South Africa: Cape Town & Wine Country

About a year ago I remember getting an email about a great deal on a flight to South Africa. Bill and I had always planned to go – it’s been #1 on both our bucket lists for years – but it’s hard to pull the trigger on a trip that big. But, with only one babe at home and very helpful grandparents, we were lucky enough to be able to seize the opportunity and just go. And that’s what we did… In just 10 days, we tackled Cape Town, South Africa’s wine country and then went on safari, which was the most incredible experience of our lives. Read more

Welcome to South Africa

We were somewhere over Nigeria with more than 7.5 hours left on our flight to South Africa when turbulence started. At first it was minimal but soon progressed to one of the worst experiences of my life. I know what you’re likely thinking – it’s just turbulence. It’s not life threatening. And generally, the logical side of me would agree with you but this was different. For a total of 3 hours – yes THREE – we experienced constant, never-ending jolting and drops that truly made me question whether we would make it to our destination. The experience to me – someone who notoriously hates to fly, gets anxious and sick to my stomach – hit an all-time low.  Read more

Introducing SocialChow

Today is my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to formally introduce you to the company that I’ve been tirelessly working on this past year. You’ve all heard me talk about it, but now with the brand identity finished, the website built, a team developed, and a full roster of clients,  I want to introduce you to SocialChow, a social media marketing firm with a hearty appetite for helping lifestyle brands grow organically.

Read more

“When are you having Baby #2?!”

I can’t tell you how often I’m asked when we’re going to expand our family. It’s almost as if once your first baby turns 1, there’s an instant assumption that you’d begin trying immediately (as if the chaos of managing life with a 1 year old isn’t hard enough! Ha). Plus, many of my friends are starting to get pregnant again so I think it’s only natural to wonder when or if you’ll have that itch too.

Both Bill and I do want to have another child, but truth be told, we’re not ready quite yet. I’m honestly hesitant because being pregnant means I’ll be med-free again, which scares me to say the least. MS relapses after giving birth are so common and the thought of something happening to me when I have two children to care for is nerve-wracking to think about.

Last time around, I was so fortunate with Chloe and believe my heavy doses of steroids – which I started immediately following her birth – were the reason I was so lucky. Certainly I could follow the same plan next time around but you never know what will happen (oh the joys of MS!). So, back to the original question – “when are you going to have a 2nd baby?”…. Read more

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 1st Birthday

Our baby girl is one today! What an incredible year it’s been!

In honor of Chloe’s 1st birthday, I wanted to do something special to celebrate. Yes, we will have a big party on Saturday but more importantly, I wanted to give her a sentimental gift that she could cherish forever. We asked our family and friends to forgo traditional gifts and instead bring a piece of advice, card or letter that Chloe could open on her 18th birthday. I cannot wait for the day that she will open them and know how much love surrounded her at even such a young age.

I debated sharing my own letter to her since it’s so personal but my love for her is something I’m so proud of. She is the biggest blessing in my life. Read more

My Dad’s 70th Birthday Bash 

Those of you who know me know just how much I love my dad. And those of you who don’t will certainly get a better sense of our relationship after this post.

My dad recently turned 70 and our family wanted to celebrate him in a BIG way. So, we threw him a party that he’d never forget, with a quirky, fun theme and all the bells and whistles to go along with it. Check out all the details – you won’t want to miss this!  Read more