Stellar Day Magazine, June 2016

Who’s IN for an adventure?!

Our lives are made up of daily adventures, if we’d only take time to see it. Social media posts, every day comparison, discontentment and expectations can taint our visions for adventure in our lives. Well, we are here to remind you that adventure can be found in even the smallest season of life. Our hope is that the pages of June’s magazine would inspire your heart to see and find the adventure in your own life, to seek more adventure if you desire it, and to choose joy no matter what your circumstances are.

Special Thanks…

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In Defense of the Princess | Book Review

Having publishers and authors reach out to me to have Stellar Day review their books is a new and unexpected endeavor for me. It’s an endeavor that I COMPLETELY WELCOME with total open arms. I love books, I love to read, and opening up the Stellar Day Book Club is probably one of the smartest things I’ve done! It’s given me direction, focus, intentionality and purpose with reading again. And anyone who is a busy lady or mama knows that finding time to read can be anything but easy! This has been a joy to start in this journey…

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Community: More Than Church Attendance and Backyard BBQ’s

I was texting with one of my dear friends, Nicole today. We text from time to time (ok a lot) and encourage one another, lift each other up, and pray for one another. I have prayed long and HARD for friends like this. I have known Nicole for a long time, well over a decade, but we’ve reconnected this past year as she’s become one of my writers for my magazine and for the blog as well. Her heart is huge for women and she speaks so much truth to my soul more than she will ever know. She…

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How To Refurnish & Distress Furniture

By Bridget Buchanan

I have always dreamt in do it yourself (DIY) projects for as long as I can remember. I’m the girl who loves repurposing items, visiting vintage markets, and I can spend hours on Pinterest dreaming up new ideas. Creating makes me feel alive and energized so that’s where my love for refinishing an older piece of furniture stemmed from.

Even though I love Pinterest, after reading more than my fair share of articles on paint, techniques, and how-to’s it just left me feeling overwhelmed. I then decided what better than to pick the brain…

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Two Homes | Co-Parenting Successfully

Article originally featured in Stellar Day Magazine by Norina Verduzco-Murphy, MSW, LCSW. We are thrilled to feature it here again!

One of the questions I am asked most often in my field of work is “what’s better for the kids, an amicable divorce or staying together despite constant fighting?”  At face value, the answer most people would lean towards is an amicable divorce, right?  Problem is, not all divorces are amicable.  When two…

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Stellar Day Magazine, May Issue, 2016

Can you seriously believe it’s already MAY?!

But we are thrilled it is because this month’s issue rocks! This month’s theme is HOME. We all have preconceived notions about what our homes should look and feel like. A lot of times, we feel like it isn’t enough. Like we, aren’t enough. We’re here this month to encourage you that you ARE enough. We are all struggling to continue to figure out how to take good care of our families, our husbands, our in laws, our parents etc. It looks different for all of us, the good, bad and in-between, and…

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Stellar Day Magazine, April Issue, 2016

April’s Issue is here and live!! This month’s theme is BEAUTY. When I originally tossed out the idea to my team that we were going to write about beauty, they were all thrilled and excited. I never try to dictate what the girl’s write about, and fully try to pray over it each and every month to trust that the Lord will bring the right words. I was hoping that this issue would focus on the heart, with a few fun other things included.

Having never told the girls that, that is EXACTLY what this issue is. It’s full of beauty-…

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Butterfly Wonderland

We went to Butterfly Wonderland for the first time yesterday! I was actually nervous about taking my youngest kiddos there, to be totally honest. I just thought my five and two year old would for SURE wreak some kind of havoc and end up murdering butterfly’s in the process of flailing about in tremendous fear of the winged creatures.

Butterfly Wonderland, Stellar Day Blog

But the opposite happened.

I WAS THE ONE SCREAMING INSTEAD AND MY KIDS LOVED IT. (hahaha)

Isn’t that the truth?? Man alive. There were SO many butterflies! But…

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Stellar Day Magazine, March Issue 2016

March’s Issue is here and live!! This month’s theme is FOOD. I have dreamed about putting out an issue like this since we started this adventure, and I am SO excited that the day is here! I love food and how it brings people together. While I’m not the greatest cook or hostess, and my details rarely look close to perfection, I DO have a huge heart to be with people. And if this issue inspires you to try a new recipe, open your home to friends, or to try cooking more for your family, then that is more than…

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Self Care | A Quick Tip From Jess

I always think that self care is a good idea. My life goes through seasons of being able to really focus on this and to take care of myself. Sometimes, I have to put myself last for a little bit until a particular season is over but then I usually come back out on top and am able to make intentional time and space for myself.

The trick to self care, is that you can’t take on the world. I think it’s important to pick one or two things that are doable for you, and to try and do them…

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30 Minutes | A Quick Tip From Jess

STELLAR DAY MAG | Feb 2016 Promo-1029This week, I found myself giving a friend of mine advice about time management, and the more I talked and shared about it, the more I realized that I was actually sorta passionate about it! Not that I was passionate about the time management, really. More about helping her to find some relief in her working life AND in her mom life. It’s freaking hard to work and be a mom. It’s hard no matter what. It’s just hard.

The number one question I…

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Stellar Day Magazine | February Issue

February’s Issue is here and live!! This month’s theme is FRIENDSHIP and I have long anticipated this issue. No matter what age you are, friendship is something we are ALL going to struggle through in ups, downs, highs, and lows. There’s going to be mountains, valleys, friends who last forever and friends who come and go after a short time. Wherever you’re at right now in your own personal seasons of friendships, this issue is jam packed with encouragement from women of all ages on all topics. It’s an issue that I hope and pray speaks to many, many…

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Wait

2015 was a year of waiting for me. I said a lot- A LOT- of prayers to the Lord that weren’t directly answered. I asked for things boldly. I prayed for patience. I asked for changes in my heart to be made, expectant to feel differently about situations in my life quickly.

Nothing happened quickly.

As I look back on 2015, I realize now that my “word” for the year was WAIT. I heard the Lord over and over again ask me to wait. He would ask me to trust Him, have faith in Him and rely on HIm. He…

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Stellar Day Magazine, January 2016 Issue

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s just start with that! It’s a brand new year and we are kicking it off with a brand new magazine issue! This month, our theme is GRACE and boy does this issue sure deliver! The ladies that all contributed to this month’s magazine are ALL incredible. Each and every single one of them has such amazing things to say and encouragement to bring. My hope and prayer is that you each read this issue and afterwards can take a deep breath. A deep breath indicating that you TOO can face this new year with the…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!! We hope and pray that you feel the love of Christ surround you this holiday season. We are so thankful for 2015 and all the exciting changes that happened here at SDB. We are looking forward to 2016 with hope and a bright future, and can’t wait to see what is in store!!

Have a blessed holiday and we’ll be back blogging next week!

~Jess & the SDB team xoxo

Merry Christmas

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