Practical tips for growing a blog.

September 21, 2017


There are so many hours that go into running a blog as a business. I mean, growing a blog takes much longer than growing a baby. I started back when Gabriel was just a toddler. As the blog grew, the time it demanded did as well. I was ready to walk away last year after having Azelie, because I just wanted to focus on motherhood, and not feel pulled in so many directions. As you know, we went for a different solution when Gabe joined the IHOD team, and we decided to jump all in because it presented an opportunity to have more time as a family and do some things we really loved. A dream come true for both of us. However, I wanted to share some practical tips today for those hoping to make blogging a line of work.


One year! (+ Giveaway)

September 19, 2017

Azelie turned one a few weeks ago, and although this year was unfairly fast, I refuse to cry this time around;) Somehow Zel got the memo it was her first birthday and promptly sprouted her first 6 teeth at one time followed by her first 6 words. I think this girl might continue to surprise us as she has done from the start.

With Azelie and Rocco I felt like I finally understood how fleeting time was, so I did my best to make the most of this first year of her life. I didn’t worry this time so much about spoiling her, and held her close those extra minutes when she just wanted to be held. I didn’t rush to get her on a feeding schedule, and actually took the time to slow down and study her face. I didn’t move her to her own room as soon as she was ready, because I needed a little more time with her right by my bed. I understand now what it’s like to meet the day they are too heavy to hold, and that ache will come to soon. So for now, I kiss her whenever I get the chance…..along with everyone else in the house!


3 Hydrating Lip-Savers

September 18, 2017

(photo credit: Haley Sheffield)


As soon as the seasons turn, my lips inevitably start to get really dry! After reading about some of the ingredients in common chapsticks only contributing to this problem (avoid ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin!), I started to make sure I was using hydrating and healing products.



Living room makeover reveal!

September 15, 2017


Our home isn’t large by any means, but it is all that we need. The open layout is what we loved most about this home, and the natural light that pours in makes it feel much more spacious than it actually is! Since we spend most of our time in the dining and living room areas, I couldn’t wait to make this space feel like home. It’s been a year in the making so I hope you enjoy the before and after photos of this living room makeover!



Weekend Brunch: Coffee + Waffle Bar

September 13, 2017


Sunday is the day we catch up with family or friends over brunch, so it is a day we all look forward to! Everyone usually brings a dish to share, and we create a big spread in buffet style. This time around we teamed up with The Original Donut Shop® Coffee pods to come up with a full spread coffee + waffle bar!  This is the coffee Gabe and I look forward to sipping on each morning. That might have to do with the pace of life with little ones as we know it…;), but it also has that robust kick that makes you believe you can conquer the day after a good mug full.


Our favorite photo + video editing apps for instagram.

September 12, 2017

After + Before using the VSCO Kodak Portra series


A frequently asked question we receive is how we edit our photos and insta stories for instagram. Photo editing is a fun creative release for me, and I really enjoy the process, but it can be time consuming! Having go-to apps and desktop presets that you frequent for cohesive photos saves a good deal of time week to week. Here is a list of our favorite photo + video editing apps for instagram….

Marriage: When the rubber meets the road.

September 6, 2017



It’s almost impossible to fully understand when you are standing on the altar on your wedding day what the future will throw your way. You willingly promise to have and to hold from this day forth, till death do us part, without knowing what set of circumstances will unfold in the years to come. I have realized that when the hard parts of life come knocking at your door, the real opportunities arise to live your vows. When life is painful, stressful, or even grueling, a more selfless love has the chance to be exercised. When the rubber meets the road, are our convictions about love and marriage demonstrated? I wanted to write about this because I think it is something that all couples face at some point, and having some concrete steps to practice in those moments have helped me tremendously.


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