I grew up in small town Iowa and loved every second of it. But my love for my husband was greater, pulling me up 200 miles to the bustling, booming and somewhat terrifying (what would you think if you suddenly had to drive 20 miles to see a star?) Twin Cities about five years ago.
Today, I can proudly say I know how to drive in rush hour (the only rush hour we had in Iowa was because of a combine or a dead deer), wear skinny jeans and tall boots at the same time, and drink Starbucks like it's my job. A lot of people say I've changed, that I've been "cityfied," but trust me, I'm still that country-road loving girl that would prefer a corn field over Target Field any day.
When I took the best man in the universe off the market a few years ago, we also bought a house. In April 2013, we were blessed with one of the best gifts God could give, our son Eli, and I traded in my job as a public relations professional to be a full-time mom.
While I always dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom as a girl, the reality is a lot different than when you're 13 years old and have absolutely no comprehension of what it's like to nurse your fussy child at 2 a.m., be pooped on in the face or well - let's go with the big one here - give birth to a child which, let's be real, feels exactly like trying to push a Honda Civic out between your legs.
Becoming a mom is one of the best things that ever happened to me, but it's also one of the hardest. I'm not a natural "kid-person" but luckily, that's not a requirement to have children and my kid doesn't seem to know the difference.
All together, becoming a wife, momma and homeowner inspired me to expand my domestic abilities beyond my impressive skills in baking a frozen pizza and obvious talents at purchasing everything West Elm produces. I grew up in an amazing family that taught me the value of what hard work and a little sweat could do, so I've been testing the waters in baking, crafting, decorating, diy-ing, cooking, gardening and pretty much any other house related "ing" you can think of to save us money (Mike would say that's debatable) and improve our lives. (Mike says to "please add usually.")
So, all that to say, that's a little of what you'll find here. Honest thoughts on parenthood that are often "un-mom like" with a little DIY thrown in to keep you on your toes. Basically, I like to pretend my life is interesting enough to write about and Mike likes it because it's free and it keeps me out of mischief.