Hey there, I'm Rebecca! I am a believer, proud military wife, Mama of 4; 2 in Heaven and 2 here with us. I’m originally from Florida, but we moved to Ohio about three years ago and I honestly LOVE the change. Dayton was quick to feel like home to us, and we've definitely been enjoying the seasons! Being a Mom is the happiest full-time job, but I love making the time to keep up with my personal interests as well. I run a blog and Instagram @theivynest; where I share a bit of our story and everyday life, along with my love of home decor and keeping things simple. Life is definitely busy, but I truly believe that it is equally as beautiful when we choose to see it that way!

The Wave of Light {Remembering All of the Little Lives Lost Too Soon}

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Tonight at 7 p.m. all around the world, people will be taking part in what we call the ‘wave of light’; where we light a...

Soaking Up the Slow Mornings {The Bright Side of Quarantine Life}

These last five months have been anything but normal for all of us. In fact, it has been the exact opposite. Our world has been flipped upside down, preschool has been canceled, Daddy has...

Mom and Dad Can Still Have Fun!

There once was a time where every single encounter was an adventure, date nights out were a weekly if not twice-weekly thing, uninterrupted conversations were the norm, and quality time was at an all-time...

Celebrating National Ice Cream Day, One Scoop at a Time! {July 19}

Let me just start by saying, and I think I can speak for most of us when I say this… I have a new favorite holiday! Sunday, July 19 is National Ice Cream Day! I’ve always been...

5 Tips for Keeping a Happy Home

I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “Happy wife, happy life.” Well, this wife fully believes that happiness begins within the home. We can walk in the front door of our homes and instantly...

Raising Rainbow Babies {Navigating Motherhood after Loss}

“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of any storm. When a rainbow appears, it does not mean the storm never happened or that we are not...

Finding Your Tribe

Growing up I used to think that I was capable of maintaining an infinite number of friendships, that surely there would never be a day that I would feel ‘lonely,’ and that childhood best...

The Twenty Minute Tidy

Picture this. You walk in the door from doing preschool drop-off and are immediately hit with the reality of your very ‘lived-in’ home. Dishes leftover from making the kids’ breakfast, a basket of half-folded...

Even Good Moms Deserve a Time-Out

"Mama… Mommy… Mom… MOM!!!!" I hear my little man yell this from the other room just as I sat down to eat something for the first time today. It’s 2:30 p.m. at this point by...

Meal Planning Saved My Sanity

It’s almost 5 o’clock, which means my husband will be home from work soon, the baby is about to start her witching hour, and our 4-year-old will suddenly act like he hasn’t been fed...

When the Holidays Are Hard

December brings a certain magical chill to the air, then almost as if it's overnight, there are twinkle lights everywhere, the aisles are flooded with all things merry, and carols play from every speaker...

Fight for Your Fairytale

3,836 days. That is how long it’s been since we stood up in front of our family and friends and shared our sweet vows. Vows to spend the rest of our days making each...

Taming the Helicopter Mom Within Me

We all know that Mom; the one who hovers and is a bit overprotective. We’ve seen her in her full glory at the playground, school drop off, swim lessons, or even the grocery store....

Making Memories in the Mess

Extra-large white paper, the perfect palette of paints, and brand new brushes sat before my toddler. I had everything set up to take a picture (for Instagram) of course. In true Mom-balancing act fashion,...