Affordable style ideas to make you rock your day sprinkled with good eats, real mom life encouragement and a glimpse into our days- special & typical
Hi there! I’m Erin and mom to three amazing kids and wife to the best husband around IMHO! We’re doing our best to find joy in our days and love in our hearts even when things are hard. Our middle daughter has a catastrophic form of epilepsy that affects every part of her life and ours. She’s taught us more than we could have ever learned about the importance of life, love and God.
Our days aren’t anything glamorous, but I’ve learned to take time for the things I enjoy. As mom, wife, friend and just good ole’ me. I think it’s important for you to take care of yourself too – have fun, remember you’re amazing and be confident in what you wear, what you eat and what you feel.
Beyond my style posts, I’m here to write and share stories of my days as a typical mom, a special needs mom, an in between mom, a used-to-be working mom, and an unexpected stay-at-home mom – and now finding the balance part time. I love fashion, wine, coffee, good food (from Whole30 style to any kind of cheesecake), dancing, running, a great TV drama series, musicals and more. Every day since my middle daughter’s first seizure I’ve been on my faith journey, too. I’ve always believed in God but didn’t take time to work on any relationship and now, well, I do. Our plans for life have changed quite a bit and we’ve learned that living the life in front of you is so much more important than the life you have written on paper. We live well within our means to make sure we have what we need for our children and not to become over consumed with things (or at least we try). I’ll write about all of this. Not just one thing because being a mom means being yourself, being an extended- often tired – all giving self in every way that makes you you. So here’s to you, here’s to us, and here’s to momma!
The Unexpected Move to SAHM
About four years ago, I started staying home with my youngest daughter. Our life plans (and definitely my plans) flipped every way possible after my youngest was born and diagnosed with a catastrophic form of epilepsy. I never planned to stay at home, I had big career goals and loved my job.
Since that first seizure, my journey as a mom has been impacted more than I could have ever imagined. Truly for the better, but nonetheless hard and unplanned. I believe there are more moms coping with struggles like this, and we find it hard to talk about. I hope this is a space where we can share joys and hardships, while also celebrating ourselves and the things that makes us, us.
While this blog won’t be all about special needs or doctor visits, it will definitely be an ongoing theme. So for those of you who don’t connect with these stories personally, I understand. My hope though is that if you follow my blog for other good reasons (you know like wine and shoes!) you still read some of these segments. I hope you never have to face these challenges, but chances are someone in your life will – friend, family member, coworker – and it is good for all of us to look for ways to help. I am so thankful to the wonderful people (including many other mommas) who helped me during the shift from full-time-working mom to full-time-stay-at-home mom and who continue to support me in being myself and the best mom I can be.
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