Warm You Heart and Soul

Greetings from FREEZING South Carolina! So, my dad actually called me earlier today and asked what my plan was! “Do you have a generator?” No. “Do you have canned goods?” Nope. “Did you load up on firewood?” Well, we have a bunch, but it’s already wet. So, no.

Ummmm…I live in Charleston. Winters don’t go below 50 degrees. I honestly forget how to function in cold weather, let alone know how to PLAN for a winter storm! So, my plan is to not have a plan and to pray and hope that everyone is overreacting and that we don’t lose power AT ALL. 

In the meantime, I took some hilarious videos that have warmed me heart and soul, and I’m hoping they will do the same for you!! Stay warm and be careful! It’s an ice coated jungle out there!

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Giggle from Emily on Vimeo.

Organization and Valentine’s Day Decor

It’s hard to believe January is almost over!! I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. We’ve had a rough winter, to say the least. Plus, we have a LOT of exciting things happening next month. We have my birthday, Valentine’s Day, Stew’s Birthday, and Stew’s LAST chemo treatment February 27th!!! And, on top of that, spring is right around the corner!

In the meantime, we’ve been cleaning and organizing. I’ll update you as we go on our never-ending house projects! My first project was to organize my diaper bag. I usually just keep it in the car so we have anything and everything we need in case the world ends. Keeping it in the car equals me not changing anything out for the past 14 months. Soooo, I brought it in and went through it. I put everything in a compartment or in a bag within my bag. I have my Rodan and Fields zipper case filled with all of my bottles–lotion, diaper rash ointment, saline nose spray, lip gloss, and sunscreen. I have my Baby Wipe Case, a spare diaper, and a Diaper Wet Bag. I also have a case of hand wipes and the Tiny Diner for when hunger strikes. I feel better already!

I put a few decorations up for Valentine’s Day (right after the Christmas stuff came down). I love when the house is decorated. And Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It brightens up the winter so much! Plus, Stew and I have had a fondue dinner tradition since we started dating a hundred eight years ago which is always exciting. Hopefully I’ll get some good pictures of our fondue this year to share! We’ve never missed a year yet! (P.S. my Valentine’s Day Chalkboard is now available on Etsy in a 4×6 Digital File!)

I have high hopes for getting this house in tip-top organized shape by the time spring rolls around. We’ll see how that goes! And for some Sunday cuteness, here’s some Turner love! Stay warm 😮

The Past Few Days

We have had a rough few weeks. I didn’t know if I would survive the stress and tears (me and Turner both). I always tell myself that these trials are temporary, but sometimes it’s hard to believe that!
This is a much better week! It’s been filled with giggles, naps (thank God!) and nebulizer treatments.
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It’s so nice to see Turner laughing and happy again! He’s been playing on his own, and I’ve even been able to drop him off at the gym nursery to get my workouts in! Last week was a mess. He still wasn’t feeling well, so they actually had to come GET me from my class because he was so hysterical! What a nightmare.

I didn’t think our nights would ever get back to normal either. We always do bath time, bottle, book, and bed. But Turner was so miserable that he didn’t want a bath! And he was still not ready for milk (doc told us to hold off until he was done puking his brains out) so no bottle! And he sure as heck didn’t want to sit on our laps and read a story. So it was such a relief when he was asking for his bath! We actually used the whole puking thing as a perfect segue into no bottle before bed! So, now, we just do bath, a little story, rock for a few minutes, and bed! He doesn’t seem to miss his bedtime bottle one bit!
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The weather has been chilly, but that hasn’t held us back. As soon as Turner was feeling better, we started our daily walks again. We bundle up and hit the road!
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We haven’t even had that cold of a winter, but I’m ready for spring! I HATE cold and flu season, and I HATE not being able to spend the majority of our day outside! Happy Thursday and stay warm, friends!

Frittata Cups

Life has been a bit busy lately. I feel like I haven’t had time to plan a solid meal for any of us! I definitely always have frozen purees on hand for Turner, but he’s getting a bit picky when it comes to food! He LOVES peanut butter sandwiches, anything with sweet potatoes, bananas with avocado, and oatmeal. Those are pretty much the staples around here. But, in an effort to keep him NOT picky, I’m committed to making him different foods that will peak his interest.

I made a batch of Frittata Cups this morning. He loves them and they’re perfect for “make ahead” healthy meals. I keep them in the freezer and just take one out and put it in a container in the fridge the night before! They couldn’t be easier to make. I start by cooking the frozen potatoes until they’re browned, about 5 minutes. Then I add a diced zucchini, and cook one more minute until it’s softened.

I pour that onto a plate to cool while I prep the rest of the ingredients. In a large bowl, I whisk together the eggs, water, yogurt, salt & pepper. Once that’s combined, I stir in the veggies and cheese.


Finally, I use a quarter cup measure to scoop the mixture into a muffin tin lined with silicone baking cups.
  I cook them for 30 minutes at 350F until they’re nice and firm. YUM!

Stew and I actually eat them too. They’re great for him because he leaves early in the morning for work. So he just pops them in the microwave and has breakfast on the go!

