To the one who does her own thing….Β 

To my sweet, sweet Rhyann…

You do your own thing, which is great except for the fact that your thing & my thing are total opposites. 

You push my hand away, you purse your lips closed when offered food or a paci you don’t want…. with furrowed brows. 

You’d rather run a 10k than go to sleep. 

You take redirection like a laugh & then look me in my eyes as you do exactly what mama says not to. 

You pull your bibs off when we eat so your clothes get dirty. You pull everything out of cabinets. 

You pull your hairbows off and wear them around your neck. 

Then, pull your hair out of your ponytails, preferring the “I had a rough day” look minutes after I comb your hair. 

And, you could win fuve Academy Awards for your fake cry. It’s almost real. 

You give me the silliest grins after you’ve gotten comfortable (read: flailed your arms & slapped me, kicked your legs, tossed and turned) in my arms and it melts me every.time. It reminds me that you’re just a babe, you’re still so unaware, but so loving. 

You start imitation & response games and it makes me laugh every time. It reminds me of how much you watch me & that its soooo fun to be silly together. 

You play independently. You’re becoming a daredevil. I hope you continue to seek adventure and follow your own dreams & passions. 

You’re opinionated & very clear about those opinions. I hope you learn to be flexible & a great team player, but never change your beliefs or values because of what another person wants. 

I’m so grateful the Lord gave me you. The you HE wanted you to be. I pray you seek the Lord with all of your heart and faithfully trust him so that you can continue to grow into the you he created you to be, ignore the you I want you to be or anyone else. You have a purpose specifically given to you by God with intention. Trust him with passion & purpose, with your life. 

You’re going to change the world, and you’ve already started with me. 

My dearest Rhyann, you do your own thing…….. and I’m totally okay with that. 

I love you, sweet girl!




Heck yes!! When I tell you I love, love, love shopping small!! It’s the most fun and gratifying experience!

I have shopped small for the girls since before they were born (ha) and I have formed real relationships with quite a few of the mamas behind these amazing brands! I’ve also shopped small for myself and I never, ever regret it!

A promise was made during my Periscope today about my favorite shops and I’m making good on it!!!

Here are my favorite baby shops:

@augie and lola

My favorite small shops for mamas are:
Ezra + Eli
Loved by Hannah and Eli

My girls Danielle and Mary keep my blog up to date and any graphic needs I have poppin!
Danielle Burkleo
Mary Hess

IΒ had an idea or two about tees that I wanted to see come to life that didn’t quite fit in the Arise brand Krystle and I started … but, we definitely they should be printed and sold. So, here they are. One of a few that will be sold right here on my blog! I love that I have the space and ability to have these ideas that roll around in my imagination printed on tees. It’s amazing and I’m so excited!

We, teachers, don’t have the easiest jobs ever and it’s always nice to be shown the appreciation you guys feel on a daily!Β You can find there shirt over here… it’s a perfect time to buy for your kiddo’s teacher as the season of giving is upon us!

And, of course, I talk non-stop about Plexus…. you can find more info on that amazing-ness over here.
So good if you’re struggling with blood sugar issues, diabetes, irritability, intestinal issues (IBS, diverticulitis, etc.), and AI disease (Lupus, MS), skin inflammation (eczema, acne, psoriasis), food/sugar allergies, thyroid issues, or need to lose/gain (yes, gain) weight, etc. It’s amazing all around! Check it out!

All so very exciting!!!
I hope you guys genuinely consider supporting us mamas who are just doing what we love!!!

Have an amazing Thanksgiving Day!
Gobble, gobble!


Teacher Life

 Y’all when I tell you this year has been the year of JUMPING over cliffs …….. And, learning to fly.

I’ve done couple of things that I’ve taken on that I never thought I could, that were scary, that I wasn’t sure would work ……… But, I jumped anyway.

I’d had this idea for a tee a few months ago and finally had it printed ……… I mean, why not?! What’s the worst that could happen?! …. Ahhhh maybe the shirts don’t sell, maybe people’ll hate them. Who knows. 

 But, one thing is for sure. If not one sells, I know that I did something with a dream I had. This idea won’t meet me in my grave…… 

Live so that you die with memories, not dreams. 


If you’re not a teacher, your kid has a teacher, or you know one. We love t-shirts and if you don’t have any other reason to make a purchase – the teacher you know definitely deserves a gift!! 

So, if ya want to support a girl click the “SHOP” tab on the navigation bar and make a purchase. 

Your teacher friends will love you! And, I will, too!!