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The end of the world as we know it

So you know that feeling when life has finally fallen into a comfortable groove?

When you have a schedule, a sense of predictability and relative calm?

There’s only one cure for that.

Get a puppy.

Perhaps this is the first step on our journey to accepting that our prayers for another baby will go unanswered.

The idea of bringing another warm, cozy creature to love into our home has brought us to the decision to turn our life upside down.

We went in search of a breed that would be:

  • allergy friendly (I’m allergic)
  • low to no-shedding (because, duh)
  • intelligent
  • child friendly
  • calm (eventually)

That’s quite a list of requirements, right?

After looking at breed after breed, we decided upon a North American Retriever, or Double Doodle.

What’s that? Well, it’s complicated. Sort of.

It’s the result of breeding a labradoodle (labrador retriever and poodle) with a goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle).

That’s a lot of oodle.

Once we found our breeder, and asked her a million and two questions, there was no turning back.

And yesterday, our sweet puppy was finally born!

One of these delicious babies will join our family on October 6th.

doubledoodle puppies, north american retriever puppies, newborn doubledoodles, double doodle puppies

It’s safe to say that I’ve looked at this photo no fewer than 812 times since we got it yesterday. Seriously…the cute is just too much!

So, for the next eight weeks, we’re going to do crazy things, like sleep, relax, NOT get up every two hours all night long only to stand outside and beg a puppy to pee already! (My lovely friend Tonya just brought her puppy home this week and I’m not sure if I want to talk with her or avoid her in these early days because she’s scaring me!)

And this is where I beg ask you for your tips and advice.

  • What do we need to know?
  • Do you know anyone who has a Double Doodle? Labradoodle? Goldendoodle?
  • What do you wish you’d known?
  • What is the best brand of earplugs to block out the sound of a yelping puppy? Kidding. Sort of.

If you’d like more information about Double Doodles, Labradoodles or Goldendoodles, I can’t recommend our breeder, Sierra Vista Labradoodles strongly enough. They continue to impress us with their knowledge, responsiveness, professionalism and kindness. You can see current litters by visiting their puppy page.

Watery joy

joy  n. \joi\
a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.

bathtub ducky, rubber ducky

Take two delicious kids, a tub filled with water, a stray rubber duck and a box of bathtub crayons and you have a tub filled with joy.

Life should always be this simple.

My absolute favorite summer products…

Summer love, summer products, Santa Cruz lemonade, Elevate the Everyday, Essie Cascade Cool, Skinny Girl Vodka, e.l.f. lipgloss


Summer is my favorite season.
But this year, I spent the first half of it so busy that I missed out on so much of the joy of summer.
Now that I’ve managed to dig myself out and refocus on what’s most important, I’m determined to make the most of what’s left.
So, I thought I’d share with you some of the things that are bringing me small moments of joy.
(This post is NOT sponsored, but if Santa Cruz wanted to send me a case of lemonade, I wouldn’t say no!)

1. Santa Cruz Organic Mango Lemonade

I can’t get enough of this lemonade.

Lemonade is a summer must, but the mango flavor in this one makes it even more wonderful!

2. Skinny Girl Coconut Vodka

Sometimes? I add this to the mango lemonade.

3. Elevate the Everyday, by Tracey Clark

I am in love with this photography book and it’s helping me to capture

more of those fleeting moments of summer.

(I had the pleasure of meeting Tracey recently and she is every bit as lovely as her photography.)

4. Essie nail polish in Cascade Cool

I don’t typically wear bright colors, but this polish is fabulous and I may just finish the bottle before summer is over.

5. e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss in Blossom

This gloss was given to me by my friend Kelly and it’s become my go-to gloss this summer.
The texture is perfect and the color is subtle, yet pretty.
All of my pricey lip glosses are taking a backseat to this perfect gloss.

What are your favorite products this summer?

I’d love to know what small things are bringing you moments of summertime joy.

Please share!

Where’s the water?

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while.

I’ve had so many things that I’ve wanted to share—thoughts, things that I love, stories about the kids—but I’ve second guessed everything.

I’ve psyched myself out, I think. Writing for SheKnows and allParenting has changed how I see writing, which is both good and bad.

When I sit down to write here on itsm, I stare at the computer, feeling all this weird pressure, like I need to write an article.

This blog started as a place to share the small moments and I’ve lost sight of that along the way.

I keep forgetting that I have the freedom to write anything I want here.

In this space, I can live in the moment.

So, I’m going to try that, because I love it here and I want to spend more time with you.

I’m going to start off my sharing this video because it brings me so much joy.

When your child is speech delayed, every word carries magic.

We had the fountain in our yard removed because it was a yellow jacket magnet.

Matthew came down after his nap and immediately noticed that it was gone…

(Also? Why can’t I ever remember to turn my iPhone on its side when I take video?)

5 Things: A birthday letter to my daughter

Dear Katie,

We just celebrated your fifth birthday, my sweet girl.

Now that you’re getting older, I often wonder what you’ll remember about your childhood.

Will you remember that your daddy and I decided to forgo the big birthday party in favor of spending the day celebrating you, just the four of us?

Will you remember that you awoke to a bedroom filled with pink and light blue balloons? Daddy and I snuck them in the night before and nearly woke you up. Who knew balloons were so loud?

balloons, birthday letter

Will you remember that we continued our birthday breakfast tradition with birthday cake pancakes?

birthday cake pancakes, birthday letter

Will you remember spending the afternoon at the park?

playground, birthday letter

Will you remember asking for oatmeal for your birthday dinner?

oatmeal, birthday letter

Will the presents that we gave you be happy memories?

Will you remember your initial disappointment when you saw that I made you a white cake (not light blue!)?

blowing out candles

Or will you remember the joy you felt when I cut your cake open to reveal what I had hidden inside for you?

birthday cake, layer cake

If you remember nothing else, Katie, please remember these five things…

You have blessed our lives with your amazing little spirit.

We cherish each and every day we have with you.

You are beautiful both inside and out.

Mommy and Daddy love you with an intensity that we could have never imagined.

You were so worth the wait.

With a heart brimming with love for you,


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Nichole Beaudry @NicholeBeaudry Location: Northern California
Each and every day, I strive to appreciate the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments, the moments that, when strung together, form a lifetime.
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