5-Minute Marriage Savers

First comes love, then comes marriage…

Marriage is haaaaaaard…am I right? Whether it’s your first year of wedded bliss or twentieth year of togetherness, it can be a downright challenge some days to share life with your other half. Throw in some kids, a dash of family drama, add a little financial strain, sprinkle on some sickness and mix in an unexpected life curve ball and it can be a recipe for marital disaster.

This year we will celebrate ten years of marriage. Ten years! As I look back on our time together we have had a BUMPY road filled with challenges, failures and adjustments. Our marriage has survived a few moves (both international + domestic), major health issues, two kids, a home renovation and an autoimmune disease. Looking back over our years, I can see that there is never one BIG thing that we have done to improve our marriage. Rather it has been many small things done with intention that have brought us back to a better place each time. Here are five things we do to improve our marriage that take five minutes or less.

Stop Doing Date Nights

What?! Shouldn’t you have more date nights to connect? I don’t mean stop doing date nights all together. Date nights are important. But, do you know what’s more important? Connecting everyday! Stop counting on date night as your only time to connect. If you are anything like us, we would aim for a date night every few weeks and then the babysitter would cancel. We would reschedule and then our kids would get sick. Eventually the date night stars would align with a sitter AND healthy kids…and then we would realize it had been three months since our last date night. Instead of focusing on connection during date nights, find five minutes for meaningful connection every single day. If you can’t find five minutes in the day to truly connect with your life partner, then there is a much bigger problem brewing.

Now, you might be wondering how can you connect in just five minutes? It is actually easier than you think, but it looks different in every marriage. Here is what works for us. Some mornings my husband will bring me a cup of coffee when I wake up and we might connect for five minutes about our plans and goals for the day. Sometimes we might connect for five minutes after dinner while we clean the kitchen together and talk about a concern we have with one of our children. Other times we might connect in the middle of the day when I want to vent about communicate a frustration I have with something he did. See how I don’t let that frustration fester until date night? In whatever form it takes, these five minutes keep us connected on a daily basis and prevent date nights from becoming our only source of connection about our days, our feelings and our frustrations. On date night…when they actually happen…we can focus on making a fun memory together and enjoying each other’s company.

Quick tips on how to save your marriage and build a loving and lasting relationship.

Learn Each Other’s Love Language

Everyone has heard of love languages, right? If not, you can read all about it here. Basically we all like to express and experience love differently and the five main ways are:

  • Receiving Gifts
  • Quality Time
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

Most people wouldn’t mind love in several categories, but usually there is one dominant love language for each individual. Maybe spend your five minutes of connection one day figuring out each other’s love language and talk about what that looks like. Then…here is the key…express your spouse some love in the way they want to experience that love. It sounds soooooo easy, right? IT IS NOT EASY. Like everything in marriage, it takes work because you likely express love the way YOU want to experience that love and the same goes for your partner. It takes time and intention to show your partner love in their most cherished form.

My husband…like many men…values physical touch. He loves hugs and kisses and everything physical that leads to more things physical. For me, hugs and kisses don’t always rev my love language engine. I am an acts of service kinda girl. So ,when my husband gives ME all the hugs and I fold HIS laundry…well neither of us really feel the love because we are expressing our love to each other in the way we each want to experience love. That is a big fat FAIL. But, if I give my husband some extra hugs one day and he folds all the laundry…the right way…well, SWOOOON. We are both expressing love for each other in our preferred love languages and the result is we both feel more connected and wanting to do more for one other. It is the opposite of a downward spiral…is that called an upward spiral? If anything , remember this…Once you learn the love language the hard work comes in consistently using them on each other. Keep reminding yourself because I promise you will forget.

Register For A Marriage Conference

Registering for the conference literally takes five minutes! But, then you also have to attend…and by attend I mean you have to physically and mentally SHOW UP with your spouse. When you learn a new skill think about all the different ways you invest. You might watch YouTube videos on how to do the skill, you might join Facebook Groups to discover tips and tricks from others about the skill, you might even enroll in an online or in-person class. So, why wouldn’t you also invest time and gain knowledge into your marriage?

Check out some seminars and see if any are happening near you…or far from you and it can double as a mini-vacation!

National Marriage Seminars (Online or In-Person Options)

A Weekend To Remember (Faith-Based)

Marriage Boot Camp

Gottman Institute

“What Do You Hear Me Saying?”

