Our Romantic Lake Wedding

When I look back at my wedding pictures and watch our wedding video, the happiness and energy from our guests is palpable. When guests still comment years later that ours was a standout event, it warms my heart. I can undoubtedly say that my whole wedding process- from planning to closing the venue out- was 100% enjoyable and memorable.

The day before the wedding, my sister and I were getting our nails done- she wanted to remind me that I was, in fact, getting married tomorrow. She felt she had to remind me because I was so calm, happy, and collected, without a care or stress in the world. I had everything going for me and all the love and support from my family and friends that made my engagement so exciting and my wedding so overwhelmingly magical.

Even as I was getting my hair done on my wedding day, I knew it was a special day and I knew I was a key player in that day, but it just felt so easy and normal, despite all the fuss. Little did I know that every detail of our romantic lake wedding would truly go just as planned.

My Unremarkable Last Nursing Story

When I started thinking about weaning my daughter, I would read women’s last nursing stories and sob. I’m not an incredibly emotional person, but Ginny and breastfeeding really changed me, and the thought of ending something so special hurt my heart. I loved nursing – I felt pride in nourishing my baby from my own body. I cherished the comfort and peace I brought her in our special snuggle sessions. I loved every stage of our nursing relationship, from the eager sloppy slurps of a newborn to the casual gulps of snacking toddler.

I always thought I would nurse until one year, and then when Ginny’s birthday came, I knew we weren’t ready. I decided to take it day by day instead of setting a deadline for us. Because of some health reasons, I decided to start weaning at 14 months and was completely finished by 15 months.

How to Date Your Spouse

My husband and I have been together for 9 years and married for 3. I remember at some point in our relationship a few years into dating, my mom gave me advice. While it was great that we were so comfortable together and in our routine that we would have the time of our lives staying in and watching Netflix all weekend, why didn’t we get out of the house and do something different? Why didn’t I get out of my sweats and get my butt off the couch? Great advice, mom!

Then after I had my daughter, I never wanted to leave the house for many reasons: I wasn’t feeling confident in myself so I didn’t want other people to see me; my hormones and maternal instincts made it difficult for me to leave my precious babe; and I was just tired. But luckily with the encouragement of my mom and husband, we got back into the dating routine again. After only a few months off of our dating game, I quickly realized the importance of us dating each other and how that was an integral part of our thriving relationship. I’ll share with you some tips on how to date your spouse based on what has worked for me.

Self Care as a Mom

This is a sponsored post, though all opinions are my own.

When I reflect back to those sweet newborn days, it’s extremely bittersweet. While I developed an incredible breastfeeding relationship with my daughter, I sometimes felt trapped. While I took pride in nourishing my baby girl from my own body, I felt the burden of responsibility. While I cherished those moments of complete reliability on me, the pressure was palpable.

Joys and Terrors

The beautiful and terrifying new mom phase is short-lived, though in that season, there were moments where 5 minutes feels like 5 hours and 10 minutes of inconsolable crying was surely an eternity. I spent my maternity leave, for the most part, braless, holed up in my house, both loving and relishing my greatest creation and crying because I didn’t leave the house in days.

Full Body Workout Roundup (Knee-Friendly)

Since having my baby, my body completely changed. While I used to thrive off of high intensity workouts, my joints can no longer handle that kind of impact, so I was left to search Pinterest and Youtube for exercises:

  1. I could do at home
  2. Were rigorous
  3. Were easy on my knees
  4. I could complete in less than an hour
  5. That I could still feel the burn

I am rounding up my favorite exercises that meet my criterion in addition to being enjoyable – these are all workouts I actually look forward to doing, and I know you will, too.

Since these workouts are generally short, you can do them every day, and you can mix and match them, depending on what you want to focus on. I think arms and abs are a great addition to every workout, and I do these daily. Be sure to pin this for easy access, and have a friend join in, too. By having accountability to someone, you’ll be more likely to follow through with your workouts.

Clear Skin From the Inside Out

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As we’re entering into this spring season, I hear so much emphasis on spring cleaning- you know, choose a different project every week to deep clean your home type of thing.

While I am totally on board with this idea, it inspired me to take a different approach, one that doesn’t have me scrubbing baseboards and cleaning the gutters in my spare time. No, as a working momma, my spare time is precious, and though I’m all about a clean home, I’m also all about taking care of myself. That’s why I came up with 7 ways to spring clean your skin this season; I know I’m not the only one in need of some major TLC in the complexion department.

To celebrate your radiant, healthy skin, check out a quick 5-minute highlight/contour tutorial to show off those clean pores at the end of the post!

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