February 2, 2016

loving the gorgeous 70-degree sunny days we’ve been having this week getting my 10,000 steps per day again eating a ton of salads but not planning dinners very well enjoying my kids so much; they have been surprisingly well-behaved lately thinking that I might want another one after all (I may be crazy) celebrating small holidays like Candlemas by gathering with friends buying a few things at Target I’ve had my eye on: candle holders, basket, sheets wearing some black high-waisted trousers and dark wash skinny jeans I got from Stitch Fix – I asked for a box of pants only and they totally delivered looking for an everyday pair of jeans, tall cognac boots, and some oversized sweaters spending more time…
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what i read : january 2016

January 29, 2016

Love Walked In by Maris de los Santos – I read this for postal book club, and it was a super sweet story. It totally lifted my spirits. There were some definite eye-rolly descriptions of characters that kept coming up but, I still really liked it. (4 stars) Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines – I’ve been following Amber for a long time because I met her way back when I was in high school. I had heard that her first book was excellent and I finally got it from the library. Well, it was. It’s a short memoir of her life and how she was pursued by God despite all her brokenness. It was like poetry and also like…
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things i love lately

January 26, 2016

Hi friends! Today I wanted to pop in with something fun, just share a few of the things I’m loving lately. Let’s get to it! Aerosoles Landlock Chukka Boots – I have been on the lookout for casual booties for quite awhile now, but it’s tough for me since I have wide feet. My friend Maggie ordered these and let me try them on – lucky for me we wear the same size – and they are SO comfortable. The soft suede makes them great for wide feet, too. I immediately ordered some in black but went back to get the this taupe color as well! Madre Beads – I’m a brand ambassador for this awesome mama-run small business, so…
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link roundup / 44

January 22, 2016

Parenting as an introvert. It’s hard! Two cool new photo apps I’ve discovered: A Color Story (awesome for easy editing) and Retype (for adding type). What kind of books do you not read, categorically? Personally, I avoid anything that is depressing without a glimmer of hope, that contains evil without redemption, or gratuitous violence. (Also, if I know it contains child loss, I’ll be very, very wary.) Same goes for what I watch. A father built his daughter a fairy tree in her bedroom. Um, this is amazing. And also, I’d be telling her she’d better love it WELL into her teenage years (either that, or hoping I have more daughters come along). Now THIS is a birth story. I…
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2016 goals, after all

January 20, 2016

I said I wasn’t going to make goals for this year, but I changed my mind. I’m allowed to do that, right? I already knew this, but I was reminded recently that my personality thrives on detailed goals. And since I’m really hoping that this is the year we get out of survival mode, I went ahead and wrote out some ideas. The idea is that by writing them out (and making them visible) I’ll make some sort of forward progress, even if I don’t complete everything. So here are my 2016 goals: Financial Pay off our USAA credit card Continue debt snowball Make monthly budgets Home Declutter/KonMari the entire house Fully decorate & set up the master bedroom Family Have the…
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