one year old

Today our youngest- and probably our last- child turned one!

I have been reflecting on this moment a lot over the past month (this mama is emotional with three birthdays occurring in November). This is what I have to say.

Every few years, since the moment I turned 30, I have been blessed with a new baby. This has not been lost on me. Married relatively young at 24, for the longest time we never wanted children and went out of our way to prevent them. And because life never works out the way you plan it, when we finally did start trying for one, it took a few very emotionally taxing years to conceive. Once my eyes glanced upon those two pink lines my old life was over and my new life began. Then again, and again, and again.

Motherhood. For me, nothing compares to the role of being a stay-at-home-mother and wife. This is where I am needed most and I wouldn’t trade it for all of the wealth in the world. It has been exactly seven wonderful years of making, growing, and raising babies. If this is our last one, it has been the best thing that I have ever accomplished.

I feel undeserving and yet so grateful for each of my children- on earth and in heaven. You, Beau Beau, are a huge blessing. We love you to the end of the universe and back. Thank you for being ours.

Happy first birthday!!!


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It’s another year around the sun for me today.

A year that was dedicated to welcoming and raising our newest baby, leaving the country life and moving into the city, and a few travels in between. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s where I’m supposed to be. I’m feeling thankful and a little undeserving of all of God’s blessings.


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could moving house be the right choice for your family?

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Considering moving home? You’re in for a journey. Moving home is often considered one of the more stressful and tasking life changes that we can make, but more often than not, people tend to be happy with the moves that they make and consider everything worth it in the end. Of course, it’s important that you mull over this big decision properly. Here’s some advice and guidance that can help you with your home move, making everything as simple as possible!

Why Are You Considering Moving?

Start out by asking yourself why you’re considering moving. People don’t tend to jump up and move home for absolutely no reason. There tends to be something wrong with the place they’re currently living in, or there’s something better somewhere else. There are so many different reasons to move and when you’re responsibility free, it is fine (though expensive and time consuming) to skip from one home to another with little thought. When you bring kids into the picture, moving can be a lot more disruptive and difficult, with many kids struggling to settle into new homes. This is why you should only move if the benefits definitely outweigh the cons. Perhaps you want to move closer to work, better schools, family and support networks or somewhere with better opportunities or more comfortable living conditions for your family. This is worth it.

Finding a House That Ticks Your Boxes

Before you dive into the move, it’s essential that you find a property that meets you and your family’s needs. Every family is different, so you should make some sort of checklist before even viewing any properties. You need a good and clear budget. You should have an idea of the location you want to move to. You should be able to say how many bedrooms you want. You should know if you need a garden, garage, driveway or other amenities. You may even want to look into local facilities and amenities, such as transport links, stores and entertainment. You can then start browsing online and booking in some viewings to source something that ticks as many of your boxes as possible with minimal time and effort.

Bringing in the Professionals

When you move with a family, you’re having to deal with a lot of people’s belongings, as well as many high emotions for kids and complex processes that may go into moving pets from A to B too. It’s not all too surprising that you may want to seek some professional support during this time. The best people to get in touch with are SMARTBOX Solutions, Inc. as they have plenty of experience with moving families from A to B with as little stress and difficulty as possible.

Settling In

Settling into your new home will be a huge stage of the process. Do what you can to familiarise your kids with the area and get them excited about their new home. Most parents organise and unpack their kids things first to help them feel happier and more comfortable.

As you can see, there really is a lot to take into consideration and bear in mind when moving home as a family. Hopefully, some of the suggestions above will really help to guide you in the right direction with your move!

** This was a contributed post.

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wilder is four

This week, sweet, funny, happy, wild Wilder turns four years old!

He is growing up quickly. Already attending preschool in the same school as his older sister, he is fiercely independent. In his natural state, you will find him with a toy gun, car, or stick in his hand, rocks in his pocket, and a smile on his face. He loves being outside or playing indoors with anyone who will give him attention. My little Scorpio is the perfect mix of sugar and spice.

We love you, Wildy!

<3 Mama

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diy black & white shed

Welcome to our new home!!

In a bid to save thousands of dollars, rather than purchasing a nice new shed, we decided to give our inherited and worse for wear one a refresh. Above is what it originally looked like.

We purchased inexpensive solar lights, shrubs, hinges, mat, reused a deck/table, and painted it all black and white. In the end we spent under $200.


I hope that you will follow along with my blog as we navigate renovations in our new house. We have many more to come your way!


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