Hi! My name is Molly and I live in Minnesota with my husband and our two kids. Thank you so much for stopping by! This blog is where I’m sharing my struggles and victories in raising two kiddos, making our new (to us) house a home, and loving this life as best I can. This space contains the “awesome”, the “oopsies!” and the “well, THAT was interesting” in hopes of encouraging other mamas, wherever you might be at.

I hope you’ll stay connected and find a community of new mamas, future mamas and seasoned mamas where we can share this wonderful, crazy, sometimes exhausting, but wouldn’t-trade-it-for-anything journey called motherhood.

The Story

Here I am with my husband, John, back in the day before we had kids.

I was still working my coporate tax job back then and loving it. I spent about ten years putting my accounting and finance degrees to their proper use. We bought our first home shortly after we got married in 2010. The home was a 1960’s cape cod style home that we absolutely loved. It was so charming and had the cutest red door. We dabbled in some DIY projects in this home, including demo of “the side walk to nowhere” that was literally a sidewalk that stopped in the middle of our yard. We still worry that we accidentally erased a portal to another universe. We also replaced the windows and built a paver patio, which we are still pretty proud of:

We were blessed with our daughter in 2013 and quickly outgrew our first home. We moved to a second home for a short time before finally settling into our third home. Our son was born the month before we closed!

These two kiddos are pretty much my world, and I’m lucky enough to spend my days at home with them. When I’m not busy with the kiddos, I spend my time dreaming, researching and working with John on our current home. We love our current home and are looking forward to watch it grow along with our family over the years.

Curious for more? Read on for answers to some FAQ’s.


You asked and I’m answering. Below are answers to of the most frequently asked questions from you guys.

Q: What’s up with this site? Why do you blog?
A: Good question! Blogging is a fun way to keep family and friends current on our family’s life. It’s also a fun way to document the transformation of our house - built in the 1960’s - into our family’s home. So far, blogging is a great creative outlet full of fun technical challenges (that my nerdy accountant self really enjoys working through)! Even in the short span that I’ve been blogging, I can’t BELIEVE the number of supportive mamas and other folks that have stopped by my page! So thank YOU!

Q: Is your blog scheduled?
A: No - not at this time. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a hard working husband. I post, respond to e-mails and hop on the blog’s social media accounts when life allows for it. I generally post once or twice a week.

Q: How old are your kids?
A: My daughter is three and my son is one-and-a-half. We also have an orange tabby cat, Toby, that we lovingly refer to as our first “child”, and he’s eight.

Q: Do you get paid to blog?
A: The short answer is: not really. Let me explain.

This blog includes only posts about my real life and what I’m passionate about. I do not participate in sponsored posts at this time. I do participate in the Amazon affiliate program, which means if you click on an affiliate link and purchase the item, I will receive commission (at no cost to you). Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I personally use and believe will add value to my readers. And I will always disclose in the post that there are affiliate links included. For example: in my post about how I stay sane when my husband travels, Amazon would need to send out 137 light bulbs to y’all before I start to recoup the cost of hosting this blog. So, affiliate linking makes it possible for me to keep the site running. My goal is to eventually bank enough extra to fund my Starbucks chai tea habit.

Q: Tell us the story behind your current home.

A: We purchased our current home in the spring of 2016 (just after our son was born). It is our third home, but the first we’ve really invested a lot of time and money into. The home is a 2,200 sq. ft. rambler built in the 1960’s. The previous owners did a fair bit of updating to the house. We’re excited to see how it transforms over the years as our family grows and changes.

Q: How can I contact you?

A: The best way for readers to contact me is via e-mail: mysweetlilac@gmail.com

P.S. If you would like to read my privacy policy and disclosure, those can be found here.