Ellie’s Story: A Message of Hope & Faith for NICU Families

Posted in Babies, Motherhood
on September 10, 2017

Today I’ve invited my friend, Melissa, to share the incredible story of her baby girl Ellie.  From day one, Ellie has had a special purpose, and her story is beyond incredible. Quite simply, you are about to read a miracle.  

If you or a close friend or family member have ever experienced what it’s like to have a baby in the NICU, then you know how just stressful it can be.  Melissa shares how she and her husband chose faith over fear in the face of death.  This story is raw, emotional, and powerful.  I love these brave mama friends of mine that are willing to share their hearts and advice with you all.

It’s a powerful thing when momma’s work together and encourage one another, isn’t it?  Melissa not only shares her heart-wrenching first days with Ellie, but also some amazing words of encouragement for all NICU moms.

We hope that this post encourages NICU families to continue having faith and hope, even in the midst of dark days.  We pray that  families facing uncertainty feel the same unexplainable peace that Melissa and her family felt.

I’m so excited to share Melissa’s words with you.  Here is Ellie’s Story…

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25 Must-Have Accessories For The Erin Condren Life Planner

Posted in Likes & Links, Organization
on September 5, 2017

My family and friends know that I love, love, LOVE my Erin Condren Life Planner.  I use mine almost like a scrapbook.  I decorate it with stickers, lots of color, pictures, ticket stubs, and more.  Using Erin Condren’s Life Planner has helped me organize my entire life and be way more productive.

Today I’d love to share with you 25 of my favorite accessories for the Life Planner that I use every single day.  These accessories are definitely worth the money.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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5 Simple Ways To Live Hygge For Busy Moms

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Motherhood, Organization
on September 3, 2017

I have been reading a lot lately about the Danish tradition of Hygge, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the concept.  Just in case you’ve never heard of Hygge before, Hygge is best defined as,

“the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; to create well-being, connection, and warmth; a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; celebrating every day.”

Doesn’t that describe what we all want in our life, and isn’t it really your main goal as a mom?  To create meaningful memories and traditions; build a cozy, creative home for your family; & be able to cherish moments with your family each and every day?

Well, today I’m going to give you 5 Action Steps you can take today to be on your Hygge-living way!

Let’s get started….

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25 Adorable Halloween Costumes For Babies

Posted in Babies, Motherhood
on August 29, 2017

Is there anything cuter than chubby little babies dressed up for Halloween?  I don’t think so either.  And, in celebration of the fall season that is right around the corner, I’m going to share with you today several of the cutest, most adorable baby Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen.

Some of these adorable costumes include DIY instructions, and some you can easily buy with the links provided.  And, some include special ways to decorate your stroller or wagon too!

Get ready for cuteness overload!  Enjoy!  And, Happy early Halloween!

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Blogging Behind The Scenes: July Blog Progress Report

I’d like to share with you the behind the scenes operation of starting a blog and maintaining it.  I’m hoping that eventually this little blog of mine will be my business.  But, that is still in the works, and I am still focusing on writing good content and building an email list of friends and fans…known as Frans! 🙂

If you have a blog, or having always wanted to start one, my hope is that this post and all my Blogging Posts will help you as you build and start your blogs.  So, let’s get started…

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Life Lately: 4th of July, Cinema In The Street, A Baby Camel, & Nature Walks

Posted in Life Lately
on August 20, 2017

Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by?  I can hardly believe that September is around the corner.  This has been a different summer for us.  Adam’s uncle passed away in June, and it kind of rocked the whole family.  This summer we’ve tried to continue doing activities that we know and love, because we know Uncle Doug would want us too.  Even though most days I’m sure we’d rather just lay around the house and be sad.

Here’s some of our happenings over the last few weeks.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as possible too!

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The Benefits of Seeing a Naturopathic Doctor

Posted in Infertility
on August 19, 2017

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin.  As most of you know, I had a miscarriage a couple of years ago after several years of infertility.  My fertility doctors were perfectly fine with ushering me back through weeks and months of expensive fertility treatments.  I felt like a number.  In my heart, I knew that there was something else wrong.

Well, my friends, after months of tests I finally have answers.  I feel like I finally have clarity.  I have a plan in place now that will hopefully end in better health, pregnancy, and a healthy baby.

But, I wouldn’t have reached this place in my journey if I hadn’t taken the plunge and made an appointment with a naturopathic doctor.  Seeing a naturopathic doctor has, quite literally, changed my life.  And, I’d love to share with you why…

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10 Things You Need to Know About Your Baby’s Car Seat

Posted in Babies, Baby Care, Baby Gear, Motherhood, New Mommy Series
on August 16, 2017

A baby’s car seat is one of the most important and often most expensive purchases new parents will make.  And, guess what?  That’s ok.  What new mommy or daddy wants to cut corners when it comes to their baby’s safety.  No one I know.

But, do you know how to install that fancy shmancy car seat?  Do you know to secure your purse and other items in your car before driving because they could potentially harm your baby in a car accident?  Or, did you know that those adorable mirrors in the back seat that help you keep an eye on your little one can distract from the road worse than texting and driving?

Today I’ll share all these tips and tricks for car seat safety with you.  They just may save your baby’s life.

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Cultivating An Intentional Life: When Your Mess Becomes Your Ministry

Posted in Coffee Break Series, Inspiration
on July 26, 2017

Have you ever looked at your life and thought about what your ministry could be?  What special gifts and talents do you have that could help others grow and be encouraged?  Are you afraid to let your mess become your ministry?

One night as I was out picking up dinner for us, I reflected back on my day and was just simply thankful.  My mind was whirling with blogging ideas {as it is most of the time}; the changing colors of the sunset were beautiful; and I just felt joy.

I relished in that moment, because there were some pretty dark days in my life when I wondered if I would every laugh again or feel thankfulness or joy.  But, sharing my story through blogging has given me some purpose in that pain, and helped me heal.

Here’s the story of how God turned my mess into my ministry, & how He can do that for you too….

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10 Must-Have Items You’ll Need When Taking Your Newborn Baby Home

Posted in New Mommy Series
on July 19, 2017
Newborn Must Haves

Having a brand new baby is one of the most exciting, meaningful times of your life.  After working with thousands of mommies and babies over the last 10 years, I know that there are several items that moms say they wished they’d had when they took their babies home.  These 1o simple ideas will be life-savers for your first-time moms.  These are baby-tested and mom-approved!  Enjoy!

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