Introducing Athena Ceilidh Carter

My daughter, the light of my life, my pride and joy, Athena Ceilidh Carter, was born on April 2, 2012. She came into this world with a joy that surpasses anything else in life. Her tiny coos and infectious smile warm my heart and soul. I could spend hours watching her sleep, move, or look at me.

Athena is the accumulation of all of my dreams. The rest of the world became a blur in the background and my family was clearly in focus. She was more important than a lifetime of bucket list adventures. My life had a new meaning. I was a mother! Continue reading


Reasons Why I Love My Mother – Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother has been such an influence on my life that I dedicate today’s post to her. It may not fit under one of my usual categories, but all that I am and all that I desire in my life comes from the passion, love, humor, and dedication that I experienced from her. She taught me how to laugh, have fun, enjoy life, dream big, and show compassion for everyone that I love.

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.  ~Terri Guillemets

These are a few of the reasons why I love my mother… Continue reading

A Simple Design that Simply Works – PaciGrip by BooGinHead

Paci, pacifier, binky, soother… the baby pacifier is known by many names and beloved by many babies, but keeping track of them can be difficult. The PaciGrip by BooGinHead is a universal pacifier leash that is compatible with all types of pacifiers. It has some great features that set it apart from the competition.  It’s washable, durable, and non-toxic. With a strong clasp that won’t pull off, yet it is gentile on clothes, the PaciGrip is a simple design that simply works. Continue reading


To Me, It was Obvious that I was Pregnant, but to the Rest of the World I was Simply Getting Fat!

Clothes shopping was always fun for me. I loved searching for a good bargain at a vintage shop and I knew that whatever was on the rack would fit. I didn’t have to worry about it being too small or too tight in the chest, stomach, hips…. I was confident in my body shape and size so if something didn’t fit, I didn’t sweat it. That all changed when I started to show. I was likely the only one who though I was showing, but I was blatantly growing a protective layer of fat like a bear preparing for hibernation.  To me, it was obvious that I was pregnant, but to the rest of the world I was simply getting fat, letting myself go after marriage, eating too much, exercising too little. Ugh! Continue reading