Messy Motherhood

by jenna on July 30, 2014

IMG_8098 The first six weeks with Grayson were hard, hard, hard. I loved Grayson but missed the freedom of my old life a lot. It felt like someone pulled a rug out from underneath me and I could barely keep my head above water. I don’t know how other moms {especially mom bloggers!} do it because MOST days I didn’t have a single second to myself to get anything done. I never understood when people said being a mom was hard, but I’m eleven weeks in now and I can say, hands down, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had. Read on—there’s more!


Crock Pot Maple Dijon Pork Chops

by jenna on July 28, 2014


For the past few months I have been rather obsessed with making pork chops in the slow cooker.

Pork chops.

I don’t know why it’s pork and not chicken or beef, but ever since Adam’s mom was in town right after Grayson was born and cooked us the most amazing pork chops, I have been addicted. Pork chops are not only super versatile, but also usually pretty affordable. I love to pick some up at the store to throw in the freezer for quick filling dinners.

There’s so many ways to cook pork chops — my absolute favorite way is a Nigella Lawson recipe that involves hard cider, a lot of cream and gnocchi on the side — but lately I have {obviously} been using my slow cooker a lot. I thought I appreciated that thing before, but as a new mom I have to say it’s the best kitchen appliance ever invented. The evenings are still Grayson’s fussy time, which means mama has maaaaaaaybe 20 minutes to throw together dinner before a meltdown occurs.

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Mint Mojito Iced Lattes

July 23, 2014

You want to know what I love? Coffee. Strong coffee. As a new mom getting less than stellar sleep, I’ve come to appreciate coffee in a whole new light. Now before you all get your panties in a bunch, let me clarify that I only drink one or two coffees a day and never right […]

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Our Favorite Baby Items

July 21, 2014

Lillebaby Carrier: I’ve tried a few carriers now on Grayson. I love babywearing! When he was really, really little I absolutely loved both the Solly Wrap and a woven wrap that I had. I would put him on and he would instantly go to sleep while I ran errands or did chores around the house. […]

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Summer Gazpacho with Shrimp

July 18, 2014

With both the summer heat AND a new baby, I really don’t want to be slaving away over a hot stove these days. Now, more than ever, I am going for quick and easy meals that satisfy. Because I’m breastfeeding, I am SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME….like, it’s insane how hungry I get. I like […]

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Grayson Allen: 2 Months

July 15, 2014

I can’t believe our little guy turned two months old this week! I look at photos of him when he was a newborn and can’t get over how much he’s changed in nine short weeks. It’s crazy! This month has been full of really fun firsts like our first family vacation! We rented a house […]

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Spicy Baked Fish Sticks

July 14, 2014

She’s aliiiiiiiiiiiive! Hello, dear friends! I am finally sticking my head above water over here. I don’t want to get too much into mommyhood on a recipe post but I promise to have another baby update for you guys soon. I can’t believe our little guy is two months old today! What a total whirlwind. […]

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Random Musings & Insta-Lately

July 2, 2014

Hi guys! It’s me – the long lost blogger. I apologize about not posting more right now! I had originally planned to be back in action by now but completely underestimated how consuming a baby is at the beginning! I’m sure you seasoned moms are laughing at that right now – of course a newborn […]

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