Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hello! I'm Carolina Charm!

It's hard to believe how much my blog has grown since my very first post more than 4 years ago. I swear I only had two readers for the longest time - my husband and my mom. But over the last couple of years I began to meet so many amazing blog friends and readers (I am so thankful for you all)! These friends watched me prepare for my wedding day, crossed their fingers for Matt's business adventures, toured our homes, tried my recipes, prayed alongside of us during our pregnancies, rejoiced with us as we welcomed two healthy babies and so much more. We've laughed, cried and prayed together quite a bit I'd say!

Whether you've been reading for years or just popped by for the first time today, I'm so happy you're here! Truly! 

So for fun I thought I would give you all a little reintroduction from my recently updated "about me" page.

I'd also love to know who you are too! If you want to play along, feel free to leave a comment with your name, city, blog (if applicable) and how long you've been reading here! Also, if there are any posts you'd love to see more (or less) of, tell me that too! 
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Hey y'all, I'm Christina, the wanna-be southern belle behind Carolina Charm. I am also the wife to Matt and mama to Caroline and Thomas. I grew up in Florida, but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduating from the University of Florida {Go Gators, Tebow, etc}. I am obsessed with cooking, crafting, baking, and blogging. I love my friends, family and Jesus a lot and am incredibly grateful for this life. Grab a cup of coffee {or a glass of wine} and stay awhile!
A deeper dive into my story...

I met the love of my life shortly after moving to Charlotte in 2009. More on that story (here). A year later Matt proposed on top of a mountain and the following year we happily said "I do!" That story (here).  
That same year Matt decided to hang a shingle and opened his own law firm, The Law Office of Matthew T. Marcellino which is now Marcellino & Tyson. Oddly enough, I also work for a large law firm doing non-lawyerly things.
We spent our early newlywed years in our first (cozy little home) before moving to our current home that we love! Full story (here).
Our lives were forever changed for the best when we welcomed Caroline Grace into our family on May 7, 2014. Story (here). 
Fifteen months later our hearts further expanded when we welcomed Thomas Dean to our family on July 11, 2015. Story (here).
And that's the very abbreviated version of our story (so far)!

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70 comments:

  1. Love the reintroduction! I've been reading for a little over a year! I found Natasha's blog and it led me to yours and April's. I'm local with a little one Caroline's age (whose middle name is Caroline) and two older little guys (one with the middle name Thomas) ;). My husband actually works with most of the law firms in the area doing valuation and expert testimony! Excited to continue following as your family grows!

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  2. So sweet :) I live in Florida but hope to one day move to NC too!

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  3. Beautiful recap! I've been reading your blog for a little over a year, and it was one of the reasons I decided to start my own blog. I wanted to capture all of the moments of my life that mean so much! I blog over at Jenuine Happiness (http://jenuinehappiness.blogspot.com/). I'm a Carolina grad, who worked and married in Charlotte. We just moved to Ohio last year and welcomed our baby boy, Benjamin, to the world!

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  4. Loved hearing all about you. I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and I can't wait to learn more about your little family. I too live in NC. However, we live about an hour and a half away from Charlotte in a small town right outside of Greensboro. My husband and I have a daughter who is two and we'll be welcoming another little babe into our family in March of this coming year. Please share all you can about life with two! haha

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  5. Lovely re-introduction! I've been reading for a little over the year and enjoy every post from DIYs, to recipes, to random nights. I blog over at www.champagneandsuitcases.com and also live in Charlotte and work in the exciting world of corporate meeting and event planning!

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  6. Ashley from Washington, Illinois! I discovered your blog about 15 months ago after my daughter was born and it's been one of my favorites ever since! <3

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  7. I've loved following along with your sweet family... and pretty sure I've pinned all kinds of great ideas from you!!

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  8. I'm Alexis. I live in PA. I found your blog via the pumpkin dip recipe and have been following along ever since. I was also pregnant when you were pregnant with Caroline. I was due May 11 (Mother's Day), but he decided to come on April 27. I loved going through "with you." I've blogged once, but hope to get back on the bandwagon soon.

