Thursday, March 23, 2017

Giving Back To The Place I Call HOME

Home is where the heart is, but for many of us, home extends far beyond the comfort of our own four walls. It is community that fosters a sense of belonging, togetherness and safety. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tips For The Best Movie Night Ever!

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It's that time of year again, when your tax-returns are back and you want to stretch every single penny! Our latest adventure was made possible through our extra savings with Walmart Family Mobile. Keep reading to find out how you too can maximize your tax cash!  
The other night we decided to combine two of our girl's favorite activities into one event (camping & movie night), but instead of going to a campsite- we did it right in our own backyard. It turned out to be a huge success, so I wanted to share some of the highlights + a few tips to make your next movie night a hit!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Party Appetizer~ Chille Relleno Meatballs

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    Lately, I have been brainstorming new & delicious recipes that I can make ahead of time and serve at gatherings in an effort to save me some time on the day of the party. One of my favorites I've made thus far is Chile relleno meatballs. It basically skips all the not-so-good parts of the traditional dish, while adding in some hidden nutrients (via Avocados From Mexico & Oats), all the while retaining all the wonderful flavors you've come to expect from Chiles Rellenos.

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    Workout Upgrades That Will Have You Feeling Fresh and Fabulous!

    Shortly after writing my 2017 goals & growth post, I realized that I had set the bar really high for myself and was starting to have some self-doubt about my ability to follow through on those goals. Especially when it came to my most daunting goal: training for my first marathon. 

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Grandma's Sugar Cookies & Giveaway!

    A special thanks to Silpat & Le Creuset for sponsoring today's post & giveaway!
    Do you have a go-to recipe that you always tend to gravitate towards? 

    For me, that's: Grandma's Sugar Cookies recipe, because they're incredibly soft, fluffy and have just the right amount of sweetness. I just think every holiday needs a cookie like this in it's festivities!

    Ps. For the Silpat & Le Creuset Giveaway just scroll to the bottom!

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Spring Family Bucket List

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    With the unseasonably warm winter we've been having lately, the kids and I have been spending lots of extra time outdoors, creating memories and having little adventures together. 

    This past weekend we got a taste of spring, it was magical (with a high of seventy degrees) and it was so good for the soul. 

    We just couldn't let the gorgeous weather pass by without

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Hiking & Exploring Ohio!

    Since we had an extra long weekend and the weather was near perfection (with a high of 68 degrees), we decided to take our babies on a little hike. We haven’t done this in Ohio as regularly as we use to (before having Madison) but it's a real favorite of ours
    Looking through these pictures has me itching for spring and regular family hikes.

    Side note: If you're in Ohio, the Hocking Hills State Park is  a really fun place to explore as a family. The views are stunning and they have a ton of outdoor activities available.

    Here's a few things I want to remember:

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Energy Gels For Runners

     A huge thanks to Huma Chia Energy Gels, for sponsoring this post and allowing me to test out their all-natural energy gels as I train for my marathon!
    For many, finding the right energy gel to fuel their long runs is a common source of anxiety, especially leading up to a big race. I know that's been the case for me as I've been training for my first marathon. 

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Down Memory Lane & Love Letter

    Yesterday was a very memorable Valentine's day for me. I woke up and was greeted with two adoring faces (Mallorie's & Kyle's), along with breakfast, flowers and love letters. They had apparently woken up very early to prepare breakfast for me, I'm a very light sleeper so I was very surprised that I hadn't heard them tip-toeing around the house as they prepped everything.  

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    My Progress

     --Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!
    We had a few unexpected struggles this month, with three out of the five of us getting pneumonia & the flu. But, now that we're all better, I'm feeling extra grateful for the Jenny Craig program and that I never once had to worry about what I was going to eat (which was perfect, because I didn't have the energy to do more than pop something in the microwave or grab an Anytime bar).
    So it’s been 4 weeks since I started the Jenny Craig program and it’s time to share my results! Here's my first post, in case you missed it. Drum roll, please....

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    20 Great Running Mantras!

    "Running is so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought". - Arthur Black
    Whether you're a beginner runner or training to be an elite runner, there is much to benefit from having a running mantra. Your mantra can be a simple word or a whole phrase, but when repeated: it aids in concentration, motivation, helps you overcome pain & subsequently improves performance. 

