Snack Attack: Customizable Trail Mix

I love trail mix. But I get annoyed with the mass quantities of peanuts found in the store-bought varieties. Plus, with as much as boughten trail mix costs, I want something better than peanuts! (Sorry peanuts, I don’t mean to hate on you.) I always fish through to find the pecans, almonds, cashews, dried fruit, and yes, candy bits. When we lived in Phoenix, there was a store called Win-Co that had a fabulously cheap bulk foods section. I would go there and pick out all of the trail mix fixins’ that I wanted. No peanuts. Just the good stuff. It … Read more…

Snack Attack: Blueberry Crumble Bars

It is no secret on this blog that I have a major sweet tooth. Not so much for candy, rather cake, pie, donuts, cookies, ICE CREAM, etc. The dark thought of giving up all the sweets I love makes me sad and quite frankly, cranky. Another blog I love, Heavenly Homemakers, helped me realize that there are ways to make the sweets I love at least more nutritional through a couple easy substitutions: Embrace butter or coconut oil as your main fat. Use whole wheat flour. Whole wheat flour has so much more nutrition, from protein to fiber–it’s good stuff! … Read more…

What’s the Balance in Your Bank Account?

Before you think I am being incredibly intrusive, let me explain . . . Our bodies are like a bank account. We can make deposits, investments, and withdrawals. What we eat can be a deposit or withdrawal: eating a salad versus a greasy burger, hydrating with water instead of Dr. Pepper. The level of activity in our daily lives can also be an investment in our future. Taking daily walks or runs, stretching, doing yoga, etc. are all investments in our health. Spending our spare time sitting in front of the TV, after many of us have sat all day … Read more…

Creating Space and Seeking Balance #Whole Mama

It makes my head spin some days trying to comprehend how much others accomplish. To be honest, it often makes me feel less-than enough. How can she juggle so much and still look so good doing it?!  We live in a do-it-all, have-it-all-right-now world. I have learned through listening to women bear their souls and through simple observation that having it all, at least all at the same time, is impossible. I believe we can have it all over the course of our lives, but not all at once. Something will inevitably suffer: our marriages, our children, our job performance, our … Read more…

Farmers’ Market Finds and a Summer Squash Recipe

Ready for the farmers’ market mom!  You can’t beat delicious, ripe tomatoes! Not a bad haul at all if you ask me! Mitch and I decided (bribed ourselves) that after tackling our giant to-do list for this past week that we should reward ourselves and celebrate making Columbia home. What better way to celebrate and explore our new home than to grab a chocolatey cup of coffee, peruse the local farmers’ market, and then eat at one of our favorite places: Pepper Jax Grill! Mitch also surprised me by baking a yummy summer cobbler from some of the blackberries we bought … Read more…

Snack Attack! Green Apples and Yogurt

A couple weeks ago my in-laws took us out to Cheddars for my birthday. In an attempt to be healthy, I took a chance and ordered the apples and yogurt as one of my sides. I was apprehensive because I am not a huge fan of yogurt, at least on its own or as a dip. While I was eating, I had two thoughts: 1. Wow! I actually like this. The yogurt is incorporated well . . . I might even love this!  2. I could totally make this myself . . .  And so, a couple days later, I set … Read more…

5 Tips for Exercise and Healthy Living for Busy Moms

Hi ladies! I get asked a lot about how to get your workouts in when you’re a busy mom or working professional. It seems impossible sometimes  to get to the gym when you’ve got a job, a family, or if you’re a brand new mom. And that is where I come in! I know that adding exercise into your life is difficult sometimes. I can imagine with busy families it feels like there is no time for YOU. But all you need is about 10 minutes. 10 minutes is enough time to get in some bodyweight exercise and healthy living … Read more…

It’s Not About a Number on a Scale

I love my post-baby body. I am proud of what my body accomplished. Stop and think about it for a moment–the human body is an amazing work of art by our creator! God made our bodies as a temporary residence for our souls here on earth. But the quality and quantity of time we have to spend in our temporary bodies are influenced by how we treat our bodies. Sore, sluggish, fatigued. That is how I feel. When I brush my hair, handfuls of loose hair come drifting out. All I can think is Ugh, here again. I’ll be the … Read more…

An Unlikely Color Combination

I made a small gift set for my brother-in-law’s wedding shower using their wedding colors: blue and purple. When they first told us about their wedding color choices, I was a bit concerned. My mind’s eye couldn’t envision it. But they chose them because Alisha loved blue and Jonathan loved purple. However, I liked their selection because, after all, a wedding melds together two unique individuals, who may not seem like at surface level they would go together. And you know what? Their colors worked together beautifully and complimented one another, just like Jon and Alisha! (Congrats guys!) 🙂 Apparently they are … Read more…

Guest Post: Speaking the Love Languages of Others

Love languages. It does sort of sound a bit new age-y, or even like a different name for the Romance Languages like Italian and Spanish. But no, it does not have to do with foreign languages, although sometimes it can seem foreign. In the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, he explains what the five live languages are and how they work. In case you haven’t come across them before here’s a brief overview. (Read the book I promise you will love it and you’ll probably start assessing your friends! There are also versions covering teens, children and … Read more…