A note on anxiety right now…  It’s heavier, it’s scarier & it’s harder. To be honest, I was not sure that my anxiety could ever feel as deep and dark as it did postpartum but here I am again facing a deeper & darker version.  I’m terrified for my little family…especially my baby girl. I’m worried about my brother, parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles – many who are immunosuppressed, elderly or have any number of underlying health issues. I’m fearful… Read more »

Happy Friday! We made it, again! I woke up feeling very pregnant and very hungover this morning. I know those two together don’t make sense…but for some reason my entire second trimester has felt like one long, horrible hangover! Pounding headaches, intermittent nausea, weakness & fatigue – so far, my vitals and baby’s vitals are good so doctor says stay hydrated & well rested…and well, deal with it. 🙂 If anyone has any suggestions…I am all ears! After a work… Read more »

Sometimes I write letters to my daughter…one I don’t have yet, but someday expect to bring to life. It feels like a diary, a lesson, a glimpse into the life I lived before & maybe during her existence. I hope one day, when she feels like she’s a million miles away from me, dealing with experiences and heartache that I can’t begin to understand I can hand her this journal…giving her a literal piece of my heart and we’ll find common ground…. Read more »

I went to the gym almost every day in the months before I turned 30, partly because I have been on a mission to get fit and slightly because I enjoyed bitterly typing in the numbers 2-9 when the elliptical would ask my age. I made a big deal of 30, unfortunately, the majority of my friends said “hello” & “goodbye” to 30 many….many years ago. 😉 So, while they were excited to celebrate me, the sympathy was in short… Read more »

Andrew and I had a terrific weekend.  We spent most of it prepping for our Halloween party on Saturday and the remainder of it recovering from said Halloween party. I love planning things…I really do. All week long I felt like I was on this little adventure! Of course, it helps that I have a wonderful husband who enjoys planning right along with me…and somehow manages not to get exasperated with all of my (sometimes crazy) ideas! I wanted to… Read more »

I don’t understand pumpkins. How does something that unappealing (those innards are seriously gross people) contribute to the wonder that is pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin beer… Seriously, pumpkin never fails.  Usually, by this time of year I have blown entire paychecks on pumpkin spice lattes, I have dove head first into a pan of pumpkin bars, I have made special trips to Village Inn for a slice (okay, sometimes an entire pie) of Pumpkin Cream… Read more »

Wanna know something? I hope so, cause I’m going to tell you something, probably lots of somethings before we’re all through with this…but first things first! I didn’t want to change my name after I got married, in fact, I contemplated not doing this at all! My maiden name was Hayley Ann O’Hara…and I have been told by a number of people, both friends and strangers, that it is probably the most adorable name ever. But, that’s not the reason… Read more »

Are ya’ll ready for Part 2 of the Guide to Sephora series?? This truly is the fun part, promise!!!! Once you have completed all of the research on the product you are considering purchasing then it is time to create a wish list. There are multiple options for creating a wish list. 1. You could use a Pinterest board in which you have pinned the product of your choice. 2. You could create a wishlist using Sephora.com. 3. Or you… Read more »

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   It’s no secret that I like pictures…alright, full disclosure? I LOVE pictures, I’m obsessed with photographs and it is incredibly difficult for me to let a moment go by without capturing it on camera. And while some of my friends and loved ones probably find it incredibly annoying that I am interrupting stories, meals and concerts to snap a quick picture, I truly believe that some day they will thank me. Some day when… Read more »

Fridays are more fun when you don’t have to work on Saturdays..I’m learning this now. Ah well, it is still a happy day!! Some of my favorites… 1. Five things you need to stop doing on Facebook. It’s funny, you’ll giggle. 2. Who Stole Miley’s Tongue? Why can’t I be this clever? An entire blog dedicated to making fun of Miley’s tongue antics at the VMA’s. This one is my favorite   3. The Busy Girl’s Guide to Waking Up… Read more »