Intentional Playtime

Let’s be real…it’s HARD to be a stay at home mom!

One of the things that I am most grateful for is the fact that I am able to stay at home with my kids. By choice. I know a lot of mom’s choose not to or cannot and that is perfectly O.K.! We are all different. None of us are perfect; yet, we are the perfect parents for our kids. I am beyond amazed at moms who are able to work outside of the home and love on their kids– talk about balance and giving up control. Amazing. I…

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Come Back to What You Know to be True

I’m a real hot mess right now and I mean it quite literally. I have hot flashes, I’m uncomfortably warm (but if I chug a glass of cold water then I’m freezing and can’t warm up), and my blood work is all over the place. I had a follow-up with my doctor today and even she was puzzled. I think she called it interesting. I’m going to stick with hot mess. I even cried during my appointment (see previous statement). I’ve struggled with my health for a while now and to put it bluntly, I’m just tired of it….

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Christ In Me

Sometimes there are just too many things.  Too, too many for me to even begin to feel like I can manage them all.  I love my life, I love the people and blessings I get to know and experience every day.  But sometimes it is just too much.

It’s funny because I pray for change and direction, and then when things start happening, I check out.  There are just too many things.  Too many moving parts, and too many decisions and things required of me, and I get overwhelmed and feel like I’m broken into a million pieces.  So, I…

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Passion

In case you missed it, I love weddings.

Okay, sarcasm aside, I don’t just love them; it’s something I’m genuinely passionate about. I remember picking up my first wedding magazine (yes, I still own it). I. was. hooked. For a long time I knew I wanted to work in the wedding industry, I just didn’t know to what capacity. Cake baker, florist, dress consultant, for a short time I considered working with a planning business.

Then the light went on and I put two of my favorite things together and it clicked; I realized I wanted to write for a wedding…

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Oh The Places You’ll Go With Him

Oh the places you'll go

That’s what Dr. Seuss promises in my favorite children’s book, Oh the Places You’ll Go.  Actually, despite Seuss being renowned as one of the most worshipped literary kings of all time, I could never fully appreciate his writing style as a kid.  I must have been too serious for my own good because I found his books to be a little silly, too rhyme’y and the pictures somewhat bland.  Obviously, I was either too unsophisticated to know any better or too critical (or both) because…

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34

I celebrate another year on this earth this I’m excited to turn another year older. Honestly I am. I have loved my 30’s so much. As I keep getting older, I realize the importance of the little things. As a kid, celebrating my birthday was a big ordeal. As it should be. Celebrating life is something worth celebrating in my opinion. We shouldn’t stop celebrating life just because we are getting older right?

I’ve decided to do something different for myself this up and coming year. At first when I was thinking about it, the concept sounded really selfish. Then…

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The Rescue

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message Version)

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of…

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Random Words of Kindness

I promise, if you’re ever having a bad day, this simple gesture will turn it around instantlycompliment a stranger.

Several years ago when I was working on overcoming certain aspects of my social anxiety, I started making a conscious effort to do things that make me uncomfortable. One of those things was paying compliments to strangers as they came to me. You’ve all been there, you’re walking through a store and spot a cute pair of shoes, or the most amazing hair you’ve ever seen, and make a mental note of it. I simply took this one step further…

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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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An Independent Freefall | A Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Whether it was nature or nurture, I certainly developed a knack for being an independent girl. I was proud of the fact that I needed very little help with schoolwork, paying my own way (once I was out of the house of course), cooking, cleaning, working, you name it. I was always the one who helped other people and it felt so good to be so responsible and independent. Even in my marriage I have spent the last almost 10 years doing most things for myself, cringing when I needed help from my husband.

All this changed for me when…

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Seasons

Seasons, Experiencing God's faithfulness

One of my dad’s favorite songs is inspired by a Bible verse in Ecclesiastes 3,  entitled “Turn Turn Turn” by the Byrds. It starts out by saying, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven”. If you’ve heard the song, there’s a few “turn turn turns” in between those words, just as there are in life I’m learning.

Recently, I’ve been waking up with thoughts of home on the brain and when I say…

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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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Stop. Breathe. Feel.

Mommy life is bananas, yo.  First, you go through pregnancy and lose half of your brain.  Your body shifts and changes to the point that you don’t really recognize or feel like you will ever be you again.  Then you have your little bundle of joy and depending on what your particular batch of hormones are, you lose the other 1/2 of your brain, fight off sleep exhaustion to look at this tiny miracle, figure out how on earth to keep them alive and keep your sanity, and still try to be a decent human for your husband to…

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Self Care: The Importance of Putting YOU First

Before I became a mom, I did not know the meaning or importance behind self care. Sure, I took my multivitamin and made sure to brush my teeth daily.  I guess what I mean is– the true meaning of taking care of my own needs in order to flourish in all areas of my life. I learned this lesson the hard way! Like many first-time moms, I was in the trenches of the 4th trimester with a colicky newborn and the sleep deprivation was starting to break me.  All I could think about was making sure my baby was taken…

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Quick Tips for Your Dream Dress

Quick Tips to Find Your Dream Dress

I love wedding dresses. I admit it, if I could walk around in in a big, flowing, white gown, I so would. Unfortunately, this is “frowned upon” and also, I don’t have the budget to buy that many wedding dresses. For some of us, we grew up wondering what the different angles of our dress would look like and dreamed up each specific detail. And for others, we could care less. Regardless of how much time you have spent drooling over gorgeous gowns…

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