This is my spouse’s favorite line in the middle of an argument. I used to roll my eyes, but then over time I realized it actually helps to resolve our issues…most of the time. During a heated debate people can tend to latch onto an emotion and sometimes that emotion can distort the words we are hearing from our loved ones. So, we try to take a breath and pause to ask one another “What do you hear me saying?”. When we do this, we discover that the majority of the time we want the same thing, but are expressing it in different ways. This phrase gives each of us some space to identify the underlying emotion we feel and can use words to explain the thoughts and feelings surrounding that emotion. Next time a disagreement starts to escalate in your marriage try to remember to take a deep breath, pause and ask your partner what do you hear me saying?

Look for the Positive

I recently saw this reminder and I loved it because it is true about life and true about marriage. My husband does something everyday that I could be mad about and in the past we have traveled this road. (Spoiler Alert: It leads to nowhere good.) When I am looking for his mistakes they become magnified and each one seems to be more glaring than the last. Do you know what else happens? I fail to see all the positive things he is doing. If I choose to focus on the mess that my husband and toddler failed to clean-up, then I miss seeing the quality time they just enjoyed together. If I focus on the fact that he didn’t empty the overflowing trash can in the kitchen, then I fail to see that he was on the phone handling a billing issue for our family. If I focus on the fact that he didn’t do this or that or that other thing either, then I miss seeing all the positive ways he is contributing to our family. So, next time you spot a shortcoming, practice turning it around. It will feel impossible challenging in the beginning, but eventually it will be easy to spot the positive in your spouse when you are always thinking about the positive in your spouse.

Do you have any 5-minute marriage savers that have made a difference in your life? Don’t keep them a secret! Share them with us as we all work towards healthy and happy marriages that go the distance.

Quick tips for a happy, healthy, stronger marriage to last a lifetime.

5 Simple & Memorable Valentine’s Day Crafts

Even the busiest of moms will have time for these DIY crafts.

If you’re anything like me, you might Pinterest all the most A-MA-ZING holiday crafts for your kids to create…and then never seem to have the time or energy to actually do them. Every holiday I think I will have more time or more energy than the last one and it just never seems to happen. After too many holidays of feeling like a kid’s crafting failure, I have devised a whole new game plan for holiday DIY with kids. Here is my secret. I find the most simple…yet memorable…holiday craft and do exactly ONE of them. Yep, just ONE single craft. With this new strategy I have made the sweetest memories to look back on over the years while keeping my stress level at a minimum surrounding the holidays. These crafts are guaranteed to be easy for mom, fun for the kids and leave behind a memory that can be cherished for years to come when your littles turn into bigs.

Family Handprint Art

Our first Valentine’s Day as a family of four.

Moms all love handprints, right? I cherish looking back at handprint art and seeing how those sweet, tiny hands have grown over the years. This simple handprint craft is one of my most favorite ideas because it captures handprints from the whole family as a single precious moment in time.

Supplies: white cardstock (or thick) paper, four acrylic paint colors, 8×10 frame, marker

Saltdough Glitter Handprint

I did this craft one year and yes, it’s slightly more work than a family handprint with paint, but these salt dough glitter handprints make the BEST gifts for grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, teachers and all those special people you may want to show some extra love to on Valentine’s Day. I promise you won’t regret this craft in ten years when you’re budding teenager is giving you side-eyes 24/7…you can look back and reminisce to sweeter times.

Supplies: salt dough recipe, glitter, glue, paint, paintbrush, quick video (salt dough directions)

Heart Fingerprint Art

DIY Fingerprint Heart Art for a Quick and Easy Valentine's Day Craft for Kids

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If you haven’t discovered fingerprint art for kids, you are missing out…check it out…and you’re welcome! (P.S. Grab some fingerprint-friendly ink pads too.) We are fingerprint art fanatics in our household and if you know us, then you have definitely received some form of fingerprint art from my kiddos. Some sweet Valentine’s Day heart art is a great way to make some memories for kids of all ages. P.S. If you have young kids…and you are a control-freak perfectionist…try your hardest to take a step back and let the kids lead. From one perfectionist to another – you will look back and cherish all those imperfections much more than a parent-helped perfect heart.

Supplies: fingerprint ink, paper, marker

Another sweet take on fingerprint heart art.

Eraser Heart Art

I stumbled across this sweet idea recently and added it to my must-do Valentine’s Day craft list. This craft could easily work with each kiddo doing their own eraser heart or give each kiddo one color and have them both work on the same heart. Either way it is a simple craft and sweet memory.

