Hotel Granduca Houston

Romantic Birthday Staycation at Hotel Granduca Houston

Thank you to Hotel Granduca Houston for providing us with accommodations.

It’s been the better half of two years, ever since Charlotte was born, that we’ve been talking about getting away – just the two of us. When we realized it wasn’t in the cards for our 10 year anniversary this past May, we told ourselves we would try again before the end of the year. It just so happened that the stars aligned for a short but sweet staycation at the beautiful Hotel Granduca Houston, over my birthday a couple of weeks ago and it was simply amazing.

Hotel Granduca Houston

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Garrett’s Mighty Pup 6th Birthday Party

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For the past couple of years, Garrett’s been old enough to ask what kind of theme he wants for his birthday party. Last year it was Ghostbusters, and we had so much fun with that one especially with it being so close to Halloween 👻 This year he surprised me and said he wanted a Paw Patrol party but with a Mighty Pups theme. I was a little worried it would be hard to live up to last year’s party, but mama always has something up her sleeve 😉

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My Maternal Mental Health Journey with Postpartum Thyroiditis

Did you know that Oct 6th -12th is Mental Health Awareness Week? I didn’t. I also didn’t know when Garrett was born 6 years ago on October 11th (ironically), that I would be 1 in 5 women affected by postpartum mental health issues. Sure I’d heard about postpartum depression before, portrayed in the media like it’s some “choice” we willingly make the moment we become a mom. But there was one thing I’d never heard of until a fellow blogger shared her struggle with postpartum thyroiditis. As I kept scrolling through her blog post, I couldn’t help but feel cheated. Cheated by an already failed postpartum maternal health system. Cheated by the doctors I trusted. But most of all, cheated by my own mind and body out of what’s supposed to be one of the most euphoric experiences of your life – becoming a mom for the first time.

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Fixing Up Our First Home: Then And Now

Three years ago this month, we drove across town to look at a little fixer upper we’d had our eyes on. Who would have thought all those years ago, 15 to be exact, that Clear Lake (the home of NASA and where we fell in love) would be where we’d end up? Before marriage, before kids, before moving cross country twice, just to settle back down where it all started. Since this year has been a commemoration of so much (15 years together and our 10 year wedding anniversary), I just felt like we needed a special way to remember fixing up our first home three years later.

Recreating Old Photos in our First Home

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How We Tackle Mornings as a Busy Family of Four

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This school year was kinda like the perfect storm. At the same time Garrett was starting Kindergarten, we decided to start Charlotte in preschool 3 days a week as well. My poor mama heart and mind didn’t know what to think. On one hand I was so excited and proud of both my babies, but on the other hand I just couldn’t wrap my head around how the heck they’ve grown up so fast. Not to mention, on top of managing my blog, I was given more responsibility at my freelance digital agency gig. So needless to say, we all had a pretty loud wake-up call which made me realize it was finally time to kick our morning routine into high gear. Check out this offer to save $1.50 off 1 product valid through 10/13.

Morning Routine

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Missing Martino: Love & Loss 15 Years Later

I will always find it interesting how a turn of events can shift one’s life completely, and 15 years ago today was one of those moments. We said goodbye to my dad. My dad who had battled stomach cancer for 2 years prior, but whose body just couldn’t keep the fight going no matter how hard he tried. No matter how much he wanted to keep up hope that maybe this last chemo treatment could be the one. The one to make all the cancer disappear. But that’s just the thing with cancer – it doesn’t give a crap how wonderful of a person you are, or how healthy otherwise you’ve been your whole life. When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go – and cancer doesn’t wait til you’re ready. Believing this in some sick, twisted way was the only thing that got me through those excruciating first few years. That, and the fact that I met my soulmate a few days before – which you can’t tell me that wasn’t a “God thing.”

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Mom Jean Confessions: To My Son On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

You know how before a big life event happens (getting married, having a baby, or in my case – your first born starting Kinder 😭), it’s like all the sudden you can’t open Facebook without a thousand articles aimed right at you with the sole intention of making you ugly cry for 10 hours straight? Yep, you know the one, it doesn’t even mess around with click bait – it goes right for the ovaries until your poor unsuspecting husband’s suddenly finds himself agreeing to another baby. Don’t worry Mark – it happens to the best of em and she’ll forget about it by morning. So you’re probably wondering what my point is with all this? Well instead of reading another mama’s words, I told myself I would try and suffer through writing an ode to my own son – cuz at the end of the day, we’re all a little glutton for punishment 😉

Back to School Mommy & Me Bracelet Set c/o Hattie Now Designs

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Cha Cha’s Two-nicorn Birthday Party

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If you told our little Cha Cha that she just turned two, I’m pretty sure she’d look at you like you had three heads. Cuz as far as she’s concerned, she’s been ruling this roost for a hundred years at least, and we’re all just here for her entertainment 😉 But truth be told, as much as we joke about our little “boss baby,” I must tell you – she’s also the kindest and silliest soul. She loves her bubba the most, and calls out to him every morning from our bed. She adores daddy and frantically waves at him with exclamations of “HI DADA!!” barely letting him in the door every day he gets home from work. As for me, I always knew I wanted a daughter, but I never would have imagined she’d be the sheer spitting image of me and I live for her sweet mama snuggles.

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How to Style an Animal Print Skirt for Fall

CH2T Styling: 4 Ways To Wear An Animal Print Skirt For Fall

In case you haven’t noticed, animal prints are everywhere, and I mean e-ver-y-where. I held out for as long as I could, but once it hit the “suburban runways” and made it cool for us stay-at-home moms to rock a leopard print – you better believe I jumped on it like a kid on Christmas. But I’ve always been one to make a trend my own. Meaning – I don’t like to just go along with it just cuz it’s popular. Let’s just say – I draw the line at socks with heels. I also usually sit on a trend for a few months, sometimes even a year, to make sure it’s sticking around before I take the plunge. Even if it’s something I love right off the bat, like animal prints, I still feel the need to put my own “CH2T Styling” twist on it to make it truly feel like my own.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Why I’m Proud To Have A Strong Willed Child

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about this topic, and my how things have changed. If we thought Cha Cha was strong willed before, then we absolutely, without a doubt, and whole heartedly know this to be true now. But here’s the thing. At what point did “strong-willed” become synonymous with “bad-behaved,” or “stubborn,” or even worse – “problem child?” My child is anything but a problem. My child is strong-willed, Yes. But she’s also mind-blowingly perceptive, and what if some day she wakes up and starts perceiving that this world isn’t meant for her? That her strong will is yet another thing society tells us we need to correct for her to “fit in.” Well screw fitting in (pardon my French). I honestly think we need more children like Cha Cha, and here’s why…

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