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Happily Eva After is Two!

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Happy Birthday to us! It’s so surreal to me that two years ago today is when I launched this blog.  In some ways it’s felt like three months, in other ways it’s felt like a decade! Ha! When I started this site, I knew absolutely nothinggggg about blogging, and even less about tech.  All I knew was what I loved to eat, drink, decorate, make, wear– and how I wanted to live my life: with the enthusiasm, energy, authenticity, and joy that I felt in my pre-children days (when I had LOTS more time, less responsibility, and WAY more sleep).  I wasn’t ready to decide that just because my life was messy and crazy and loud and extra stressful at times, that there was no such thing as elegance, and sweetness, fun, and STYLE to be had through it all.  Yes, I am a Mother– but I am also a Woman for pete’s sake!

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Deciding to embrace all these sides of my new life taught me one of life’s greatest lessons to date– that the perfection I had constantly been seeking in my life pre-children was so misplaced.  I finally realized that real perfection comes from living a joyful, imperfect but full life– in whatever way that means to you.  I am not perfect in any way, and I don’t pretend to be.  I have unpopular feelings,  I make the wrong choice sometimes and pay the price, I have real children with real childish behavior, a real marriage that is currently enduring two children in two years, an angel baby in heaven, a complicated family history, and a life that feels like something is always getting left on the backburner and turning in to incinerated toast.  That’s reality.  What I’ve decided is that my best bet for finding joy through it all is to embrace every peak and valley, put my Grown Up Pants on when I can, laugh a lot, cry when I need to, and most of all to share the journey with this awesome community I have created right here.  I AM BETTER WITH YOU.  And you are better with us, with each other– all of us together.  That’s the thing, really: we aren’t alone and so why pretend to be?

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Eva Amurri Martino stands in the Happily Eva After studio filled with balloons to celebrate the second anniversary of the blog

Learning this pushed me to open up myself in every way– every good, bad, and ugly aspect of my journey.  Being so raw and open– with occasional difficult or controversial subject matter– can be a real challenge at times.  I’ve had many tearful nights when I wonder if leaving myself so publicly vulnerable is more trouble than it’s worth.  But then I read your emails, messages, posts, and comments– and I remember that there is power and connection in authenticity, even though it’s often scary.  It makes me proud to know that my daughter– when she becomes a Mama for the first time– will know it’s ok to feel everything, to be everything– to fail, to pick herself back up, to laugh, to cry, to get frustrated, to celebrate the wins, and to be wrong.  I hope that sharing all these sides of myself will show her that we are all imperfect, and that fierce love for others and for oneself can be your guiding light through almost anything.

Marlowe Martino plays in multicolored balloons for the Happily Eva After second anniversary

Major Martino plays with multicolored balloons for the Happily Eva After second anniversary

I am so lucky that I found this beautiful job and this beautiful life.  It inspires me every day, it pushes me, it dares me to grow and to learn.  I am NEVER bored, I will tell you that! Ha! Two years really aren’t that many, but it feels big to me.  This baby of mine is growing, changing, spreading its wings little by little, testing its limits and exploring its boundaries.  I’m so proud to have your readership and to share with you.  Thank you for coming on this journey with me, watching my children grow, and for lending so much support to me and to my family.  It means the world, and I never take it for granted. Please continue to communicate with me, with each other, and to share of yourselves as you so often do on this site.  You never know who your words will be inspiring, helping, or even lending a little friendship to when they need it most.

Eva Amurri Martino sits with children Marlowe and Major among tons of multicolored balloons to celebrate the Happily Eva After two year anniversary

I want to take a moment to thank all the brands, big and small, that I have partnered with in the past two years.  Thank you for believing in me and in my message.  Your financial support helps fund this project, and keeps this content and community FREE for all my readers– and that is so awesome!

Eva Amurri Martino hangs up a framed poster of the Happily Eva After logo on her studio wall

Eva Amurri Martino hangs up a framed poster of the Happily Eva After logo on her studio wall

To say thank you to my readership, I decided to do a little Birthday Giveaway right here today! One lucky reader will win a gift box that I put together myself with some of my favorite things, just for you! Included are a $100 Madewell gift card, a $100 Blue Mercury gift card, and a few little gifties of other items I love….

TO ENTER:

  • Sign up for my weekly Newsletter (you can do so on my homepage)!
  • Comment below with your favorite HEA post of all time!
  • Check the Newsletter tomorrow 6/23 for the winner, along with a photo of the cute gift box I’m sending out!

 

xoxo

EAM

 

Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

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  1. Shirley says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time is Eva’s honest take on feeding a toddler. It hit home (and kitchen) and made me be able to take a deep breath. Keep up the amazing work! I love checking in with you everyday. Thank you for all that you’ve done for our community! xoxo

    06.22.17Reply
  2. Katie says:

    I still adore Major’s room post! but your post par tum post touched my heart. I battled it after my twins and it so needs to be talked about more!

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  3. Liz D. says:

    Happy blog birthday!!! My favorite post(s) so far is about your adventures with potty-training Marlowe. I’ve been reading and re-reading it in preparation for potty-training my twins in the very near future!

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  4. Kristen says:

    My favorite post was Major’s Birth Post! And I also love seeing all of the home renovations, I have gotten so many ideas from you!

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  5. Lisa says:

    Congrats on your 2 year milestone! My favourite HEA post of all time was Kyle’s Spaghetti Bolgonese. Delish!

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  6. Jess says:

    I’ve loved so many of your posts, but one of my favorites was your Father’s Day Chilaquiles! I still make these for my husband and daughter sometimes!

    06.22.17Reply
  7. Alis says:

    The ones about breastfeeding your babies were favorites that this mama needed to read 🙂

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  8. Courtney says:

    Congrats on two years, Eva! My favorite post of all time was Major’s birth story. It was so beautiful and I had tears in my eyes the entire time I read it! Love catching up with you here and on IG and watching your babies grow! xo

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  9. Lynda says:

    I love checking in to see what you have new going on. My favorite HEA post of all time is when you talked about having a Rainbow Baby. It hit very close to home. You gave a voice to so many feelings, so many of us have. Thank you.

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  10. Kristin F. says:

    I loved the post you shared about Major’s birth story. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for several years and I have a weird fascination with birth stories 🙂 They give me hope and the will to carry on with treatments when I hear about the raw, real details of the miracle we are so hoping for. It’s a pleasure to read about your trials and triumphs of motherhood.

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  11. Amy says:

    Your post, “Teaching my daughter self-love and confidence” is what brought me to your blog via another site. As a mother with two daughters and now a son, I found the advice to be invaluable. But your wit, humor and beautiful writing keep me coming back (despite the limited time I have each day with three little ones). Thank you!

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  12. Ashley says:

    I came across your blog just as I was getting ready for my own homebirth so naturally your homebirth posts are my favorite!!

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  13. Mikie says:

    One of my favorite posts is the Taking the Highchair Road! Relatable, comforting, and helped me to relax and laugh. Thank you for all that you share and Happy 2nd Birthday, HEA!!

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  14. Danielle says:

    There are so many that I’ve enjoyed and, most importantly, appreciated because you’re a year ahead of me in this parenting journey. Yay for beautifully written emotional truths about all the things! But, honestly the post I revisit most often is… your delicious stuffing recipe! Haha. I’ve shared the link so many times. (Shout out to mug cakes for a close second!)
    Happy Two Years Eva! Cheers to just getting started!

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  15. Marcy says:

    I love it all. You’re so honest with us about how hard it can be. It’s refreshing to see a real person on a blog; not just some stylized perfect life. Thank you for that.

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  16. Sophie says:

    Happy Anniversary. So many to choose from but your miscarriage post said everything I was feeling but never knew how to say. Thank you for your honesty, your beautiful words and fun!

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  17. Michelle Gibson says:

    Happy 2nd Anniversary! My favorite post of all time – despite the pain and sadness associated with it – was the one about Major’s accident. It really connected with me on a personal, motherhood level as I have had some very scary, helpless moments as a mother that really made me relate to how you were feeling. I commented at the time so you would know you were not alone. Sorry, I hope this makes sense. I’m writing it as my 2.5 year old daughter talks non stop in my ear! Ha! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. Dana says:

    Congrats on your 2 year milestone! My favorite HEA post(s) have always been Happily Eva Answers!

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  19. Laura says:

    I loved your post “Discovering My Healthiest Self”!

    06.22.17Reply
  20. Elaina kindell says:

    One of my favorites is Baby Skin.

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  21. Margo F. says:

    Biggest and most heartfelt congratulations on your 2nd blog-iversary! Your authenticity shines through on every post, including sponsored ones, in a way that I feel like most bloggers don’t show. Thank you for that! My favorite HEA post is ‘Teaching My Daughter Self-Love and Confidence.’ The future is female! XO

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  22. Britta says:

    Happy birthday Happilyevaafter –
    One of the posts I find myself going back and reading is pregnancy after miscarriage. It’s June and I should be days away from giving birth to my second baby, but I lost the baby at 10 weeks. I had a D and C and thought I’ll get pregnant right away; I didn’t. One month, two months, three months, four, five, six, and still nothing. I’m 36, I felt like I was running out of time. I have one beautiful daughter. I should be on my knees everyday thanking god for her because I know some women can’t bear their own children at all. I felt selfish and greedy. I tried to stop focusing on trying to get pregnant so much and just enjoy being with my husband and child. I started to relax and have fun. And now I am pregnant. It’s still very early, 5 weeks, but I am being monitored by my doctor with daily blood draws and things seem to be on track. I have my first ultrasound next week. I am elated, but a nervous wreck. I stopped running and spinning for fear it will cause a miscarriage. I can’t pick up my daughter because she’s over 25 lbs. If I don’t take the prescribed medication EXACTLY as prescribed I start to panic that it will cause me to lose this baby.
    Your posts on miscarriage and being pregnant after miscarrying have really calmed me down and made me realize that I am not the only person that has these types of thoughts. Sometimes I go back and reread them and can feel my heartrate and breathing slow. I know it’s not the most uplifting or lighthearted post on the blog, but it’s the most real to me, so thank you so much for having the courage to share!

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    • Kate says:

      Britta, I am with you! Our stories are similar, I also have a daughter and am pregnant after a miscarriage last year. I am 31 weeks tomorrow and am just finally starting to feel comfortable that, wow, maybe my baby actually WILL be born soon and everything will be okay. It also took me several months after my loss to conceive again and it was only when I decided to not focus solely on pregnancy that it happened 🙂 It is so scary going through a pregnancy after experiencing a loss, because we never feel quite safe. The fear and pain of the loss is always there. I also really loved Eva’s post about this topic. Hearing other women’s stories lets us know we are not alone. Best of luck to you in this pregnancy — I hope your rainbow baby is born healthy and happy!

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    • Kate says:

      After reading your post on pregnancy after miscarriage, I felt I could have written it myself! It brought tears to my eyes and really touched me very deeply. The sentiments you described were so spot on. I am 31 weeks pregnant after suffering a miscarriage last year. I have a 2.5 year old daughter and we are finally getting excited about welcoming this new little girl into our family, but it has taken a lot of time to get here because of all the fear associated with pregnancy after loss. Thank you for shining a light on this topic, as I’m sure it has touched so many people. And congratulations on 2 years!

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      • Kate says:

        Also, sorry, the above comment is meant to be stand-alone, not another reply to Britta 😉

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  23. I actually just discovered this blog a few weeks ago and have slowly been reading through it. At this point I love it all. It has been so encouraging to me in in my motherhood journey (that has become “joyless”) as we uprooted our “perfect” little live in Europe to move back to the states (let me clarify – in the middle of no where West Texas) it has been hard. But your sincerity and honesty have made me feel less guilty for my short comings! Thank you for sharing <3

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  24. Fiona says:

    Happy 2 Year anniversary!! 🎈🎈
    My favorite post of all time is the video of Marlowe talking to Major(in his chair), loving on him and making him smile and then realizing his sock came off and helping him put it back on for him. Too cute.

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  25. The Ren says:

    Eva! Congrats on two years! I’ve been reading along for almost that long and I really love watching your family grow!

    I have two favorite posts; one is your post where you showed us how to plant succulents in small tea cups. So simple and cute. But being such a non-crafty person, it made me feel like I knew what I was doing! Lol!

    My other favorite post is the one where you really opened up about your miscarriage. It really showed character and strength to really put yourself out there and be vulnerable. You should be so proud of yourself to allow people to know you in such a very personal way!

    Thank you for all that you do, and I hope you know how much we appreciate your honesty in all your posts. I’m excited to follow you on your journey for many more years to come!

    -Ren

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  26. Abby hoffman says:

    I loved all your room reveals, especially the family room. It was fun to see your house come together, and gave me lots of great ideas.

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  27. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! Eva, I love your blog! I’ve been an avid reader since day one, your stories on mental health encouraged me to seek help as well and I’ve been going to therapy for the past couple months now. So thank you!! But, my favorite post of all time has to be this one: http://happilyevaafter.com/nannygate-2-0/ It was like something out of a lifetime movie! My mouth dropped the entire time I was reading it. lol

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  28. Sam says:

    Congrats HEA! One of my favorite posts is about your breastfeeding choices with Major – I sent it to a good friend who was having trouble with her newborn at the time because I thought it perfectly expressed that a HEALTHY and rested mama is the MOST important thing for a baby!

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  29. kelsey says:

    hi! congrats on year number 2, been a long time follower here. I loved all of the new house and decor posts! Serves as great inspiration for when I get out of this apartment life 😉

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  30. Madison Rosa says:

    First of all congratulations on your two year “blog”versary! I have been a dedicated reader since the beginning. My favorite blog post was a newer one, Discovering my Healthiest Self. It’s comforting to know that someone I admire as a strong women has dealt with the same issues I find myself dealing with now. It really spoke to me and gave me a sense of healing and motivation. I’m 19 years old and an aspiring actress and hearing your stories and growth makes me stronger. I feel blessed to have a place like your blog that I can go to for honest, real, and healthy life style advice and fashion tips. From the bottom of my heart thank you for all you do and I look forward to many more years of inspirational reading from you along with the most adorable pictures of your beautiful family.
    Sending love,
    Madison Rosa

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  31. nlev says:

    I found your posts on miscarriage really helpful when I was going through a similar situation.

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  32. Kaleigh says:

    My favorite post is Major’s birth story. I really appreciated how open you were to share your experience of a home birth and how it was the right choice for you. Looking at your Instagram photos and watching him grow over the past 8 months has been really exciting as well!

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  33. kathryn says:

    I liked the January update, struggling less. Your writing is always real..

    Your blog is one of my favorites for that reason. Thanks for being open and honest!

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  34. Christina Alvarez-Key says:

    My favorite posts are the room make overs. Its really fun to see how the space looked originally and then how you made it your own. Especially in what looks to be a more traditional style home you have made it look tastefully modern and classic.

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  35. Sarah says:

    My favorite post is by far Major’s birth story. Even though my husband has been dying to start a family I’ve always been terrified (mostly of the unknown surrounding giving birth). Following along with your pregnancy and reading about Major’s birth really challenged me to let go of some of my fears. I’m so glad I did because we just found out we are pregnant! Happy 2 Years HEA and thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

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  36. Kayla says:

    My favorite HEA post is Major’s birth story! Seeing the moments after he was born and the instant love that both you and Kyle had for him was heartwarming <3

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  37. Tanie says:

    I think my favourite post was the one you made in January, The Struggle is Real (http://happilyevaafter.com/the-struggle-is-real/). It was so incredibly authentic and moving, and I thought it was so brave of you to open up to your readers like that.

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  38. Jennifer says:

    My favorite HEA posts are Buster’s Green sauce and the spaghetti sauce. Both are soooooo good.

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  39. Allison says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time was Major’s birth story! The pictures were incredible and the story was amazing. Thank you for all the stories you share! Congrats on 2 years!

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  40. Jennifer P. says:

    Happy Bday HEA! Favorite post (hard to pick) BUT it would have to be, “Cooking Up a Romantic Date Night”. My husband and I have a 5 month old son and have struggled to maintain any sort of romantic “us” time. Reading through your blog post reassured me, we are not alone! Something as small as utilizing a Blue Apron product or just cooking at home was a perfect way for us to reconnect and have “our” time. It’s been fun sitting around the table enjoying a glass of wine and cooking together.

    Side note: I love your Instagram stories, keep them up!

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  41. heather says:

    Happy birthday, HEA! I enjoy all of your posts, but I love Major’s Birth Story. I always enjoy the photos you post, but those photos were sweet and the post was my favorite. I also look forward to your picks for each month – I’d be lying if I said I haven’t ordered any of them 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us! xo

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  42. Allie says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time was the “Struggling Less!” post (the followup to the equally good “The Struggle is Real”). Your writing is always relatable and eloquent, and I believe talking openly about mental health and trauma is such an crucial step in our growth as a society. I also appreciated that you approached the healing process from all angles, mentally and physically, which is so important.

    Love your writing and your blog! Happy 2 years 🙂

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  43. Kathleen says:

    I enjoy so many of your posts so it’s hard to just pick one! I havd a 3 year old and 1 year old so I can relate to most of your kid-related posts. My fav would have to be Major’s birth story. It was so honest and real. You captured how beautiful and empowering birth is while normalizing home birth and trusting our maternal instincts. Thank you for being so honest and engaging! Happy Anniversary!

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  44. Lauren says:

    My favorite post your wrote was The Struggle is Real. Your writing is so pure and always speaks to me. I’m a first time mom (my little girl is 14 months) and I’ve followed your blog since I’ve been pregnant. I get to work, start drinking my coffee and go to your blog! Thanks for all of your hard work to keep it running!

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  45. Kimberly James says:

    I’m a hard to name a favorite post because I truly enjoy them all, especially the design ones. But if I have to choose one, it will be the one where you talk about being pregnant after experiencing a loss. It really hit home and I felt the same and agreed with everything you said!

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  46. Megan says:

    Gosh, so many to choose from… I have two favorites. 1.) Your post on your miscarriage. I just happen to go through one at the same time so while isolating and hard to open up to others, it was a comfort to come read the words I had been struggling to work out myself. 2.) Your monthly beauty favorite posts, I’m a beauty junkie and love to try out new products so I’ve tried more than a few of the items you’ve posted about and still use today. Love coming to read your site.

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  47. Marissa says:

    Hi Eva! I have been loving your blog since its birth! So real, authentic, genuine and fun! My favorite post (so hard to choose) was Major’s Birth Story. It was so beautiful! The way you described the experience really honored the process of birth. I could so relate! I felt like a part of the blog and (your life) really came full circle. Thank you for sharing such a raw, human experience that so often doesn’t get the attention, time and appreciation it so deserves! Giving birth is such a miraculous blessing and your perspective really validated and honored all births!
    Much love and gratitude,
    Marissa

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  48. Amy says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love all of your posts- From toddler tips to recipes to makeup tips. But the posts that really helped me the most were the posts where you shared your experience of having a miscarriage and postpartum anxiety and depression(I lost my second child child a few months prior), your honesty and candidness about your experience made me feel less alone. Also your husbands post sharing his perspective during that time also helped me speak with my husband about the loss too. So thank you both. ❤

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  49. Faith says:

    Major’s birth story <3 Moved me to tears! And I'm obsessed with your instagram stories! Your kids are the best!

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  50. jo says:

    your birth story.
    the end

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  51. Simone Rubin says:

    Hi Eva!

    My favorite post so far, is Major’s birth story. I was diagnosed with crohn’s disease in 2005, and from that first day my doctor said I would have difficulties when trying conceive. Fast forward 12 years, and my husband and I are discussing fertility and it worries me, if I will be able to conceive. Throughout your pregnancy with Major, you described your fears, anxieties, and were so open with all of your issues regarding fertility, miscarriage, and pregnancy. During Major’s birth, you described that you finally felt that is was okay to fully be happy and feel pure joy in that moment, despite all that you and Kyle had been thru. I was so inspired and felt so much encouragement from that experience because I do know and have full faith, that when it’s our time, everything will work out, it will be fine, and will have our ladybug blessing.

    Thank you Eva!

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  52. Lindsay Amodio says:

    So hard to pick just one favorite – I have littles just around the same age with you and experience so many of the same things. Rather than a rainbow baby, we had fertility struggles. My fave article that really got me hooked on the blog was ‘The Struggle is Real’ – after reading that, I completely loved your honesty and raw emotion. So much love <3

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  53. Averill says:

    My favorite HEA post is your sex after baby post — so REAL and so reassuring to all of us struggling to rediscover our marriages and passion post-children.

