Election Day

Well it’s finally here – election day, and as someone who had a hard time voting for either candidate, I’d be lying if I said I was excited and I think that a lot of the country feels the same way. But I am interested to see which way the vote sways. If I could change one thing about the way we elect our presidents it would be the requirement to stay so faithful to one party or the other. I have a hard time believing that anyone truly believes in ALL of the causes of one party or another, and yet to get on the ballot you need to convince America you believe staunchly in all (or most of) the Republican or Democratic beliefs. 

I hope in my lifetime I have the opportunity to vote for someone with more moderate views. I want to cast a vote that protects the environment, and life – both in the womb and from the electric chair. That protects my children from unfit citizens with deadly weapons, and my husband’s years of work and sacrifice to become a surgeon from being regulated and overtaxed. I want to cast a vote that passionately fights for all the things we love in America, but that doesn’t do so at the expense of common sense. Geez, is that too much to ask!? And if your views are the opposite, I hope you can vote your way someday too! And we can both tactfully voice our opinions without anger, hate, stubbornness and self-interest blinding our best judgement.

And whoever is elected tonight, you don’t have to love them (I won’t!) but do your part to show the little eyes who are watching that we respect our president.

That is all – happy voting! And God Bless America.


My Nerdy Obsession: Audiobooks

Since I started staying home around a year ago I’ve started listening to a lot of audiobooks while I clean, go on walks, drive near and far, and even sometimes while I workout. I know it sounds so nerdy, but after I finished Serial I couldn’t find a podcast I loved, so in search of something that would keep me riveted tried audiobooks. In Iowa City our public library has OverDrive, which allows you to rent audiobooks and ebooks right to your device – I sync everything right to my phone. I love that I’ve cranked through so many books that I never would have gotten around to reading, and most importantly I’ve found tons of books that keep me super interested, even (sometimes) forgoing being lazy on the couch during naptime for cleaning or laundry while I listen to a book.

However, I have found that some books that I might love in hard-copy I just can’t do on audio. If you want to give it a try I suggest something like a thriller, that moves fast and is easy to follow. Some of my faves are below, all available on OverDrive.

Here are my top 5 audiobooks (in no particular order)

Mean StreakMoody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You CrazyPrimates of Park AvenueTroublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and ScientologyLethalImage result for bossypants

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Friday Funny

Guess what you guys. Today is the best day of the year.  TREAT YO SELF DAY! Yep. Today is the day you got to treat yo self. You GOT to! Coincidence that it’s exactly 9 days before my birthday? I think not! I’m treating myself by Continue reading

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins


Since Fall is in full swing, I wanted to share my recipe for Pumpkin Muffins. Every year it’s the only Pumpkin flavored treat that I’m required to make. I make them for birthdays, thank you’s, when I need to bring something to a party, or if we’re spending the night at someone’s house. They’re always gone in 2 days TOPS and I’m always asked for more. Continue reading

Friday Funny

In honor of it being October (!!!!!) I thought today’s Friday Funny would serve a dual purpose – hopefully make you smirk AND give you some ideas if you are thinking of dressing up with your mini for Trick Or Treating. There might be a few other Octobery things mixed in, who knows!

family halloween costume, baby carrier costume

LOVE this, and how timely!

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Leah’s 2-Year-Old Birthday Party

Carousel cake

Happy Birthday Leah!

Since we didn’t do a party for Leah’s 1st birthday we decided to do something this year, to celebrate turning 2. It happened to fall on the same day as the University of Iowa Homecoming Game, and since we live in Iowa City, we figured it would only be appropriate (and fair to the parents) to throw a little toddler tailgate. Continue reading

In Between Bites

I am writing this in between bites of lunch, during precious nap time minutes so it will be brief! The last 11 days have been busy between:

  • Leah’s second birthday
Birthday Girl!

Birthday Girl!

  • A visit from Mike’s Mom

Grandma Patsy and her biggest fans!

  • Move It, Dig It, Do It – an awesome display of big equipment for little kids put on by the Iowa Children’s Museum

Honking the semi truck horn…notice who is wearing the hard hat…

  • A trip to Las Vegas for Mike’s work conference


  • Hanging out with my parents after we got back and reunited with Leah and Jelly
First time creek stomping!

First time creek stomping!

I feel like I’ve hardly had a minute for anything! The packing and unpacking alone is enough to make my head spin. Not that I’m complaining; it’s been a blast, but I also managed to plan Leah’s birthday party for this weekend. Since we didn’t do anything big for her 1st birthday we decided to throw her a little party this year, so naturally I left ALL the planning for the days before the party.

All that to say, that I DO plan on continuing to blog, but I haven’t had much time to focus on it! Someday soon, probably when there is less daylight and fewer perfect fall days, I’ll be back with interesting and witty content…until then, you can check out Facebook and Instagram for more updates!


Greetings From Vegas

Hey everyone! Sorry for the radio silence over here…were in Vegas for an Oral Surgery conference so we’ve been enjoying sleeping in, laying out by the pool and winning millions on the blackjack table. One of those statements is false.

Breakfast at NY NY

Breakfast at NY NY

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OMG I Have A 2 Year Old

Wow. I can’t believe that it’s been 2 years since I met my little baby Leah. The two years have flown by fast, but at the same time I can hardly remember life before my little sidekick was here. Tonight as I read Go Dog Go for the millionth time I kept getting choked up thinking that it was the last time I would put my 1 year old Leah to bed. I know it’s melodramatic but it made me feel like in the blink of an eye she will be all grown up. I try not to listen when anyone mentions how fast it goes, because I know they’re right, and it makes me panic. I guess the best I can do is to thank God for everyday, even while I’m swallowing a scream, and kiss those cheeks as much as I can before the baby fat is all gone. Ok I’ll stop blubbering. Right after I look through and post these 87 pictures of my baby.


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