He who giveth

Please taketh away.

I mean the good lord gave us chocolate chip cookies? Can’t he take away the calories? Take them away lawd jesus.

Gave us pregnancy. Can he take away the barfing, and the PUPPS? Have you heard of PUPPS? It’s basically an auto immune response that is mostly your body saying I HATE BEING PREGNANT LET ME MAKE YOU SUFFER. I’m starting to see a few signs that I might be dealing with PUPPS again this pregnancy. And I’m all like take it away lawd jesus. take it away.

Speaking of being pregnant… preggo was craving brussel sprouts. Maybe having such a healthy craving is a sign of healthy full term pregnancy! Give it to me lawd jesus. Gimme that full term baby.

We hijacked our family photos this Christmas in a strong effort to save the mulah. I must say, the photo-tradesies with our neighbor bff’s worked better than I thought it would. Much thanks to my not completely morbid abilities to edit a photo… I’d say we scored a solid 3/10 for photo quality. And no one cried. And no one jumped off the dock. Back to the regularly scheduled programming when it comes time for Ruthie’s newborn photos. Momma ain’t trying to handle that one alone.

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Our Christmas tree is on the front porch and I have to say, I don’t hate it. and all the southerners said, amen. Too many curious little hands have landed our ornaments on the fireplace, our stockings on the windows, and everything else a solid 3.5 feet above the floor. Turns out we actually have some pretty tall babes. But our front porch, all merry and bright, shall be the source of festive this year.

I’m thinking about re-launching the etsy shop for instant download home prints. What say you, friends? The t-shirts are super fun, and I’ll continue those! But in the mean time, the rest of my creative bubbles are-a-burstin’…

That that that’s all, folks! Til next time…

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Gender Reveal!

We are so excited to be adding another little GIRL to the family! Sweet little Ruthie Kring Thomasson will join the party in April 2018!…

Pukes and dukes

When Daddy is at work craving one of Phil’s sour cream donuts, you jump in the car, and head straight to Mr Bagel Meister! One of our Wilmington favorites!  Then some rain foiled our plans to go to the park. So we went to…

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | 2017

We can't believe the 2017 holiday season is already here! With only weeks left to get all of your shopping done, we think there's no better way than to get everything online. So we've compiled a list of all of our favorite items for…

an update, shall we?

What’s more fun than two babies at the beach? THREE. Our cousins came to visit from Winston-Salem and as you can see, not much makes us happier than getting all the kiddos together! Elizabeth still hates the beach, and everyone else had a great…

my town – local film

I’m so excited to share a new local project with y’all today! If you don’t live here, you may not know that Wilmington was recently home to a thriving film industry. Though it has recently dissipated thanks to some unfortunate decisions by our state…

DIY Built In Benches

Take a look at these DIY Built In Benches with instructions. | The Salt Water Wife…

One Year Olds + Family Photos

We thought a first birthday was a great time to get some new family photos done! As always, all of the flawless photo credit goes to Jana from Magnolia Photography!…

NICU Graduates – one year later

In some ways, it doesn’t surprise me at all that it’s been a year. I can recall toys we played with when they were just one month old. I can picture the outfits – preemie, 3 month, and for some reason now 18-month sizes.…

brush dry bar | wrightsville beach

OH WEDDINGS. Nothing like a little love soiree to talk me into dressing up. Hair, make-up, shoes. Dress. A DRESS. But there’s just a little something about a 100F day, top notch humidity, and racing the clock that made me say nope. no way. not…

twins at the park

I love doing new things with the twins! We spend a lot of time at home. And even though we do try to get out a few times a week, it’s usually the same old thing. The grocery store, playing at another house, etc.…

Twins on the Farm

Every summer Marshall’s company has a party on their farm. They host children from China and Germany for a summer camp and end it all with a big family day celebration on the farm. We even got to see horses but the twins weren’t…

e l e v e n m o n t h s 

My sweet babes are 11 MONTHS OLD!!! How is this possible? Next month we will be celebrating their first birthday!  Bentley bear has two teeth, and is starting to stand up holding onto furniture (if we’re being honest here, he’s legitimately scaling the coffee…

Will You Finish Your Degree?