Supplies: cardstock paper, paper heart cut-out, pencil with clean eraser, paint (fabric, acrylic, etc….pending medium)

Compliment Hearts

I love you because…door.

The first four crafts focus on saving memories for us mamas, but will our kids cherish those crafts? Maybe…and maybe not. Here is a sweet and thoughtful craft that your kids are bound to cherish throughout the years. All it involves is cutting hearts and a few written words. Easy! So, what is this amazing idea? Cut out 14 hearts (large enough to write a short sentence). Write a compliment specifically made for your child on the heart. It can be as simple as “You are sweet” to something more specific like “Your knock-knock jokes always make me laugh”. Starting February 1st to February 14th tape one heart to your child’s door each morning and watch their faces light up when they feel the love from you. What an amazing way to connect with your child each day in a thoughtful way. I know in our house we plan on making this “I love you because…” door an annual tradition and maybe your family will too!

Supplies: colored paper, scissors, marker

I hope this Valentine’s Day is special for your family and you can look over at some simple and memorable craft from your kids and smile! What is your favorite holiday craft? Is there one you cherish over the all the others? Have you created any new family traditions based from holidays crafts? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Green Your Cleaning Routine and Save $$$

Spend less money. Have less toxins. Produce less waste. Have less clutter.

Sometimes it can feel like a trade-off between using greening your cleaning routine and saving money. When I choose the most eco-friendly cleaner from the store shelves, I want to kick myself at check-out when I hear the total. But then when I buy the cheapest bathroom cleaner, I instantly regret the decision the minute I accidentally breathe some in and start coughing. Why can’t we have green cleaning supplies without breaking the budget?

That’s a great question, friends! And I have an answer for you. It is possible to go green and save money (or at least not spend more money). The best part is you don’t even have to spend time making your own green cleaners with mixing cups and…whatever else goes into green cleaners. So, let’s begin with the top four things to save your hard-earned green while greening your cleaning routine.

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Buy Cloth Napkins and Washcloths

Use cloth napkins and washcloths to green your cleaning routine today.

First, let me introduce you to my family. We use paper towels for both cleaning AND as napkins at mealtimes…don’t judge us. As you can guess we went through tons of paper towels every month. Somewhere along the lines, my green guilt built up and I pushed our family to take the plunge. So, the first step to green our cleaning routine was to incorporate cloth napkins and washcloths into our household. I started this process by placing our paper towels in an absurdly inconvenient location. Next, I filled the cutest wire basket with a boatload of washcloths in an array of coordinating colors. Then, I filled an equally cute mesh basket with just as many rolled up colorful cloth napkins. (Tip: Buy your washcloths and napkins on clearance and use baskets you already have around the house.)

BEFORE: Paper towel roll = $2.00. Three paper towel rolls per month = 36 rolls per year. Annual cost for paper towel = $72

AFTER: After the initial expense of wash cloths, cloth napkins and wire baskets, the only expense is laundering of all your reusable materials. Annual cost is $10*. (*Sidenote: I still need paper towels here and there for BIG messes, so I estimated about 5 rolls per year.)

SAVINGS: $62 per year!

Puracy Laundry Detergent

The second step to green your cleaning routine is easy too. I can’t quite remember how I discovered Puracy, but I did and I LOVE them. Even better is that they are home-grown here in Austin, so I feel like a better human being for buying local. Why do I love Puracy laundry detergent? Let me count the ways.

  1. They are scent-free and made for sensitive skin.
  2. They are comparable in cost to other higher-end detergents.
  3. They have a two-pump system, so it prevents me from overfilling the detergent cup, thus wasting money with a heavy-handed pour.

BEFORE: We do approximately 400 loads of laundry per year. Store bought laundry detergent is $19.97 for 81 loads. Annual cost for laundry detergent = $98.

AFTER: Puracy Laundry Detergent is $15.99 for 96 loads. If you join Amazon Prime and enroll in Subscribe & Save, then two bottles of Puracy will cost approximately $22.09 for 192 loads! Annual cost is $46. 

SAVINGS: $52 per year!

White Vinegar vs. Dryer Sheets

The third step to green your cleaning routine comes with a fun fact. Did you know that you can use white vinegar in the last rinse cycle of your washer and it acts as a fabric softener? Mind blown! Once I discovered this little trick I hopped on the bandwagon and never looked back. I already knew I wanted to ditch the dryer sheets and this gave me the final push to just do it already. So, repeat after me. Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser…Boom. Money saved and your family is greener.

