Finding Magic In Motherhood: Hope After Infant Loss

This week’s feature is from a friend of mine, Waynna LeBrija, a SoCal mama maker and blogger at All Graced Up where she writes faith-based content to the everyday, busy mama about staying present over perfect. She also designs awesome T-shirts with her hubby, and you can shop them here! Their message through their tees is to spread hope and awareness about the abundant love that God has for us despite our imperfections. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about their “why” behind their designs, and to snag one for yourself! She is sharing her story on losing her first child to Trisomy 18 (who would be 8 years old today) and how she found grace, hope, and resilience through loss. Continue reading

Things To Do At Disneyland With Babies And Toddlers

There actually is quite a lot you can do with babies and toddlers at Disneyland and California Adventure. Sure you might miss out on the bigger rides if you don’t have anyone to pass your baby off to, but there’s still plenty of fun things to do and see! Our daughter is now 14 months old and she has a blast every time we go to the parks.

In this post I will be covering rides with no height requirement that you can take your kiddos on, and things to do in each “land” that aren’t rides. Make sure to have your “to-do” Disney list ready, because this post will give you a packed and exciting day full of Disney fun!

I’ll be focusing this post on Disneyland, since California Adventure is currently going through a lot of remodeling – and right now there’s not a whole lot for younger toddlers to do there except for a handful of attractions (I’ll do a separate post on California Adventure eventually). Plus Disneyland is my favorite of the two parks due to the amount of rides, character appearances, and things to do/eat!

I’ll be doing more posts in the next few months about what to pack for a day at Disneyland, snacks to take, and perfect spots to hangout for nursing or to cool down on hot days. Today, I wanted to share some of the best tips and tricks I’ve discovered since hitting up the parks with a baby in tow! Read below for some of the best tips on conquering Disneyland with babies! Continue reading

What Apartment Life Is Really Like

This is one of my favorite spaces in our mini apartment. Many months were spent in this corner reading books, having game nights with friends, facing challenges in our marriage, and taking naps with Izzy. It’s weird knowing that this is probably the last time we’ll live in an apartment, because our goal is to buy (or rent) a house at this time next year! And though I’m really excited for the possibility of buying our first home, there’s a small part of me that will be nostalgic for apartment life.

Friends, I’ve lived in 6 different apartments in the last 6 years in two different states. That’s a lot of moving, and a lot of roots to put down and pick back up again! There’s something so unique about apartment life that I’ve grown to embrace over the years Continue reading

Finding Magic in Marriage: The Best Way To Overcome Conflict In Marriage

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m welcoming another lovely gal for our Featured Real-Girls Guest Submissions, Melissa Coryell. We connected through Instagram, and one thing that I noticed about her right away is how she strives to connect like-minded women to the truth of the gospel. Her purpose with her newly rebranded blog is to empower and equip other women with the Word so that they will know their worth and remain firmly rooted in their beliefs. Today she will be sharing about how her and her husband discovered early on how to handle marriage conflicts in a healthy and productive way.

One thing you can’t live without? “My Heavenly Father, my handsome and caring husband, my beloved family, my church family (my family of choice), and my grande iced caramel macchiato (not a joke).”

Where and how did you meet your husband? “We met at our church actually! We both started going to Turning Point Church in February of 2014. We met through mutual friends, and started dating in the fall of that same year. The rest is history!”

What advice would you tell your high school self? “I would tell my high school self that there is no such thing as a perfect guy, and to never compare yourself with other girls. Just because you see her “best” moments doesn’t mean you would want her “worst” ones as well. All you see is perfection when you are under the delusional spell of comparison. Be content with you. No one has a replica of the talents that you have, and no one can make a difference the way you can for the Kingdom.”

Thank you Melissa for being a part of our Real-Girls: Wives community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Becoming a wife is a huge transition, and it takes trial and error to figure out the best groove to make your marriage work. Read below for Melissa’s post, and don’t forget to sign up for her weekly devotional at the bottom! Continue reading

The Best Baby Gear List For Maximizing Your Space And Wallet

Once your baby reaches new milestones, you’ll need to keep up with their development by upgrading their toys and play areas. With our baby, we did not want to purchase or have all kinds of baby gear lying around or in storage (for the sake of wanting to maximize our living and storage spaces). We carefully chose a select few essential items (toys, play areas, sleeping gear, etc) for each milestone that were age appropriate, compact, functional, could be easily stored, cost efficient, and kept our baby amused and content for long periods of time.

This blog post covers most of the bigger baby gear you will be wanting or needing – I will do a separate post on strollers soon!

I did a ton of research on all kinds of baby products before and after we had our first baby to find out exactly what we needed, and what to pass on. Here’s a spoiler: you probably won’t need everything you think 🙂 Here are three easy tips to consider when you’re looking into getting baby gear: Continue reading