Financial Wellness

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When I was growing up, my parents (my mom, stepdad, and dad) always talked to me about being able to support myself financially, and to not rely on a man. It's my belief that hearing this over and over again as a child helped me develop the intrinsic motivation to be successful and financially … [Continue reading...]

Two Twenty One Talk 001 : Introduction


I've been keeping a secret.  For the past few weeks I've been working really hard on something new and totally different.  To say that I'm nervous is an understatement, but I think it's good to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. I'm starting a podcast. I know, it seems super … [Continue reading...]

Landscaping Fun

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Over Memorial Day weekend we had free babysitters in the form of my mom and stepdad, so Brad and I took advantage of it by kicking back and relaxing landscaping for 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. Today I'm going to share the progress we made in our front and side yards. We were getting … [Continue reading...]

2015 Peony Update

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I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!  My mom and stepdad came to visit us for the long weekend.  With the free babysitting, Brad and I were able to get a lot of landscaping done (and sneak out to see Pitch Perfect 2, which I highly recommend).  Don't worry, I'll post about the … [Continue reading...]

National Heat Awareness Day

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Three weeks ago I shared a trick we're implementing this summer as a safeguard against vehicular heat stroke.  The trick is to put our left shoes in the backseat with Owen whenever he's traveling with us.  The idea is that we won't get very far without our left shoe.  This trick and the photo of … [Continue reading...]

Musical Furniture

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Last weekend Brad and I played a little game of musical furniture. As you might remember, my $85 Craigslist find-of-the-decade vintage card catalog was in our living room.  But with Owen on the move now, I was getting paranoid about the card catalog tipping over on him.  It's three separate pieces … [Continue reading...]

Spring Gardening

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This post is brought to you by Lowe's.  As always, opinions are 100% my own. We've been spending the past couple weeks getting our yard ready for summer. Brad and I have our different outdoor departments.  I take care of the flowers, trees, and shrubbery.  Brad is in charge of the lawn.  And both … [Continue reading...]

Peony Season

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It's my favorite time of year-- peony season!  If you've been around for a while, and if you follow me on Instagram (@twotwentyone), you know my love for peonies.  Heck, I even have a hashtag dedicated to my peony photos (#221peonies). 3 weeks ago the peony bushes looked like this: And … [Continue reading...]

10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Since Mother's Day is this upcoming Sunday, I thought I'd share some DIY gift ideas for the special ladies in your life. Handmade gifts are seriously the best because they show that thought and time was put into the gift-- not just money.  They’re also great for gift givers on a budget.  All of the … [Continue reading...]

Making Outings With A Baby Easier

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Today I thought I'd share some products and tricks we use when we're out and about with Owen. 1. Stroller Hook When I take Owen with me to a store, I don't like to waste precious space in the cart by throwing the diaper bag in.  Plus, I like to easily access items in the diaper bag, … [Continue reading...]

Meal Planning… Or Lack Thereof


Some people have asked me to share how I meal plan.  Here's the thing, I don't really meal plan.  So I thought I'd share my process with you. Last summer, my parents offered to gift us a deep freezer so I'd have a reliable place to store my breast milk.  That, and our refrigerator freezer is a hunk … [Continue reading...]

I Love Lamp

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Whew, what a week it's been.  We attended a baby program at the library, lunch and a long walk with a friend, lunch with family, swim lessons, walks in the park, walks around the neighborhood, and trips to the mall, Costco and Trader Joe's.  I just consulted my Fitbit, and I've logged 48,500 … [Continue reading...]