breathing room

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I've been a bit on the busy side lately. When I've sat down to try to even write a blog post, I feel like I'm suffocating and can't seem to catch my breath. I've been so swamped with planning for the Thrive Retreat that I haven't had much time to focus on anything else. My husband and kids included. Doesn't it seem ironic that I'm spending so much time helping women Thrive when I'm struggling to do the same myself? What I never really thought about or expected when I started a ministry for … [Read more...]

how to shower less (and still look fabulous!)

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I will never claim to be the expert on anything. Not parenting, marriage, blogging, anything. BUT this is one thing I feel like I almost have expert status on because I've just about perfected it. Faking that I'm clean. You laugh, but I'm sooooo serious. When I was a brand new mom with a crazy colicy baby, I wondered if I would ever shower again. Those first three months of motherhood were a nightmare. Then it got super fun, and I got super pregnant. Again and again. Showering regularly … [Read more...]

a new season is coming

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Last week I realized I was being a total debbie downer. After a few "are you doing ok" text messages and "I'm worried about you" conversations, I realized I was letting the dark side sink in. It had been a HARD few months. Literally on new years eve, a horrible round of sickness crept up on us. For nearly 3 months someone has been sick. We've had stomach flus, RSV, sinus infections and more. You name it, we've probably had it in the past 3 months. With the endless winter and endless sickness, … [Read more...]

puke, disappointments & hard lessons learned

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I spent 90% of last weekend puking into a little bucket next to my bed. We're all friends here and can talk about that kind of stuff, right? I thought so. I was out shopping Friday evening for last minute birthday party stuff and felt like I was going to puke all over aisle 4. Long story short, I was up all night with a nasty stomach bug and we had to cancel Makenzi's first birthday party. I was devastated having to cancel her party. Not just because I'm a party planner and a lot went into … [Read more...]

taking time for the game of chase

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I would say over the last year I have transitioned into a work at home mom. As my blog has continued to grow over the years (hey, thanks guys for putting up with me!), and I now co-run Thrive and am a part of The Influence Events Team and am about to launch my shop....well I do a lot. So, I spend quite a bit of my time working and writing. I always thought I would be a working mom. My mom was, and I couldn't wait to have a career. But after working many years as an event planner and learning … [Read more...]

we are on the same team

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I've never been much of a controversial blogger. I'm not super on one side of the fence about any issue, because I know that every child is different. I don't believe there is ever a specific way to do something that will work across the board. That's why you won't really see me blogging much about the "controversial topics" (sleep, vaccinating, development, etc.) BUT there are a few things as a mom I feel very strongly about. A mom being fully supported in her decisions is something I will … [Read more...]

why breast is not always best.

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You've all heard it: "Breast is best!". I have to disagree with that statement. Yes, breastMILK may be the best nutrient for your baby. That I can agree on, but I have to say no, breast is NOT ALWAYS best. I'll pause for a moment while you block me, report me to the la leche league and throw eggs at my house. Ready to hear why? I sure hope so, because I've been through 9 months of an inner battle with myself on whether or not I made the right decision. I had SO many issues with … [Read more...]

holiday gift guide: the kid guide

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Welcome to the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide! I hope you are inspired by some amazing gifts I've put together to share with you. I will be highlighting many different items in my two gift guides that I felt like would be the best for YOU! Day 1 will feature the Mom Guide and Day 2 will feature the Kid Guide. Enjoy and share with your friends and family! Personalized Name Shoes from Parker & Posie Use the code GIFT GUIDE for 15% off 11/6/13 ONLY! Moxie Mandie Baby Quilt Use MERRY25 for 25% … [Read more...]

holiday gift guide: the mom guide

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Welcome to the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide! I hope you are inspired by some amazing gifts I've put together to share with you. I will be highlighting many different items in my two gift guides that I felt like would be the best for YOU! There will be ideas for pretty much every kind of mom and child on your list. Day 1 will feature the Mom Guide and Day 2 will feature the Kid Guide. Look for text in red for great discount codes and a giveaway at the bottom of the post!! Enjoy and share with your … [Read more...]

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