Category Archives: Bless this Mess

Join me in The Happy Heart Challenge – 50 Days to a Happier, Healthier You! Printable PDF to help you track your goals and progress are included. Welcome to a fun Happy Heart Challenge to get you started on a journey to a happier you! The number challenge focuses not on pounds lost or calories counted – it’s an approachable, real-life strategy for being a little more intentional about your time. This challenge runs the course of 50 days. You can start today, you can start Friday, you can start next month. The beauty of this challenge is that it can be started Continue Reading →

Happy Heart Challenge: 50 Days to a Happier You

The top 10 posts from Bless This Mess in 2016, and where we’re headed in the future. Spoiler alert: next year is going to be all about food! I can’t believe that we are wrapping up this year! It’s been such an epic year for this little blog. Bless this Mess had its 5th birthday this month, and I just can’t believe the changes and growth that I’ve seen in five years. I had just under four MILLION people stop by the blog this year. I shared over 100 recipes. And together we hit a following of over 100,000 across Continue Reading →

Top 10 Posts of 2016

Free Healthy Meal Plan

This free healthy meal plan features avocado egg salad, homemade sloppy joes, bacon and corn quesadillas, and more! Welcome to my weekly healthy meal plan that includes free printable shopping list – this is number 6! You can find the first five meal plans here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy family-friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week Continue Reading →

Healthy Meal Plan and Printable Shopping List, Week 6

It’s my favorite post of the year – my 2016 favorite things giveaway! Enter now to win goodies worth over $500! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering! Few things are more exciting to me than getting this annual giveaway ready for you! I have done this for a few years and it’s one of my favorite ways to say thank you to you my wonderful friends and blog readers. I started blogging as a job almost exactly 5 years ago and I had no idea where this journey would take me. I’m so grateful for all of the Continue Reading →

My favorite things GIVEAWAY!

This free Meal Planner includes an enchilada bake, cheddar broccoli soup, linguine rosa, and more! Welcome to our fifth weekly free meal planner that includes a free printable shopping list! You can see the first four here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit the link under each picture and hit print), print off the shopping list, and you know what you are going to make all week long. I thought Continue Reading →

Meal Planner 5 with Printable Shopping List

This free Family Meal Plan includes tomatillo ranch burritos, butternut squash macaroni and cheese, roasted tilapia, and more! Welcome to our fourth weekly free family meal plan – it includes a free printable shopping list! The number one thing that I hear from you is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family-friendly meal on the table. This free meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list to go with it. All you’ll have to do is Continue Reading →

Family Meal Plan 4 with Printable Shopping List

  Thinking… There’s so much hope wrapped around today for me. I have had today, the first day of fall 2016, in my mind for a long long time. I’ve even been planning on it, in one way or another, for at least a year. Things have been hard here. Sure, the recipes look delicious, but building a house, raising 5 little souls, and trying to support my husband has been super challenging. I make little goals in my mind that go along the lines of, “I can do *insert hard thing* until the end of school.” When the end of Continue Reading →

Currently: The First Day of Fall

The school year has started, and if it hasn’t for you yet, then I’m sure it’s right around the corner. Busy school mornings are no joke, and I’m here to share a few ways to make school mornings easier. This post is in partnership with Mom’s Best Cereals, and I’m excited to get out of the kitchen a little and share some mom tips for you today instead. I have 5 little people to get out the door in the morning (I walk my bigger kids to school, but everyone still has to go with me). I wake up right Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Make School Mornings Easier

I’m here today with another great (and simple) recipe using Mom’s Best Cereals. I’m loving working with this great company, and I hope you are loving the posts I’m creating for the partnership (did you see those fun cereal ice cream sandwiches? So good!). Today, I’m sharing a super easy s’mores brownies recipe with you. This is a great treat to make with the kids on movie night or after school for a little treat. It would also be fun to take to fall parties or get-togethers. Everyone loves s’mores and brownies, and when you mix them together, they are Continue Reading →

Easy S’mores Brownies

My baby’s first birthday was on the calendar, and the closer that it came, the more antsy I got try to lose some weight. I know that there are plenty of people who will tell me to be patient with the baby weight, to just eat healthy and it’ll come off, to keep nursing, all kinds of things along those lines. In the past those tips have worked for me, but a few things have changed for me, and they have stopped working. It was time for me to do something. A big something. Here are a few reasons that Continue Reading →

