Holding On Tight

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I have been cataloguing images recently and it has me in a very sentimental mood. I have the images seared into my mind that show me where I have been these last few years, and how I’ve spent my time. The photos show me what matters most. My marriage is far from perfect. But I love my man something fierce. Yet I am sure he would tell you he doesn’t see that fierce love coming his way often enough. My kids drive me crazy, and at the same time fill me with heart exploding love every day. I question my purpose, and I know I am right where I am supposed to be. I wonder if I am doing enough. I wonder if I am doing too much. I have great friends, the kind you can call at any hour day or night. And in the dark of night, I worry that no one likes me. I am grateful for God. I wonder where he is sometimes. I know I can do this. I fear I can’t. My life is a seesaw of great highs and lows, and I will take it all. I’ll take the messy, the neat, the tears, and the smiles. Life does feel so fleeting sometimes. And I am committed to being grateful for all I’ve been given. Above all – I don’t want these moments to end. Sometimes a song captures a feeling. This song, “Say You Won’t Let Go”, by James Arthur, is everything. I want more of it all. And for it to last forever. Even on my hardest day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yW7w8F2TVA

Fashion Fix: The Perfect Outfit for Travel

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Every year around this time I love to post about the perfect travel outfit. In the dead of winter I always find my self dreaming of skipping off to some fabulous warm destination. I have a weekend away in the Dominican Republic next week, and then for spring break we head to Barbados with our kids… read more

Simple Recipe: Pulled BBQ Chicken

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When it comes to cooking, I am completely sold on quick healthy meals. This pulled bbq chicken is delicious and easy to make. Easy being the optimal word since I find that by early evening, this mama is TIRED! And if you can get two meals out of one cooking session it’s even better. When I… read more

Owning a Dog: The Best Dog Gear

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It’s hard to believe “Milly Girl”, as we affectionately call her, has been a part of our family for 6 months!!! She arrived weighing in at 10 lbs – and now tips the scales at 55 lbs. Wowzers! It has been such a joy to watch her become a part of the family. She is… read more

Great Book: Never Take A Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do)

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This sweet book Never Take  Shark to the Dentist: and Other Things Not to Do, by Judi Barrett, came home from the school library with my 6 year old this week. I often get requests from readers about books that are silly or funny, because they are great for when you have to read a book… read more

Healthy Living: Simple Skin Care

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It’s been an interesting few months over here on the skin care front. Some massive allergies that left my eyes swollen shut the week of Thanksgiving had me rethinking detergents, creams, make-up and lotions. I feared it was our new pup who doesn’t shed (which does NOT mean she is hypo-allergenic I have learned!), but… read more

Great Cause: Breast Cancer Alliance

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A few years back I was introduced to the Breast Cancer Alliance. They are a lean mean cancer fighting machine. With a team of just two full time employees – they host incredible events, pay for grants and research projects, and help women who couldn’t otherwise afford it to get the health services they need… read more

Color Obsession: Green with Envy

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I am having a seriously green moment. For the home. For the fashion. And for the food. There is something so soothing about this color. Do you agree?   *images from Pinterest      

Healthy Living: The Dude Diet

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For week two of our six week “healthy living” series I am thrilled to feature the beautiful, talented and highly humorous chef/writer, Serena Wolf. She’s been busy on her food blog, Domesticate Me, since 2011, and this year she wrote her first cookbook, The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty…. read more

Great Gadget: Handheld Spiralizer

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Every so often a new gadget makes its way into our kitchen drawers. (Said drawers have been recently filled with drawer organizers and they are looking mighty nice!) This OXO Handheld Spiralizer is our newest addition and I am slightly obsessed. Tonight I used this contraption to “spiralize” 3 zucchinis. It took about 5 minutes to spin the… read more