Our Story. Our Family. Our Life.

My name is Amanda, but most of the time I answer to my new name-Mama. I am a stay at home mom of two curious, fun-loving children ages 4 and 2. I am also a proud mama to my fur baby, Sadie, a one year old golden retriever rescue.

My husband, Alex, and I have been married for five years this November. It seems like ever since the inception of our relationship in 2009, our lives have constantly been on the go and evolving. In a little less than two years of dating and living together, we were married AND expecting our first child together.


In the months before our son was born, I finished my Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University, started my career as a research analyst, we purchased our first home, and managed to host our wedding. And then in the spring of 2012, we welcomed Liam Alexander. End scene, right?

After our whirlwind period known only as 2011-2012, we vowed to slow down and have a few years of no change. Yeah, that lasted all of about two minutes. In the next two years, we made two career changes and welcomed our baby girl, Emilia Sophia. And we weren’t done there.

On June 6, 2014 I made, what I have more recently come to realize, the single most important decision of my life thus far. After being in the corporate world for over 8 years, I jumped off that corporate ladder and decided to stay at home with my children full time. And for the last two years, I have never felt more fulfilled; even on the worst of days…and trust me, there have been plenty of those.

In the wake of 2014, we welcomed Sadie into our family and have had a few good months of consistency. But, in true Walchli fashion, all of that is about to change because in May 2017, we will welcome our third child. So, let the good times keep rolling!

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My hope is that this site will not only give me a voice amid my tiny humans I serve all day, but that it may also engage other parents. Candid Mommyhood will cover numerous topics regarding parenting and motherhood, our daily life, fun and activities for the littles, and my favorite product picks for parents and babes alike.

I appreciate your time, your feedback, and all your support. I truly hope you enjoy this collection!

with love,