    Averill

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  54. Julie Kaplan says:

    My favorite posts are about your adventures in making baby food. We are preparing to begin solids with my little one soon 🙂

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  55. Molliee says:

    Happy Anniversary! What an exciting milestone. I have loved you since the beginning of this blog and continue to find so much inspiration and encouragement from your honest content. I recently went through a few miscarriages of my own, and went back to find your posts on your experience, and it really helped to read and process my own feelings.

    My favorite post (and one that I used to prepare for our first trip with baby overseas) was “traveling with baby: tips & tricks”. It is an oldie but a goodie!

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  56. Carly says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday! I believe the 2nd anniversary is cotton, so maybe go get yourself a great outfit or another pair of Madewell jeans just to celebrate!

    I love all of your personal posts, whether it’s about relationships or motherhood. But my favorite of your posts by far is Teaching My Daughter Self-Love & Confidence. This post resonated with me on so many levels. I’m not yet a mother (although I hope to be someday), but this post spoke to me as a daughter, a friend, and simply as a woman. It made me think about the way I grew up and how my upbringing affected my body image and my inner voice. It made me think about how I see myself, how I think and talk about my image, and how I think and talk about others.

    I want to live a life where I place value in the things that truly mean something to me, and I want to encourage my future children to do the same. All of this starts with how we treat ourselves. I really believe if we are gentle and kind to ourselves, we are more able to be gentle and kind with the world.

    Thank you for sharing this post, and with it, a little piece of your world. Your courage to share allows us to have the courage to address these challenges in our own lives.

    To many more years! xoxo

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  57. Linda says:

    Congrats Eva! Have been a follower since just about the beginning – loved Eight by Eva, but my favorite HEA post was 8/31/16 “This MY House?” Lowie asking, “Mama, everyone see me here?” broke my heart. Your response to double down and reinforce the nighttime routine but offer some choices to empower her and give her confidence while also showing her ‘Mama’s got this,’ was such a strong moment for you. Loved it!

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  58. Sarah says:

    I think THIS is one of my fave posts, honestly! “We’re not alone, so why pretend to be?”. Virtual high five!

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  59. cari says:

    Hello! My favorite HEA post would be “Discovering Your Healthiest Self”. That post really hit home for me. It’s something that I struggle with and believe tons of other women do too. I also have thrown out my scale from reading this post! Thank you for being open and honest.

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  60. Holly says:

    Happy Birthday Happily Eva After!!
    I look forward to reading your blog and watching your Insta-stories!! You and your family are relatable.

    I think that my favorite post would have to be your Sex After Baby post because that is the first post of yours I read and became and instant follower.

    Thank you for being so open and sharing all that you have with this community!

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  61. Jo says:

    Hi Eva. Congratulations on this amazing milestone! You should be super proud! I love your blog and check in regularly. I am in the UK and although I know it is unlikely our paths will ever cross, I take an interest in your life and really enjoy reading your posts. You kind of feel like a girl friend I’ll never meet! I have huge respect for you. I am a recently single mum (3 years but feels like yesterday), not my choice, and boy, it’s challenging enough being a mum (of 2) but doing it on your own when you really don’t want to be is tough tough tough. Even though your life often seems picture perfect (in a good way!), through your honest words, you convey the ups and the downs that we all experience. Life is life and we all walk a broadly similar path, especially where bringing up children is concerned, no matter where we start or where we finish. As a Mum to a nearly 13 year old daughter (as well as a 10 year old son), I loved your post ‘Teaching my daughter self love and confidence’. I grew up hating everything about me and this lack of self esteem has, to some degree, defined my life path. With age, comes wisdom and I have so many regrets. I am determined beyond words to empower and encourage my daughter to love herself no matter what and to strive to be the best version of herself that she can be and go out into the big wide world to do and be whatever she desires. That is what I tell her, no matter what anyone else thinks or says about you, always strive to be the best version of you. I teach her to love the skin she is in, to have respect for herself, to believe in herself above all else and to be strong and do her best. Good luck to you as you enter Year 3! You are an inspiration. xxx

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  62. Ashley says:

    My favourite post is Major’s Birth Story. Thank you for giving me a look at what a home birth is like.

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  63. Melissa V says:

    My favorite HEA post is HOMEMADE BABY FOOD: CHICKEN DINNER! It was a great way to introduce my little one to new flavors and she absolutely loved it! Thank you!

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  64. Tracee Fruman says:

    Happy Birthday HEA Blog!! My favorite post is a tie between Major’s Birth Story (I love a good birth story, and his was especially good bc it was a home birth and I love how you presented your story, given that it’s still considered “alternative”) and Little Angel. I really appreciated the miscarriage post “Little Angel”, as I too suffered a miscarriage (2, actually) and believe it shouldn’t be a taboo subject.

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  65. Paula says:

    Hate to call it a favorite, because it is not a “happy” post, but most touched by the PTSD post.

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  66. Samantha ruby says:

    My favorite posts are any of the personal stories. And now being pregnant with my second I think back to all
    Your preg posts with major boy! You just always put a smile on my face. Even on rough days. Thank u for 2 great years!

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  67. Nikki says:

    The Kitchen Reveal! Love it.

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  68. Jessica says:

    My FAVORITE post was your raw and honest post about the TRUTH of breastfeeding – made me feel so much less alone! I loved BF my daughter but man it is TOUGH and there needs to be more voices supporting women around it. Thank you so much and happy 2years HEA!

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  69. Kiera says:

    My favourite post is Kyle’s take on your miscarriage. I was going through the same thing right around that time and it was comforting and heartbreaking all at once. Thankfully we both have our rainbow babies now 🙂

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  70. Kendra says:

    Happy Birthday Happily Eva After! I’ve literally been a reader since day one.

    Oh my gosh, pick just one favorite HAE post? I can’t, I have so many! I’ve made Buster’s Famous Green Fish at least a half a dozen times. I’ve also made your Sun-dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Pantry Sauce a bunch of times. But if I had to pick a favorite post it would be “My Relationship With Breastfeeding: Round Two” because it helped me in so many ways and continues to help me today. I too had to stop nursing my first earlier than I would have liked and when this post came out I was nearing my due date with my second and was worried I would “fail” again. This post helped me gain some perspective. Right after my second daughter was born it was clear something was wrong. At first she would nurse non stop like she wasn’t getting enough and I was in pain. She wasn’t sleeping and one night at less than a week old she gave up and would no longer latched or take a bottle either. My husband and I had to drip milk into her mouth with a straw just to keep her hydrated until we could get in to see the doctor and lactation consultant the next day. Turns out she needed a frenectomy. I was able to remain calm(ish) because I had read your post and it felt like I had a mom-friend walking me through it. She also has terrible reflux even to this day. Unfortunately, even after the procedure, reflux medicine, many visits to a lactation consultant, and many appointments with a speech pathologist specializing in infants she was never able to improve her suck. Feedings took up to an hour if I let her go that long and she would still need the bottle to fill up. So between nursing, bottle feeding, and pumping I had zero time to spend with my toddler, sleep, eat, etc. and something had to give. Because of this post I was able to make the decision to exclusively pump and do so without a total breakdown. Once again I felt like my mom-friend (you) was in my corner cheering me on. And because she’s also had trouble gaining weight and we need to fortify her milk with formula anyway I’m considering weaning her from breast milk in the next couple of months so that I am no longer tethered to the pump and I can enjoy summer with my girls – a decision that’s been made easier thanks to this post. My baby is four months old now and I’m a happier mom and she’s a happier baby because I had your post to help me when I needed it. The comment section was invaluable! I didn’t feel as alone this time around. Thank you for this community and for talking about things most women are afraid to discuss for fear of backlash. I know you received some negative comments once your story was picked up by the media outlets but by putting your story out there you’ve helped so many I’m sure. Sorry this was long-winded but I really needed to tell you how much this blog means to me. This blog and you Instagram have really been a friend to me. Thank you.

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  71. Corey says:

    Happy 2 Years! I have been following your blog since you’ve started and having loved every minute of it! I love that you are so real and honest about everything. My favorite post you’ve done is, The Struggle Is Real. I related so much to that post because I was going through almost the exact same feelings at that time. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone (and wasn’t crazy!) for feeling that way. It really helped me so much and now I am in a much better place, so thank you! Congratulations and keep being awesome! 🙂

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  72. Alex says:

    Congrats on 2 years! While I have loved all your motherhood posts, my favorite post is a décor post. I loved the studio reveal post, it gave me such inspiration for redecorating my work space.

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  73. Paola cooper says:

    HEA 2 years 😮 Amazing! Congrats! So happy I discovered this blog. So many great stories that resonate with me and daughter. But the blog that hit home was your blog about miscarriage, as having had one 5 years ago now. Those moments are raw & make you feel so vulnerable. Thanks for sharing your life so openly and honest!

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  74. Jessica Trant says:

    My favorite post on HEA was when you opened up about when major had had fallen. It truly made me feel so connected to you and even though I have always seen you as a “real” mom, it showed the struggles you had to go through even after his fall and how you came through after it. That really helped with so many people. Maybe not the same issue that you had faced persay but with other issues. It made dealing with things less of a stigma and ok to seek professional help. Ok to feel helpless and hope that there will be better days. Most importantly it was great to know major clearly came out healthier than ever as we seem him excelling each and everyday! You shared something so scary with us and trusted us and I still feel grateful for that.

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  75. Anna says:

    While I love them all, “The Struggle is Real” is the one that has touched me the most. Thank you for being so open and for allowing us readers to see all sides of you, even the ones that must be very difficult to share. Congratulations on TWO years and here’s to many, many more!!

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  76. Nicole says:

    My favorite posts were the ones about breastfeeding and bottle feeding. They helped me feel not so alone in my decisions. Congrats!

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  77. Ash Rood says:

    My favorite HEA post would have to be reading about your rainbow baby. I had never heard of that before, and it touched me in a very personal, deep way. I have 3 kids who are my life, but I lost 3 babies. I call each of my kids my saving grace. I wouldn’t have my Jackson, my sweet G or my Henny without going through the pain and anguish of my 3 miscarriages. Thank you for your candor, your kind heart and your openness. It brings a lot of light into my daily life. ❤️

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  78. Jen says:

    Hi Eva – congratulations on 2 years. I always look forward to your posts and share them with friends and family. Sometimes I find myself talking about the things that happened to you as though I’m talking about a friend. I love so many of your posts, the hilarious (and cringe-worthy) nanny-gate, the relatable miscarriage heartache, the honest and vulnerable story of Major’s accident and both of your healing journey. I have to say my absolute favorite is the post about how you go about raising a confident daughter (I have a 9 month old girl). I read them aloud to my husband and each point had its own a-ha moment for me. Using your words and experience I feel like I’ve been able to finally love myself because my daughter deserves that.

    Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and opening your life every day – you have made such a difference in my life.

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  79. Kari says:

    Heeeyyyy! Your posts on mental health awareness are what inspired me to be such a fan. I’m a psych nurse so anything that empowers people to foster self care, especially in regards to mental health endears me to appreciate your truth and your “realness.” Is that even a word?!?! Haha! Thank you for your stories and love your warmth!

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  80. Julia Mount says:

    Happy birthday! ❤️ I love reading your posts, seeing your Instagram stories and definitely love the recipes! I think my all time favorite post though is about how to teach your daughter self-love. As a mom who struggles with confidence and the ability to love myself, I was freaking out on how I was supposed to show my daughter those things. She is 4 now, and a confident and very strong little girl, and I am so afraid that she will loose those things because I don’t have it. But, your post has definitely helped me. Thank you so much and here’s to many more birthdays to come! ❤️

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  81. Crissy says:

    Happy Birthday Happy Eva After! Two blog posts that stand out are how you met Kyle and your pregnancy after miscarriage. It was an “ah-ha” moment for me. I was feeling the same feelings while pregnant with my rainbow baby and couldn’t figure out why. My 2 little ones are very close in age to yours.

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  82. Meredith says:

    Happy birthday, HEA!!

    There is so much I have enjoyed about this blog. I’m no mom, I am just another Fairfield County-er (County-ite??) who is so appreciative of the genuine rawness of this blog. Your openness and vulnerability is inspiring and for that, I thank you!

    Congratulations on this big milestone, Eva! Can’t wait to see where your journey takes you in the coming years 🙂 Xx

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  83. I would say that my favorite HEA post would be when you shared your struggle after Major Boy’s accident. It was so strong and encouraging to seek help and to take time when you’re falling apart a lil bit. Plus seeing him grow and his sweet relationship with Lowie just makes my day.

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  84. Penny says:

    It would be an injustice to pick one post, you inspire me daily to do more, try harder and to be my best at whatever the day throws my way.

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  85. Michelle says:

    I’m not a mom, but I love all your posts about motherhood. They’re realistic and real!

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  86. Isabel Burdge says:

    How to pick just one?? I think my all time favorite HEA post was Major’s Birth Story. It was excellently written, passionate, and insightful! Happy 2nd Anniversary to HEA!! Xoxo

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  87. Katie says:

    Happy birthday HEA! I have so enjoyed the past two years of posts. You always manage to speak to the mood I am in, and I love reading your latest thoughts each week! Major’s nursery reveal may be my favorite post. I have a little one too, and the colors you picked for his room (hello gorgeous crib!!) are so fabulous!! Cheers to the next two years and many more!

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  88. Chelsea says:

    I love your beauty product posts!

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  89. Lauren says:

    I loved your post where you talked about mental illness, the need to take a break and put yourself first. I, too, struggle with those things and it’s so refreshing to hear from someone else who grapples with the same fight. Keep it up, mama.

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  90. Rachel says:

    I loved the blog about post partum depression. Experienced the same so it’s nice to know others experience it and read about it from a different perspective.

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  91. Kelly says:

    Happy birthday HEA!
    I’ve been a fan since day one but my faaave post thus far was your recent one on body image. So real. So honest. So refreshing. Something pretty much everyone can relate to. I’m not a mom and I don’t have kids but what I love about your blog is that it’s all about living your best possible life and all are welcome here no matter what your situation is. Bc as you said “we’re not alone so why pretend to be?” (Ok so that would make this my 2nd favorite post)
    Thank you for all you do – you’re amazing girl.

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  92. Eva, Happy Birthday to Happily Eva After 🎉🎉🎉How exciting!!! I love this post. It made me so happy. The smiles in your eyes and on your faces. It made me want to be in a room with bright balloons. Oh to be 2 again. So I have to pick just one favorite post of yours? I love them all. If I have to pick the one that sticks with me I would have to say Discovering My Healthiest Self. It spoke to me. Even though my baby just turned 22 I felt everything you feel in this post from day one. I wanted to raise a kind and confident daughter. At the same time I wanted to remind myself not to be so hard on me. It’s a daily lesson. And your words encouraged me happily 😍😍😍 Have a great day celebrating your labor of love. Happily Eva After 🎉🎉🎉Love Robyn

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  93. Malissa says:

    Happy Anniversary! Your blog is truly one of my favs. Love all of the personal posts on parenting and always love a good decorating post:) your CT kitchen reveal was probably my favorite. Love following you on Instagram as well and getting a glimpse of your real life through instastories. Thanks for letting us follow along! Here’s to many more blog anniversaries!

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  94. MC says:

    Majors birth story! I still have it book marked. That post was so full of love and strength and was just so inspiring. I loved seeing your energy through the process and it just made me even more convinced you are a total bada$$!

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  95. Jennifer Tavares says:

    Hi! I really loved the post you put up on postpartum issues you were faced with. I dealt with postpartum anxiety and felt very alone during the struggle. Your post really hit home and made me feel like less alone in the daily struggle. Thank you for your honesty and sharing your daily life with us! Happy 2 Year Anniversary!

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  96. Kim says:

    Happy Anniversary! So stoked that I’ve been able to follow along for the past year 🙂

    I bookmarked your April 2016 post “Exciting News!” after I had a miscarriage last month (my first pregnancy). As cathartic as it was to connect on blogs and apps with women who were hurting alongside me, it was almost a turning point when I started reading success-after-miscarriage stories. I had been so happy and excited for you when you announced back then, and now I’ve found excitement for myself in looking forward to having the same happy ending – thank you so so much for sharing both the good and the bad ❤️

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  97. Alexis heldenbrand says:

    Well I have recently checked out your blog and follow you like crazy on Instagram but it is hard to choose just one blog post, but I do have to say my favorite is about your Father’s Day beer chicken post! I do love beer and chicken and never thought the two could go together!

    Happy 2 year anniversary! So exciting. Keep up the awesome hip mommy work and great blog goodies and advice!

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  98. Greta says:

    By far my favorite post was “How are you really?” It spoke to me so much and helped me realize that I need to be raw with my mommy friends to develop a strong support group. Because let’s face it life it just tough sometimes! Thank you for all your insight, you are doing great! Congrats!!

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  99. Vittoria Baldassarre says:

    First of all your two kids are ADORABLE! Soo cute that even my husband ,who just opned his own instagram account(but still follows through mine) said I think I’m going to follow her too!: )

    Love your diy’s post,my favourite! Lavander sachets!
    And Love when you have your makeup tutorial! ; )

    These are two sooo…do I win because I mentioned two of your posts that I love??!! : )

    Congrats on your second year!

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  100. Lisa says:

    Hi Eva, Happy 2 Year Anniversary! So very exciting! It’s hard to say a favorite HEA because you cover so many fun and wonderful, open and honest thoughts and life experiences, that’s it hard to pick one. Your family is amazing and I love watching Instagram stories every day of you all. It’s great seeing Marlowe and Major changing all the time. As I type this it’s weird because we are obviously strangers to one another and you are so open with your life and you no nothing of me. I’m not a weirdo lol. A 50 year old single woman, unfortunately never married nor had kids, but have 2 beautiful nieces. I’m leasy20 on Instagram if you feel you want to know I’m not a creeper. Anyway, sidetracking. Thank you for being you and being real! It’s so nice to see. Have an amazing day! And again, congrats! My best, Lisa

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  101. MSB says:

    Happy 2 Year HEA Anniversary! So hard to pick ONE blog as my favorite…as they are all relatable as a mother, wife and as a woman. Major’s birth story just came to mind now, as I am thinking of my youngest’s upcoming 1st birthday! Thinking of all the raw emotions, and dreams that overcome you when you become a mother, and reading that blog puts me right back in that moment-reminiscent of how my deliveries were and knowing exactly how you felt during yours! Thank you for sharing your stories with us!

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  102. Gwendolyn Deitrick says:

    Your miscarriage post was the most honest, straight, humanizing post on miscarriage I have ever read. I think it really connected a lot of your readers to you and your journey -celebrations, good fortune and struggles included. Congratulations on 2 years!

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  103. Kirsten says:

    My favorite HEA post is about Lowie becoming a big sister!! Major Boy!

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  104. Erin says:

    My favorite posts were your room reveals at the new house. I was having to redo my house last year (due to a flood) and the info you posted about your house and the rooms was great for me. Congrats on two years!

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  105. Brook says:

    Loved your Glam room reveal- so chic!

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  106. Li says:

    I recently started following your blog and through exploration came across the post “Miscarriage Update + The Healing Hearts Comfort Kit.” I suffered a miscarriage at 8 weeks pregnant at the end of May 2017 and have been completely heartbroken. This was my second pregnancy, as my husband and I already have a very sweet & busy 2.5 year old boy. I was experiencing so many pregnancy symptoms already and thought our baby was thriving. I had so many hopes and dreams for our second addition, as well and the loss came as a complete shock to us. This post gave me the idea of planting a seed in honour of our angel baby, as well as the realization that so many other woman experience this terrible loss in their lives. Thank you for being so open and honest and sharing a piece of your life with us. And happy 2 year anniversary.

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  107. Caitlin says:

    My favorite post is was your honest share of your mental health struggles after Major boy’s injury. I was going through a challenging bout post partum anxiety when I read the post and it helped get help and speak up about what I needed to get better. Thanks for being an awesome, real role model (with great style too!)

    Xx,
    Caitlin

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  108. Laurel Walsh says:

    Love that you didn’t even use your birthing pool after your hubby set it all up!! 😅

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  109. Lisa bell says:

    My favorite post is probably the before and after pics of your house. Love the changes and the vibrant color pallet.