I watched a video recently about education. Specifically about why organized education started, and where education is going. Coincidentally, I caught an image on Facebook around the same time listing “Things I didn’t learn in school”; and it went on to list real life…

Finding Faith In Humanity

Some of you might know that a few years back, I left a job in law enforcement. Let me be clear here, I loved my job. I had many responsibilities and tasks to do each day (I’m a busy body, this is a good…

Wedding Planning Tips + Tricks

Hi, my name is Annalee and I am a control freak. I’m planning a wedding, and I am a control freak. Blanket apologies in advance to everyone in the wedding party. I’ve got everything picked out. Right down to the toe-nail polish. For the…

Too Young For Joy

Yesterday on TODAY’s KLG + Hoda, Jada Smith offered some blunt advice to her daughter and TODAY viewers – don’t marry young. And of course it caught my eye and I started to wonder, well, how young is she talking? Turns out Jada and Will got…

teething honey bae bees!

The only thing crazier than a teething baby, is TWO teething babies! Am I right? Bentley has his two bottom teeth, but I’m convinced more are coming… he is constantly chewing on his little hands and one of his favorite teethers! Elizabeth still has…

twin mom guide to prime

Most moms are all about Target… and while I am too, unashamedly, a qualified leader of Target Addicts anonymous, I am also a huge fan of Amazon! And being a twin mom? Well you gotta find those hidden gems anywhere and everywhere you can.…

Summer Fun with Evenflo!

I'm super excited to be partnering with Evenflo this summer! They definitely know how to help a family have fun!…

f o u r t h o f j u l y

We love living at the beach. And 9 months of the year, we love living in a tourist town! Because for the off-season 9 months of the year, it’s a rather pleasant place to live! But it’s not just tourist season, it’s the 4th…

swimming and strolling

I’ll tell you what. The great debate of summer 2017, so far, has been strollers! Here’s where we are… We’ve had the Contours Options Elite from the start. And I LOVE IT. Like 98%. It is absolutely perfect for managing two kids, of any…

Finn + Emma 

Everyone loves these elephant rompers the twins wore this spring! Finn + Emma offers clothing and toys that embody style and sustainability. Baby apparel is made from 100% organic cotton and toys crafted with all natural woods to ensure that babies are wearing and…

Milestone after milestone…

Most days I still can’t believe we have twins. I usually think there’s no way we already have these babies! And to think they are nine months old today, just blows my mind! I take a ton of photos and blog our journey. But…

and it was good

God made summer, and He knew it was good. We are glad summer is here! But summer at the beach means tourist season. And tourist season means pool season for us! The babes have been in the poolbabes have been in the pool quite…

I Hate The New Mom Meal Train.

I know I’m going to get a lot of crap for this. I must be ungrateful. I’m such a jerk. Everyone’s just trying to do something nice. But surely, there m u s t be another mom out there who feels this way. Someone? Anyone?…

One fish two fish

Pink fish blue fish!  We got the twins in the pool for the first time last night and it was more adorable than I thought possible!  Bentley liked his float, but Elizabeth wasn’t so sure. Once we held her, she was fine! Even had…

the nantucket tee

After some great feedback on our mom tees, we’ve heard that many of you would love shirts of your favorite islands! We’re starting out with one of our favorite northern islands, NANTUCKET! The Nantucket is now available in short sleeve, long sleeve, and a…

How I Make My Own

I can finally see the light at the end of the expensive formula feeding tunnel… The babies have not cut down on their formula yet, but as they eat a little more solid food each day I can see that the end is near!…

freezer meals + the easy way

I’ve heard for years about how friends do freezer meals, and I always fought it. It seemed so complicated to buy ingredients for so many meals, and prepare them all in just a few hours. I also didn’t want 10+ ladies (thought I love…

why didn’t I have this sooner?