    P.S. Thomas was born in 2015 ;)

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    1. P.P.S. You are my favorite blogger. I look everyday in hopes that you have written!

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  9. I always love reading reintroduction posts! I've been following along with your blog for about two years now (originally through Five on Friday). You can find me over at www.asoutherntwentyfive.blogspot.com... a Columbia native who spent the last five years in Charlotte before recently moving back to Columbia. Hope to see more posts about your cute family of four!

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  10. I love your new About Me! Well, my name is Monica, I blog over at www.jerseygirltexanheart.com and I'm currently located in NJ but plan to move back to TX within the next few years. I've been reading your blog probably when I started blogging again in 2013. I don't know how I stumbled upon your blog I really can't remember but the day I did I started reading all of your posts, especially the wedding posts, you looked so beautiful and happy.

    www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

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  11. What a fun re-introduction, I enjoyed rereading your posts. I've been a reader since your wedding and enjoy your recipes and DIY posts. I blog over at http://pinkypersistence.blogspot.com about life, fitness and pretty much anything, haha.

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  12. Elizabeth from New Orleans, here. I just started a blog theelizabethchronicles.blogspot.com because I loved yours and A Blonde Ambition so much. I really enjoy your blog! I like your crafts and recipes... and all the inbetweens! Hope to read more from you soon!

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  13. I love your page Christina! I have been reading along for about 2 years now. I found Carolina Charm through a pinterest post on your wedding dress! I check up on your blog at least 3 times a week. You have such a beautiful family and your blog has inspired me to start my own. Thank you for sharing! http://bunchofbabble.weebly.com/

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  14. Hi! I'm Kate in Wilmington, NC. I found your blog when I was searching for bloggers to follow in North Carolina. I have a 2-year-old and am currently pregnant with twins, so I've enjoyed reading about your pregnancies. Also love your recipes and decorating posts (love the stencil in the nursery!) and your overall sense of humor about real life -- being a full time working mom with young children! Thank you for sharing!
    PS, Thomas was born in 2015, right? Above says July 2014 =)

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  15. Hello! I am Renata and my little family and I live in sunny (most days) South Florida. I stumbled upon your blog right around the time you made the announcement of your pregnancy with Caroline. I had recently found out I was pregnant (October 2013) and liked following along since you weren't too far ahead. Also, on most days your blog kept my mind off the morning sickness. Your blog is one of my favorites. You are honest and real and I love it. Also, like me you are a full-time working momma and it is nice (And motivating) to know that it even though it is hard, it is possible. I blog over at www.LeaveItToRen.blogspot.com, though I am certain my family is my only audience. Just keep on doing exactly what you are doing! It is evident that your readers adore you, especially because unlike many mommy bloggers out there (Who only respond to comments made by their inner circle) you interact with everyone.

    xx
    Renata

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  16. Love your blog!! I also see your pumpkin dip picture/recipe on facebook all the time!

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  17. Hi! I'm Julia from Hatboro Pennsylvania. I found your blog through my cousin who also went to UF! I love all your crafting ideas and Friday favorites! I love going through your blog when I am in a bad mood and it totally cheers me up with all the kind positive things that you post about! Keep being you because you are a great mom and blogger!

    Julia

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  18. Love the reintroduction! Hi! I'm Carly in Charleston, SC. I blog at soak and simmer. Most of my posts are either about weekend/travel adventures or some of my new favorite things.

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  19. I just love your little blog! Kelly from Knoxville, Tn here! Hoping to move to the north carolina state next year! :)

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  20. Love this quick, but detailed account of how much you've come :) I've been a reader since you were pregnant with Caroline and love reading your posts :)

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  21. your family is seriously the cutest. and can i just say you were the PRETTIEST bride! my father started his law firm from the ground up, kudos to your husband for taking that leap of faith, I know first hand how much hard work goes into it!

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  22. I loved re-learning about you!! I've been following along since before Caroline and have loved watching your sweet family form!!

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  23. Kiki from Charlotte here! I started reading your blog when you were pregnant with Caroline. Y'all have a sweet family life. Off to read about how you two met!

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  24. Your pictures - just beyond!!!! It's been great fun following your story!

