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An Open Letter to my Son on His Wedding Day

Dear Jalen, I find myself reflecting a lot these days, marrying off your first boy will do that to a mom. It’s just so hard to believe my son is becoming a husband. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that you were testing the limits of crib boundaries & seeing how many...

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    I’ve Got to Get Better at This

    This summer has reminded me, yet again, why setting goals and having accountability is so effective! You may be desiring to become more consistent in a new skill, finally drinking the 8 glasses of water a day or showing up consistently to the gym. Whatever the case may be, there are some tried and true...

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      Let’s Commit

      We are closing out yet another tough year.  We kept some of the terms that were new in 2020 and added a few more. Words like pandemic, Covid, vaccinated, and quarantine have become common talking points. You may also be dealing with the effects that such terms induce: loss, illness and isolation. It’s a lot. ...

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      No Regrets… Kind of

      I’ve heard it said, “live with no regrets.”  I’m here to challenge that philosophy of living. First of all let me say I get that it comes from a mindset of living life to it’s fullest. However, if I’m truly going to jump in head first toward my dreams and aspirations with determination and gusto...

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        Staying Connected with Your Teenager

        Drew and I have 4 kids. Half of them are middle-age teenagers and the other half made it through to the other side and are officially twenty-somethings.  The baby, toddler and elementary years were physically exhausting. The tween and teen years are best described as mentally exhausting.  I’ve found that as parents, Drew and I...

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          Simplified Holiday Decor

          When we moved into our tiny 900 square foot house 4 years ago I had to do a lot of downsizing to make everything fit comfortably in our cozy little home.  Holiday decor was not exempt from our purging.  I’ve never been a huge themed decorator, but there is one holiday I did go all...

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            Urban Outfitter DIY Planter Dupe

            I have a very simple, yet very rewards DIY for you today.  It’s SO SIMPLE, in fact,  I created it from my car! All it requires are 3 items found at the dollar store or, likely, items you already have on hand. 1. Glue 2. Spray Paint 3. 4 Foam Rings With these items you’ll...

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              Morning Routine Bible Study Suggestions

              “Let me get this straight, you use a Bible study curriculum, but you don’t attend a Bible study?” My mom was perplexed when she asked me if I ever incorporated any study material in my morning routine.  It’s funny how we can have a limited framework on how something can be utilized and it isn’t...

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                Why Shop Secondhand

                I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I love to shop secondhand.  I’m also a huge bargain hunter. And I love a good name brand.  If it’s a good deal and a brand I enjoy, the love goes deeper. For example, I love Spanx faux leather leggings, but I don’t love the $98 price tag.  I...

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                  Let’s Dare to Dream

                  There is a part of me that really enjoys predictability. Simplicity. Consistency. Control. There’s this another part of me that craves adventure. Spontaneity. Uncertainty. However the predictable side largely outweighs the adventure side. Like, by a landslide.  I”m married to Drew, an adventure seeker.  Not the kind that jumps out of planes or descends cliffs. ...

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