Be Able To Be Happy For Others

It’s going to be Christmas soon and I’ve really been thinking hard on something. Have you ever found yourself comparing your life to those around you? I know I have! Even when life is SO GOOD. Social media really makes it so easy to feel bad about yourself haha. Edward always tells me “Look at us even! We only post the highlights of our lives… not the bad real stuff.” Which is so true! Except for you guys – lol you get to hear the bad real stuff.

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Working Woman’s Guide To Surviving The 1st Trimester

The first trimester is not physically difficult for every woman it was, however, for me.  By the End of 17 weeks I had lost 12lbs! And like most women – I also had to work a 40 hour work week. This post is not just for the working mamas though!! This really is a strong list that hopefully helps every kind of woman prepare for the amazing journey she is about to embark on. I know I will come back to this post for my future pregnancy’s to come! Goodluck ladies!

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Harassed By Our Neighbor!

pexels-photo-277870So, today was weird… let me just say that Edward and I have always done our best to be respectful to our neighbors. Sharing a wall means you should always be thoughtful of those around you. We have let a lot of things slide with this particular family and really have let them do some pretty unacceptable things – without creating a stink about it. Maintaining peace amongst the townhouses is really important to us.

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5 Changes We Made – So I Could Be A Stay At Home

Becoming a stay at home mom has always been a dream of mine. The freedom to dedicate all the necessary time to motherhood along with working on my freelance career has always been a goal. Edward and I both wanted this for our daughter but we were afraid to take the plunge. We knew it would mean a significant pay cut up front, but in the long term it would pay for itself. I won’t even get into the horrifying facts of how expensive child care is… I am sure you are well aware. I personally felt – why should I work full time just to pay for someone to do what I want to be doing, raising up my own daughter. So, here are 5 things we did to be able to make the career switch to stay at home mother/freelancer. I am by no means any sort of expert, I am not particularly qualified to advise in finances… this is however what we did to make our dream a reality.

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The Update

So, here we are December 7, 2017 and I have so much to update you guys on! I am currently (as of today) 30 weeks pregnant with our daughter Elizabeth. I’m also a stay at home wife/freelancer, Edward and my brother are running an electrical business, I became an aunt, and I have grown SO MUCH since we last spoke!

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Why I Was Gone…


BR family! Hello, it’s me… *cue Adele* sorry I know that’s an old reference at this point Hahahah. But then again it’s been a really long time since we spoke. Honeslty, after everything that happened in January, I was not ready to come back to this platform for a long time. Edward and I have gone through a lot of really intense things since we all last spoke!!! And I have every intention on filling you in on what’s happened.
Don’t worry – we are all in good health. 😊 and still very much in love. I am however 21 weeks pregnant!!! I was very afraid to talk about this publicly. My baby’s health has been my #1 concern since we found out in May of 2017.

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Looking Backwards 


Do you ever find yourself looking to your past for comfort… too often? Recently, I have caught myself reminiscing about my high school days A LOT. I have many happy memories from that time. Life was so easy to be young and careless! Just driving around, in an old crappy car, blasting music with my friends at the beach. It was like we lived in a cheesy teenage movie. Too often I forget all the hard things I endured during that time. It is easy to romanticize the past….

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Monday Morning


Good morning Babes! 🙂

Today, at work, we are having visitors from Japan so we had to “dress up.” My company is owned by another company, in Japan, and I guess we want them to think we are fancy AF every day or something? haha, I dunno.. I just do what they tell me to do. Work is too much these days. I spend seemingly every waking moment here. 😦 No time for fun spontaneous BR-DIY’s… It’s been like a REALLY hard winter… as you all know. Work has only made things more stressful. But after a pep talk from my hubs, best friend, and mother. I really feel like I know what to do to plan out these next few months of my life.

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Hey guys….

Remember I said that Edward and I had gone through something extremely difficult weeks ago? Well… I still am not ready to talk about it openly yet. Let me just say… we created something between us made from love.. and It left this earth.. I will let you use your reasonable thinking to figure out what that means. I would like to do a more in depth blog post on this topic in the future because I feel like there are SO many women out there going through this alone. I want to use our experience to comfort someone else going through that terrible time in their life.

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Husband Tag


I really want to mix it up today and bring my sweet, handsome, amazing husband onto the blog! 🙂 You guys deserve to know even more about him. So we decided to participate in the Husband Tag!! Here are 38 questions I asked Mr Rivera. Please excuse the curse words hahah. I didn’t want to censor him. I love him for his craziness. 🙂 Enjoy!

Click the follow button, on your right, to see what happens next xoxo. -Kate

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