My Kind of Dinner with Hello Fresh

Okay, so let me start by saying that I actually love to cook. However, being an adult means that cooking is typically not a leisurely experience where I am trying out a new fancy recipe, wearing a cute apron, and listening to french music. Nope, like never actually. This means cooking has become a little bit more like a chore and a lot less like a hobby. I think the biggest reason why cooking isn’t as enjoyable for me is because I have to meal plan, grocery shop, and do all the cooking (luckily my amazing husband handles all the clean up). Enter my new obsession, Hello Fresh. I click a button and 3 meals are sent straight to my doorstep with everything I need to have a great dinner for my family. I can finally relax and have fun in the kitchen again and I even had the energy and patience to let Elouise be my mini sous-chef! Lucky for you I have a sweet coupon at the end of the post.

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Sullivan Gray: 2 Months

So, I made the rookie parenting mistake of blinking and somehow my baby boy is 8 weeks old today. What the heck? This is going by WAY faster than I remember. Maybe it’s because it didn’t take my postpartum body a full 8 weeks to recover this time and I have been out and about like my normal self since week 2. Or, maybe it’s because we have so many huge life changes going on around us, plus the craziness of the holidays. It’s probably a little bit of those two things, but I’m thinking mostly it’s because I am chasing around a tornado of a toddler. Yeah, that’s probably it. Anyhow, no matter how it happened here we are. 8WEEKS.  I’m going to take a moment to cry now.

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You are 16 going on 17

Get it guys? Well, 2016 has come to an end. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster year if I’m being honest. I am feeling ready to welcome in a new year with a fresh start, but this year I’m not really making a list of “resolutions” like I have before. Instead, I am giving this year a theme and am going to do my best to see everything through that lens.

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Pump, Pump, Pump it Up!

If I’m being honest, I was a little hesitant to write this post. It’s not because I don’t love the product, believe me I totally do. The thing is I’m a pretty modest person, so sharing about something with the word breast in it was a little intimidating. However, here I am doing it because this manual pump from Dr. Brown’s is just that good. I knew that pumping and bottle feeding was something I wanted to have as an option with Sullivan, so I am so glad that I found this quick and easy option.

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Doing Our Part

As I sit here with my littlest cuddle bear, my heart is aching and heavy over the brokenness of our world. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and ignore what is going on outside of our own little bubble. Maybe it’s because there’s brokenness and pain happening within my own family this holiday season or maybe it’s because my perspective has shifted since becoming a mother, but I just can’t ignore what’s happening outside my walls. I know this is a lot different from what I usually share on here, but I can’t keep quiet about this. People are hurting and in need of a Savior. I’m so thankful for the hope I have in Christ during this time of turmoil, and all the time, so I am praying fervently that He would send his comfort to those all over the world who are in need. It got me thinking about how my little family of four can make a difference. Here are some practical ways that I came up with to look outside of  my own four walls to make a difference this holiday season, in our world, our nation, my city, and my own home.

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