• Family,  Fitness,  Food is Fuel,  Personal Development,  Uncategorized

    Another Year Behind, Another Year Ahead…

    It has been a lengthy minute since my last post. And with good reason. The 2nd half of 2018 was a year of major changes for our family. The most notable season of change occurred in autumn, when two of our children started at new schools, we changed our childcare arrangements, and I started a new position within my company at a new location.  During this time of transition to our new routine, any energy I once had left at the end of the day for writing down my thoughts was absolutely non-existent! I will be completely transparent and say that I STILL do not have the zest for writing that…

  • Family

    Husbands Are Blessings…Really!

    (Featured image photo credit: Ever Be Photography) May is a very special month in our household. It’s the month where we get to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, Mother’s Day and our wedding anniversary! I see so many articles criticizing husbands and fathers, and seriously I just wish I saw more recognizing them for the blessings that they are. There is an overwhelming stereotype that guys are lousy incapable husbands and fathers most of the time. And therefore, we women in their lives must complain about their inadequacies and nag them for all of the things we wish they did differently.  Is it surprising women feel this way?…

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  • Family,  Professional Development

    6 Tips for Work-Life Balance

    How would you rate yourself with achieving work-life balance?  If you rate yourself with high marks, congratulations!  I want to hear your strategies!  If you rate yourself less than perfect, join the club.  Most of us feel like we can always improve a bit in this category.  Our work-life balance ebbs and flows; it changes throughout the course of our careers based on variables tied to work, family, personal interests and maturity.  Here are some tips that I’ve seen work for many people including myself: 1. Love what you do. You’ve heard this mantra about selecting a career your whole life.  Why?  Because you’re going to spend the majority of your…

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  • Family,  Personal Development

    Beautiful

    Last week, two of my very close friends sent me nearly identical texts without knowing it.  “We had the best speaker at church today!  You would have loved him!”  My friends know me very well, and after watching their church service online, I was hooked on Dr. Kelly Flanagan.  One of my friends also included a link to the speaker’s viral blog post, Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Isle).  As I read the blog post, every word hit home.  Yes.  Yes, a million times over.  “Where are you the most beautiful?  On the inside.”  Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s words in this blog post were so perfectly…

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  • Family,  Travel

    Vacation Gear: 12 Essential Items for the Family

    We are quickly approaching high season for family spring-break vacations, so I thought it would be helpful to share what gear worked for us on our recent trip.  You can see the full travel recap here, if you haven’t already.  I hope something on this list helps you save time shopping for essentials and accessories so you can just enjoy the blessed adventure!  Nothing made the list unless we tried it and loved it. 12 Tested and Approved Vacation Essentials: Roxy Ocean Side Shorts – These are some of the most comfortable shorts ever!  Super light-weight linen with a drawstring waist.  These were my go-to shorts all day long to pull…

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  • Family

    Parenting Vs American Pop Culture

    Do you ever get the feeling that you are having to parent extra hard, teaching your children that American pop culture is not the expectation of how they act, behave, think and feel? This week, we as a Nation have experienced one of the deadliest school shootings since 1999…when it all started with Columbine…the tipping point of the whole concept of massacring helpless children.  The number of shootings in between these two bloodbaths varies depending on your source.  One thing we can all manage to agree on is any number is too high, and the number we’ve had is chilling.  Scarier yet is the fact that they continue. Scarier, yet…

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