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  Posted: Dec 14, 2012 10:56 PM FEED
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Outfit 1- loving the #Kardashian Kollection blazer and Peter Pan Collar on the top! #sears #searsstyle #stylesurprise #ad

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❤️ I’ve spent the past few weeks reviewing the last six months in my head. Over and over like an athlete watching game footage. I’m still trying to process everything that has happened. To find the weak parts of my game where I could have improved. To spot the pivotal moments that led to my still being here. To try and determine if the feelings I felt were indeed the truth, or were they what I told myself I felt in order to survive? Does it even matter?

I wrote a thing. You can read on if you like (link in my profile) #aml #uniteinmotherhood #leukemia
For LITERALLY millions of years moms have wanted the same thing 😂 Five minutes of peace to drink our coffee while it's hot and raid our kid's halloween candy. Amiright?
Okay, this Jurassic World T-Rex costume is now my favorite thing. @halloweenexpressdotcom has the largest selection of costumes online including a kids version of this same costume. I also picked up an Elf on the Shelf getup because YOLO! Grab a very sweet discount on anything you like using the link in my profile or using HELLOSPLENDID26 And if you're feeling lucky you can enter to win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards over at {} #halloweenexpress AD #trexcostume
You are allowed to tap out. I want to tell you this because I am just learning it myself and perhaps writing it down somewhere makes it real. No matter what you have going on in your life you are allowed to hit your max. You are allowed to say I need a break from life. You are allowed to retreat for a few minutes, an hour, whatever it takes. In order to be strong we also need moments to have our weaknesses. To acknowledge them and to deal with them. Dealing with them is what makes us stronger. Right now I have friends who are displaced because of natural disasters. Friends who fear for their children's futures because of disease or society or both. Friends who are literally just trying to live. Friends who are getting by while bringing new life into this world. After my first couple of weeks back to work I feel happy. I feel grateful. I also felt a little burnt out today. For whatever reason I refuse to acknowledge that months of being injected with poison and fighting a deadly disease can wear you down a bit. Especially when you still have a child that wakes up at 5am. Today I took a mandatory break. I made myself. Because it's okay to be a little bit weak if the end result is that you're stronger than ever. It really is. But sometimes we need to hear it from someone else. So I'm saying it here and I hope that for even one other person it makes a difference. #AML #uniteinmotherhood
These are a few of my favorite things! 1) A steering wheel that makes engine revving sounds. 2) Whisper tires that give a smooth, quiet ride instead of crunching away like plastic tires do on pavement. 3) Dual cupholders for the child. Snack and a drink? Drink and bubbles? the choice is up to you. I mean them. Obviously they are calling the shots here. 4) A cupholder for the adult that is specially shaped to also accommodate giant smartphones that people like my husband own. 5) Storage under the seat for toys, snacks, a random solar calculator from your second job. Whatever it is that your kid needs to bring with them. #Step2McLaren #minimclaren AD
Craig is perfecting his blue steel 😂 Meanwhile Blake is driving like he's in an old movie. 🙈 Steering that car all over the place yet somehow going straight. These silly guys are my world! #Step2McLaren #minimclaren
"I GOING FAAAAASTT!" 💨😂 Blake is the proud new owner of a McLaren 570s Push Sports Car from our friends at @thestep2company and I think it's fair to say he is enjoying life in the fast lane. Craig was pushing him along and he was holding out his bubble wand to let the wind blow bubbles, experiencing pure childhood joy.💓 Have you seen this version of their classic push car yet? It's new for the holiday season and I think it's going to be a hit amongst car enthusiasts young and old! (if you want full specs you can check the link in my profile) #Step2McLaren AD
🔥❤️🔥To all of the first responders who rush toward the things we instinctively run away from, THANK YOU. Your bravery is incredible and your tiny fans innumerable. Blake wants to be you when he grows up.
Favorite photo from the weekend 😂 WHAT IS THAT FACE?? We did so much! Impromptu crafts and dinner with the neighborhood kids, soccer games, a little shopping, date night with wonderful friends, etc. This morning we got up and headed to Craig's new office as a family to help him get settled in and then explored the neighborhood and had some lunch. Then back to laundry, meal prep and more fun with neighbors. I am EXHAUSTED but it feels good to enjoy the weekend to the fullest 🙌🏼
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 2:42 AM
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Sunshine on a cloudy day ❤️💔
Posted: Sep 25, 2017 4:24 AM
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Leaping back into it 🙌🏼 Last week marked one month of remission for me. I gave myself a few weeks to settle our family into the back to school routine and now it's my turn. It has been weird, lovely and mind numbing, forcing myself to take a little break. Have you ever actually taken a real break? I realized I never have in my entire life. (Perhaps that's part of the problem) My body feels physically healed from all the trauma it endured these last few months. I'm pushing 60 lbs of stroller + child up hills. It's time. I have missed all the amazing people I get to work with and tapping into my creative side and running with it. Back to work I go💃🏻
YOU have the power to save a life 🙌🏼 Did you know that 70% of people who need bone marrow transplants don't have a match within their family and rely on complete strangers to save their lives?❤️ If you're a minority or mixed ethnicity like me, finding a match is incredibly hard. There simply aren't enough of us in the registry. BUT WE CAN CHANGE THAT💃🏻Tomorrow I'm joining the incredible doctors and nurses from UCSD to help register new donors at Jacobs Medical Center from 11-3. If you are between 18-44 please consider joining the registry. You can do it from the comfort of your couch (Link in profile) All it takes is answering a few health history questions and a cheek swab kit is mailed to you. You swab yourself and send it back. BOOM! You might just be the match someone else desperately needs to live. Bone marrow donation is such an amazing and easy way to save a life because like giving blood, you donate and your body replenishes it. And if you can't join because of a health issue or your age you can still help! Tell a friend, family member or coworker who can. Directly or indirectly you have the power to save the life of a child, mother, father, sister or brother ❤️ #aml #bethematch (Seriously can't believe it has been 5 months since this pic was taken. Feels like 5 years and 5 minutes all at the same time😱)
The 🍎doesn't fall far! This was one of my favorite moments from our trip. We were waiting for our last lunch to arrive and checking out Kayla's Minifigure haul. She started arranging them and then asked if she could borrow my phone. It took me a minute to realize she was creating the perfect flat lay and wanted to capture it 😂 👯❤️ #legoninjagomovie #WBpartner
Exactly. What. We. Needed. ❤️ Kayla and I have been to Legoland a few times before. This time was different in that there were more perks for us. We got to see the LEGO NINJAGO movie early (FYI - it's hilarious and I will gladly pay for our whole family to see it again at our local fancy theater) have some exclusive access to the park and see the whole cast in person. Which of course was awesome💃🏻 BUT the BEST parts about our trip were the parts that made us just like any other family who walks through the gates. The Ninjago ride broke down right when we were about to get on it and she never got a chance to try it. It was a lesson in making lemonade for Kayla. She quickly discovered her true Legoland passion of trading minifigures with employees. Each transaction was a chance to practice her social skills, manners and show gratitude since clearly these people were getting the short end of the deal. What blew me away was just how nice everyone was ❤️ How passionate so many of them are about what they do. We walked over 5 miles today just walking the park, taking in the details. We rode a few rides, but mostly spent it chatting about our passions. Photography for me, collecting super cool minifigures for her. And that my friends was the part of our trip I will always remember 💓 #legoninjagomovie #WBpartner
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 6:19 PM
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Who is the most excited in this pic? Asking for a friend 🙈

