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March 5, 2019

The hashtag #milestomagnolia is an understatement in my case as I traveled 4,669 miles all the way from the northwest of the UK to Waco Texas. Since I've been living in the UK for the past 2 years, I actually missed out on the whole Fixer Upper HGTV gold and it wasn't until a visit to my parents this past fall that I discovered, fell in love with,...

February 13, 2019

I travel a lot. Something I never thought I'd say, because before 2013, I'd never left the USA. Since meeting my British husband, we have traveled a lot to see each other and also since being together. Because I now live in the UK, it's a lot easier (and cheaper!) to see other parts of Europe. I've had the change to visit Paris, the South of France...

February 6, 2019

If you're here, then chances are you've heard of the Dock-A-Tot and you have questions. Whether you're expecting, desperate for more sleep or gearing up to be gift giver of the year at your next shower, you'll want to know what you're getting before you spend semi-serious cash on a big pillow! 

How I heard about the dock-a-tot 

I first looked into th...

January 30, 2019

I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Bermuda for a close friend's wedding. If you're not 100% sure where Bermuda is, its about 655 miles south-east of North Carolina and only a 1.5 hour flight from NYC (what?!). I wasn't quite sure what to expect since this is my first true island vacay. There were hoops to jump through regarding passports an...

January 23, 2019

So how is it exactly that I met my British husband? You asked, and now I'm answering. I get asked this question on a pretty regular basis. I guess mostly because people are curious how a midwest girl ended up living in the north west of the UK. 

Believe it or not...a LOT of conditions had to be JUST right for that chance meeting. I'm not kidding, th...

January 16, 2019

I am going to start by mentioning (incase you didn't notice already) that I am not a blogging guru, so I have never and likely will never claim to know all the ins-and-outs that I'm sure so many of the successful bloggers know. Now that I've put out that disclaimer, I'd like to share with you a few apps that I've stumbled upon along the way that ha...

January 12, 2019

Someone once told us "the baby has to come into YOUR life, not you come into theirs" meaning you have to go on with your life as close to the way it was before having children as possible, which can sometimes seem a lot easier said than done when it comes to things like travel. Still, we put all our pending stress aside and booked flights from the...

January 4, 2019

It's that time again when we take a few minutes to access where we are in life and reflect on the past year with posts of our top memories using hashtags like #solong2018 in preparation for #newyearnewme. We all hold ourselves accountable to different goals each year, some we stick to but let's be honest, most we don't. This year I'm setting myself...

October 17, 2018

 I can't believe it's already Christmas time! This year is going to be so exciting for us as we try to establish new traditions to start with our little family. In my search for unique "shop-small" items to give (and get) this year for Christmas, I've come across some things that I think are really special and wanted to share with all of you.

B...

September 22, 2018

A lot of work goes into these tiny humans...like ALOT. Nothing is more satisfying then when you've worn them out and they reward you with a nice long (but never long enough) nap. Being someone who likes my home to look a certain way, the idea of colorful plastic haphazardly dotted around my house was less than ideal. I swore I would only have thing...

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