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5 Fun Holiday Traditions That Don’t Involve Elf on the Shelf

For weeks now my social media feeds have been full of the antics of naughty and nice elves. My kids were getting older when the elf-mania started to blow up, so we chose to skip the holiday tradition. For nearly two decades we have managed to come up with plenty of holiday traditions that don't involve elf on the shelf and I thought I would share … [Read more...]

Family Portraits with Tiny Tribe Photography

Tiny Tribe Photography provided us with a complimentary professional photo package. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. After almost 12 years of marriage, we finally had professional portraits taken of the entire family. The last time that happened was on our wedding night, when we were three family members less. I've always wanted … [Read more...]

Live Beautifully

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. It's amazingly beautiful how time away from the every day can give you a new perspective on life; how it allows you to see things differently with the same set of eyes. That's how I felt after returning home from an almost two-week trip to France earlier this summer. I … [Read more...]

A Day at Kemah Boardwalk

Like many moms, I struggle with time management and feeling accomplished at the end of a long, hard day. Being a mother is truly an around the clock job and at times we function on auto-pilot because we are so worn down from everything vying for our attention. And if we aren't careful y'all, we let the moments that matter most slip right through … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Everyday

This is a partnered post with Lunchbox. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Tragedy has been all over the internet the last couple of weeks and when it happens so close to home, it's much more real and the fear, pain and overall emotional impact is so much worse. It makes me look at my life and see how blessed I truly am. The things … [Read more...]

A Perfect Pair

This is a partnered post. Thanks to P.F. Chang's for sponsoring today's discussion. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. As cliché as it may sound, my husband and I are a perfect pair. We are total opposites but somehow we balance each other out. He is incredibly loud. I'm quiet. He likes to be center of attention. I'm shy. I'm … [Read more...]

Sailing Away

My family and I have been given a complimentary cruise so that I will share our experience through the blog and social media. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine. Soon my family and I will be boarding Magic, just one of many ships in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet. While we aren't new to cruising, this will be our first time aboard … [Read more...]

5 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! The older I get, the more grateful I am for nearly forty years of unconditional love and encouragement, not to mention the occasional shoulder to cry on and all-around best friend a girl could ever have. Traditional Mother’s Day gifts include things like roses, chocolates, and baskets of bath soaps, which … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Legacy

A mother's job is never done, and that is especially true of my own mother. Recently, I engaged my sisters in a conversation about the legacy our mother would leave us. Although we had a good laugh about some of our favorite Mom moments, the resounding thread was that when there is a job to be done, you can always count on our mom. Sometimes she … [Read more...]

Because They Don’t Stay Little Forever…

In these fleeting days of his childhood, I've chosen to devote myself to him and his passions. He loves baseball. So naturally, I love baseball. Since the little league baseball season started back in March, we've been spending our nights at the baseball field. Between practices and games, it can easily be three or four nights a week. But, … [Read more...]