DIY Halloween Spiderweb

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Halloween is almost here! Up here in Alaska, that means snow is coming (scary)! But I’m not about to let that ruin one of my favorite holidays. With the colder weather and upcoming festivities, this is the perfect excuse to grab that PSL and get crafting. Halloween is the only time I will even entertain the idea of spiders but this Halloween spiderweb is just cute enough to earn a place in my home.



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South Korea: Learning to Love a Culture That Wasn’t Mine


I didn’t move to Korea by choice. In fact, when my husband first got military orders that would send us and our newborn to Korea, I was so upset that I cried. I thought about uprooting our lives in Las Vegas to spend the next year in a strange and foreign Asian country.

“I don’t even like Korean food! I’m going to starve,” I remember telling him in my typical overdramatic fashion. However, the more I began to research our impending move, the more open-minded I became. People generally seemed to like it over there. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.

Despite the fact that I have lived all over the United States, I was not prepared for the culture shock that is Korea. A shock because that year ended up being the best year of my life.

Read the entire article as featured on A Bite of Culture.

An Alaskan Delivery: Rory’s Story


July 8, 2016 was my last scheduled day of work before I was to begin my long-awaited maternity leave. I had been looking forward to spending the next week or two relaxing at home and prepping the last few things before my son, Rory’s arrival. At lunch that day, I went to my 39-week appointment where my midwife stripped my membranes at my request.

“You’re 3 cm dilated right now,” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t push you to 4 cm. Just watch for signs of labor over the next few days.” I went back to work feeling excited. With my first pregnancy, I had never dilated until I was 41 weeks and only then with the help of Cervidil. This time my body was seemingly doing what it was supposed to!

Back at work, however, I still had a full day of clients and meetings ahead of me. I was in one of these meetings a few hours later when my contractions started. I shrugged them off as Braxton Hicks and continued on with my day, but the contractions kept getting stronger and stronger. By the end of the day, I could not ignore them anymore and began deep breathing exercises as the pain became worse.

Read the entire article as featured on State of Mommy.

5 Reasons to Start a Blog

It seems like blogging has exploded over the past few years. So many people I know have either already started a blog or expressed interest in starting one. The idea of monetizing probably plays a big role in this. And while there is the potential for money to be made here, there are still plenty of other reasons why you should start a blog.


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Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

The official start of fall is finally here! I don’t know about you, but this year has really flown by for me. Up in Alaska, we are gearing up for our winter weather which will be here in just a few short weeks. So I thought, what better way to prepare for the best time of the year than some fun fall crafts you can enjoy with the kids. From pumpkins to turkeys and everything in between, be sure to check them out!


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Things to do in Fairbanks, Alaska

Nestled in the Interior of Alaska, Fairbanks is a tight-knit community of 32,000. While not what most people typically imagine when they think of Alaska, Fairbanks boasts breathtaking scenery, wild animals, and untouched nature. It has also been my home for the past year and a half. In that time, I’ve gotten to know and explore the area and people. I’ve compiled a list of some things to do in Fairbanks, Alaska that are family and budget friendly. Planning a trip to Alaska soon? Add some of these to your itinerary!


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DIY Hook Rack

This DIY hook rack is so cute and can be easily customized to fit your decor and needs. This one is now proudly displayed in my daughter’s room as a coat hanger, but the possibilities here are endless. It is so simple to make, my three-year-old joined in the process! All in all, this DIY hook rack took a few hours and cost less than $30 to make.


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Rory Neil’s Aviation Nursery

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Rory Neil is six weeks old and I have finally finished his aviation nursery. (Better late than never, right?) When I found out that we were having a boy, I was clueless as to how I wanted to decorate. My daughter’s nursery, with all things pink and girly, came much easier of course! After scouring Pinterest for ideas, I stumbled upon Jennifer’s nursery at MommyBeta. I fell in love with the airplane wall she had designed above her son’s crib. With my husband’s career in the Air Force, aviation was a perfect theme for my Rory. I re-created her look and then let my imagination go from there.


Baby Boy Nursery

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Large DIY Chalkboard for Apartments or Temporary Living

This DIY chalkboard was so simple to make and looks beautiful hanging on our wall where we had nothing but a big white space before. My daughter absolutely loves it and it is something that we can enjoy doing together. Most of all, this tutorial is that it was designed to come off of the wall so that taking it down for moving is fast and easy! As a military family who is moving around every 2 – 3 years, this was a big deal for us!


DIY chalkboard

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Sophia Jayne’s Nursery

With baby number two’s due date only seven weeks away (eek!), I’ve found myself reminiscing more and more about the baby days with our daughter. That is, what I can remember. Those first 8 weeks were mostly spent in a zombie-like state of exhaustion. I do, however, remember the excitement that came with decorating her nursery. Never mind the fact that our budget was almost non-existent in those days or that little move to Korea we made just two months after she was born, I was determined to have the perfect nursery!


baby girl nursery

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