How to survive moving back in with your parents

August 2013 Ryan and I decided it was time. Time to rent out our worthless condo and move back in with my parents to save money for a house. NOT what I thought would be happening when I was 32 and just found out we were pregnant with our first child. My sister and her fiancé had also recently decided that this was going to be a good idea for them as well as they were renting a crazy expensive apartment and her fiancé had decided it was time to go back to school before they get married this summer. So this means that my parents and their dog, Ryan, our cat and I, my sister and her fiancé and their new puppy were about to be roommates! So how exactly is this going to work? Well it's been about 5 months and these are my tips for moving back in with your parents. 

1. Look at your life, look at your choices 

     No but for real, why are you in this situation? Are there things you need to work on or change to prevent living with your parents forever? My answer is yes. One of the reasons we are here is that the housing market bottomed out right after we bought our condo. So the condo we bought for 135K was now worth 35K. So why not just foreclose? Well pride mainly, I keep thinking we can rent it and eventually pay the mortgage off and be real estate tycoons! Or you know just break even at some point. We also don't want to take a hit to our credit, which we've worked really hard to make excellent. But, it's not all just the real estate markets fault, we also weren't really good at saving our money. It came in and it went out. We are really committed now to saving and paying off our debt (minus the condo mortgage) before buying a new house. Who knew you could walk into Target and NOT buy stuff you don't need? Baby steps! 

2. Feel sorry for yourself 

    It's o.k. to be pissed off that life isn't always easy and lands you in situations you wouldn't prefer to be in. Cry, throw stuff around, and eat cookies. 

3. Stop feeling sorry for yourself

   Pull yourself together and grow up. Make sure that you don't wallow in self-pity and stop comparing yourself to everyone else who has a nice white picket fence and their own bathroom. You'll get there!

4. Make your own dinner

   Trust me, don't make your mom cook and clean like she may have done when you were little. It will save a lot of headaches and maybe you won't end up screaming at each other about soup. Just saying...

5. Get out of the house
    Used to laying around sans pants on a Saturday watching Real Housewives? Put some pants on and go outside, really the fresh air will do you wonders. The more time you spend out of the house the less it will seem like you actually "live" with your parents. 

6. Have an exit strategy 

     Make sure that you are planning and working towards your escape! A hard deadline might not be feasible but at least know what it will take to get out and back on your own. How much do you need to save? What debt needs to be paid off? Where will you be going? Make sure you have answers to these questions and work each day to reach these goals. 

I'm thankful everyday that my parents were gracious enough to let us back into their house to try to dig out of our situation. I realize that not everyone is as lucky as we are or have the support system that we have, even though there are times that I just want to run screaming from the house and live in a tent on the corner. 


25 Weeks Pregnant

25 weeks!

25 week baby bump portrait

Pregnancy: 25 weeks along!

Sleep: Waking up every two hours to switch sides. My hip will start hurting, wake me up and it's time to flip, which is getting harder every night! Thats probably the hardest thing I've dealt with so far with this pregnancy. I LOVE sleeping and not being able to sleep on my back has been rough, I'm dreaming about that first night of glorious sleep on my back.

Gender: a Girl! 

Name: Super top secret 

Feeling: Anxious! I feel like I don't have enough time left to get all the things done that I need. The nursery is still in shambles and I have a ton of work I want to get done with my shop, along with all the other general anxiety that comes along with being a first time mom. Just have to hope that it all comes together which I'm sure it will, it always does. I also am really missing weight watchers and Jillian Michaels (never thought I would say that) I was into a really good weight loss groove before I got pregnant and now thats on hold but I'm ready to get back on the wagon after this little girl arrives!

Health: So far so good I think. I go next monday for my glucose test, which I am nervous about. I just want everything to go well especially since it was so hard to get pregnant in the first place! I've had some bouts of dizziness but once I lay on my side and drink some water it soon fades. 

