Sweet Little Firsts: Footprints and Swaddlers


Now that I have Mommy Friends, one of my favorite things to do is host playdates. Scarlette loves to have friends over and I love it when my house is full of of laughter and little feet running around. So I said yes when Pampers asked me if I wanted to host a party because I figured it was a great excuse to have people over and also because sometimes the perks of blogging means I get to bless my friends with things like free diapers and wipes. Gift giving is my love language, y'all. The theme of the party was supposed to be Baby's Firsts, to go along with a new video that Pampers has released celebrating all of the "first" moments parents … [Read more...]

For The Love Of Books And Airplanes

Book Review: Anna's Crossing - Amish Fiction by Suzanne Woods Fischer

I think it is well documented on the internet that Jen Hatmaker is one of my favorite authors.  And one of my favorite parts of blogging is getting to review early copies of books before they release, because I am a girl who loves literature of all kinds. So when I saw Jen Hatmaker post on facebook that she had limited openings for the launch team for her book that releases in August I thought to myself "Self, this is pleasing to me because I would like to read an advance copy of this book and I shall attempt to snag a space by filling out this form that she posted." She mentioned that there were only 500 spots for reviewers and I … [Read more...]

A Budding Author: Stories By Scarlette


Lately Scarlette's favorite activity is to create her own storybook. At bedtime she loves for me to make up stories for her and then she likes to tell me a made up bedtime story of her own. One day I was working at the computer when she sat down across from me with a handful of paper and a fistful of crayons and said "Look Mommy, I writing a book like you!" And so I told her that if she would work on all the drawings for her book she could tell me the story and I would write it down and then we could put it all together to make a special book. I've just been writing them down exactly as she tells them to me and they absolutely make my … [Read more...]

The Perils Of Passport Offices

European Town

On Friday, the day that the world was abuzz about what color The Dress was, I had to go to the passport office because J and I had let ours expire. Getting new passports has been on my to-do list forever but because it wasn't quite as pressing as other items such as Raising A Kid and Binge Watching The Entire Series Of Veronica Mars so I sort of never really got around to it. Plus, I reasoned that it wasn't like anyone was ever just going to randomly invite me on a trip to Europe so it wasn't as though I was going to need a passport all spur of the moment or anything. (This is the same reasoning I used to not clean under my couch before … [Read more...]

Grab Your Passport And My Hand


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Getaways. All opinions are 100% mine. The other night J and I went to have passport photos made, which was a bit of an experience on account of how I am very, very pale and so the first set of photos they took of me came out with just a white blur where my face is supposed to be. I LITERALLY DID NOT SHOW UP ON FILM. Like a vampire. I am not even exaggerating when I tell you that they reprinted my passport photos SEVEN TIMES in order to darken them enough to be able to make out my facial features. And then they snapped J's picture and it just printed out perfectly on … [Read more...]

Nice To Meet You, Where You Been

Kayla Aimee Blog

A couple of months ago I filmed this little video (with the help of my new friends Crystal & Monique) to serve as an introduction on the homepage of this site. You know, so that in the future if people stop by I can be all "Nice to meet you, where you been, I can show you some fairly average things." ;) (And also so that in the coming months as I start to gear up for the release of my first book I have something to show people when they are like "who are you?") I intended to put it up in the new year, marking my intentional, goal-oriented entrance into 2015. And then Scarlette came down with a seven week run of bronchiolitis and now … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays : Mama Bear


I missed the last two months of posting my Stuff Scarlette Says series so here is an update on some of the things my precocious girl has been saying and doing lately.  Scarlette used to just call every child who's name she did not know "Larry." Now that she is older and more mature she has naturally outgrown this little quirk. And so she just refers to them all as "Rudolph." We were at the park the other day and she made friends with an older little girl and kept saying "Let's go play over here Rudolph!" And the little girl was all "My name is MADISON." And Scarlette looked at her and said "Yeah, okay Rudolph, it's your turn to … [Read more...]

The Art of Breaking Bread

how to make homemade honey white bread

It is #throwbackthursday so I'm sharing an older post, originally written February of 2009, as well as a current update at the end. It's like my own little then & now version of "On This Day In History." "The Rest Of My Life." It's a phrase that Jeff has taken up. As in, he shakes his head at me while saying "the rest of my life." This tends to occur after I do things that are not particularly bright. (I am not sure if this is funny or disturbing.) But last night, it was a phrase that I head uttered a lot as we were in the middle of clearing all the smoke out of the kitchen. I think it might have been in reference to … [Read more...]

Why Text Messaging Is My Kryptonite

Cell Phone

Confession: I hate text messaging. I realize that I am supposed to be of the generation that is all about that text but y'all, I just can't. I prefer talking on the phone, mostly because I like to hear people's voices but also because I know exactly when a phone conversation is over on account of how both parties say "goodbye" and then definitively hang up the phone. I NEVER KNOW WHEN A TEXT MESSAGE CONVERSATION IS OVER. Like, no one says goodbye on a text message so that means all these words are just sitting there with no conclusive ending and it makes me feel like I'm living in the middle of one giant, awkward, conversation … [Read more...]

The Beauty Of Grace (I’m Kind Of In This Book, Y’all!)

The Beauty Of Grace by Dawn Camp

Last year I was asked to contribute a piece that I wrote to a book called The Beauty of Grace by Dawn Camp. I didn't know who the other contributors were, I was just honored to be able to include a small piece of writing that meant a lot to me personally and have it be in a real, live, actual book. I love books and I love Dawn's writing and her photography and was thrilled to be able to share a bit of my story in her pages. Then I got the book and I was like "Wait just a minute, self. I think you are in a book with Ann Voskamp." And then I had maybe a tiny panic attack as I continued to read the names of the other contributors … [Read more...]