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Welcome to A + Life!

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Red Velvet Cake is a Spena family favorite. It has been Jim’s favorite forever and always- every single birthday (although let’s try to forget the year that I wrecked the car on the way to go pick up the ingredients….) and holiday, it is his number one request. (here is an old post of the […]

DIY, Other, Parties

November 6, 2021

Red Velvet Cake With Gravy Icing

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First things first! I am not a medical professional. I have never claimed to be and I would never pretend to be either. I am just a passionate mama bear who wants to take the very best care of her babies and thought it might be helpful to share some of the things we use/have […]

Essential Oils, Motherhood, Wellness

October 1, 2021

Wellness Guide For Little Ones

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The Spena family is finally back to school! Let’s recap: Back in 2019 we decided not to continue doing Classical Conversations because the ages of our kids didn’t work out with the programs they had. That ended up being for the best because- surprise!- we ended up moving to Kansas City in the middle of […]


September 25, 2021

Spena School x3!

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This is a story I have put off writing for an entire year now because it’s incredibly painful. It hurts. It makes me so sad. I have so many emotions and feelings still deeply tied to this experience. Even with therapy, even with time, even with Lochlan. It is still so painful. On August 3rd, […]

Infertility, Miscarriage, Motherhood, Pregnancy

August 26, 2021

I Had A Miscarriage

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I haven’t even shown y’all what our Kansas City house or our new-to-us log cabin looks like, but Jim tackled this bathroom project last week and I’m so excited about it, I’m taking a brief pause from recapping life to share it with you! The house we live in now was built in the 80’s […]

DIY, Home Tour, Our Home, Projects

August 19, 2021

Half Bath Refresh!

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Over Thanksgiving of 2019, we announced that we were going to be moving from Joplin, MO- our home since we had gotten married in 2006, back to Kansas City- our home before we got married and moved to Joplin. But let me back up- Jim and I met and got married in Kansas City, he […]

Family, Our Home

August 13, 2021

Leaving Joplin

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So, I know that I still owe you a post about moving away from Joplin and moving to Kansas City. And also, another post about moving from Kansas City to our new/current house (I’m not sharing our new town- but we’re still in the KC metro) But, before I do that. Let’s talk about what […]

DIY, Family, Home Tour, Lifestyle, Other, Our Home, Projects

August 6, 2021

The Garden

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