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  25. Hi, I'm Jessika and I'm in the Phoenix area. I've been reading since sometime in 2012, and at this point I'm not even sure how I stumbled on to your blog but I love it! We were both pregnant around the same time and I actually had my second baby girl a day before you had your first :] I have a little blog call Its a Tait Thing , but I'm a little inconsistent with updating so its really just for memory sake! You have the sweetest little family and I wish you all the best in the days and years to come!

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  26. LOVED reading this all again - what an amazing journey my friend x

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  27. Hi! I'm Kaylee and have been reading for the past 3 years. I'm a senior at Ohio State (and pre-law, I have lots of similarities with your Matt!), and my boyfriend Matt will forever be grateful that almost all of my recipes come from your blog. I love getting craft and food recipes from your blog, decorating tips, and watching your sweet family grow. I don't blog but look forwars to yours, and love that it's been more frequent as of late. Thanks for all the inspiration :)

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  28. Hi! I'm Sonia and I'm currently living in New York, NY (for about a year and a half), but grew up in Charlotte, NC and lived there until I got married last May! I found your blog when you had reviewed edoughables and then slowly got addicted to the blog because you talk about Charlotte and I truly miss Charlotte so much! I've been thinking about starting a blog but haven't quite made the plunge yet, but I really enjoy reading yours!

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  29. Love this! I've been reading for maybe two years? From Dallas but living in Denver, Colorado - with two boys and a little girl on the way! It's been fun following your journey!

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  30. Love the re-introduction! (Slight typo... Thomas was born in 2015... ;) )

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  31. Hi! I'm Noe, and I am from South America, yeap you read that right ;) I've been a faithful reader ever since I saw someone share your first Pregnancy anouncement on IG :) loved to read your bump dates with Caroline specially because of the prayers you had at the end of each post. Sweetest thing ever. I continued to follow your pregnancy with Thomas Dean, and I always prayed to one day be blessed with a precious baby, I am now 11 weeks pregnant ... :) So I continue to enjoy every post, because I have already learned so much through you :)

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  32. Great post idea! I love reading your blog and have been a follower for a few years now (we actually decided to go to the same honeymoon resort after reading your review!) I live right outside of Orlando and blog over at hangingwiththehirsts.blogspot.com. Love reading about life and the babies!

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  33. Hi Christine, I'm Amy and I blog over at www.asmithstory.com. I love reading your blog and have been following along ever since you started the 5 on Friday. I found you through Darci's blog and have enjoyed reading along. Your Caroline and my Avery were actually due the same day, so it was fun to follow you through our pregnancies. Your family is so cute! We live in St. Louis, MO with our 2 kiddos and 2 pups. :-) We are closing on a new-to-us home tomorrow and are planning to do a ton of renovations. I imagine that will keep us busy for the next few months/years and I'll be blogging all about it. It was fun reading your recent home tour post. I'm always looking for inspiration for our new home. :-)

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  34. Brittany from Georgia! I have been reading for 2.5 years. Definitely one of my favorite blogs!

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  35. Toni from Michigan and been reading you for a few years now. Found you through Hello Happiness blog. 😊

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  36. Hi Christina! Love the reintroduction! I've been reading about 6 months or so and love keeping up with a fellow Florida Gator! :) I'm Gentry and I blog over at girlmeetsbow.blogspot.com and live in Florida. I love your posts on home and family- you have great style and your kiddos are the cutest! Thanks for connecting with us! XO

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  37. Love the re-introduction :) I found you when I was pregnant with our girl (who came in April of 2014) and have loved following along, especially as you welcomed Thomas as I am due with our boy at the end of this year! I live in Hawaii and you can find me blogging over at www.natashabyrd.com/blog Oh, and we are totally going to use your tutorial for a farmhouse table. Thanks!

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  38. I've been reading for a couple of years now. I'm from upstate SC. I blog mainly about my kids (4 and 20 months) but try to incorporate things in between ;)

    alanandcrystal.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm a fellow Christina and love keeping up with your blog - since the New Year started! I love reading all about your family adventures, recipes and such. You can find me at http://christinaandderek.blogspot.com.

