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Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Closet & Creating a Wardrobe You Love

home life simplicity Feb 05, 2018

As we head into a new season, simplifying your closet and getting rid of the excess that’s keeping it overstuffed might be on your mind. Like I always say, organized clutter is still clutter so before we jump into how to organize your closet, let’s get into the nitty gritty of clearing it out!

 

Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Closet and Creating a wardrobe you love

Does every single item of clothing you own bring you joy? Do you wear each item often and like the way you feel in it? I’m guessing the answer to both of those questions is no.

It’s time to get rid of the things that are weighing you down. Clutter in your home causes clutter in your mind and if I’ve learned anything the last few years, it’s that I am so much more relaxed and happy the more I get rid of stuff.

If you know me, you know I’m a huge believer in working in 15 minute chunks. If you've got a big problem with clutter you'll definitely want to check out my FREE...

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5 Steps to setting goals for the Year

faith home life simplicity Feb 01, 2018
5 Steps to setting goals for the New Year

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I’ve always been one that loves setting goals each year but up until a few years ago I wasn’t very intentional about writing them down and following through with them. In recent years, I’ve come up with my “word” for the year, written down my goals, and done my best to achieve them.

In 2014, when my business took off, I was thrown into the chaos of running a multiple six figure business with very little experience. I knew nothing about setting sales goals and knowing what quantities to order for each launch. I was barely keeping my head above water to keep things going in the right direction.

Over the last six months I’ve taken a step back or above I guess you could say. I’ve just really paused and tried to get a bird’s eye view of my life as a whole. It’s amazing how much you can discover when you stop and reassess.

This year, Ryan and I set all of our 2018 goals together. He’s...

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Keto Tips For an Everyday Girl

family life Jan 15, 2018

Keto tips for an everyday girl

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and have no medical background. You should always consult your physician before changing your diet or exercise program.

Over the summer of 2017 I was introduced to a ketogenic diet. Now, I wasn't really into the word "diet" especially over the summer. So I dabbled in it a bit, lost a few pounds, and felt great. Then the school year hit and life went to crazy town. We started eating yummy fall comfort food, celebrated my 40th birthday, celebrated my sister's 30th birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas... you know the drill!

But over the months, between our carb-filled parties, we tried to maintain a mostly ketogenic diet. Not for the weight loss but because we actually feel really good when we eat that way. FULL, energetic, and happy!

When you are in ketosis, your body is burning fat for fuel instead of glucose and it turns fat into ketones which then supplies energy to your brain.

7 Tips for getting into (and staying in)...

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Last Minute Gift Guide

family home life Dec 13, 2017

Last Minute Gift Guide

Last Minute Gift Guide : If you're anything like me,  you're scrambling for some last minute Christmas gifts. Whether it's for teachers, relatives you just found out you'll be seeing, or your own kiddos, there's likely some things you need to snag before the big day.

Also. If you're anything like me, there's no way in you-know-where you're heading out to the mall among the other procrastinators. Queue the online angels singing...

I've rounded up some amazing last minute gift ideas for those frazzled shoppers that have no clue where to start.

When you're short on time and most online stores are charging and arm and a leg to get your delivery in time for Christmas, Amazon is the clear winner on where you should shop. But real quick before we jump into those, I have to suggest the amazing tools by Erin Chase.

 

MyFreezEasy - Give the gift of meal prepping! This system is seriously so amazing, so simple, and SO AFFORDABLE! Erin is the queen of meal...

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Navigating Family

family home life Dec 12, 2017

Navigating Family Photo By: James Young Photography

 

The journey of raising a family is ever winding and has enough mountaintops and valleys to make your head spin. But far and above the trials and stress, is the joy. And the joy is exhilarating. Being mom to my three kids is by far the greatest thing I’ve ever done.

18 Years

I’ve been a mom for almost eighteen years now. Well, I guess I can technically say eighteen years since I was pregnant with Parker eighteen years ago. I would never have imagined, in my wildest dreams, the wonder of watching a baby grow into a child, then into a teenager, and finally becoming an adult.

Even more wonderful? Watching three different little humans become exactly who they were created to be.

If I dwell on the fact that my babies are becoming adults for too long, I’ll be in a puddle of tears so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Soak. It. In.

I know everyone will say this to you when you’ve got littles around your...

