Happy Birthday, Max!

It’s the wee hours of August 9th right now. Four years ago I was awake too, sewing. I was a day away from my due date (August 10th) and couldn’t wait to meet my baby, but didn’t think it would be soon. I was wrong. Max arrived in a whirlwind at 4:41am. You can read […]

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. […]

Happy Birthday, Max!

My first son and darling mama’s boy turned three yesterday. THREE! He woke up with a beaming smile and requests for snuggles as he always does, but still, he looked bigger, more mature and somehow it seemed his vocabulary had grown. For him, three must mean an increase in words, emotions and, of course, love.  Multiple […]

2nd Annual Mother’s Day Interview

I really love these little interviews and should probably do them more often. At least, I’ve managed to do them two Mother’s Days in a row now! Read Jemma’s interview from last year. Can you believe that I’m decreasing in age as the years go by? This is Max’s inaugural year and he was a super little […]

February Duo

I know it’s March. These were just our photos from February so it still got tagged as the February Duo :) It has been a long, dumb week with relentless coughing and other atrocities. But sometimes seeing your kids at their lowest, while being at a pretty darn low yourself, really puts a glimmer of […]

January Duo

I’d like to say this is the first of twelve installments of my little duo.  Buuuuuut, we all know I really stink at daily/weekly/monthly challenges. So, may I present just January! perhaps the first of four or nine or twelve … or maybe the one and only :) Jem is really into laying out her […]

Dear Mom Who Is Thinking About Potty Training

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PUBigKid #CollectiveBias I’m going to share a little history lesson from my parenting world today. I had my first baby in 2010 after 40 hours of labor which included a hospital transfer. Finally, FINALLY, my sweet little girl was […]

2014 Family Photos

At the end of September we ventured out with our favorite photographer to lock in another round of family photos. It was pure bliss! All smiles. No hiccups whatsoever. How family photos always go … wink, wink ;) That’s why it always amazes me when photography folks can capture such amazing moments. I love love […]

The Seven Year Non-Itch

The quintessential anniversary post. This year, honoring seven years with my perfectly imperfect husband. No doubt, he’s the guy for me and each day I’m thankful to call him mine. I mean, just look, he appeases me with grainy selfies on hot summer days while our munchkins wail for us to sing Let It Go […]

Max’s Sharktastic Birthday Party

Guess who is TWO today? The ever adorable and sweetest little chunk, Max Valentine! That’s who! We celebrated Thursday evening with a few little friends at his shark birthday party at a local park. It was practically perfect … It started out blustery – complete with flying away balloons – but calmed down in time […]

Everything I Don’t Know About Potty Training

Potty talk! Fully acceptable in the circle of motherhood, right? And thanks to today’s sponsor, Cottonelle, I’ve got a whole lot to share with you … about everything I don’t know on this topic. Read on, share your wisdom and don’t forget to grab a coupon! Jemma turned 2 almost 2 years ago. That’s when […]