A letter to my daughter on her 11th birthday.


11 years old. Wow. Time sure has flown by my little lady.

I can still picture the moment that you were born and placed in to my arms for the very first time.

I can still picture you as a toddler, that constant energy that had this mom always on her toes.

And now you’ll be heading to middle school, and that right there is so hard to fathom. But I have zero worries that you will do so great, your drive to learn and do your best is something I’ll always admire.

I have it all memorized, the curve of your nose, that sweetness in your smile. But I’ve noticed that you’ve grown; that you’ve gotten older. That ounce of teenager ready to come out from under the surface. 

In the past year, my shy Kaylei-bug has morphed in to one independent, proud-to-stand-tall girl, more so than I ever would have dreamed. You are both confident and stubborn, intelligent and silly, strong and beautiful, kind and curious, but you know that there is still so much more to learn.

 I’d love to think that I could place a permanent hold on who you are at this very moment….the silly giggles, the small tantrums, the hormones just beginning to debut, but I know that would be selfish and you are meant to continue growing, adventuring in to the young girl and then eventually the young woman you will become. Each little step you are taking along the way is helping you build the character that would help you embrace adulthood. I’m the luckiest to be able to witness it, to learn from you and to be there holding your hand along the way.

You have brought me immeasurable joy in the last eleven years and I can’t wait to see what this new year will bring.  Eleven years ago, I held you for the very first time and began to learn who you were. I’m so incredibly proud of you Kaylei-bug. 

Happy 11th birthday!

I love you. To the moon and back.

Your perfectly, imperfect mother.

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amazon prime day favorites.

amazon prime day starts today…it’s like the black friday of summer.

this year it’s a two day event to shop some of amazon’s favorite products at really great prices. as long as you have an amazon prime account, you’ll be all set to save!

i threw together a quick list of some of my absolute favorite amazon finds that are participating in the amazon prime day deals below.

things go quickly, so word of advice? don’t wait.

i swear by this travel makeup case. it’s light-weight, super durable, and you can’t beat the price.

need some fun earrings? check these out. so many color options to choose from and under $10!

if you need new tennis shoes, i’d highly recommend getting these adidas running shoes. they’re super comfortable, light-weight, and come in so many color/style options.

if you’re in the market for a portable charger, for the price, you can’t go wrong with this one. i buy a lot of charging products from this brand and have had zero complaints.

this might be my favorite purchase ever. if you have kids or even just for yourself, you NEED a wet brush. this is a great deal; two for the price of one.