Facebook Pages for Bereaved Parents

There’s a common sentiment amidst the loss community that we have a responsibility (and opportunity!) to help those who are just beginning their journey through grief. Facebook pages are a great route to do this. Some serve as communities, resource centers, or even just memorials of loved ones. I have compiled a list of my favorite Facebook pages for bereaved parents. Each of these are pages that I have followed for a while and feel like may be of help[Read more]

Make Your Own Cleaning Schedule: How & Why

At the start of August, I felt like something needed to change. With Easton’s due date rapidly approaching, The Fun Part gaining momentum, and the start of a new school year, my workload was only going to get worse. And yet, I already felt SO overwhelmed. Keeping the house clean tended to fall on the back burner and was a huge source of stress for me. So, I decided to once again try a cleaning schedule. I had done so before,[Read more]

Making a Command Center Shelf (From Baseboards!)

Getting the nursery ready has been quite a challenge. With the indestructible pink fern wallpaper alone, we’ve had (and still have!) our hands full. Another aspect of his room that proved to be a problem is the trim. It was barely attached to the wall, weird looking, and since they apparently didn’t have the right kind of saw, improperly cut. The good part? It’s huge. Like, I’d never seen baseboards this thick. Maybe I just haven’t  seen enough baseboards, who can[Read more]

Bumpdate: Weeks 27-29

Week 27: The Bump How big is baby? According to my apps, he should be around 2 pounds and 14 1/2 inches long. Movement? He had a lot of lazy days this week. I was pulling the doppler out quite a bit! Weight gain? Gained another 2 pounds, so I am up 6 from my starting weight. Stretch marks? Yes, they just keep coming. Gender? Still all boy! Any cravings? Nothing in particular, just very hungry. How am I feeling?[Read more]

Manage Bills with Google Keep

Last week, I covered what our budget is and how we live on $1,800 every month. But knowing what is coming in and what is going out is only half the battle. The other half? Making sure those bills get paid! This can be a bit tricky and overwhelming, especially if, like us,  you get paid more often than once a month. I’m going to show you my easy system for keeping track of when to pay, what to pay,[Read more]

Free Cleaning Printables

Pinterest- the best/worst thing on the internet. There’s so many ideas, but on the other hand, there’s so many ideas(maybe even too many? Gasp!) If there’s one subject Pinterest never fails to come through on (other than all of them, of course), it’s cleaning. I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite cleaning tips, tricks, and graphics. The best part? They all come with a free printable! So print some (or all!) of these out, stick them somewhere useful, and let’s[Read more]

Our Real Budget: Living on Just $1800 Monthly

UPDATE: Hey there! You can see the update to this post by clicking here. If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know that we went down to only one income at the end of 2015. In the nine months since then, we’ve narrowed down how much we spend and where. This is what our budget looks like for each month: So now that you know what I’m working with, let’s talk about it. What I like: Everything gets paid. That[Read more]

To the Grieving Mother on Her Baby’s Due Date

I am so sorry. Big deal, right? Everyone is sorry. I can’t tell you when it will get easier. It doesn’t. But I can tell you this: you are doing enough. Some people will never know the strength it can take just to open your eyes in the morning, but we do. If that is the only thing you can bring yourself to do today then please understand you have already gone above and beyond what anyone should expect of you. You’re supposed[Read more]

10 DIYs To Help You Pretend You Have It Together

10 DIYs to make you feel like you have it all together

It’s back to school time! Pens, storage bins, calendars, and a host of other goodies litter the shelves at every store. They whisper to you with their promises of scheduling, budgeting, and organizing. The only thing standing between you and the life you’ve always dreamed of is a cute planner and matching highlighters. So you fill up your shopping cart with the entire back to school aisle, set up all your new things, get overwhelmed, and completely drop all of it by week 2. Sound familiar? This cycle gets[Read more]

My Fall Maternity/Postpartum Wardrobe Wishlist

Maternity & Nursing Fall Wardrobe Wishlist | The Fun Part

August is now in full swing. You know what that means? Other than being the one time out of the year you regret not having stocks in the school supply business, fall is just around the corner! Autumn is absolutely my favorite season (I’m basic, I know). The colors, the holidays, the weather, I just love all of it SO MUCH. But my favorite part? The clothes. Accessorizing/layering during summer in Alabama is not an option. Already scorching temperatures mixed with the[Read more]