Before and After – A Year with a Gym Membership

Before and After – A Year with a Gym Membership

May of 2017 I took one of the biggest steps of my life. I walked into a gym for the very first time. It took me 24 years to even step foot in a gym. I have always planned on having a gym membership. Actually one year, for my birthday, Josh pulled up to a gym to surprise me by buying a membership. I started sobbing. Literally sobbing. I don’t exactly know why I responded that way, and Josh was…

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A Tired Momma’s Guide: Laundry

A Tired Momma’s Guide: Laundry

Am I the only one who struggles with Mount Laundry? I intentionally leave my laundry on the couch to encourage me to do it. Unfortunately, I end up sitting on top of it and and relaxing instead of actually do it. Of course, when people come over the laundry moves to the bed, then back to the couch, then on the floor, then back into the washer because I can’t tell what’s clean and what’s dirty. Here is my laundry…

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Another Year – A Million Lessons

Another Year – A Million Lessons

So many lessons, so little time A few months ago was our one year anniversary to moving to California. I still clearly remember all the raw emotions and thoughts I faced as we were getting ready to make the biggest decision of my life as an adult. My mood constantly shifted from fear to excitement, curiosity to anxiety, joy to grief. I didn’t know what was ahead, but I knew it would change our lives forever. I chuckle to think…

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First Camping Trip of 2018

First Camping Trip of 2018

Last weekend, we made a last-second plan to go camping! It was a great way to start off the year. We loaded our gear and headed to the one and only BigSur. We had been once before as a day trip, but we really enjoyed the experience of an over night-camping trip. I love how much the kids enjoy camping – it makes me want to go every weekend. Harris has just started walking, which makes camping exciting for him…

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Travel Made Easy With Soul

Travel Made Easy With Soul

Almost a year ago, I moved across the country with my husband and kids. We moved away from our home town in North Carolina to California. I left behind family, friends, my home, and everything familiar. Last week, I headed back! My three kids, teenage sister, and I headed on a plane so I could be home for the holidays! I was nervous about traveling and overwhelmed. Soul had some helpful products that saved my sanity! Storage Bags Soul is…

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Kiddo’s, Camping, and Bears, Oh My! Part 2

Kiddo’s, Camping, and Bears, Oh My! Part 2

Continuing the story…       I will never forget the panic I saw pour over Josh. Seeing a bear and then in the corner of my eye seeing my children was a surreal and frightening experience. I was frozen. I mean–this full-sized momma bear was less then a car’s length away from us! Josh quickly ran to the children and tossed them in a hammock with me. They were both terrified. We were all silent while Josh struggled to…

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10 Problems of Being an Extroverted Mom

10 Problems of Being an Extroverted Mom

If you know anything about me, you know that I am a text book extrovert. I thrive off interacting with people. There are pros and cons to every personality. For example: When I was a student, I got in trouble for talking too much at school. My introverted husband, on the other hand, got in trouble for reading too much. As I get older I learn to appreciate the gifts God gave me, but I also discover new challenges that arrive…

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Beginners Guide to Soul’s AnoonA

Beginners Guide to Soul’s AnoonA

It is no secret that I am a babywearing enthusiast. It is so important in my life that it’s hard not to be passionate about it. Recently a great new carrier hit the market: AnoonA, by Soul Slings. I have been extremely eager to get my hands on this carrier to test it out. AnoonA is a SSC (Soft Structured Carrier); it is adjustable and fits a wide range of body types. It also adjusts to the age of your little one….

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Kiddos, Camping, and Bears. Oh my!

Kiddos, Camping, and Bears. Oh my!

We just returned home from our 3rd camping trip of the summer. This was certainly  our most exciting one yet! We have been planning a trip to Lake Tahoe for months. We felt like pros by now. We were packed perfectly and on the road only an hour later than we planned. That’s a big win! We pulled into our campsite in South Lake Tahoe – located in D.L. Bliss State Park. Just like the other campgrounds we’ve visited, the…

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The Wake Up Call, Literally

The Wake Up Call, Literally

Don’t you hate those moments when you expect thing to go a certain way, then they turn out AMAZING? Then you expect them to stay amazing, but a wake up call happens that reminds you that your expectations weren’t that far off to begin with. WELP. Welcome to my current situation. My move to the west has been the most eye-opening experience that has ever happened to me. I have grown so much in the last 5 months and learned…

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