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Why it should rain on your Wedding Day

Adam and I were married young O.o 

I didn’t realllllly realize how young we were at the time lol but I was 19 and he was 21. We had been together for one year when we got engaged and then were married a year later.

and we were in love.

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I’m sure that there were plenty of people who didn’t think that getting married young was a good idea… but I’m happy to report that we are going to be celebrating our 12 year anniversary in May!!!

I have no regrets for getting married young. I feel like we have been able to grow up together and that has strengthen our relationship too. As I think back to that day… May 28, 2004, I really believe that I learned something crucial. read more

How I earned a Free Cruise

This girl right here is going to go on a FREE cruise. ⛱⛴☀️

Who wants to come with me???

I mean seriously how fun would it be to go on a girls trip??? For free!!!!

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Last year, It Works announced their FIRST EVER Cruise!! I hadn’t been on a cruise in almost 10 years, so when I heard that I could win a cruise trip for FREE… I was ALL ears!!

To win the cruise, you had to be a distributor with It Works, then you earned points based on steps to build your business. So, I could win a get-away trip just for building my business??? This was going to be AWESOME!!!! read more

Why Your Story Matters

Have you ever thought to yourself…

“I’m nothing special.”

“What do I have to offer?”

I talk to so many people who don’t see the value they have and how they could make a difference for someone else. It may be as simple as sharing your story.

Did you know that your story matters?

There is someone who is looking for hope, who needs some inspiration, who wants to know that there is someone just like them who made it through.

All of us go through different trials or hurdles in our life that we have to overcome. There is no Testimony without a Test.  read more

What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Have you heard of Garcinia Cambogia?

It may just help you reach your next weight loss goal…

Garcinia is a plant native to India, Southeast Asia and Polynesia. This Fruit has been eaten by local populations for centuries.

It has gotten fairly popular (even featured on the Dr.Oz show ) recently with helping people to lose weight. The active ingredient in the fruit’s rind, hydroxycitric acid, or HCA. This has shown to be fat-burning and help reduce appetites in studies. It also seems to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. Plus, it raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry. read more

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Happy November!!!

‘Tis the season to celebrate how good God has been to us and His promises.

November is one of my favorite times of the year. It is just starting to get cooler and I don’t feel guilty listening to Christmas music (hehe).

It is also a time to reflect on this past year and how Faithful God has been to us.

Four years ago, I was 9 month pregnant with my first… waddling around the neighborhood on Thanksgiving day trying to get this baby to decided that she was ready to meet us (my due day was Thanksgiving day). About a week later, she entered the world – and my world has never been the same. read more

The Many Wonders of Being an Au Pair

Looking for a change of scenery? Want to travel outside of your comfort zone and gain some life experience after college? An au pair job might just be what you’re looking for.

 

Right after studies end, whether it be high school or a post secondary education, many young people begin to feel the intense pressure of expectations placed on them by family, society, friends and peers to move forward with life, and pony up to the next income bracket.

 

After all that time invested in your education, you might feel overwhelmed to take on the next step in your career path –because you might not feel confident about what that next step should be.

 

Generation after generation, there are countless people who scurry from one phase to another in life, and miss out on a wide variety of opportunities that they simply didn’t see because they weren’t open to them. read more

Pool Safety Tips for New Parents

Pool Safety Tips For New Parents!

Congratulations! You just had your first baby. It’s a proud moment, isn’t it? There will now be a range of bonding and exploring adventures awaiting you with your newborn. One of the most fun – introducing your baby to the pool. Here are a few safety tips for that first experience with the water:

Prepare for the pool. The first thing to do is get ready with the practical details. There are a number of items to remember:

  • Try to go out to the pool after your baby has taken care of her “business,” to limit accident possibilities.
  • Wear approved infant pool diapers, because not all accidents can be predicted or avoided.
  • Limit time outdoors – usually under 30 minutes, so the baby doesn’t get overexposed to the sun.
  • Dress your baby in long sleeved clothes, and have her wear a hat, to minimize that sun exposure.
  • Avoid being out at the pool between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the ultraviolet rays are the strongest.

Consider the temperature. Babies can’t regulate their body temperature until they are between 6 and 12 months old. It’s important to make sure the water is just right. The proper temperature is between 85 to 87 degrees. Avoid places like heated pools or hot tubs with your baby. On the cool side, if the water feels chilly to Mom, it will be too cold for the baby. Here are some sites with more great information: read more

How to keep Growing in Life

How to keep growing in life

How to keep growing and to have life among the growing.

Life Among the Growing…. What does that actually mean to me?

This phrase really speaks to me deeply in several ways.

First, I think about how I want to be continually growing into a better person with each day and opportunity I get. If you aren’t moving forward, you are moving backwards. If you aren’t growing, you are dying. 

This is in my personal life as a wife and mom. In my spiritual life, I want to continually study and grow in God’s words. read more

Teachable Moments: Frozen Bible Study

Teachable Moments

Frozen Bible Study

Frozen is the latest animated film from Disney Studios. Here is a simple Bible Study to go along with our new favorite movie, Frozen. If you have watched the recent movie, you may see that there are a lot of teachable moments in the film to talk about fear and love and their powers in our lives. We have enjoyed watching this movie (over and over) with our daughters and learning about fear and love.

I hope you can use this Bible study to help your kids understand more about true love and how it can overcome fear. These are some questions to talk with your kids while enjoying the movie Frozen.  read more

Honest Pictures: Exhibit A Monday

Honest Pictures

 Honest Pictures: Exhibit A Monday

I am not perfect! I will be the first person to tell you that I am not a good house keeper. I hate cleaning, but I like having a clean house. This problem didn’t seem to matter before kids. Once we threw a few kids in the mix, keeping the house picked up became a bigger challenge.

Here is the evidence

Messy living room… toys thrown around. We got in last night and didn’t bother picking up before bed. IMG_4644

Our child has poop issues… So the lesson of the week: Everyone Poops! 
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Our messy kitchen counter… Dishes are clean because my hubby is awesome! But clutter is starting to take over!!! It was clean two days ago. 
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