My Maternity Photoshoot {A Very Belated Post}

Remember back when I was pregnant . . . like five months ago? Well, let’s jump back even farther than that by about a month. Oh! Well hello, pregnant belly and baby we haven’t gotten to hold yet! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember my post about the beauty photoshoot my amazing friend, Dana, did for me. That photoshoot gave me such a confidence booster!

When I told Dana that I had never had a maternity photoshoot, she immediately jumped on the opportunity and said she wanted to do one for me. I almost felt guilty because I didn’t have any professional photos done for my previous pregnancies. But, Joshua was our first baby that we really couldn’t afford a 3D ultrasound for. So, kids, if you’re reading this years down the road, it evens out and is fair. lol!

Dana was amazing, yet again! Right from the beginning of the photoshoot, she made me feel special and beautiful!

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Inside/Out: Fear


Every month, Kate from Clear the Way and Danielle from Lucky Number Seven join together to bring you the Inside/Out series. This is a collaborative series wherein each month we bloggers are invited to share how we have practiced a certain virtue in our lives, both inside and out. We first share how we have used the month’s trait in our own personal spaces: our minds, hearts, and spirits. Then we share how we have used it on the outside with others in our lives. This month we’re writing about fear and we invite you to join us. 



I’ve often mentioned here on the blog my struggle with Continue reading

Creamy Green Smoothie


I love green smoothies. I really really do. I’ve always loved spinach. But, when I was introduced to the idea of putting spinach in smoothies, my spinach world took on a whole new level of awesome! You know what makes me love these smoothies even more? Continue reading

DIY Patriotic Confetti Poppers


I know I’m supposed to be taking a break from my blog this month, but I couldn’t resist sharing a fun craft we did with the kids the other day. We made patriotic confetti poppers. Okay, I made the poppers; the kids got to enjoy the fun benefits of them. I didn’t have a post scheduled for today, and I knew there was no way I was going to leave my blog blank for today, especially since I’m a military wife and today is the day my husband gives his life for! So, I figured I would quickly whip up a post to share this patriotic fun-ness! (I could have taken time to write a really thought-out post. But, my mind has been on vacation mode for the past week, so getting my brain into gear for a serious post was going to be difficult.)

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Pieces of Advice for Newlyweds

A couple weeks back, my blogging friend, Bailey, wrote a post asking for some marriage advice. It wasn’t for her but was actually for her sister. She wanted to give a gift to her sister and brother-in-law; something that would be of help to them. So, she asked for advice from her married friends, things that we married people would have wanted to know and expect about marriage. I looked at Bailey’s request and thought, Uh oh, I’m going to end up writing a book. And write a book, I probably will. There are so many pieces of advice I wished I had gotten in the beginning of our marriage. But, my husband and I have learned and are still learning. I intended to email this to Bailey and then thought that maybe I should just turn it into a blog post and share it with others as well. So, for Brittany and Austen and anyone else who might want to know, here are some of the things I’ve learned from marriage . . .


~ You will fight. There might not be yelling matches, but Continue reading

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