BEFORE: Eco-friendly dryer sheets are $7.98 for 80 sheets. Annual cost is $40.

AFTER: 1/4 cup white vinegar per load (purchased in bulk from Costco) averages about $21/ year. (Tip: Add 10 drops of an essential oil into the vinegar, such as lavender, purification or lemon.) (Another tip: Throw some wool dryer balls or tennis balls into the dryer to help soften laundry even more.)

SAVINGS: $19 per year!

Force of Nature

The fourth step to green your cleaning routine will also set you free of under-the-sink cleaning clutter. You’re welcome. Have you heard of Force of Nature? Me neither. But, Force of Nature discovered me through a Facebook ad strategically placed in my feed. I clicked. I read. I was interested. I purchased. I fell in love. End of story. There is some fascinating science behind Force of Nature, so check out their site and read all about it. The super simplified version is electricity + water, vinegar, salt = a substance as effective as bleach with zero toxic chemicals. After you buy the starter kit (approximately $50), then you only need to purchase the capsules each year.

Force of Nature Cleaner

BEFORE: Glass Cleaner $2.48, Bleach $1.75, Grease Cleaner $2.76, Rug Cleaner $2.96, Soap Scum Cleaner $1.97, Odor Eliminator $2.97 = $14.89

AFTER: After the initial expense of purchasing the starter kit (approximately $50), you will need to purchase the capsules each year. Annual cost for 25 capsules is $18.99.

SAVINGS: You have a single bottle of green cleaner versus six bottles of non-green cleaners cluttering up below your kitchen sink. Welcome to minimalism!

How much money did we save making these changes? The short answer is we save about $133 each year! The longer answer is that we didn’t save much the first year given the investments we had to make to begin the going-green process, but now that we are deep into our second year of greener cleaning, we would never look back. We eliminated toxic chemicals. We produce less waste. We spend less money. We have less clutter.

Reach out and let me know if you decide to take the plunge to a greener cleaning routine. What products or methods do you love? Did you save some money?

Green your cleaning routine and save money. Take these four easy steps to a green and clean home.

5 Grab-and-Go, Low Carb Snack Ideas

Because sometimes you are on the run and need a snack.

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I never really thought much about low-carb snacking versus high-carb snacking before type 1 diabetes entered our lives. Of course, I knew eating carrot sticks was a healthier food choice then let’s say fruit snacks or chocolate chip cookies, but I’ve really upped my family’s low-carb snacking game since 2017. Here are my favorite low-carb snack ideas that both my T1D and non-T1D enjoy.

Organic Seaweed Snacks

My childhood snacking habits are a polar opposite compared to what my children eat…and I am so thankful for that. I was totally munching on some Cool Ranch Doritos and my kids are loving some Sea Salt Seaweed. Patting myself on the back right now for the parenting win. Some brands can have a strong seaweed taste and odor, but we love GimMe Organic Seaweed because of its mild taste and variety of flavor options from sea salt to wasabi to teriyaki. TIP: If your kid is a seaweed fanatic, you can buy GimMe Organic Seaweed snack packs in bulk on Amazon. I just scored a 20-pack which works out to $0.67/ package versus at our local grocer for $1.23/package. That is a savings of $11.01!

Seaweed snacks are a tasty low-carb treat for snacking on the go with kids.

Duke’s Original Shorty Sausages

I think my household contributes a good deal to their bottom line considering we eat our way through 3-4 bags every single month. These are the best snacks to tide over a hungry tummy until meal-time and they only have one carb for two “shorties”. Each serving contains 7g of protein and only 1g of sugar. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find jerky with minimally added sugar. Not to mention, this snack is so tasty! Also, if you accidentally leave them out and they harden, just slice them up and feed them to your dog as occasional treats. Zero food waste. We usually pick up a few bags of Duke’s from Costco or check them out here. 

Duke's Smoked Shorty Sausages are an awesome low carb snack for adults, kids and type 1 diabetes.

Shelled Pistachios

Why should pistachios be your new favorite snack? So. Many. Reasons. Did you know pistachios are…

  • Packed with omega-3 fatty acids which are important for growing (and older) brains
  • Loaded with the mineral phosphorus that produces energy and strengthens bones
  • A source of vitamin B6 that may improve cardiovascular health
  • An excellent source of antioxidants
  • A rich source of protein

Approximately 1 ounce of shelled pistachios equals 9g of carbs and contains 6g of protein. I usually feed my kids about half an ounce (5g carbs) and it still adds up to approximately 25 shelled pistachios. To them, it feels like a fun and filling snack. (TIP: If you’re snacker is older, buy pistachios with the shells. The time it takes to crack open the shell will slow them down and make the snack last longer.) You can usually buy these in bulk at your local grocer, Costco or check them out here.

