Guest Post: To the One Still Waiting

“I Have Something to Say” is live again this week! Today you’re hearing from Stephanie with letter talking about relying on God when our plans for motherhood don’t go as we thought they would:

To the one still waiting:

Pregnancy and new life was once a hard and touchy subject for me. I have pictured myself being a mom since my earliest memories as a child. When my husband and I started trying to get pregnant I was shocked when we didn’t conceive right away. My mother never had Continue reading

5 Ways to Prepare Your Dog for Baby

This post was originally written for and published on Spencer Unlimited

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My dogs were my life. Literally. And it saddens me a tad to say “was,” but nothing comes close to my love for my child. Obviously.

I thought our dogs were perfect in every way and truthfully they were, at least for the life we had pre-baby.  I composed this list shortly after our daughter Adalynn was born because our dogs were driving me CRAZY! Continue reading

Guest Post: Finding Myself All Over Again

The “I Have Something to Say” series continues! Today we are hearing from Kristin:

Being a stay-at-home mom was something that I never knew I wanted. It was something that had never crossed my mind when I was in college or even after I had gotten married to my husband.

We lived in Hawaii, where my husband was stationed, for a little over three years. We were married for a year when we became pregnant with our first child – a beautiful, healthy baby girl! She was everything and more Continue reading

Baby Shower Gift Guide

The following items were gifted to me from the companies listed. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Last weekend I threw one of my best friend’s a baby shower. While I touched on pretty much every aspect of her party in the post I did about it, I didn’t speak much on the gifts. Why? They need a blog post all their own, obviously! 😉

When I was planning out the gift I had a few things in mind. First of all, this is her third child. While she has most of the items she needs, I still wanted to give those fun, cute first time mom gifts! Continue reading

What to Ask on a Preschool Tour

In the past two weeks I have toured a good amount of daycares in our area. Aside from being a doting mother, as a former teacher, I had quite a few things I wanted to know. I also felt like some of my questions weren’t the easiest to answer, but when chatting with other friends they reminded me that I had every right to ask anything I wanted. This is where my child will be spending a large amount of her time and it comes down to her safety, her happiness, her health, and her education.

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Guest Post: Learning Your True Strength

Today the “I Have Something to Say” series continues! If you didn’t read the original intro in the last post, this series is giving women, who don’t blog, the opportunity to share their hearts.

This week’s piece, all about being a military spouse, is by Yazmin Valdez:


As a military spouse, we face many stressful and unexpected situations. What I have learned from these challenges is that they only make us stronger. Four years ago, I married my husband and moved across the country from California to Virginia. Becoming independent was probably one of the greatest attributes that I had to adopt almost instantly. Continue reading

Guest Post: The Meaning Behind the Ponytail

Today kicks off the I Have Something to Say series! It has been in the making for the last few months and I am so, so excited to share it with you. I reached out to women in my life who fit all that this blog encompasses and beyond. The unique thing about this group of women is that none of them are bloggers. I wanted to give these amazing women an opportunity to have a platform to share their heart and they did just that. I have been blown away by their pieces and I know you’ll enjoy them too! 

So without further to do, Vanessa’s the first one up! Her’s her piece: Continue reading

Navigating the Airport Alone with a Toddler

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I received the product mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

Recently Adalynn and I traveled from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Denver, Colorado with a layover in Newark, New Jersey (going there and coming back). This was her first time on a plane (aside from when she was in the womb haha) so there were lots of unknowns!

I was optimistic that everything would go well because Continue reading

If You Want Him to “Take the Picture,” Then Stop Complaining

In the past month or so I have come across three or four social media posts that have gone somewhat viral. These posts have all had the exact same sentiment and it has been directed at dads. They are written by moms who are asking, short of begging, their husbands to take pictures of them with their children. These posts have been shared repeatedly because Continue reading