run update: August

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Eh. So August. That was a tough month. School was back in full force for both Ellie and me, Chris started working three days a week, and Harper went back to preschool. So it was really hard to get to the gym.  I'd talk myself out of the gym after school and convince myself I'd run or go for a … [Read More...]

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

weekend read: Dark Hope…

Can we talk about how I keep getting pushed out of my reading comfort zone and I'm loving it? Take Dark Hope by Monica McGurk for example. It's got angels and prophesies, … [Read More...]

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the whisper to stay…

I want a bigger house. I want my own bathroom and a walk-in closet. I want a dining room and a fireplace. I want an attached garage and separate bedrooms for my girls. I want an … [Read More...]

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are we the best we’ve got?…

I'm not going to lie, I love when a reader emails me and tells me how much they enjoy my blog, how much they relate to it, and how real-world I make things. I love those emails. I … [Read More...]

what i learned from a viral post

what I learned from my viral post…

I hate the term "viral." And I had avoided using it. Then May happened. Specifically, May 21st when I published "My Husband is Not My Soul Mate" and people started sharing … [Read More...]

cool mom outfit

i like to call this one “concert cool”…

This is what I imagine a cool mom would wear to a summer concert. I, on the other hand, wore this to the grocery store because I'm not cool enough to go to summer … [Read More...]

Del Monte Fruit Burst

how to make packing your kid’s lunch just a little bit easier…

  This shop is a part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  … [Read More...]

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

weekend read: Conjured…

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst is a book I'm glad I read because it pushed me out of my normal routine of hopeless young love and dystopian literature. Even though I fought the first … [Read More...]

red boat shoes

hey now…

Me: I only paid $13 for these shoes! Chris: I wonder why. (jeans: Old Navy, t-shirt: Old Navy, shoes: Marshalls [similar]) (Photographs by Kaitlyn Meeks … [Read More...]

losing my grandpa

It’s never like you think…

We have been on the verge for a while. I could feel it coming and knew it was inevitable. Death. There is really no way around it. And when you’re a thirty-two-year-old woman who … [Read More...]

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle

weekend read: The Antelope in the Living Room…

Because I'm always the last to know things, I had never heard of Melanie Shankle, the Big Mama blog, or her first book Sparkly Green Earrings until recently. But now that I've read … [Read More...]