Easy, Low-carb snack ideas for when you are on the go and want to eat healthy

Wella Bars

Oh my deliciousness! These aren’t necessarily low-carb…BUT, since the main ingredients are either almonds, hazelnuts or peanuts these bars tend to have a steadier effect on blood sugar instead of a sharp spike. They are tasty as a quick breakfast or as a side to a meal or even a bedtime snack. You can’t go wrong with Wella Bars. My kids love the Almond Cacao and Hazelnut Cacao flavors the most. Wella bars can sometimes be found at your local grocer. Costco usually carries a three-flavor variety pack (Cranberry Crunch, Awesome Almond, Powerful Peanut). Or you can order any combination of boxes directly through Wella Bar. If you sign up for automatic shipments you save 5% OR save 10% on your first order. (T1D Tip: I absolutely dose insulin for these snacks, but I halve the carb count when dosing. Safely experiment and see what works for you.)

Wella Bars are an awesome on the go, low carb snack for kids and adults.

Two Good Greek Low Fat Yogurt

Y’all…this yogurt ONLY HAS 2g OF SUGAR! If you have ever checked the sugar content of yogurt, then you are amazed right now. Let me brag on this yogurt even more because it deserves the accolades. Two Good yogurt…

  • Contains 3g of carbs and 12g of protein per serving
  • Is Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Tastes delicious and comes in 5 flavors: blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, peach and mixed berry

This yogurt is hands-down delicious! My kids are super fans and I feel good about feeding it to them because IT ONLY HAS 2g OF SUGAR. I have stashed plastic spoons in my purse and my car, so we are always ready for some yogurt when the mood strikes. So far, I have only been able to find Two Good at my local Target. If you want to save serious money, join Ibotta and receive a $20 welcome bonus AND $0.50 back on each Two Good Yogurt purchase (limit 5). (T1D Tip: We have found this to be a great protein option to help blunt a blood sugar spike before eating carbs. It is considered a low-glycemic food and scores a 34 on the glycemic index.)

So, what are YOUR favorite low-carb snacks? Let me know because we are always looking for more healthy snack ideas!

Easy, low-carb snack ideas for when you are on the go and want something healthy.

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18 Type 1 Diabetes Supplies to Never Leave Home Without

Because it’s not a question of if…but when.

The first few days after a type one diagnosis are a blur. There is so much information coming your way…and it’s all life or death…literally. As soon as you are discharged, you return to your house with an armful of type 1 diabetes supplies that you need ALL THE TIME. The first time you leave the house post-diagnosis can feel similar to the first time your leave the house with a newborn baby…SO MUCH STUFF! I didn’t exactly know what emergency supplies I should bring, so I brought it all. Over time, I slowly started to figure out which supplies we actually needed, added a few supplies that I didn’t realize we might need and eventually streamlined our type 1 emergency gear game. In case you are new to type 1 or just looking to double check your supply list here is what works for us.

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Type 1 Diabetes Supply Case

Diabet-ezy Multi-Fit Case for Type 1 Diabetes Emergency Organization

There are thousands of bags, cases, and carriers marketed for type one diabetes supplies. Some are cute, some not so much, some are economical, some not so much. The Diabet-ezy Multi-Fit Case was our first and still is our most favorite case to date. It comes in classic colors and is built to last. If you are looking to upgrade your gear, I highly recommend this case. I promise you will not regret it!

What Do I Love About This Case?

  • I love all the pockets for organization according to your needs. (T1D Tip: I use the test-wipes box as a mini-trash can for lancets and used test strips.)
  • I love that this case can hold everything! This case can fit all our supplies and all our low snacks in a single case. Why is this so amazing? If my husband takes our T1D kiddo out for the day, he simply needs to grab this case from my bag and everything he needs is right there. That means I don’t have to double-check his packing, he doesn’t need to repack or remember more than one bag. It’s just grab, transfer and go!
  • I love that this case is high quality. It is so well-made. I can easily see this case lasting us for years to come as there is not a single sign of wear and tear after a year of everyday use.

What Should You Pack?

You have your favorite case in hand…now what? More important than the case is what you pack inside that life-saving case. Here is what we carry with us everyday and everywhere.

