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    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.

  • Health,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood

    Relaxing Routines to Promote a Restful Nights Sleep

    This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to get more sleep. And one of the ways i’m accomplishing this is by establishing relaxing nighttime routines. We’ve worked hard to find our “sweet spot” – the time the magic happens because we all know 5PM is basically “meltdown o’clock” in toddler land. We needed to move up our dinner time to make sure we were able to incorporate relaxing activities post-dinner.

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    Opening the Windows for the New Year

    Gearing up for the start of a New Year is oddly enough, one of my most favorite times of the year. It’s a chance to reevaluate and reset. For me, it’s like opening all the windows of your house and letting that first day of fresh spring air flush out all the staleness from the winter months and quite literally breathe fresh life into your home. I love it. The end of December always has me craving that fresh air – maybe it’s all those Christmas cookies or the fact that I’m still finding wrapping paper in the couches that throws me over the edge. But whatever spurs the desire…

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    Backyard Picnic Fun

    This post is sponsored by Happy Family Organics, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these pictures. Can you tell I have fun as a girl mom? With the craze of life, and the added tasks on my to-do list due to Christmas being just around the corner, I don’t always have time to take the girls places during the week. I love that with just a couple of special additions to a simple backyard picnic, we can elevate it to an experience they’ve literally been talking about all week.

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    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.

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    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…

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    Father’s Day + JORD Watches

    Somehow, I always manage to be shocked every time a holiday or annual event “shows up” on my calendar – like really, who put that there?! Well, Father’s Day is right around the corner and I’m happy to say I am actually aware of it more than 48hrs in advance. Step 1, right?! Now for the gift giving… I’m lucky in the fact that my hubby is super low key and never truly asks for anything – but this is partly why I LOVE giving him gifts. He is always genuinely surprised and incredibly appreciative [shameless “I love my hubby” plug] so I love upping the ‘wow’ factor and finding things that…

  • 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…

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    Words of the New Year

    I’m a total sucker for New Years Resolutions. I’m a natural-born list maker so this makes total sense. But really, I love the excuse for a fresh start, even if it’s just another day or another page on a calendar. As I get older, and busier, I have adopted a different “resolution” method. Instead of specifics like traveling more, working out every day of the week or promising myself I am not going to eat so much chocolate and wine (who am I kidding) – I have started to pick words or phrases at the recommendation of several smart people 😉