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13 & 14 Month Must Haves

I feel like I was just planning Turner’s first birthday party, and he will be 14 months old tomorrow! Where does the time go? I honestly lost track of how many “months” he was once he turned one until someone asked how old he was today. I almost said, “he just turned one” and then realized…yea that was two months ago!

So, the past two months have been a blur of chemo (almost done!!), stomach viruses, and puppy madness. But, through it all, we still managed to pick out a few of our favorite things to share with you! Enjoy ;o)

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1. Radio Flyer 32 All-Terrain Steel and Wood Wagon-Turner got this wagon for Christmas. He adores it! We throw him in there with a bunch of pillows and blankets, and he just wants to ride around nonstop! It’s adorable.

2.  Micro-dermabrasian Paste & Night Renewing Serum – Rodan & Fields is the anti-aging line from the same doctors who created Proactiv. I recently started selling their products as a SIDE SIDE  job (I already work from home full time). I am absolutely OBSESSED with their products! One of my favorites is this micro-dermabrasian paste, followed by the night-renewing serum. It is honestly just as yummy as a facial and way less expensive!

3. Munchkin Basketball Hoop– My mom got this for Turner for Christmas. He loves it! He especially likes throwing the balls OUT of the tub and having us throw them back in! 

4.Nuby Sippy Cup-We finally found the perfect sippy cup. Turner likes it and it doesn’t leak!! The poor little guy usually has milk dripping down his chin or the nipple gets turned inside out. But this one is, by far, our favorite!

5. Love You Wall Art– And because I love Valentine’s Day AND Target, we put out a few festive pieces to get pumped! I’ll have more on my Valentine’s Day Decor post to come!

Hot Mess

I feel like it’s been AGES since I’ve written a post. Well, my last post was all happy and optimistic thinking the worst of our illness was over….WRONG! I’m doing fine. But Turner has been on the vomit roller coaster for an entire week! Just when we think he’s better, SPLAT. 

This all started last Wednesday. So by Friday he was fine, or so I thought. I started to introduce his goat’s milk again. Before that, it was straight up Pedialyte. By nighttime, he was so exhausted, that we ended up putting him to bed around 6:30. Passed. Out. About 20 minutes later, he woke up hysterically crying (which is not like him). I picked him up and rocked him to calm him down. He just wouldn’t stop crying. And then, BAM. Turner, me, chair, COVERED in throw up. Stew came upstairs with a bath towel to clean up. Meanwhile, I carried him into the bathroom, peeled off our wet clothes, and sat on the bathroom floor. Turner was so tired that he laid on the floor and fell asleep. Stew brought in some clean pjs and we dressed him and put him back in bed. The rest of the night was fine!

Saturday was GREAT! He was back on his Pedialyte and saltine cracker diet. Sunday we were ready to venture out for the first time in days. The sun was shining, it was in the mid 60s, and it was SECOND SUNDAY! That’s our favorite time to walk around Charleston. The roads are closed off to traffic, and the restaurants have tables set up in the street.  So, when Turner woke up from his afternoon nap, we brought him downstairs for a quick snack before heading downtown. As Stew was putting him in his highchair, he projectile vomited everywhere! WTF!?! After that, he seemed totally fine. So, we let a little time pass and settled for a walk around the block.

Monday, perfectly fine! He was definitely not as hungry and EXTREMELY clingy, but I didn’t mind. Poor momma baby has been through the ringer! I was convinced that this was all behind us. Well, I hate to break it to you, but a nasty cough hit him last night. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? So, he coughed and wined ALL NIGHT. Aren’t you getting tired from reading this!? Well, this morning, we went to get him out of his crib and brought him downstairs for breakfast. You guessed it…puked all over the floor. So, I brought him to the doc. Common sense, I know. Our pediatrician, whom I love, said his digestion was still sensitive and his cough should get better. He was already run down, so he was more susceptible to getting something else (hence the cough). After all that, there was nothing to do but wait it out. Let’s hope today was the last of it. I’ve been covered in vomit enough for a lifetime!
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Best Side Job Ever!

Thanks for your kind words and well wishes! After another bout with the baby throw-ups last night, we’ve done a lot of laundry, napped, and seem to be on the up and up! Poor little guy is passed out. Tomorrow is a new day, and let’s hope a sunny one!

So, for happy news, I have a new side job! Now, some of you may know that I manage an amazing vacation rental business on the absolutely stunning Dewees Island. And, I love my job….A LOT. Which is why this side gig was so unexpected! This is how it went down–

A few of my favorite things to do for ME are to go to the gym and to have play dates. I had a play date last week, which I try to do every so often, otherwise I spend way too much time talking to a baby! So, my girlfriend Toni came over with her son. The boys played while we drank some tea. It was an hour well spent!

I knew Toni worked from home, but I didn’t know the details. So, I asked her about it. She said she worked as an “executive consultant for Rodan and Fields“. 

