Teagan's Sandbox

About Me

Hi! My name is Jennifer Gaskell, I’m 29 years old and I’m married to my best friend, Cary. We currently live in a northern Virginia suburb outside of Washington, D.C. with our baby girl, Teagan and our chocolate lab, Reagan. I’m currently pregnant with our little boy due in  September 2018.

My time after college was spent working for a defense company in a program management/finance role. I recently transitioned to life as a full time mom. I have always had a passion for writing so this blog was started as a way to document the trials and errors of my motherhood journey, the day to day of being a stay at home mom, married life, occasional recipes/craft projects and my never-ending cycle of trying to eat healthy and get in shape.

I believe in sharing honestly and authentically. What is here is my life, no sugar-coating, no need for a persona. I find there to be freedom in imperfection. And since stay at home moms obviously don’t have anything better to do, I figured this blog would fill my time between changing diapers and running the neighborhood with my stroller gang 😉

I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Graves’ Disease which came as a total shock. I am on a journey to heal my body through a strict diet and daily use of essential oils. I document this all over on my Instagram as well. I believe it is so important to talk about this as well as share the journey as awareness is key and being an advocate for our own health is so important.

I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!!

  • Is there anything sweeter than little baby feet poking out of a sleep gown? 💙
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This gown and hat set and matching lovey is from @themotherbabybond is literally the softest piece of clothing Beau has. The best part is it has magnetic closures; talk about easy 3am diaper changes! Their shop has sooo many options and prints! Go support the sweetest mother/daughter duo 💕
  • While I love precious posed photos, these are the kinds of photos I cherish the most. The ones that capture us just being us. Real life...Teagan wanted nothing to do with pictures that day and of course, Beau, the milk monster wanted to eat but all of that ended up resulting in this moment. I’m so grateful for @celticgrayphotography always being kind and patient with us and capturing the best of us!
  • Oh Beau, you’ve completely stolen our hearts 💙 #gerberphotosearch2018 #beaumontgomeryg
  • One of Teagan’s school pictures. I cannot take this. Yes, I’m crying 😭 she’s so beautiful and growing up right before my very eyes! 😍
  • Currently in the newborn haze. I won’t lie, a lot of days I miss lunch or find myself right here eating lunch on the floor keeping a newborn content while trying to entertain a toddler. Luckily, @ReadyPacFoods makes it super easy for me to eat while on the go and also get a healthy option in with these Bistro Single-Serve Salads. #WePackedYouLunch #sponsored
  • Sometimes I just stare at him and want to cry because I know this season of life is going to go so fast. Stay little my sweet Beau 💙 #beaumontgomeryg
  • I promise she really does love him! Lots of adjustments happening over here but we are all surviving one meltdown at a time 💕💙 #gaskellrascals
  • One week as a family of 4 and nothing has ever felt so right ☺️ #gaskellrascals 📷: @celticgrayphotography