It is one in the morning and I can’t seem to get my brain to shut off tonight. I’m not really sure exactly what it is keeping me up, but I thought…. what better way to release and relax then by blogging? I haven’t been doing much personal writing in the past year or so. I hate that, truly. When Baby Bird looks back on the things I’ve written on MSM during her babyhood she’s going to be disappointed to see how little I documented. I hope she realizes though that it also means I spent more time with her and her siblings!

My brain is completely jumbled with a million things I’d like to talk about, but at the forefront of my mind is this little thing called forgiveness. It’s so hard to forgive, it’s even harder to forgive and forget, and sometimes even harder than both of those is being the person that wants to be forgiven…

I grew up down the road from my childhood best friend. We were inseparable. Nearly every weekend we spent the night at each other’s houses and many afternoons after school were spent together. We’d call each other and agree to meet halfway and then we would walk together the rest of the way to whomever’s house we were spending the day at. We bickered and fought, made up and continued like nothing ever happened. She loved me just as I was and I loved her the same. Then came our preteen years. I’m not sure what changed really, except that we just slowly started growing apart. We made new friends, we became interested in boys… I just don’t know what the turning point was in our friendship.

We were very different, I can say that much at least. I was a band geek, Christian, youth group attending weirdo I guess. I wore boy shorts and black t-shirts, “bondage” pants and flood jeans…. thought I was super cool too. She was popular, played soccer, super into art…. see? Totally different. A lot of things happened those years in high school that we disagreed on, we tried again and again to rekindle our friendship but it just didn’t happen. Then I met J and life took me by the shoulders and swept me away. Words were exchanged… feelings were hurt… and the last time I spoke to my friend was several months before my wedding.

I came across her Instagram account this evening… I still have contact with her mom, so I do know some of the ins and outs of her life right now. She just recently got married, she has her MBA… beautiful as ever and she looks so incredibly happy. And I couldn’t be happier for her. But as I scrolled through the pictures of her life I couldn’t help but feel deep sorrow. Sorrow for the friendship lost, the memories missed… and remembering those childhood days of playing in the neighbor’s vegetable garden, hiding in our secret hideaway beneath the rhododendrons and giggling through the night at absolutely nonsense. My Boogie is the age I was when I have my first memories of being with my friend, we knew each other long before that, but I remember her at that age.

So forgiveness. Forgiveness is hard. When it’s desired, you aren’t promised that you’ll receive it. Maybe someday I’ll get to introduce my beautiful babies to the woman my friend has become. Perhaps someday she’ll have babies of her own and we’ll finally have something in common again. I’m sorry friend. I miss you.

Sport Armband for iPhone 6 (4.7) w/ Pink Reflector

We are on the hunt for a jogging stroller so that we can start doing Couch to 5K… we might be crazy, I’m sure you’re thinking so! Anyways, I thought this nifty little armband would be useful for that, but until then… I’ve been using it around the house!


It’s been very useful actually, I turn on some tunes or a podcast while I clean and then Boogie is able to do her school work without “mommy disturbing her concentration”. Yes, my 4 year old did tell me this. Sorry Boog! Anyways, overall I like this case, it’s not too comfortable after about an hour, and I don’t know if the material will last a long long time, but for $8 you get what you pay for! You can find this case HERE¬†and it also comes in black or blue!


Disclaimer: I received a free product in return for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Newborn Nursing Pads Review

I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for over 5 years now… yea… really. No breaks in between, I’ve either been one or the other this ENTIRE time. So, nursing pads are a big deal for me. I tend to need them even when I’m pregnant, so it’s important to have nursing pads that are gentle on my skin and very absorbent!


These are FANTASTIC. They are organic bamboo nursing pads that have 3x more absorption than your basic nursing pads, not only that but they are handmade, lightweight and super soft. These are quite possibly the BEST nursing pads I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried a LOT of nursing pads. They are the softest and most absorbent of any pad I’ve used.

You can purchase these pads in a set of 8 for $14.95 at Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a set of free nursing pads in return for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and statements are my own.

Mamaway Ring Sling Review

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan and advocate of babywearing, you’ve probably seen posts on my Facebook and Instagram accounts (and even here on the blog!) of J and I wearing our kiddos. My preference is wrapping with woven wraps, but we also love soft structured carriers (mainly Ergo and Beco) and just recently I discovered the beauty of ring slings. I own a woven Didymos sling (made by Sleeping Baby Productions) and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

When I was given the opportunity to review this Mamaway Ring Sling I definitely jumped at the chance! The colorway I chose is called Rainbow Crayon, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Bright, colorful and perfect for the summer!

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I was worried about the rings used, but they are sturdy nylon rings and the mama who made my Didymos Ring Sling recommends using those or aluminum rings. I’m just used to the texture and feel of the aluminum rings, so it just threw me off a little! My only complaint really is that the fabric is very slick, so if you happen to wear a very soft shirt or try to use this over a jacket or cardigan…. it may slip and slide. I had an awful time with that when I first tried this on. It wasn’t so bad when I tried it with a different shirt, but it was pretty annoying! I do love that it’s super lightweight and thin, so it’s amazingly cool for summer babywearing.

I would definitely recommend this sling, there are lots of fabulous colors and designs to choose from and you can purchase one for $67.99 on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a free product in return for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and statements are my own.





Cook Complete 10 Piece Metal Toy Kitchenware

I was so excited to order this for our kids. Boogie loves playing with her Ikea kitchen play set and we have purchased lots of Melissa & Doug foods, dishes, pans and etc, as well as some Green Toys accessories as well. So when I was given the opportunity to review this set I jumped, I thought this would be the perfect addition to their cookware toys.

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I didn’t even bother taking a picture when I pulled this set out of the box. The moment I pulled it out some of the pieces were already falling apart. First thing I noticed was that the big pot (looks like one of those big pots you use to can your foods with) had a lid with a missing handle. I found the handle in the bottom of the box… but no screw to hold it in. I then pulled out the rest of the cookware and it seemed to be okay until I noticed a pretty large ding in one of the smaller pots. The spatula and ladle were okay when I pulled them from the box… but the other two spoons were broken free from their handles. Disappointed was an understatement.

I think the company had a great idea with this set, I do think it’s pretty adorable… but the quality is lacking. If you’d like to check this out you can find the set on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a free product in return for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions stated are my own.