Sounded fun, but what did that mean? Well Rodan and Fields are the two dermatologists who created Proactive. Solid product… I was intrigued. “Rodan and Fields” is their new line of skincare products ranging from anti-aging to acne. Ok….I was more intrigued. Toni covers her mortgage and is putting money away for her son’s college fund while working about 5 hours a week….WHAT!? HOLD THE PHONE! SIGN ME UP! So, I asked her a million questions, she sent me a very detailed email outlining the process, and then I had a phone call with Toni and the girl who got her signed up. It was perfect because they were both able to answer all of my questions and fears. I really felt like I had nothing to lose! So I signed up!

The reason I wanted to share was because I’ve had SO MANY mommas ask me how I’m able to work from home full time! Not everyone is lucky enough to have a job where they have the flexibility of working from home full time. I even watched a special on the Today Show about how to work at home and raise your kids (most of them not practical). This tells me that a lot of people wish they could do it! So this is for you mommas who want to earn some extra money (maybe cover your mortgage and save for your baby’s college fund while you’re at it!?). It’s even for those of you who wish they could work part time and supplement with another job that allows you to stay home for the rest of the time! So, if you are intrigued, like I was, shoot me and email (emelia86@gmail.com) and I can get you the info to help you figure out if this is the right fit for you! Happy Saturday!

My Worst Fear

Thursday night, Stew came home from work, and I suddenly started feeling weird. I was dizzy, nauseous, unsure of what was happening. As time went by, it became clear that I was going to get sick. A bug? Food poisoning? Either way, it was bad! I’ll leave out the gory details.

As I sat on the couch, wishing this would pass, Turner was standing next to me whining. I was about to say, “Turner, I’m really not in the mood to listen to your whining”, when he projectile vomited all over himself and the couch. And there it was, me and Turner sick at THE SAME TIME!!! My worst fear!

This was the first time Turner ever threw up, so we didn’t know what to expect. I was as helpful as a fart in a wind-storm, so Stew was Mr. Mom. And thank God for him! He put Turner to bed (without a bottle). Turner would throw up in his crib every so often. Stew would go in, wipe it up, and walk out. Poor guy. Turner surprisingly slept through the night. I had a vision of me and him up all night taking turns throwing up.

Yesterday, Turner woke up all better. Stew gave him an ounce of Pedialyte in his sippy cup. Poor baby was SO thirsty that he cried hysterically for more. So we gave him 2 more oz and then 2 more oz. Once he held that down, Stew gave him some toast. He ate mild foods all day and a few sippy cups of Pedialyte. No milk!

I, on the other hand, couldn’t even get out of bed. I slept ALL day. I walked exactly ONE time and sat up TWICE. Yuck.

This morning, we were all feeling better. I was able to have some oatmeal for breakfast and walk downstairs. Big improvement. Turner seemed good too. We gave him a little milk this morning with his oatmeal, and he was ok with that. He was just a little sleepy and went down for his nap early.
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I knew it was only a matter of time that Turner would get sick! I am proud to say, we got through it! He’s one tough little dude. And thank goodness for my hubby!

Our Weekend

What a weekend! We packed so much into one weekend that it FLEW by!! The main event was definitely Saturday when we picked up our puppy, Elsbeth (aka Ellie), from Charlotte! We named her after the cooky attorney in one of our favorite shows, The Good Wife. Ellie is a mastiff. She’s gonna be HUUUUUUGE!


It felt like we drove all day! We dropped her off at Petsmart to get a puppy bath before we brought her home. We weren’t actually home and settled until about 6! So, we got to play a little, and then it was bath time for Turner!

Ellie did great on her first night with us. We’re definitely crate training her. She will NOT be sleeping in our bed. First of all, mastiffs snore like a freight train. And, SECOND, she will be bigger than me in a few months. So, no, she will need her own space. She cried for a few minutes in her crate and then slept like a rock! Didn’t make a peep! What a good girl.

She and Turner are already getting to be good buddies. He likes to flail things in her face, and she just looks at him like he’s crazy.

Ellie and Daddy are hitting it off too!

Me and Ellie? Well, I’m gonna go ahead and say I’m the “pack leader” so she follows me everywhere. Sleeps on my feet, sleeps in my office, stares at me while I cook.


You get the picture! Needless to say, we’re in love. She’s the perfect addition to our family. She brings pure joy into the mix! Can’t wait to share more of my growing babies!!! Sending you lots of puppy kisses to keep you warm over the next few days!!

Our Little Surprise!!

No I’m not pregnant!! It’s a big “no-no” while Stew’s on chemo. But we ARE getting a PUPPY! In fact, we’re driving to Charlotte to get her as we speak!

We weren’t exactly planning on getting a puppy. Buuuuuut, we fell in love with her. She was too good to pass up! She’s a full mastiff. I know, you think I’m crazy. But there’s something about giant drooly dogs that makes me weak in the knees. I mean look at this face (and those giant paws)!
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Her name is Elsbeth (pronounced Elz-Beth), Ellie for short. I’m so excited for Turner to have a little friend to play with. It will be a crazy few weeks, but I’ll keep you posted! Here’s to a new year and a new adventure!