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    The Lipstick That Lasts All Day + Giveaway! (Closed)

    If you've been looking for that something special for yourself to make your Valentine's Day outfit pop, boy did you come to the right place! Today I'm talking all about lips & a revolutionary product!
    So, you're either super tired of hearing about these or your mind is about to get blown! I've only just started using LipSense this past week and I'm already obsessed with them (seriously you guys, this stuff's AH-mazing), and now I'm trying to figure out how I can get my hands on ALL.THEIR.COLORS.

    Just scroll down to enter the LipSense Giveaway!

    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Divine Cinnamon Roll Recipe

    This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time!  It's so simple to make from scratch and it never disappoints.
    My family could literally eat cinnamon rolls for the rest of their lives, if I let them! Especially, my cinnamon rolls. Guys, these are ridiculously good (not biased or anything:D). Cinnamon rolls are one of my most favorite things in the world. It is really hard for me to pass one up, and I have had my fair share. The one in the picture above was particularly delicious. I love that I don't have to do any tinkering or guess work, these rolls just come out perfect every.single.time. you make them. They are Ooey-gooey and finger-lickin good!

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    The Worst & Best

    After a week and half of feeling like I had the worst-case of the flu in my life, I finally decided to check in with my doctor and make sure I wasn't just quietly dying:D. Turns out, I had bacterial pneumonia in my right lung. 

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    New Year’s Resolution: Get Healthy and Lose Weight

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    Now that Madison is over a year old, and she's sleeping like a champ through the night, I am finally ready to lose the excess baby-weight. Its been over a year and I still don't feel like my old healthy-self yet. And, I've had enough of it! I've been in a plateau for months and I'd really love a chance to "reset" my body and get back to feeling confident this year!

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Valentine's Inspired

    Valentine's Inspired

    Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 
    I know it's only just the beginning of January, but I'm already excited for Valentine's Day and getting to wear more florals, pinks & reds! Above are just a few of my favorite feminine pieces that would create the perfect Valentine’s Day look. Enjoy:)! 
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Blessed Sunday & Happiness!

    Hi Everyone! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Sabbath! I know I've mentioned before how we live for the weekends and going on adventures as a family, but there is something to be said for the quiet (and not-so-quiet moments) associated with Sundays & church! As hard as they may be sometimes, they always help to edify me, refill my "cup" and reset my focus for the week ahead. 

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Resolutions & Growth + A GIVEAWAY!

    A special thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring today's Giveaway and sparking today's conversation!
    Happy New Year! 
    Have you made your New Years Resolutions yet?

    I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of that term, but I do love setting goals for myself and being able to gauge my growth and progress. I strongly believe that setting goals is about designing a life that you love. You create the life that you are willing to work for (and the same can be said about motherhood)! 

    PS. Don't forget to scroll down to enter the fabulous PinkBlush Giveaway!

    Friday, December 30, 2016

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Holiday Gift Basket + GIVEAWAY!

    Today I'm teaming up with Le Creuset & Charles Viancin to share a darling gift basket idea & a giveaway! As always all opinions are my own!
    Gift giving is a talent, don't you think? Some people are born with it, while others have to work really hard at it. Regardless, if you fall under the first category or the latter, I think you'll really enjoy Today's DIY gift basket idea because it's a simple, thoughtful gift basket filled with really cute premium gifts that are sure to make anyone’s day! 

    Plus, at the end of the post you'll have a chance to enter a fun giveaway for a Le Creuset rectangular dish, Charles Viancin Poppy Lid & Poppy Pot Holder

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Inviting Holiday Decor

    A special thanks to She Savvy & Chesapeake Bay candle for sponsoring Today's conversation! As always all opinions are all my own! 
    We are in full Christmas mode over here! Last week I made a few festive changes to our foyer, and staircase that have really brightened up the space and made it more inviting. You might have already seen a preview of it if you follow along on Instagram.

    5 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

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    I know you've heard me say that this is the most wonderful time of the year, and I truly believe that, but it can also be a time when people feel entitled to things and lose focus on the true meaning & spirit of the season. That's why, I think it's so important that we make time in our busy schedules to serve others and encourage our children to spend more time thinking of how to bless others and being extra mindful of others' needs. Keep reading to find out some easy things we can all do to help spread the holiday cheer!