6 Tips to Style Your Bedside Tables

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Thank you so much to Wayfair for sponsoring this post!

6 Ways to Style Your Bedside Tables 

As I have gotten older & as a parent, the master bedroom has become a place of rest & solace. I love making it cozy and functional. 

Bedside tables are tricky to style because they have to be functioning for everyday use! Here are my top 6 tips on how to style bedside tables that marry functionality and style!

1. Stylish Lighting 
Start with the basics, lighting. Lamp or sconce choose something stylish. You have to have light, so have it make a statement. With lamps you can even go trendy because it’s easily changed out. This lamp has trendy gold and timeless glass!

2. Flowers
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3. Tray of Essentials
Everyone has things they need next to their bed. Lotion, a remote, reading glasses?  Keep them corralled on a stylish tray to keep things together and it looks nice and organized. 

4. Function meets Beauty
These keepsake boxes are gourg and house my most used jewelry. If you need to store something such a jewelry or sunglasses use something like these boxes. Need to store something no as pleasing to the eye? These other boxes are still beautiful but you’re not able to see the contents. 

5. Scent
A good scented candle or oil diffuser makes any space and can make anyone feel relaxed! 

6. Personalize 
Keep family, kids or pet photos near or on your tabletop. They personalize your space and bring love and warmth whenever you look at them!  These frames on my wall are statement on their own, I love a large matte!

It easy to make your bedside tables look great but work for daily use! I hope these tips helped you get your space looking great! 

17 Most Used Baby Items That Got Me Through The First Month

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 17 Most Used Baby Items That Got Me Through The First Month

Since this is our third & for myself, don't believe in baby showers after a first baby, I didn't techincally have a registry. I did have one for my own personal use to check things off & for the discount when you get to your due date. Which I highly recommend to everyone to do. That coupon is great to use on the last minute stuff you need or for bigger items. However, I got asked a ton on what to register for & these are things I would put on it & the things that got me through Bo's first month.

Most used baby items

This seat is a lifesaver to take into the kitchen when I am cooking or cleaning & to put in the bathroom while taking a shower. It has 3 different seating positions that will grow with him, too.

This brand of blankets is my absolute favorite. I can't get enough of these. Either used as actual swaddles, a blanket, easy to take with & used to cover while nursing because they are so lightweight. 

This portable shusher is a lifesaver for in the car, in the bouncer or really anywhere. What exactly is it? Exactly what it is called, it's a little speaker that literally just says "shhh" over & over. Sound weird but promise it's a game-changer.

 There are many things I wish I had had with my girls. This is definitely one of those things. As you are nursing, you simply suction this on to the other breast & it collects your let down that would otherwise end up in your bra or breast pad. I am always in shock at what I get after a nursing session. Just a quick note, I have heard this caused some mommas supply to increase by alot, but I have had no issues. 

5. Dockatot

Another game-changer. Much like the boppy it is a safe place to set baby on the floor or bed! I like to place Bo in it & put his activity arch over him!

6. Baby Lotion

This lotion is the best "baby-smelling" scented lotion ever. It has none of the junk you can sometimes see in baby lotions. It luxurious & the best. We use the lotion, soap, wipes & diaper oinment.

7. Muslin Burp Cloths

These burp cloths are a great size & so soft. I keep them all over the house & love them!

8. Como Tomo Bottles

I am pretty much exclusively nursing but the girls & Brandon really enjoy being apart of feeding time. We are still working on his latch, as we find out if we will need to intervene with his small lip tie, so I can get pretty sore and having great bottles that feel like me that we can use when I pump is great. Out of every bottle I have ever seen these are for sure the most like a breast & we have had no issue with air!

9. Wub A Nub

I give these to everyone during their showers. Helps with not losing their paci & helps keep in in their mouth if it keeps falling out because of the weight of the stuffie. They also are so cute!

10. Angelcare Bath Seat

This bath seat doesn't slip or move a bit when placed in the sink or tub. It has a hard mesh so the water gets to baby a good amount.

