Hi!  I’m Ivy.

I was married to my best friend in 2009.  We met through mutual friends at a Dyno Day (it’s car talk) and hit it off.  We spent a couple years as friends sharing similar interests in cars and motorcycles.  I had an old CRX I was tinkering with and … he’s been through so many vehicles that I can’t remember what he was driving at the time.

We have, since, had two beautiful & spirited children together … they were born in 2011 and 2015.  After the birth of our daughter in 2011, I left the workforce with a role in Human Resources to become a full time stay at home mom.

I enjoy doing Autocross with my husband, usually once a month.  No, this is not a dangerous hobby.  I have a strong desire to get the car out on a track again and learn to do some door-to-door racing.  Yes, this is a more dangerous hobby.  Neither are probably what you’d expect to hear coming out of any mom’s mouth, but now you know at least one mom who does it!

All of that is what leads to the “plus…” in SAHM, plus…

I’m a mom.  It’s my number 1 job.  I have to wear so many hats as a SAHM, and it’s easy to forget the PLUS … there is more to life than being a mom.  I have to remember to take care of my husband, and put him first, too.  Then, there’s taking care of myself and my own needs in order to effectively care for everyone else.  I’ve been known to become burned out on my job as mom when I don’t take care of myself or my husband.

So, I hope this blog, SAHM, plus…, will serve as a reminder to switch our priorities to find more balance in our lives, because no one part is more important than the other at all times.

Prior to my re-branding in 2016, several of my posts from Ivy’s Variety were featured on BlogHer.com.  I blog about parenting, traveling with our kids, being a wife, and of course, finding a balance in my life.  I really love sharing my life experiences and hope that you find them useful to apply in your own life.


SAHM, plus… is my contribution to mom life.  I love to share what I learn about parenting, marriage, and being more than a mom.  If I can help a mom with anything, that’s what I want to do here.

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