Movement: Tons! Especially this week she's been moving around more during the day. Normally when Ryan and I would sit down for our nightly Breaking Bad marathons ( I know were like way behind the times) she would start moving, so we were thinking either she's a huge Breaking Bad fan already or she is a night owl, but now she moves around at all hours. It's been one of my most favorite things about being pregnant. I think Ryan about had a heart attack the first time he really felt her kick though lol. 


Things I Like

1. Lana Del Rey Tank Top - I'm dreaming about warmer weather over here!
2. Knuckle Rings- Maybe when I don't have pregnant lady hands I could pull these off?
3. Kitty Pot - Cuteness!
4. Baby Bonnet- You Guys! This! I Die!
5. Gold Bakers Twine- Really like this new bakers twine I added to my shop, dreaming up valentine ideas with this.


New Look for the New Year

I'm so excited to have a fresh look for the new year for this blog! A huge thank you to Suzana from Thisgirldesign for the awesome new look. Easiest and quickest blog update ever!  I have a ton of new ideas and want to make this more of personal space to share things about my life. Before I was looking at this blog as more of an extension of my Etsy shop, but I realize now that I was missing out on just having a space to share ALL the aspects of my life. There are exciting things coming up this year, like a new baby! I want to have a space to record all the special moments associated with that as well as have a space to be creative all while focusing on being a small business owner as well. Can't wait for what's to come!



DIY: Holiday Sprinkled Script Cupcake Toppers

I love baking, especially around the holidays, but sometimes things can get a little “stale” in my kitchen and I need to go looking for inspiration.  On my search for some fun new holiday baking ideas I came across something perfect! As soon as I saw this “Sprinkled with Joy” holiday card I knew it could inspire the cutest holiday cupcake topper!

Here some easy steps to create your own:

Bake your favorite cupcakes, or pick up some from the store (I won’t tell)
Parchment Paper
White Candy Melts
White Sprinkles
Disposable Pastry Bag

  1. On a cookie sheet lay out your parchment paper, this will    become your “tracing” paper. Underneath place your card.
  2. Trace lightly the words from your card, no need to be perfect you will be covering this up with chocolate! Repeat until your paper is covered, you’ll want a few for practice and a few for any errors that might occur.
  3. Melt your chocolate or candy melts per the package directions
  4. Place melted chocolate into a disposable pastry bag and snip off the tip to allow the chocolate to flow.
  5. Pipe the chocolate over your traced letters, it may take a couple tries to get used to the flow of the chocolate, so don’t worry if you make mistakes you can always trace more! The thicker your letters are piped the more sturdy your toppers will be.
  6. Quickly shake your sprinkles over your piped letters, hurry before your chocolate hardens!
  7. Pop the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 15 mins.
  8. Once the chocolate has hardened place onto your cupcakes and enjoy! (be gentle these can be delicate)

I had such a fun time making these toppers! Once you get in the groove of piping your letters it might be hard to stop! Happy Holidays! 




Yep, I'm pregnant! It's still hard for me to get used to, being pregnant. 15 weeks yesterday! I'm excited and nervous and it doesn't quite feel real yet, well besides having been totally exhausted for weeks and not being able to fit in my jeans anymore. We've tried for years, and have had our share of disappointments. One miscarriage was "spontaneous", as they called it. The other was not. The latter they had thought might be a molar pregnancy which I guess long story short is a pregnancy that can turn into cancer. So yeah, scary stuff. But it ended up not being that, which is good, but I could have gone without the misdiagnosis. After some genetic tests,  an HSG procedure and some rounds of Clomid (that stuff really works, hello hormones!) we finally got a positive that stuck! I have a new found respect for anyone dealing with infertility. I always just assumed when I wanted to have a kid we would, little did I know things aren't always that easy. 

So far everything is good, and we're excited and nervous and scared and happy and happy. :) Can't wait to find out what it will be and meet our little baby. 



Whats This!? A Blog Post!

In honor of the last day of summer, I found it fitting to finally post our Florida vacation video. Yes, we are dorks. Now bring on Fall!