I lost 8 pounds with the Dr. Oz 2-Week Diet

Today I’m partnering with California Avocados and I’m so excited! I very literally am the one who contacted them and asked if they’d like to work together. I am an avocado lover and I know that California Avocados are in season right now, so it only make sense that we meet in the middle to bring you all one easy, healthy, party-perfect Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. This. Is. Summer! I adore avocados for so many reasons. I love that they have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including those great B vitamins (help fight infection/disease), folate (used for cell repair), and Continue Reading →

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

You are going to love this simple handy trick that will teach you the best and easiest way to preserve fresh herbs! My garden is a weed-filled mess this year (I say that like that isn’t the norm. Well friends, that’s totally the norm right now in my life.). Even though it looks pretty awful, there’s still all kinds of treasures hiding under the weeds. Such treasures include a wealth of basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and sage! I love having fresh herbs on hand (and I’m going to love it even more when we live near our garden!). My pasta Continue Reading →

How to Save Fresh Herbs: Herb Bombs

I love fruit salsa! There’s something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it’s so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, Continue Reading →

Pineapple Salsa

Welcome to our third weekly free meal plan that includes a free printable shopping list! The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This free meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit the link under each picture and hit print), print off the shopping list, and you know what Continue Reading →

Free Meal Plan 3 with Printable Shopping List

Welcome to our second weekly easy family meal plan that includes a free printable shopping list! This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This easy family meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit Continue Reading →

Easy Family Meal Plan 2 with Printable Shopping List

Today I’m working with Mom’s Best Cereals, and I’m sharing one of our very favorite ice cream treats: cereal ice cream sandwiches. This simple dessert is a great easy no-bake recipe you can make with little kitchen helpers. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, and they’re just plain fun. My kids thought these were awesome and so much fun to make and eat. I know you and your kids will love the recipe too! Summer is in full swing and I love it. We are spending time working at the house, splashing at the pool, Continue Reading →

Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

In February I shared a little update on finally starting to build our house! When I say “we are building a house”, I don’t mean we are organizing laborers to do it for us. I mean Thomas is out there as often as he can and is putting a house together piece by piece. I have spent hours moving rocks, using a pick ax to level the ground for concrete forms, picking up trash, and a million other little things. Thomas for sure is doing the bulk of the work (I’m just on the support team), but slowly it’s moving Continue Reading →

Bless this Mess Builds: House Update July

Baby Graham, also fondly know as Mr. Squishy, turns one this month. Where has the time gone friends?! It seems like just yesterday that I was gigantic and miserably pregnant and now I have a baby trying to walk around the house! I’m so grateful I’m not where I was a year ago; pregnancy is rough. All that work was worth it, though. I managed to create the world’s cutest baby ,and he was well worth all the suffering to get him here. This little lamb is a bright spot in our family. His siblings adore him, and so do Continue Reading →

Watermelon Cake with Whipped Cream

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List Welcome to my very first weekly meal plan plus free printable shopping list! This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is Continue Reading →

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List

I love having sweet treats ready while the kids are home during the summer and I love it even more when those treats are actually good for them. We eat a lot of homemade popsicles, date balls, and recently, homemade frozen yogurt. My kids loved this recipe and I did too! This recipe for 4 ingredient frozen yogurt literally takes 5 minutes to make and tastes just like a traditional frozen yogurt. I felt like this was a new way to serve fruit that wasn’t a smoothie or popsicle, which we get a lot of. The color is beautiful, I Continue Reading →

4 Ingredient Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (5 minute recipe!)

Energy bites! Also know as date bites, date balls, or little bits of healthy heaven. Have you tried them? It took me a while to put them on my list and now I’m kicking myself for taking so long! These simple treats are healthy eating/snacking/dessert perfection, and I have a batch in my freezer at all times now. The basic idea is that you throw dates + nuts + extras in the food processor, and process until it’s all broken down into a cookie dough-like mixture. You then roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and eat them Continue Reading →

9 Energy Bites Recipes Everyone Needs

What could be more perfect in the heat of the summer than a simple 3 ingredient Watermelon Granita? Here’s the best part, not only is it easy to throw together but you don’t have to have any kind of special ice cream making or churn for this recipe! All you need are three simple ingredients, a blender, and a freezer; with a little time and a fork you’ll have yourself a simple icy treats that the whole family will love. This recipe is simple enough to make for an afternoon snack but pretty enough to serve after dinner to guests. Continue Reading →

Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Granita

Few things are more perfect than crusty pieces of bread topped with delicious things. Bruschetta, crostini, tiny crunchy toasts – no matter what you call them, they are delicious! Today I’m working with Sabra again (pinch me! I love working with with this great company!), and I have dreamed up the most delicious crostinis ever – Mexican guacamole bruschetta! This is going to be the talked about appetizer or dish at your 4th of July cookout. Make it! This simple but perfect finger-food is buttered baguettes, grilled to perfection, grilled blistered sweet corn, Sabra’s new Veggie Fusions South-Western Guacamole, a Continue Reading →

Mexican Guacamole Bruschetta

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What Continue Reading →

8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Today is the day! The book I’ve been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we’d be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner Continue Reading →

14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)

A few months ago I discovered the best/simplest/easiest way to incorporate more vegetables in our day and I have to to tell you about it. I feel like I do a pretty good job at feeding my family healthy food while retaining a good balance. My kids are well rounded when it comes to food and I really like that. They love fresh peas and tomatoes from the garden and they love when we make cookies together. Sometimes though I think I’m the only one eating the vegetables that I make for dinner and the rest of the family is filling Continue Reading →

The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

25 Way to Create More Joy in Your Day 1. Deliver fresh flowers (go out and pick a bouquet of lovely apple blossoms or dandelions) 2. Share a glass of lemonade with the mail carrier 3. Send your grandma a real letter, in the mail, with a stamp 4. Hold someone’s hand 5. Buy a treat/drink for the person behind you in line 6. Call to say I appreciate you 7. Listen with your heart 8. Look into your child’s eyes for an entire conversation 9. Read for the love of reading (I’m in love with this book, this one, Continue Reading →

30 Way to Create More Joy in Your Day

  Exciting news!! This Thursday I’m hosting a FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP with my friend Tiffany from Feel Great in 8.    If you’ve ever struggled with yo-yo dieting or emotional eating this workshop is for YOU. Tiffany will be sharing so many simple, powerful tips. I can’t wait!  If you’ve ever felt stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, struggled with emotional eating, or felt like you never have the willpower to stick with a healthy lifestyle – I have something super exciting to tell you about!! This Thursday @ 8:00 PM MST I’m hosting a FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP with Continue Reading →

Stop the Yo-Yo: 4 Steps to create a healthy lifestyle that lasts!

Thinking… that getting out of bed at 3:22 am this morning is going to come back and bite me this afternoon. Let me explain. I had a headache yesterday morning and it didn’t go away after lunch and lots of water (I haven’t been getting headaches very often so it not going away was bad news), so I knew I was heading into a migraine (I don’t have them often but I get them a handful of time a year so I know they are bad news). So I took some migraine medicine right away and tried to work on my Continue Reading →

Currently: It’s SPRING!

Today I’m working with a company that I have admired and enjoyed for years, the tastiest, packaged, real food out there, Larabar. When I first found out I would get the chance to work with Larabar I assumed it would be using their products and I decided right away that I’d do a post on hiking, kids, and real food. When I got the project details though, the post took on a different theme. I’m grateful that I had the chance to work under their guidelines. Thank you for supporting the companies that I thoughtfully choose to work with. Instead Continue Reading →

Fighting Hunger in Your Own Backyard

Things have been moving slowly along on the house front! Here’s what we have done in January and February of 2016. Building your own house and all of it’s glory! I use the term “we” very loosely. I should really say Thomas. I’m support staff right now. He comes home later than he used to and I try to have dinner ready and on the table. I deliver lots of lunches to building site (which we still haven’t named!), and I run him here or there when he needs to pick up a different large vehicle for something. You know, Continue Reading →

House Update February 2016 (Houston, We Have a Hole and a VIDEO!)

People are at the heart of what I do and who I am. I post recipe online because I want to help make your dinnertime a healthy and fun experience. I want you to sit down over a delicious simple meal and talk about your day. I share on social media because I want to connect with you and I love keeping up with people through such outlets. Even though we might follow each other on Instagram or I liked your post on Facebook, we still might not really be connecting. You know what I’m talking about. We know this Continue Reading →

3 Simple Ways to Connect with Long Distance Friends and Family

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Friends, I’ve been wanting to send you emails for ages but I didn’t want to just send an automated email every time a new post went live. If you wanted the post, you could come to the blog to read it. I want to write you letters, and tell you things in a less formal way than on official post. This desire has brought me to the realisation that I need an email newsletter in my life. After lots of figuring things out I’m finally ready to send you really useful and pretty emails. Tomorrow I’m sending my very first email newsletter! Continue Reading →

Because I have so much more to tell you!

