the monday snapshot – kristen

This week, Kristen of Buck up, Buttercup is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the 12th edition of The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!


Hi Everyone! Happy Monday!  Hope all the Americans had a nice Thanksgiving!

SO excited to be part of PAIL’s Monday Snapshot. We spent the whole week last week at my brother’s house in the Colorado mountains (also the house where I grew up). Luke and Zoey, my twins, are eight months old right now and photos of them both facing forward smiling for the camera are few and far between (they are ON THE MOVE, every second it seems like). But love capturing how they interact with each other…one of the best parts about having twins. 🙂



Now, get to know a little more about Kristen with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I’ve been blogging 2 years as of October 2012. In the months before I started, I’d been traveling for work a great deal/working insane hours to pay for fertility treatments, and I needed a creative project that was just for me and just for fun.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

I tried to get pregnant back in the 1990s with no success (and no trips to the doctor to figure out what was wrong). Started trying again in 2007 and endured 2 surgeries, 5 IVF cycles (4 fresh, 1 FET), 2 chemical pregnancies, 1 late miscarriage, and finally, finally had twins in March of 2012.

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

I am super outdoorsy (or was before my kids were born, and will be again). I have a successful work-at-home business…trying to combine the best of the working mom and stay-at-home-mom worlds. I’ve also dealt with the devastating loss of my brother and best friend being killed at age 27 (and when we were living together), so I have a lot of experience with grief in addition to what I went through with infertility.

4) One word to describe yourself: 


5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

I love the blog Dear Baby such a sweet portrait of motherhood.


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit Kristen at Buck up, Buttercup !

If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!

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  1. What a TOTALLY sweet pic of the twins!
    I can’t imagine losing my brother and BFF at such a young age. Wow.

  2. That picture is SO great. Their little hats and outfits, the scenery, the pose – LOVE it! I need to keep an eye on your blog for tips from working from home… I’m part time from home, part time in the office and working from home is a challenge!

  3. aww! they are so sweet! And another Luke 🙂 yay!

    My Monday snapshot post is here:

  4. I love that picture….twins interacting and creating those moments to warm the heart…great capture!

  5. Yay! It’s Kristen! I LOVE her blog you guys, so be sure to stop by and stalk her archives! 🙂

  6. So nice to meet you Kristen!! 🙂 What adorable little twins you have! Love their matching hats. I can’t imagine losing a best friend and brother at such a young age. Must have been so tough. I am sorry.

    Look forward to reading your blog!!

  7. I love their hats – too cute!

  8. They are gorgeous…don’t know how ANYONE copes with twins! And throwing a home business into the mix? Argh! Sounded like a long road to get to this point. My Monday snapshot is here:

  9. Awwww cute babies!

  10. Can I give a major shout out to Kristen’s blog? Everyone should go read it! Maybe I’m partial to twins, though (love their little hats!)


  11. Kristen!! I can’t believe those two are moving around so much!!!! They are gorgeous 🙂

  12. Twins kill me. Double the adorableness! And those hats!!
    Here’s our post, which I just realized is more of a follow-up to November’s theme post, but it was the most exciting thing we did last week that we caught on film:)

  13. Such a great picture, I love capturing kids doind their own thing and not posed, perfect!
    Here’s mine:

  14. What a journey for you to get those precious babies! I love the picture!


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