8 Creative (and Smart) Ways to Spend Your Tax Return This Year

With tax returns right around the corner, I wanted to share some ideas on how you might spend your tax return in a smart way instead of blowing it. Some of these ideas will be fun, and some will be practical. It always pays to have a plan though, especially when it comes to your…

This is Why Bad Things Will Always Happen to Good People

It’s a common question… Why do bad things happen to good people? If you’ve been following my blog, you know that my husband and I recently experienced a miscarriage. It has been almost 7 months ago to the day. June 21, 2017. That will forever be the day that sucked the most. That was the…

#BeTheLight

As I reflect on 2017, I am proud of myself. I’ve never been one to keep New Year resolutions for more than a month. I was one of those people that had eventually turned my nose up at the concept of New Years resolutions, because deep down, I knew I wouldn’t keep them, and I…

The Toxin Overload Crisis

The average woman puts 515 chemicals on her body every single day. And that’s just what goes on top of the skin….. it doesn’t even include the amount of chemicals we put in our mouths every day. This past year I have become exceedingly more health conscious in a variety of ways. It started with…

The Story of Us

I’m feeling mushy gushy this evening, so I’ve decided to share my love story with you all. I always love it when people ask what our story is because I’m a sucker for romance novels. I’ve read every one of Nicholas Sparks’s books, but our love story is my favorite. Braton and I grew up…

The Rarest of Them All

“Mirror mirror, on the wall. Who’s the rarest of them all?” Meyers-Briggs personalities…. what are they? Well, there are essentially 16 personality types that are characterized using 4 categories: Introverted (I) vs. Extroverted (E) Observant (S) vs. Intuitive (N) Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F) Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P) Through a series of questions, you…

Book Review: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

I recently finished the book, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson. Man oh man, was this a good book! Mark Batterson addresses the concept of fear when you’re chasing your biggest, God-given dreams, also known as your “lions”. He focuses on the story of Benaiah in the Bible….

The World’s Easiest Meal – Veggie Fried Rice

Veggie Fried Rice in 3 Easy Steps I have been meaning to post my recipe for Veggie Fried Rice for a couple of months now. I had just never made it a priority, but once my husband came home and asked for this vegan, healthy, and easy meal for the zillionth time I decided the…

How to Love Your Friend Who Had a Miscarriage

I don’t know if you knew this or not, but miscarriages are extremely common among women… As in 25% of women will have at least one miscarriage in their lifetime. So yeah, it’s common, but I have found that people really just don’t know how to behave when a friend or loved one loses their…

‘Vegan’ is NOT a Dirty Word

Do y’all have your muck boots? Because it’s about to get deep. For the past 7 months I have been about 80% nontoxic with my diet, meaning I don’t regularly consume gluten, dairy, soy, artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners, processed foods, etc. For the past 30 days I have added “vegan” to that list (again, for the most…

Great Dane vs Golden Retriever

I’m not an expert on all dogs, but I like to think I’m an expert on my dogs. So, I’m here to share with you some knowledge I have on the two breeds we own. When we first decided to get a dog we were not yet married, and I (the person who would actually…

How to Rekindle Your Love This Summer

Summer is mine and my husband’s absolute favorite time of year. It is great for couples because there are so many things to do, especially if you love being outside. For whatever reason, when Summer rolls around, the romance in our relationship gets a little kick in the rear. I love it! We have a…