11. Keekaroo Peanut Changer

I was skeptical about this changing pad. I wasn't sure what the hype was about but everyone kept telling me it was worth it. They were right! It great because it's completely wipeable & it's super soft & comfortable. The first week we had it downstairs to change him. It's great how portable it is & learning to change boy diapers, the ability for it to be waterproof & wipeable was a plus! LOL

12. Owlet Sock Monitor

Listen, third child in & my anxiety is still there. We had breathing issues with Kennedy as newborn & she had to be put on an apena monitor. This really puts my mind at ease. To be clear, it is not an alternative to safe sleep but to be used along with safe sleep practices. The app has great features & tracks babies sleep.

13. Vava Nightlight

Okay, as crazy as it sounds this is probally my most favorite item for at least the first month. Brandon is obviously working & waking up to nurse in the middle of the night I don't want to turn on all of the lights & wake him up or fully wake up Bo. This little light is portable, so I can take anywhere, but it's all touch/tap. You tap the top to turn it on, hold down to dim it to be brighter or darker & double tap to turn it off. 

14. Snoo

Another item everyone kept telling me was worth the price tag & hype.I was so skepitcal but ya'll it's a lifesaver. I am not going to get into it all here because I am going to do a whole post with my review that I will come back & link here. But, if it is in your budget... yes it's worth it. 

15. Hatch 

We keep the hatch in his nursery. It's a nightlight and sound machine in one. When I go in there to rock him, this sound machine is the bomb & unlike any other sound machine I've used before. It also has touch/tap feature you can set but the best part is you can control it all from my phone. 

16. Mamaroo

What would I do without this sucker? Every setting he loves, it has a great heartbeat sound & it also can be controlled by your phone. I can turn it off from across the room, turn up the speed or turn up the sound. 

There you have it! What are some items that you swear by during this time? I will do another post just like this at 3 months!

Hospital Bag Must Haves | Hospital Bag for Mom

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 Hospital Bag Must Haves | Hospital Bag for Mom

Hospital Bag Must Haves | Hospital Bag for Mom

Even though it has been 8 years since I've needed to pack a hospital bag for mom and baby, I've been on both sides of the fence with my past two. With Kennedy, my oldest, I over-packed & with Kensley my water broke 6 weeks early and I didn't have a hospital bag packed at all. So I am going into this with my hospital bag list knowing just what I need/want to have with me.

Let me also say, the hospital has everything you need for you & baby. All of this is just extra fluff to provide a little bit of comfort & not needed at all.

Hospital Bag Must Haves | Hospital Bag for Mom

1. Bag
A big bag is a great idea, so you or your partner isn't carrying 500 different bags full of stuff. I absolutely fell in love with this bag. I am not sure if I'll ever use it again, but I couldn't resist. The entire labor & delivery team couldn't stop talking about it! It is so cute & HUGE.

2. Boppy
This boppy is a must-have for in the hospital. It can help with breastfeeding positions & if you have anyone visiting it can help with holding baby and supporting their arms. Especially great for young ones!

3. Comfy Jammies & Robe
You don't need anything fancy here. I wanted something matching purely for photos, so if that is something that you are going to want, I would plan for! They have such cute sets that even come with a matching swaddling cloth for the baby, perfect for photos. I choose these jammies that weren't even maternity that I could wear after I get home.

4. Extra Long Phone Charger
Plugins are always in such odd areas in the hospital, extra-long cords are a must for your partner & yourself for when you're in bed. Gotta keep the phone charged for photos & keeping family & friends updated.
Hospital Bag Must Haves | Hospital Bag for Mom

5. Mirror
This won't be for everyone but I brought a mirror to do my hair & makeup. I feel better with makeup on & I wanted photos where I would feel more confident. This mirror was small to fit in my bag easily & lit up! It was perfect.

6. Swaddles
I brought a few swaddles for him. For photos & to just have. I constantly am using swaddles at any given time with all of my babies. I love these muslin ones.

7. Pacifiers
This is another that will vary per person. My babies never got nipple confusion & I had no issues with introducing a paci. I brought a couple in case he didn't like one or the other.

8. Slippers
These are great for walking around. You want to make sure you have something with a hard bottom not soft. 

9. Going Home Outfit
If you are wanting to get something special for baby make sure you order it in enough time. Also, think about yourself & what you are going to want to come home in! I got this super comfy set & so glad I did.