Howdy friends! I’d like to say my absence from blogging is because I have so much crazy awesome things going on, but I can’t. It’s actually because sometimes we’re really boring. Right now is one of those sometimes. I mean actually Marsh just spent…

a lovely ladies soirée 

On Saturday morning, Marshall left for Germany. So his leading ladies escorted him to the airport while Bentley stayed behind for some quality Grammy time!  We started off with a trip to Target! Dog food ✔️ diapers ✔️ formula ✔️ Shopping at Target (where…

grocery shopping with twins

I could never make a complete list of all of the questions I get when I go out in public with the twins. I have a lot of smarty pants answers, but my husband reminds me I need to be more passive, less aggressive.  Are…

Tonight the twins tried peas…

So tonight we were slightly inspired and got really brave and fed the babies PEAS. Fed is maybe not the right word. That would imply they swallowed the peas, which I’m confident did. not. happen.  Alas, it went a little something like……

Come down to the river

Today Grammy and Pop Pop took us on a day date for tacos and the river walk! We even topped off the day with ice cream at Kilwins… which I’m sure the twins will enjoy one day.  I was particularly entertained by the group…

Twins on Tuesday!

Tuesday mornings are on our list of favorites! We head over to a twin friends house and play play play! The girls are 12 days older than Bentley and Elizabeth, so it’s pretty much perfect! Today was gorgeous so we played outside! Kristin is…

Let’s take 4 babies to the park

82F and sunny in February? Well let’s go out to play! We started our day at the park with a few of our twin best friends, and ended the day… Surprise… At target! We didn’t last too long at the park, I think the…

Sorry my house is a mess

I’m sorry my house is such a mess… we’ve been busy playing.  A sweet friend recently reminded me that the dishes will be there tomorrow. The laundry will be there in the morning. And it’s just fine to eat leftovers. Better yet, islands has…

tag team target

As the twins get older, it’s getting harder to get out for errands, but also more entertaining for them when we get there. So most times, when we go to Target, we go with a friend! safety in numbers. But, not today! today I…

The Moana Collection

pretty cheers and mom tees

Before kids, we had a rough patch with our dogs that had me in serious fear of bringing any other living being into this house, let alone a human one! I mentioned that I don’t know how human moms do it – I couldn’t…

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my one word: deeper

If you don’t know about My One Word – I definitely suggest that you learn more! Rather than tackling a long list of New Year’s resolutions, our pastor encourages us to focus on one word, all year long. One word that we can apply…

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wednesday wonders

Well, if today doesn’t feel quite like a Monday morning. #survivalmode The twins have decided to reject sleep today so in between screams, I’m doing all my best thinking. ONE I’m not sure how long it takes a pumpkin to totally rot and decay,…

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2016 Family Photos

I’m a punctual person. If I’m supposed to be somewhere by 10am, I aim for 930. I spent a few years in a job where If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, don’t bother showing up.…

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hit me with your brick shot

Oh the brick wall front porch. Our perfect little photo op location. As I call them, brick shots. I give to you, our most recent i-phone-to-shoot images! Enjoy! Have I forgotten about the blog? No. I promise. It’s just that… well… there’s two of…

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thanksmas season is upon us

fa la la la la, la la, la laaaaaa This Sunday was one of the most well-spent Sundays we’ve had recently! It started off with the babies making a 6 hour stretch overnight #praisehands It continued when I realized the babies looked cute, dad…

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magnolia wedding workshop

Marshall + I have come to find that there’s nothing quite as sweet as a perfect picture. In 30 years, we want our children to look back on their parents at their age. To see life through our eyes. To share in our memories. We…

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merry christmas, happy holidays

bah-dum-psh. with those song references. Wow! The past month or so has been a blur. In between the daily survival mode, we’ve had visitors, started going back to church, and switched up our baby routine. And just like that, Thanksgiving is upon us, and Christmas…

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smooth as a baby’s

Baby bath time in this house has quickly turned into baby shower time. The twins were off to a great start when we came home from the NICU but each bath since has become more of a struggle. So, we got a little desperate…

shots shots shots errebody

Guys, I’m killing it with the song title references here lately. However, not those kind of shots! Disappointed? I know. Unfortunately, the shots of which I speak are of the needle variety. The tear-jerker kind. The welcome to the world, sweet little two month old…

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newborn photoshoot: organized chaos

Seriously, this went WAY better than I had anticipated. Our engagement/wedding/family/christmas/life photographers have done it again! I have nothing to say except for muchas gracias, Jana for capturing our precious babies so well! They already look so different. We’re glad we will have these…

