Snap Snap Snaps and Singleness.

So you’re twenty-something, [or thirty-something] and single. And as much fun as Taylor Swift’s song, “22” makes it sound, you are just NOT happy. Most of your friends are either married, engaged, or seriously dating the guy they’re expecting a ring from any day now. 

You’ve faced that bittersweet phone call time and time again, where the high-pitched voice of your bff excitedly tells you that in T-a year or less, she’ll have a new best friend, and one that’s a boy.

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Learning How to Wife // Cleaning

Last weekend, Stuart and I went to Family Life‘s marriage conference, “A Weekend to Remember.” A few couples from our church all decided to go together, and it was really fun. Stuart and I attended our first “Weekend to Remember” 6 months into our marriage, so this experience was a lot different. Back then, we were figuring out all the “newness” of marriage and living life together, such as communication, daily forgiveness and grace, how best to love each other and what true intimacy means. 

Now that we’re 3 1/2 years in, all wise and sage in the ways of marriage, we realized we were still in the process of learning, you guessed it: communication, daily forgiveness and grace, how best to love each other and what true intimacy means.

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Children’s Book Reviews

When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner

If you enjoyed Turner’s previous book, When God Made You, you will LOVE this one!! All about how God not only created light out of nothing, but also placed light inside each child so they can use it to change the world, this book will affect both you and your children in life changing ways.

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Entertainment Book Reviews

Amazing Animal Facts Postcards by Maja Safstrom


I know this isn’t technically a book, but I received these postcards from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. And let me tell you, these animal postcards are the cutest ever! They’re black and white so you can color them, and they offer cute and funny facts about a bunch of different animals!

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My Top 15 Health + Fitness Tips.

Over the years, I have read about and tried a TON of different health and fitness books, workouts and diets. Some have worked, some haven’t, but along the way, I learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work for my body. 

For example, last week I wrote about my February Whole[ish]30 challenge. Through that experience, I learned that what I needed was a lifestyle diet that I knew I could continue longer term than just 30 days.

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Health + Fitness Book Reivews

The Lyons Lifestyle by M. Frank Lyons II, M.D.


In a country where it seems like there’s more overweight people than healthy people, Dr. Lyons offers 7 of the hardest and easiest steps to a healthy body. With diseases such as esophageal reflux, fatty liver disease, gout, kidney failure, autoimmune disorders, inflammatory diseases and vitamin D deficiency taking over our world, something needs to change and fast.

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Whole[ish] 30.

30 days ago, I set out to successfully complete a Whole30. The first week I did it exactly by the book, and as per usual, I was “hangry,” grumpy and had constant headaches. I didn’t realize how bad it was until Stuart said, “if you’re going to be this grouchy, maybe we shouldn’t do this anymore.” Ehhh sorry husband. 

That mixed with a few other “reality collides with the best intentions,” and I decided maybe I needed to tweak my Whole30 a little bit.

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Our Grand Life 2.0 // Part Two

You ready for another giveaway??? I’ll take that as a yes, [who doesn’t love free stuff??!]

I may have shared before that learning my way around the kitchen wasn’t one of those things that just came easy to me. Both my parents are excellent cooks, and have done more than their fair share to teach me how to cook, but when I got married, it still took me a long time to figure everything out.

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