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  110. Brittany says:

    Yay Eva!! Congrats on 2 years!! I’ve been reading along for almost that long now, and I just adore you and your blog. I wasn’t a mommy yet when I first started reading here, but now I have a daughter 5 days younger than Major and I just love sharing along in your experiences!
    I have to say it’s really hard to just pick one of your blog posts as a favorite, but one that definitely stands out is Nannygate 2.0. You have the best way of writing all your blogs in detail, honesty, and just plain hilarity! I wanted to grab some popcorn while reading that post 😂
    So thank you for always keeping it real and allowing us into your life, it’s a welcome treat I look forward to!

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  111. Rebecca Rosales says:

    I love getting your newsletter every Friday! I think my favorite Happily Eva After post was Major’s Birth Story *cue the ugly cry/sob while at work*
    Such a beautiful family! I have dealt with infertility for 5 years but absolutely love seeing families grow with the birth of a new baby!

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  112. TD says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I would have to say Parenting A Rainbow Baby, but I really do enjoy all you share. It’s nice to know I’m not alone on a lot of the stuff you write about!

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  113. Izzy says:

    Happy Birthday HEA!

    My favorite post so far has been Major’s birth story! Having just had a baby boy myself, it resonated with me in so many ways!
    xx

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  114. Stephanie B says:

    Happy Birthday!! I love the post about raising Marlowe with self love and confidence! I have a 6 month old daughter, Emilia, and I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to that post occasionally for tips as she continues to grow!

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  115. Melissa H. says:

    I love reading your blog so it’s s hard to pick a favorite! I love how honest and real you are. You don’t pretend that everything is perfect all the time. I think that is what I love about you so much! If I had to pick just one favorite I think it would be Major’s birth story. It was so emotional reading that and looking at the pictures. Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much and keep being YOU!!

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  116. Kyra milnamow says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time was definitely nannygate 2.0. It was the story that introduced me to this wonderful blog. Your brutal honesty and the sense of humor you maintained in such an insane situation made me instantly fall in love with this blog! Although, it also gave me relationship hope. It’s. I nice to know there are honest men out there who will do the right thing. Love following this family and all of your adventures!

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  117. Sam says:

    Happy Birthday HEA! My favorite HEA post is the “How Are Your Really?” Post. I have struggled with anxiety and this helped me through a tough time recently. I truly appreciate all that you share and can’t wait for the next chapter!

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  118. Virginia Lockhart says:

    Congrats!!!

    I remember the day I stumble upon your blog and fell in love. I love how you make motherhood look easy, but still keep it real. I may not be a mother as of yet, but with this blog and all the amazing post in it I’m sure I can make it threw the journey.

    My favorite post is the big sister post, because it made me reflect on when I became a big sister for the first time.

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  119. Kulsoom Jafri says:

    Happy Anniversary! Love your page and following you on snapchat and IG! My favorite was your birth story on Major’s arrival, but I’ve loved all of them. The videos of Major crawling under the coffee table this morning put a smile on my face. Love watching them grow up! Enjoy the horse show and thanks for sharing your stories and experiences and your family, with all of us!

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  120. Helen says:

    I loved all your posts on motherhood! 🙂

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  121. Emily Boyle says:

    I loved your post about your sweet rainbow baby, Major. It takes so much courage to write about such intimate and raw emotions. Thank you for sharing your heart and for always encouraging mothers to stick together and encourage each other. XOXO!

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  122. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on your 2 year blog-a-versary! I started reading your blog while you were pregnant with Major and my favorite post was the one you wrote about Marlowe adjusting to Big Sisterhood. Your children are absolutely adorable and I just love seeing their photos on the blog and all of your insta stories. I enjoy your blog so much because of your unbridled honesty and humor. Keep up the great work!

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  123. Irina Visan says:

    Happy Birthday HEA!!!! To many, many more years of inspiration, fun and love from this community!
    I know for sure that my all time favorite post was the one about raising Lowie (I don’t comment much but I did so on that post). It spoke to me as a woman and (hopefully) future mother. I love the way you empower your little girl and that shines through so much because she already is confident, strong and has so much personality. I’m sure Maje will have that as well and hope to be as wise with my kids some day.

    Love HEA and your awesome family so much! Thank you!

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  124. Ashley Sager says:

    My favorite post was “Teaching My Daughter Self-Love & Confidence”. I’ve been pretty unhappy with my body most of my life and I don’t want my daughter to ever feel like she’s less than, not “perfect”, not good enough, etc. I want her to know she can be whoever she wants and be anything she wants. I’ve also made it a point to never say anything negative about myself in front of either of my kids, or to say anything negative about someone else. My son has cerebral palsy and will go his whole life with people thinking of him as different and staring at him when he walks, so I try my best to teach them that everyone is different, moves at their own speed, weird is good, and always be kind! ❤️ Thanks for always being honest and sharing so much of your life!

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  125. Krystal says:

    I loved all your posts but Breastfeeding Round 2 hit home for me. I just finished feeling like I failed my twins because I wasn’t producing enough and I gave up. I cried and cried. Your post made me sit up and reliaze a happy mom is the best mom and to move on!
    Thank you for being honest and yourself!
    I love your blog!

    K

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  126. Margaret b says:

    I liked the one about Marlowe and how you are raising her to be strong and independent! I thought it had great tips

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  127. Arielle says:

    I love your obsession posts! I watch all of your insta videos and have purchased your makeup recs! Your kids are the cutest and I’ve even talked to my husband about naming our future child Marlowe!!

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  128. Katie says:

    Hi Eva,

    I’m a newer subscriber/follower to the blog, but have loved you on Instagram for quite a while. I’m not a parent, but am married and I so appreciate how wide reaching your posts/topics/blogs are. They apply to me too! The post that resonates with me the most, to this day, is “Thr Struggle is Real.” I’ve gone back and re-read it several times. As I said, I’m not a parent, but mental health and the struggles surrounding it are so real and effect everyone. As someone who is overweight and struggles with those issues and the stigma around it, this post connected with me. As a wife of a wonderful man that struggles with depression, this post connected with me. I guess I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for letting us in and sharing with all of us. Congratulations on two amazing years!

    With gratitude,
    Katie

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  129. Mrs. Laurent says:

    This one is my fave! Honestly, this hits so close to home. Motherhood has been one heck of an adventure! Going into it completely blind! As I was the first in my group of friends to become a Mom, I was scared to death of messing up. It’s nice to have a Mommy support system (which luckily I’ve acquired over the years). These Mommy blogs are also a nice bonus! We’re all in this together. Mistakes and all!

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  130. Maria says:

    First let me start with Happy Birthday and Congratulations on 2 Years!!! What a milestone. I have to say that every thing you have written about has been inspiring, touching, and helpful. But the one that hit home with me the most was your honest approach on mental illness, depression, and post-partum. It helped open a better dialogue with my daughter who is 26 and currently struggling with this. She and I both love your blog so much and it couldn’t have been written at a better time. I was able to share things with her that I hadn’t shared with many people about my struggles. As a mom I tried to be the always strong role model in her life, but not sharing my struggles all this time wasn’t helping anyone. Thank you for opening the conversation and for helping me walk this journey with my daughter ~ Maria

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  131. Chrissy says:

    I love all of your posts, but one that really resonated with me was a recent Disneyland post where you reflected on your miscarriage and how meaningful it was to bring you son to Disneyland. I have had many miscarriages and we are still praying for a happy ending. I really appreciated your honesty.
    Congratulations on two years! Keep up the success.

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  132. Lizzy says:

    I started following your blog when you were getting Fixes from Stitch Fix. I’m a stylist for the company and I loved seeing you in the clothes. I even remember you were wearing a floral shift dress with leopard print block heels and I fell in love with the outfit immediately. Since then I’ve loved following along with you during motherhood since my daughter is around the same age as Marlowe. I feel like you’re my BFF and I always adore watching your Instastories through out the day. Keep on keeping on and bringing us this fab, original content. You and your fam are much loved by your Dallas BFF, Lizzy XOXO

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  133. Kyla Graber says:

    Congratulations on two years HEA! I have enjoyed reading your blog and following your journey. One of my favorite posts is a more recent post that came at just the right time, Discovering My Healthiest Self. As someone who came to the realization recently that I have been dieting for over half my life now and consistantly judge myself when I “fail” because I gave into temptation. I realized I just can’t continue this way anymore because I know it will end up being a lifetime of struggle if I don’t start taking steps to change certain things and get things under control. It was nice to read about your journey (it’s always nice when someone shares their story, when you’re going through something or feel lost about a situation you feel alone and it’s a nice reminder that you’re not alone) and hear your encouragement to help discover my healthiest self, thank you.

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  134. Tracy Anne says:

    Happy birthday to HEA! 🙂 I’m pretty sure my favorite posts were the potty files. So sweet to read about what a cheerleader you were for her, even during a time when her strong will was the most trying. It’ll be interesting to see just a couple short years down the road when it’s little Man M’a turn, if his chilled out nature makes potty training more or less challenging than your tiny Diva? Fingers crossed he doesn’t give you and even bigger run for your money 😉 xoxo

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  135. Beth says:

    I check in with HEA religiously. I’m inspired by your upbeat outlook and quirky and chic sense of style, and I also relate to SO much, being the mama to a 2 year old and nearly 3 month old (both girls). It doesn’t hurt that I have found such useful tips (milkies and mother’s milk tea!). If I had to choose, my favorite post by far was Major’s birth story! The account was just beautifully written and accompanied by such gorgeous photos, I was truly moved by such a powerful experience. I’m getting a little misty-eyed thinking about it! Thank you for sharing all that you do.

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  136. My favorite HEA post was your honest journey with breastfeeding. As a new mom myself, I was greatly struggling with this as well and greatly appreciated you sharing your story and being so vulnerable to do so. Thank you!

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  137. Amy says:

    Happy birthday HEA!!!!

    I found your blog about a year ago. I always find your posts so relatable and so real. Thank you for that! You’ve given me some great ideas as well as lifted me up when I needed it.

    I do miss your Instastory Q&As, but I also have 2 little ones so I get it! 😉

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  138. Michelle M says:

    Congrats on 2 years! First I want to say that the posts that were probably the hardest for you to write, were the ones I appreciated the most: PPD/anxiety, family accidents, etc- those definitely helped normalize motherhood and the struggles we all experience in our own ways. AND although your nanny drama was always so juicy and I loved seeing your room reveals- the post I enjoyed reading the most was how you met your husband. I just love love stories though 🙂

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  139. Erika says:

    My favorite post is your road towards a good mental health and the steps that you took after you had Major. Very brave and relatable post. ❤️

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  140. Madison Rosa says:

    First of all congratulations on your two year “blog”versary! I have been a dedicated reader since the beginning. My favorite blog post was a newer one, Discovering my Healthiest Self. It’s comforting to know that someone I admire as a strong women has dealt with the same issues I find myself dealing with now. It really spoke to me and gave me a sense of healing and motivation. I’m 19 years old and an aspiring actress and hearing your stories and growth makes me stronger. I feel blessed to have a place like your blog that I can go to for honest, real, and healthy life style advice and fashion tips. From the bottom of my heart thank you for all you do and I look forward to many more years of inspirational reading from you along with the most adorable pictures of your beautiful family.
    Sending love,
    Madison

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  141. Jessie says:

    My favorite HEA blog post is Major’s birth story. It was beautiful and raw. It was like I was right there cheering you along and crying and celebrating with you when he was born. It made ME feel like I could accomplish anything.

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  142. Sarah Griffin says:

    I really enjoy all that you write on interior decorating, motherhood, etc but my favorite post was your story on how you met your love Kyle! It was a really fun read!!

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  143. Brianne says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

    My favorite HEA post is Growing from Three to Four. My husband and I are ready to try for our second baby (my daughter just turned 1). When I think about adding another person to the mix, all kinds of emotions start running wild. While I definitely want my daughter to have a sibling, I am constantly asking myself how I will be able to love another little one as much as I love my daughter. This year as a first time mom has had it’s challenges, but my daughter and I have grown so much together. The love I have for her is unexplainable, and I wonder how we will adjust to a new baby and if I will still have time to cuddle her and tell her how much I love her. Reading your blog post about this gives me hope that this transition from 3 to 4 will not be as scary as I’m imagining it to be. As I read it again the other day I cried. But when I see you with Marlow and Major, you prove that us moms have more than enough love for all of our children. Thank you for sharing with us Eva.

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  144. Kristin says:

    Happy Birthday! My favorite post was about potty training. I had just started training my son and was running into a couple of obstacles. Your post gave me a few ideas on how to change it up and BAM! he is now potty trained. My kids are about the same age so I look forward to reading your blog every week!

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  145. GLG says:

    Love your rainbow baby post. Acknowledging the feelings, sorting thru ur Majorboy pregnancy, all with honesty helps woman feel, feel it’s all okay and going to be okay. Thank you! ❤️

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  146. Pam says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Eva, you are so authentic, unique & awesome! I truly enjoy following you & your cute family on IG (love the daily InstaStories) and look forward to the newsletters, too — yes, I actually read them!

    It’s not easy to pick a favorite blog post, but I think Major’s Birth Story is amazing on so many levels.

    Thanks for all that you do & share with all of us!

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  147. Melanie says:

    I love all your posts, but I really loved Big Sisterhood. It’s so fun watching your Instata Stories, and seeing how sweet your kids are. Marlowe is a darling big sister, and Major is such a handsome little guy. Thanks for being real, and showing the true side of motherhood and raising little ones. Congratulations, on 2 years!

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  148. Shelly P. says:

    Happy second birthday!! My favorite post isn’t because it was fun, but because it helped me in my healing. I found your blog because of the post you wrote about your miscarriage. I read and re-read that post several times. It was about a year after my miscarriage and two years into fertility treatments for me. I had so many similarities. I was 9 weeks 5 days. I had seen that beautiful heartbeat and began telling people. When I went in for my next ultrasound there was no heartbeat. Your post meant so much to me that I even saved a quote from it and kept it on my computer to read when I was feeling down. It was “It gives me a lot of solace knowing that I told- that I have shared its existence with you, that it mattered, and that we loved it. And that will have to do.” Thank you for that!

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  149. Holly says:

    My favorite Happily Eva After blog post is ‘Five Years Married.’ I love relationship articles!

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  150. Alicia says:

    I do not have a favorite HEA post but I did love seeing all the posts about your new home renovations and decorating!

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  151. Cindy says:

    I love you beauty stories. They are simple and don’t have 25 products! Actual, pretty, simple , real favorites.

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  152. Nicole Haddad says:

    My absolute favorite HEA post was Major’s birth story! I was 8 month pregnant when you posted it and I had dreamed of having a home birth but could not due to complications that landed me on bedrest (baby girl Romy is healthy and amazing). I remember reading that post over and over again and crying the happiest tears over and over again. It was just beautiful!!! Such a powerful post, so raw and beautiful. Thank you for always being so honest and open with your life! Favorite blog ever!

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  153. Mistie says:

    Hey Eva,
    My favorite post was “Essays on Motherhood”. I want to comment so often, but usually don’t. This was one that hit home for me. I love your blog, and Instagram posts. I definitely relate, and look forward to seeing your funny videos, and reading your thoughtful articles. Happy 2 year anniversary! Keep up the great work!!!

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  154. Kari says:

    I mostly LOVE your insta stories! I just think you’re so real, and your family is adorable (ummm Marlowe is hilarious! and Major is ADORABLE!) I love all your posts but I loved Major’s birth story the most! We’re not pregnant (yet) but hoping soon, & I am fascinated with people’s birth stories! There is something so beautiful about how each person enters the world so uniquely and I love how well you captured his with your words!

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  155. Heidi says:

    I love your post on teaching your daughter self-worth!! I struggle with this everyday with my three daughters. I’ll think we are on the right track and doing good and someone will say something from outside our nice little bubble and I feel like I’m back pedaling trying to re-teach something!!

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  156. Colleen Shrout says:

    I loved the recent post on the double stroller and of course the birth stories.

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  157. Kari says:

    Choose one? That’s rough. I would say any post where you have opened up about mental health after babies. As a Mom who suffered from PPD twice, you have no idea how much it helps me to see another mom feel the way I do. Thank you for that. ❤️❤️

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  158. Jill Pino says:

    Hi Eva! I have quite a few favorites, it’s so hard to narrow it down!!

    If I have to pick just one, it would be when you spoke about your struggles with post partum depression. I had my second daughter about a month before you had Major, and I had no idea how much I was struggling, until after reading your post. You’d think I would be more in tune with myself because I work as a counselor on an inpatient unit at a mental health hospital. Anyway, to make a long story short, your post helped me to go get help and to be a happy, healthy mama for my two girls. So, I’d like to say thank you ❤️

    On a happy note, I love your room reveals because we just built a home…design obsessed!!

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  159. Vicki Hunter says:

    My favorite blog you’ve written was a recent one: TEACHING MY DAUGHTER SELF-LOVE & CONFIDENCE. I am a mother of two young girls (3 and 3 months) and this post hit home for me. It’s challenging to raise a daughter in today’s world when people are so quick to judge and not support one another. I want nothing more than for them to grow up happy and find their place in the world, whatever that place they choose may be.

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  160. Barbara says:

    Happy birthday HEA! I love love LOVE your post with Major’s birth story! I was pregnant with my second at the time, hoping for a successful VBAC and I find it super inspiring and motivating. You have a beautiful family and a beautiful blog!

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  161. Aja Gray says:

    I’m new to reading you blog so I would have to say this post is my favorite thus far. I love how down to earth and humble of a mama you are 🙂

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  162. Shawnna says:

    It was the Save on Style with Secondhand about your order with Thredup. I had never heard about their site and I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  163. Rachel M says:

    I’ve been a follower since the beginning and my favorite posts are definitely the ones of your home in LA and your new place. I love seeing what people do with their spaces and you have a great eye for design!

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  164. Hailey says:

    I love them all! More recently, I really liked “Teaching My Daughter Self-Love and Confidence.” You are such an inspiring mom and I want to be Marlowe when I grow up. (I’m 24 but tell my husband this all the time.)

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  165. Sapir says:

    Happy 2 year anniversary to your blog Eva! I Always love getting some good and honest advices about pretty much everything. My favorite HEA post is definitely lowie room decor, got back reading it multiple times

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  166. Julie says:

    The posts that resonated with me the most are Major’s birth story and your post about parenting after a loss <3 So glad I found your blog!

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  167. Christina farese says:

    Hello!! My favorite post was discovering your healthy self!! I struggle with fitness lately and reading that makes me feel good!!

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  168. Sierra says:

    Hi Eva! Congratulations on 2 years! I have been a reader since the beginning and look forward to your posts on instagram and blog daily! As a fellow Connecticut dweller my favorite post is tied between when you announced you were moving to Connecticut and when you wrote about your miscarriage and raising your rainbow baby. I had a really rough time after my miscarriage and felt really guilty after getting pregnant again, almost like I was trying to replace the baby I lost. Your post helped me realize it’s ok to mourn for your lost while celebrating the new one you created. I love how honest and raw your posts are, I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog and wish you the best of luck for years to come! You have a beautiful family!
    Much love,
    Sierra

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  169. Hannah says:

    2 years! Congrats! I love following your little family and feel so comforted by so many of your posts! I especially the loved the Sex After Baby one… Oh man! Love that you keep evolving and feeling more open in this space. So refreshing! Also I wish I had your pool… Summer living looks so heavenly in your yard 🙂

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  170. Stephanie Boysen says:

    Two years, so exciting!! My favorite HEA post was on mental health. Since I don’t have children just yet your candidness and humor on all things motherhood leads me to believe with a little bit of laughter, love and positivity you can get through anything.

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  171. Stacy younger says:

    My favorite post was your honest story of Major’s accident. It really helped me through some personal stuff I was fighting with at the time, and to hear I wasn’t alone helped. I think sometimes it takes an outsider to break down the walls you build. Thank you very much for sharing your stories with us, those of great joy and great sorrow. Your helping people everyday be sure to take pride in that. Congrats on 2 years I know the best is yet to come!

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  172. Amber C says:

    Congratulations on 2 yrs! I’ve read from the beginning, signed up for the newsletter when it was announced and watch your instastories daily! It’s hard to pick one favorite post but your blog about major’s birth story was beautiful. I had a home birth and birth center birth and so I loved reading how that went for you and my second one went quickly too! I find birth stories in general so fascinating but watching you grow him and your journey after loss made your story especially beautiful. Congratulations again! Cheers to many more anniversaries 🥂

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  173. Cat says:

    I have loved following you and reading your newsletter. Congrats on 2 awesome years. As a fellow momma I can say I enjoy your honesty and hilarity through these crazy times with tiny babes.