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b-b-b-babies and the beach

Is it terrible? My constant blog title references to songs? Did you catch this one? Maybe I’m crazy. Possibly because he wanted to, but also possibly just to make his crazy wife shut up, Marsh took today off work to spend some extra time…

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seemingly sunday

Sitting here with a snuggly little 8 week old (what?) all snuggled up on me, my mind is racing with things of less importance, but still a seemingly large place in the rapidfire that is my brain this morning. My mind tends to work…

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if you’re gonna be my foyer

you gotta have shiplap walls I kid, I kid. But seriously, I’m allllll about that shiplap. Call me Jo, but the I was raised in an Amish town shines through in all it’s glory when it comes to decorating my home. My end goal is…

Surviving The NICU + Preterm Delivery

not the start we’d imagined

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to share this with you guys, mostly because I didn’t want it to seem as if I was complaining. I think that writing and sharing this is not only good for my own processing and working…

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pumpkin babies

I’ll just start out with this. I hate halloween. Hate it. Don’t know why… I don’t really have a good reason. I just think it’s an awful waste of a holiday. Maybe now that we have kids, I will begin to feel a bit differently…

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more blogging + babies

Before I was surprised with our twins at 34 weeks, I was spending a lot of my time reading mom blogs. Birth stories, DIY projects – it all kept me occupied during the last few weeks of my felt like forever pregnancy! My friend Kristina…

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breastfeeding twins

*Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. This is my personal experience.* Among the millions of things I was worried about while expecting twins, breastfeeding topped the charts. I’d heard friends with only one baby talk about how hard it was to nurse every two hours…

A Birth Story | The Salt Water Wife | Natural Vaginal Twin Delivery | C Section | Cesarean Section

a babies novel: part 3 // the end

a babies novel: part 1. a babies novel: part 2. Ohhh the grand finale! This will be long winded. And I ain’t sorry about it. You’ve been warned. Part 2 left off on Thursday night, with a nurse who gave me all the apple…

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all the fall things

did anyone sing that? No? I’m the only one stuck with 1999 blink-182 stuck in my head? y’all are no fun. fun-suckers. ok… anyway FALL has arrived! Normally I’d be dragging out the last ounces of summer. But after a miserable few months of…

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life with twins: a successful day

We’re about to celebrate four whole weeks with our twins! We’ve only been home with both for about two weeks, due to our time in the NICU – but two weeks has taught us quite a bit! Especially this week where Marshall went back to…

Contours Options Elite | Snap n Go | Twin Stroller | Double Stroller | Copper Pearl | Car Seat Covers | The Salt Water Wife

blogworthy: our first day out on the town

I’m not sure how I mustered the guts to do it, but by golly WE TOOK THE TWINS IN PUBLIC. #gasp OK – catch your breath. Monday was Marshall’s last day off, so while I wanted to get a few things accomplished that I…

Twin Birth Story Part Two | Labor And Delivery | Vaginal Natural Twin Delivery | The Salt Water Wife

a babies novel: part 2.

a babies novel: part 1. I know I said I’d be back soon with part 2, but we’ve since learned that time is now irrelevant. So… whenever that was, whatever today is… here we are with chapter dos. So now it’s Thursday morning! Our specialist…

Twin Birth Story | Labor And Delivery | Vaginal Natural Twin Delivery | C-Section | The Salt Water Wife

a babies novel: part 1.

I give to you… the birth novel. Part 1. (overly detailed and possibly not interesting to you at all. but hey, this blog is more for my own memories. so, in case this meets your entertainment needs…) On Tuesday morning (August 24th) I went…

Twin Labor And Delivery | Twin Birth Story | The Salt Water Wife

and then we were home

where do I even start? Y’all, we had TWINS! They are here. They are home. We are in LOVE. It’s been such a whirlwind of a three weeks… + I have quite a lot to tell you! But for the sake of your eyes and…

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community + camaraderie

Sometimes in life, like you know when you’re expecting twins, there’s this general sense of OH MY GOD WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO MY WORLD and sometimes that’s a lot to handle. Just this week it hit me scared the bejeezus out of…

