DIY TOMS Makeover

Last October, I purchased my first pair of TOMS and they quickly became my everyday shoe. When we were working on our house over the summer, I accidentally got white trim paint on the toes, and they have been sitting neglected on my closet shelf since. Now that fall has once again arrived, I have been in need of some new everyday shoes. I shopped around a bit, but couldn't find anything that I liked as much as my TOMS, but I didn't really want to spend the money on a new pair. I went on … [Read more...]

Your Body, His Temple

Along with getting enough rest, nourishing our bodies is so important in caring for ourselves as women. But while we view sleep and rest as a treat and something we want more of, we hear the words “nutritious diet” and immediately think of punishment. But the real punishment comes when we put things in our body that make us feel bloated and tired, but yet we do it again and again because they taste good and they are easy. I gain weight easily so I have never been one of those girls who can … [Read more...]

Rest for the Weary

My husband is a youth pastor and this past weekend, we took our youth to a lock-in. If you are not familiar with a lock-in, it is basically a slumber party where nobody sleeps. You don’t even get to put on pajama’s or bring a pillow. If you are weak, you might curl up in a chair somewhere or get into child’s pose on the hard church floor, but the real troopers keep it going until the sun comes up. And then of course they pass out in the van on the ride back home. To say I am not a fan of … [Read more...]

The Art of Self-Care

“Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?” If you are a big I Love Lucy fan like me, this script is likely familiar to you. And if you are busy mom like me, you are probably answering, “YES! Yes I am!” Actually, if you are simply a woman, you are probably answering “Yes!” because there is just something in the DNA of women that causes us to be like the Energizer bunny. We keep going, and going, and going. We are natural caregivers and we instinctively … [Read more...]

Quieting the Noise

To really begin this journey of cultivating a life of intention and grace, we must first quiet the noise in our lives in order to lessen the distractions. I’m not talking about locking all of the kids in the playroom for a few hours so that you can just simply put a thought together, although that has crossed my mind a time or two. I’m talking about those things we turn to when we don’t want to think or do. We all have things we turn to when we want to tune out. Books, television, music, … [Read more...]

I Did It

I joined with 10,000 people to support a great cause, and ran my first 5K this morning! Phillip and the boys came out to support me and my friend Chelsi, and they were cheering us on at the at the finish line. It was a great way to start my Thanksgiving Day and a tradition that I hope to continue each year. Who knows...maybe next year I'll try for the 10K. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner celebration with my husband's family this evening. And while many are out in the craziness … [Read more...]

No Time To Lose!

The baby weight that is. At least I'm still calling it baby weight even though Little Man is now 18 months old. I have always had to stay on top of my weight. I'm not one of those people who can eat whatever they want and still be thin. If I want to be thin, I have to watch what I eat and exercise regularly. Unfortunately, I wasn't raised in such a way that eating healthy or working were a natural part of my lifestyle, so I have to make a very conscious effort to do both. After I had … [Read more...]

DIY Rice Heat Therapy Bags

So I know that I said I was going to take a little break from the blog this month because I have lots to do.But then I came down with the flu. Bad flu. Unfortunately I am not the kind of person who can sleep a lot. I am more the type to lie awake at night because I can't shut my brain off. Or because I feel miserable. And right now it's the latter.One thing that is bringing me great comfort is my rice heat therapy bag. I have it on the back of my neck as I am sitting here … [Read more...]

A Natural Face…Kind Of

I am one of those girl's who doesn't leave the house without her makeup on. When I was younger, my mother worked in cosmetics and I would spend my afternoons hanging out at the makeup counter giving myself makeovers. Needless to say, I like makeup, so a true natural face isn't really an option for me. But I want to be more careful about what I put on my face every day. Did you know that majority of cosmetics and skin care products are full of toxins? There is a great website called Skin Deep … [Read more...]

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