In Food + Drink, Wellness on
18 October, 2016

My Best Ever (Accidental) Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins


Sometimes things just don’t go as planned, ya know? Like when you set out to bake 24 delicious, fluffy pumpkin muffins and you accidentally add six tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mix.

Uh, yeah. Whoops.

One might wonder how this type of accident happens, so let me explain it to you. First of all, keep in mind that I had been sick for over a week when this incident occurred (I just don’t think straight when I’m under the weather). And secondly, also keep in mind that I had already been preparing freezer meals for three hours that day when I decided it would be a good idea to do some baking (bad idea, very bad idea).

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In Faith, Marriage & Love on
10 October, 2016

When Marriage is Less Than Perfect

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I thought I had it all figured out. Before I started dating, I thought finding a spouse was a simple process. I had read a ton of Christian dating books, so I figured all I had to do was guard my heart and make sure I found a guy who loved both God and me, and I would find my “Happily Ever After.” After all, I was pretty sure God wanted me to be happy.

But things got pretty messy for me a few years later. I got my heart broken, and suddenly the whole dating thing wasn’t so simple anymore. Through the pain, however, I found healing for my brokenness as I found my identity in Christ. I truly began to bloom. And after a few years of painful yet blissful singleness, I was ready to dive back into the dating world.

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In Food + Drink, Wellness on
4 October, 2016

The Easiest PSL Recipe (and My DIY Coffee Bar)


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables

Yes, sweet little Anne Shirley, yes. I completely agree with you. I LOVE Octobers. I love falling leaves, crisp air, family gatherings, good books and warm, sweet pumpkin spice lattes. But, because my husband and I are on a budget, you won’t find me driving through Starbucks every morning to get my PSL fix.

Over the years, I have tried several PSL recipes. None of them have really stuck with me, so I decided to keep things simple and create my own. This recipe is actually very similar to my original homemade latte recipe; the only real difference is that you add pumpkin pie spice to the coffee grounds! It’s so simple but so incredibly delicious.

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In Faith, Trials on
21 September, 2016

When You Just Feel Unworthy


Can I just take a few minutes to be completely honest? I am so tempted to believe that I’m not qualified to help other people. I am broken. I am a sinner. I face trials. I have struggles. I feel unworthy. How could I help or encourage someone when I need help and encouragement myself?

But that’s a lie. It’s a lie of the enemy who wants nothing more than to see me isolated and hurting. And if I believe the lie, the enemy will get his way.

You see, buying that lie will do me no good. It will ship me off to an island. It will drain me of all energy. It will make me believe I am nothing. And I don’t want to choose that fate.

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In Lifestyle on
7 September, 2016

Our Sweet Little Trip To Florida


As many times as I have visited Florida, this has to be my favorite trip. Despite the heavy amounts of rain, I had a wonderful time and saw so many beautiful things. I am really thankful that the Lord allowed us to take this vacation, and so I thought I’d share some highlights with you today.

We flew into West Palm Beach on Saturday, August 27th. We arrived around noon, grabbed a quick lunch at Great Wraps and checked into our hotel. We stayed at Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton, and I LOVED it! I feel like we got a lot for what we paid. My favorite feature of the hotel was the pool/spa area. Our room overlooked the pool, hot tub, fountain and restaurant. I probably could have spent the entire trip there.

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In Authentic Beauty, Faith on
24 August, 2016

My Struggle With Self-Image


I’m going to be really honest with you: sometimes being a woman is really hard. In our culture today, we are presented with infinite images of all-too-perfect models. But, in reality, those models aren’t perfect at all. Their makeup is airbrushed, their skin is spray-tanned and their extra weight–which is really just beautiful, womanly curves–is removed with the click of a mouse in Photoshop.

I think it’s safe to say that every woman has at least one self-image issue she struggles with. I know I do. In fact, ever since middle school, I have dreamt of having perfect skin–you know, tan, flawless and smooth. In reality, however, I was born with very fair skin and freckles, and my complexion is far from smooth and perfect.

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In Fitness, Wellness on
18 August, 2016

Why I LOVED my CycleBar Experience (+ Giveaway)


As most of you know from reading my blog, I really believe in striving to honor the Lord in every aspect of life. I am far from perfect, but I truly desire to take care of the body God has given me by eating healthy and staying active. And it’s NOT all about trying to look a certain way. I don’t work out and eat clean to be skinny. I do it because I want to be strong, energetic and know that I am taking care of myself both inside and out.

As I shared with you all last week, I sometimes struggle to keep a good routine with working out. And honestly, it’s probably because I am tempted to put way too much pressure on myself to be perfect (and because my schedule is mostly crazy). So, instead of being super strict with myself, I’m trying something new….by trying new things!

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In Faith on
12 August, 2016

I Will Not Look Back


“Don’t over-think. Just let it go.”

I recently read those words on Instagram, and they instantly grabbed ahold of me. They caused me to examine my heart, and to ask myself these questions: Have I really let go of the past? Have I completely forgiven and chosen to love those who have persecuted me and sinned against me? Have I fully allowed the Lord to heal my heart? Are my scars reminding me of the One who rescued me? And, am I actually pressing onward to become more like Christ with each new sunrise?

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In Wellness on
8 August, 2016

Three Stress-Free Ways to Live Healthy


Let’s be honest, you guys. When it comes to eating healthy and staying active, the struggle is real. Especially for those of us who have busy schedules. To help you understand where I’m coming from, a typical day for me (M-F) looks like this:

6:15 AM: Alarm goes off….
6:35 AM: I actually get out of bed (after hitting snooze at least 3 times)
6:40 AM: Spend time in prayer/reading the bible  (unless I hit snooze 3 more times, which to be honest, has happened more than I want to admit)
7:00 AM: Get in the shower & get ready for work
7:45 AM: Leave for work
8:30 AM (on a good day): Arrive at work
5:00 PM: Leave work
6:00 PM: Get home from work and start dinner
6:30 PM: Eat dinner
7:00 PM: Clean up dinner
7:15 PM: Feel like going to bed, but push through for at least 2 more hours – which could be anything: cleaning, spending time with my hubby, house projects, watching a movie, reading or going out for coffee with a friend.
10:00 PM: Go to bed & do it all over again

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In Lifestyle on
4 August, 2016

Photoshoots, Coffee + Friends


As a blogger and a graphic designer, I am always trying to come up with ways to improve my blog’s overall look and feel (including my social media sites). I thought the perfect way to spruce my site up would be to have some professional pictures taken! It had been about 4 years since I had blog photos done, so I was way overdue.

I have several friends who are amazing photographers, so it was really hard to pick just one to do the job! I ended up going with my sweet friend Mary at Mary Baj Photography, and I love how the photos turned out!  After getting my makeup done at Bare Minerals in the morning, I headed home to do my hair and finish getting ready for the shoot. We spent almost an entire day shooting in my home office, my living room, my kitchen, a little local downtown area, the lake and lastly a coffee shop.

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