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Like Yesterday
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Sledding
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DIY: Subway Tile Backsplash Tutorial
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DIY: Kitchen Makeover for Under $250
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Fun with Tealy Lace (and a giveaway!)
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Chiropractor: 12th Visit Update
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How to Plan a Freezer Meal Swap
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Book Review: Surprised by Motherhood
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A DIY Year: Kitchen Tile Backsplash
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“Snow” Day

Like Yesterday

The adoption process is difficult. Not just choosing an agency, doing the paperwork, raising the money… but navigating the ethics and using the rights words and preparing for your child to experience the sadness that only that kind of disruption can bring. The loss is great and I see daily reminders of that as I love my children through the hard times. But adoption is also full of joy. And today is a day when I get to focus on that part. Three years ago I was in Haiti. Not expecting to travel to Ethiopia for at least 4-5 more[…]

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Sledding

Healing can be really difficult to see when you’re still in the middle of it. When you’re parenting a child with sensory issues the progress is slow and often frustrating. And then there are days like today, where you wonder if all the work you put in throughout the year made a big enough difference to take part in a “normal” family activity. Last night we received a surprise. A thick white blanket, just thick enough for a little sledding covered our neighborhood. After a quick morning visit to the chiropractor and a few throw-downs in response to winter gear[…]

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DIY: Subway Tile Backsplash Tutorial

It’s DIY Friday! Is that a thing? If not, it should be. I posted our kitchen before and after pictures earlier this week and now I’m ready to reveal the super-complicated-very hard tutorial for the tile back splash. Not really. It was so easy, friends. Just a little patience and a lot of tile and mess will give your kitchen an updated look. Project Cost: $210 (yours may vary based off of tile choice and kitchen size) Total Time: 14 hours including set up and clean up What We Used (and how much): 1. Speed Square 2. Wet Tile Saw[…]

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DIY: Kitchen Makeover for Under $250

We purchased our current home 2 years ago as we anticipated the homecoming of our fourth child. It truly is my version of a dream home. Colonial style, traditional touches throughout and a cozy sitting room with a fireplace. When we moved in I waited patiently and did little updates as we could, which is totally out of character for me. I can be a bit of a bulldozer with projects and sometimes I end up with things that I don’t really like. So this time, with this house I love, I was much more careful with my decisions. The[…]

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Fun with Tealy Lace (and a giveaway!)

Sometimes it’s nice to just take a break and have some fun. That’s why we were so thrilled to hang out with our new friends at Tealy Lace boutique this weekend. My girls had a fabulous time trying on and modeling some of the new items for the online boutique. And as a frugal mom I was impressed with the quality and prices for such unique items. Whitney, the store owner and operator, is a mom herself. She loves dressing¬† her daughter in boutique clothing but admits that she doesn’t like paying a lot for children’s clothing either. This is[…]

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Chiropractor: 12th Visit Update

If you have been following our quest to help Lola heal you’ll know that we’ve started seeing a chiropractor to help with her ADHD and impulse issues. Last night was our 12th visit. On the 12th visit you typically review new x-rays to check for progress, review symptoms, talk about nutrition and determine whether the care is beginning to help. In our case we were able to report a huge decrease in nervous movement and better sleep patterns. Lola is eating well so we did not need to address nutrition issues but Dr. Ben did advise to cut bananas out[…]

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How to Plan a Freezer Meal Swap

It’s slightly ironic that I’m sharing how to plan a freezer meal swap. I have turned down more than one offer to join. But my sweet, persistent friend Jennifer continued to throw out the idea and I finally, reluctantly agreed. After participating in my first swap I’m totally hooked and can’t wait for the next meet up. Here are a few guidelines and tips that will help you start your very own freezer meal swap. First off, gather some like-minded ladies. This is key to receiving and sharing meals that are healthy and nutritious. Talk about allergies or extreme, kids[…]

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Book Review: Surprised by Motherhood

Now that I’m a seasoned mom I have a few inside secrets I share with moms to be. Not tips and tricks, because let’s face it, every baby is different and sometimes a new mom just has to figure out what works for her. Instead I lean over and whisper, “Don’t be freaked out, but right after you have the baby your belly will literally feel like jello. It will go away though so don’t be freaked out! Like for real. You can kinda pick it up and move it around a little.” This is just one of the things[…]

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A DIY Year: Kitchen Tile Backsplash

As we begin the new year I’ve got at least 7 home projects on my mind. Things we can accomplish with a few YouTube tutorials and a little Pinterest Love. The first project on my list is finally installing a back splash in my kitchen. I have the tools, I’ve watched the tutorials and I’m ready to go. Ask Calvin, he had to listen to me critique the family on HGTV last night. “They obviously don’t know what they are doing, they aren’t using a float and their thinset is too thin, no wonder their tiles are falling off. And[…]

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“Snow” Day

This week held many plans. Plans to gather with friends, work from home and take Liam to his first day of Mother’s Day out. And then it happened. It got cold. And in Hendersonville, school gets canceled (it’s 7 degrees). The reasons for canceling school are valid and compassionate. There are kids within our county who don’t have coats and have to wait on buses, there are schools with sub-par heating systems. So for the few, the many will get a day off. This doesn’t change the fact that I had a nice little pity party and even texted my[…]

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