  • Glucagon – We all hope we never need this.
  • SyringesThese are needed whether you are MDI or not. Syringes can be used to draw insulin from a failed pump if needed. They can also be used to give a mini-glucagon injection if needed.
  • Fast-Acting Carbs – Items such as glucose gel, honey sticks (our fave), juice, jellybeans, skittles, gummy bears, etc.
  • Protein + Carb Snack – Items such as Lara Bars (our fave), granola, PB/ cheese crackers to help stabilize blood sugar or in the case you utilize Glucagon and need to get some protein + carbs in your belly.
  • Urine Test Strips – Just in case you suspect ketones while on the go.
  • Blood Glucose Test Strips – Make sure you aren’t running low on strips before leaving the house.
  • Glucose Meter – For all that fun blood sugar testing.
  • Poker – You know why.
  • Lancets – Change your lancet. Just do it.
  • Insulin – Don’t leave home without it.
  • Needle Clipper – Don’t want to carry a sharps container? adhesive remover wipes, skin prep wipes, alcohol wipes, Skintac wipes and adhesive patches for CGM and pump all stored in a ziplock bag for a CGM/ pump change on the go.
  • Pump Supplies – Items such as infusion sets, extra Omnipods, tubing, etc.
  • Anti-Nausea Meds – Some doctors will prescribe this and others refuse. We carry these in case our son starts throwing up away from home, so we can quickly (hopefully) get a handle on nausea before it becomes a bigger issue. (NOTE: Always check ketones every two hours and contact your endo since anti-nausea meds can mask symptoms of DKA.)
  • Control Solution – I rarely use this to check our glucose meter, but I am of the mindset to control what you can control and this is why it is part of our supply bag.

So, has this list been helpful to you? Did I miss anything that you ALWAYS carry in your emergency case? What is your favorite emergency case for diabetes organization?

2019 Reading List

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Every year one of my goals is to read MORE. Sometimes I succeed and mostly I fail, but it never stops me from trying again the next year. This year I’ve compiled my 2019 reading list and am reaching out to various friends who have the same books on their list and creating a virtual book club. I’m hoping this will increase my motivation factor to finish each book if I’m reading along (virtually) with a friend. This year’s reading list has EVERYTHING…biographies, autobiographies, fiction, classics, poetry, international authors, Black authors, fiction, non-fiction, parenting, Christianity, social justice, book prize winners and more. So, here it is…my 2019 reading list! Are any of these books on your list? What is your MUST READ in 2019? How do you diversify your reading list?

Do you have some literary inspiration? Are you ready to open up a book right this minute? Gather up your books and come along with me on an adventure to resolving to read more in 2019!


The reason we are parents.

Oh. My. Kids. I don’t think you can ever describe parenthood until you are there, knee-deep in the mess of it and just trying to thrive survive each day. You want to do the best for these tiny humans, but even when you’re doing parenthood right, it often feels like you are falling short. Or even failing altogether. This stuff is hard and real and beautiful.

Our family is created through adoption. Let’s add some complexity to that…inter-racial adoption. We are always learning and sitting with our feelings in this family. Our babies are still young, so while the physical demands are many, the emotional demands are still minimal-ish. But, it doesn’t stop us from trying to prepare ourselves, teach ourselves and be ready for each age and stage that our littles will pass through. Come along and learn with us as we navigate the challenges from parenthood to race to adoption to everything in between. I guarantee it will be an adventure.

Type 1 Diabetes

It’s not the same as type 2 diabetes.

I’ll describe a type 1 diabetes diagnosis in two words…WORLD. ROCKED. If you are a fellow T1D mama…Hi. I see you and you are doing a great job. You’ve got this. You really do. If you are a friend or family member of a type 1…thank you for trying. Type 1 is hard to understand if you don’t live with it daily, but you have no idea how much it means that you are present and learning. Please keep at it because we need you and we need support.

Here you will find everything related to type 1 diabetes. Our bright spots and our landmines, organization tips and tricks, books to read, T1D news, advocacy opportunities…anything and all things type 1 because it’s basically on our minds 24/7 anyway.

My 2019 Planner

I did it…I purchased my 2019 planner! I realize I am late to the planner party, but better late than never. In the past years I’ve tried the Erin Condren planners, Commit30 and this year I have decided to try the Simplified series by Emily Ley. Woo! Cheers to setting and keeping our 2019 goals like a #boss. What planner have you invested in this year? Which planner is your favorite to stay on track throughout your day, week, month and year?