Top 5 Books of 2017

2017 brought about a lot of great things…Stranger Things Season 2, Star Wars whatever number we’re on, Tay went bad girl, “Salt Bae” happened, men started wearing rompers, and I read 27+ books! (I say 27+ because I only started recording them in March, but I know I read some Jan and Feb, I just didn’t blog about them.) 

I wanted to whittle my list down to my top 5, since I’ve been getting a lot of requests for book suggestions lately, but let me tell you, it was a lot harder than it seems!

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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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First Focus // September


Goals. They’re great. They really are. They help us aim for something, work for something, and feel accomplished.

However, sometimes I can aim too high, or life gets uber busy, or let’s face it, I just don’t get to it. 

So this  month, instead of monthly goals, I’m sharing some of the thing I’ve been focusing on lately. I don’t know why, but this perspective feels more like an enjoyable journey, instead of the destination of success or failure. 

After our super busy summer, it’s been SO wonderful to be home and get back to a [somewhat] consistent routine.

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Influence Conference // Meet + Greet

Next week I’ll be heading back to one of my most favorite cities, Indianapolis, to attend The Influence Conference. Ever since I heard about this conference a few years ago, I have wanted to attend! Especially after launching my blog last year, I felt this conference would be even more beneficial for me. The conference and The Influence Network, is all about “making your online presence mean something.” Since writing and blogging have become a big part of my life and ministry, I really look forward to learning even more ways to be intentional with my online presence.

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Baby Grand is Growing + September Goals

22 Weeks

Well, I think I’ve officially entered into the stage of looking for sure pregnant…as opposed to maybe pregnant or maybe just chubby. It’s still a weird kind of mental switch to change the thought of a growing mid-section to being a good thing, instead of a sign of needing to diet ASAP. But thankfully, those intensifying kicks remind me that as my tummy grows, so does a lil babe inside! 

There’s not a ton new to report about Baby Grand this week…other than his/her kicks and movements are definitely growing stronger than ever!

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5 Things Fridays.

5 Things Fridays

Today is the 2nd day in a row of very rainy, dreary days. I know there are people out there who love the rain, (they probably live in Seattle) but I am NOT one of them. I know we need the rain to keep things growing and healthy, but rainy days really affect my mood. All I feel like doing is lounging in sweats, reading books and drinking coffee.

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I don’t know why but I am super nervous about making my blog live. I’ve been working on it for a while, but sharing it with the “world” makes it more real and not just my own personal ramblings.

I have no clue how many people will actually read my blog, but I’m excited to have a space to share my thoughts, experiences and passions with anyone who’s interested!

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