    My favorite post was definitely the one in which you opened up about taking time to take care of yourself and work on your mental health after suffering such a traumatic experience last year. It is so uplifting to see people talk about the difficulties humans experience because, well, we’re human. So thanks for that!! 😊

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  174. Ashley says:

    Happy 2 years! Your blogs really speak to me in different levels of my life as a Mother, a woman and love how Authentic you are especially with your honesty. Your blog post from 9/2016 on “Your Relationship to Breastfeeding” was something that really spoke to me before having my first baby in November of 2016 and also after his birth. First off my son was a rainbow baby after many losses and years of fails at a successful viable pregnancy. Breastfeeding was my dream! After his delivery he was taken from me due to having the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck twice. Once he was handed to me I also did not place him on my breast but simply allowed him the ability to do so on his own with a little help. 5 hour after he was born my hemoglobin level dropped to extreme measures of hemorrhaging that was caused from third degree tearing but also a high tear in my cervix that required surgery. I was to be put under and my newborn was to be taken from me for several hours by my husband. This was just my first scary time as a mother. That night my son clusterfed every 10 minutes for about 9 hours straight without barely sleeping. Nobody told me it would be this hard and that delivering him naturally would cause so much damage to my body. My son had jaundice from birth the day after our release he saw the pediatrician we had to check his bilirubin levels which went up significantly in one day. He had what the doctor said as, “Breastmilk Jaundice” my supply after 3 days was not fully in so he was just getting minimal collstrum. He lost over a pound and was severely dehydrated without our knowledge. He was placed in medical care to go under photo uv lights to bring down the levels. Talk about fearing more than ever in just a week of delivering, recovering and a newborn already having a medical issue. The day after his admittance in the hospital my supply came in full force, I was able to feed him and pump whenever he was sleeping and inbetween feedings. Like you I HATED pumping! I had an oversupply from my son nursing so often and sometimes for half hour at a time. But he also sometimes was not receieving all the fatty milk when drinking until awhile into feeding and wouldn’t get all the nutrients he needed from it. So my doctor told me to supplement which broke my heart but only way to help get rid of the jaundice completely. After 2 months my supply dimishished created by medical issues, a bit of baby blues and strain mentally from being a first time mom. Your post helped me know it’s okay to have some likes and dislikes about breastfeeding. Thank you for your honesty and not being afraid to say things.

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  175. Jessica Pichardo says:

    My favorite is the one with Major’s birth story. I find it such a real post for us moms, you talk about your fears and how your body just knew what to do. I had my first baby 10 months ago and for me the birth was the single greatest moment of my life. I’m a full time mom and I love all your posts about parenting and pregnancy. Thank you for letting us be a part of your home 🙂 Btw, my baby love watching your kids on your Instagram stories hahahaha. Happy anniversary and hope you have many more! 🎉

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  176. Mallory W. says:

    Congratulations on two years! It may not seem like a long time, but in the blogger world, it’s a major achievement! You are definitely one of my favorites, mostly because you keep it real. I forget at times that you were in one of my all-time favorite movies (Saved!) and I look at you as just another ordinary person! I know if we were to ever meet, you would be super sweet and down-to-earth! I love that about you!

    My favorite post was your story about how you met Kyle. I love these kinds of stories and yours was definitely a great one! Those are memories to cherish, I know I’ll never forget how I met my husband! We’ve been together for almost 8 years and it’s been a wild ride! 😉

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  177. Hanna says:

    I’ve been following on Instagram for a few months now and today is my first time browsing the HEA blog. I happened upon Happily Eva Answers : Putting the “me” back in mommy. This gave me life! Your response felt like a conversation I would have with a close friend and so comforting. I love this community of positivity you have created. I so enjoy your tales of motherhood and have come to find your journey so inspiring! Congrats on 2 years!

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  178. Stacey says:

    Happy Birthday HEA! I discovered your blog right when I had my baby a year ago next month. It has been such a helpful thing. I’m a working Mom just like you and working 40 hours a week, 10 hour days is tough, especially while breastfeeding/pumping. Your blog post(s) about breastfeeding made me realize that I need to give myself a little grace and that no matter what happens, it’s okay and my baby will still be happy, healthy and completely in love with me. Thank you for your honestly!!!

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  179. Sara Wiley says:

    Favorite post has to your story of how you’ve come to love your body. I’ve struggled many years with this issue and it means the world to me to hear someone else’s journey and that’s normal to feel this way!
    Thank you for your wonderful blog Eva!

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  180. Dawn says:

    Hi there!
    My favorite HEA post is probably Major’s birth story followed closely by the one you did about spending time down in SC with Kyle’s family. Like many have said, you are so real and relatable and you just lay it all out there and that is so refreshing. The age of social media that we’re in is often so staged and you are just real. You kids are adorable and your husband seems like just a great guy! Perfect match for you. Thank you for opening your life up to us!!

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  181. Hallie says:

    Thank you so much for creating this beautiful, funny, raw, inspiring, and safe little haven on the internet. Congrats on your Birthday!

    My favorite post has to be “The Struggle is Real”. I found it so inspiring and refreshing to read something that wasn’t trying to be anything other than real honest emotion. It’s so rare and I found it hit me when and where I needed it most (as many of your posts do), and provided some much needed light.

    THANK YOU!

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  182. Bridget says:

    Your blog on “Discovering my healthiest self” was my absolute favorite! Of all the blogs and articles I’ve read on being healthy I think yours is the best. Not only are your thoughts so realistic and true in today’s world. But by the end of it you made me feel better about my body and that’s so not the case in all the others I’ve read. So thank you for your well thought words.
    Hope you have a great day celebrating this triumph!
    Bridget

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  183. Julieta says:

    Congratulations Eva on your amazing blog! My favourite HEA post is “Struggling Less”, and basically anyone in which you talk about your mental health issues, especially because I —as a very anxious and hypochondriac person— find it quite relaxing and comforting when people talk about their own personal issues, which, I know, is not easy at all. But I love your Instagram post the most! Marlowe, Kyle and Major are so so cute! Keep it going, girl! You rock <3

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  184. Andrea Bardo says:

    I absolutely LOVE you and your family. Your kids are the sweetest. I love your blogs about DIY. I have been doing a lot of DIY over the years. I loved your Halloween blog… I come from a long line of people that’s favorite holiday is Halloween. Thank you for all your stories on IF and all your stories on your blog. You are amazing!

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  185. Tiffany says:

    I am fairly new to the blog but I enjoyed the Staying Safe Outdoors post. My 19 month old gets eaten up by bugs in the summer so I was excited to see a new product to try for him.

    We both love watching your videos on Instagram. Happy Anniversary!

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  186. Andrea Bardo says:

    Congratulations on 2 years!

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  187. Nora says:

    I really connected with your breastfeeding posts. I struggled with breastfeeding my first and I’m getting anxious about giving it a go with my second who’s due in october. Your posts on the topic have helped me just go with the flow and that making sure that my child is fed is the most important thing.

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  188. Jenny says:

    Hi Eva! I love reading your blog and I especially love your instastories! I had a baby boy like… a month after you had Major (and I have a 3 year old daughter) so I felt like we kind had concurrent lives and I loved hearing about your life! I think one of my favorite posts was Major’s birth story! I had my son in a hospital but he came so fast that I went totally natural too, no drugs even though I was definitely planning on an epidural! So I think your post kinda prepared me for a natural birth, even though it wasn’t the plan! 😃

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  189. Anastasia Howell says:

    My favorite was when you spoke about Majors accident. It was heartbreaking to read what had happened to him, but your openness and realness was inspiring to me and I’m sure many others. Thank you for sharing your journey as a mom and wife! ❤ from 🇨🇦 – Anastasia

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  190. Annie says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog posts and following you on Instagram. I have two children similar to the age of your children. Two boys, one is two and one is six months. I enjoy reading your tips and day-to-day life thoughts and ideas. My favorite HEA post are struggling less and Majors birth story.I too struggle with anxiety and can very much so relate.

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  191. Jen Carlson says:

    I absolutely LOVE your daily instastories with your kiddos…always brings a smile to my day!! My favorite post of yours has to be when you shared your personal struggle with your mental health after Major’s fall. It was so raw & real & I know it helped people near & far. As a mom who struggled with post partum depression & anxiety it helped me to feel not so alone in my struggle. Keep up the awesome hard work…it’s definitely appreciated!!!

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  192. Melany Salisbury says:

    Happy 2 year anniversary! I’ve only been following for a couple months now but I’m so thankful to have found your blog. Your voice is so fresh and authentic. A lot of blogs today sound so contrived but never yours. My favorite post would have to be Major’s birth story. It was so incredible to hear about your experience. It has given me the courage to try a natural birth as well. Cheers!

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  193. Katie says:

    Congrats on 2 years! I loved Major’s birth story. It’s a good reminder to find the path that makes you happy and trust your body and support system.

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  194. Jess Bunt says:

    My favorite post was Major’s birth story! And any of the posts that talked about your miscarriage, having been someone who has also suffered, I appreciate the openness and honesty!

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  195. Miranda C says:

    First of all congratulations on the two year anniversary! This blog has been part of my daily routine for a few months now and I love it!
    As for my favorite post I would have to say your birth story about Major is my fav. I personally have a lot of anxiety about childbirth and the process, pain, etc! Your story about giving birth was beautiful and has honestly helped me to lessen some of my concerns. So, thank you!!

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  196. Lauren says:

    Your Instagram stories are BY FAR my favorite HEA post of all time – can I say that?! Does that count?! Just clump them all together – past, present, and future, and make that my favorite, because they are so perfectly in-the-moment, and funny, and inspiring, and endearing, and I could go on all day.

    But in all seriousness, a post that has stuck with me (it’s actually the first post of yours that I ever read – I started following your blog in January 2017), is ‘The Struggle is Real.’ I am not a mother, and I have certainly not dealt with the struggles that you describe in this post, but MAN do I cry each time I read it. This post is incredible – it is raw, it is heartbreakingly emotional, but it is also SO inspiring and real. And it has been amazing to watch you and your family grow over the last six months.

    “With open arms, I welcome 2017 as the year I learn to forgive a little deeper, to let go a little more easily, to accept some things I cannot change, and to love myself a lot more unconditionally.” Words to live by, Eva. Thank you!

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  197. Clare says:

    Happy 2nd birthday blog! My favorite post is Marlowe’s room reveal. The pictures made me smile from ear to ear and I can’t imagine how happy the space must make your daughter feel!

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  198. Katie says:

    I love the one on teaching your daughter self love and confidence. I have a 10 month old baby and had not even begun to think about how to start teaching her those things. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  199. Allison says:

    Your miscarriage post really spoke to me. I’ve had two in the last few months and it’s always nice to hear someone else’s perspective and know you’re not alone. I love so much of what you post! We’re also in CT so it’s always fun to see when you post about local spots!

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  200. Phara says:

    Discovering My Healthiest Self was my fave. Soy…who knew?!

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  201. Samantha deLage says:

    Happy anniversary you beautiful being!

    I love all your blog posts but the one that is my favorite is for sure your “How I Met Kyle” post. I LOVE hearing stories of how couples met and I even recounted the whole thing to my husband who pretended to be super interested. I love your guys’ love and hearing how it all started was a fun entry!

    Here’s to 2 years and many MANY more! ❤️🍷

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  202. Katie says:

    Happy 2nd anniversary! I’ve been following you on instagram for a year and I love your posts. I gave birth to my little girl Charlotte 2 months before Major was born so I loved watching your bump grow with mine. My favorite HEA post that comes to mind is Majors birth story. It’s crazy how that day(s) can seem like a blur so soon after. Looking forward to many more awesome posts/insta-stories/photos.

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  203. Jennifer Winters says:

    By far “the struggle is real.” You wrote so honestly and so raw about such a personal and traumatic experience. You opened yourself up and allowed your readers to see a real side to parenting: those moments when bad things happen and you have no control over the situation. I can’t imagine opening up to so many people and becoming so vulnerable to their words. You are so honest and open about all aspects of parenting it’s extremely refreshing. The highs and the lows. It’s very appreciated xx

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  204. Cristina says:

    Gosh! CONGRATS!!!!! I dont know what my favorite posts are because there are SO MANY! Truly, I started reading your blog when you were pregnant with Major and your pregnancy posts are so sweet to me, and now expecting baby #2 I am going back to read them! I love your birth story with Major- I do a lot of similar things with my birth (and hope to this time around)- my first born is now almost 2 so another favorite post is the toddler potty ones! HA! Im on the struggle bus here with potty training. So- I have many favorites, but my favorite thing about you and your blog is your honesty. I feel like Im talking to a friend when I read it- you are genuine, raw and talk about stuff as it is. Its refreshing, and most appreciated. Dont lose that ever! Happy 2 years!

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  205. Today’s is my favorite! Congratulations!!

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  206. Erin says:

    Congratulations first off! I am in awe of your determination, vulnerability, and honesty. I love your stories, posts and photos. I struggle with design so I love love all of your home decorating posts. It inspires me to think of my home as a canvas and not just as a functional space. Being a mom has also caused me to put myself last very often. I deeply appreciate your focus on you and enjoy seeing the beautiful love you and Kyle have.

    All that aside, my favorite post was Majors birth story. I chose to have a homebirth with both my kids. Being able to read your story gave me an immediate connection. I love birth and I’m so glad you had such a beautiful and empowering experience. You are a joy! Congrats again.

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  207. Stacia says:

    Hi Eva,

    First off, congratulations on your blog’s second birthday! I must say that your blog, along with your Instagram account are two things that I enjoy reading and watching for each day. I truly appreciate your down-to-earth realness and the fact that you say it like it is, you are open and honest about the trials, tribulations and celebrations in your life and you do it all while being an incredible mother and looking ah-mazing! As for my favourite post, it has to be the “How I Met Kyle” entry. What a great story – I LOVED reading about your beginnings.

    Happiest of Birthdays HEV!
    Stacia

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  208. Jaimie says:

    Today’s is my favorite! Congrats and Happy Anniversary!!

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  209. Katie Jackson says:

    Absolutely love all of your posts and following you along with your adorable family! If picking just one is the request, I would have to say your post of giving birth to Major. Hands down the most perfectly written, genuine and real post that spoke volumes to me of your dedication to yourself, your husband and your children. After having one son and then a complete hysterectomy at 32 years, there’s nothing I want more than to bring another child into our family. Unfortunately that’s not possible for me but to have the privilege of reading your post made my “hard” days a little brighter so thank you for sharing yourself with the all of us. Thank you for the time it takes to raise a family and still want to share with your followers. You inspire others, you inspire ME!

    All the of best to you.

    With Love,
    Katie
    Buford, GA

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  210. Alexandra says:

    Happy Anniversary to you, Eva! I have so many posts I love because I have enjoyed the wide range of things you do. However, my all time favorite blog post was your post you did on Major’s birth. I have never thought of home births and the idea of it really took me to a whole new level of respect for those who do things differently than I may or may not do in the future. It was very open, and very heartfelt given your circumstances in the past and I loved how you just always seem so confident with your way of life. It’s a real joy to see those who are pro-active in their struggles and use them as fuel for finding the good. Happy Anniversary to your blog and I can’t wait for more posts in the future! Much love!♥️

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  211. Britni vanBlommestein says:

    My fave post of all time is your real and authentic post about life and pregnancy after a miscarriage. I was introduced to your blog shortly after I miscarried myself. I appreciated your honesty about making the mindful descion to be positive and optimistic when becoming pregnant again. I channeled this energy on my own journey and am blessed to have welcomed a baby boy into this world 16 days ago.

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  212. Lauren says:

    I really appreciated your recent post about maintaining weight through healthy lifestyle choices and not about being anal about calories and such. This is a struggle I’ve had myself, and I admit I was really curious how you bounced back after pregnancy – and your answer was a lesson in self love! Also, I shared your beer can chicken recipe with my dad and he made it for Father’s Day!! Happy Birthday, HEA!!

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  213. Nicole Lyons says:

    My favorite is majors birth story. It was right before my home birth and it brought me so much strength and peace. I love that you share your deepest thoughts and feelings your readers. It takes a lot of courage. I have so much respect for what you do! Thanks for the great reads xo

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  214. Congratulations on your anniversary! My favorite blog is the one about raising Marlowe. I recently had a niece and I am taking your words and applying them to myself with her.
    Thank you. 😊

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  215. Jennifer Nordstrom says:

    Hi Eva,
    I love your blog! My favorite story was the pregnancy after miscarriage. I too have had my own pregnancy loss before my daughter. I was 23 weeks pregnant when I went into early labor and my son died he was not able to breath on his own b/c his lungs weren’t fully developed. Reading your story helped me feel better to know that there our other people out there who have loss as well.

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  216. Nathalie says:

    I loved your birth post.
    I was pregnant at the time and really hoping for a VBAC. I was completely petrified and horrified by the idea of it all and afte reading your post, all I wanted was a home birth. To be in the comfort of my own home, with people of my choosing surrounding me, on my terms.
    Unfortunately it didn’t end up that way, but I was so much more confident going into my birth (which was another c-section).

    I love that all your posts include your journey as a mom, especially the ups and downs of being a mom of 2.

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  217. Lisa says:

    The post I love the most is the story of when you and Kyle met. I loved it! I told my boyfriend the whole story and he thought it was pretty cool. Congrats to two years…here’s to many more!

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  218. Mallory says:

    Hey Eva! Love your blog and watching your Instagram videos. You’re kids are the cutest and I have total eyebrow envy of you! I do not have kids yet but so appreciate all your honest posts and tips. My favorite blog you have posted is how you and Kyle met. Such a cute story and shows just how the stars align.

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  219. Allison says:

    Major’s birth story was beautiful 🙂

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  220. Priscilla says:

    Happy two year anniversary. Absolutely love your blog. And your two kiddos are absolutely adorable.

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  221. Miranda says:

    I discovered your blog when your article on post baby sex was shared on people.com. That was the article that HOOKED me to your blog and your writing. I cannot say how much I appreciated your honesty, authenticity, reality, and hope in that post. I felt like you were a voice I wanted to listen to when it came to marriage, babies, and life! I also have to say your decorating room reveals (especially your family room) are some of my favorites too!! Thank you for you posts, sharing your story, and letting us follow along on your journey like we’re good friends.

    ~ Miranda

    P.s. Already signed up for your newsletter 😊

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  222. Jenny Crownover says:

    My favorite story was the most recent about Eva and her body image issues. So vulnerable. I thjnk everyone really could relate

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  223. Katie says:

    Happy Birthday!!! We almost share a birthday as mine is tomorrow woot woot! Birthday celebrations! I have been a religious reader ever since I stumbled upon your blog after reading an article in People about your struggle with being comfortable and enjoying your couple of months of your first pregnancy. I had recently found out I was pregnant when I found that article and it helped me in more ways than you will know! And then I wrote to you about all the feels and directions you’re pulled in when you become a new mum and there you were again helping me in so many ways! I love this blog and thank you for opening up yourself to all of us! Thank you and Happy Birthday Happily Eva After! Cheers!

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  224. Kristen says:

    Congratulations on two amazing years!! Thank you for offering this generous giveaway. 🙂 You have done a great job balancing everyday life and business/doing something you love. Thank you for being real, honest, open and matter-of-fact. It is super rewarding but super tough raising good, decent people and not losing ourselves in the midst. Blogging and your brand are for you…..and while fulfilling that part of life for yourself, you are also helping many many people along the way. We should join together and support one another to make the world a better place and daily life easier. :). My favorite post was your miscarriage post. You put into words everything I could not…I even had a few friends who have gone through the same thing and were not talking about it,read the post and it gave them peace. Thank you for blogging not only for yourself, but for all of us out here reading. 🙂

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  225. Elyse says:

    Even though I do not have kids yet I always enjoy reading about your thoughts on motherhood. Your post about how you want to raise Marlowe was so eloquent. Happy Birthday!

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  226. My favorite was the one about teaching your daughter self-love and confidence. I resonated with your story, your questions, and the overall message of the post. We can’t fully love ourselves and others if we don’t show up, even it means vulnerability is at stake. As a woman, wife, mother, daughter, and mental health therapist who primarily treats young adult women facing similar issues, I just appreciate the courage you model for all of us. Thanks, Eva!

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  227. Donna Lackey says:

    My favorite post of yours of all time has to be ( and it’s hard to pick just one , by the way!) your post about your families move to Connecticut! Was so fun following along on the journey and the ups and downs of such a big family change. Glad to see y’all so happy and settled in your gorgeous home ! Love the sneak peeks you give of your home , its beautiful and you have done such a fabulous job !

