Big Announcement

July 26, 2013


Have you figured it out yet? Yes, that’s right! We’re pregnant with baby #2!!!!! We are so excited!!

I have been dying to shout it from the rooftops, but we decided it was best to wait until I was in the clear before making it official.

Baby Kerns #2 is due February 10, 2014 and I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with all my amazing readers.

So, far this pregnancy has been very different. I’m much more moody (sorry to all those who’ve been in the crossfire of my mood swings), my decent complexion has gone out the window, and my morning sickness has not been as bad. It’s definitely interesting to see how many differences each pregnancy has. That and I feel like I look like I’m 6 months pregnant already. I swear the moment I got pregnant; my belly blew up like a balloon. ;)

Thank you to all my lovely readers for following along. You guys are the first people to know about baby #2 so feel free to spread the news and brag about how you knew before it becomes “Facebook Official”! ;)

Love you all!


I love this last picture. It was taken right after we found out we were pregnant. We asked Mason to kiss his baby brother or sister and there was no hesitation. He's such a sweet, loving little boy. 

{Special thank you to my wonderful friend, Angela Ballard, for taking these awesome pictures!}
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Rotors and Ribs

July 22, 2013


In June we had the privilege to head to a local airport and be a part of the Rotors and Ribs event. Jordan had volunteered to help out, so Mason and I headed over later that morning to see daddy. However, I wasn't really prepared for all that we’d see or all the emotions I would feel.

Mason, of course, was beyond thrilled at seeing all the helicopters flying in and around. One owner was even kind enough to let Mason sit in his helicopter.

The event featured ribs from Tony’s in Findlay, OH, a spot famous among helicopter pilots. Apparently they were delicious too. This mama wasn't feeling BBQ that morning. ;)

There were helicopter fly ins majority of the day which was so cool to see. It was a cloudy, windy morning, but we had a blast. Speaking of blast, the US Army helicopter did a special air show, flying around showing us what our incredible servicemen and women are trained to do. Part of their show involved setting off some ground bombs. It was pretty amazing.

One of the best parts of the day was seeing some local veterans honored. They spoke about each veteran and what branch they were in, and then they took them all on an honor flight. {lump in throat} There’s something about my patriotic heart that gets tears flowing when I’m among great men and women like.

I was also moved when I got to see a Vietnam War helicopter there. My dad is a Vietnam Veteran and I know he flew in some of those helicopters so it was pretty amazing to picture my dad sitting in one.

From good food and entertainment to helicopter rides; it was a great event and I can’t wait for next year.


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Brownies Made with Beans!?!

July 15, 2013

Yes, you read that correctly and before you stop reading you have to trust me when I tell you that they are good! Taste tested and approved by the world’s pickiest 2 year old.

My good friend had given me a recipe for black bean brownies not too long along and I’ve wanted to make them, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I have been trying to sneak as much protein and vegetables into foods that I know Mason will actually eat. My plan was to make the black bean brownies, but I was missing a few ingredients because they are basically from scratch. So, I opted for the easy way out.

I always have a box mix of brownies in the pantry. I love brownies and you never know when you need a brownie, right ladies?

Anyway, Mason seems to love brownies as much as I do, so I decided one night to whip up a batch, but when I got into the cabinet I noticed I still had a can of cannellini beans and the light bulb turned on.

When Mason was a tad younger he was having weight issues and his pediatrician suggested that I take cannellini beans, puree them, and add them to his food (like applesauce, cereal, etc.). She said they puree well, they’re high in protein, and you can’t taste them when mixing them with other foods. So, while Mason got over his hump of be really underweight, he ate a lot of cannellini beans and didn’t even know it.

Ok…so for the protein packed easy peasy brownies {until I make the black bean ones}.

Take a can of cannellini beans, rinse, and puree them.
Add them to a box brownie mix.
Follow the instructions on the box, but only use 1/3 of the oil it calls for.
Bake and voila!



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July 10, 2013

I’m a sucker for Broadway musicals and it’s a dream of mine to see something on Broadway someday. Until then I’ll enjoy Broadway musicals shown on a local stage and pretend I’m on Broadway. There's no harm in pretending, right?

This past May I was finally able to see a musical I've been dying to see for ages, Wicked, and it lived up to the hype.

Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. The plot begins before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz from Kansas and includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum’s novel.

The music is new, creative, and funny. There’s humor built into the show and it’s different, but that’s what makes it so special.

It’s definitely a musical I would see again and again. I totally would recommend that if it comes to your area that you should see it. It’s worth every penny. I wouldn’t recommend younger children seeing it though.

For tour dates please visit here


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Boys Will Be Boys

July 8, 2013

What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails,
And puppy dog tails.
That’s what little boys are made of.

Growing up with a sister and only girl cousins for the longest time, I wasn’t quite used to being around boys on a regular basis and therefor didn’t really realize what I was getting myself into raising a little boy.

I’m blessed to have the sweetest little boy to call my own and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but he is truly a boy and does the weirdest things that apparently are completely normal.

From tooting all the time and thinking it’s hilarious, to smelling his stinky socks every day after I take off his shoes, to eating dirt, and chasing frogs….and to me, no matter how weird it is….it’s the cutest thing ever!

Honestly, having a boy has helped lighten me up a bit. I don’t mind getting dirt on my hands and getting sticky from candy or popsicles, or having grass all over my floor, or chasing after frogs just so my little munchkin can hold it. It’s actually pretty fun. Who would've thought?

I’m so thankful for my little super hero who lights up my world every day. I’m looking forward to the many adventures he will take me on.


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Independence Day

July 4, 2013

I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free; and I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me.

I love that song and I love this time of year. I’m not sure what it is other than pride for my country, but whenever this time of year rolls around I feel like I have a constant lump in my throat and I’m ready to burst out in tears. The love I have for this country {even all its corruption} makes me an emotional blubbery fool and I’m ok with that. ;)

We live in a country that provides us with so many opportunities. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. It’s an honor to call myself an American.

I know many may disagree and that’s ok. There is plenty I wish was different about this country, but when I look at my family and friends who fight for my freedom, I’m even more thankful for this country and the men and women who stand up for it.

So, today as you celebrate with you family and friends by eating delicious food, watching a parade, watching fireworks, and enjoying one another; don’t forget to remember and honor all of the men and women over the last hundreds of years who fought to create independence in America. J

Today we celebrate you America. Thank you for the independence you have fought for!

Happy 4th of July!


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