Our First Hurricane | Outer Banks

It’s been a little over a month since we moved from Hampton Roads to the gorgeous Outer Banks. And it’s been a whirlwind..literally, because last week we went through our first hurricane together! A category 1 moved up to a category 2 and all the locals who saw me out the day before asked if…

Downgrading Materials & Upgrading Happiness | Personal

This past Sunday, we eagerly RAN out the door of our Kempsville Virginia Beach neighborhood. The girls were packed, we were ready to pick up the key. THE KEY to our home in the place of our dreams, the Outer Banks. Mike still hadn’t seen it, but he trusted me. I told him several times that it was definitely not the…

Brides Mamas | Brides + Grooms

Mamas, I get it. I understand what you’re thinking when she’s getting in that dress. Wasn’t she just a toddler dressed up pretending to be a bride? Wasn’t she just in your arms for the first time wrapped up like a baby burrito so little and warm and sweet? Back when she needed you all…

Ellie’s First Beach Trip | Personal

This is like a Christening in our home. The FIRST toes in the sand, toes in the ocean, beach experience initiation. We’ve been twice before, but she never left the carrier! Yesterday, our littlest love, Miss Elliebells put her toes in the sand and geeked out in pure happiness! Oh my heart, to see her react…

Defining HOME: Moving To OBX | Personal

I just keep bursting out into little crying spells..the happiest kind. I haven’t felt like I had a home since my parents divorced and sold the house I grew up in in Glen Allen near Richmond, Virginia. And that was the last place, 14 years ago…that I ever felt home. Sort of. I spent the…

Traveling With Two Under Three | New Mom Series

Okay let’s be real. It’s CRAZY. It’s crazy when it’s just the two of you. It’s crazy when it’s one baby. So when it’s two…it’s pure chaos. But, we like to embrace chaos around here! And it’s a happy chaos. We are traveling as a family because we LOVE being together. Also, it actually makes…

Welcome To The World Elle Marie | Personal

At 9:04am on Friday, January 24, 2014 a beautiful angel was born at 7 lbs 8 ounces and 20 inches long. The wait for her to arrive seemed like forever and it was the most refreshing sound in the world when she cried loudly and let the world know she was here and healthy and…

The Hospital Bag | New Mom Series

I remember being pregnant with Cammy and having an overwhelming amount of suggestions for the hospital bag (if that’s where you plan to deliver) and what I “needed” to bring with me. Oh my gosh– some of the suggestions. There were ranges from bringing just a couple of items to bringing two loads worth of…

Last Only Child Days | Personal

Here they are. Some of the last documented pictures of my first born daughter while it’s just her. I have so much I want to tell her that she won’t understand right now. Little girl, you are the one who made me a mother. It was YOU that served as my learning experience from diapers to…

End of Pregnancy | Personal

This has been quite the ride with little lady number two. I’m sitting here typing this at 12:16am as I am going absolutely miserably CRAZY with restless leg syndrome and acid reflux awoken from an ironic and rare early bed time. I am usually going to sleep around midnight and because tonight I worked hard…

Buying for Baby: Crazy Nesting Edition | New Mom Series

This is real life people, nesting is alive and well in this household!!! Most people that know me know I am chaotically organized– meaning some things I am really truly on top of and others are a hot mess. I am sorry for this and it’s mostly because I am trying to run a busy…