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Home of New Beginnings- Sponsorship Opportunity
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Selling the House We Love
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Bathroom Remodel
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Double Love: Valentine’s Day Give Back Guide
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A Very doTERRA Valentine’s Day
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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!)

Home of New Beginnings- Sponsorship Opportunity

Human Trafficking. An evil that has become large reality in the world we live in. We know about it now, it’s become a buzz word of sorts. Instagram is filled with red X’s proclaiming our stance against the practice, yet most of us still don’t really know how to help. What if you had the opportunity to help a victim dream again? What if you had the opportunity to support someone as they transition from victim to VICTOR?? The Home of New Beginnings sponsorship program is that opportunity. Monthly commitments of $10-$100 per month support young women as they find[…]

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Selling the House We Love

We live in a house we love. It has the perfect space for a large family. Four large bedrooms, three full bathrooms, fun backyard, great schools. And in the Spring and Summer a different flower or plant blooms almost weekly. Someone clever, with a green thumb, really mapped that out before we came along. And yet, we find ourselves feeling not so at home here. Maybe just uncomfortable. And for the last several months we have wrestled with why. We have struggled with wanting to let go and wanting to stay. And finally came to a place where the path[…]

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Bathroom Remodel

This post has been a long time coming! We actually finished the bathroom months ago and I’m just now sitting down to share with you. The bathroom has really become one of my favorite rooms. It’s simple, clean and its design prohibits clutter. Hallelujah! Here are the before shots of the bathroom. Not terrible, but it did have carpet on the floor and avocado colored tile, soooo. Yes. It was time for an upgrade. It’s hard to convey the sink situation in pictures. The counter top was some kind of almond colored wonder that absorbed the color of EVERYTHING you[…]

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Double Love: Valentine’s Day Give Back Guide

This week has turned out very differently than I planned. An umbilical hernia that needed surgical repair and made me feel super sick landed me in an operating room yesterday. And if paper gowns, nudity and pee cups don’t make things awkward enough… after admitting that I had been doing a cross-fit style workout the older nurses there, fascinated by the idea of cross-fit in general, insisted that I meet a certain doctor there who, oh my goodness, also does cross-fit.¬† I practically begged them to leave cross-fit doctor alone, but oh no, they pulled her off another case to[…]

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A Very doTERRA Valentine’s Day

Guys, this post is for you. Girls, this post is for you too… to send to your guy. Especially if you’ve been eying essential oils without really knowing how to jump in. 1.The Beginner: The intro set, which includes Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint in adorable little bottles. This set ($26) comes in a nice little box with suggestions on how to use. 2. The Mom: the mom is looking for oils to use for herself (stress!) and for her kiddos. Because they are. always. sick. That gorgeous woman needs several great oils in her tool kit. Here are my suggestions:[…]

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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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