LIVERversary – year #5

Where do I even begin?

If you were to tell me 5 years ago that I would have just tucked my three healthy little girls into their beds I would have thought you were crazy.  How would that even be possible when I was working my hardest to keep our 6 month old daughter alive?

5 years ago at 7:00am I had just said goodbye and good luck to our sweet baby Bea.  Jordan was about to roll me back for surgery and Dad was sitting with Bea as the nurses and doctors prepped her to receive her new (or we like to say “pre owned) liver.

Thinking back to that time seems so surreal.  For months prior, we were living minute by minute monitoring her health, her decline in health, her test results, and her medications.  We were filled with worry, fear, exhaustion, helplessness and hope.  We were uncertain if our 6 month old would survive such a long and complicated surgery.

5 years later, I wish I could look at that new mom and tell her it will be okay.  More than okay.  I wish I could tell her that 5 years later, her family is thriving.

Her daughter is healthy.  Her daughter is protected…she is fully vaccinated.

She will recover seamlessly from the surgery and go on and have 2 more babies.  And those babies will be healthy.  Her family will be better for going through such a trying time.  She will live in gratitude and a deep pull to give back to all that have given so much to her.

She will cherish the small moments.

She will be happy and although she still worries, she does NOT constantly think of her daughter as a liver transplant recipient. Instead, she thinks of her as a loving big sister, a tender hearted little girl, a joy, and a miracle.

A true blessing.

We don’t know what the next 5 years looks like – or the next 5 months for the matter – but today, we are celebrating our little girl and the incredible gift she is to us all.


We are in awe of you.  Your strength, love, and empathy knows no bounds and I can’t imagine a life without you in it.  And thanks to all of our doctors and nurses at CCHMC, we won’t have to.  We are proud of you, Bea.



It takes the whole family to keep Bea healthy and you provide us all with the best medicine – laughter.  Your patience, love, and funny jokes keeps our family positive and confident.  We love you and are so proud of the little girl you are.  I am lucky to have you as the cream in the oreo.





night routine


I haven’t been on here in forever but wanted to come back mainly as a placeholder for this post!  With the new crazy life of being a stay at home mom, Instagram and Instagram stories have just been WAY easier for me.  I hope I get back in the swing of things and post more to the blog but in the meantime, check out my instagram


Okay, onto the fun stuff!

I have had a ton of questions about make up and skincare routines.  I have been super minimalistic when it comes to those things but have rededicated myself to taking care of all things health and that includes my skin!

Please see below for the products I am CURRENTLY using.  Sometimes this changes or I get introduced to something new but I have been on this regimen for months and have been loving it!

Before I start anything listed below, I use a gentle cleanser on my face at night and then apply THIS SK-II toner.


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  1.  After my toner, I use Good Genes which can be found HERE and I love how it has helped even out my skin tone.
  2. Find this french moisturizer HERE – $16 and doesn’t break me out.
  3. OBSESSED with this for my eyes at night and my hands.  It was gifted to be from a friend and I have recommended it to so many.  Find it HERE.
  4. If you love Aquafor and use it on your kids – than you will like this even better.  It really hydrates and love putting this on my lips before bed.  Find it HERE.
  5. If you want a night off and REALLY think your lips need hydrated – do this sleeping ip mask overnight.  You won’t regret it – I use about 1x/week.  Find it HERE.
  6. If your lashes need a little extra lift – put this on in the evening.  Find it HERE.
  7. Once a week I try and use this mask.  I keep it in the refrigerator and the next morning I can definitely notice a new glow to my skin.  Find it HERE.
  8. I also forgot to mention (and it isn’t pictures above) but I LOVE this toothpaste and after all the coffee I drink I think it really helps keep my teeth white!  Find it HERE.


merry everything

I just wanted to pop on here and wish you all a VERY merry holiday season.  We have been so blessed this last year and although we are terribly missing my Dad throughout this holiday season, we know he is to thank for the healthy report card we received in 2019.

All the love from my family to yours.  Merry Christmas and see you back here on the blog in 2020!