A Year in Gratitude (part II)

Hello, friends! And Happy New Year! This post is a continuation from my previous one…although, it’s not entirely necessary to read that one to know what’s going on here. But if you did read the last post, you know that gratitude was the key word from 2017 and that there were a few important factors…

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A Year in Gratitude (part I)

I dedicate this post to my soul sister “weirdo” – may we always live a life filled with gratitude and find joy in the simple things. Thank you for waking me up, Karina. xo I’m also dedicating this post to Tonya – you taught me about the beauty of unlikely friendships and to have faith.…

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Unplug to Reconnect

I have been unplugged from social media for over a week now. One full week. It was never my intention, but after two getaways with my family where I didn’t use my phone for anything other than texting, I came to a sad realization. We, as a society (myself included), spend far too much time…

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Vegan Camping with a Toddler and Neurotic Dog

***If you have zero interest in reading about our actual adventure and only care to see what we packed (along with tips), please scroll to the end. Tuesday, September 8, 2015: Most parents would opt for backyard camping or close enough to home for their first outing with a three-year old (and a neurotic rescue…

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Motherhood Truth: “Picky Eaters”

Since becoming a mother, I have faced more criticism in these last three years than my entire 36 years combined. From our parenting style, to lifestyle choices and what we feed our child.  Social media has a way of distorting reality – more often than not, unrealistic pictures are painted leaving some of us more open and…

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Love, Strength and Learning

On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, “Life will never be the same.” Because there had never been anyone like you… ever in the world. {{On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman}} These last few…

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Willow Essentials (baby and toddler)

**This post has been updated August 1, 2016 as we have changed a lot of our essentials. Hello!! Along with inquiries about what we eat, I also receive quite a few questions about products we use for Willow…so I figured this would be a great way to share with those who might be interested. We…

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TIPS: Keeping a Budget & Menu Planning

I have been meaning to sit down and write this post for months, but life has been somewhat chaotic lately with the holidays and a sleep deprived toddler. I’ve received some questions via Instagram regarding meal planning and budgeting, so I hope this helps some of you! For almost three years now, Josh and I have been menu…

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YOU are Beautiful

I am 5’4″ and 120lbs. I’ve been called fat, big-boned and thick…and during my unhealthy, sick years, I was called all the opposite – a walking skeleton, a rail, skin and bones. Why am I telling you this? All of those words did damage to my body image. Our society’s concept, or definition of what’s…

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A Voice Unheard

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom, it’s that no two kids are alike. Every kid grows at different rates, hits milestones at different times, and one single approach doesn’t work for everyone. It frustrates me to no end when we go to the pediatrician appointment and we hear how she rates among other…

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