About

InHello!  Whether you’re here for the donut recipes or breastfeeding tips, let me tell you a little bit about my life.

I’m Stephanie Dieckman and I’m 27 years old.

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I met my other half, John in 2010 while I was bartending in my sophomore year of nursing school.  The first night we met, I called my mom at 2a.m. after I got off of work and told her I’d met the man I was going to marry.  John told his Dad about me too.  I was twenty years old when we met, and John was 29.

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Eventually, we figured out the feeling was mutual.  John asked me to be his girlfriend on July 4th of 2010.  I laughed and said yes.  A few weeks later he told me he was going to marry me.  A few years later, he did.

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But by this time, we already had a sweet baby boy together.  We named him John Thomas, just like Dad.  He entered this world very dramatically and had a rough start to life.  He’s 5 now, and drop dead gorgeous.  Those blue eyes are going to break some hearts.  But for now, we spend our days wrestling, playing Avengers, talking about the farm, and doing all things boy.  John made me a momma and is my greatest teacher in this life.

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Oh, and the day after I said “Yes!” to my size 2 Ramona Keveza dress, we found out we’d be blessed with this little pumpkin, our sweet little princess, Vivi Jane.  Vivi is 3 years old.  She’s a lover, a hugger, a cuddler, and full of sass in the sweetest way.  We had the name Vivian picked out before we had her.  Jane is for the nurse who held my hand, rubbed my back, and kindly encouraged me through my first fully natural delivery.

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And our baby, Henry Scott.  We call him Hank.  He is 1 now.  My pregnancy with Hank was my best.  I ate well, exercised daily, got lots of sleep, and kept stress low.  Apparently, that made him very comfy in my belly.  He stayed in for 41 weeks and 1 day.  Which is actually the average length of a full term pregnancy.  40 weeks is inaccurate and outdated.  Hank rounds out our family perfectly and thinks his big brother and sister are the coolest.

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I graduated from Maryville University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing two weeks before I had Vivi Jane.  I’ve worked in the Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiac Cath Lab.  I’ve loved each and every one of my patients, many of whom struggled with living a healthy lifestyle and high levels of stress attributed to finances and a lack of time freedom.  In January of 2017, my chapter as a bedside nurse in the hospital closed.  I now work with the Juice Plus Company to mentor people in building a business to inspire healthy living while living life by design.

In 2015 I graduated from the University of California San Diego as a Lactation Consultant.  I struggled to breastfeed my NICU baby John and felt lost and alone on my journey to give him a good start.  One of my callings in life is to help other moms to feel confident and knowledgeable about growing healthy babies.  I’ve found lactation support to be most effective in a casual, non-medical setting.  Mom to mom.  I share a lot of helpful tips and information here.

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We have a farm that has been in my Husband’s family for nearly 100 years.  We are in the process of building our forever home there to raise our kids in that wonderful place.  My husband is a farm boy through and through.  I’ve got a lot to learn from him and I’m up for the challenge!  I’ll be documenting my adventures learning life on a farm here.

I designed our home myself.  I get a lot of my inspiration from Instagram and farmhouse blogs and plan to share what I’ve learned about designing on a budget with you all.

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I have lots of goals and dreams for my family just like all of you!  Getting lots of good, real food and movement every day gives me the energy to keep up with my babies and work on my own goals to make a life that we love to live!

It’s important to me to show people, especially moms that being healthy doesn’t mean being perfect.  Some of the biggest stressors for a lot of people are health and weight.  I’ve been there and tried everything from diets to obsessive calorie counting which made life more stressful.  I like to talk about balance and positivity in my food posts.  If you have an unhealthy relationship with food and health, there IS a better way.

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Just like my life, this blog doesn’t have a theme.  It’s just whatever I feel like writing about each day!  I hope you find something to take away from my recipes and health posts, farm and family adventures, and insights from the lactation world.

Your life is your story.  Write well.  Edit often.