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30 Before 30 Bucket List RECAP

making a bucket list

Another birthday is in the books, and one year closer to reaching my the end of my “30 before 30” bucket list ideas. I wanted to recap to see what I have gotten accomplished off of my bucket list within the last year. Want to join in? Make your own bucket list with me! It doesn’t have to be a ...

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Remembering Loved Ones Who Have Passed Away

Loved Ones Who Have Passed Away

Losing a loved one is never easy. Those we love forever live on in our hearts, but each day that passes without them is hard no matter how long they have been gone. It has now been almost 16 years since my Dad he passed away, although it still feels like it wasn’t that long ago. The day that my ...

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I Didn’t Sign Up For This.

hard moments as a mom

Four years ago, you could not have told me that I was going to be sitting here, at 26-years-old, as a wife and a mom to four little ones. You could have tried to tell me, but I probably wouldn’t have believed you. I always imagined that I was going to be a mom. I always KNEW I wanted to ...

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One Word for 2016

one word for 2016

It is 2016… it is 2016… it is 2016. Does anyone else have this on repeat in their mind? I am welcoming this year with open arms! It is insane that another year flew by so quickly. I was looking through old photos from the past years, as I usually do when I’m feeling especially nostalgic, and I came across ...

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I Am Thankful.


With Thanksgiving this week, I wanted to say a quick “thank you” to all of you that read and support this website. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you and for the relationships that I have been able to build over the past 1.5 years. I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving with your friends and ...

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We Are All People

This blog is not normally for political conversations, debates, or current events. But this is something that has been on my heart and it should be discussed. Over the course of the past week, there has been so much talk about the Islamic State and the war that they are trying to create across the world. There has also been ...

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When Heaven Gets Another Angel: In Memory of Melissa Matters

There are some things in life that cannot be explained when it comes to the question of “why”. One of these things that I have a really hard time with is when people pass away suddenly, and without warning. I wrote a post a few months ago, remembering my brother and my father who passed away both before their time. ...

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The Day My Choice Was Taken

I knew going into the delivery of my twins that anything could happen, but I had tried my best to be prepared and to be educated on all of my choices. I had read everything about delivering (double) breech twins, and I had even switched doctors at 36 weeks in order to do so. But at 10 centimeters dilated and ...

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San Diego, CA Trip In Photos

san diego, ca photo

Last week, we made the 5.5 hour drive with our four kiddos to San Diego, CA to watch my youngest brother graduate from boot camp and become a Marine. I couldn’t be prouder of him, or any of my siblings really! I wanted to share some memories from our trip all in photos. Marine Core Graduation Ocean Beach, CA We ...

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1 Year Blogiversary | Celebratory Giveaway

one year blog anniversary

Happy Blog Birthday Motherhood and Merlot! It has officially been one year since I started this blogging journey and wrote my first post here at Motherhood and Merlot. What a fun year it has been! I started my blog at first because my hubby thought it would be a good creative outlet for me. For those that have been with ...

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