My life has just gotten so much easier.

I thought discovering Walmart grocery pickup amazing and eMeals takes it to a new level!

eMeals is a meal planning app. For $5 a month, you get to choose meals from multiple recipe lists. Recipe lists include- budget friendly, vegetarian, quick and healthy, classic meals, gluten free and more! Seriously, the choices are endless!

Now, the amazingness doesn’t stop there. Once you select your meals for the week, it loads them into your Walmart grocery order app! I actually look forward to my new recipes each week and cooking every night for my little family!

If you are stuck in a rut cooking the same dinners, look into eMeals! There is a free trial for two weeks. (I sound like I work for them ;))


This blogging thing

“This blogging thing” is how I felt going into this challenge, but I have gained so much more than I ever thought I would! I never considered myself a good writer. I never knew how to put all my lovely thoughts down on paper. This challenge changed that for me. I learned new techniques for writing and it has sparked a love of writing for me that I never had before.

I feel very thankful to be a part of this writing community where no judgements were had and lovely comments were written. I am ready to celebrate all writing styles back in my classroom.

It is no longer just a blogging thing for me, it is a celebration of learners, teachers, writers, people and friends. I feel grateful to have learned so much from this.

What’s in a name

My first name is actually a traditional men’s name in my family. My grandfather was Thomas Kelly and my uncle is David Kelly. My mom chose my first name because of that.

My middle name is Rae. I hated it growing up! I really have no good reason of why I didn’t like it. Friends would call me K-Rae or just plain Kelly Rae. It didn’t help that I was born in Georgia, so it can have a southern twang when you say it.

As I grew older though, I learned to love my name. It has family connections and a connection to where I was born and lived for a short time. When I had my daughter, I wanted her to feel the same as I do now.

Madelyn is not a family name. My husband actually came up with it. I knew the moment he said his idea that I couldn’t picture my new baby girl with any other name. We wanted her middle name to resemble family somehow. We chose Kay because my first name and both her grandmas first names start with a K. Kay represents the three most important women in her life.

Her name Madelyn Kay also sounds similar to mine, Kelly Rae. I love how we are connected in this way.

Toddler Giggles

Toddler giggles are absolutely the best! I’m feeling so grateful tonight to have little ones of our friends that are growing up with our Madelyn.

Tonight was so much fun. We had friends over with their kids. I watched closely as my little one is still working on her sharing. She did great! Parenting win! Woo hoo! She also interacted side by side with the kiddos instead of just playing around them.

The kiddos giggled and played, they watched each other and learned. We all knew bedtime was approaching, cringing the second our littles had a meltdown. None of them did and it was the best! The were all so stimulated by each other that they forgot how tired they were.

The adults got so much needed adult time and the kids were so active with each other. Great night overall! So looking forward to another night in the future with friends!

Sweet Tooth

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. I enjoy baking too! My favorite things are any type of bars, cream filled anything and donuts. I swear I could live off these if my body let me!

I enjoy trying out new bakeries when we travel or supporting local bakeries and trying their goodies. I love finding new recipes off Pinterest and testing them out for my hubs!

As I’ve gotten older though, I can’t indulge every single night in a delicious brownie or piece of cake. I find myself just craving a small morsel of something sweet! My new go-to is Costco’s sea salt dark chocolate caramels! Holy amazing! Serving size is 1.4…but come on! .4? That pretty much means 2 or at least that’s what I tell myself to feel better as I reach into the container for another caramel.

Just one of those days…

Today was just one of those days that the sun did not come out.

Today was just one of those days that I changed out of dirty pajamas into clean pajamas and wore them all day.

Today was just one of those days that my peanut wasn’t feeling her best.

Today was just one of those days that too many Mickey episodes were watched because she wanted to snuggle.

Today was just one of those days that she preferred to not wear pants and keep her winter boots on around the house.

Today was just one of those days that we let her enjoy two mini popsicles.

Today was just one of those days that in between loads of laundry, memories were made.

Today was just one of those days that every time we cleaned up, she found a cute reason to dump it all out again.

Today was just one of those days that we loved on her as much as we could.

Today was just one of those days and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Open Bottle

My husband and I entered our craft beer journey right when we started dating 7 years ago. We started with a few beers that just sounded good, then we started educating ourselves on the different styles of craft beer.

We ventured out and started going to beer festivals. Some were inside and some were outside. Some were in the dead of winter, outside. (we were super brave back then) We made pretzel necklaces, stood in lines for yummy beer and met a ton of cool people.

Today it is more difficult to go to those festivals because of our sweet little daughter, but today was a day we got to enjoy. My in laws came in town for the night to babysit Madelyn while we enjoyed a short fest at one of our favorite local bottle shops. Breweries from all over brought two beers each and we sampled so many tasties! We enjoyed some fresh air when eating our lunch from a delicious food truck.

We have learned how to pace ourselves at these festivals over the years, especially now being a mama and dada. We drink a ton of water in between. We had a great time and relieved some fun moments early on in our relationship. We cherish these times we have to keep our relationship strong and are so thankful we have awesome grandparents that want to babysit so often! We ubered home discussing our favorite beers from the fest, walked in the door and our baby girl running to our arms. Perfect day.