Our sweet baby Stella is here and we couldn't be more excited and in love with her, she's perfect! On Sunday, September 15th, I woke up from a nap around 3pm. I was 38 weeks and 2 days pregnant and started having what I thought were Braxton hicks contractions. At first they started off pretty [...]
It’s a Girl!
Shane and I are so excited to share that we're having a baby girl! The suspense over the last 5 months has been killing me not knowing. Especially since Shane has been holding me back from buying a bunch of gender neutral items, which I'm glad he did! I'm excited to finally buy all of [...]
First Trimester Checklist
Congratulations, you're pregnant! If it still hasn't sunk in yet, it will. The second you see that positive test, or in my case 7 🙂 , your whole world seems to be changed forever. If you're like me you're feeling excited, nervous, and possibly a little worried, all of these feelings are normal! When I [...]
We’re Having a Baby!
Shane and I have some excited news to share... we're having a baby! Baby Dooley is due September 27th 2019, and we couldn't be more excited! If you read my post, My Hyperthyroidism Journey, you know that Shane and I had been open to getting pregnant for just over a year. In early January, I [...]
10 Things to Know Before Getting Married
My husband and I are coming up on our first marriage anniversary on October 20th and today, I'm sharing what we've learned about relationships over the last 11 years of being together.
Never Stop Dating
In previous posts, I’ve shared that a few years ago my husband (then boyfriend) and I went through one of the most difficult times in our relationship. We had been dating for about 8 years and had become so distant, we weren't sure what to do. We weren't communicating with each other or working on [...]
Self-Love – I Am, I Can & I Will
As long as I can remember, I always had negative thoughts about myself. It's like a little voice inside my head that wouldn't shut up and would just continually tell me how I wasn't good enough. I wasn't smart enough, pretty enough, "__" enough, however I filled in the blank. Always criticizing and comparing myself [...]
8 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men
If you are like me, it can be hard trying to figure out any gift for your significant other, especially on a day like Valentine’s Day. The day usually seems to be geared towards what to do for women, which leaves us women wondering what to do for our men. Over the years, I have [...]
Playing Offense & Defense in your Marriage
This Sunday is the big game, the Superbowl, and it's being hosted in my home state of Minnesota. In light of the upcoming game, I found this week's topic to be very fitting: defensiveness, communication, and playing on the same team within your marriage. It's so easy to become defensive when communicating with your spouse. [...]
Three days after my husband and I got married this past October, we headed off to Monterey, CA to enjoy our honeymoon for a week. My husband planned most of the trip and it was my first time in California, I had always wanted to go since I was just a little girl and was [...]
Our Wedding Day
As you read in my Happy New Year! post, some of my biggest news from last year, 2017, is that in mid-August, my then fiance, and I picked a wedding date! We had been seriously talking about it for almost a year prior and with all that life had for us in 2017, we just [...]
The 5 Love Languages – Learn How to Love
A few years ago, my sister gave me a book for Christmas called The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. I do not read a lot of books but read the back and thought it sounded very interesting. The synopsis on the book reads "Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall [...]