Baby, Family

Roelyn Two-Month-Old Update

I feel cheated. This postpartum journey is not at all what I imagined. No one in their worst dreams imagined the effects of Covid-19 across the world. In my tiny world, my baby is growing up before my eyes and I'm not able to share her with family and friends. I feel alone. But Roelyn… Continue reading Roelyn Two-Month-Old Update

Environment, Family, Family Hike Reviews

Pleasure House Point Natural Area Family Hike

Happy Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than getting outside?? Here is our review of our most recent family hike at Pleasure House Point Natural Area. If you're in Virginia Beach and enjoy the water views, this is your hike! Trail Conditions Location: We entered the trail at 3957 Marlin Bay Drive. Parking was… Continue reading Pleasure House Point Natural Area Family Hike

Environment, Family, Family Hike Reviews, Uncategorized

West Neck Creek Natural Area Family Hike

The coolest, closest, local hike. I had no idea this hidden gem was right down the road from us! Trail Conditions Location: 2249 N. Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Beware...Apple maps took us to the wrong location. The trail entrance is close to the intersection of Princess Anne Road at N. Landing Road right… Continue reading West Neck Creek Natural Area Family Hike

Environment, Family, Family Hike Reviews

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Family Hike

Quarantine will make me go crazy if I can't get outside! The kids need some sort of physical outlet and I crave the fresh air. We have been checking out lots of local hiking opportunities not just for our fitness, but also as a living outdoor classroom. Yesterday we visited the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge… Continue reading Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Family Hike

Baby, Family, Gift Giving

Newborn Easter Basket Ideas

Roelyn is one month old and I had way too much fun putting together a little Easter basket for her! Read on for the links to the simple and cute goodies, all available on Amazon! Jesus Rose for Me Book, or this one: Easter is Coming! Both book options relay the reason for the season:… Continue reading Newborn Easter Basket Ideas

Baby, Family, Lifestyle, Vlogs

Grandma Penelope Meets Roelyn Penelope

Before all this coronavirus craziness really began, we were lucky enough to have some special visitors! Matt's Grand Aunt Rebecca arranged for a sister trip to Virginia Beach for her and Matt's Grandma Penelope to meet our new baby. At the time the trip was booked, they didn't know the baby would be named after… Continue reading Grandma Penelope Meets Roelyn Penelope

Baby, Family, Pregnancy, That Crunchy Life

How I Achieved a Natural Birth (and You Can Too!)

When your 2.5 hour labor forces you to give birth in the car, it can be easy to assume that medical intervention was not an option. While this was entirely true (read my whole birth story here), there was actually a lot of work that went to preparing myself for a natural, med-free birth. I… Continue reading How I Achieved a Natural Birth (and You Can Too!)

Baby, Family, Pregnancy, Vlogs

I Gave Birth in the Car: Baby Launstein is Here!

We were speeding through the tunnel when I reached between my legs and could feel the baby's head emerging. I literally grabbed the "oh shit" handle and Matt made it to the emergency room doors just in time for me to deliver the baby in the car in the parking lot. Before Labor I had… Continue reading I Gave Birth in the Car: Baby Launstein is Here!

Baby, Book Reviews, Kids, Toddler

Balanced and Barefoot Book Review

I wanted to start by sharing that I used to absolutely hate reading. The only reading since I graduated high school were my had-to-read college textbooks and a pregnancy book when I was pregnant with Cambri. I was inspired when talking to my friend, Maria (@MillenialFashionista). Our talks are in part what inspired my online… Continue reading Balanced and Barefoot Book Review