Things Jonah Says

I know everyone think their kid is more hilarious than any other kid ever, but mine really is. He cracks us up. Here are some things he’s been saying lately.

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Jonah : MOM! I have a name for the new baby!! We should name her Caca!!
Me : But what if it’s a boy?
Jonah : Then we can name him Sai.
Me : Like Raphael’s weapons?
Jonah : Yep. Like Raphael’s weapons. *struts away like he just solved a global crisis*

My mom : Ok, Jonah I’m leaving. Be a good boy!
Jonah : I’m ON it.

After church, we were eating lunch with my siblings when someone said something inappropriate.
My mom : You guys are terrible children!!”
Jonah : HEY! That’s my family, YO!

*while snuggled in between Zach and I as I woke up, in creepy kid demonic voice*
“Kill your wiiiiife, kill your wiiiiife, killl youuurrrr wiiiiiiife.”

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Not really a quote, but I find his Christmas list adorable. If you ask him what he wants for Christmas, this is what he’ll tell you in exact order, every time.

Shellraiser (The Ninja Turtle car)
The latest Leonardo and the latest Raphael (The Ninja Turtle action figures from the Nickelodeon cartoon)
“A picture of me, and Wes, and Jill” (we took a photo of us with our friends at Dollywood last week and he’s obsessed with it.)
“A picture of me and Emery.”

And that’s it. That is his complete Christmas list. Dear Lord, please let it always be this simple.

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Jonah’s outfit is from FabKids. Ya’ll already know how much I love them. You can sign up for their monthly outfit box, or just order your outfits individually, no subscription required. And if you get your friends to sign up, you’ll get credit towards a free outfit! Free clothes, woot!

Ecumenical Friendships || Christie

It’s Ecumenical Wednesday! Woot. This movement of women across denominational lines is building bridges, creating friendships, and breaking down stereotypes and prejudices. It’s a simple thing, and it’s fierce. God is in the reconciliation business, and we’re honored to help you see faith from another perspective. If you’re interested in being featured, e-mail me and we’ll chat!


You guys are pretty much the luckiest readers in the world today because you get to know my sweet friend, Christie. Christie and I live about an hour apart and we first met when we were both contributing to the Knoxville Moms Blog. She’s still blogging it up over there and she also blogs at Letters from the Nest. Christie is the embodiment of southern charm and southern snark and I just love her to pieces. Ladies and gentlemen…Christie.

How did you come to your faith?

I could answer this question by simply saying that I went to church and was a good girl growing up. But neither of those things brought me to Christ. The Lord grabbed my heart and has not let go, regardless of the good or evil that I have done. He has chosen me from the beginning as a part of His people. Looking back, it is so evident to see His hand working in my life, as I am so undeserving and in such a need for a Savior.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced with your faith?

There is such a freedom to worship in our country, especially where I am from, that I cannot say that I have been faced with many challenges as my brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries. Knowing that I have the freedom to open my Bible and teach my children the Word humbles me in the midst of so many martyrs of the faith around the world.

What does Ecumenical Friendship mean to you?

It means breaking bread around the table with those who worship the Lord as I do. Serving in the same community to help the people who reside here. We love God, we love people. Church services may differ. Traditions are not exactly the same. But the worship of the Lord IS. And that’s where it matters.

Did you have any incorrect perceptions about what the Catholic church was like? What were they and what or who helped you see things differently?

Catholicism, from the outside, seemed very strict and tradition based. And while Catholics do follow religious rituals, they are joyful and loving people. They seem to embrace the church’s teachings and find peace there.

Why do you think cross-denominational friendships are important?

With all of the horrendous happenings in our world today, teaming up with other denominations/churches to bring light to a dark world and seeking to serve the lost should always be our goal. Working together to worship the Creator!

If you could break down one stereotype about your church, whether Protestant or Catholic, what would it be?

