Weekly Rustlings


After the insane week we’ve had, this is how I’m happily spending the last day of my 20s. What are you doing today? –Annie

Turning Thirty

turningthirty It is really strange how things just seem to work out sometimes. When I was very young, thirty seemed like forever away. I imagined I’d be married, have kids, and living a happy life somewhere warm. That was all I wanted. Then in high school and beyond, I pictured myself having a great career. I was looking for someone to settle down with but I kept pushing off the age at which I’d want to see myself completely settled down. As my 20s progressed, I became so lost searching for myself. Now, at 30, I realize all that searching pretty much lead me back to the start but after 10 years, I’m now less naive, more skeptical, happier, healthier, and feeling just as young as I felt in my 20s, if not younger some days!

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Mamahood Advice from Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough

Hello there, Under the Oaks readers! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at Girl Versus Dough – mainly about yummy foods, but also sometimes about the little love of my life, my baby daughter Avery. I’m going on a year now with life as a mom so while I can’t say I’m by any means an expert on all things baby, I do know a thing or two about scrubbing mashed avocado out of a rug, teething tantrums and changing a blown-out diaper in the back of a car on the side of the road in the middle of a cornfield. Aren’t you excited to read more already?

But in all seriousness, Annie asked me to write today a little bit about my experience with the whole “work/life” balance thing as a new mama – something I must admit I’m still trying to figure out. But I’ll start at the beginning and work my way toward the present, and hopefully you can glean a thing or two from my experiences.

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Weekly Rustlings

IMG_0707.JPG Last week, while in a tired stupor, I requested a 52 week vacation from work. You know, like a sabbatical. My boss reasonably declined my request. I don’t have any children to tend to, I’m not sick, and I’m not currently pursuing higher education.

However, now that I am fully rested I wonder, was it really that crazy of a request? Continue reading

Wedding Dress turned Baptismal Gown

gown (photo on left by Megan Kime Photography)

I’m not sure where I first got this idea but as soon as I heard about ladies turning their wedding dresses into baptismal gowns for their kids, I knew I’d be doing that also. I’m not into preserving a dress I’ll never wear again or trying to find space to keep it. It’s been hard enough keeping it this long in a closet! About six months into pregnancy I asked around and found a seamstress, Christina from Istina Designs, that was willing to make the transformation.

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