To: My Friends Without Kids, From: Your Mom Friend

pexels-photo-42389 (1)

To: My Friends Without Kids –

You know who you are and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! You’ve stuck by me in a phase of my life you don’t understand and quite frankly, neither do I! I want to take a few minutes to thank you and, honestly, to beg you, more or less, to not stray. I promise deep down I’m the friend you met and knew long before I was a mommy.  Continue reading

Have Blog, Will Travel

I’m so excited to be adding a part of my life that’s so, so special and important to me and quite frankly I can’t believe has never been part of this blog before!

If you follow me on social media you know I talk about traveling being a passion of mine. If you know me personally you know I have a slight obsession! We have traveled little to not at all since our daughter was born (August 2015). I always just knew that she’d be jet setting at an early age but life’s been a bit chaotic in not the best ways the past year or so and it’s just been something that’s been put on the back burner.

But no more! Traveling is a hobby of mine and is something I thoroughly enjoy. It truly rejuvenates my soul. And even if it’s a small trip somewhere here in Virginia, I intend to be doing a lot more of it soon.

Every six months or so Continue reading

The Apology That Changed Me as a Mother

{My daughter was six months old at the time that I wrote this and motherhood was very fresh and new still. It was originally titled “I Don’t Have Mom Guilt” but I learned quickly enough that mom guilt takes on many different forms and I no longer felt the title to be all encompassing. Hence the change. While I still don’t feel like I carry much mom guilt, that’s a topic for another day!}


It was early Thursday morning and my daughter had woken up a little later than normal and was soaking wet when I went in to get her. Continue reading

Throwing an Easter Party {on a Budget}

Thank you to Oriental Trading for partnering with me on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 


If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I love planning parties! You also know I loveeeee a good deal! This past weekend our family hosted a Easter event at a local park and it was honestly one of the best days of my life. We had such a wonderful day! I wanted to give you some tips on how to host a similar event, especially since you still have a few weeks until Easter! Continue reading

Five Fitness Items You Need Right Now!

Items mentioned in this post were provided in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Hey hey! Aren’t you glad spring is here?! One of my favorite things about this nice weather is that I’m so much more motivated to WORK OUT!!!! It’s nice running weather, I don’t have to convince myself even harder to get to the gym, and the warmth of the sun reminds me that summer and bathing suit season are right around the corner! Aside from the nice weather, fitness gear, whether you wear it or otherwise, always motivates me! I feel confident and happy and it makes all the difference.

Below are five of the best fitness related items I’ve found out there. And the best part is that not only are they all affordable, but many of the companies provide a special discount for you!

Check them out and let me know what you think!!!!

Sweaty Bands 


I couldn’t believe there was actually a headband in this world that stayed put! These do! I  also am a big fan of neon/bright clothing for working out. Colors excite the mind, but even more seriously, I train on a busy road and I like wearing bright clothing to ensure drivers and other people see me. Sweaty Bands has so many awesome styles and colors as well!

Use code: chelsea for 20% off

Momentum Jewelry

This has to be one of my favorite products that I have ever seen! I completed my first half marathon back in September and it was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I had to train for weeks to run those 13.1 miles and did everything I could to motivate myself each day. Glancing down and seeing this bracelet from Momentum makes a huge difference! They also have a variety of other items, including shoe jewelry (footnotes hehe), shirts, and hair ties, that also have inspirational words.  So awesome!

IMG_3393 - Copy.JPG

Use code: AndThenLife15 for 15% off


I quickly became obsessed with this product because I hate running and lifting with my wedding rings on. When I run, it slides all over my finger, and when I lift, it hurts. This ring is made of silicone and they offer a ton of styles and colors. I LOVE it! I even got my husband a Qalo ring for Christmas, as well!


Enjoy Leggings

Is there anything better than a good pair of leggings? And how cute are these? I also love that they are subscription leggings. Yes, you read that correctly! I don’t know about you, but new work out clothes always motivate me, so I love that with the Enjoy Leggings subscription you get a brand new pair each month.


Use code: THENLIFE for 25% off your first month’s leggings

Pura Stainless


I’m a bit of a nature freak so I really, really hate when people buy water bottles that they toss once they’re done. I’ve also heard my share of all the terrifying side effects of BPA, so no thank you to the plastic, again. Enter Pura! They have an amazing line of stainless steel water bottles. And as if that wasn’t awesome enough, they have a variety of different bottle sizes and sleeve colors.

What are YOUR fitness must-haves??

Also, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY with one of these products this week on my Instagram page! Make sure you are following, so you don’t miss out!

Summer style guide.png