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  228. Andrea Hernandez says:

    My favorite post is “The Struggle is Real”. I was going through something right around the same time & after reading your post I felt comfortable looking for help myself. Mental health is just as important & it isn’t talked about as much. Thank you! Happy Birthday HEA, to many more years of success!

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  229. Emily says:

    Congrats on two years!
    Pregnancy after miscarriage has been through and through my most read post. Thank you for your honesty. I’m now pregnant after losing two, and candor about the experience is hard to find.

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  230. Mary says:

    My favorite post was how you met Kyle. Super cute. You have a beautiful family and your posts bring me a bit of joy during my crazy days. Thank you.

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  231. Caroline Connell says:

    Happy Eva-nniversary! My favorite post is the one about teaching your daughter about self-love and confidence. As a mom of two daughters myself, it is the most important thing to raise strong, confident, empowered women and you are helping us do that. But really my favorite thing is your Insta-stories! I love seeing your beautiful family and hearing about your day-to-day life! Thanks!

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  232. Cate Shaheen says:

    Happy birthday HEA! I truly appreciate your enduring optimism and continuous positivity. Your posts remind me what is truly important- living a happy life full of love! My favorite post is the story of how you met your now husband. Such an interesting story and you told it so well. Good luck to you in the future! I can’t wait to keep reading.

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  233. Cynthia Meza says:

    I so loved your sharing of Major boys birth. So inspiring and down to (mother) earth. I just love the “realness” that you exude and express. Thank you so much.

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  234. Jacqueline says:

    I think Nannygate 2.0 is my favorite blog post because it was the first blog post I read and well instantly became hooked after that! Love your blog and your insta stories! Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

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  235. Camila says:

    Hi Eva,

    Happy 2 YEARS!!! Isn’t it crazy how fast time goes. I’ve been following you since you just on instagram and have followed along since day 1. I really enjoy your interior decorating posts. I’m an interior designer so, it’s fun to see how you tackle rooms in your home. My favorite has to be your family room reveal. It’s so bright and cheerful.

    xo,
    Camila

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  236. Angela says:

    Happy Anniversary!!
    My favorite HEA post of all time is your post on teaching your daughter self respect and confidence. I think it is extremely important and I try my best to instill self respect & confidence in both my almost 4 year old & 12 year old daughters!

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  237. Britney says:

    My favorite HEA post was Major’s birth story! I was pregnant at the time with my first baby and I so appreciated your honesty and willingness to share this special day with us. I felt like I learned what to expect a little for my own labor and I felt comforted by reading your experience and less afraid for my own. I now have a happy 6.5 month old baby boy and love keeping up with you and your family and learning baby tips and tricks along the way! Love your posts and insta stories 🙂 thank you!!

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  238. Meghan says:

    Happy Anniversary! I think my favorite has to be Nannygate 2.0. Just such a crazy story!

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  239. Sheema says:

    My favorite post is the story of how you and Kyle met!

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  240. Romy says:

    Super hard to choose just one favourite H.E.A post, but I’ll go with the “Teaching my daughter self love and confidence” post. So so important to talk about and for us women to share with each other. Thank you for sharing your light and for being your authentic self so publicly – that takes some serious balls! xx

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  241. Marlo says:

    My favorite post in the past two years would definitely have to be the room reveal for Marlowe!
    Since her and I share the same name I was anxious to see what decor and style her room was going to be! I LOVE how it came out! It looks fantastic!!

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  242. Marjan says:

    Congratulations to you, Eva! I have been a devoted follower for over a year now. I have so enjoyed your willingness to share all that many are afraid to repeat aloud, even me. Reading your words reminds me that I am human. I feel so many of the things you do too and share some like similarities. My husband and I will celebrate 5 years early next month. We have a two year old daughter. I also have suffered a miscarriage (after the healthy birth of my daughter) which shocked me to my core. I never thought I would be in that “club.” A year after our terrible loss, we became pregnant again. I am 14 weeks today and yesterday we learned we are having a boy! I feel such joy in knowing that our family will be complete when this precious being joins our family around Christmas. I look to your blog for thoughts and/or opinions on how to handle my feelings, my parenting, my marriage, my friendships, among other things. I enjoy it, I need it, and I appreciate it. I also love to read comments from your other viewers; you have cultivated such a wonderful community. You have every right to be proud of this accomplishment, and I am thankful for reaping the benefit of your hard work and heart you pour into each article. Lastly, my favorite post has to be “Pregnancy After Miscarriage.” Quite the healing post for anyone who has stepped into those shoes. There are so many more I love (talk of your potty-training journey, your struggle with anxiety and such after Major’s birth, and the importance of modeling good behavior for our daughters, among so many others). You have a gift. I am so happy to see you using it. Blessings to you and your family!

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  243. Meaghan O'Shea says:

    Happy birthday! As others have said, I’ve enjoyed many of your posts. “Discovering My Healthiest Self” has to be my current favorite since it had many words I needed to hear. I, too, just had baby number two and I’m so unhappy with my body right now. It’s so hard to exercise and eat healthy while balancing two children, housework and working full-time outside of the home.

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  244. Jessi says:

    Hi Eva! I love your blog, I LOVE your insta stories and your children are just gorgeous!!! I love all the decor posts, especially the wallpaper hacks! So brilliant. Happy anniversary and that giveaway is so thoughtful and fun!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  245. Andrea Abeyta says:

    Hello Eva,

    First off I would like to say that I love watching your IG posts everyday….they are awesome sauce! You are so inspiring and full of joy and it truly shows! This blog post is by far my favorite! I love your honesty and how open and real you are.

    XOXO
    Andrea Abeyta 😉

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  246. Sarah says:

    My favorite post was the post sharing about the emotions surrounding parenting Major as a rainbow baby! It has been a huge inspiration to me as my husband and I are still TTC after our miscarriage. It helped me so much, you have no idea! I also loved reading about the “prep work” (LOL) before Major’s home birth. I’m an RN and I work on a busy postpartum/newborn nursery and it was awesome to read those techniques-I always love reading new techniques to recommend to help Moms and Dads!

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  247. Joanna says:

    While I love your Happily Eva Answers, my favorite post was about how you and Kyle met! So authentic and I’m a hopeless romantic.

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  248. Katie P. says:

    I’m not yet a mother, but my husband and I have begun discussions on the topic and I find that your extremely honest & open posts about pregnancy, birth, and post-birth have all been super helpful for me. There are quite a few to choose from that have resonated with me, but the one that stands out a little bit above the rest is Major’s birth story and your decision to have a home birth (which, at the time, scared the beegeezus out of me) but I can understand (now) why women choose to do that and the choice to have a doula/midwife. It has made me consider (down the line) if that is something that could work for me when, before, I was strictly ‘must-do-hospital-minded’. Thanks for opening up my eyes to a new possibility! Also, I love all your food posts – I love to cook and am always looking for new recipes – I’ve tried your Bolognese and Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup and both were a hit! Thank you!

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  249. Ashley Meissner says:

    I actually have a few favorite posts but my favorite was where you wrote about raising Marlowe with confidence and self esteem. I have a six month old baby girl and it spoke to me and has inspired me in how I’d like to raise my baby girl, Hazel. I have been reading your blog for probably a year and a half (I caught up on the previous posts too!) and I’ve never been a blog reader. It’s strange but with everything you share on your blog and instagram I feel like I know you (weird I know). My daughter is in love with Major and will stop feeding if he’s on your insta stories 😂 Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. I think you’re amazing and appreciate all of the laughs and advice!!

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  250. Seni says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time was a recent one about body image and health. I was really inspired by you to work on changing my relationship with food rather than to continue to control and obsess. Two babies have left me, a person who has always struggled with weight, a heavier, differently shaped version of my pre-baby self. Since that blog post, I’ve decided to ditch my efforts to follow a particular diet and instead work on fueling myself and feeling good and it’s working! It’s also made me aware of how my treatment of myself could affect my daughter down the road. I learned my behaviors from somewhere and it wasn’t from an outside source, initially. I guess this also ties into your recent post about raising a daughter. I want more for my daughter than to feel any unhappiness from looking in the mirror or at a scale. Thanks for inspiring me to start within so I can do better for her, too!

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  251. Shauna says:

    My favorite HEA post is the PPD/A post after Major’s accident. It helped to see the support sent to you (I choose to ignore the negative). As a PPA sufferer myself, I was glad to see it open and honest.

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  252. Sylvia says:

    Breastfeeding. That is what brought me to your page! Also after reading about Major’s accident, wow. That article was so raw. Though it was an horrific experience that writing on the post, wow!

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  253. Anna says:

    Happy blogiversary! My favorite post is still potty training Marlowe. While I don’t have kids (I hope to soon!) and it was such an honest, and funny story/journey.

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  254. Ashley rodriguez says:

    “Discovering my most healthy self!” Was definitely one of my most favorite posts, even though it was hard to pick one!!

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  255. Brenda says:

    I started reading your blog about the time you posted about Major’s hospital stay and the ordeal you guys went thru with his accident. It really touched me and I’ve been hooked ever since!! Keep blogging!!

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  256. Andréa Goncalves says:

    Hi Eva !
    Happy birthday to HEA. You deserve every bit of that success.
    I was there from the veeeery beginning when you still were pregnant with Marlowe and I still love reading you and learning from your family.
    We are stronger together !
    My favorite post : the story of how you met Kyle. I crack up everytime I read it!
    Love from France,
    A x

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  257. Erin says:

    I liked your recent post about body image. For me, the struggle evolved as a teenager going through puberty, to 20 yr old in college constantly comparing my ethnicity to those of the “girl next door” type and into motherhood after birthing two kids! It was an honest post and I appreciated the transparency. Keep up the great work!

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  258. Carrie Markowitz says:

    I am a newish reader and am a big fan of your writing style and openness. My favorite blog post was about teaching your daughter self love and confidence. I have two daughters (8 and 3) so it really hit home. Also loving your monthly obsessions posts. Happy birthday to your 3rd baby! 😀

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  259. Meghan Hightower Smith says:

    I know it’s recent, but I loved your “discovering my healthiest self” post. I think as women we often struggle with body image issues and being overly unhealthy just to look good. Yet we seem to find comfort in other women being honest about their struggles. It helps us, even if just for a moment to realize that no one is perfect and we are all in this together.

    Happy Birthday Happily Eva After!

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  260. Sue says:

    Eva,

    HAPPY SECOND ANNIVERSARY!

    I know the posts that I appreciate the most are the hardest for you to write. The posts about the childcare issues, the loss of your pregnancy, mental health issues and the victorious outcomes!

    I adore hearing of Lowie and Majors adventures in Connecticut! The love story that you and Kyle share is one for the movies! 😉

    Keep up the great work! Love to all!

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  261. Becca says:

    My favorite post has to be your recent one body image and living your best healthy life. As someone who has struggled with body issues my whole life, it is easy to constantly feel singular in your feelings. Reading your article about how even people who I think are gorgeous have had self esteem issues, it made me feel less alone and remember to love the way I look. Even if i don’t always like it.

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  262. Rebecca shaffer says:

    Both of the nannygate blogs! such crazy stories!!

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  263. Your post about “Finding your blogging voice” has got to be my all time favorite post. Although, I enjoy all your posts because they’re so fun and honest. The blogging related one came at a time where I was attempting to blog all over. I had FOUR WordPress sites dedicated to different things. The first was a journal style blog where I’d write some inspirational, and something rant-like posts. Surprisingly extremely successful and I had quite a few followers. Then next came Shingdig It Yourself. A blog I loved but had no passion or time to dedicate my life to Party and event related postings on the regular. Third was a beauty review site. Undoubtedly the site I had the least amount of passion or knowledge in. The last was my film review site.

    I put effort into all of them at the same time. But I went ahead and deleted the first one. I felt it inspired negative energy, even when I was trying to be positive. Then your post was published.

    I decided to focus on one. I decided to stop being a blogger for the sake of being one. I focused on what truly made me happy, which was reviewing film and television. So I deleted the others and when to one blog. JordyReviewsIt.com is my passion. And while I haven’t made money off it yet, nor have sponsorships, and I still wait in hour long lines to get into prescreenings for free instead of getting the fancy press seats, IM HAPPY. it’s been a blessing and I’ve had amazing support.

    So thank you for that little nudge I needed. It helped me focus and I’m so happy with where I am. And even more excited to see where it goes!

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  264. Meghan W. says:

    Yay, congratulations on TWO year! My favorite post has probably been about your mental health struggles. A difficult thing to share, I’m sure, but I think you probably reached a lot of people, and it feels like an important part of being a person that doesn’t get talked about enough. Thanks for sharing!

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  265. Mia says:

    One of my favorite HEA posts is about Major’s birth. Your raw honesty is refreshing in a social media world in which everyone is only trying to show their best angle. Congratulations on 2 years!

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  266. Arielle Maiman says:

    Congrats on an amazing 2 years, Eva!! What an amazing accomplishment. My favorite post (so far) was ‘Discovering my healthiest self’. I related to this post in so many ways personally (as I’m sure so many women did), and it really made me rethink my approach to living a healthy lifestyle.

    Keep doing what you’re doing — we love it!!

    Best,
    Arielle

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  267. Heather Brown says:

    I think how you met Kyle has been one of my favorites so far.

    Happy 2nd Birthday Happily Eva After!

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  268. Monica says:

    The one about Major’s birth sticks out in my mind. That was about when I started reading.

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  269. Michelle says:

    Congratulations! My favorite post is about Marlowe becoming a big sister. We have a 2 year old daughter and I gave birth to our baby boy one week ago!! Big sister meeting her brother for the first time was one of the best moments of my life. I cried reading about your experience and watching your video because it was so similar to my experience.

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  270. Heather says:

    The Struggle is Real is probably one of my favorites. I enjoy your honesty, and really love watching your littles grow up. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your family with us. Also, I love your Instastories… so fun!
    Congrats on 2 years!

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  271. Lindsey says:

    I love so many of your posts but I love when you keep it real and honest. Your post about your miscarriage hit home as I had one of my own two months after you did. I also have an 8 month old now too so I feel a real connection with your daily life! My older son is 3.5 so I feel you on sooo many levels when it comes to raising two kiddos. Keep up the great work and congrats!

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  272. NicoleB says:

    I am not a mama; however, I am a pediatric speech therapist and love my little friends like they are my own. I love your honest posts about motherhood because they really help me to view things from another perspective and relate to the mamas of babes I work with 🙂

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  273. Stevie Dunican says:

    Majors Birth story. He was born a week before I had my own homebirth and I could relate.

    Stevie

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  274. Lyndsey says:

    Happy 2 years! I enjoyed the love story of when you met Kyle! 😍

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  275. Michelle says:

    The most memorable post on HEA was the Nannygate Scandal! It was the first post I read on your site and although it was a super unfortunate situation, your honest and to the point perspective drew me in and I have been a loyal reader ever since. I also LOVED how Kyle reacted. You have yourself an excellent partner and it is so much fun to see your family and blog grow. Rooting for you! -Michelle

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  276. Kaity D says:

    Hi Eva – I want to thank you for sharing such a honest and beautiful blog! My favorite HEA blog post of all time was your post about Major’s birth story. Truthfully, I’ve always had a fear of having children. I guess it has been a fear of the unknown – life after kids, pregnancy, especially the fear of giving birth. After reading your story, I was so emotional! It was so powerful and inspiring and gave me such beautiful insight into motherhood and showed me how love and strength can conquer any fear. As a woman in my late 20s (newly married) I now feel more comfortable with talking about childbirth and having children. Thank you for being so strong, awesome and inspiring and sharing such a personal story with your readers! Major’s birth story has forever changed how I feel about having children and the birthing process.

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  277. Sabine says:

    my favorite post ever was “his loss: my husband’s take on our miscarriage”
    we had two miscarriages within a year. i asked my husband to read the post as well which i think helped him a lot and therefore us as for the first time we really talked about what happened and pur feelings.

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  278. Emily says:

    My favorite HEA post was Major’s birth story. I had just found out that I was pregnant with my first baby and I got so emotional reading about his birth! My baby girl, Bernadette, is here now and I get a lot of inspiration from your parenting.

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  279. Do I have to pick a favorite?!? Major’s birth story is so beautiful, so raw, so human and it made me fall most in love with your family and your blog.

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  280. Maddir says:

    I absolutely loved the post about teaching Marlowe about self-love and the struggles us women sometimes face!! I look forward to watching your instrgam stories daily and the way you raise your kids is inspiring:) I also am a huge friends fan and loved your part in it! X

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    • Maddie says:

      Sorry there’s a typo my names Maddie not Maddir!

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  281. Brittany Butler says:

    I love alllll your posts but I think your posts about miscarriage, getting pregnant with Major, and his accident were the rawest posts you’ve written and I cried with you.

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  282. Sarah says:

    I, personally loved the post when you talked about your miscarriage. I could tell that it was very raw, very hard for you, but it started a dialogue with so many women and it gave them a place to voice their feelings where they might not normally have it. I’ve never experienced it myself, but I’ve watched people I love go through it and it breaks my heart. I’ve never understood whitewashing over someone’s pain just because it’s difficult. Made me like you even more. Happy 2nd birthday!

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  283. Andrea says:

    Congratulations on two years! My favorite post was one I wish no woman would ever need to write or relate to: the piece announcing Eva’s miscarriage. It was so honest and vulnerable, and resonated with me so deeply because I was miscarrying that very day it was published. I had never felt so sad and alone, but hearing another woman’s recent story helped me feel less isolated and also see a brighter future. And today, I’m the mother of a 5-month-old boy 😊

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  284. Jaimee says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!!! I so enjoy reading each post, but one of my favorites is definitely Discovering My Healthiest Self. It spoke to me on many levels!

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  285. Nichole says:

    All your posts! I love your “realness” and sense of humor!

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  286. Holly says:

    Hello! I’ve been here for about a year. I love your blog and check your instastories almost daily. My son is 11 so I’m a little ahead agewise but your kids are so adorable, I just can’t help myself. I don’t know if I have one favorite post. Maybe Major’s birth story. For some reason I also think of the one where you visited a farm right before you had him. It made me want to visit Connecticut but its a little too far from Colorado! Lol. Keep up the great work! Your blog is awesome!!

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  287. Stephanie says:

    My favorite post was from 5/11/16 Pregnancy after Miscarriage. This also happened to me and after reading it I identified with so many emotions you wrote about. I also think talking and writing about miscarriage helps to slowly take the stigma out of it. I thank you for this post because it really helped me identify with some many complex feelings I was going through.

    Stephanie

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  288. Sabine says:

    my favorite post ever is “his loss: my hisband’s take on our miscarrage”
    we had two miscarrages within a year. i asked my husband to read it as well and i think it helped him a lot and therefore us as we really talked about what happened and our feelings for the first time.

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  289. Molly says:

    Happy Birthday HEA!!!
    My favorite post, as weird as it may seem….was actually ‘The Struggle is Real’. While I cannot begin to imagine what it took for you to sit down and write that, it was raw and real. The struggles we go through as moms, women, wives etc. etc. are real – and the fact that you opened yourself up made me look at you, and HEA in a different way. You were so painfully honest and pure about your feelings – and I found it refreshing. I’m happy that everything worked out for you – and Major boy.xoxo

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  290. Beth Carroccia says:

    My favorite post is Major’s birth story . I love your personal posts , they are always insightful, honest, and thoughtfully put together !

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  291. Nicole Sweeney says:

    We can only pick one favorite? Hmm I have to say your post about weaning Major was SUPER helpful for me and as always I appreciated your honesty. I did love the Nannygate posts for the sheer outrageousness, and I also loved all the home reveal posts with my fave rooms being the kitchen and family room. Happy 2 years!!!

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  292. Areth Tsouprake says:

    My favorite is probably also Major’s birth story. It’s so beautiful

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  293. Areth Tsouprake says:

    My favorite is probably also Major’s birth story. It’s so beautiful. I also love your home reveal and your personal posts about your motherhood/wellness feelings

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  294. Glenda says:

    I love your blog! It’s real, raw and authenticly relatable. My fav post is Major’s birth story. Raw pictures. Full of love. Happy birthday HEA!!!!

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  295. Jenn says:

    How are you really is my favorite post!! Thank you for bringing attention to this subject. It needs to become more of the norm.

