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    D Is For Holiday’s! Wait, What?

    Dysfunctional: a : not functioning properly : marked by impaired or abnormal functioning b : characterized by abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction Since the 1980’s the word dysfunctional has been used to describe family dynamics. Talk show hosts paraded family members on screen for entertainment and the more obnoxious the better. With the holiday’s fast approaching I see many people talking about their family and using the word dysfunctional. I used to look at people and think wow they really have it together and their home must be amazing! Then they start telling me stories and I sit back and think holy smokes my family almost seems normal,…

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    Shop Small Business!

    Small Business owners are the backbone the country was built on. This Christmas season let’s show our appreciation and Shop Small Business! I have had some amazing people reach out to me to make a list for you to make shopping easier! Alex & Mario with La Vida Loca Boutique I love, love, love my wrap and cardigan I purchased from Alex & Mario’s store! The wrap is from Ecuador and is wool and cotton. The pin is made from coconut and I get so many compliments from each piece! Can’t wait to visit them again soon! Oh and they have free shipping! Facebook Matt with Carpet Depot What a…

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    Listen With Intent

      You hear but do you listen?   Stephen Covey Wrote “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” I truly never understood that until I had an interaction with an individual that taught me there is more to conversation than just hearing. Coop and I were at the grocery store and a young man started waving and yelling at me from the end of the aisle. At first I wasn’t sure if he was speaking to me so I let it go. After a few more “Hey’s and Hello’s” and looking around to realize it was me he was talking…

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    Your Best Life Now!

    Does your past cripple you from moving forward with your future? Do you look at generations before you and feel their downfalls hinder you from living your best life? This is your life so are you where you want to be? These are the questions I asked myself after a girl’s night out and had heavy conversations. There were tears and self-realizations to issues that I had never put my finger on, till then. The topic of how we parent was brought up and comments were made that, “I want to do better, be better in my children’s lives and how I raise them. I don’t want the things of…

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    Making Healthy Meals Happen for You & The Family

    As a mom, it can be challenging to focus on health and fitness goals.  One of the keys to achieving these goals is to dial in our nutrition.  And a key to THAT is having healthy food ready on-hand to put in your mouth when hunger strikes.     Meal planning/meal prep makes it a lot easier to get healthy meals on the table for the whole family.  How do you do it?  Although it may seem intimidating or daunting, it’s as simple as 1,2,3.   Set a menu Keep in mind what’s realistic for how much prep time you have each day.  Some days are busier than others. Which…

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    Overexposed

    When someone says the word overexposed I think of film, a bad picture. The film was exposed to too much of something that made it bad. Do we live in a world that is overexposed? With so many social media outlets news of the world travels much faster than when I was little. Instead of the five o clock news or major headlines in the Sunday paper, we now know of happenings within minutes of the event. We are constantly inundated with the good, the bad and the ugly. What are we doing to ourselves mentally by being that advanced in the know? I once read a book on plants…

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    Terrible Two’s Or Unrealistic Expectations?

    Ahh Terrible Two’s what every parent dreads.  Just kidding that is when they are teenagers right? I personally don’t believe in terrible two’s. I believe that adults have unrealistic expectations how they think a child should act and the adult’s response is what magnifies the child’s terrible behavior.  I read a piece recently by Dr. Laura Markham recently on discipline vs. teaching and it was a real eye opener for me. I am a soft one on disciplining Cooper and I may or may not let him get away with more than he should. He is two however and I am realistic in his understanding of how things should and…

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    For Shame For Shame

    Parenting, one of the toughest jobs you will ever have. There is no handbook or Dial A Parenting Coach Hotline, and you will undoubtedly do things wrong a gazillion times. Wonderful thing is, you will also do a lot of things right. The right things will not receive near the attention nor get the kudos deserved but let someone catch wind of something that is wrong in their eyes and let the Parent Shaming begin!  I’ve even had perfect strangers threaten to kidnap my infant daughter because I happened to have her in a car-seat in her stroller (asleep) rather than in my arms, while I was in a checkout…

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    The Perfect Customizable Baby Shower Invitations! Baby-Q or Giraffe which to choose!

    This is a sponsored post for Basic Invite. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Everyone that knows me knows I love a good party! No not the rowdy type, but a well-organized and planned event. From the invitations to the food I love to plan! We are excited to welcome another little bundle of joy into the family this year and it’s a girl! My niece & her fiance will welcome their Rainbow Baby in May. This of course is an aunt’s time to shine with a baby shower! I am a theme party planner type. Some of you may remember for Coopers 1st birthday it was all…

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    What Does Your Name-Tag Say?

    There are so many names we can be given and give ourselves. The positive names are what we strive for and what God wants for us. The negative names are what we get when we take control and put God in the backseat. I personally have been guilty of this several times. I get it in my head that I can do a better job and navigate life without his help. This is when my life gets out of balance. My relationships begin to falter, depression sets in and doubt takes over. At times it takes me a minute to figure out the missing piece, God. When I do have…