THE Perfect Summer Handbag

You know what? I'm not - and have never really been - into handbags. I'm pretty practical when it comes to bags. It's kind of a chore to move all my junk from one bag to another. So, it's highly likely that you will see me carrying the same handbag for a year or longer. BUT...every now and again, a cute bag will catch my eye and I HAVE to have it, which is basically how this pretty little thing ended up in my closet recently. Not gonna lie though - it's not the mo… Read more

Dear Bio Mom

I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to write (and post) this because my pride says that you don't deserve a mention around these (blog) parts. BUT, you know what? I decided that I needed to share this for me - and maybe to encourage a fellow stepmom. And maybe even you if you ever read this. So, let's cut to the chase. I'm hella pissed off at you. And frustrated. Really frustrated. When I signed up for this stepmom gig almost 9 years ago, I really had no… Read more

Assuming the Worst

I was chatting with one of my best friends the other day about marriage woes. Specifically, the difficulty of giving one another the benefit of the doubt. Like, that being our default when we interact with one another rather than assuming the worst. Seems simple, right? Yeah, no. Not always. The beginning of 2018 was rough for Q and I. Like, really rough. Maybe I'll share more at some point, but for now just know that it was ROUGH. Once the dust settled, and we were able to talk … Read more

Supplements + Pregnancy? Yay or Nay?

About 3.5 years ago, I started a supplement regimen simply to lose my kangaroo pouch that I acquired after having my first baby girl. In about 90 days, I lost that pouch + so much more. Who knew that healing my gut with quality supplements would enable my body to burn fat AND zap my seasonal allergy flare-ups and intense sugar cravings? Who knew?! Fast forward to exactly one year after starting these supplements...found out we were expecting our second baby! Leading up to that exciting… Read more

Easter White

When you have little kids with dirty, germy fingers, you tend to stay away from white; or, at least I do. But when I saw this cute Nicole Miller number at Dillard's online during the NYD sale, I decided that it needed to be added to my closet as it was originally priced at $148, but I scored it for $25! And let's be just don't walk away from a deal like that! I figured if I (or my kids) ruined it somehow, it wouldn't be a huge "L" since I didn&#… Read more

Know Your Worth

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [Romans 5:8 NASB] On this beautiful 70 degree GOOD Friday, I am reminded of my worth. I am so undeserving of even the easy breaths I take each second; yet He loved me enough to the point of death on a cross. Beyond grateful that the story didn't end at the cross and, because the tomb is empty, I am able to live each day with my head held high and my mind set on eternity. Tee, Jeans … Read more

Blended Chaos

I looked at the calendar today (March 30th) and I instantly remembered. Today marks one year since my bonus kid, Kendall, came to live with us full-time. The circumstances that led her here were awful. If it were up to me, I would share all of the gory details, but out of respect for my man and my family, I will spare you the details. Just know that it was ugly. And when I think back on that time, I am flooded with emotion - frustration being at the top of the list of emotions. Can I … Read more