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  296. Nicole Sweeney says:

    Ugh only 1? I may bend the rules a bit and pick more than that. First off happy anniversary!! I think my all time favorite post was Major’s birth story and the follow up parenting posts (hello weaning post). Also loved your room reveals and I would like to have your kitchen and family room for starters. Thanks for being so honest with us 🤗

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  297. Lauren R says:

    I love your 3 hors d’oeuvres for parties post! The bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese are incredible! Food/drink posts are definitely among my faves but I also loved your post about finding your healthiest self. So honest and I related more than you can imagine! Happy birthday, HEA!

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  298. Jennifer says:

    My favorite posts are the ones regarding Major and your honest talk on post partum realities are helpful for this first time momma. My son is a couple weeks older than Major so it’s fun to “share” and connect with your experiences as well!

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  299. Anne says:

    LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, (AFTER) BABY —- this is by far and away my favorite post! I felt like I could have written every. single. word. Thanks for making me feel like I wasn’t the only one going through this! xoxo

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  300. Sohar Quinteros says:

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I came across your blog on the recommendation of a not-yet-a-mommy friend and love it (also love the insta stories). I have two young daughters and while I enjoy all your post and many hit home — like the post about discovering your healthiest self, if I had to choose one all time favorite post it would be the one you wrote about raising a girl. It was beautifully written and it encompassed many of the goals I have in raising my own girls, and also helped me think through new ideas about my influence in their own self-perception. I wish you many more successful years with Happily Eva After!

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  301. Jennifer says:

    I found your blog after Nannygate and have been a follower since. Your mom life is so relatable and your kids are adorable. My daughter loves watching Marlow and Major on insta story. So while I am partial to the crazy Nanny post, I would say that by far my favorite post was when you were so raw and open about Major’s accident and the feelings of anxiety and mental unrest they brought up for you. Post partum anxiety is so real and often dismissed because you think “I’m just a normal worried mom, right?”. Thank you for always being so open, even when it’s less glamorous, and sharing some yummy recipes too 🙂

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  302. Jennifer McCarty says:

    I can’t pin down one particular post, but I do really enjoy reading your posts that show your struggles with parenting. So often we get a glimpse of your world , and it is just a glimpse, but it’s nice to see you have the same struggles as every mom, wife, daughter, etc.
    keep writing!

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  303. Kelli says:

    It is impossible to pick one. I’m probably a little older than your target audience. 😉 My children are 19 and 16, but they are still my babies. Reading your stories and watching your videos makes me so nostalgic for that time in my life. I love your style as I find I have a lot of the same pieces 👍🏻, I share your advice on baby/child items with a lot of my friends that have young children, and I love how real you are with us about what you struggle with and what makes you happy. i hope you can continue to do this for years to come. I wish I had this kind of support to turn to when my children were young. I hope you know how much you are helping so many new moms and old moms (me😳I’m only 41😜) out there. Congratulations on two years! 🍾🎉

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  304. Melanie says:

    I am expecting in November but have been trying to conceive for several years without success. I have enjoyed every single one of your posts, by my favorites include The Potty Training Files and Nannygate 2.0. Your honesty and willingness to share your personal stories is beyond inspiring. Congrats on 2 years and here’s to many more!!!

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  305. Happy Birthday!!! Congrats on this 2 year mark!!!!
    My favorite blog is the one about how you and Kyle met. Such a cute and funny story!!

    Love watching your insta stories. I look toward to seeing them every morning. Love your babies!
    Just wanted to say also- My fav. Insta post is the one were Marlow is carry a new born major and she tells you “I have my baby and you have nothing baby.” The cutest! Love her sass!

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  306. My favorite was your post about your angel baby. I have two in Heaven and it just it so close to home. Thank you for sharing your journey. I share my journey very openly as well so it was nice to hear that you do too.

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  307. Krista says:

    For sure my fave was Major’s birth story! For health reasons I had a scheduled c-section with my son. While it was beautiful and powerful in its own way, I was floored by the strength and sheer resilience of his birth story. Thank you for always sharing yourself with us. You are an inspiration!

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  308. Melanie says:

    THE POTTY Files was one of my favorites although I really love them all. Thank you for being so relatable!

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  309. Meg says:

    My absolute favorite HEA post was the one pregnancy after miscarriage. I am 25 weeks pregnant with my rainbow baby girl after miscarrying twins and that post seriously hit home with me. I’m a first time momma so I am already freaked out by everything! It’s such a touchy subject that isn’t talked about enough but it has seriously helped me through my fear during this time (especially in my first trimester). Your words just resonate with me immensely. I still think about that post daily. Happy two years!!

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  310. Vanessa Henman says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time (so far) is Major James’ birth story. I don’t have any kids but am very interested in home birth. This post was exactly what I needed to read to better ease my mind of the whole ‘giving birth’ thing. It was beautifully written and is such a special post for Major to read someday. Than you for sharing your personal stories. HEA is LIFE!!!!

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  311. Jo says:

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for all of your insightful thoughts and tips! It’s hard to pick a fave post but I very much appreciated all of your openness on having a miscarriage and your husbands post as well. I had one last year and it’s been such a difficult time. Unless someone had experienced it, they wouldn’t understand how traumatic the experience was. My husband and I are fortunate enough now to be blessed with another pregnancy and praying everyday for a healthy baby girl in October! And I check your blogs for getting ready for birth, the shower, the birth story, the nursery, having a post baby party.. and I can go on and on! Watching you and your beautiful family gives me hope and inspiration for my little family 🙂 congratulations on your 2nd birthday!

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  312. Andrea says:

    First of all I absolutely adore all of your posts. I love reading about your beautiful family and your creative projects. I have to say Major Boy’s birth story was my favourite. You showed such a real raw experience that made anyone who follows your blog so happy for the new addition to your family. What a special keepsake to write down such a wonderful moment.

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  313. Cait says:

    Definitely your pregnancy after miscarriage post. I remember reading it and BALLING which I found absurd because I wasn’t a mom, but had longed to be. I’m currently five months pregnant and experiencing a whole host of terrifying feelings for the first time- but none more terrifying than those of the first 12 weeks, waiting to hit that milestone mark when statistically speaking, the risk of miscarriage would be significantly lower. I’m grateful that god forbid something had happened early on, I’d have had resources including my incredible husband, dear friends, and even this blog, to help me through it. Miscarriages happen ALL. THE. TIME. We all know someone who’s been through it. Why don’t we talk about it? We talk about almost everything else having to do with pregnancy and our children. Thanks for the post and all u do for all us mommas, non-mommas, mommas to be, and wanna be mammas.

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  314. Georgia says:

    The breastfeeding posts! Loved reading about your journey as I started mine with my little one (4 months old).

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  315. Keren B says:

    You are honestly the only blogger that I follow religiously and the only one that I actually read the blog and newsletter! Not just the photos on Instagram. My favorite post (so many) was the one about raising a daughter. My daughter will be 3 in August too so I found it really inspiring. Love the blog. Look forward to it everyday. Congrats on 2 years!

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  316. Jessica M says:

    Hi Eva! I’m a long time reader and love your posts but my favorites are the ones where you get real with us, like sex after baby or Major’s accident. You make me feel normal and even though life isn’t perfect, you get through it the best you can. You show us your ups and downs, mistakes and successes….actually, this post itself describes exactly why I love your blog! Please keep up the great content! Happy Birthday Happily Eva After!!

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  317. Lisa says:

    I’m so glad I discovered your site! Love all the posts but my favorite is the recent post about raising your daughter with confidence. Such good advice and made me emotional.

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  318. Holly Hart says:

    My favorite post was Major’s birth. It made me cry and laugh all at once! Love following your blog!

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  319. Kris says:

    Congrats on the big 2! My favorite post is The Struggle is Real. After reading your blog, I felt a sense of relief knowing that I wasn’t alone. Your openness and honesty about parenting has been unbelievably helpful. Keep doing it!

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  320. Shari D says:

    Happy anniversary! My favorite is your post pre birth feelings about having Major. Struck a chord because I am about to have my second baby and am experiencing a roller coaster of emotions about it. I have a 3 year old daughter and am of course worrying about all of the changes to come. Always nice to read a post that captures how I’m feeling and makes me feel less alone!

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  321. Lindsey says:

    There are so many posts that I love and it’s hard to pick but my favourite post you did was about your struggles with postpartum. Your openness and honesty about your own personal struggles has truly inspired me.

    I suffer from an anxiety disorder and I work really hard to keep it under control each and everyday and some days even when I try my hardest anxiety wins.

    I feel like mental health is hard for some people to understand because it’s invisible to the naked eye. The stigma will continue if we don’t educate people on what it’s like to live with mental health issues. And that’s exactly what you are doing and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story with us.

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  322. Courtney Stapleton says:

    HBD! The post I found most honest and therefore valuable was addressing your anxiety. I thought it was forethcoming and helpful. As a busy mom myself who suffers from anxiety I feel it’s vital for women to lift other women up by sharing our true selves. Congrats on your blog Eva! 🙂

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  323. Erica L says:

    Happy Anniversary HEA!!! I can’t just choose one favorite post they are all really good but if I have to I would have to say discovering my healthiest self, I am trying to find my healthiest self and it helped me see other ways thank you!!! It isn’t easy being a mom and taking care of everyone else you tend to forget to take care of your self, so thank you for everything and for being real!!☺

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  324. Carolina says:

    Favorite HEA blog post, hands down, Major’s birth story! Love baby stories! Gets me every time! 🙌🏻❤️💙💙💙

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  325. Flor says:

    Congratulation HEA! My favorite post is the story of how you and your hubby met. I love your honesty and openness. The story gives me hope to find my other half. Your posts are inspiring and style is on point.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us!
    Cheers!

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  326. Lizzy says:

    Love reading your newsletter every week, love your home decor posts, LOVE your “true self” posts regarding struggles, triumphs, and life as we know it.

    Forever inspired by you. Xo

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  327. Kasia says:

    Your Little Angel post is my favorite…it got me through a really tough experience. Thanks for all you do.

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  328. Sydney Zeff says:

    My favorite post of all time was definitely Major’s birth story. I love reading uplifting birth stories especially because I had to have a cesarean with my first baby and hope to have a vbac or possibly even home birth with my next! Your post was so positive and beautiful and left me feeling hopeful!

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  329. Calley says:

    Your birth of Major post was my favourite it was so joyful, honest and open and I just felt so much happiness for you and your family when reading it.

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  330. Jessica says:

    Love all your posts, but my favorite so far has been Teaching My Daughter Self-Love and Confidence. I have 2 girls myself and found the post very helpful. Happy 2nd Birthday HEA!

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  331. Mallory says:

    Major’s room for sure!!!!

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  332. Rebecca N says:

    I honestly love all of your posts on this website. It is so hard to choose just one. I would have to say my favorite would be the post Discovering My Healthist Self. I related to this post in so many ways. I have been/dealing with insecurities I have about myself and I felt that this post really help me to see what is beautiful about myself. I really love how you really put yourself out there and write about how you are feeling about so many things. I also love your newsletters. Thanks so much for starting this blog and I hope you continue the blog for many years to come.

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  333. Kristina S says:

    Eva,

    Your blog has been such a great place to learn some wonderful tips as I navigate baby #1! I find myself relating to so many of your posts but my favorite and most impactful post was about your breastfeeding experience wth Marlowe. It gave me the confidence to do what was best for me and it was the best decision! Thank you for being so real and sharing your stories with all of us!

    Plus we have family in Westport so it’s so fun to see your adventures around town!

    Xoxo
    Kristina

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  334. Paige J. says:

    Hi Eva – I love your blog – you’re so inspiring! My favorite post so far is how you and Kyle met, it’s always amazing to see stories like this when two people are meant to be together!

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  335. Nastasjia says:

    I loved Major’s birth post. It was amazing to see everyone so relaxed and calm. I do love all the food posts too though! Thank you for your blog and the real mommy talk!

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  336. Samantha says:

    Parenting a rainbow baby was such a raw and honest post. I think it gave a voice to so many woman that felt like they aren’t allowed, or supposed to speak about the really tough parts of life and loss. Thank you for opening that door for others.

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  337. Leslie Kirsch says:

    Major’s Birth Story is one of my favorite posts! I have a 9 month old baby boy, so I felt like I had just experienced the same as you! Thank you so much for sharing! You inspire me to be a better mom!

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  338. Alex says:

    I loved your post about sex after kids! Everyone is embarrassed to discuss it and you made it seem so easy breezy and REAL! It’s a real, normal topic that shouldn’t be embarassing. So, thank you for that post:) it made me feel normal!

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  339. Carol says:

    Y favorite HEA post was Major birth story, it brought me to tears, when I was reading that blog I felt like I was there, every detail oh my god. It made me think a lot of how everything changes in one minute and all choices i can have when I have my babies.
    Happy birthday HEA!!

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  340. Carol says:

    MY favorite HEA post was Major birth story, it brought me to tears, when I was reading that blog I felt like I was there, every detail oh my god. It made me think a lot of how everything changes in one minute and all choices i can have when I have my babies.
    Happy birthday HEA!!

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  341. Tracy Lagervall says:

    Congratulations on 2 years! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and family life. My kids are 5, 4 and 9 months and I enjoy reading posts from parents who have kids the same age as me because so much of what we deal with with our kids is so specific to their age. I also moved to a new town while pregnant last year and I enjoyed your posts going through your own move and transition to a new place and phase of your life. My favorite HEA posts were definitely the Marlowe potty training ones. I was actually potty training my second kid and it was endless and frustrating and I am a terrible potty trainer. Your posts always reminded me I wasn’t the only one on the trenches.

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  342. Lynne says:

    My fave HEA post, hard to choose to be honest, is DIY teacup planter for succulents. I have an abundance of them. I’m alsways cutting clippings and give to my girlfriends. Now I’m putting in in a teacup. I find teacups at thrift stores. Add succulent, tiny rocks, boom done! It’s such an easy gesture to show someone you care!

    On a side note, your blog is every woman’s blog. You are real. You are raw. You also how great motherhood is, and how hard it can REALLY be. I couldn’t have kids. Infertility issues for 7 years. I took in a broken 4 1/2 boy from foster care and adopted him years later. He has special needs but he’s an amazing kid at 17, 6’4″. Your blog and instastories bring a smile to my life daily!

    Thank you for being you and sharing your family. Not just the good, but the reality of being a working Mom in today’s crazy world!

    With gratitude,
    Lynne
    🍀

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  343. Mayra says:

    “My relationship with breastfeeding” was my favorite post. I have two little ones and I could totally relate. Congrats on the 2 years!

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  344. Vicky says:

    My favorite was Major’s birth story too!

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  345. Leslie says:

    I think your more personal posts have stuck with me the most. I find myself drawn to people who are open and share details of their lives. I think it helps to know we all have struggles mixed in with all the good times. Your post about the loss of your second baby stays in my mind. I think it’s so important for others to recognize the life of a baby- even one who was taken to heaven so soon. Thank you for all you share. I love the blog!

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  346. Amelia says:

    I love all the Major posts. My son is two days older so it’s fun to see them going through the same stages 🙂

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  347. Yuri toche says:

    I discovered your blog when you wrote about your bad nanny . I can totally relate to that story. I’ve been hooked to your blog since that day. Congrats on 2 years HEA;)

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  348. Katie says:

    Ummm I’m afraid that nannygate was my favorite. I wish it was something more meaningful or sentimental to me, but there is nothing like a good story about crazy people.

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  349. Pepp9 says:

    I loved your birth story with Major! I loved how raw and open it was! Thanks for sharing 2 years of great content!💖

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  350. Mel says:

    For me, my favorite post is the one where you shared your experience of what happened when Major was injured as an infant,…I mean not a happy post, but I relate to so much of it and felt good to stand along someone who understands.

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  351. Hildi says:

    Happy birthday HEA! My favorite post was Major’s birth post. It was actually the first one I read and the truthfulness and openness with which you shared your journey really endeared you and your blog to me. I’ve gone back and read post after post since.

    Also fantastic job with the Disneyland newsletter. What a treat!

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  352. Ashley D says:

    I became a HEA reader for life after finding your “Let’s talk about sex (after) baby” post. I was so in that place in my life and relationship (hellloooooo two kids under two…) and my heart so needed to hear that I was not alone in what I was going through. I so appreciate your willingness to discuss topics that are uncomfortable/difficult. Thank you for sharing your world with us!

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  353. jennalee says:

    Congrats on turning 2!!

    My favorite post would have to be your experience with breastfeeding. I feel like so many people are beyond judgemental when it comes to that (very personal) choice women make and it was extremely refreshing and inspirational to hear you talk about your experience.

    I also loved the story of how you and Kyle met. Totes adorbs.. xoxo

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  354. Jasmine says:

    Hi! Yes, I am a new subscriber but I’ve been following and reading for the better part of this year! My favorite has been ‘Teaching my daughter self-love and confidence’ as a mother of a daughter I loved the insight and encouragement!

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  355. Angela says:

    I’ve loved so many of your posts, most recently the double stroller post. But I think my all-time favorite was probably about Marlowe and Big Sisterhood. As a mama about to have my second babe in two years, I’ve really enjoyed being able to see your journey of adding to your family. I know it hasn’t been without heartbreak, but reading about how awesome Marlowe is with Major makes me more excited (and a little less anxious) about all of the big changes coming our way soon! Keep up the awesome work!

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  356. Jessica says:

    Congrats Eva! I found you on instagram and love your unique outlook on the everyday life! I also love your blog post about Marlowe as a Big Sister!! Now I don’t have a little brother like her but I have a little sister that is (30) and one that is (3) and they are both my best friends and can instantly make me smile! Being a big sis is the best! Keep up the amazing work!

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  357. Jessica says:

    My favourite post was when you opened up about your struggle with anxiety following Major’s accident. It was devastating to hear about what happened to poor Major (so glad he’s doing so well now!) but it was also really beautiful to see someone open up and share something so personal and emotional going on in their life in hopes of helping others who might be going through similar struggles.

    Of course, I love all the decor and food posts as well! That particular blog post really stuck with me though. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  358. Nina says:

    I love all your posts especially your personal ones. I appreciate your openness and honesty despite the backlash you probably receive. Keep doing you! XOXO

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  359. Melissa C says:

    Hmmm–picking one is hard! I started reading HEA after clicking a link from the old celebrity baby blog site. The post at the top was one where you discussed intimacy post partum and getting back in the swing of things — so to speak. I’ll say that one since it’s the one that began my readership. Happy two years!

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  360. Casi Chaney says:

    Congratulations! My favorite post was “Discovering My Healthiest Self”.

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  361. Haley says:

    Hi Eva!
    I have to agree with most of the ladies on here that it’s very difficult to pick one story. Everything from sharing ur chicken noodle soup recipe, to ur battle with mental illness, ur emotions and strength to share the story of Major’s fall, to keeping it real with potty training. I have a 2 year old daughter and being a single mom, I have to tell you how much strength and reassurance your blog and posts have given me. We don’t always get the high fives when needed for caring solely for our children, but just seeing ur raw emmotions are enough for me to know I’m doing a damn good job and I’m not crazy to feel this way when I want to just shut the door and cry. But to answer your question- the post that stuck to my heart was life after miss carriage. It’s an unspoken bond that isn’t easily brought up in conversation but links us all together. I too have my rainbow baby and I admire your strength and courage to share and let all of us into ur life. Your one great mama- never forget that.

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  362. Susan Knapp says:

    I found you on instagram a few months ago so I am a fairly new follower. But I loved the post you did recently sharing about how you stay fit and healthy. You were really honest and open about your struggles in the past with body image and I think we have all been there. You are so beautiful and to hear that even you feel vulnerable in that area helps others to be more accepting of themselves as well. I also love your ig videos of the kids waking up in the morning, we aren’t able to have children so I appreciate you letting me into your world a little bit! <3

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  363. Amy Scott says:

    My favorite post was the one about Major’s accident for so many reasons. Number 1, it was the first one I read so it brought me to you. Second, because it was so raw, and emotional and beautiful, and scary and just wow…a mother’s love knows no bounds. And thirdly because that little boy Major is second only to my own boys in the favorites category. He’s simply amazing and I love reading about you and your beautiful family. : )

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  364. Danielle says:

    I’m not a mom, but I know it’s what i’m meant to do and following along on your journey is my favorite!. As a woman who struggles with a lot of stigmatizing mental health related issues, If i had to choose a favorite post of all time, i think i would go with “Struggling Less”. I just think it’s so important to be open and have conversations about the hard stuff. To use your voice to tell people that they aren’t alone and getting help isn’t bad. (but it’s SO HARD to do sometimes!!!) It’s so helpful to be able to feel like you can relate and realize you’re not alone in your struggles. Thanks for always being so honest. It’s seriously so damn refreshing 😘

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  365. Taryn says:

    Happy anniversary! I can still remember when you started it all! I do not have kids myself, but you’ve always been so inspiring at how intelligent you are with parenting Marlowe and Major. Some of the things you write are things I’ll take with me whenever the time comes for me to be a mama. So I have to say my most fav post has been Major’s birth story. Just how open, honest and raw you were. I even read it to my mom!! We both were in awe of how you delivered naturally and wrote about it so well. Congrats on three years, girlfriend. Xoxoxoxo.

