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.

*Warning. Probably, if you are not a female, you might not want to read this. We’re getting honest.* 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…

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…

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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…

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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…

5 things to be happy about

stumbling across some blogs today, I found a post called “5 things to be happy about today” – because some days, you really just need a reminder that there are things to be happy about! not every day is sunshine and butterflies. Some days…

our coastal wedding

We had talked about spending the whole day apart – I didn’t want to. But Marsh said “It’s tradition!” – I lost that one. I was constantly thinking… “I could sneak out…. they’d never know. I could just take a peek…” – Don’t worry.…

diy: bridal bouquet

I get a TON of questions about everything from our wedding. Apparrently, quite a few people want the name of our *Wedding Planner*. Hint: it was me. I won’t say it was easy. And it wasn’t stress free. But I would LOVE to do…

send your kid to camp

Nearly half of camps report having community service or good deed programs incorporated into their programs. The top projects conducted at camps were community clean-ups, food drives, recycling programs, and volunteering with senior citizens and hospital patients. (2011 ACA Sites, Facilities, Programs Report) Just one of…

what saturdays are for

brunch. beach. hair appointments. manicures. massage. bbq’n. rest. date night.   nope. our my saturday was full of laundry. and cooking & cleaning. I mean, I am pretty proud of myself – breakfast, lunch & dinner were all made before noon. dishes included. #winning…

how to tie bean boots

We. LOVE. Bean. Boots! They’re perfect. Flawless. Useful. AMAZING. These are technically a Christmas gift, that happened to be on backorder until MARCH. So Merry Christmas to me! New boots! Did you know there are 23456599 ways to tie boots? There are. I looked…

chemo comfort bags: a project

**I did this project in early 2015 as a way to give back to patients on the journey through Chemotherapy. I am not currently working on another round of this project. Please feel free to use this idea in your hometown!*** Alright friends and…

little blue truck: birthday

  Bennett turns TWO! Don’t you just LOVE his shirt? My best friend Hope has two of the cutest boys you’ll ever see! They are full of hugs and kisses and the sweetest baby giggles! Hope threw Bennett a Little Blue Truck themed 2nd birthday party…

living room tour

We just finished installing Bamboo Hardwood Floors in the main living areas of our home! The bedrooms are next, but in the mean time – here’s a photo update of our lovely living room! ————————————————————————————– Since we have amazeballs friends all over town, we…

etsy printables

Take a look at the Etsy Shop! Check back frequently for new designs! You can click each image to see the Etsy listing! Email annaleethomasson@gmail.com for custom orders!…

printastic photo albums

This morning I’m coming to you from my new favorite work place, The Post Cafe here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina! With great coffee and a ton of snacks and meals to choose from, they’ve also got local artwork, coffee mugs, shirts and hats,…

whale tail door knocker

My whole life, I always loved this whale tail door knocker that my grandmother had on the front door. My mom says that it was on the front door of every house they owned, and it made the move when my grandparents retired to…

finish well: 2015

finish. reflect. plan. hope. pray. rest. believe. wonder. discover. decide. prepare. even my quiet time is jam packed!     ok but seriously… most mornings, now that I have my own car again, I’ve been stopping at the dock for some quiet time by…

family photos & new traditions

HEY FRIENDS! So now that everyone has their Christmas cards (check your mailbox, ma) I thought I’d share our 2015 family photos! The lovely Jana from Magnolia Photography (our wedding photographers) did our Christmas photos – and I can definitely say, that will be…

we didn’t get each other christmas presents

As 2015 is coming to a close, and another Christmas is in the books, I’ve found complete joy just in being with family this holiday season.  Last weekend we did Christmas with M’s family in the mountains – and what a blast we had!…

floral arrangements & a coastal wedding

One of the biggest surprises when I started my DIY wedding, was that I couldn’t actually handle all of the flowers on my own. — gasp —  — I needed help! —  — totally DIY was totally too much work — While I made…

my one word 2016: JOY

joy joi/ noun 1. a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. “tears of joy” synonyms: delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation,rejoicing   The start of a new year is like the greatest Monday there ever was! Yet, this Monday morning was about the Mondayest Monday morning there ever…

a journal prompt & hot chocolate

I’ve been rewatching old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy – I’m at a point in the show where Meredith is going through her mother’s old journals. I got to thinking, what if our future children, find my journals one day? What do I want them…