10. Cosmetics & Toiletries
Makeup is optional, of course. I for one didn't want to be doing a whole skincare routine in the hospital but know some might. I would for sure bring face wipes & makeup remover wipes, super simple & gets the job done. They will come in handy. I brought dry shampoo, lotion, this lip mask because for whatever reason your lips get super dry during labor, hairbrush & of course toothbrush & toothpaste.

11. Tripod + Camera
Can't forget your camera! Make sure it's charged & have memory cards. If you don't have a camera make sure your photo storage is cleared out so you have lots of space! I like to back up my photos onto google photos to make sure I have lots of room! Since this birth was during Covid, we weren't able to have a birth photographer as we did with our other two & I really wanted to make sure we got photos with both of us in them. This tripod worked great with my phone!

12. Hats
They put the traditional pink & blue striped hat on baby, but you may want some from home. I feel like everyone I talked to wish they would have brought more hats, they keep them nice & warm. I loved these for Bo.

13. Nursing Tanks + Bras
I lived in just a nursing tank in the hospital. You are nursing so much, & it makes it so easy & comfy. Comfy nursing bras are great as well when wearing pajamas & what I wore during labor. I love these ones that came in a pack of 3.

There is everything I packed, & I used every single thing! Hope this helps you in packing your hospital bag for your delivery!

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30 Kid Halloween Movies

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 30 Kid Halloween Movies 

Here are some great PG & G rated movies to watch as a family this Halloween. Most aren't very scary & only spooky. Some may be a little too much from kiddos. I know my girls are hyper sensitive to scary stuff & some of these had them peeking through their fingers. But most I feel any kiddo will not have much of an issue with you!

As always with all of my movie recommendation lists, if you are unfamiliar with a movie check it out on CommonSenseMedia.org as every family has differences on what they allow to be watched in their home.

You can find a lot of these kids Halloween movies on Netflix, Hulu or Prime!

Halloween Pajamas Round-Up 2020

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 Halloween Pajamas Round-Up 2020

It's that time of year again! My annual holiday pajama round-up for Halloween!
It's crazy a lot is already sold out, but there is still a lot available! Also, make sure you look around after clicking on the sets because alot have family pajamas options for baby, toddler, kids & adult sizes! How fun! Obvs, we are a big fan of matching Pajamas!

Click the number below for links to each Halloween Pajama Set:
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First & Second Trimester Must-Haves

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 First & Second Trimester Must-Haves

Good morning! I am jumping on today to write this post about my must-haves through my first and second trimester. This is my 10th pregnancy & not all made it to the second trimester and I've only had 2 live birth, but I like to think I have a pretty good grasp on things that make these first two trimesters go a little better.

Sometimes I would feel guilty about complaining about the woes that came with pregnancy. So many times I would just cry wishing I was feeling sick or the aches that come along with it & felt like if I felt anything less than so happy I somehow wasn't grateful for this pregnancy.
If you ever are in that boat, STOP. Yes, pregnancy is so incredibly beautiful. & whether your journey was easy or hard like ours, sometimes it just plain sucks.
End of story.

The aches pains, sickness, heartburn, acid reflux are NOT fun, & going a human inside of you IS a miracle, but it's not all rainbows & sunshine, it isn't all happy and glowy!

So, here are some things that helped me!

- This pregnancy pillow. I don't know if pregnancy pillow stock has gone down in 8 years but I was thrilled to find a pillow this pregnancy for under $100! This was on sale & had a coupon, which every time I have checked is always available, making this super affordable & truly a dream to sleep with some support & comfort!
- Nausea Relief. These candies are kinda sour but in the best way. They really help curve nausea. I used these will every one of my pregnancies. Brandon also picked up these mama wrist bands for me one day at the store. I am unsure if it really works or not. I never used them alone. But others swear by them. & it's a great non medicated alternative.
- Wide waistband pants. These pants aren't maternity but I have now been wearing them into my Tthird trimester & they still fit great. The band is so comfy & I like they feel like leggings but aren't super tight like leggings. Bonus, they are super cute!

- Books. You will probably be spending a lot of time lounging. Good books are a must for me. This Belly Laughs book I get for every friend that is a first-time mom. It is a real, raw & hilarious book about pregnancy. Think like of it as a real take on the what to expect book. You must order!