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Lately: December 2017 Edition

faith family home life Dec 04, 2017

Lately: December 2017 Edition

When I started blogging four years ago, it was my intention to share a little bit of what's going on in my day-to-day life with whoever cared to read about it. As most of you know, our lives took a drastic turn in 2014 in the best possible way. That was the year  I wrote a book. That was the year I created a planner. The year our life went in a completely different direction than I ever would have dreamed but we are oh so thankful it did!

Since then, our lives have revolved around "the planner" and running a business we knew absolutely nothing about. This meant that some of my passions fell to the wayside even though my heart's desire was to continue on that original path.

So here I am. Almost exactly three years later with the same dream in my heart. To help YOU find your purpose. To inspire YOU to live your dreams. And to equip YOU to live those out. I'll be bringing you monthly updates on what goes on around here in hopes to show you that I'm...

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The Best Skinny Margarita Recipe - Natural & Low Carb

home life Aug 25, 2017

My hubby and I are big fans of skinny margaritas but not big fans of artificial sweeteners and pre-made mixes. We've tried our fair share of skinny margaritas and Ryan has come up with the best skinny margarita recipe ever! He's actually becoming quite famous among friends and family. Friends are slightly disappointed if he shows up to a party without his skinny margs in tow.

The key to a good skinny margarita is a smooth tequila. We prefer Costco's brand of Tequila Silver but any good silver or blanco tequila will do. The smoother the tequila, the less sugar you'll need. The next step is a good lime juice. I honestly don't feel like squeezing my own so we opt for Nellie and Joe's Key West Lime Juice. We also prefer the taste of simple syrup so we buy organic sugar and make our own. Simply bring one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a boil and remove from heat. You can use agave if you'd like but we simply don't like the taste of it in this margarita.

The Best Skinny Margarita...

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Optimize Your Instagram Profile Link and Increase Traffic

business life simplicity Aug 15, 2017

Optimize Instagram

Are you tired of having to update your Instagram profile link just to have it send traffic to another website? I have the perfect solution to optimize your Instagram profile link and increase traffic to your website at the same time. Since I implemented this solution I have increased my traffic by 70%!

About a month ago, I had been searching for some sort of landing page to send my Instagram followers to and found a pretty popular service that a lot of influencers were using. It was very user friendly and you could update it with links pretty quickly. I set it up in just a few minutes and was excited to start sending people there.

And then it dawned on me. I was sending MY traffic to someone else's site! Umm. No. Why would I send my audience to another site in hopes of them clicking back to my own site or affiliate link?

How many times have you shared a link on Instagram only to share a different one the next day. When a viewer sees your previous post and clicks on...

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Just Breathe

family life simplicity Aug 08, 2017

The weight of it all is sometimes too much to bear. Sometimes too much to even catch your breath. When the phone call comes, when the bills pile up, when the report isn’t what you’d hoped, when a loved one’s heart is broken. When your heart is broken. When failure is knocking at the door.

Sometimes it’s all you can do. Just breathe.

But what about those times when it’s not too much to carry and you just keep going and going, forgetting to step away. Forgetting to just breathe and surrender? Saying yes to every opportunity. Saying yes to the endless list of to-dos and errands and business ventures? Those are the times you have to force yourself to breathe.

The last few years have been nothing short of crazy. Our lives were flipped upside down in the best possible way. It didn’t take long for me to realize that even though I was well equipped to carry what God had given me, I still couldn’t do it all and do it all on my own. I had to learn to...

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Happiness is a daily decision

family life Jul 28, 2017

Happiness is a daily decision.

I'm happy.

No you're not.

Yes. I'm happy.

Not really though.

I'm really truly happy! And I'm not having this conversation anymore.

Final answer and I shut her down.

But she's not my mom or my husband or my best friend. She's me. And I'm sick of having to convince her that we are happy.

On paper we're amazing. We define #blessed (most misused hash tag ever by the way.) The husband, the job, the kids. The life. But paper isn't ever perfect. We don't put on paper the little struggles or the fact we always allow them to become bigger than they’re worth. And we sure aren’t showing anyone the monsters that hover outside the perfect front door of our perfect house.

What if you get sick?

What if your kids get sick?

What if you loose your job?

What if you LOOSE IT ALL?

All those, could be, cant be, dear-Lord-please-don’t-let-it-it-be, fears that keep us from really truly experiencing happy.

See, You're afraid.

No I’m not.

Yes you are.

No...

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