Encouragement, Home Life, Staying Sane

What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?

(photo credit: David Sonluna) If you’ve ever lost someone, then you probably know that the holidays can be a hard time. When most people are singing, laughing, planning, and decorating, grief can stifle those moments without notice. I lost my mom in January of 2017 to cancer. The holiday season of 2016 was ROUGH for my family, as we were…

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Home Life

25 Must-Have Christmas Tunes for Your Holiday

Blogmas, Day 2 is in FULL EFFECT! Does anyone else not feel Christmas-y until they hear their favorite Christmas song on the radio?? That’s the way it was for me, growing up. Until I heard, “In my miiiind…..,” it may as well have still been Thanksgiving. (If that first line doesn’t ring a bell, check out number 22 below.) So,…

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Home Life

Welcome To Blogmas 2020!!

Falalalalalalalala! It’s December, and I’m in the Christmas spirit! So much so, that I’m challenging myself to participate in Blogmas 2020. Blogmas is like an advent for bloggers; we post everyday from December 1, leading up to Christmas. To kick off my very first Blogmas post, I want to share an idea that I saw on Pinterest: A Hot Chocolate…

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Balance, Encouragement, Home Life, Staying Sane

Thankfulness During a Pandemic

Thankfulness in 2020

2020. Just the mention of it can bring a sour taste to a lot of people’s mouths. If nothing else, people may feel that 2020 has robbed them of a year of family gatherings, sound mind, opportunities to travel, maybe even the opportunity to lay loved ones to rest with an appropriate memorial. Here we are, in month 8 (based…

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Babies, Labor/Delivery, Laugh Out Loud, Pregnancy, Raising Kids, Staying Sane, Uncategorized

A Tale of Two Deliveries (Part 2/4)

grayscale photography of baby holding finger

(This post is part of a series of my birth stories. Click here for the first one.) I got changed into a gown; another laborious process in active labor, and the nurse attempted to check me. Let me explain something: I had never been vaginally checked for dilation/effacement before this point. My midwives believed in being less invasive, and I…

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Labor/Delivery

A Tale of Two Deliveries (Part 1/4)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The date was Monday, September 15, and I thought I was going to die. Maybe not die, but…something REALLY terrifying was about to happen. I was in active labor with my first son. I had no idea what to expect, outside of ALL of the YOUTUBE videos I…

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Home Life, Recipes

How To Meal Plan Like A Pro

If you’re anything like me, you LOVE making a grocery list and going grocery shopping. Stop it…..right now. I don’t exactly LOVE doing these things, but I enjoy the feeling I get AFTER I have done a nice grocery haul. I feel blessed to be able to provide home cooked meals for my family, while saving money by not eating…

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