It seems people believe that if you are a Protestant, you have to have your car plastered in Christian bumper stickers, your radio is permanently set to a faith based station, and your Christmas wish list is from Altar’d State. Believers come in many shapes, sizes, piercings, and tattoos. And radio stations set to 90s grunge channels. What does the heart look like? That’s what God wants. Our hearts. Not our ichthus emblems on the trunks of our cars.

If you could share one thing that you’ve learned about Protestants/Catholics with other Protestants/Catholics, what would you say?

We could all learn so much from the devotion Catholics have to their body of believers. We are the body of Christ, and we should all take to heart the importance of meeting together and look forward to it with great anticipation! Two of my Influence roommates, Jenna and Cassie, took the time that weekend and find a Catholic church in the city we were to attend Mass instead of skipping it since they were out of their hometown. I found that inspiring and challenging.

Ecumenical Friendships || Christie

A Basement Christmas || DIY Shower Vapor Disks

Whatisthis. Another DIY post? Yea, bro. This is usually not my thing. At all. But these were simple to whip up and smell ah-maze-ing. You could give these as a gift, but Ima just keep mine to myself because I’m obsessed with strong smells and aromatherapy and this literally bombs your shower air with incredible smell. It especially luxurious when you’re feeling under the weather. Something about that Eucalyptus. It’s therapeutic, I tell you.

DIY Shower Vapor Disks w/ essential oils


What you need : 

Baking Soda
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Optional : Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils

What you do : 

Mix 1.5 cups of baking soda with half a cup of water.
Pour into cupcake liners
Let dry overnight (I know. That’s the annoying part. They take a while to dry. )
After they’re hardened, pour a few drops of oils on top of them and they’re ready to use!

See? Super easy! If I can do this, you can do this!

I’m new to the essential oils scene, but I’d love it if you used my member ID to order, should you choose to do so. Just make sure the numbers 222872 are entered in the sponsor ID and member boxes. And I thank you kindly.

Hey Lonely Mamas! Let’s hang out.

It’s been six months since I wrote “Are You Lonely, Mama?”. Just. Crazy. It is, by far, the most popular thing I’ve ever written. On my site alone, it’s been read over one million times. My words have been reposted all over the internet, sometimes with permission, but mostly not. (Seriously, people. STOP COPY & PASTING)…so who knows how many people have actually read it? A lot more, I’m assuming. I’ve received hundreds of e-mails from women saying “Me too. I’m so lonely and I don’t know what to do.” Just read through some of the 300+ comments on my post and you’ll see that mamas are a lonely, lonely breed, and we’re not sure what to do about it. Since my post went viral (the first time), I’ve felt this responsibility to do something, but I’ve just felt lost and distracted and overwhelmed. BUT. I’m putting some things together and I need your help.

I put up a post on facebook over the weekend, asking for some help and feedback, and within an hour, I had over 20 e-mails from mamas wanting to be a part of things. So I’m going to open the door a little wider and see who else might be into things.

I actually got the idea for this from a commenter on the original post. So, Sara, if you’re out there reading this, THANK YOU. You started this. 100%.

Sara's idea How stinking cool, right??

Enter : Lonely Mama Meet-Ups (name is subject to change, but I think I like it.)

I want to help facilitate and organize meet-ups across the world for lonely mamas who are having a hard time connecting. I want to use the power of the internet and the uniqueness of the When at Home community to bring you all together to make friends and have a good time. But I need your help. For several things.

FIRST – I’m putting together a mastermind team of mamas who can help me brainstorm this beast and put together an incredible and unique meet up experience. If you’re into the idea of helping put this idea into action behind the scenes, send me an e-mail.

SECOND – I need as many of you to volunteer to be group leaders as possible. You’ll be in charge of scheduling and organizing meet ups and repping the Lonely Mama region in your area. I’m not sure what else this will involve right now, but if you’re interested in being the front person in your city, you gots to let me know by filling out this little form.

