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Treating Our Son's Hemangioma

All three of my children were born with hemangiomas, which started as small red blemishes on their bodies a few weeks after they born. I had never heard or seen a hemangioma prior to my children getting them, so it was a bit scary when they started to grow.

I'm excited to partner with Dell Children's Medical Center to share how we treated them and what to expect if your little one has one!

Walt & Whitney | 3 Years Old

Happy 3rd Birthday Walton & Whitney!

I won't say I can't believe they are 3, because really it feels like a long three years (this mom is tired)! It's become a bit of a tradition to take birthday photos with their adorable Little Blue Olive party hats, and this weekend we headed to Play for All Abilities Park to shoot. I had about one minute with them before they were DONE, and that was after I gave them a sucker ; ). Walt went right in for a kiss, and then my heart grew three sizes. They bicker like a married couple, but their adorable moments of friendship make the stress and lack of sleep worth it!

Listen to their natural birth story here

A Weekend in Nashville, TN

Nashville has been on my travel bucket list for quite a while, so when my sister invited me to celebrate her 40th birthday in Nashville with a group of friends I was all in! Alex and I secured babysitters (thank you grandparents) and booked our Southwest flights about 6 months in advance.

The weather wasn't in our favor (rainy and cold), but we still had a great time! Today I'm sharing what we did, where we stayed and what we ate!

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January Small Goals

About two years ago I was inspired by my friend Nicole to start writing small monthly goals, and it has been a game changer. I've been able to accomplish more things and focus like never before. A big goal is OK to have, but setting monthly goals will help you achieve that large goal. Breaking it up makes it feel more attainable and you are more likely to achieve it. For example your goal may be to switch careers. Your monthly goals to break up over the year could include things such as; learning a new skill that would benefit your new career, attend a networking event, buy a classy interview outfit, rewrite your resume, build your LinkedIn profile, join Toastmasters to help with your interviewing/presentation skills. All of these small goals will help you to achieve your larger goal. 

When it comes to how many goals to have per month, there is no set number. Maybe it's one goal or maybe it's five. You set the amount! I like to mix goals with personal development, blogging, career and physical. Here is what I have planned for January!

2018 Recap | The Highs & Lows

2018 was a good year! My family stayed safe and healthy, which is the best thing I could have asked for. A few years ago I didn't think much about overall health, but it's been two years since I lost my Dad and health/safety is NOT something I take for granted. 

I'm sharing some of my favorite moments and experiences from 2018 plus a few lows, because I want to remember I made it through the tough times too! Here's a fun recap of 2017 which I loved reading to see how things have changed.

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2019 Financial Goals

Here's the thing I've learned about goals. They are much easier to achieve when you break them up in to smaller more achievable goals. They aren't so scary when they are digestible. Today I'm sharing my 2019 financial goals. They aren't huge, but they are taking steps in the right direction.

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New Year, New Budget

Towards the end of every year I take an in-depth look at my spending over the past year. I also look at where my family is financially. Did we increase our debt? Did we decrease it? Did our spending habits change? Did we make any expensive purchases we regret now? Could we have saved more?