This has been one of my favorite posts to write every year. Here are my favorites from 200920102011201220132014201520162017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

I do find it interesting that while the past couple of years have been some of the most challenging, they have also been the most rewarding. Truly the highest of highs mixed with some pretty low lows. It’s been a good reminder for me to just be in the moment– the bad things don’t last forever, but the same can be said for the good ones, too. You never know what’s right around the corner.

Here are my 2021 favorites:


How could I possibly sum up 2021 without including JACK at the very top of the list. So much of “Jack” consumed my 2021. I’d say it was the defining moment! I was just barely pregnant at the beginning of the year and spent January-August adjusting and readjusting to pregnancy. It wasn’t the easiest pregnancy (I was sick through most of it), but it certainly wasn’t the worse. More than anything it just caught me off guard. But then…. Jack entered the world and everything as I knew it changed forever and for the better. In a lot of ways, his birthday feels like the beginning of the year to me. He is an absolute joy and I feel immense privilege to be his mom.


I kind of feel like this deserves its own category. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, but actually becoming one has been completely different than I expected. Better, really. It’s, without a doubt, the hardest job I’ve ever had and it’s been a challenge in many ways. But also the best thing to ever happen to me. It feels like such a calling– like I’m doing what I was born to do. I felt a seismic shift in “me” the day Jack was born. The privilege, the responsibility. It’s all so great and consuming.

I also feel the most… myself, right now as a mom.


I also wrote a book and had it published in 2021?! My mind is still kind of blown over this one. It was a whirlwind and happened so much faster than I ever expected it to. Even with multiple COVID-related delays, it still ended up getting published just about a year after I started writing it. I wrote the majority of it during the first third of the year, coincidentally while I was at my sickest pregnancy-wise. The whole process feels like a blur to me now that I’m looking back and I can’t believe I actually did it and that it actually happened.

It’s definitely one of the most terrifying things I’ve done. There was no turning back and I felt quite vulnerable leading up to the publishing date. It was so conceptual for a while and then the reality that people would be reading it started to set in! I was pretty sick to my stomach the week leading up to it, but it was exciting to see you guys getting your copies in the mail and seeing it in bookstores!


Ugh, we got so lucky with two amazing Nantucket trips this year. It’s always my favorite place to go and this year felt extra special as we went there for a little baby moon in June/July and then back for the month of October for Mike’s paternity leave.

The baby moon was fun because it felt like we were out of the woods COVID-wise (lol how naive we were) and we just relished the last trip as a family of two. Going back in October with the dogs and a BABY?! It felt like a dream. Since we were there for four weeks, we could really settle into a routine. The whole thing was perfect. In addition to bonding as a family– we also got to spend one on one time with friends and family who came to visit.


Remember BIRD WATCH?! Is it just me or does that seem like a lifetime ago. I will never forget the absolute surprise I felt when my brother in law noted that our wreath had a bird’s nest on it! And then a little bit later, there were eggs! I set up an outdoor camera and watched the eggs like crazy…. and then the little birds hatched! People had been sending me unsolicited horror stories about bird’s nests near homes. Bird lice, dead birds, bird poop, and more. I was thrilled to see little birds and held my breath hoping for the best. Happy to report every single chick made it, there was minimal poop, and no lice infestation.
In fact, it felt remarkably beautiful considering I was pregnant myself. It brought me so much joy and felt like a good omen.


Ashley, my sister, and my sister in laws through me the most beautiful baby shower. Honestly, showers really aren’t my thing. However, considering I hadn’t seen my friends in so long and had missed every wedding milestone with my friends, it was such a joy that I could get so many of my friends together for a baby shower. It also just so happened to be that perfect “everyone is vaccinated, let’s hang out inside!” window of 2021. I missed them so much! The only bad part? It was much too short. I could have spent days and days catching up with everyone. I felt so celebrated and I think Jack could feel the love, too.


Kind of a late-to-the-game favorite of 2021. TikTok. At the beginning of 2021, I was doom scrolling through Tiktok while I was experiencing morning sickness. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent in a lukewarm bathtub nauseated beyond belief doom scrolling through TikTok. I had to delete the app when I was too addicted to it… but I got back into it to create content and a whole new world opened up! Honestly, it’s a blast. It feels fun and low-pressure… and I’m just enjoying it so much!


Needed to include these two things. I went through food cravings throughout my pregnancy (sour candy, cucumbers, green apples, English muffins). But two of my absolute favorite treats throughout the year? Lavender vanilla lattes and chocolate chip cookies. Both were from our Nantucket trip in October. Maybe it was just that it was such a happy trip? But both tasted extra delicious. The lavender vanilla latte was from Lemon Press– and I created my own at home. And we had SO MANY chocolate chip cookies from Something Natural. We had a whole routine every night after dinner…. loved it. Miss it.


I’m sure you know from my daily outfits that these three things were *staples* in my wardrobe. In a year where my body changed drastically week by week, these three things made me feel the most comfortable. The Nap Dress, duh. I lived in my nap dresses throughout my pregnancy. I even went to the hospital a Nap Dress and came home from the hospital in another one. This $18 Target sweatshirt was an impulse buy. I threw it into my drive up pick up order randomly one day…. and it’s one of my favorite things I own right now! I wear it five out of seven days of the week probably. And the Lululemon Align leggings?! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE. They’re magic leggings. They worked for every single stage of my body this year, even my giant baby belly!


Going to end on a little bit of a sappy note. This was such a brilliantly wonderful year in so many ways, and also a trying one. I have never been so grateful for my support system of friends. I don’t even have the proper words to say how thankful I am for them! It was such a hard and amazing year… and I couldn’t have done it without them. Near and far!

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LOL SAME! I had a feeling I would love it and immediately bought it in 2 colors. It’s been my favorite this season!


I kind of can’t believe bird watch was this year? That feels like forever ago! Thanks for sharing your days with us; I’m glad you’re still blogging!


Hey Carly – I’m so jealous, your year looks fantastic and I’m so glad you shared it with us. I just wanted to say that I stumbled across your tiktok account after following your site for years. I feel like i’ve really gotten to know another side of you via tiktok and I love it! Thanks for sharing your life with us!