What I Didn’t Expect with Buying a House

What I Didn’t Expect with Buying a House

My husband and I have been working toward buying our first home for quite some time now, and let me tell you, it has not been an easy journey. From credit qualifications to saving money, we have struggled through every moment.

Now, as we settle into our little abode in the sleepy old mill town of Kannapolis, North Carolina — yes, the birthplace of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt — I am thankful for a sense of relief and to be on the other side of this hurdle.

Two years ago, I didn’t think we would ever be homeowners, but here we are.

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My Life Would Be Different If My Mom Would Have Lived

My Life Would Be Different If My Mom Would Have Lived

I try really, really hard not to think about the “what ifs” in my life, but here lately I can’t ignore the daunting question of “What would my life be like if my mom had survived her cancer battle?”

That’s a tough one, right? And heavy … that’s some heavy sh*t to live with.

It’s impossible to know what exactly would be different about my life, but I know for a fact it would be different if she were still here.

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Review /// My Experience with Grove Collaborative

Review /// My Experience with Grove Collaborative

I am a sucker for free sh*t. I probably say, “If it’s free, it’s for me,” at least once every day, and that is exactly how I got sucked into making my first purchase with Grove Collaborative.

I’m going to be honest with you. At the time I submitted my order, I had no idea what Grove was. All I knew was a bunch of people I follow on Instagram were talking about the website and Grove was offering a FREE four-piece gift set with your first purchase of $20 or more.

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Let’s Stay Home /// 10 Date Night Ideas You Don’t Have To Leave Your House For

Let’s Stay Home /// 10 Date Night Ideas You Don’t Have To Leave Your House For

My husband and I enjoy a nice night out on the town as much as anybody else, but we also find great joy in the times we create a date night from the comfort of our own living room.

Perhaps when we have children we will be wishing for a night away from the house. But right now, as a young married couple, we really, really enjoy staying home.

Like, a lot.

Therefore, I am always trying to think up new, fun things we can do at home together. Ya know, when you put your phones on silent, ignore social media, and just enjoy each other.

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Spring Travel /// Five Days in LA

Spring Travel /// Five Days in LA

If you read my recent blog post about all the emotions I’ve felt lately while trying to get pregnant, then you probably recognize that some time away in a new place is what my husband and I needed to recharge our spirits.

We just returned home from visiting my brother and sister-in-law in California, where we spent a week soaking up some much-needed sunshine — it literally snowed in North Carolina the day I flew out here … in March … insert side-eye emoji — and being super touristy.

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A Day At The Anaheim Packing House

A Day At The Anaheim Packing House

Happy Wednesday, friends! I have officially been in California for one week, and I’m going to be honest with you … I’m getting a little homesick. I wonder if my dogs miss me as much as I miss them?

Anywho. This past week has been amazing and filled with yummy food and wonderful sights.

We still have two days left before we’re back home, but I wanted to go ahead and share one of my favorite places I visited during this adventure: The Anaheim Packing House.

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What’s In My Suitcase /// West Coast Essentials

West Coast Essentials

Greetings from California, friends!

I’m at a work conference in Anaheim this week, and next week the hubby is joining me out here and we’re heading to Los Angeles for vacation.

I’m still trying to adjust to the time change but want to share the handful of things I absolutely had to pack for 10 days on the left coast.

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What To Do When Your Best Friend Has A Baby (& How Not To Be Annoying)

What To Do When Your Best Friend Has A Baby (& How Not To Be Annoying)

{Photo credit: Alisha Rudd Photography}

A Collaboration between Dammit, Hali and The Big Blonde Brain

My friend over at The Big Blonde Brain (a lifestyle blog by Casey Sellers) just gave birth to her first baby, and in the months leading up to her due date, she and I got very close.

We spoke on the phone nearly every day and Casey felt comfortable enough to share some pretty graphic details of her pregnancy with me. So much so that I began joking I know Casey’s body better than my own.

That’s what best friends are for, though, right? She kept telling me, “I’m not going to let you go into this blind.” Which, I really do appreciate.

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Today, I Sat In My Office and Cried

Today, I Sat In My Office and Cried

{Photo credit: Alisha Rudd Photography}

As you read this, please take away these two things:

1.
Be kind to every person you meet. Everyone is fighting a battle no one else knows about.

2.
Please, please, please never ask a couple when they’re going to have a baby. That is one of the most personal and intimate questions you can ask, and you probably have no clue whether or not they’re dealing with infertility or other issues preventing them from getting pregnant. If someone offers up that information freely to you, so be it. But, please, never pry.


It is no secret that Justin and I have wanted children for quite some time now. I even wrote about it in 2015 after returning from Disney World.

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