guest blog post: 5 ways to have a date night in on a budget

I'm so excited for our first #TakeOverTuesday blog post and I couldn't be happier that our first guest blogger is Reg. She is a powerhouse mama with some fun ideas for date nights on a budget. I hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do. And I'm blogging on her site today, discussing ten things I've learned since becoming a mom. Head on over to her blog to check out my post. By: Reg Lok Von H...

a weekend of highs and lows

Is it possible to cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time? That’s pretty much where I am today, as I’m thinking about the weekend ahead. July 29 is a day of great joy for us. July 29 is the one year anniversary of the date we found out we were pregnant; something we had been told wasn’t possible for us. For the first 15 years of our marriage, we were the “if” we ever have kids, no...

life changing carb free snack

Operation baby-weight-be-gone is in full effect and it’s working. Woot woot! My carb free lifestyle is working when I actually stay carb free. Monday through Friday, it’s fairly easy. Well, actually Monday through Thursday. When the weekend rolls around, it is so tough to stay on plan. We are an appetizer household and carb free appetizers are few and far between, or at least ones that I actu...

sunday surf & turf supper

This past weekend was a divine mix of relaxation and fun, which was the perfect way to recover from a busy week last week. We saw Dunkirk on Saturday night and the best part of it was that we were at Studio Movie Grill, so we were able to eat and drink while watching it. The movie was so painful that I resorted to Instagram filter selfies and boomerang kisses to keep myself entertained! ...

in my daughter’s eyes

When my daughter sees me I want her to see a mother who loves her unconditionally; a loving wife, daughter and friend who sets an example of how she deserves to be treated by everyone in her life; a role model of a strong woman who doesn’t take no for an answer on the things that matter most to her. Loving unconditionally means loving her on the best days and the worst one as well. It will al...

your must buy pants of the season

Y’all! I have to share with you the most amazing clothing purchase I’ve made in the last decade. These pants from Ann Taylor Loft are comfy like jammies and can be dressed up with a sleeveless top and wedges or kept easy breezy casual with a sporty tank and your favorite pair of Havianas! And while I’m still losing the baby weight, they are forgiving around the middle with a cute drawstring ...

how to land the perfect job

We all know the old saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” Sure, this saying is old and overused, but when searching for a new job, it is a crucial to keep this in mind at all times. Your first chance is often when submitting your resume and/or cover letter. As a professional hiring director, I can tell you that a thoughtfully drafted cover letter will not get you a jo...

my pal, violet

Have you met My Pal, Violet? If you haven’t and you have a child under 3 years old, I highly recommend you find her and introduce yourself. She’s fabulous! The day we brought Violet home, she became Juliet’s BFF! What child doesn’t love an adorable purple puppy that knows the child’s name and can even be programmed with the child’s favorite animal, color and food! Violet’s four paws...

amazon prime day

Can I get a woot woot?!?!?! Amazon prime day should be a national holiday. Let's be real - I am pretty sure that most of my staff members are surfing Amazon today instead of diligently working as they usually do! I put together a few of my fave Amazon Prime deals for all you momma's that are too busy to search through endless pages of deals! First up is the InstantPot Duo for $89.99. If you ...

baby weight be gone

Once a Spartan, always a Spartan, right? Operation get fit again is in full-effect! I was one of the lucky ones that two weeks after birth was only 2 pounds away from my pre-baby weight. Don't ask me how or why that happened because I have no idea. But the ugly truth is that I didn't lose those 2 pounds between then and now, instead I gained about 10 back (yay for maternity leave and plenty ...