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5 Things I Learned About Marriage From Chip & Joanna Gaines

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Home Decor, Inspiration, Motherhood
on September 28, 2017

Binge watching ‘Fixer Upper’ on Saturday mornings has become a new favorite in our home.  Even my husband watches the show with me!!  He and I both get a kick out of Chip’s shenanigans, and I’m practically drooling by the end of each show looking at Jo’s beautiful designs.

Chip and Jo Jo are definitely #marriagegoals, aren’t they?  I love how they can be goofy with each other, yet parent their children gracefully and run an enormous business together flawlessly.

I think Joanna and I would be quick friends, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve day dreamed of sitting on their farmhouse porch, sipping sweat tea with her, devouring some cupcakes, and talking about everything home and family.  And, in this elaborate day-dream, I see Chip and Adam wrangling the cattle out in the pasture…Adam getting his inner cowboy on.  Those 2 goofballs would be knee-deep in mud, while Joanna and I shared stories around her kitchen island with subway tile and greenery in the background.

I guess I’ve thought about this more than I realized!  Ha!

This adorable family has graced our television so often, that they feel like close friends. So, it’s no surprise that when I heard this week that this upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be their last, I was sad.  Actually, ‘sad’ is an understatement.

But, if there’s anything that we have learned from Chip & Jo, it would be that family comes first.  Not even a popular HGTV show will cause them to compromise their family values.  And, I don’t know about you, but for me it just causes me to love them more.

So, today I’d love to share with you 5 Things I Learned About Marriage from this amazing, God-fearing couple.  What a powerful testimony our marriage can be…

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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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A Letter To My Husband This Father’s Day

Posted in Family Traditions, Infertility, Inspiration
on June 18, 2017
How to honor hopeful daddies this Father's Day who are also going through infertility.....

To my husband on this Father’s Day, all I can say is, “thank you”.  Thank you for loving me despite my faults, & being patient as we wait for our miracle. To my husband & all the husbands out there who are courageously standing by their wives as they battle infertility….Happy Father’s Day to you.  ‘Daddies In Waiting’ are just as important and special as ‘Mommies In Waiting’.  Here’s my salute to you…

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Ultimate Guide To Summer Fun: 80+ Activities, Crafts, Games, & Treats

Posted in Family Traditions, Pinterest Projects
on June 8, 2017

 Is it just me, or is it hard to believe summer vacation is right around the corner?  Doesn’t it just feel like the year is flying by?  Well, in preparation for summer break, I’ve compiled the Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun for you here today with over 80 activities, games, treats, & crafts to do with your kids this summer.

Who’s ready to dive in? {Pun intended!}

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Life Lately: The March for Babies at Kensington Metropark

Posted in Family Traditions, Inspiration, Life Lately
on May 20, 2017

Every year, we do the March of Dimes March for Babies.  My youngest niece, Brianna, was born 6 weeks early.  She is a happy healthy NICU graduate, which we are extremely thankful for.  However, every year we meet families who were not able to take their babies home.

It is an emotional day that allows us to pay tribute to that scary time in our lives & be thankful once again that Bri is a feisty, smart 4th grader….

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A Message To Mommy’s At Heart This Mother’s Day

Posted in Family Traditions, Infertility, Inspiration
on April 21, 2017

Mother’s Day is a beautiful time of year.  It’s a time when we come together to honor the ladies in our life that made us into the people we are today.  It’s a wonderful time of celebration and thankfulness.

However, for some women, this time can be filled with feelings of failure and grief as we are reminded of the very thing that we lack but so desperately desire….to be a mother.

Today I’d like to speak to you Mommy’s At Heart for a minute.  I’d like to encourage those of you today that long to be a mother so bad you feel it in your very core.

Here’s what I’d like to share with you today….

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New Mommy Series: The Ultimate List of Baby Gear 2017

Posted in Family Traditions, New Mommy Series
on April 8, 2017
20 Must Have Items for Your Baby Registry...

As a Mother-Baby Nurse I get to see all the new baby gear that brand new parents bring to the hospital when they have their babies. It’s excited to see so many new amazing gadgets and what not.  Today I’ll share with you 25 of the newest, most unique must-have baby gadgets all new mommy’s will want.  Are you ready to shop, shop, SHOP!!  Hold of to your credit cards, cause these are some goodies…

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12 Creative Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

Posted in Family Traditions, Pinterest Projects
on March 30, 2017
12 creative ways to decorate Easter eggs...

Every spring we decorate Easter Eggs with our nieces and nephew.  Sometimes, we do other Easter activities, like bake spring-y cupcakes or have a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt.  They look forward to this tradition every year, and so do we.  I am always on the hunt for new creative ways to decorate Easter eggs, and I’ve found a dozen (pun intended) easy and fun ideas from fellow amazing bloggers on Pinterest.

I hope you enjoy this collection of pretty eggs and fun inspiring ideas, that are sure to make your Easter extra special this year.

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A Seasonal Guide to Cozy Living: The Danish Tradition of Hygge

Posted in About Stephanie, Family Traditions, Inspiration
on March 22, 2017
A Seasonal Guide to Living a Cozy, Purposeful Life

Hygge (actually pronouced “Hoo-gah”) is a Danish concept that has completely changed my day-to-day living.  Traditionally, Hygge is described as a way of embracing a cozy life during the cold winter months.  But, today I’d like to share with you a seasonal guide, that will help you “live Hygge” all year-long…

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New England Road Trip Series: Hershey, Pennsylvania {The Sweetest Place On Earth}

Hershey is like no other place I have ever visited, hence why it’s called “the sweetest place on earth”.  There is literally an ode to chocolate at every turn.  From the street lights shaped like Hershey’s Kisses, to the complimentary chocolate bar we received when we arrived at the Hershey Lodge, every detail was perfect and special.  And, with several amazing places to explore and unique experiences you can only find in Hershey, it is definitely a must-see place for every family.

If you’ve been racking your brain for an extra special place to take your family this year on a vacation, look no further that Hershey.  It won’t disappoint.

So, come along with me, as I recollect our quick and unforgettable trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania.  I’ll share with you where we stayed, where we ate, and the experiences that made this trip absolutely amazing.

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