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  366. Angeline says:

    Your Rainbow Baby post was honest and touching – a favorite of mine. My Rainbow Baby is the same age as Major so it’s been fun to read about experiences so similar to mine. Thanks for HEA. Keep on keepin on!

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  367. Happy anniversary!! I’ve loved following you these past couple years! Believe it or not my favorite post was your miscarriage post. Favorite is a very weird word here, but it caught me at a time I was dealing with my second miscarriage. So to be with you and all the other ladies, supporting each other, felt very loving and helpful.

    Here’s to a long, successful blog! Xoxox Sara.

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  368. Melissa Potter says:

    My favorite post is when you opened up about having a rainbow baby. I haven’t had a loss but I have gone through infertility before I got my little Amelia and now going through it again. I’m sure talking about it is emotional but also has a sense of relief at least that’s how I feel as a mother going through infertility. Thank you for your posts and my little Amelia and I love the videos.

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  369. Maisie says:

    Your posts on your post partum struggles have been something I relate to so much, especially the one speaking about your anxiety after giving birth to major. I have been going through something similar, and felt like such a failure because I could not easily juggle it all, and it really opened up my eyes to the fact that this is common and we can all get through it. ❤️ LOVE your blog!

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  370. Caren says:

    My favorite HEA was the teaching my daughter self confidence. I absolutely love that blog and took so much from it. I realized that I was making decisions for my daughter instead of asking her if it was ok. I look at how my actions will affect her and I have changed some things we say in the house. It showed me a new way of thinking and I love it. I just put a corkboard up in my room and I plan on printing out the blog so I can turn to it and have it on hand.

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  371. Tricia Davern says:

    My favorite HEA post is of your family room remodel. It totally inspired me to take a look at my home and freshin it up. Thank you for all your hard work and allowing us into your home!!! ❤❤❤

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  372. Meagan says:

    Congratulations!!! My favorite HEA post is the one you wrote about discovering your healthiest self. This particular line resonated with me and really shifted my perspective: “Maybe if I just allowed food to be food, and exercise just exercise– and not a meter of success– then I could shift the focus away from the minutia and enjoy life a bit more. ” Reading that was like the light bulb turning on. Thank you!

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  373. Ann says:

    Me favorite post was your raw, honest one about anxiety after Major’s accident. Love your blog. Happy anniversary.

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  374. Victoria D. says:

    Congrats!!
    I love any room reveal you have done. But my favorite is Marlowe’s room reveal. I have a little baby girl myself and I love the way you were able to take a theme but not make it super kiddie. I would love that room for myself!!

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  375. Tricia says:

    Eva,

    Your recent post about your healthiest self, as well as your post about Major’s fall are so incredibly beautiful and honest. So many people are able to engage in their own stories when people like you are vulnerable in your writing! I have so enjoyed getting to know you through your blog over the past year! Happy 2 year blog birthday!

    Truly,
    Tricia

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  376. Emily says:

    HBD! My fav post is on the one discussing your healthiest you–such great words of wisdom and advice for anyone. Thank you for being a voice for positive body image and healthy self-esteem!

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  377. One of my favorite posts is “The struggle is real.” There are several that I love! You kee it real which is why I follow along.

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

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  378. April says:

    My favorite post was Major’s birth story!! The pictures were moving and vulnerable, and I was just SO happy for your family. Your blog and Instastories keep me sane. Thank you for sharing your life with us! Xoxo.

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  379. Kristin says:

    Congrats on 2 years! I love getting ideas and inspirations from your posts. My favorite so far was your rainbow baby post. It struck so many chords with me and helped me feel normal. Thank you!💗

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  380. Allie Adams says:

    My favorite post was your anxiety/post partum update. So honest and relatable! Also love all of your room reveals 🙂

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  381. Chrissy says:

    I only recently stumbled across your blog so I really only have recent content to judge from. That being said, my favorite all time blog post so far was the one about Teaching your Daughter Self-Love & Confidence. Those are two things I’ve struggled with my whole life and I don’t want my daughter to struggle with it. I liked how you laid out concise but helpful ways to consciously teach our daughters better habits than we (or at least I) have.

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  382. Sarah says:

    A dear friend of mine suffered a miscarriage recently after struggling to conceive for almost a year and I truly had no idea how to help. She struggled to express how she was processing her grief and shut down during the worst if it. To make matters more complicated I had just had my second baby and I desperately wanted to remain sensitive to her feelings while also involving her in his life. Reading about your experience with miscarriage gave me some insights and helped me develop some ideas about how I could approach providing her with support and love while she processed her loss. Thank you for sharing with such honesty and vulnerability.

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  383. Kerry Olson says:

    My favorite blog post of yours is “Discovering my Healthiest Self”. I just felt that it was so honest and open. That’s what I love about you. You share with your readers all aspects of your life. I love following you and your beautiful family!

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  384. Nicole says:

    Hi Eva! Happy Blog Birthday! I am fairly new to your blog (about 2 months woot woot!), but I do believe it came to me when I needed it most. My husband and I recently found out that we are pregnant with our first child. Your pregnancy posts have been so insightful, genuine, and real. Truly, I want to say ALL of the pregnancy posts are my fav because they have been so helpful during this time, but I’ll pick one. I really enjoyed “My Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Routine.” It was spot on with what I was currently trying to do as I found out I was pregnant. I actually went ahead and purchased the mama mio tummy rub butter! Thank you for all that you share and congratulations on your 2nd year on the blog! 🙂

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  385. Mary says:

    I found your blog about a year ago and have loved reading and following along! My favorite post was about teaching your daughter self-love and confidence. What an important message not just for young girls but women as well!

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  386. Megan says:

    My favorite posts are the baby food recipes! We’re slowly starting our daughter on solids and I am (overly) obsessed with making all her baby food. Obviously she’s my first. Thank you much for all you do and for sharing all the real parts of life and motherhood.

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  387. Blythe says:

    Congratulations – What a milestone! You’ve been a joy to follow on social media, and your gratitude to your readers, fans, followers, etc. is inspired. Your post that resonated with me the most came after Major and Kyle had recovered from their accidents. I have a three year old daughter, and a now six week old son. Every family (I assume) experiences scary injuries with their loved ones, and to see someone relate to it, talk about it, be angry, be calm, and even be objective is too few and far between in our less mindful age. I appreciate how much you adore your family, and how open you are with your love for all four of you (mamas gotta love themselves, too!). Thank you for reminding me to be a better example to those around me.

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  388. Katie says:

    All the home reveals but the family room for sure!

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  389. Lisa L. says:

    My favorite post is the DIY Teacup planters. They adorable and so simple. Plus it’s an idea I’m kicking myself for not thinking of myself.

    PS – I just subscribed to your newsletter so I don’t miss anything.

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  390. Amber says:

    My favorite posts were the potty training ones. I was pottt training my daughter who is the same age as Marlowe and appreciated all the advise and words of wisdom I could get. I love your website. We are big fans of your recipes! Congrats on two years. Keep up the good work!

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  391. Jess Davis says:

    I have gone back to both of your posts about your breastfeeding experience so many times. Breastfeeding has not been a joyful experience for me and I think our experience with it is very similar. I think reading your post feels like touching base with someone with a similar experience and makes me feel ok about quitting and if I want to. Ironically, once I feel ok about quitting, I find the fortitude to push through for another month. Thank you for this blog! It has really been a “pal” to me through my first pregnancy and early motherhood.

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  392. Jessica says:

    Happy 2 years!!! I love your makeup reviews, I’m a mom of two and since I work in an office setting I have to try to look put together, but like you know time is of the essence. I love your mini tutorials because it’s simple, beautiful and I look and feel like a million dollars without it affecting my pocketbook. Thanks again for giving me good pointers 😎🙌🏻😘

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  393. Erica Burns says:

    I orginally found the blog when I was feeling particularly alone, and stuggling with infertility, and it was your post regarding your miscarriage, and then following Major’s story that has brought me the most hope. I love to watch him grow on your InstaStories. I still haven’t had my rainbow baby… but I have hope. So thanks for that. 🙂

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  394. Liz Spencer says:

    Hi Eva – congratulations on the blog anniversary! My favorite blog post is from this past May about teaching Marlowe self love and confidence. As a recent new mother, this hit home. My daughter Brady is three and a half months old and we have begun instilling these life pillars in our daily actions with her. As I’ve been struggling recently with my newfound feelings and roles as a mother first in life getting ready to return to the work force, I’ve really connected with your blog. The work life home balance you’ve found is inspiring and I hope to be able to do the same. I am reading The Fifth Trimester in preparation of my return and saw you quoted in there! It’s been a terrific read so far. Hopefully I’ll come across some Fourth of July sales to find those comfortable staples for my new wardrobe you spoke of! Cheers to motherhood and another year of Happily Eva After!

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  395. Hi Eva!!!
    My favorite HEA so far is The struggle is real about your post partum depression and ansiety. I went through post partum depression and it’s always good to hear other stories of other woman experience, that helps with our own proses. I love your blog, love how you express yourself and how honest and natural you protect your thoughts and ideas.
    Thank you.

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  396. Andrea Secundino says:

    Happy Anniversary! I don’t normally comment but I’ve been following you since you started your blog so I feel like I know you and your family so well.
    My favorite post is actually Kyle’s input on when you suffered your miscarriage.
    It is very rare to see people sharing these kind of experiences, let alone a guy explaining his own grief and thoughts.
    Even though I have never been through something as delicate as that, I think his words (and yours) were a big help to those who have gone through that and that are a part of this community.
    I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing content and information that is always fun and interesting and congratulate you once more on the amazing job you’ve done so far.
    Here’s to many more!

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  397. Amanda says:

    Congratulations on 2! I have so many favorite posts, but the two that really helped me were Major’s birth story and talking about your anxiety. I had a traumatic birth with my son (who is now 2), and I’m still not quite ready to get pregnant again because of it. I also suffered from postpartum anxiety and am just now turning the corner. Reading your post about Major’s birth (which I have several times) gives me such hope for my next birth story (and I’m definitely going outside! I can’t believe I didn’t the first time!). Thank you for your honesty and for giving women like myself a place to go to feel like we’re not alone on this crazy journey of motherhood.

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  398. Kim says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! I’ve been a reader from the beginning and always look forward to receiving your newsletter every week. I can’t pick just one favorite post, but I do love the story of how you and Kyle met and also Major’s birth story.

    Thank you for being so open and honest….especially with your struggles. I find it comforting to know I’m not alone in mine. ❤️

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  399. Taryn says:

    I love all of your posts! But 2 that I really enjoyed reading about were Major’s birth story and also you sharing about your loss and being so candid and vulnerable about sharing it. With all my infertility struggles, my husband and I are moving forward with the fostering to adopt process in hopes of even being able to provide temporary care for children in a stable home environment with the possibility of being matched with a child or children. Happy 2 years!

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  400. Denise says:

    My favorite posts are your breastfeeding posts. By far. I had such a hard time with BF & was feeling so depressed about it. But your take on BF was so realistic & encouraging that it boosted my spirits sooo much. So thank you for that. Those were some hard days!!

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  401. Lindsay says:

    I Love it all!! I have two kids the same age as yours and everything you write hits home. I think one of my favorite posts was your parenting a rainbow baby, as I related all to well and it’s so nice to read other stories and see your happy outcome. Thanks for your fun and honest content for all us mamas! You’re amazing!

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  402. Sarah says:

    My favorite HEA post was definitely the interior decorating of your house, especially Marlowe’s room. I was in the middle of decorating my daughters room and it gave me some great ideas.

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  403. Jessica says:

    In the name of transparency I have to say I’ve only read a handful of your blog posts. And I JUST subscribed to your newsletter. But I’m an avid insta-story watcher and can’t count the number of people I’ve told to follow you on Instagram. I have a 2.5 yr old son and a daughter that is exactly one month older than Major. So your posts are TOO REAL. I love and appreciate the time and effort you put into this little corner of the Internet. Us moms need it.

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  404. Is says:

    My fave was the breastfeeding post. thanks for sharing it. I was able to write about my personal experience and I think it subconsciously gave me closure. I had been struggling with not being able too and I was happy to share the post with a momma who was struggling at the time. Happy you exist. A bit less mommy guilt with your transparency. I see you doing bedtime with the kids and it resonates w my bedtime routines (& struggles) hi 5 girlfriend!

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  405. Samantha says:

    My favorite post is about Major’s birth. I’m a doula, and your openness about the process provides such a beautiful testament to the journey of birth into motherhood.

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  406. Is says:

    Congrats!! My fave was the breastfeeding post. thanks for sharing it. I was able to write about my personal experience and I think it subconsciously gave me closure. I had been struggling with not being able too and I was happy to share the post with a momma who was struggling at the time. Happy you exist. A bit less mommy guilt with your transparency. I see you doing bedtime with the kids and it resonates w my bedtime routines (& struggles) hi 5 girlfriend! Tooo many more years!

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  407. Steph says:

    Love your blog even tho I’m way past child rearing days. Would love to win your gift box and it would be especially nice as the 23rd is my birthday!

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  408. Ambet says:

    My favorite HEA post is Majors birth story. I love how you shared such a beautiful moment with all of us. I am a mom to a two year old, so any post about parenthood or children is extremely helpful. Thank you and Happy 2 years!!

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  409. Emily G says:

    Congrats on 2 years! My favorite is the grandin road Halloween because I worked on that project at my internship and it was so cool to see my fave blogger working with them in action! But probably, the daily stories of ur kids LOL.

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  410. Megan Murray says:

    I always look forward to your picks for favorite products. That and the fact that you always keep it real. Love watching your instastories!!

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  411. Rachel Martin says:

    My favorite post is always the monthly favorites! I’ve purchased so many things from them, and it’s now why I am obsessed with Mario Badescu’s Rose spray! I know that if you recommend it, it’s worth buying!

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  412. Cindy Miles says:

    Happy Anniversary!! You are a true testament to following your passion and with hard work and dedication, reaping the truest reward of all…loving what you’re doing. I’m obsessed with everything HEA and love seeing the snippets of your moments through your Instagram stories. I think my fave post of late is definitely ‘How Are You Really?’ It’s a question we don’t ask ourselves often enough. As women, we are programmed to the needs of everyone outside ourselves. It’s so important to be gentle with ourselves and be willing to be honest with ourselves about where we are and that there are tools to help us in getting to the other side. Thank you for all you share and keep up the great work.

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  413. Hadley says:

    My favorite HEA post was about sex after baby, it was so reassuring to read an open and honest post on this topic. It is rarely discussed topic and it may sound silly but, this post helped me feel not so alone when My husband and I were going through our own struggle with intimacy after baby.

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  414. Dejoni says:

    I love the monthly favorites posts!

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  415. Rebecca says:

    My favorite post of all time is major’s birth story followed by your post pardum journey. Thank you for always being true to yourself!

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  416. Amanda says:

    Congrats on 2! You’re hard work definitely reflects throughout the site. I’d have to say some of my favs are “Discovering my healthiest self” and when you post about your beautiful baby’s. It’s nice when bloggers are real, down to earth and easy to relate to.

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  417. Raley says:

    My favorite posts were “The Struggle is Real” and “Struggling Less.” It’s so refreshing for someone to be so candid about not being 100% okay. They weren’t posts meant to be ‘woe is me’ but ‘this is me- I’m not perfect’. I know a lot of people could really relate to that. Thank you for bein willing to talk about the hard stuff as it helps other people also talk about the hard stuff they may be keeping in.

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  418. Summer says:

    Eva you are awesome for doing a giveaway to celebrate 2 years! I have always followed your blog even though I am not a parent yet or in the same life stage as you. I am a 23 year old special education teacher (fellow CT girl woot woot) without a lot of time on my hands. My world revolves around my students, who by the way have gotten to do some pretty cool things thanks to many of your blog and Instagram posts. I hardly ever have time to date or go out and mingle with potential dates. I often find myself scared of being alone or not finding anyone. Reading your post about how you and Kyle met eased my fears and helped me understand that the right one is out there, and my time to find him will eventually come. Thanks for keeping me encouraged and allowing me to always dream about the unexpected journies we go through in life. You’re an inspiration to us all Eva!

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  419. Alli says:

    I love all your posts but the one that I really appreciated was the one when you opened up to us about Majors accident and your struggles. You’re relatable, sincere and strong. It’s such a rare thing to find a blogger that wants us to see these struggles and that looks to us for genuine support, and isn’t worried about her life appearing to be perfect. Imperfections are gifts, thank you for sharing them with us.

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  420. Tara says:

    Hi Eva! I have loved so many of your posts for their authenticity… But when you exposed your postpartum mental health struggles, I really connected to you. Your post found me at the perfect time, as I struggled with postpartum anxiety. But I also love your humor and lightheartedness as well! Bravo!

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  421. Cindy Billadeau says:

    Congrats on 2 years and going strong, my favorite HEA story was Majors birth story!! Good luck on many more years!

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  422. Melissa says:

    Happy 2 Year Anniversary 🎈🎈I especially enjoy reading the room reveal posts – we just bought a house and I am constantly checking out decorating ideas. I find myself going back over all your decorating posts. My favorite room reveal is your kitchen- it is AMAZE 💫✨

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  423. Adria says:

    My favorite HEA post of all time is your breastfeeding journey because it got me through a lot of tough times when I felt like I couldn’t pump one more day. It was also really informative before I had my baby because I learned about foremilk and hindmilk from you and I’m sure it saved my baby from the issues Marlowe had when you were figuring it all out. Xo thanks for being you!

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  424. Megan Lemons says:

    I like your points about parenting and thing your decorating style.

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  425. Chelsea says:

    My favorite HEA post was a sad one — Kyle’s honest take of your miscarriage touched me deeply. I bawled reading it and could feel how much he loved you and your family in his words. But, since that one wasn’t written by you, nor was it fun, my other favorite post was how you met Kyle. Love stories are the best!! Happy anniversary and keep up the good work, I love your posts!

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  426. Katie says:

    Happy birthday to your blog it is a big birthday because it’s the beginnings of what’s to come for your future in your career so any milestone is a big milestone in my opinion. To me reading your blog is like reading a book; I love how open and real you are with your followers allowing all these people into your life is a lot I can only imagine the criticism you get from negative Nancy’s but it’s just that they’re negativity being projected onto someone. Some of your blogs have helped me feel okay about things in my own life that I may have been rethinking if I’m doing the right thing. I follow your virtual blog via insta stories a lot on top of your blog and think that your family life is something to admire I admire the values you have in raising your children and what you have to pass onto them. One of my favorite blogs you did was when you did your cookbook with Marlowe I am sentimental and love the idea of having something to pass on to my children that they will remember when I have them and think this was an adorable idea; especially how you included her in it all something your kids will never forget. Thank you for sharing all you share!!

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  427. Chelsea G says:

    My favorite HEA post was the Potty Files! I was potty training my toddler at the exact same time so it was just funny and helpful to read about someone else’s experience as well!

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  428. Krystal says:

    Hi! Happy 2 year birthday!! My favorite blog is actually one of your most recent ones about finding your Healthiest self! I was watching your insta stories when you first told everyone that it was one of your top most asked questions! I was so excited for you to post it!I struggle with my weight since having kids and I’m one of those moms who’s constantly looking for help! I enjoyed it so much and I’m trying to live my healthiest self! Xoxo

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  429. Elizabeth Oyster says:

    Your post regarding Major’s accident. My oldest was hospitalized at 4 months old with RSV and I had a lot of guilt and self blame after the incident. He’s now almost 6 and happy and healthy. Your honesty helps other mom’s who are living real life struggles of motherhood.

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  430. Rachel D. says:

    Congratulations! My favorite post is about being your healthiest self. I’ve always struggled with my body image, and your post helped me think about myself in a more positive way. Thank you!!

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  431. Chelsea F. says:

    Happy Anniversary! I liked your post about discovering your healthiest self.