- Smoothie Tums. The acid reflux is REAL. Normal tums taste like chalk to me. These smoothie ones are thin & not chalky, I prefer the all berry flavor as they taste better. Keep them on my end table now. Even if you don't have acid reflux yet, you most likely will, & you're going to want to have them on hand when it strikes!

- Stretch Mark oil. The word is whether you get stretch marks or not is hereditary. I am not sure if that is true, & honestly, I think the damage is already done my belly BUT that doesn't stop your belly from stretching and itchy & uncomfortable. I use this oil at least once a day if not more, & it soothes the itch & stretch & supposedly will help with stretch marks appearing & lessen the ones already there as a bonus. It has a slight smell that Brandon says smells like a grandma {LOL} but I don't think it's bad.

- This massager is gosh darn Godsend. Everything is achey. Especially my lower back & now my left side as I always sleep on that side for better blood flow to baby. This thing feels SO good. & I feel like it's so affordable for a massager of this kind. 

- Seamless underwear. They are just more comfortable. This pack from Amazon has been so comfy & I barely feel like I have anything on.

- PreNatals. I have a slew of prenatal I have tried & rotate. Gummies, some with Iron, some with DHA, & some with probiotics. This is really great overall one. But, whichever you end up with I recommend something with a probiotic on top of it or something to keep you regular because the constipation is VERY real come second trimester.

- Big Water Cup. I am always always thirsty. I can't get enough of ice water. & more so keeping hydrated is pretty vital during the entire duration of your pregnancy. This cup is HUGE & keeps everything cold. I also of course my YETI. But like the handle & color of this one.

- Lip Mask. Maybe it just that I am seriously always out of breathe, but my lips are SO dry during pregnancies. When I first got this mask I didn't understand the hype. & it turns out I wasn't putting enough on. Now, I can't live without it.

- Pregnancy Tracker App. I don't know if I am just the worst pregnancy person ever, but I can't remember how far along I am for the LIFE of them. There is alot of pregnancy apps, but I love the Ovia App. I think it's fun it does the traditonal "size of fruit" comparions but also other things like bakery treat & small toys! Makes it more fun & the girls love checking it more than I do! 

I plan to have a post up about all the baby products I am planning on using & have gotten as well, so stay tuned for that!.

Pregnancy Q & A

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 Hi Friends! I had you all send me in your pregnancy questions on Insta stories, & I am rounding up the most frequently asked one here! As I said in our announcement post, I know these things are hard for those on their journey, as it was for us. If you need to scroll on, I understand. My heart & prayers are with you, always.

Let's dive in!

Q: When is your due date?

A: I hate giving people due dates because it gives so much pressure as it nears with constant questions etc. But I will say he will be here in December, we hope! :)

Q: How did you find out?

A: I had been feeling sick, & thought it was food poisoning. Then the next day, something flipped. When I get pregnant because of all that happens, there feeling is unmatched. I instantly feel like, what I only can imagine, is death. Everything just feels different & never have I ever felt that way outside of being pregnant. I instantly told Brandon, "I'm pregnant," He said "There is no way" He went out & got a test, that I barely even had to look at to confirm.

Q: Do you have a video of you telling the girls?

A: Surprisingly, I don't. I have bittersweet emotions about it. We waited till I was almost 20 weeks before we told the girls {or anyone}. I wanted to plan it out just right, but we ended up telling them so randomly. We were just in the living room watching a movie. Kennedy didn't believe us. She told us to stop lying and kept watching TV. Kensley lost it, full out sobbing. She just kept repeating how happy she was for me. Kennedy caught on that we weren't telling Kensley we were joking and then she lost it. They both full out sobbed & wouldn't let go of me for hours. So much of me wishes I would have recorded it. But, I truly will never forget it & so glad I have it in my heart forever.

Q: How does it feel to be having a little boy join the family?

A: Can't even describe it! I have wanted a boy so so badly.  Years & years ago, I made a Pinterest board labeled "my imaginary son" where I would post cute boy clothes ect. We all are so thrilled. I can't say I am not nervous, of course. I have this girl mom thing down pat. I've probably asked Brandon a million times if he thinks I am going to be a good boy mom. I can only hope I am. {he assures me I will 😉}

Q: How are you feeling?

