I graduated from Coe College in 2013 and married my high school sweetheart, Jordan. We welcomed our first baby, Ella Marie, into the world in December 2014. Our little family lives in Cedar Rapids with our Golden Retriever, Millie. As first time parents we are far deeper in love than we could have imagined with our new sweet girl. Life is a little more exciting now and I'm learning about mommy life on the daily! Stick around to hear the ups, downs, messy moments and milestones. This really is quite the ride!

It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Later

December 28, 2016

In this final post with the Real Moms Of Eastern Iowa Blog, I wanted to share my new endeavor in the blogging world. As I shared earlier this week, writing about being a mom and about our daughter has become one of my favorite decisions in the last few years. I have developed a passion for uplifting other moms in motherhood and sharing inspiration or encouragement throughout our days. As I say goodbye to everyone here, I would love to meet up with you again on my personal mom blog: Cold Coffee Blessings!

Why I Blog

December 27, 2016

Two and a half years ago, a classmate from college messaged me asking if I'd like to write for UnityPoint's Real Moms Blog. I was pregnant at the time with Ella and felt unqualified both in my writing ability and in experience. What did I know about being a mom? What did I have to share? Would anyone be able to relate? After some hesitation, I look the leap and said yes to blogging and it just might have been one of my favorite decisions yet.

2 Years Young!

December 19, 2016

Our daughter turned 2 this last weekend and we had so much fun celebrating. I had a good cry in the days leading up to it as I tortured myself with newborn pictures and videos. It seems like forever ago that I held her tiny little self, but then again I can't possibly believe I have a two year old. As much as it hurts my heart to see her grow up, there is so much fun that comes with each week, month and year. It makes the getting older part a bit easier. Here is our 2 year update for Miss Ella Marie!

A Toddler's Christmas List

December 14, 2016

Maybe it's because our daughter has a December birthday or maybe that I'm not the best at updating or cycling the toys throughout the year.but this mama is ready for Christmas gifts.for my toddler. I'm getting a little weary of playing with the same block set, same three puzzles and same train during the day LOL. We are excited for some new toys around here!

Talking "Thankfulness" With A Toddler

November 23, 2016

A few weeks ago my almost-2 year old and I had a chat about what we were thankful for. We obviously didn't get as deep as we might during Thanksgivings down the road, but it was adorable and meaningful to talk about what we could at this age.

In Defense of Sparkly Princesses

November 22, 2016

Our daughter received a big book of princess bedtime stories for her first birthday last year. Since it had more words than pictures, she hadn't shown much interest until these last few weeks as a one year old. She loves talking about Snow White and Cinder-lala and is super interested in the "Princess-red-hair, Mama!" In the midst of a new generation of feminists and gender-neutral toys, I pondered for a couple weeks my thoughts on going down the sparkly princess road.