Jumping in the car and heading for @legolandcalifornia We've never slept over there so matching Lloyd pajamas were a total MUST! 👯 Kayla freaked out when I picked her up early from school. She thought she was getting called to the office because she was in trouble (poor monkey!) but nope, just an awesome surprise day that the school secretaries were all too happy to send us off to! Also, I can't stop saying "La-Lloyd" and apparently I'm THAT embarrassing parent now 🙋🏻 #LEGONINJAGOmovie #WBpartner
Kayla has NO idea 😱 that I'm picking her up from school tomorrow and we are off to Legoland for a mother daughter sleepover, a screening of the LEGO Ninjago movie, a chance to ask the cast questions and some time just being a kid in the park. I've lost count of the things we've had to cancel or postpone in the last six months and she has been understanding and mature beyond her years ❤️ I think this is exactly what we BOTH need right now 💃🏻 Oh and yes, that's a DIY Lego inspired jewelry case to carry all her treasures and minifigures. Made one for myself too #LEGONINJAGOmovie #WBsponsored
I LIKE YOUR FUNNY HAIR, MOMMY!! 😬😂 I leaned down to help Blake and he shouted that with glee before running his tiny sticky hands through it for a good minute. All while giggling to himself. Kids speak the truth! Confirmation that we have reached the ultimate stage in awkward hair. It REFUSES to do anything but stand up straight 😑 But tiny hands in my hair and that cute face make it alllll worth it ❤️ #aml
It's the little things 💓 Craig had a ridiculously deserved and overdue boys weekend and I had Kayla and Blake all to myself for the first time in almost six months. We went out for pizza and ice cream. We came home and made slime. We had movie night. We made paper bag puppets and sang the Trolls soundtrack REALLY loud all day. We had an impromptu trip to the toy store so Blake could get a toy weed wacker and Kayla could pick out some Pokemon cards. It was 24 hours of making up for lost time. We didn't do anything major. It was just a lot of little things. But man do those little things feel good ❤️
Posted: Aug 20, 2017 12:22 AM
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Treated myself to my first pedicure and these badges 😍 I'm seriously considering trying to buy them in bulk and donate them to the hospital because getting one of these at some point would have made me laugh and been exactly the right thing during a tough moment. I've had many people ask me if I feel so relieved and it's weird but I think my answer is that I don't feel the anxiety I had waiting to find out but in many ways I feel a little numb and in disbelief of the news. A little to good to be true. I'm a little scared to really go all out and celebrate. I've always been a subtle celebrator of big things. Perhaps out of fear of jinxing them. It's like when someone has a crazy elaborate wedding and gets divorced a year or two later 😬 I know things could change at any moment. Relapse happens. A lot. Right now I am so relieved to be in remission, but also a bit terrified to breathe it in and accept it. Maybe that's weird, maybe that's normal. I have no idea. But tonight I am going to take the man who has done EVERYTHING these last few months out on a date, toast the doctors and nurses who have literally saved my life and attempt to enjoy this new lease on life 💓 (PS, the badges are from @emilymcdowell_ she is a survivor and makes the most perfect cards and gifts for those going through cancer) #aml
Posted: Aug 18, 2017 12:54 AM
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R-E-M-I-S-S-I-O-N 😱💃🏻💪🏼❤️ That is all. Literally don't care how goofy I look. #aml #remission
Posted: Aug 16, 2017 5:17 PM
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When your doc says they'll call or email you as soon as they have results so you're all ears. AKA the only time my phone is not on silent mode 😁 Totally sane and not fixating over here. Not one little bit.