And we’re having…


Today we had our 19 week ultrasound - we thought it was 20 weeks but after careful measurement, I'm actually 19 weeks. Which saved you all from my Bon Jovi reference of being "half way there". You're welcome. The big news of the day is of course, what we're having... we're having... a boy! Lance may or may not have done a touchdown dance in the room when the ultrasound tech told/show us. (ok, he didn't really do a touchdown dance, but he wanted to). We then proceeded to go to the store and buy baby onesies that say things like "Captain Adorable" and have bears on them. Because, of … [Continue reading]

Bumpdate: 14-18 Weeks


Monday I had my 18-week appointment so this seemed like a good week to give a quick bumpdate! Maybe I'll stick to doing these once a month? We'll see! I kind of wish I had more pictures of the bump progress but I'm reaaaally bad at taking them so these are the two I have haha Cravings: Everything and anything from my childhood. I've noticed this pattern where the grand majority of things I'm craving are things I used to eat all the time as a little girl in Chile. Even the ones from first trimester - iceberg lettuce? it was my grandpa's favorite and therefore what my grandma used for salads. … [Continue reading]

How to backup your blog

how to backup blog

Let's just lay out there right now: You need to backup your blog. No ifs or buts about it. Back that blog up, yo. We all know we need to backup our computers but we never really think about backing up our blogs. We're all "It's in the internet and the internet is forever". Yes. And no. Whether you're on Blogger or Wordpress, your blog can disappear rather easily. If you're on Blogger, Google can actually just delete your entire blog with no notice or completely block your access to your blog. Say what, now? Yup. This post from a fellow blog designer talks a little bit about it, it's … [Continue reading]

Let’s Talk About It

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When a famous person dies, I usually experience some sort of shock "Wait, what? Who? No way!" but not much more beyond that. The only time I remember experiencing something more was when Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away - that's one time I've truly felt the world had lost someone great, that somehow the world was a little less now that he was gone. But last night was different - for hours I couldn't shake the sadness I felt after finding out Robin Williams had passed away. I was, and still am, honestly heartbroken. No, I never met him but he was still a part of my life. I have so many … [Continue reading]

Book Review: The Casual Vacancy

Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling Read The Casual Vacancy Amazon | iBooks | GoodReads Summany When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the … [Continue reading]

250 Orders

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Today I reached a - kind of crazy to me - milestone for my Etsy shop. I completed 250 orders. That's 250 times that someone has purchased something from my little shop, either a Blogger template, an art print or maybe a business card. Which is crazy, right? I mean, I know some shops have thousands of orders but 250 feels big to me. I still remember very clearly the day I opened the shop - cue me really embarrassed because etsy was something my mom did and here I was being like my mom, which is totally uncool, right? but I sold, and it was crazy. There's been a lot of re-thinking how things … [Continue reading]

The 1st Trimester

1st Trimester

First, I want to say thank you for all the congratulations/good wishes whether here on the blog, or on social media. You guys are the best. I feel like before I jump into this post, I should make some sort of disclaimer - I will not become a mommy blogger and there won't be weekly bump dates. Sorry, not sorry. It seems silly, telling you all this but I needed to get it out, phew. Now that that is out of the way, I am going to sort of go against it and talk about my first trimester (ours? should I be including the baby/fetus on this, is it its first trimester as well? This weird.) This is … [Continue reading]

Summertime Blues

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I think we've all heard of the winter blues... you know in March when you're done with the snow and cold and all you want is a peek of the sun? I think I'm having that but opposite - summertime blues. I am done with summer. DONE. Give me overcast days, cold air and frost on the ground, cardigans, boots and a hot cup of tea. I know there's gotta be someone out there thinking, "Fran. You're crazy". And maybe I am. But living in El Paso is sucking the happy out of my soul with every day that has temperatures over 90. We turned our AC in February or March for pete's sake. That's a … [Continue reading]

Life Lately


41 days. That's how long it's been since I last blogged and I'm not entirely sure how it even happened. It just did. I don't really believe in apologizing from stepping away from one's blog to you know... live life, but I also felt like I had to acknowledge that I kind of skimped out on my blog for over a month for no other reason that I just wasn't feeling it. But it's time. I mean, even my husband has been pestering me about not blogging. To the point where yesterday he turned to me and said in an honestly concerned voice — "Babe. You need to blog. People are going to start … [Continue reading]

Vegas, Baby!

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Lance: "So, would you rather I got you a gift or take a trip somewhere?" Me: "I guess a trip, we already have more stuff than we need... where are you thinking?" Lance: *turns laptop around to show* Me: "DONE. WHY are you even asking me?! Book it!" And that's how we ended up going to Las Vegas for our 4-year anniversary. This is probably the single most spontaneous trip we've ever taken haha. We spent 4 nights there and it was crazy fun and crazy exhausting. I cannot remember a time my feet hurt as much as they did on our last day in the city. Our days consisted of a lot of … [Continue reading]

Fangirl Book Trailer

Fangirl book trailer

Guys!! I made a book trailer! For my YA Materials class we had to pick a book that we did a book talk on (yes, I also had to do a book talk yikes!) and I chose to do one on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It kind of sucks, but I don't care! So here's my Fangirl Book Trailer - and if you're interested here's the review I wrote on Fangirl a while back :) In other news, guess what?! We're going to Vegas! It's our anniversary tomorrow and we're going to Vegas! A few weeks ago, Lance and I were sitting on the couch. He was on his laptop when he turns to me and says "Ok, would you rather I … [Continue reading]