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17 Reasons to Live in the Mountains

You may not know that Adam and I have just moved into our Dream House – we traveled for almost 3 months through different cities across ย the mid-south looking for the next place we would call home. We work from home, so we could live anywhere!

We did have some interesting criteria… I wanted to live in the mountains.

I may need to define my “definition” of what a mountain is… I’ll just start with I grew up in Louisiana. You will see the most amazing sunsets ever in south Louisiana because you can see for miles and miles. But this means that it is flat as a pancake.ย  read more

Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

We are having a snow filled winter here in Virginia. This Louisiana girl doesn’t know what all this white stuff is that keeps falling from the sky. Thankfully, I don’t have much reason to leave the house when it snows so I get to stay warm and cook for my family.

I love cooking this Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup on a snow day when it has all morning to simmer. Soup is the perfect winter meal.ย 

Soup can be a lunch or dinner during the winter months to warm and satisfy you. Bone broths are so full of nutrients that keep you and your family healthy during the sick months. Broths are also one of the 4 foods that all kids should be eating!ย ย This is one that your kids will want to eat two bowls full of. What kid can resist cheese? read more

5 Top Christmas Activities

christmascollageIt’s Christmas Time! This is the best time to create lasting memories for you and your kids. Here are my 5 top Christmas Activities for making this Christmas season special. 

1) Advent calendar with activities to do each day

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Tip Junkie has a great idea for your family! Each day you take off an ornament and you do an activities on the back. This is our Advent Christmas Tree. I used green felt from hobby lobby and cut out the shape of a tree. Then I just used yarn, clothes pins and tape to put everything together.  read more

Annaleigh’s 5 month Update!

IMG_3940Annaleigh is 5 months old!!!

She loves: Her sister. Snuggles with mom and dad. โ€œWay up high in the Apple treeโ€ song. Sitting in her swing.

Whatโ€™s new: Sitting in Bumbo chair and ExerSaucer. Grabbing toys and bringing to mouth โ€“ uhoh teething on the way???

Dislikes: Long car rides. Being overtired. Mommy walking out of the room.

Working on: Rolling over more effectively. Sleeping in bed for longer periods (5-7 hours).

What we love: Her smiles and laughs.

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6 Tips for Flying with a Toddler

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6 Tips for Flying with a Toddler

Adam and I took our first flight back to Louisiana from Virginia last week with Aidalyn.  We have both had the privilege to fly numerous time (including several international flights), so we consider ourselves pros at it. This time was different, though, because we were traveling with a 21 month old. Here are our 6 tips for flying with a toddler that we learned through our experience. 

It is always horrible to sit next to the crying baby on the plane. However, nothing is worse than being the parents of said crying baby. We wanted to be prepared for every possible reaction.  read more

Retail Therapy: Thinking outside the box

So, we are having some hiccups with the sale of our house in Lake Charles that are making me frustrated with the whole process….

However, there are several things to be thankful for.

We have a buyer. The house was on the market for less than a week before it went under contract. We are not upside-down on our house. We have found a new house in Virginia at a great price!

Trying to focus on the positive, I went shopping. It wasn’t totally unnecessary.

My diaper bag has ripped in two places – just from general wear and tear.ย  I’m giving my old bag to Aidalyn for pretend play and I’m getting a new super-dooper bag (very technical terms here). read more

17 hours later in a Santa Fe

I am now in Richmond! This has been a long time coming, but it has finally happened.

I think the talk about moving somewhere outside of Louisiana started when Adam and I were getting married. We needed to stay in Louisiana for my tuition, so we figured we would only live here until I graduated.

Then, I started grad school in Louisiana…

Then we were part of a church plant in Louisiana…

God had his plan for us and it was apparent that we were supposed to stay in Louisiana longer than we had originally thought. read more

The Grassfed Mama is Moving!!!

I know I haven’t been as active writing the past few weeks, and now I finally and able to tell you why. We are moving to Richmond, Virginia!

We didn’t start out looking to move to

View of Downtown Richmond over the falls of th...

View of Downtown Richmond over the falls of the James, taken from the Manchester Floodwall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virginia, but after doing some research about the area, we fell in love!

Virginiaย is for lovers!

Richmond is neat because it is centrally located to several different popular areas to visit: 1.5 hours to Washington, DC, 2 hours to Virginia beach, 2 hours to the mountains. It was the capital of theย Confederacy – so still the south. It snows there every year, and has 4 seasons – something I am looking forward too. read more