with Don Victor Honey, specialty crackers, andspreadable cheese are right up her alley! Here is how you can build your very own holiday gift that says thank you in a delicious way … honey supplies

First step, swing by Walmart and gather the supplies you’ll need. We found pretty wrapping options in the seasonal section and the 16 ounce glass globe jar of Don Victor Honey in the Hispanic baking aisle; right near the masa :) walmart honey

At home we filled our snowflake box with a bed of crinkle paper and nested each item inside. Perfect fit!honey insidehoney comb

We topped our gift box with a card and tied it shut with raffia ribbon and a sparkling snowflake ornament. honey complete

Don Victor Honey is raw and filtered. That’s special it its own right because raw, unheated honey preserves the health benefits and flavor. Even more awesome is the honeycomb that comes inside … it’s beautiful AND edible! Be sure to include a little note with your gift explaining your gourmet gift. Your child could even create a picture card showing the step-by-step. 

  1. Choose a cracker
  2. Spread with cheese
  3. Top with a drizzle of honey and small chunk of honeycomb
  4. Enjoy and think of —> ME <— your favorite student!
  5. Have a Merry Christmas!

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Need more teacher gift ideas? Check out this post!