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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Turning “Work” Off

Let’s get a few things straight:

I love my career.

I love technology.

I love social media.

What I struggle with is setting boundaries of when I am and am not available. I started working when I was 16. That was 22 years ago. Back then, cell phones were analog and huge. No one called you. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I only had that phone for potential emergencies when I was on the road.

Fast Forward: I have answered my phone during a long-planned family vacation in Sea World to…

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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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Home

It’s funny how the desert, a place devoid of any moisture and greenery, has earned a special place in my heart and the designation of home. I never used to like the desert. It was too hot, far from my friends back in Texas, and made my skin dry up. After meeting my closest friends there, going to a great high school and college, and getting married to my fabulous high school sweetheart, my perspective started to change. And now, as I am living in one of the most beautiful states ever, Colorado, I miss the desert.

I miss the…

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DIY: How To Make A Popsicle Stick Shelf

I saw this craft a little bit ago and wanted to try to make it. Our son will be arriving this fall and I have started brainstorming what I envision his room to look like and I wanted to put this shelf on one of his walls. So stinkin’ cute and rustic looking. This project was actually really simple which I loved. The shelf itself is actually really sturdy which I was pleasantly surprised about. Let’s get started!

Here is what you will need:

How To Make A Popsicle Shelf

Popsicle…

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Wedding Guest Attire

Wedding Guest Attire

Recently I was talking to a friend about what to wear to a wedding, when she suggested I write something about it (shout out to Skylar). There’s no general rule of thumb for guest attire (except for jeans; jeans should always be a no in my opinion), but hopefully these little hints will help you next time you find yourself peering wide-eyed into your closet.

1. You can get a feel for the wedding theme based off of the invite. Are there fancy details and swirly fonts? The…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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