The Secret Sisterhood of Miscarriage for Scary Mommy

I never planned to publicly share this story. Yet in the middle of the night I found the word pouring out onto my computer screen. Then the next day I found myself pushing send to Scary Mommy. To be honest, even then, I didn’t think it would ever be published. This is by far the most personal piece I have ever written. There is a reason I mostly write about home design. Yes, I am passionate about it and it’s a major part of my life, but it doesn’t leave much room for criticism about who I fundamentally am as a person. Unless of course, you don’t agree with my lighting choices, because that is definitely personal. In real life, I’m not… Read More

Freestyle Friday

It’s safe to say that E had a great birthday, other than when I made her wait for cake. See the hilarious proof here.   It’s also safe to say that she is a wee bit spoiled. Given she is the only grandchild on my side, she gets showered with gifts for birthdays and holidays. Among her gifts was a Doc McStuffin’s outfit, Frozen dolls, and a Fisher Price doll house. Good thing I had already boxed up some of her own toys in preparation for the festivities! Her favorite new toy is an adorable Pottery Barn Kids rocking cradle. Christmas gift alert!  I had her name put on it for $9.50 extra. So worth it! I also picked up this… Read More

DIY: A Custom Birthday Party Dress

It is the most important day of the year in our household — E’s birthday! To celebrate, instead of our usual Freestyle Friday post, we’re sharing one of our favorite DIY projects — an affordable, custom party dress fit for a princess. I DIY’d a very similar dress for E’s first birthday last year. If E let’s me, I am going to do this every year for the foreseeable future. I love the results so much! It’s quick and easy, and looks straight out of an Etsy store. Here’s what you need: Party Dress (We used this dress from Old Navy) Iron On Transfer (We used Circuit Iron On in Glitter Gold, cheaper option here) Sharp Scissors (Find ours here) Permanent Marker Iron… Read More

Freestyle Friday (Four Things I’ve Learned in Four Years of Marriage)

We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary yesterday in the very best way – all three of us cuddled in bed watching a Tinkerbell movie. Given the everyday chaos of raising a toddler and finishing a basement, we decided a night in, enjoying the little family and life we’ve built together, was the best way to celebrate. We have been together for eight years in total, but I have learned a lot more about Daren and relationships in the last four years of marriage than I did in our four years of dating. Why? because we are committed. We are a WE, not just two people who enjoy spending time together. Though we still do! Most of the time!  In the past four… Read More