This past weekend was a pretty big deal in our little family. We officially started building our house on the beautiful property that housed our garden and chickens last summer. I’ve been struggling with how to relay the impact, meaning, and depth of this small step in my sphere on the internet. Part of me feels like it’s bragging, or that people won’t care, or that people will think I’m making a big deal out of something small. Friends, this is such a huge deal to me. I’m naturally a nester, a settler, a homemaker, and a bloom-where-you-are-planted kind of Continue Reading →

We finally started building our house!

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know I’m a “boy mom” through and through. I had 4 little boys in a span of 5 years (yep, you read that right), and though we do have one wonderful daughter leading the pack, I still definitely consider myself a boy mom. Today I’m sharing 3 secrets that Moms of Boys need to know. These are just a few little tips about raising boys I have learned over the past few years and I thought you might like them too. Bonus: they don’t just apply to raising boys.  Involve your son in what Continue Reading →

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know

Journal writing is something I love and have always really enjoyed. I have still journals from when I was a young girl that I roll my eyes at now. Sometimes I feel like people put themselves into two categories when it comes to journal writing, either you do it or you don’t. I’m here to tell you today that everyone should be on team journal keeper, that it doesn’t have to be hard or even traditional, and that you will never ever ever EVER regret the time and energy spent on keeping a record of your life and the lives Continue Reading →

7 Amazing Alternatives to Traditional Journal Keeping!

2015 is on its way out and I’ll be honest, I’m so excited. Unbeknownst to most, 2015 was one of the hardest years I’ve had personally since I was 18 years old. Hard years are good though, they help you to grow, reevaluate things of importance, and make you grateful that every year isn’t the same. The low point of the year was months and months of depression (caused by pregnancy) and the high point was the birth of my 5th baby, Graham. It’s been a year that I’m grateful happened but I wouldn’t necessarily choose to repeat. I’m looking Continue Reading →

The Best of 2015: 10 Recipes to rule them all…

22 Simple Handmade Gifts

The first week of December as well as Cassie from Wholefully and I’s Handmade Holiday 2015 is coming to a close and I can’t even believe how fun this week was. Who knew you all loved handmade gifts as much as we do?! Today we’ve collected all this week’s posts plus other handmade gift ideas that we published in years past to create this amazing list of 22 Simple Handmade Gifts for you to enjoy all in one place. I’m partial, but I dare say this is one of the best handmade gift idea lists out there. We’ve got you Continue Reading →

22 Simple Handmade Gifts PLUS a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm is super simple to make when you get a the right ingredients and it’s the perfect gift to make a bunch of and share with all of your friends. This project is part of Handmade Holiday that Cassie from Wholefully and I are working on this week, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. So far this week I’ve shared Simple DIY Beeswax Candles and Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!) and Cassie has made the prettiest No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf, Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar, and today she’s Continue Reading →

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm (Homemade Pink Grapefruit Burt’s Bees!)

Welcome to day two of Handmade Holiday 2015. Cassie from Wholefully and I are sharing simple handmade gifts all week long to get your crafty juices flowing! Today I’m sharing simple DIY Beeswax Candles and Cassie is sharing Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar. These pair nicely with yesterday’s DIY No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf and my Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!). It’s been a lot of fun working with Cassie on this and her projects are just beautiful while still being simple. Beeswax candles are so much easier to make than you might have guessed. Not only are Continue Reading →

Simple DIY Beeswax Candles

The first Thanksgiving spent in Idaho at my sister’s house. The first Thanksgiving being an “adult” that was in charge of food, cooking, and all things Thanksgiving (in cahoots with my sisters, I’d like to think we were partners in this wonderfully crazy cooking holiday). When did I get this old? The first time I cooked on a gas stove (loved it!). The first picture with all these kids together (one brother, his wife, their two boys, and my parents were the only ones in my immediate family that were missing!). My folks have all these grandsons and only Miss May Continue Reading →

A Weekend of Firsts

Happy Black Friday Friends! You know I certainly won’t be out shopping today (I’ll be eating leftover pie for breakfast, playing games, and crafting with the kids!), but that doesn’t mean I won’t be doing some online shopping in the coming days and weeks. If you are planning on doing the same I wanted to invite you to check out my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop has some really unique and beautiful handmade items in it that I’m very proud of. I get the privilege of work with my mom and my good friend/second-cousin-once-removed Richard on these projects and I Continue Reading →

