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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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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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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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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Mia’s Butterfly

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Butterflies are beautiful.  It goes without saying.  They are symbols of new beginnings, transformation, and represent the hope of bursting forth from a restrictive cocoon to take flight into a brave, new world.  All very beautiful images indeed. My Mia, now 13 years old, has always reminded me of butterflies ever since her fascination with the butterfly garden kits began when she was little, allowing her to raise and feed caterpillars in a protected environment, watching them transform into butterflies before being released to the outdoors.  As we reflected on…

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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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Experiences Over Things

Let’s be honest, my kids have WAY too many toys! I try to be minimalistic when it comes to the kids’ “stuff.” Everything can pretty much fit on 1 large shelf but with our recent move and unloading boxes and boxes of toys, it hit me. Or, maybe it was the fact that we live in a country now where toys are so expensive that most kids only have a few. For their whole life, I want to raise grateful kids that are not consumed with materialism (which can be hard to do in our culture!) and who love to…

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I dare you

Music has always had a part in my life.  I learn better by singing, I love to dance to music and in general, I just love to sing.  In fact, I’m always singing.  You might not hear me, but you better believe there is SOME song playing in my head at any given moment of the day.

And it could literally be ANYthing.  I mean, I make up songs if I don’t know one that fits the situation.  And I hear that people get frustrated because a song gets stuck in their head but, well, that’s just constant for me until…

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I AM With You

There I was, standing in front of the yogurt at the grocery store, tears welling up in my eyes. Now, blueberry greek doesn’t usually bring me to tears, but at this time, I was on the verge of breaking from more than I felt I could handle. Allow me to back up a hair.

This was several months ago. We were desperate for a few necessities and dinner was a mystery, so off to the grocery store I went. With both kiddos in tow (3 and 1.5 years at the time), I came up with a genius plan to get…

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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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Friends or “Friends”?

Friends or "Friends?"For the past couple weeks, I have severely limited my time on social media. As a millennial who loves having a smart phone, taking pictures and being online, this was a huge challenge. My husband and I have been attending a new church, which started a Daniel Fast on January 10th. A Daniel Fast, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is a time during which one cuts out pretty much everything but water, fruits, and veggies from their diet as a way to turn their…

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