you seem so much older

Last week, my friend Maggie and I launched a podcast called Around the Table. This week, we released our second episode!

In episode 002, we talk about birthdays, hosting guests, and navigating social obligations when visiting home. 

If you want to know more about our podcast in general, check it out on iTunes or Stitcher and subscribe while you’re there! You can also subscribe to get email updates for new episodes if you’re so inclined.

We also discuss trips to the dentist, our favorite birthday memories, how to stock your fridge for company, and the pros and cons of social media during visits home!

Some links of note that we discuss in the episode:

You can listen to or download the entire episode here. And we want to hear from you!

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate birthdays? Do you have any go-to birthday gift ideas? What are your tips for hosting friends and family? Any hosting horror stories?

September goals

August 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

September goals

In Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin calls September the “other January.” It’s true, isn’t it? September always means the beginnings of new things for me, even though I’m years past school.

It feels like September started early this year. We got back from vacation, and our schedule was full, new projects were underway, and I was dropping off my husband’s uniform at the dry cleaner.

A little recap of this August that looked like September:

1. Launch podcasts

Episode One of Around the Table published last week, and episode two will go out on Labor Day. the other podcast I’m hosting won’t air its first episode until early September, but I’ve already recorded it so counting that as a win!

2. Sign up for half marathon

December 13th!

3. Make Mike feel loved on his birthday 

It was simple, but Mike said it was one of his favorite birthdays ever. That’s a win!

4. Make a plan for blog redesign

I spent a lot of time this month making a basic website for our podcast. The plan for this blog is to do nothing but pin ideas until January.

5. Flesh out the changes in my role at Naptime Diaries

At first I felt obsolete with new people coming on board to take over many of the tasks I’d done, but it’s been freeing to have more of my Naptime Diaries time to devote to writing, business planning, marketing and social media strategy.

Now, on to the real September:

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What I’m into lately

August 26, 2014 — 2 Comments

At the end of each month, I like to link up with Leigh Kramer to round up some things I’m into. It’s a fun way to share the lighter side of life, since a lot of my blog posts tend to dive deeper!

Here are 8 things I’m into this month:


1. Making gourmet pizza

I’ve found two recipes for fancy pizza that are super easy and delicious! I’ve enjoyed making them:

2. Podcasting

My love affair with podcasts started about two years ago. I’ve listened, learned, and researched, and finally started my own! The first episode was live yesterday and it feels exciting and terrifying.

3. The Day Designer mini: This year, I’ve used Whitney English’s Day Designer as my planner. I love it, but use it only at my desk because it’s too big to carry with me. When she announced a smaller, undated version I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.

They’re sold out for the moment, but follow @whitneyenglish on Instagram so you can find out when they’re available for order again!

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Podcast launch today!

August 25, 2014 — 2 Comments


Just a quick post this morning to let you in on a project I’ve been working hard to release into the world the past couple weeks- a podcast!

My good friend Maggie (with me in the picture) and I are combining our interests and perspectives to host a weekly podcast called Around the Table.

Maggie is a registered dietician, chef, and extrovert. As you know from reading this blog, I am none of those things. We saw it as a great opportunity to collaborate!

As for what to expect from the podcast, here’s the official spiel I submitted to iTunes:


Around the Table is the perfect balance of intention and indulgence. Nutritionist chef Maggie McDaris of The Spread joins blogger Jacey Verdicchio of The Balanced Wife to talk food, intentional living, hospitality, and the ups and downs of life lately as 20-something ladies. Our goal is to help you live purposefully without skipping dessert! Pull up a chair and join us around the table. You’ll feel refreshed and inspired when you leave- promise!

Would you be so kind as to check it out? And if you like it, share it with your friends?

Listen to the first episode and learn more at our show’s website!

Lets make something

Make sure that you either skip to the bottom of the post or read to the end because I have some fun news and a giveaway!

The educational system I grew up in rewarded us for fitting in and following directions. No wonder many of us face what feel like crises after college. We’ve mastered the game of playing by the rules, and all of sudden life sprawls before us with no map, no directions.

The cynic in me wonders why companies still shell out for informercials, why slimy Internet marketers who promise quick riches in a three step system are still in business.

But the realist in me knows why: because we buy into it. We know better, but at our most base level, we are looking for a sure thing. We want to believe in the easy answer, the risk free solution.

A few years into this intense learning curve and I’m just now starting to get my bearings. I’ve spent most of my twenties searching for the map. Where is the path to guaranteed success? What can I do without risking failure and surrendering my pride?

The short answer? Not much.

A tough reality

A hard reality I’ve grappled with this decade: you can work really hard at something, follow all the advice…and still fail. The trick is moving between failures without taking them personally.

I’ve faced a similar reality on the spiritual side: God working all things together for our good doesn’t always feel good.

Many of the prayers that boil down to me asking for more comfortable circumstances go unanswered. The real answer comes years later, when I see the purpose behind my circumstances.

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