Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Before I had my daughter I told anyone that asked that I was adamant about returning to work and not becoming a stay at home mom. I even told my boss that I would only need 6 weeks off. I vowed that I would remain a strong and independent woman even though I was becoming a mother.

I ended up taking 9 weeks off and by the end of it I really wished that I didn’t have to return so soon, or ever. My daughter’s sweet baby coos and teeny tiny toes had all but crumbled my wish to return to work.

I Gave Up Alcohol for 30 Days

Yes, it’s true…for thirty days I gave up drinking ALL ALCOHOL.

That meant no mimosas at brunch, no happy hour with my coworkers, no date night drinks with my spouse, no night caps after work. Zilch. Nada.

This wasn’t a decision I came to lightly. I have a healthy relationship with alcohol, but the fact that many of my social activities revolved around it got me thinking that I should put happy hour on a short sabbatical.

I’d actually been toying around with the idea to give up drinking for an extended amount of time but hadn’t decided to commit to it. What finally pushed me over the edge, was a night out with my friend that seemed innocent enough until I woke up the following morning sick to my stomach.  And the morning after that, and the morning after that.

Escape to the Mountains

This month I’ve been obsessively grooming my blog and working on getting my brand out there. It’s been a real eye opening as to how much work really goes into advertising this blog, so worth it, but it is exhausting. Especially with a toddler who thinks bedtime is somewhere between 10 pm and never o’clock and a full time job.

That is why a few weekends ago I asked my parents if we could go up to our cabin for a one day get away.

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8 Steps to Finding a Trustworthy Roommate

8 Steps to Finding a Trustworthy Roommate

I want to preface this by saying that I am not responsible for any crazies you happen to interview for a roommate position.

That being said I’ve met two of my best friends on Craigslist while searching for a roommate

I adore them, they are two of the strongest most amazing women I have ever been so privileged to meet. They are my soul sisters. I don’t want to be sappy, but these girls saw me through some dark and tough times. These girls changed my life.

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5 Ways to Ease Anxiety When Everything is Going Wrong

What is Anxiety?

It’s definitely something that isn’t talked about frequently, I know that for me personally it comes with this stigma of not being able to handle life and being weak. Which I know I am definitely not. Going through a pregnancy when your husband is deployed at sea required a lot of strength, especially when I felt like everything was going and I had no one to talk about it with.

Anxiety can appear in a number of ways, for some people its the fear that something will go wrong, concerns that for others may seem “silly”. But it’s a real and oftentimes overwhelming feeling of apprehension.

Bridget turns ONE

We celebrated Bridget’s first birthday in June and it was such a great time! I initially didn’t want to do anything major for her because she wouldn’t remember it and it seemed silly to spend so much money….however, last minute I decided to ask my mom for help. I wanted a low key BBQ to celebrate, but I should’ve known that nothing with my mom is ever low key, it’s just not her style.

My mom cooked up a storm, we had a few family and friends come over to celebrate and Bridget (and me) were surprised with a pineapple piñata! Bridget really enjoyed smacking the heck out of it, it’s definitely a tradition that we will continue.

4th of July Beach Volleyball

Sorry for my absence, I spent a large part of June trying to transfer Petite Pepper from Blogger to Wordpress, and it was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be….definitely felt like I had no idea what I was doing for about 90% of the time. But I FINALLY got it to wordpress and I LOVE it, it’s got so many great plugins and cool themes, so if you are looking to transfer everything from blogger to wordpress, check this site out, it was so helpful and informative, and best of all was dummy proof!

We celebrated Bridget’s First Birthday in June, I can’t believe I’m a mommy to a toddler now. She is walking all over the place and is getting into so many things.