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clean house + baby friendly

One of the most time consuming parts about preparing for babies has been washing and putting away everything in the nursery. Thankfully, my mom was here to help finish up the clothes. By the time she got here, I had lost my mind with nursery…

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blogging + business + bab(ies)

For the next 3-5 weeks, we’re waiting. Patiently, excited, and nervously… waiting. One way I’m staying occupied is by blogging! I’ve loved how this blog as allowed me to connect with other wives, moms, salt water loving, island living ladies like myself! You might…

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thursday blog parties

Happy Thursday friends! Today I’m excited to guest host for a great link up with you all that I’ve been sharing in for a while now! There are a TON of great bloggers sharing some awesome projects and recipes – and more! If you haven’t…

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thoughts on thursday

I got bored with seeing five on friday posts so I thought I’d switch it up a little bit for your – not quite end of the week  – reading pleasure. take it or leave it… it’s all I’ve got! I don’t like this new Instagram…

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30 weeks & a twin nursery reveal

First off – holy moly. 30 WEEKS. We’re getting close to some serious baby babies watch around here and we’re equal parts excited … and not ready! Bags are packed. Nursery is finished ready to bring babies home. Ready enough… there will always be…

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our hospital bag + a Pink Blush Giveaway!

So my doctor told me to be packed for the hospital at 30 weeks… I had a small heart attack… what do we pack?! I have to tell you – the jackpot of information is found in blogs! Go momma bloggers, go! I’ve found tons of lists,…

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29 weeks + ohmygoshcontractions

Well this has been a festive week! Today we hit 29 weeks, and we’re down to about 8 weeks to go! I woke up Tuesday morning feeling like I needed a serious walk. Except I’m really not allowed to walk any kind of distance.…

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I caught my dog with a bone today.

I never thought I’d see it, but I caught my dog with a bone today. We adopted Tally a few years ago. We had one amazing pup, who we thought deserved a buddy. Tally was a total stray, lucky enough to be found by someone…

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3rd trimester, good coffee + a grateful heart

HELLO 3rd TRIMESTER! Babies are each the size of a coconut, and weigh 2lb 10oz + 2 lb 12oz! Almost 6lbs of baby in there! That blows my mind. We’re big, getting bigger, and were given an A+! But then, it also explains why…

DIY Nautical Nursery Finials | Nursery Decor | The Salt Water Wife

nautical nursery decor: finials

We’ve made so much progress on the nursery in the past week! A blessing – because I’m really starting to slow down. Moving much is getting to be exhausting, so I’m glad that all we have left is little things! One thing I wanted…

Twin Name Reveal | Baby Name Announcement | Pregnancy Announcement | Gender Reveal | Twin Announcement | Baby Name Ideas | The Salt Water Wife

27 weeks and things that smell

happy friday! not that it matters much anymore. I finished work last week; so each day for me seems to be another what can I accomplish today challenge, rather than a day to get through. there is still an upside to fridays though – my…

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Seaside Saturdays (Link Party 1)

Something I can’t get enough of is blog posts of others who love their life by the sea! I mean, who doesn’t? So I decided to throw a little link party – to see if we can all make a few more friends in the…

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26 weeks + nursery paint!

How far along: 26 WEEKS! Baby Size:2 lbs and 14 inches each! About the size of a Bowling Pin!  Weight gain: Yep. Yes. Unfortunately. And boy do I feel it! Maternity clothes: Would you believe you can outgrow maternity clothes? We’re getting there. I am still LOVING the a.n.a.…

Twin Name Reveal | Baby Name Announcement | Pregnancy Announcement | Gender Reveal | Twin Announcement | Baby Name Ideas | The Salt Water Wife

their names

We’ve known their names for quite some time now. But, we wanted to share with our family and closest friends before we put anything really, truly, out there. And we’ve been seriously excited to share their names with all of you! At 26+ weeks, and in…

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the best of etsy: newborn accessories

With two sweet babies on the way, you could say I’ve been slightly oooohing and ahhhhing over all the cute baby accessories on Etsy! I’m amazed every day when I find new handmade items for babies – I can’t believe how talented some people…

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budgeting for twins!