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  40. I've been reading since a little before you had Caroline. I think I found you through the Five Friday Favorites link up. I'm in Pasadena, CA with our two (soon to be three) kiddos. You can find me blogging at bigcitymouse.com

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  41. I'm Amanda and I just stumbled upon your blog in December 2012. Truly it was a random thing where I was like hmmm this looks neat. As I read your entries it hit me...I knew your last name. After a bit more reading I realized how...your mother in law worked with my mom at the local elementary school here in Mocksville, NC. It is small big world right? Your blog inspired me to start my own and so I did in January 2013. I love your recipes, keep them coming! Say hi sometime over at abrownieworld.blogspot.com

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  42. Love it!! I have been reading your blog for almost a year now! I always enjoy it and love reading about your life! I have made quite a few of your recipes (always delicious) and your kids are the cutest things ever!! I am from Houston, TX and my blog can be found at www.livinlovinandlotsoflaughter.blogspot.com.

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  43. Hi! Sarah from walterspartyof3.blogspot.com I'm not sure how I stumbled across your blog but I believe it was right after you got married! I enjoyed following along your pregnancy with Caroline as I became pregnant with our Caroline in January 2014 so it was nice to follow along and also see what to expect on the road up ahead! We're in a small town between Winston and Greensboro--Kernersville. I love following along your sweet family!

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  44. I love following along with your sweet and beautiful family! I started reading your blog right before you announced your pregnancy with Caroline, and have been a follower ever since! I can be found at believeinthesparks.com.

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  45. Hi I'm Jessica and I found your blog through the Five on Friday posts. I think I found it through SevenLayerCharlotte. I've been reading your posts for a little over a year and I love your blog. You're so down to earth and sweet! I live in San Diego, CA and just recently starting blogging in May. I am still VERY new to blogging and trying to figure it all out. I'm having a lot of fun so far though! Please check out my blog: www.beingbradfords.com

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  46. Hi! Love your blog. I've been reading for a couple of years and recently started my own blog. I plan on focusing on dealing with my child's crazy hair! I'll also be doing recipes and DIY stuff. I love when you post stuff of the kids but I enjoy your party/event details, restaurant reviews, and of course recipes. Definitely check out my blog: momsmaneadventure.wordpress.com

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  47. I have been following your blog for at least 2 years now - LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! You're one of my favorite bloggers to follow along with :)

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  48. So cute! I was introduced to your blog via the Five on Friday linkups right when you found out you were pregnant with Caroline! My name is Brittany and I live in a suburb of Dallas with my husband, Brandon, our 19-month-old son, Walker, and our crazy cat, Oliver. My blog is: www.brittanywhitacre.com. :)

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  49. My name is Melissa obviously. I reside in Michigan with my husband Jonathon and son Miles who was also born on 7.11.2015. I've been reading your blog for about three years. I do not currently have a blog.

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  50. Hi! I'm Caroline in Charlotte! I started reading your blog when I was pregnant with my 8 month old, Nora Beth, and I read every single weekly update from your pregnancy with Caroline. I'm the marketing manager of my mom's company Suzeebee and a freelance PR and social media manager for a few local clients. I blog at www.happilywedhappilyfed.com!

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  51. I'm Owen over at http://thedavisduo-owendavis.blogspot.com/?m=1. I live in Greenville, NC and have been reading for at least a year. I totally feel like I know you which is why I love your blog so much! I love personal posts about family and everyday life :) xoxo

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  53. Hi, I'm Lindsey! I stumbled upon your blog from Natasha's over 2 years ago during a link up and have been a regular reader ever since! :) I am from Frederick, Maryland, where I live with my husband of over 4 years, Rob, our 18 month old daughter, Eloise, and our sweet Yorkie, Lilly. I went to a small liberal arts college in northern Maryland and am now an analyst for a regulator of the securities industry. I love crafting, coffee, wine, and entertaining family and friends. I really enjoy your blog; it's been so fun to watch your family grow!

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  54. So cute!!! I'm Courtney and have been reading your blog for over a year now. I live in Myrtle Beach, SC and have two kiddos (17 months apart, 5yo daughter and 4yo son). My husband and I both went to a small liberal arts college in Spartanburg, but didn't meet until after he finished law school. You have the cutest kids and I love your blog!

