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Toddler Breakfast Ideas

May 13, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Is breakfast a battle at your house? I have one good eater and one average eater (care to guess who’s who?), and breakfast has become more of a challenge in the last few months. Julia’s usual response when I ask her what she wants for breakfast is “No, thank …

Stop and Smell the Roses

May 9, 2014 duchessoffork 6

The days are long but the years are short. There is so much truth in these fews words. While I’m busy getting angry over Julia’s attitude that would rival a teenager, she’s growing into a little girl. While I’m busy being annoyed by Mac’s clingy …

Surviving the Beach with Young Kids

May 5, 2014 duchessoffork 6

Ahhh….there is nothing quite like a day at the beach. The sun is brightly shining, the crystal clear waters are glistening, and the sugar white sand is softly squeaking beneath your toes. Once you have kids, your lazy and relaxing days at the beach are over as you know …

Saying Yes

April 28, 2014 duchessoffork 15

It’s 8:15 in the evening. My lower back is on fire. My eyes are getting heavy. I’m fed up with this day after hours and hours of dealing with a whiny girl and clingy boy. I’m more than ready to park it on the couch and zone out for a while. Then I hear a &he …

Body After Baby: One Year after My Second Baby

April 17, 2014 duchessoffork 8

Mac is officially thirteen months old and is quite the little dude! He’s changed so much in his first year, but that full and luscious head of hair has remained true. My post-partum body has changed just as much over the last year as Big Mac’s has. I’m proud …

Big Mac’s First Birthday Party

April 13, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Goodness gracious, where has the time gone? We celebrated Mac’s first birthday a month ago and I’m just getting around to sharing the details. The Big Mac theme turned out even better than I expected. The guests all had a blast and I’m pretty sure the birthd …

Anniversary Weekend in Key West

April 9, 2014 duchessoffork 4

We had an absolute blast in Key West! It was sunny every day with highs in the low 80s and lows in the 70s. Talk about perfect weather! Our hotel was unbelievable. We stayed at the Casa Marina and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a Waldorf Astoria brand hotel, so …

Five Years

April 4, 2014 duchessoffork 4

Five years ago today I walked down a grassy aisle, held hands with the most handsome man I’d ever seen, stole a quick kiss in front of 200 of our closest friends and family members, and became Mrs. Jason Carter. In some ways it seems like we’ve been married for 20 …

My First Citrus Lane Box

April 2, 2014 duchessoffork 0

I was so excited to receive my first package from Citrus Lane last week! Citrus Lane relies on parent feedback, expert recommendation, and extensive product research to fill their monthly packages with items for moms and kids. The 4-5 hand-selected monthly products range from …

The Good Bean Giveaway

March 31, 2014 duchessoffork 2

I’m a snacker. It’s true. I usually have a morning snack and an afternoon snack (sometimes two afternoon snacks), and often an after dinner sweet snack. I try to eat small meals and stop when I’m full, so I tend to get hungry within a few hours. I can’ …