Hey everyone! I’m thrilled to announce that I was recently published on The Mighty! The Mighty is a contributor based website for those with diseases, disabilities and mental illnesses. As you may have already read or seen on my social media pages, I have Crohn’s Disease. I’ve had Crohn’s Disease for nearly 20 years. I wanted to share a funny but also very relatable article on being a parent with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease).
Due to travel and work, Papa Bear and I haven’t been together for an anniversary in our entire marriage! This year for our fourth anniversary, we were finally together so we decided to take a little anniversary staycation while my mom was in town so she could watch Goldilocks. After receiving an email from Omni with a very enticing half off offer for the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA we knew we had to jump on it.
Wow this year went by quickly! I can’t believe our little Goldilocks is already a whole year old! We were able to celebrate her first birthday just a few days late on June 11 at her Big Top Circus Party! My mom made almost all the decorations and even made her smash cake outfit. It was so beautiful. I’m so excited to share all the details with you and maybe inspire more circus birthdays out there!
With recent terror attacks from all over the world fresh in our minds, fear has begun to take hold of many people. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what could happen. Fear of moving to “unsafe” places in the world. Some family members of ours have expressed fear and anxiety at the thought of us moving to Europe in such a seemingly volatile time. However, what I have always worked to keep at the forefront of my mind is that we are only on this earth for a certain period of time and we never know how long that time may be. We have to live our lives to the fullest no matter how much time we may have left here.
A lot went into our decision to be a car free family. We’ve known we were moving to Berlin for quite a while and we’ve thrown around many ideas about what to do about having a car in Germany. Right now we are a two car family, with a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The Fusion was the first car we bought together as a couple and has a lot of sentimental value to us. The Xterra was my husband’s bachelor car but it has proved to be a great car for us, especially when we were SCUBA diving and skiing back in California.
As expats and parents, we all love Amazon for its quick Prime shipping and that it ships to APOs and DPOs. So if you’re pregnant and overseas (or just interested in my thoughts on newborn essentials) this Amazon Newborn Essentials List is for you! These are truly my favorite, most used items. The items that I will choose from when buying gifts for my preggers friends. So check out the list and let me know what your favorite Amazon newborn items are!