Gender reveal – with a surprise twist

The news is in – and after an interesting gender reveal turn of events, we found out baby number three is a GIRL. She will be our third January baby girl, can you believe it? Okay first, why this news was SO shocking and our fun surprise twist.

Did you know you can find out the gender of your baby as early as 9 weeks? Yup, it’s true. Sneak Peek sent me this at-home blood test kit that you can take as early as 9 weeks; it detects chromosomes in your blood, so as a woman, if you have Y chromosomes in your blood, you’re having a boy. Pretty cool, and I never heard of this before – it was so simple because they mail the kit to you, provide detailed instructions (that you should REALLY follow), you send your sample back in, and get the results emailed to you – or someone else, if you want to be surprised.

As you may know, I have terrible sickness in my pregnancies – this one seems to be the worst one so far – so I was really looking forward to learning the gender early to have something fun and exciting to hold on to.

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Oh baby, we have an announcement

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I’ve been a little quieter on the blog and social media lately and for good reason – we are expecting baby number three in January! I’m officially 13 weeks now, and my due date is January 8 – my third January baby.

I’ll keep this brief but cover the basics.

Will you find out the gender? Heck yes – I’m a planner, and major rooms will be changing in my house, so I want to be able to know the gender to really plan specifically and get organized.

How are you feeling? Terrible – I ask everyone to refrain from asking me how I’m feeling only because the answer is always that I feel awful, and I feel like a huge complainer. When I start feeling better, don’t worry, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops and let y’all know!

Any cravings? I don’t like to consider them cravings, but I have moments where something will sound good in that moment. At this point, I just have to go with whatever my stomach will allow me to have, whatever it is.

2 ingredient Moon Sand recipe for kids

This Moon Sand recipe for kids is a fun, easy DIY activity that lasts forever and kills childhood boredom. I actually never had Moon or Kinetic Sand growing up, but I remember being in awe of the commercials – a moldable sand that crumbles? Amazing. We often play with conventional Play Dough or our homemade 2 Ingredient Play Dough, but this is a refreshing alternative with loads of sensory activities to go along with it. Now, I can live out my childhood fantasy at home, with my kiddos.

You only need two simple ingredients (three if you’re opting for color sand), it only takes a few minutes to assemble, and stores perfectly in a Tupperware container.

Moon Sand ingredients


Oil (I used vegetable oil and will try Baby Oil for my next batch)

Optional: Crushed chalk or oil-based food coloring if you don’t want white sand

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Easy DIY no sew upholstered bench

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When you’ve been searching for a DIY bench for your window seat, piano, or chair cushions, most likely all the “easy” projects weren’t so easy – at least for your level. So if you’re looking for a truly EASY DIY no sew upholstered bench tutorial, look no further.

I can attest to its simplicity and results because I don’t have many crafty or handy bones in my body yet have high standards. This projects fits my skill and taste level.

Now that we have this adorable cushion on our window seat, I don’t know how we ever lived without one. It’s used daily and is truly one of the most comfy seats in our house. My kids climb on it, I read on it, and it provides really comfy extra seating when we have guests or parties. The hardest part will be choosing your fabric and choosing accessories, so if you’re up for the challenge, read on.

Don’t forget to stock up on coffee table books – they make the perfect accessories! Shop my favorite ways to style your bench below.

A letter to my husband on our anniversary

Dear Justin,

I kept putting off writing this 5th anniversary letter to you because I felt too overwhelmed – I had too many thoughts and feelings that couldn’t be contained into just one letter in only so many words, but I’m biting the bullet and just trying to put it simply: thank you for making life fun.

It’s always been fun with you, from staying up all night talking in the dorms and dorm room dance parties to traveling, writing love notes, and becoming parents, you just make life good. I guess it’s as simple as that.

We’ve always been on the same page when it comes to the biggest relationship myth, and I truly stand by it. Everyone preaches that marriage is hard work; relationships are hard; it’s not going to be easy – I just appreciate that we work well together and find joy and ease in our marriage. Thank you for that.

Thank you for picking up things in life where I fall short – thanks for letting me sleep in best I can every day and for always being the middle of the night go-to guy. Thank you for buying molasses at the least opportune time between dinner and bedtime because I was in dire need of homemade ginger cookies (on more than one occassion).


Why Mother’s Day is a sham

Yay, Mother’s Day is right around the corner – oh wait, did I say yay? I meant, oh great, (queue eye roll).

I’m probably among the 3% of moms who actually have a perfect Mother’s Day, but despite that, and after consulting with tons of moms on social media and in real life, I’m here to say that it’s bogus.

Yup, that’s right. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, heck, even Valentine’s Day, you’re all just a big fat farce.

Ah, I’m feeling much better getting that off my chest.

Stick with me to learn why, and comment with your feelings about these holidays.