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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! A Colorful First Birthday Party

First of all – can we please celebrate the fact that my husband, Jesse, and I have kept a little human alive and (mostly) happy for one whole year?! There were moments in the beginning of this mom life – running off of two hours of sleep, recovering from labor and trying to figure out the mess that is nursing – when I literally felt like I couldn’t do it for one more day. But goodness, how so much has changed! I have learned so much from this little boy and I can only dream about the adventures, excitement and craziness that the future holds for our little family. He absolutely lights up our lives with his continual laughter, joy and huge personality. He is my continual breath of fresh air – and now he’s ONE!

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Obsessed with Beauty: Pajamas and a Little Black Dress

In the past few months, I have had a few really good hair days and a handful of mornings where I walk out the door feeling completely confident in my own skin. But if I’m honest, it is much more common for me to leave the house feeling nearly as “blah” as I did when I first woke up that morning – criticizing and highlighting every area that makes me feel unattractive or insecure. I become consumed by my beauty – or lack thereof.

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Bitter + Sweet Relationships: Giving Up On Hard People

When given the option of ‘Fight or Flight’, more often than not, I have chosen flight. I’m a runner. I have run from difficult relationships because it’s easier that way. I like easy. I know all too well that the people who push my buttons have the ability to expose the ugliness of my heart. I want, more than anything, to protect myself by shutting down and running away from the relationship.

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Frozen Caramel Frappuccino Pie – The Perfect Summer Dessert

This Frozen Caramel Frappuccino Pie is one of my favorites to make year-round, but especially in the summer! I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the desert heat can bear down on you and make you want to hide inside and eat cold treats until the beautiful Fall season arrives. I do really love swimming and sunshine, but there is something about Albuquerque in the Fall that is pretty magical!

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A Bright, White Kitchen Makeover

Our bright, white kitchen it is one of my favorite parts of our home! My husband and I moved out of our very first 1,400 square foot home and into our new house almost two years ago. We were just getting back from a vacation to the North Island of New Zealand, and immediately following our 13-hour flight and a little bit of sleep, we got the keys and started moving in! It was slightly chaotic and we were jet-lagged, but the excitement superseded the tiredness and we had a blast.

I really did love everything about our new home, but I was hesitant about the size of our kitchen. I am in the kitchen A LOT, and that was the one space that I just didn’t love. We both knew early on that this wasn’t intended to be our “dream home”and that was perfectly okay, but I still want to enjoy our space during the time that we call it home.

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Dear Mom’s: Have You Had These Thoughts? You’re Not Alone.

In my first few weeks as a new mom, I was in tears nearly every other day as I questioned the new role that I had been given and who I was “supposed” to be. I didn’t recognize my face in the mirror. This woman was exhausted, without a shower for three (okay, maybe four) days and continuously nagging and snapping at my husband. I kept reiterating to myself, “This isn’t who I am. I have become the person I promised myself I would never be.” But it is very much who I was. My identity was shaken.

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A Choice to Simplify My Life

The other evening, I was at dinner with a few friends and it was on my heart to share something with them. I told them that I had been thinking a lot about simplifying my life. “I’ve brought myself to the point of exhaustion with the empty expectations I’ve placed on myself,” I said. But after the words left my mouth, I was immediately hesitant about sharing those thoughts and wished I could suck them back in.

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Lord, Please Help My Unbelief

…“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

In the midst of trials and temptation, we can often become clouded by our circumstances and allow ourselves to question God. We believe that He is God and we believe that He is good, but a part of us may not. We question His intentions, provision or power in our lives because we may not understand, or believe in, His plan or His goodness.

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