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Catch ya later, basketball

I will only be coaching two seasons next year. As of this month, I have taken a one year leave of absence from coaching high school girls basketball. For the first time in 24 years, my holidays will not be filled with non-stop action but instead with rest and a focus on family. For those […]

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My Essential Oil Manifesto

I *literally* stumbled into using essential oils. My essential oil journey Almost 3 years ago, I tripped over a rug in our house (yes, I did) and broke the hallux – aka big toe – of my right foot. Sheepish, I was determined to be all healed up and ready for basketball season a mere […]

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A very special Thanksgiving: Caleb’s birth story

Thanksgiving will never be the same for our family. We welcomed our second child on Thanksgiving night via an incredible home birth. We knew our first home birthing experience was going to be interesting but we didn’t realize just how wonderful delivering a child at home could be. I share his story below for three […]


The View From Here

I posted this on my old blog back in July of 2013. We’ve added a child to our family and rebuilt that fence but Ben still works his tail off for our family and I still get to enjoy those dahlias outside our kitchen window. We’ve had our share of struggles professionally, physically, financially, spiritually, […]

Family, parenting, & relationships

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Adding to the noise {thoughts on blogging}

I go through phases when it comes to blogging. I started blogging back in April of 2012 as an outlet to both chronicle my first pregnancy and have a creative outlet after teaching all day. I migrated one of my early blog posts over here because it still holds truth in it and am working […]

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I love NOT working out at the gym {why I love Fit2B}

{Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. By clicking on these links, I make a small commission that helps out my family at no cost to you.} When it comes to body shape, I’ll admit I’m pretty blessed. Things like obesity or diabetes don’t run in my family, and, for the most part, my family members […]

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DIY, crafts, and decor

This helps our 3 year old pick out her clothing and help put her clothes away. Freedom and win for this mama!

An abundance of hand-me-downs (and how we organize them)

Once every six months (for Serafina, 3 months for Caleb), I tackle the task of transitioning clothes through the dresser for our growing kiddos. It’s like going shopping thanks to incredibly generous friends further along in this parenting adventure than we are that consistently give us hand-me-down clothes and toys for both our son and […]

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Crocheted Mason Jar Cozy – Video Tutorial

I consider myself a casual crafter. I dabble in lots of things…handmade invites for baby showers, sewing doll clothes for birthday presents for friends’ daughters, assembling fire starters out of lint/newspaper/wax, designing/making felt Christmas stockings for each member of our family (pics to come of the new one for Baby Caleb), etc. These are all […]

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