A: Better. In the beginning, it was really scary. When I tell you the Dr told me my body may not be able to handle another pregnancy, you can use your imagination on hard it is on me. I wasn't in the hospital or had home healthcare as previous pregnancies, but there were days I should have been hospitalized. I couldn't bring myself to go in. I was so scared of them telling me I had lost the baby. So those days I was sometimes scared of what the girls would walk into or Brandon would come home to. I do know, there is absolutely no way I could have made it this far without this pandemic. I would have no been able to function and do school drop-offs & activities etc in my condition. Again, the puzzle pieces...

Q: Names?

A: I am being *that* blogger & we aren't announcing his name til birth. I know, I know. His middle name however is the same as Brandons. Which is his father's name. Brandon's father passed away when he was 21. His brother's boys have Grandpa's name as their middle name & we are so excited to keep the tradition with our son now. It's such a special thing & I am so glad Brandon gets to carry it on with his son.

Q: Have you felt baby boy yet?

A: Oh yes! He is the most active baby I've ever had! It's been such a blessing as appointments spread out more. I rarely think to use the doppler for peace of mind. Him kicking me gives it to me throughout the day!

Q: What are your cravings?

A: I would literally give limbs for a steak, Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, a whopper, or potatoes simultaneously throughout the day.

Q: How is pregnancy during COVID?

A: Definitely different. Brandon hasn't been allowed to go to any of my appointments. That was particularly hard one of the appts we were looking for the baby's heartbeat for a minute & had to over to the ultrasound room. I thought I was going to pass out from a panic attack. We did pay to get an elective ultrasound so was able to come, but we were bummed even though they normally allow the whole family, the girls weren't able to go. We got the ultrasound on DVD & I swear they watch it every day.

We, of course, are taking all precautions pretty seriously. 

Q: How did you deal with anxiety the first trimester, & now?

A: Quite frankly, I am not & have not. I truly try my best, but 10 pregnancies in & I am honestly always on edge that the other shoe is going to drop. I am always waiting for the ultrasound screen to be turned. I thought I had lost this baby so many times with the amount of bleeding I have had. So it always seemed like my fears were coming true, which doesn't help. I am trying to working through that as time goes on, it is less & less likely but it's hard. I pray before each appointment, in the parking lot & in the waiting room. It helps, but I am unsure it will ever be better.

Q: Do you have a bump?

A: My bump is pretty slow to show. But, trust the rest of my body looks more than pregnant. I have gained so much weight, which is so new for me as my past pregnancy with my sickness make me not gain anything.

Q: What was your first baby purchase?

A: I know jinxing things does not actually exist, but I was terrified of buying anything for this baby. I have all these things boughten for other babies, that just sit in boxes in the closet & it so so hard. It took me so long to feel confident enough to buy something, but finally after a great appointment & my Dr also feeling confident, I ordered him the cutest little sweater lounge set & a bottle. So simple, but was so so huge for me. 

Well, that's it for this Q&A! Thank you again for all of the love, it has been overwhelming in the best way. I am already getting so many questions about products & things I am getting the baby. Don't worry those posts will be coming!


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Have you noticed, I've been MIA?

I am sorry for my lack of posts, but I promise... I have a good excuse. 

We have something to share with you:

As many know, this isn’t an easy road for us. This is my 10th pregnancy. We gave up 3+ years ago trying to grow our family.

God's timing is unbelievable. The puzzle pieces that we didn’t even realize were being placed that fit into this to be a successful pregnancy, and continue to be, are truly amazing. (Turns out a global pandemic makes it so much easier to be laid upon your death bed since you have nowhere to go. PS I’m doing so much better.) 

We know some may be hurt they are just now finding out about this. Please understand our hearts. This is a difficult road to navigate alone and even more difficult with others. You see, the second loss.. it's sad. The third time, people are worried about you. Four times, they pity you.. beyond...we were just tired of letting people down. And them feeling our pain, too. So we hope you understand. 

