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Life in Balance

Everyone likes to talk about the mythical work and life balance. Just Google the term and you'll be met with all sorts of tips and tricks. It's a never ending chase that always feels us leaving inadequate. While it is important to make sure you're balancing your time at home and away, I don't think this perfect balance actually exists. It's always just out of reach.

Our Little Garden

I believe gardening is good for the soul. The feeling of the dirt in your hands and the joy of seeing your hard work come to fruition is unparalleled. So this year, we decided to give it a shot ourselves.

A Letter To My Son

I can't promise you that I'll be a perfect mother. I can't promise you that I won't make many mistakes. But what I can promise you is this... I can promise that I will try my hardest and do my best to be a good mom everyday. I can promise that when I make mistakes, I will teach you how to own up to those mistakes and how to apologize like you mean it. I can promise to show you how to appreciate the little things in life and how to see the beauty in the world that surrounds you. I can promise to hold you tight, to kiss you even when you grow up and tell me I have cooties, and to teach you how to love deeply and unconditionally.

Review: The Magnolia Story

Today I am going to be talking about The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. You probably know this amazing couple already, and if you don’t – you should! They are the television personalities of Fixer Upper on HGTV, which is currently recording its fifth season! They are a dynamic duo that run a realty and construction company which is the premise behind their show in Waco, Texas.

Talking To Myself

I must remind myself that it's okay to not be perfect all the time; it's okay to not always have it together; and it's okay to not always be where you want to be in life. Life is a constant balancing act and it's normal to feel like you're not giving it your all, all the time.

10 Pregnancy Symptoms Nobody Told Me About

We have all seen the movies that poke fun at some of the more well-known side effects of pregnancy such as morning sickness, fatigue, etc. Additionally, we have all heard the horror stories from women in our lives who have been pregnant before about food cravings, swollen feet, and more. However, there were a lot of symptoms in the first two trimesters that nobody warned me about and that really effected my life. So, today I wanted to talk about the top ten side effects that I wish I had known about!

What You Need For Your Spring Wardrobe

I have put together this post about all the items that I think are needed for a great spring wardrobe! Spring is a tricky season because you still need some colder-weather gear for those chilly, rainy days but you also need lightweight clothing for those hot, almost summer days! While it is a lot, it is everything you could possibly need/want for this season & it’s a lot less than I had before!

Review: Big Little Lies

I apologize for the delay on this review! I planned on doing it much earlier since I finished reading the book in January. However, with the release of the television show on HBO – I wanted to hold off so I could compare the novel and the show together. I do not want to reveal any big spoilers for the story here so if you want to know what happens, I recommend buying the book or watching the show!

Our Great Smoky Mountain Adventure

Vacations are a way to decompress, to take a break from your hectic day-to-day life, and to make cherished memories with loved ones. We recently took a family vacation to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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