THIRD – I need your input on what you do and don’t want out of a meet up experience. I know sometimes these things can be super awkward and uncomfortable, and I’d love it if you can give me your feedback on a few things. So, here’s a short survey I’ve created to help me get a better idea of what’s needed and what would make this thing the most legit thing it can be. I’ll love you forever if you’ll take a minute or two to fill it out and let me in on your thoughts.

So now it’s up to you to let me know if this is a lame idea or an awesome idea. I want it to be an awesome idea, but I’m more than willing to hear your honest thoughts on the whole thing. AND if you’re in the Knoxville TN area, let me know and send me an e-mail because I’m planning a fun event for January and I need all my local people to turn up.

Ok. That is all. Happy Monday, mah franz.

lonely mamass

What Would a Mom Wear || Insecure Edition

Every time I get pregnant I think, “OK. I’m pregnant, but that doesn’t mean I have to get unnecessarily fat. I’m going to eat right and stay active and the weight I gain will only be of the healthy sort.” And then after the nausea is over and I finally feel like eating again, I think, “You know what? This is the only time in my life when I can eat how I want and whenever I want and no one can say a dang thing. I’m not gonna put even more pressure on myself, I’m just gonna eat.” And then I go and get weighed and see that I gained 10 pounds from my last appointment and I want to punch myself in the chubby pregnant face.

And so that’s where I’m at right now.

I’ve gained TWENTY POUNDS. Don’t even try to tell me that that isn’t a lot. It’s a lot. Especially since I still have almost three months to go.

I first noticed my face getting a little chubbier a few weeks ago and I was like, “Well. That’s normal. I’m pregnant.” and I refused to beat myself up or feel insecure about it. And then we got our family photos taken and I was like, “Wow, I’m like … really pregnant in my face.” But still. “This is a season, KG. You will lose the weight next year. You might never be pregnant again and now you’ll have these photos to remind you of how plump you were.” But then I went to my 26 week appointment and got on the scale and at first I refused to do the math after I saw the numbers, but then I did and my soul was crushed.

twenty pounds.



That’s a lot of weight and this baby isn’t that big. Emery was my biggest baby so far and he weighed a whopping six pounds 15 ounces. So. I’m large. At least…I feel large. I know on the scale, the numbers aren’t that impressive. But coming from someone who weighed 117 pre pregnancy, seeing 137 on the scale this early in the game is a confidence drainer, fo sho. I don’t like it, but what can I do, right?

I wish I was one of those everything-is-fluffy bloggers and could write a post about beautiful I feel, and how I’m loving my pregnancy curves, and how I’m embracing this season and enjoying every moment of this precious gift of life. But that would be total BS because I’m soooo not. This pregnancy has been so different than my previous two, and weight gain is just a really difficult battle for me. I’ve struggled with my weight and self image my I’m not embracing this aspect of pregnancy. I’m getting through it. Just so we’re clear. This is one part of pregnancy that I can’t romanticize no matter how much I try. It sucks.

So here’s my What Would a Mom Wear Post. Not a full outfit post, and I took these with my iPhone because I couldn’t bring myself to set up my camera and tripod to capture this outfit. This is my “Nothing fits, nothing stays on my butt, not even my leggings, even these yoga pants are getting too tight, let’s throw on this thrift store flannel and call it a day” outfit.

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And that is my rant for today. I’m 26 weeks pregnant, I’ve gained 20 pounds, I’m only going to gain more, I’m not ok with it, I hate looking in the mirror these days, and I have nothing positive or encouraging to say about the whole thing. Whine. Whine. Whine. Gripe. Gripe. Gripe. Skinny girl gets pregnant, has the nerve to complain about the weight gain, and the world rolls their eyes. I know. I’m right there with you, world. Let’s just get through this and I’ll talk to you about loving your post baby body in a few months.

Oh and P.S. I failed my glucose test miserably so now I have to go in for the three hours of blood drawing fun. YAY!

what would a mom wear : insecure edition