Secondary Infertility/Pregnancy Loss

Or that we’re not allowed to be heartbroken over it because we already have kids, and there are women suffering from infertility and pregnancy loss that have no living children. But mama, please understand that you have every right to mourn your loss, and you have every right to mourn that loss out loud.

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Toasted Pecan Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is THE BOMB. If you’ve never made it or tried it, YOU NEED TO. It is so so easy, and once you try it you will never want those cans or tubs again! I make mine sweetened, because, sugar. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I could literally just eat it by itself with a spoon. And in full discretion, I’ve totally done that before. It’s okay, this is a judge-free environment.

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Crockpot Bison Tacos Recipe

I’m all about making things as easy as possible when it comes to dinner. By the end of the day, the last thing I usually want to do is make a complicated recipe that says it will only take 30 minutes but in reality, takes 60+ minutes. Ain’t no mama got time for that.

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How to Take Full Advantage of Stripped-Down Airfares

As fun as it is to get an in-flight beverage and snack, paying a premium for that is so not worth it, at least to us. Plus we can bring our own favorite snacks instead of settling for their peanuts or pretzels, and buy a full-sized drink in the airport. Frontier offers in-flight snacks, but they are grossly overpriced. No thanks!

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Broken Is Beautiful

Our brokenness doesn’t disqualify us from being used in His kingdom; no, our brokenness is what He uses to further His kingdom. There is a deep beauty in your brokenness, don’t be ashamed of it, don’t try to hide it. When we allow our brokenness to be on display amazing things happen. It is through our brokenness that His Light Shines.

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The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe (Seriously)

It's super moist with the perfect dense-but-still-fluffy texture, and it’s full of pumpkin spice goodness. I’m a huge believer that the “spice” in pumpkin spice needs to not just be detectable in a recipe, but the shining star. This won’t let you down.

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Dye-Free Halloween Ideas (Feingold-Friendly!)

But navigating such a candy-centered holiday can be a little tricky when you avoid artificial food dyes, flavors, and preservatives. We didn’t want our kids to have to miss out on the fun of Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, though, so we’ve learned a few ways to make it fun and delicious for them.

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To the Mom(s) Lying Awake at Night Under the Weight of Mom-Guilt

Mom guilt can be debilitating, and it is most certainly not of God. God convicts but He does not ever shame. Mom guilt is a stealer of joy and the ultimate shame-inducer. Mom guilt overshadows all of the beautiful moments you share with your children every day. Your kids will most remember those beautiful moments, not the moments you acted like a crazy lady.

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Why Our Kids Don't Eat M&Ms (And Other "Pretty" Foods)

So many kids have adverse reactions, in fact, that in 2010 Europe mandated that foods with artificial dyes need to be labeled with a warning that they may cause hyperactivity in children. Sadly, because the FDA “certifies” the colors and marks them as “generally recognized as safe,” a lot of people don’t know the harm they can cause.

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Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

To brown butter, first, you simply put the unwrapped butter in your pot over medium-low heat. Using a whisk, move the butter around so it melts evenly. It’ll start getting bubbly and then foamy. After a minute or so the foam will start to settle down. Keep whisking and watching, because after a few more minutes you’ll start to see little browned pieces at the bottom of the pan. I leave it on for maybe 10-20 more seconds, whisking constantly, and then pull it off the heat. You’ll want to do this pretty quickly though because it can go from browned to burnt real quick. Pour it into a glass or metal bowl and let cool a little while you prepare the dry ingredients.

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Living Intentionally

Worry gets in the way of intentionality really the same way as all of them; it distracts. I never used to be a worrier, I never struggled with anxiety. And then I became a mom. The worry started off slowly for me though. I was a pretty calm first-time mom. It helped that Isaac was a super calm first-born, too. But as he got older, as we added a second baby in the mix, as I started to feel the weight of the responsibility of being a mom, worry and anxiety began to creep in.

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Breast Lump At 30

It was kind of confusing, because whenever I would hear the word “breast lump” I would picture a marble-sized lump (or bigger) that you could visibly see through the skin, not a small little pea deeper in the tissue, so I honestly wasn’t sure if it really was a “lump” or not. But I did know that it was something different that I’ve never felt before, and the other side did not have it.

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Living Room Makeover -- Our Home Tour Part 2

The changes that we’ve made to our living room over the last few years have been relatively subtle but have made a big impact. To us, home design is all about the little details; they add up to make something beautiful and interesting to look at. Function is important as well, especially as a young family, so we try to find beautiful pieces that make life a little easier for us.

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