Picking out the Perfect Gray

We are having a very exciting year! If you haven’t been following our story on Instagram, you may have missed some of our recent adventures.

In February, my nephew passed away unexpectedly and it really help me put things in perceptive. We decided that since we had the freedom to live anywhere since we worked from home, that we wanted to move closer to our family (we were living 17 hours away.) Since we work from home, we could honestly live anywhere we wanted!

So in April, we put our house in Virginia on the market to sell… and in 3 days we were under contract!!

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Farmhouse Lighting Finds

As you may or may not know, Adam and I just bought our Dream House in North West Arkansas! Because we work from home, we had the chance to move closer to our family after my nephew passed away in February.

work from home

It has been a whirlwind ever since we listed our house in Virginia, but I’m happy to say that things are coming together! We pretty much repainted the whole house (it was a dark yellow when we bought it) to a cooler grey. After much debate, we decided on Revere Pewter and it looks amazing!!! I’ll be posting more updates on that as well.

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5 Ways to Start Using Essential Oils Today

You may have just recently heard of essential oils or maybe you have been interested in them for a while and didn’t know where to start. I know for me, I started reading about essential oils about 10 years ago… but I didn’t really know how to use them or even when I should be using them.

I was already pretty “crunchy” and avoided using chemicals in my house as much as possible, but there was another level of concern when you have a baby crawling around on the floors and putting everything in their mouths. That’s when I realized that I could actually start cleaning with essential oils.

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20 Healthy Snacks

Making healthy choices throughout your day is just as important as the meals you cook in your kitchen. Sometimes it is that afternoon craving that sets you off on a series of not so great choices.

I love meal planning and including two snack options to have in my back pocket if I’m hungrier one day or just need a little extra something to keep me going until the next meal.

I personally like to eat every 3 hours to keep my blood sugar stable (no crashes) and honestly helps me avoid that hangry feeling (hungry-angry). The best snacks for me also include some protein. 

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Do you need Probiotics?

Did you know that you are only as healthy as your gut?!?

When I started learning about health and nutrition 10 years ago, I realized that so much of our health is tied to our gut… and what is living in there o.O  One of the things I realized I was missing was Probiotics. 

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. They help keep your gut healthy! Just like there are different animals in our world… there are different strains of probiotics and each one is important for keeping you healthy.

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“Just a Stay at Home Mom”

After my daughter was born, I hung up my hat as a Speech Therapist to be “Just a Stay at Home Mom” but I quickly realized it was the single most critical job I have ever had.

Sometimes when I was asked what I did… I could feel the slightest bit of inadequacy for making that decision. Not only that, but our family had to make many budget cuts for me to be at home and get all that extra time with our babies.

It wasn’t like the pay and benefits were what was keeping me at home 😛

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Why a Dream Board is So Critical to Your Long Term Success!

Let’s be honest, when I first had someone tell me to “Make a Dream Board” I kind of dismissed it as a waste of time that would be better used trying to accomplish my goals, just not put them on a board of some kind.

I expect many of you may have the same reaction to that advise, I find people of action often feel that way!

That’s one reason I say to you now, in spite of all those feelings, creating a Dream Board was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had dealing with goals, and I truly believe it made a difference in my long term success!

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My Current Smoothie ADDICTION!

Yummy!!! This recipe is SO delicious!

If you are anything like me, there are just some days I need my chocolate fix and don’t want to ruin my diet. Plus, I love almond flavor with chocolate!

My favorite protein powder is 100 calories per scoop and less than 1 gram of sugar. I love this stuff!

When you find a recipe this good and this simple, you just have to share it! So here it is!

Ingredients:
8 oz. Almond Milk
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
2 tbs of Almond butter
1 tbs of cocoa
1 tsp of Almond extract
Crushed ice

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How to Have a Stress-Free Wedding

When Adam and I were married (12 years ago on this May 28th), I was 19 and he was 21 O.o

We were in love <3

wedding day

We met when I was a junior in high school and he was a sophomore in college. We started dating and one year later (right after I graduated from high school) we were engaged.

I’m sure from the outside… we looked CRAZY!!

We had about 11 months to plan our wedding and it was still the most stressful thing for me.

I already shared about it raining on our wedding day, so obviously even with all the planning you can’t control everything!

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How To Work With Your Spouse (And NOT Kill Them!)

As you may or may not know, Adam and I had very separate careers for the first 10 years of our marriage. I was working on completing my masters in Speech Therapy and working in various healthcare environments, and Adam was a Chemical Engineer who worked in several different manufacturing environments.

It seems like for most couples, that’s how it is. The husband has his work, the wife has her work (or maybe 1 of them is a stay at home parent), and although they share their lives together, they rarely share their “professional” lives in a significant way.

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