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  55. I love this post - it was a great opportunity to catch up on some of the things I hadn't seen before. I'm Elizabeth of DetroitDuchess.com and started reading when I started my blog in 2013. I've never read your intro post before and had no idea that you were a PR gal too-no wonder I love reading your blog :)

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  56. aww i love this :) the family photos are so sweet. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  57. Hi Christina! Joanna from Virginia here! Loyal CC reader for...oh I don't know, a few years now i guess?? Back before we became mamas to our girls and our primary blog content was travels, diy home decor and gourmet recipes- my how life changes! (you actually still cover most of those things... me, not so much... hah!) Love the re-introduction, you're always so much fun to follow!

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  58. Hi Christina! Love your blog! I found your blog about 2 years ago through a wedding website where you were featured. I always enjoy your posts! I blog over at www.Lifeongloverlane.blogspot.com. I really appreciate your posts about Caroline's bows and all things baby-related that you like. I'd love to hear your thoughts on baby registry must haves as I'm expecting my first baby in December. Oh, and I'm in Charlotte :) So maybe we could meet someday.

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  59. Hello Caroline, I have never commented on any of your posts, though, I'm always looking forward to them! I've been a reader of yours for at least the past couple of years if not more :) -Ella from Helsinki, Finland

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  60. What a sweet recap! Hi, I'm Whitney. I've been reading your blog since your pre-Caroline married days. I love reading about your family, your recipes and parties you throw. I have hopes to one day make my husband a golf cake like you made yours this year. I blog at Polka-Dotty Place - http://polka-dottyplace.blogspot.com/. I always appreciate your replies and my daughter Olive has a darling bow collection thanks to your recommendation of Julia's Bowtique

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  61. I'm Chelsey, from Northwest Ohio! I've been reading your blog for a year and a half or so, but I'm drawing a blank on how I stumbled upon it! :) Was just looking at the post about how you & Matt met...you guys got married the week before my husband & I! Looking forward to posts about your kids, because we just had our 2nd (13 months apart)!

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  64. Hi! I've been following you for about 3 years now. I emailed you awhile back about a post you wrote about body image and your sweet husband. I still reflect on that email/post when I'm feeling not so awesome! I've been living in NYC for about 9 years now and I blog over at www.alifereframed.com. I love all your posts, especially the recipes which I love trying out!
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    Gina

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  65. Love this little recap!! You have some amazing baking skills that I'm always so impressed with. I love following along on your journey as a family of four as we are about to welcome our 2nd child in the next couple of weeks. I love some good day in the life posts and how to tackle 2 under two!!! I think I've been following along now for atleast 2 years and love that you are a fellow Florida Gator!!! woo hoo. -Annie
    HomeofMalones

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  66. I came across your blog through a google search for southern blogs, I've been reading for the last 2 years, I love the 5 on friday, I also love your recipes my favorite is the caprese pizza dip. I also love reading your favorite baby items. I'm from not too far away from Charlotte a small town Abbeville SC

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  67. I've been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Caroline and I love reading all about your adventures as a now family of 4. I am a California girl, living in the San Francisco Bay Area but am soon relocating to New Jersey for my husband's job. I have 2 babies also and blog at Heylittlemomma.blogspot.com

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  68. I have been reading your blog for almost a year now. I started reading when I was pregnant with our daughter and I followed your pregnancy updates. I loved how you dressed that cute baby bump. Now I enjoy your family life posts on handling two small kids. Its encouragement for me as I am so nervous on how I could possibly handle 2 little babes. But you make it look super fun, and I appreciate that you are honest that its not easy. I am a young working mom in Kentucky and can't wait to follow your family as you grow.

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  69. Hey there! I'm Deneene. I currently live outside of Charleston, SC. I moved here from Indiana, PA 10(!!) years ago. Time has flown!! I seriously just found your blog today through the 5 for Friday linkup. I'm always looking for other bloggers that are relatively local to me. I have cousins that live in Waxhaw, so we visit your area a few times a year.

    I blog at http://www.southernlivingyankee.blogspot.com.

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