If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you already know that we have expanded our family! We adopted a beautiful, sweet little girl this week and we couldn't be happier!
Minimalism has many faces and is expressed in millions of different ways. It is adaptable to your own personal lifestyle and is a lifestyle that has been growing in popularity over the last several years. There is no "right way" to be a minimalist and I think that's one of the most appealing things about it.
It's hard to believe that, in 2018, women are still having to fight (some literally) to be treated as equals in so-called "developed" and "modernized" countries. Countries that claim and boast about being the best in the world, but still manage to treat half of their population as "less than" simply because we have the wrong parts. Let's get one thing straight right now: You would literally not exist if not for a woman.
I'm done breastfeeding. I will never again use my body to feed another human being (barring some sort of crazy Donner Party-esque event). That does make me a little sad, but I am so proud and grateful that I was able to feed both of my boys for as long as I could.
Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of women I know announced their third pregnancies. Both of these women were pregnant with me, both times, so our kids are all about the same age. When they announced their forthcoming new babes, I expected to feel sad, jealous, or disappointed that I wasn't pregnant with them again.
If you Google or Pinterest search for "newborn must haves" or registry ideas/suggestions, you will find literally hundreds, if not thousands of things you "need" before you bring your baby home, and hundreds more things you "need" to get through the first year with your new babe. I'm gonna simplify all this for you right now and give you a very short list of the things you actually need for your baby.
Anyone else have a spouse/partner that just says no to everything? Even stuff you know they'd be happy about later, but they refuse to agree to it now. I don't know if he's just incapable of saying the word "yes" to me, because he can definitely say it to our kids. Maybe he just likes being a meanie and rejecting all of my brilliant ideas.
The start of the new year is usually when people decide to make drastic changes in their lives: quit eating a certain way, start eating a certain way, go to the gym everyday, read more, watch TV less, get outside, be active, be present, etc. All of these are GREAT things, but people tend to be overzealous, plan to do too much, then quit within a month because it's too hard.
I had intended to post this recipe last week, but with all of our sickness, I didn't get anything done that I had planned to do. That's what a stomach virus does to a family. It wrecks everything! So, here it is, a week late, but still delicious.
We all know that the holiday season can be very stressful and very expensive. I know some families that spend thousands of dollars just on their own 2-3 kids, then add to that their extended family and friends. That is outrageous to me. This year, I spent approximately $150 on both of our boys and that feels like too much.
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