• Home,  Lifestyle,  Reviews and Giveaways

    5 Things I Love About My Air Purifier

    This post is sponsored by GUARDIAN TECHNOLOGIES but the opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own. Did you know that the air INSIDE of your home is dirtier than the air OUTSIDE of your home? I found this hard to believe at first, since my home is my safe haven – the place where I raise my children. It never dawned on me that these walls would also naturally trap unwanted, “dirty” elements in our air. But it’s true! The EPA estimates that indoor air is two to five times dirtier than outdoor air — and even up to 100 times dirtier in some cases.

  • BRITA
    Health

    Kicking bottled water and living better with Brita!

    This post is sponsored by Brita, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. I’m a water snob. There, I said it. My husband already knows this to be true, but when it comes to water, I can be picky! Though we joke at home about my high standards for good water, really it can be boiled down to two simple things 1. I like clean tasting water, and 2. I like knowing that my water is free from contaminants that can potentially endanger mine and my family’s health.

  • Babies,  Family,  Food,  Reviews and Giveaways

    Snack Time with Quinn

    This post is sponsored by Quinn Snacks but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Through a series of elimination diets for myself and my eldest daughter, we discovered that gluten was not on our list of “friendly food” items. Not kidding, it took over a year to figure out that gluten, and also too much pasteurized dairy products, were at the root of my daughters horrible case of eczema. And when I mean horrible, I mean, whole body eczema. Not only did she have discolored rough patches in all of the “typical” locations eczema tends to appear, her whole body felt like sandpaper. She had patches on her…

  • Family,  Health

    How Our Family Uses Essential Oils

    I am sure you all have heard of essential oils, I feel like they are everywhere these days! However with so much information floating around, the whole concept can get get pretty confusing, especially if you are new to the world of oils. I chat about them regularly over on Instagram, and how we integrate them into our lifestyle, so I am excited to share in more detail how we use essential oils in our home! A little background on why I decided to give them a go I was raised in a home that was health concious as far as the foods we ate, however it wasn’t until I…

  • Faith,  Lifestyle,  Reflection

    The Art of Being Grateful + 5 Tips On Starting a Gratitude Journal

    Earlier this month I shared some personal experiences and realizations that spurred my my goals for 2018. Reset + Refresh + Renew is a little snapshot of a bigger story. It’s the “why” in why I am focusing on self care this year, particularly through enriching my Body, Mind and Soul while also working to discover the connection between the three. Today’s post can be nestled under caring for the MIND. Gratitude as an Art Form Life is hard. Life is unfair. Life sometimes leaves you confused, overwhelmed, and sad. Life can be lonely. Life is also beautiful. Life is joyful. Life is generous. Life is brilliantly full.

  • Food,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Reset + Refresh + Renew

    I have always loved making resolutions for the New Year. The anticipation and momentum building up to that 1/1 date gives me the energy I need to start the year off on the right foot. As this year comes to a close, I love reviewing what went well and what didn’t. What we accomplished and what is left undone. I love using it as a marker for how I want the next year to go, and what changes I need to make in order to maintain balance in my life. This past year, a lot went right but I also received a big wakeup call in regards to my own…

  • Faith,  Lifestyle,  Reflection

    Maintaining a Grateful Heart

    With so much to be grateful for, how is it that sometimes I/me/we struggle to find things to be grateful for? You know, the type of heartfelt thanks that goes beyond the “thank you for the food I’m eating, the roof over my head, the clothes on my back” type thing. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life – school, work, marriage, kids, a messy house, a traveling spouse, a big move, what have you – the challenges of the day seem to always get the better of us. Then, often times life happens. A huge change, something tragic, horrifying, “how could God let this happen” type thing…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood,  Reflection,  Siblings

    The greatest gift you can give to your child… Thoughts on siblings

    Some of you may already know this, but I am the second oldest of 8 children. Six boys and two girls. There are 22 years between my oldest sibling and my youngest sibling. I waited 17 years to get a sister (the youngest). No twins, no adoptions, no step-siblings. My older brother and his wife had their first baby 2 weeks before my youngest sister was born (Father of the Bride anyone?!).