It’s no secret that babies cost money! Have twins? We’re planning on twice the diapers. So when we decided that I’ll be leaving my job at the end of this month, we realized we needed to do a total budget overhaul, and look at other ways…

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small house living

This morning I saw this article from Forbes: 8 Reasons To Buy a 1000 Sq. Ft. Home – and immediately I thought Well, we’re not far off!  You see, our home is about 1400 square feet. My next thought was, is it really that small? You…

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24 weeks and baby upgrades!

Let me tell you something. If your mattress was questionably old, and you were considering replacing it… getting pregnant is a sure way to find out for sure! Suddenly our mattress was just not cutting it. Since I found out I was pregnant, my hips…

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21 weeks and I killed a massive spider

Y’all. The spider killing ninja warrior skills came out of me this week. After a quick dip in the neighborhood pool, I happened to look under the rocking chair as I was grabbing my keys to head home and… SPI-DER. Y’all don’t even understand. I’m talking…

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the best of the etsy mugs

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a bit of a coffee fanatic – and that’s a soft way to put it. Pre-pregnancy, I was easily drinking 5-6 cups of coffee a day. And I’d sleep soundly at night… Now though,…

19 weeks!

19 Weeks along with TWINS and feeling good! So far... I can't believe we're half way - maybe even more. Nursery colors are coming along this week!…

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gender reveal & 17 weeks!

We can't even believe it! 17 weeks may not seem very far, but if we aren't half way, we're close! And this week, we finally shared that we are welcoming one little boy, and one little girl to the family!…

painted by the shore

This post is sponsored by Painted By The Shore. If there’s one thing island residents love, it’s reusable grocery bags! Reusable anything, for that matter – but check out these totes! Between the bags at checkout, and the bags for produce, and the extra…

celebrating life

This week is a special one! There’s birthdays to celebrate, anniversaries to remember, people to love and tough days to get through. This is my Rita. She passed away when I was 19, after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was flawless. Beautiful, funny, a…

five on friday!

Well, yes, it’s Thursday. But I’m taking a preemptive strike on tomorrow’s to-do list. So here it is – five on Friday! I was looking through pictures, and found this gem! When I had the energy and intentions of doing weekly updates… HAH. That…

Yes – it’s TWINS!

This has become my favorite question! wait… why are there two onesies? are there TWO babies!? Yes – it’s TWINS! We are so excited to finally share the big news! Being pregnant is a big secret to keep – being pregnant with TWINS? Guys. You…

bon bini aruba

BON BINI! Our honeymoon in Aruba in October 2014 created a small whole in my heart, that I now believe will only ever be filled when we go back. I say when, not if, because by golly, WE’RE GOING BACK. I don’t know when,…

a nautical touch

If you walk through my house on any given day, I can tell you what you’ll see. Multiple loads of (at least, clean) laundry on the couch. Muddy paw prints on the floor. Shoes everywhere. My work stuff piled on the dining room table.…

adulting & sundays

how long has it been since I posted? forever. Sorry bout it. truth is, nothing all that interesting has happened the past few weeks! today we got up and did the usual, breakfast, church, nursery, lunch, nap, laundry, and forgot didn’t muster up the…

last minute kid valentine’s

I remember Valentine’s Day at school – we all had our own little ‘mailbox’ and everyone would bring in their favorite superman or barbie valentine’s day cards. You were super cool if you attached it to a treat! So I wanted to share with…

island living – kitchen tour

Last week we shared the exterior of this beautiful home with you, and this week we’re so excited to show off my favorite part of a house – the kitchen! Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Rachel Ray. But I still love a good…

island living – home feature

When you live in a town full of beach houses, you are blessed with unlimited amounts of design inspiration! I won’t lie, I spend a lot of time driving the islands looking at houses. Hey – a girl can dream! Of all the houses,…

coastal succulents

Most days, you’ll find me at The Post Cafe – working next to an open window, overlooking the edge of the ocean. It’s peaceful. Beautiful. The stuff my dreams are made of. And recently, I noticed a touch of charm, that just makes this…

lessons from a college tour guide

Today in the coffee shop, I met a girl and her parents who were on their way to tour another college. She was certain that this was the one she’d go to – all her friends were going there. Her mom lightly rolled her…