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Rainy Day {Or Any Day} Activity Box for Toddlers

February 22, 2013 duchessoffork 2

Between the rainy weather and Julia’s latest cold/ear infection, we’ve been stuck inside for weeks on end. Thankfully Julia is pretty good at entertaining herself, but what toddler doesn’t get a little stir crazy from time to time? Julia has loved coloring f …

Bump Update: 36 Weeks

February 20, 2013 duchessoffork 14

How far along? 36 weeks Size of baby: Nearly 6 lbs (which is crazy! Julia was 5 lbs 7 oz at birth) and the size of a crenshaw melon, whatever that is. Total weight gain: +30 pounds. I think I gained 4 lbs in the last week. Must be those darn Mega Stuf Oreos. Gender: I’ …

A Bit of Writer’s Block

February 19, 2013 duchessoffork 6

Some weeks I have ideas for posts coming out of my ears. This isn’t one of those weeks. We have been so busy that my feet have barely touched the ground. I’m just going to push through this case of writer’s block and hope I find some inspiration soon. In the …

Dear Molly {a letter to my new-mom self}

February 13, 2013 duchessoffork 15

Dear Molly, As you anticipate the arrival of your second baby, I wanted to share some wisdom. I was in your shoes not that long ago, so I know how you’re feeling now and how you will be feeling upon the baby’s arrival. I hope you’ll heed my advice and know y …

sick babies, frozen grapes, & umbrella drinks

February 11, 2013 duchessoffork 9

1. My sweet little love has been fighting an awful cold that has turned into an ear infection. Her sixth ear infection in less than six months to be exact. Praise the Lord, we finally have our consultation with the ENT tomorrow. We’ve been waiting on this referral for m …

Celebrating Baby #2 with a Sprinkle

February 8, 2013 duchessoffork 0

Eight of my sweet friends hosted a “sprinkle” for Baby #2 and me this past Sunday. It was incredibly meaningful to have a special party in honor of this new bundle of joy. The theme was “Ready to Pop” and it couldn’t have been any more perfect. I …

Monogrammed Water Tumbler Giveaway from Crystal Faye!

February 7, 2013 duchessoffork 59

I’m so excited to announce that I will be serving as a brand ambassador for Crystal Faye! Crystal is sweet as can be and her online boutique is all kinds of fabulous. Some of my favorite things in her shop are the Monogram Hat, Kate Cocktail Ring, Raspberry Thank You No …

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies for Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2013 duchessoffork 5

In my book, Valentine’s Day is all about the sweets. A dozen roses are nice, but bring me a dozen Reese’s hearts and I know you really love me. I threw together the easiest Red Velvet cake mix cookies and they turned out so cute for Valentine’s Day. I adorne …

Julia is 18 Months!

February 4, 2013 duchessoffork 4

My sweet girl, I blinked my eye and you’re now a year and a half old. How did that happen?! You are so full of life and are the happiest girl in the world. You’re constantly laughing, especially at yourself. You crack yourself up all the time! One of your favorite …

This Time Around {Pregnancy Differences}

January 30, 2013 duchessoffork 9

This pregnancy has been very similar to my first pregnancy in many ways, yet it’s been very different. A lot of women say the gender of their child determined how their pregnancy was (sick with a boy, not sick with a girl, acne with a girl, no acne with a boy, etc.). I …