Black Friday Coupon For Bless this Mess on Etsy

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Family. Food. Hobby farm. Chickens. Chubby cheeks. Rolly thighs. Silly grins. Homegrown food nestled tightly into bottles on my shelf. Bacon. Cell phones to call my family. Mint green. Dark chocolate. Sun rises. Strong bodies. Washing machines. Hot baths. Hot tea. Freshly picked peaches and tomatoes and sweet corn. Laughter. Being called to in the middle of the night. Being needed. Building blocks. Building trains. Making cookies. Making memories. Quiet afternoons reading to my little people. Warm soup. Hot crusty bread. Tacos. Snow. Mountains. Hiking. Long Sunday drives. Family pictures. Chapter books. Fire light. Warm handmade blankets. Journals. Pages and Continue Reading →

Thankful

How is our goal of ponderizing and not yelling going for you? The no yelling bit is going really well still for me. That fact that I’m going to tell you about it is super motivating, but more than that is I’ve felt very lifted up in your kind words, emails, and messages to me. I am not alone in this struggle and if you’ve gotten into the habit of yelling, you aren’t alone either. Thank you for helping me to not feel alone, there’s so much power in support. I wanted to ask you all another question. How can Continue Reading →

Ponderize Week 3

I bet some of you are thinking, “What on earth is she talking about?!” So let me tell you just what Felted Wool Dryer Balls are. I had never even heard of dryer balls until sometime last spring. I started reading about them, made them, and now I really love them! These would be a really unique and practical gift to give, plus, they are really kind of pretty. I love homemade gifts that I can use and not just have to dust or eat! DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls are little balls of foil that you wrap in wool Continue Reading →

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

I love reading to my kids. As I was pondering the kinds of gift guides I would share with you all this year I just knew that I wanted to do a reading centered one. I saw a little picture on facebook the other day of a bookstore front that had these words painted on the window, “There’s no app to replace your lap. Read to your kid!”. I LOVED it. It is so very true, and I know you fun parents and grandparents who enjoy my blog feel just the same way as I do. Happy reading friends (and happy Continue Reading →

Gift Guide for the Parent who loves Reading to their Kid(s)

This mama is beat, but I wanted to post a cute little video for today. https://youtu.be/1UV3ZF8OvOA I’m doing better and better about not yelling (it’s been a fabulous month actually) and now that my mouth has gotten quieter, it’s time for me to start on the next step, really listening. I’m going to be thinking about how to do this better this week, and this fun video is a nice start. I’d love to hear from you. How do you take the time to really listen to your family? Your kids? Your spouse?

The Fence

6:07: The baby starts to fuss and is ready to eat. This is the start of my day though not the first time I’ve been up. I fed Graham at 12:30 and again at 3:30. His bed is next to ours so I get him out and lay back down to nurse while doing some pondering and silent praying for the day. 6:38: The baby is done and I shuffle out of bed, laying him in the warm spot that I left behind to sleep a little more. I should have gotten up earlier but we didn’t go to bed Continue Reading →

A Day in My Life: 11.10.15

I just got these today and they are just too perfect not to share right away! Be still my mama heart. And last but not least:

2015 Family Pictures!

I got a little personal last Sunday and admitted to you all that I’ve gotten into the bad habit of yelling at my kids. It’s something that I don’t like so I decided to do something about that. I challenged myself to not yell for 30 days and I’ve started thinking of this little experiment as “No Yell November” (you know, to go along with that whole No Shave November thing). Not yelling is going very well; I have done great all week. There was a time on Saturday morning that the kids were going in and out of the front Continue Reading →

This weeks Ponderizing, thoughts on patience, and #noyellnovember update

Hello Friends! It’s a rare Sunday that I’m posting here on the blog and I’ll tell you why. November is National Novel Writing Month. Authors make crazy goals to write huge amounts and really hammer out some of the thoughts they have in their heads. It’s a goal making and reaching marathon of sorts. In a similar fashion, bloggers try to post every day for the month of November. I know that might not sound like a huge deal, but trust me on this one. Thirty posts in November is the same amount of posts I published in March, April, and Continue Reading →

NaBloPoMo + Ponderizing + My Committment to Stop Yelling

I’m sitting here writing this post the very day it’s going to go live. I’ve had a lot on my mind and in my heart lately and things have been mulling and stewing for a while. You, dear reader, are about to get a little dose of all my thoughts. I’ve been deep in the trenches of motherhood this past while. I’m on 15 straight days of seriously sick kids. Something that isn’t chickenpox but is related to it has gotten a killer grip on my house. The illness lasts super long (like 10-14 days long), it’s slow to spread Continue Reading →

Lunch Lady Brownies because Love Does