Back to reality.

Ruby and I

Next week my maternity leave ends and I thought it was about time to get this blog up-to-date on all our happenings this summer.

This time off has been so amazing, exhausting and unreal. I am quite emotional about it ending and thought it would be therapeutic to download our experiences, feelings and outlook on the blog now that I am transitioning from stay-at-home mom back to the work/life balance.

Here’s what you can expect in the next few weeks.

House Updates

Bedroom Closet

I realized I never finished writing about how my bedroom closet turned out – so those will be the first posts I cover. Tomorrow I will talk about how we finished up the closet walls and then I’ll do a full tour of the closet showing you how I organized all my stuff.

Prison Bath Remodel

Nate and Dean really did an enormous amount of work on our guest bathroom in June and July so I have quite a few post to write updating the project. We are still finishing up a few things so a full tour of the bathroom won’t happen probably until next month.

Ruby’s Nursery

We haven’t “finished” Ruby’s room although I really hope to start soon. Everything got stalled after we were shipped a moldy rug from an online retailer. I plan on writing up a review of our experience so stay tuned for more on that. I also have a few decorating projects I hope to write about once they are done.


Papers are to be signed today on our first house refinance. This refi has driven most of the home projects we tackled this year and Nate and I are so excited to get it done. I’d like to write-up a post on the full experience and tips for other homeowners.

Family Updates

Baby Stuff

Let’s be honest – this summer has really been all about our Ruby.

I’d like to continue to document my experiences as a new mom and of Ruby’s first year. I have tried to record my labor & delivery story twice now and hopefully will get it right on the third go-around this week. I’m also doing a weekly photo series of Ruby and a journalling project that I’ll write about soon plus reviews of our favorite newborn items.


I really am in love with video and plan on posting a new video to my YouTube channel (hopefully) once a week. Some will be baby related of course – but I want to record a variety of videos from house project to cooking as well.

So that’s the plan – lots of house updates with a sprinkling of life.

Stay tuned and like always thanks for reading,

Welcome Ruby Jac!

Welcome Baby Ruby

Our little bundle of love, Ruby Jacqueline was born on June 18th at 12:08pm.


I am going to record a whole video on my labor and delivery story so I won’t go into much detail now. I will say that I surprised myself in the best possible way and am so thankful to have delivered a healthy baby girl.


The last month Nate and I have begun to figure out our new role as parents. We have tried to live in the moment each day with her and enjoy this fleeting newborn period. I plan to write more about our experiences very soon.