My Baby: You are enough, You have enough

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Parenting is hard. Not only do you have to worry about if you’re raising them to be polite, functioning humans, other judgmental parents and providing well balanced meals – it’s your job to protect them from the craziness of the world & ‘adult’ problems. That last one weighs on me heavily, because one day they will be old enough to understand. This is an open letter to children who have individuals who have chosen to not be a part of their lives.Β  Continue reading

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Summer 2017 Favorites

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In the summer you spend countless hours outside and in the sun. Remember to take care of your body and skin. Check out my Top 5 Summer 2017 favorites below to give yourself quick, fresh summer makeup; a new shake go-to and keep your skin and hair fresh!

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First Weekend in Spring 2017

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It’s rare that we get a full weekend with Leep. He typically works Saturdays and we have to squeeze things into one day. This weekend we were lucky and had him with us for a full weekend, and man did we make the most of it! Join us for a weekend in the life of the Malmy’s!

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2nd Anniversary: Winter Wonderland Wedding

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12.13.14 was a magical day.

Our wedding was the perfect winter wonderland mix of sophistication and kick ass party. [All details below] It’s been featured on multiple blogs and in Coastal Virginia Bride magazine. We had an amazing photographer, Sarah Street, and I’ll let her photos do the talking… Continue reading

Be Imperfect & Be Present

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It’s December first. Another year gone. It’s been a trying year for my family. We lost my grandmother, then my grandfather and my sister moved to another state. These are the words I need to remember going into 2017, for life is short and we need to make the most of it.Β  Continue reading

28 Things

I turn 28 today, Happy Birthday to Me! I wanted to do something a little different and share some fun, randomness about myself. So here we go, 28 things about me for my 28th birthday!

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  1. My nickname is “Ta-ta”. When my sister was little it was hard for her to say Monica – it came out “Mon-ta-ta” and ended up being shorten to Ta-ta. I even have it tattooed on me.
  2. I dislike naps. [Yes, you read that correctly] They just seem to make me more tired.
  3. I’m afraid of clowns, birds and anyone dressed in a full costume [think Disney World].
  4. I am amazing at improvised singing. My husband says I could win awards. I can make up a new song off cuff about any random thing, or use the tune and words to current songs with a spin for any situation.
  5. I am not a homebody or one to ‘relax and chill’. If I’m relaxing I want to be on a beach with a beer in my hand.
  6. I can quote Moulin Rouge and Ever After from start to finish.
  7. Dessert is my favorite meal of the day and can be consumed at any hour of the day.
  8. I didn’t like coffee until about 4 years ago, now it’s an everyday necessity – and I’m picky about it.
  9. Christmas is my favorite holiday, obsessed doesn’t even describe it.
  10. I hate fish but love shrimp, crab and lobster. My crab picking skills are kinda a big deal.
  11. I almost always go about 2 days before washing my hair again. [curly hair probs]
  12. Favorite childhood movie was Lady and the Tramp.
  13. I went to school 2 years to be a teacher but ended up switching. I now have a degree in Web Development and have been doing web/digital things for over seven years.
  14. I hate cats. Yes, hate. Gimme all the doggies.
  15. I really like to imbibe. Wine and Beer Festivals are my jam.
  16. I disliked my husband on our first date. He had a curly fro and didn’t walk to me my car. [gasp] I blew him off for 2 weeks until I let him drive me to our mutual friends party and he won me over in that hour car ride.
  17. As a teen I drove a lifted truck and would sometimes hunt. While it’s not family friendly my dream car is still a ’86 F250 single cab.
  18. I am horrible at math and history. For-real. I couldn’t tell you when any of the World Wars happened.
  19. I am wedding obsessed. My wedding was amazing. My sister recently got engaged and I’m the Matron of Honor in 2 weddings this year – so stay tuned for wedding themed posts!
  20. I love baking as a hobby. Maybe I will do a post on all the fun cakes I’ve made over the years.
  21. I’m OCD when it comes to even numbers. The volume, temperature, etc. must always be on an even number. I also find extreme peace in symmetry.
  22. It’s rare that you will ever find me without sunglasses. I have too many pairs to count.
  23. I’m lactose intolerant but still find ways to enjoy ice cream and other dairy deliciousness.
  24. I eat cupcakes by breaking the bottom half off and putting in on top of the icing like a cupcake sandwich. Try it – perfect cake:icing ratio in every bite.
  25. I had never seen a single Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or other typical sci-fi movie until I met my husband.
  26. I support the Indianapolis Colts 100%. Losing a game can ruin my entire day. We need to make a trip back to Indy soon.
  27. DIY projects excite me. My husband and I gutted our house from top to bottom when we bought it and the projects haven’t stopped since.
  28. My babies [fur & human], my husband & all the rest of the people we love mean the world to me. Creating a fun & happy life for our growing family is my number one priority.

27 brought me the greatest gift of all in Gunnar, but also brought a lot of heartache and family loss. Here’s to a happy and positive 28!

So there you have it, a little more about me! Now I want to know what we have in common! πŸ™‚

Where’d You Go?

I’ve been absent. 1 month since my last post. I sincerely apologize.

Quick Update: We had a death in the family, I’ve switched jobs, gone out of town on a company retreat, we’ve taken on a few time sucking house DIY projects and most importantly have just spent the beginning of summer enjoying life as a family of 3. Life lately has been a whirlwind but it’s starting to level back out. So I’m back in action and ready to provide more delicious recipes, DIY projects, health updates and as always a peek into this crazy, beautifulΒ life.

Here’s some photos of the happenings in our life lately to hold you over – stay tuned for more posts soon!