• How to Prepare for a VBAC

    So you want a VBAC? You had a c-section last time, because you failed to progress, or maybe they told you the baby would be too big, or that your pelvis was too small or maybe you had complete placenta previa (like I did): you had a frustrating birth experience and you are dreaming of VBACing next time, but you… [Continue Reading]

    How to Prepare for a VBAC
  • Questions I’d Like to Ask a Mom Friend Vol. 2

    Questions, I have a lot of them. This mom gig didn’t come with a manual (or maybe the hospital forgot to give me my copy?). I wrote my first edition of Questions I’d Like to Ask a Mom Friend back when Gideon was only a few months old. I was sitting alone in the apartment nursing him, worrying about all… [Continue Reading]

    Questions I’d Like to Ask a Mom Friend Vol. 2
  • How I’m Tricking Myself into Actually Achieving My Goals

    One day I realized I needed to start tricking myself into achieving my goals. Maybe it was that I turned twenty-seven, inching ever nearer to the big 3-0. Maybe it was because I slept through the night for the first time in three-quarters of a year, and my brain was finally firing on all cylinders. Maybe it was months of… [Continue Reading]

    How I’m Tricking Myself into Actually Achieving My Goals
  • 8 Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Pregnancy

    Saia and I are pretty vocal about the fact that we dream of a big family. So while I am not pregnant right now, sometime in the next few years we definitely are hoping for a second baby. I had a tough pregnancy the first time around. I had a high-risk pregnancy due to complete placenta previa that necessitated a C-section… [Continue Reading]

    8 Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Pregnancy
  • Mornings are for Making

    It has been a whirlwind summer in the Lotulelei household. Back in May, Saia quit his job, and launched his own business, a masonry company. He has been working long days all summer, generally six days a week, 10-hour days, and taking a day off whenever it rains. Gideon started the summer barely army crawling, and ended it taking his… [Continue Reading]

    Mornings are for Making

Gideon: 7 Month Update

And just like that, my baby boy is closer to his first birthday, than he is to his birth day. Granted, he is now getting closer to 8 months, than 7 months, but between Saia launching his masonry business, all of us getting sick, and then Saia’s parents staying with us for a week–we’ve been a bit busy! But I…

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Why Going to Starbucks Every Thursday is Making Me a Better Mom

One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself is go to Starbucks once a week. I’m sitting in Starbucks as I write this, sipping a tall caramel macchiato, decaf thank-you-very-much because I’m still a nursing mommy, and I want my baby boy (as well as myself) to sleep well tonight. I have the pearl earrings, my hubby gave…

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Gideon: 6 Month Update

I can’t believe my baby is 1/2 a year old already! The time has gone by SOOO fast! On February 10, we both “celebrated” our 1/2 Birthday (by celebrated, I mean posted a pic to my Instagram, ha!) In a blink of an eye, we will be celebrating his first Birthday. For now, I am savoring every sloppy kiss, squinty-eyed…

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Books I Read in January and Whether You Should Read Them

January was a great month for reading. One of my goals for this year, is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I am proud to say that I read four books in January, putting me right on track! Reading was one of the best parts of January. I have been in a reading slump ever since I graduated college two…

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Why We Are Doing the Whole 30 (Sigh)

Confession time: I don’t want to do the Whole 30. I love pouring cream in my iced coffee in the morning: watching the rich cream drizzle down over the ice cubes, and mix in with the coffee. I love slathering a hot piece of homemade bread with butter and honey in the afternoon. I love sautéing garlic, green onions, carrots,…

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21 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Every year I try to find a gift that is extra-special for my husband for Valentine’s Day The very first year we were dating, I bought him a bunch of gifts, including a big ol’ chocolate bar with bacon in it. He bit into it, and I noted the pained expression on his face as he tried to eat it….

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My First Five Months of Motherhood

We’re five months into this motherhood gig, and I’m slowly rebuilding. Those early days of motherhood are so blurry—when I look back I just see a hurting woman, staring down at her wise-eyed baby boy, in a dark apartment. The days ran together: August became September and September became the first snow fall. I remember long nights sitting in my overstuffed…

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What was it like to be Homeschooled?

“You’re homeschooled, right?” The public schooler asked me. “Sooooo, does that mean you get to stay in your pajamas all day?” “Yep!” Twelve-year-old me replied mischievously “I just stay in my pajamas, eat chocolates and relax on the coach all day long.” “Whoa”. the public schooler said, his eyes glistening with longing, “I wish I was homeschooled too“. Teasing public…

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Savory Chicken and Dumplings That’ll Cure What Ails Ya

“Hon, I have a question…” My hubby and I were eating supper that night, and in-between bites he turned to me, his brow knit in concern. I leaned in, wondering what was wrong, and gave him all my attention. “Why is it” he asked, “that you’ve never told me that you knew how to make this until now?” He looked…

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This Week’s Meal Plan and the Tortilla that Changed Everything

Meal planning is a necessary evil. I don’t enjoy meal planning. It is time-consuming, tedious, and stressful.  I have tried many different methods to try to make it a less odious experience. At first, I just tried winging it every week. I figured that I had the creativity to come up with meals on the spot! Well, I might have had…

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