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A space to talk about growing our businesses, families, and dreams. Pull up a seat, grab a glass of something you love (it's a dry rosé for me!), and hang around for a bit.

Wallace’s Birth Story

On January 4, 2021, Wallace Ronal Skelton was born at 3:44 pm, weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long. He came into the world with a splash and with the most beautiful sounding cry I’ve ever heard. Funny enough, January 4 was my original due date from my first doctor’s appointment when they […]

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Personal

January 14, 2021

Our Simple Gender Neutral Nursery Details

I feel like I’m a minimalist, but once we started figuring out what we needed for the nursery, I was overwhelmed by how much STUFF babies require! Our little nursery is about 10 by 10 feet, so I knew that would keep temper some of the goodies and gadgets. Plus, keeping it super gender neutral […]

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Home, Personal

December 12, 2020

10 Things Being Pregnant in a Pandemic Has Taught Me

Apparently I have a lot to say about this year—which is odd because doesn’t it simultaneously feel like NOTHING and SO MUCH has happened these past 11 months? Anyone else? I think 2020 has transformed most of us in some way. I’m constantly torn between wondering who the person is growing inside me, and who […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Health, Personal

December 4, 2020

The “Every Gal’s” Gift Guide 2020: For Busy, Ambitious + Fun-Loving Women

I was helping one of my clients pull together her annual holiday gift guide and found myself sending her link after link of things I’ve bought or had my eye on lately. And then I was like, “Wait a second, why don’t I just pull all of these into one spot?!” I mean, I am […]

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Beauty, Career and Freelancing, Fashion, Personal

November 25, 2020

Second + Third Trimester Update

This week I’m 31 weeks pregnant and it’s still hard to believe we’ll have a BABY in just a couple of months! We’ve been deep in the process of redoing all of the flooring in our home ourselves (long story that I’ll get to…), but now that that project’s winding down, it’s actually becoming more […]

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Personal

October 30, 2020

My Approach to Maternity Leave as a Freelance Writer (& My Interview on the Goal Digger Podcast!)

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things that crossed my mind was: How in the world am I going to figure out maternity leave as a freelance writer? I know, it should’ve been more baby blankets and bottles than worrying about work—or taking time off of work—but I love what […]

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Career and Freelancing, Personal, Self Employed

October 6, 2020

First Trimester Update & Covid Pregnancy Experiences

What a wild, amazing few weeks it’s been! We have been so overjoyed by and thankful for the outpouring of love and excitement for our quarantine baby news! I’ve also been so heartened to hear from so many women who experienced similar fears about conception/fertility/motherhood that I had. It’s simultaneously such a personal AND collective […]

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Personal

July 8, 2020

Quarantine Baby Skelton: Coming January 2021!

So… that escalated quickly. One minute we’re quarantined and the next, we’re pregnant! I have a feeling we won’t be the only ones coming out of this weird season with a quarantine baby. Okay but truly, we could not be more thrilled! John and I have just been spending the last couple months wrapping our […]

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Personal

June 23, 2020

8 Things Getting Me Through The Q

As an introverted, Enneagram 6 homebody (who also already worked from home!), I feel like I was oddly prepared for life in quarantine. In fact, I’m actually less alone than before because now John’s here with me all the time. It’s so funny though because we still spend most of our days separate as we […]

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Personal

May 7, 2020

Life Lately: Home Buying, Quarantining & Dog Surgery

Whew, 2020 has gotten off to a WILD start, and I’ve found myself just wanting to pause and journal to take a sort of snapshot of this time. A LOT has happened, and I want to be able to look back at this post to remember the craziness and the goodness that’s filled up the […]

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Personal

April 27, 2020