Baby Hope Chest: Knits and Lucky Charms

We’re having another baby!! We’re so thrilled! I’m 18 weeks along, and our baby is due in late March. (We’ll be able to find out the gender in a couple of weeks!) And after a long, grueling three months of sickness, I’m finally happy to come out of hiding and

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July Baking: Breads, Doughnuts, and Peach Cake

I’ve done quite a lot of baking with Violet this month, and thought I’d share of few of the recipes we enjoyed best! What have you been baking lately? I’d love to hear recipe recommendations! 1. Apple Donuts We all 3 LOVED this recipe by “The Cake Blog” It’s not

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Upcycled Kid’s Art: DIY Bookmarks

Violet has been doing a lot more painting and drawing these days, and I wanted to make something useful out of her artwork. So we cut some of her big paintings into strips, laminated them, added simple tassels, and made bookmarks! We wrote a little note on the back of

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World’s Easiest Felt Board

I wanted to make Violet a felt board, but I didn’t really want to buy (or DIY) a frame. So I was staring around my basement, and thought: AHA!! A storage box! I stretched a big piece of felt over the lid, snapped the lid in place, cut out some

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Toddlerhood Is Teaching Me How To Embrace Emotions

Sometimes I think Motherhood is just “toddlerhood 2.0.” You know what I mean? Like, I’m basically trapped in a gut-wrenching awakening where I’m growing in tandem with my little tornado-of-raw-emotion! Everything moves so fast. The emotions and hormones are WILD. It’s a daily barrage of love and exhaustion and frustration

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In Case Of Pregnancy: An Open Letter To My Daughter

I have this annual tradition of writing a birthday letter to my daughter. And this year, when I sat down to draft my little love note, I noticed an old file on my computer, titled: “Letter to Future-Violet as a Mom” …I had completely forgotten about this letter. I wrote

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Let’s Chat About Mother(s) Day

dear beth, (dear me) dear naive sweet-eyed girl of 12 hours ago. i’m so sorry to hear that your Mother(s) Day was… a disappointment. if it’s any consolation, your husband is surely kicking himself square in the balls. and like, you can always “sleep in” when you’re dead. plus, you

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Motherhood (A Poem)

And when you find you have arrived, there will be no applause; No comfort or assurances that you indeed belong. You will not find it right away; Alas! the growth is slow. But once you’re there, you’ll feel the air has lightened undertow. In truth, it is the absences that

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