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  432. Sara says:

    I’ve loved all of your new home room reveals, but the kitchen reveal was my favorite!

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  433. Erin says:

    I loved the post about homemade, natural cleaning products! I feel so much better knowing my 20 month-old is living in a house that is cleaned with fewer chemicals.

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  434. Emily says:

    Hi Eva!
    It’s really hard to choose a FAVORITE post, because I’ve enjoyed so many posts for so many different reasons- they’re funny, honest, interesting, inspiring, and on and on! I love the personal stories, the insights into your design tastes, and the tips and reflections on everything from travel to wellness to balancing the many balls we all have in the air.

    I also love the monthly beauty routine posts because I really like to see what you’ve tried and what you think works. It’s hard financially to give everything a try, but even more importantly, it’s hard to know what is actually trustworthy. Having a curated list and your reasoning behind your choices has been extremely helpful!

    So if FORCED to choose a favorite post, I would say the one that I’ve gone back to several times is the pregnancy safe beauty routine post. Funnily (or oddly…?) enough, I’m not/haven’t been pregnant, and it’s not currently on the horizon, but I still want to use products that are as nautral and healthy as possible! I’ve gotten several of skin care products, both the Control Corrective and iS clinical products, for myself and friends, as well as the Agent Nateur deodorant, which I absolutely LOVE.

    I always look forward to reading your posts and thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

    Cheers from Chicago !

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  435. Solange says:

    My favorite is Kyle’s post about the miscarriage. I cried the whole time. More importantly I was so impressed that he understood that a woman becomes a mother the moment of inception till eternity. It was heart wrenching and raw and beautiful.

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  436. Callie says:

    Girl, congrats on two years. I was never really sure if I should subscribe since I felt like I wouldn’t understand since I wasn’t a mom. I was wrong because I have absolutely loved everything you have written about. But one my favorite posts is “Discovering My Healthiest Self”. I think everyone has those moments of insecurity but they never really talk about. Thanks for sharing your story.
    🙂

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  437. Brandi says:

    I adore all your posts, but my absolute favorite is The Joy Journey. Nail on the head moment. I’ve been an HEA devotee since day one and have zero plans of changing that. Thank you for two years of honesty, reality, beauty, emotion, and joy. Above all, thank you for helping this mama not feel so alone in motherhood by heading a community of fierce mama bears.

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  438. Pam Fischer says:

    My favorite post was Major’s birth story! So beautifully written. Your a wonderful writer, and your honesty and authenticity is so refreshing! Thank you for sharing your family including the good and the bad of everyday life. 😊

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  439. Alicia Armijo says:

    I love all your posts! Everything about your beautiful family is so fun to read and I love how honest you are. Besides your room reveals my favorite post is the DIY teacup and tea pot succulent planters! My grandma has a collection of beautiful tea cups so for her birthday I’m going to make her a set! I know she is going to love them! I’ll let you know how they work out 🙂

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  440. Alexis Denn says:

    Happy 2 year Anniversary, Eva! I have been following your blog since its inception and love how it has evolved. My favorite story was your home birth story with major and sharing the special video of when Marlowe met Major.
    I just recently had an all-natural birth three weeks ago to my first child, a girl, Vivienne, who graced us with her presence an entire month early. This is my partner’s second as he has an 8 year old son and we have a modern day blended family! Your birth story was empowering, assuring, loving,and relatable! Your voice and stories continue to provide a forum of relatable anecdotes and I look forward to many more!

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  441. Dawn says:

    My fave ever post was that of your breast feeding journey with major. I have shared it with a number of friends because it reminds us mamas to do what feels right in our guts not what someone else says is right. Love this blog and love you. You are an inspiration. Happy anniversary. Can’t wait for what is to come…

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  442. Samra says:

    I cant decide its when u gave birth to ur son or how u met ur hubby( it reminds me thats almost what i did to my hubs)

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  443. Katie W says:

    I look forward to your Instagram stories every day! They bring me so much joy. Thank you for being so real and honest about everything. My latest favorite post was “Discovering My Healthiest Self.”

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  444. Courtney says:

    Hi Eva! Happy 2 years!! It feels special to be part of your journey.. balancing work and your family. I have written to you twice on your stories and each time you have responded to me. It truly shows that you are in touch with each person who follows you and reads your posts. I love everything you post; but I connected most with your postpartum story. It’s beautiful when someone is able to expose themselves and be vulnerable. I had peri natal mood disorder with each of my pregnancies. People would make comments to me like “don’t you love being pregnant?”… and the truth was that I was suffering and in a lot of emotional pain. I wouldn’t change my experience.. I have two beautiful children as well. But it was hard creating life while also experience a very dark time. I felt very alone. Reading your story made me feel less alone. I wish that more people would get real and talk about situations that happen. Too often people fake a perfect life… and there are no rules. We create our own happiness. There are times when I feel down, and watching some insta stories is my only human connection. Thank you for everything that you share. You touch other people’s lives more than you know. – 💗Courtney

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  445. Ali says:

    My favorite was your miscarriage post. It was so raw and real and full of emotion. I could feel your pain through the post.

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  446. Sarah johnston says:

    My favorite post is the one where you talked about parenting a rainbow baby. I can relate and you really nailed it on the head for me. I forwarded to my sister and she called me immediately asking if that was how I felt and that I should open up more. That post had me in tears. But it also helped me see I am not alone and how to stop putting so much anxiety on my new sweet angel! Thanks so much!!! Xo

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  447. Shanelle Gonzalez says:

    My favorite HEA post is nannygate 2.0, that’s what got me to follow your blog so closely. Honesty about these situations is very unheard of! That’s when I knew you were the real deal! Love love love your blog! Keep up the great work!!!!

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  448. Andrea says:

    Congratulations HAE on 2 fabulous (and I mean fabulous) years! I love all the decor tips but my fav recent post has been “discovering my healthiest self.” so honest and refreshing – thanks for always keeping it real. in all honesty, thank YOU for allowing your readers (and insta story viewers – I’m #obsessed) into your life on a daily basis. 🙌🏽💕🍾

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  449. Suzie says:

    I have two faves! Your breast feeding post really made me feel ok about going to formula after 6 weeks. So big thanks on that one! Also, post pregnancy sex, because no one EVER talks about it! Thanks for ALL the realness and mom perspective. High fives girl!! Love the blog – I came across it last summer when I found out I was pregnant with my son. :-).

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  450. Lindsay B says:

    Your Disneyland post, as we just recently returned from our very first trip and it was fun to see stuff we actually recognized!

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  451. Anahi says:

    Congrats on two years Eva! I came across your blog not long ago,and have been catching up little by little. I really enjoy all of your insta stories,but I have to say your post about mental health really resignated with me. Thank you!

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  452. Keelan says:

    My favorite post was the first one I read – the post about firing your nanny! I just could not believe what your little family went through. Kudos to Kyle for handling it so well. Your writing kept me hooked and I check your website regularly and Instagram daily.

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  453. Rachelle Sander says:

    I love everything, especially your clothing! I also love that you are honest and straight forward in your posts. Thank you for sharing your favorites of the month, I loved the lipstick and candle in the April post…and of course the shirt!

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  454. Joanna says:

    my favorite HEA post was the one you did recently on weight loss. it was so encouraging! love the blog (and the instastories!) ♥️

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  455. Shaina Hicks says:

    I have two favorites. My favorite HEA posts are a tie between your mental health check in/update and Major’s Birth Story. Both were so real and raw, inspiring to me as a young woman just starting out my career as an attorney, and made me reflect on the lifestyle/family life/ motherhood journey that I am both currently experiencing and will experience. I read a number of blogs and your way with words are unmatched. I am happy to be a HEA reader. Thanks for two wonderful years of content. Can’t wait for many more!

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  456. Karla Kelly says:

    I love Major’s birth story! I wanted exactly what you had with Major with the birth of my son, it wasn’t possible due to a few complication but that’s okay! We all have beautiful, wonderful stories to tell, all different and that is what makes this life amazing! I loved reading how smooth and beautiful his birth was! Amazing!!

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  457. Lauren Thomas says:

    Hi Eva,

    Congrats on two years! You should be so proud of yourself for all of the joy you bring to your readers. I look forward to your newsletter every Friday after a hard week’s work. I save reading it until I get home and have poured a (large) glass of wine!!

    My favourite HEA post of all time, (and this was a difficult choice because I’ve loved so many), was your recent post on “teaching my daughter self-love and confidence”. I am a ballet teacher to lots of little girls who I try to encourage the same feelings in, and I feel confident I will do the same once I’m a mama to a little girl one day, after reading such a motivating and wonderful post.

    I hope you’ll be having lovely “cheers!” with Kyle this weekend to celebrate all of your success.

    Lauren – an avid reader and follower in London
    x x x

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  458. Wendy says:

    Well, it took me a while to decide which is my favorite post because I love them all! But, I have to say the one above, for the blogs Anniversary, is pretty darn good! So, I pick that one as my favorite 😊

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    • Wendy says:

      Oops, grammatical error…should have been blog’s 🤓

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  459. Tina says:

    Hi Eva ,
    I loved ALL of your personal posts… but the Potty training was great because i was living the same thing at the same Time so really talked to me…;-)
    Love Tina

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  460. Emmie R. says:

    I love your personal posts and the room reveals!

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  461. Abby wyss says:

    Favorite post?? Hard for me to say, maybe this one cause it truly seems so genuine (but all do)! However I have to say to see your insta stories is my jam. You make life so real and love following it

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  462. Kelly says:

    Hi there! I loved Major’s birth story- my daughter and son are really close in age to your kids so I felt so connected to your story because I was living something so similar! Congrats on 2 years!

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  463. Carrie Gallagher says:

    My favorite post what your story of your miscarriage. I too had two miscarriages before I finally gave birth to my healthy baby girl who is now 1.5

    Your story helped me when I was also in the midst of a very dark hard time.

    I thank you for that

    Xo carrie

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  464. Lindsay says:

    I am a new reader but already a big fan! 🙂 My favorite posts as I’ve scrolled through your archives have to be the monthly favorites posts. I love reading about what you are using, eating, reading, etc.

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  465. Katarina Myers says:

    I just found your blog recently but I’m so in love with everything so far!! Congrats to 2 years, I know you just gained a reader for life 🙂
    My favorite post is the 3 tips for revamping your living room space. Can’t wait to use them in my upcoming move in a month.

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  466. Happy Birthday! I loved your post on Making A Recipe Keepsake Book. Now that I have a baby who is starting to develop favorite foods, this is something I’m looking forward to doing with him!

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  467. Sabrina says:

    I like all your posts but the 3 easy appetizers post you did not long ago with the bacon wrapped dates I loved!! They were such a hit at my party and so yummy! I also really enjoy your honesty, especially with your motherhood posts. That means a lot to so many people!

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  468. Elizabeth says:

    I love that all of your posts are open, honest and direct and that you don’t portray your life as perfect for the sake of social media. I am sure many will have the same “favorite” post, mine being your post about Major’s accident and your struggle with postpartum depression. It was so honest and real and my heart ached along with you. Thank you for putting it all out there and letting your readers feel as though we are in this journey together.

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  469. Marie says:

    While it may have been the hardest time in your life, I got hooked on your blog when you posted about losing your baby after Marlowe. I had just recently lost a baby as well (my first), and I commented that day and got selected as one of the people who received a box of items you said helped you find some solace. It was such a small gesture, but when your giveaway came, with such a kind, hearfelt little message you had thought to share with me, I was so touched. It was then that I knew I would be a loyal reader of this blog moving forward. I love how overall you are championing how being supportive, compassionate and allowing for setbacks in your life will only push us all forward. I love your message, I love your honesty and I love this blog!

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  470. Christina says:

    I love how honest you are in all your posts. As a first time mom, it helps to see you going thru it with me, makes the journey easier. Major’s birth story was amazing to read, I needed to have a c-section because of the baby’s position and low fluids, but it was something I had always thought about doing. Also the story on postpartum was relatable too!

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  471. Christina says:

    I love how honest you all in all your posts! It helps going thru parenting together with a friend. Your post on Majors birthstory was amazing!

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  472. Liz says:

    Teaching my daughter self-love and confidence–I have a 4 month old daughter and ever since i found out I was having a girl, these issues have been swirling around in my brain–generally much less articulately than your words in this post!

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  473. Megan O. says:

    Happy 2 years to you!! I love reading your blog Eva! I am obsessed with all the interior decorating inspiration I’ve gotten from your home reveal posts as I’ve been slowly decorating my own new home, but my favorite post is the one about Major’s birth. It was so real and raw and emotional. I really admire how candidly authentic you are. And your family and kiddos are absolutely adorable! Keep it up!!

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  474. Emily says:

    Congrats and Happy Birthday to Happily Eva After! I love seeing your everyday life on Instastories, and my own 2year old loves watching the videos of your babes. I’m thankful to you for sharing the story of your loss with us and pregnancy after loss. It’s not a topic that was really talked about when I was pregnant with a rainbow baby of my own, but am so glad more people are sharing their own experiences.

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  475. Renata bogdanov says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday!! And congrats. I love all your posts. My favorite blog eva. But if l had to choose one l will say l love Lowie’s room decor. I love love interor decor. Wish l was a interor designer. I love how you make it easy and simple for everyone to shop your style. your style is amazing. I learn a lot from you not just interior but how your a mom and how you interact, play and teach your kids and even how you make Purée for Major. You don’t know but you teach me so much from decor to potty training lol. Love you and love following you thanks for being Ava 😘

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  476. Christina Geidt says:

    I’m probably late to the game but my favorite post was actually the advice you gave a mom who was struggling with the battle of being and mom and feeling like she lost herself. Your advice rang so clear to me as I have those same struggles. I honestly really enjoy following you on IG. You’re so real and your family is…..well, adorable! Congrats on 2 years!

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  477. Kelsey Miller says:

    Happy Birthday, Happily Eva After!
    I loved your post about mental health and about how you were taking the time to work on healing yourself after Major’s accident. So honest. So real. I have no doubt that you helped people with your post! I love everything and I’m totally addicted to watching your insta stories!

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  478. Alexandra says:

    My favorite post was major birth story, I love to see him and Marlowe together, I have a 4 year old girl and this Monday I’ll have a newborn. I can’t wait for them to meet each other. I love all the stories of your girl and her super cute outfits, it’s always an inspiration to dress my girl. Keep It up!
    Xoxo

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  479. Danielle says:

    My favorite posts are acknowledging your pregnancy loss. I lost a baby boy at 22 weeks and I am currently raising my rainbow baby boy born just a month before Major but 2 months early. As women, we don’t talk enough about pregnancy and infant loss but we need to as there is no other time in our lives that we needed our Mama tribes for support! Thank you for being honest and real through your loss and rainbow baby!!

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  480. My Favorite blog post is about Major. It’s so raw & real. I recently lost my son when I was 5 months pregnant & I truly hope to experience joy after a loss just as you experienced it with Major. Please keep up the amazing work!

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  481. Roxanne says:

    My favorite blog was your most recent about health and fitness and weight loss and your past struggles.

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  482. Kalyn says:

    It’s really difficult to choose one post, but I think you truly shine when you’re being completely transparent. Whether it’s the nanny situation back in Cali, Major boy’s accident, or just finding time for a glass of wine sans kids, life is hard and you never shy away from telling us that it’s okay to struggle. It’s so relatable. I know it’s not the easiest to put it all out there, but please please please keep it up.

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  483. Liz says:

    Happy 2 years!!! It feels like you were just talking about creating your blog and now it’s been two years.

    I love all the posts, you and your family are so real and I always feel like you make us feel like a part of everything that’s going on. I found you because we’re big fans of Kyle from his soccer years and then (no offense to Kyle) I became an even bigger Eva fan!!!

    The post about psycho cake making nanny was one of my favorites, because the chisme (gossip) was just so good and she was SO crazy. I was so angry when she did what she did but then I had to laugh at how ridiculous she was. I mean, standing in your bedroom…crazy stalker vibes! Then there was the announcement of your second baby and I was SO excited for you guys and later extremely devastated when you told us what happened. I couldn’t have been more happy for you when you announced Major was on his way. Through all the good times and the bad you have been so honest, so raw and that’s amazing.

    And last but never least, there are Lowie and Major Boy. The beautiful little people you have created. I watch all your snap and insta stories and feel like a part of the fam. Love love love you guys.

    Congrats on all your success and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for you and the blog!!! ❤️

    Happy

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  484. Megan Heyer says:

    Congrats on 2 awesome years! I love reading your blog posts and watching your instastories! My favorite posts that you shared were the few about your miscarriage. I had a miscarriage right before you did and reading your feelings and then your husband’s feelings was very helpful for me during such a tough time! Reading that helped me know that what I was feeling was okay and normal! And I just admire your bravery in being so open and honest all the time! Keep up the great work and I hope that one day soon I too can celebrate my own rainbow baby!

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  485. Elizabeth says:

    I love all the Interior posts, can’t even decide. 🙂

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  486. I’m a new reader and I have to say your birth story with Major had me glued to the computer wiping away tears every so often so my husband wouldn’t ask me why I was crying lol. I have an 18 month old and I get choked up when I think of leaving her to go to the hospital if God blesses us with baby #2. I also tried having a natural labor, but had complications; therefore creating fear about what my next labor could be like. Anyway, love your blog for it’s authenticity and imperfect situations that you’re proud to share. Congratulations on year 2!

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  487. Catherine R says:

    My favorite post was Major’s birth. It was beautifully written and so raw and real and made me cry! But so many of your posts have really resonated with me. I’ve loved seeing your home renovations, I’ve loved your honest views on breastfeeding (1st and 2nd time), I’ve bought items from your beauty posts and I’ve even made some of your recipes (my favorite being the farro salad). I think you do a great job of being real, giving us variety and having so much fun with what you do. As a mom in particular, I love it! Thanks for offering the gift box. Whoever gets it is one lucky human being!!

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  488. sara says:

    Love love loved Major’s birth story. I started bawling tears of joy and work, it was so beautiful, strong, and honest. Your authenticity and voice are powerful, sister. xx

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  489. Loretta says:

    I love reading your posts about pregnancy cause I am a first time pregnant mom currently (23 weeks), but the one that touched me the most is the post about your miscarriage. I admire you for being so open about it, as it’s something that unfortunately happens to many women and I think it’s comforting to know we can be open and honest about these things and not be ashamed. I’ve been a fan of yours since long before you even became a blogger, so it’s fun for me to see what your real life is all about.

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  490. Jen says:

    Congratulations on Birthday number 2! This is my very first comment on any site, eva! Thank you for opening up your family to all of ours. Major’s birth story pulled at my heart, being a hormal mess from giving birth to our last child weeks prior, Reading your story flooded me with all the feels of love and joy all over again. Truth be told, I never thought of writing a birth story and regret doing so. With six blessings I probably wouldn’t be able to find the time, most days I can barely find the time to breathe! They all keep me so busy. I totally look forward to your instastories when I can sneak a few seconds to myself. Cheers, Eva and here is to Birthday number 3!!!

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  491. Dani says:

    Hi Eva, I am a 43 year old woman from Berlin, Germany and read your blog and follow your #instagram for several months now. And as I don’t have children by myself I really enjoy reading and seeing everything from you and your bunch. I got 5 nieces and nephews from ages 1 to 8 and am very close to them so I know a little about toddlers and them growing up. And I LOVE your decorating tips (is that correct english 🤔😁?).
    I do not really have THE favorite story but I loved reading about how you and Kyle met and felt for each other. Mostly – I have to admit – I enjoy your InstaStories and want to thank you for that.

    Keep up your good work and maintain strong and funny.

    Greetings
    Dani

    P.S. Sorry in advance if my english is not perfect😉

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  492. I am so glad i found your site Eva,love reading about everything you write,you are such an inspiration,you joyful personality and charisma makes me likeyou even more,i love seeing your babies growing up too,i love them

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  493. Malya says:

    My favorite post was about not enjoying parenting the first few months – and how the process of falling in love with your baby also meant embracing and falling in love with your new mom self. As the mama of a one year old, this one really spoke to me in those first sleep-deprived months!

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  494. Tawana says:

    My favorite is Major’s birth story! As someone who doesn’t have children, but would like to have a home birth it was very honest, real, inspiring and encouraging! I loved that you included the drink recipe that helped keep you hydrated and great on hand snacks to have to keep your energy up for such a daunting task! Thanks for being so open and honest, I enjoy coming to this site daily.

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