Brandon was finally able to come to an appt and as soon as the screen lit, he teared up. I laid there and even though it had been 20 weeks, it felt so real for the first time. I felt like I was proving to someone that “hey! There is a real baby..ALIVE.. in my stomach. I’m doing it this time. See! We are doing it” Brandon, has been on this journey mourning right along with me. And my biggest part of healing was the amount of guilt I held that I was not only crushing my dreams of our family, but his too. Because of my body, I have put a lot of sadness on his face. And I can not tell you the feeling in the accurate words, that I had seeing his face in that room. Watching our baby (BOY!!) On that screen (sucking his big toe ) His face I will remember the rest of my life. I swear he actually floated out of that office that day. 

As we share this we recognize others that have hurt alongside us on their journey. We know many of you are still waiting, and we pray knowing what we have walked through, you will still rejoice along with us, but we know all to well that can be difficult. We know your pain, we see you, and we hope our news will give you a sort of hope, that there may be more to your story, too. 
There has been a hole in our hearts for so so long. A hole, we thought would never be filled, that is now feeling so whole. We can’t wait to hold him in our arms in December!

Playroom Reveal | Farmhouse Playroom Decor

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 Playroom Reveal | Farmhouse Playroom Decor 

The start of the New Year, actually the day before the actual New Year we decided to finally do the overhaul on the front living room. Years ago, we decided to turn it into a playroom. I had 2 toddlers under 2, & I needed a room without toys. Plus, it was ideal to have it on the main level so I could keep an eye on them. So our main living turned toy free & I had an area to corral toddlers while I got to do things on the main floor. 

However, this room didn' always give a great first impression. It's the first room you see when you walk in. And like the rest of our older home, there is no storage anywhere in sight. So the plan was to put in as much vertical storage as we could. We also had to re-evaluate the room as the girls were getting bigger.

We ditched the toy kitchen & laundry set. We looked at their needs & wanted to turn this room into less of a playroom that screamed playroom as soon as you walk in, but also was a room where they... play.

The room isn't completely finished yet. I need to buy pillows for the couch yet. I am having the worst time finding floor lamps, & the ceiling light still hasn't been installed. But this is where we are!
The whole room was inspired by Laura's Playroom at BlesserHouse.com!

Before we get to the reveal let's take a trip where the room started.

Here is a listing photo from 2009:

Here it is in it's full out playroom glory in the toddler days over 6 years ago

For vertical storage, the plan was to make the built-ins custom like our living room. But, I was able to talk Brandon into buying IKEA Billy Bookcase & beef them up to look like they were custom built-ins.

The middle piece ended up being custom made because they didn't make anything to fit in that area. We didn't take into account that there was a vent on the floor, but Brandon is a genius & rigged the bottom of the shelf to have an airtight airway that we put a vent on the front out of. It works perfectly!

Making storage function and pretty was key. This utility laundry cart was perfect for all their stuff animals & dolls!

I wanted to keep the decor functional, I used the toys they already had to decorate the shelves. I put things like their polly pockets, music instruments, magna-tiles & blocks in jars for storage & they look so cute! We also have a TON of books so I used them as well. On the end cap shelves, I rainbow coordinated the hardbacks for a fun pop of color! Of course, we added some Disney flair as well.

We took out the plastic IKEA kids table as the girls knees were starting to not fit & Brandon made a PBK table look alike, the height will work for them for a long time. 
The use it so much & love having more room & it being more comfortable to sit at!

We wallpapered this back wall for a pop of full, then Brandon also made the girls these half desks on each side. They are amazing for separating for homework!

I know you probably think I am nuts for a while couch in a kids' living room, but I promise it is stupidly easy to take care of! I can throw it in and bleach it & spot treat it with peroxide. 

For the art above, it is lyrics to the song "forever young". I was/am the biggest "Parenthood" fan. Beyond obsessed and grossly attached and in love with every character of the show. I always wanted a big family, so it was my dream world. The theme song has the best lyrics that I truly love & it was the perfect piece for in here!


Bookcases: IKEA Billy Bookcases

About Me

Welcome Friends!
I am Tara. I am a wanna be southern momma, stuck in the Midwest. Huge Disney lover. I love a huge bow & all things Farmhouse style. Frequent user of "Ya'll" Here you will find about our travels, all things motherhood & parenting, with everything I love in between! Grab a cup off coffee & stay awhile!