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How Scarcity and Competition Influence Female Friendships

Relationships with other women can be the most healing entities we have access to, because no one can understand us better than another female who knows what it’s like. Being female, in all its wonder and mystery, can sometimes throw us for loops and wreak havoc on...

2024 Spring Capsule Wardrobe: 20 Items, 36 Outfits!

I'm baaaaaack!! 🙂 Today I'm bringing you a basic spring capsule from Amazon! If you don't know much about capsules, you can read more about them here and here. But in a nutshell, a capsule is a small, curated wardrobe where you create outfits with intention using...

Unsubscribing & Doing The Work to Heal

Earlier this week, I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed by my emails. Amidst the scrolling, reading, filtering and deleting, I got the sudden urge to remove myself from lists I no longer cared about. So, I spent the next several minutes hitting that unsubscribe...

Have Your Own Back: Tools to Help Master this Practice

Throughout the coaching program I was involved in last Spring, the most important takeaway I had was to always have my own back. Seems relatively simple, almost obvious, but this concept felt foreign and even radical when it was first introduced to me. As I have...

Be Curious, Not Judgmental

If there is one thing about the invention of social media that I appreciate, it is the connections created for soul mates who may have not met otherwise. Lindsay is the example of this in my life. We met on Instagram through the common connection of Kayla Itsines’...

Loving Yourself Well When the Holidays Are Hard

Reader, I must tell you, it is difficult to convey the feelings under the broiler of my heart. And yet, I am going to try. Here I sit, in my kitchen with members of my family milling about. Thanksgiving break has begun, and there is already stuff everywhere. My mind...

Amazon Fall Teacher Outfits: 18 Looks for the Classroom

We are now entering the Holiday season and I thought it would be a great time to round up some of my recent Fall teacher outfits from Amazon. All of the pieces are great to wear into Winter; some just might require an extra layer or two. Click on the links below each...

Amazon Christmas Gift Guides!

I am rounding up some of my favorite Amazon gift ideas for tween/teen boys & girls (specifically stocking stuffers), kids, teachers, men and women! Everything is Amazon and you can click on the links underneath the graphics to shop! I hope this helps make your...

You are Free, and You Always Have Been…

I have always associated freedom with external factors, like living in a democracy and being able to worship how I please. I do not take these freedoms for granted. But lately, I have been pondering what freedom means from a more spiritual lens. It's a word that can...

Fall Blouses $25 and Under from Amazon

Hi! Yesterday I shared some olive green button downs (such a great Fall staple) to pair with whatever your heart desires, since it's a great color that will go with a ton! And well, since Fall is upon us, today I'm sharing 9 affordable blouses in a variety of colors,...

Olive Green Button Down Tops from Amazon + Teacher Outfit Ideas!

An olive green button down top will be your bff this Fall! It's a great color that pairs with a lot of other colors and is easy to style in a lot of different ways! Here are some affordable button-downs/shackets from Amazon. If you're a Prime member you get 2-day...

Six Weeks of Teacher Outfits from Amazon: August/September Roundup

Hi Friends! I am linking up my Amazon teacher outfits from the past six weeks (30 OUTFITS!!) to hopefully provide you with some inspiration! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @teachmeyouroutfits for daily inspo! Also, my Fall Capsule is out now if you're looking for...

Fall 2023 Teacher Capsule: 20 Items/50+ Outfits!

I'm so excited to do another capsule wardrobe! I started an Instagram dedicated to teacher outfits and seasonal capsules, so be sure to follow me there for daily inspiration! But for now, let's get into some cute FALL outfits for teachers! These outfits are also great...

Live Lightly, Child

I woke up last week to my mind overflowing with scattered thoughts, clouding each other, swarming the landscape of my psyche and robbing me of peace before I could open my eyes. Quickly, I remembered my ritual of listing at least five things I'm grateful for before...

Your Rainbow Awaits

Maya Angelou once said, "Every storm runs out of rain." I am not the biggest fan of rain, but this year in particular I feel so much gratitude for the moisture that has graced the valley that I call home. Now that the winter months have come and gone (the ones I...

Return To Your Soul

I wonder how many people were taught to fully love themselves. My guess is not many. This must be why there is so much heartache in the world. Whose guardians truly demonstrated that art, day in and day out, each moment while raising a child into the world? Even the...

A Letter to My Children

To my children: When you were born, so was I. Never had I been a mother of a daughter, then a mother of a son, and then a mother of three. In every moment since you’ve been here, I’ve been learning. Life sort of takes on a gravity that surpasses what exists in our...

Waking Up To Your Life

Clarisse. She’s one of my favorite literary characters. Every November when I have the chance to teach Ray Bradbury’s classic Dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 to my sophomore classes, I ruminate about her character, drawing parallels to my own life. In case you aren’t...

Thursday’s Thoughts About Therapy

I’ve never felt shy or shameful about physical therapy. By contrast, just the mere idea of psychological therapy used to hold major stigma from my perspective. Physical therapy became a part of my life when I was 15 years old to lessen the symptoms of scoliosis. A...

Moms Are People, Too, And We Deserve Rest

A while back, my husband let me know that he was going to take our kids to my parents’ beach house for the weekend so I could have a break. I can’t actually remember a time when I had the whole house to myself for an entire weekend, so of course I felt giddy at the...

Tuesday’s Theories

Swirling spirals of thought Have me tangled up and caught Until I stop... What is right in front of me? What is quietly asking to be seen The present moment...outside the spiral, living the dream Write it down, make it real We create constructs to control the way we...

Monday Morning Musings

This morning I woke up to snow on the ground and the quiet that comes with low hanging clouds. The house was chilly, so we turned on the fireplace. Our Monday morning hustle commenced as normal, and with the addition of hats, mittens, and snow pants, off to school we...

Freeing Ourselves By Releasing The “Shoulds”

On a podcast I listened to recently, a woman was sharing some of her parenting regrets. She lamented about how she had 'handed' God to her girls rather than allowing them space to explore God on their own terms. I thought that’s what I should have done, she uttered,...

Facing Truths to Mend What’s Broken

Picture this: you read a post on social media that resonates with you. From reading the comments, obviously it does with many others as well. The post is so lovely, you decide to leave a comment too. You compliment the writer for making so many people feel like they...

To Be She Part 2: Inspiration through Eve

powerful, life giver, brave the O.G. trailblazer and mother of humanity saw the grand vision accomplished the mission revealed to her daughters divine intuition took on the burden didn't shrink down or shirk it trusted deep down that this life would be worth it to see...

Thank You, September

It is mid-September and you lay in bed and try your best to fight back tears. Just go to sleep. Your mind is a busy factory pumping out unwanted thoughts at a frantic pace.  You think about how only two people came to your daughter’s birthday party, how composed...

A Walk Around The Park

Sometimes… I wish life was more like my morning walks around the park Everyone on the same literal path And yet… no “path” is the same Some of us choose to saunter; others opt to sprint Some are pushing strollers with sleepy babies Others are pulling bike trailers...

Marriage: No answers here, just experience…

This September I will celebrate fourteen years of marriage. Although Autumn and I have a “marriage” category on the blog, I have written about it zero times. Mostly that’s because I feel that marriage is a total crapshoot, and truthfully, I still don’t really know...

This Stuff is Human: Shedding Light on Mental Health

The mind is a garden; What we decide to grow there will determine our prosperity Yung Pueblo Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness month. Mental Health is a topic near and dear to my heart for multiple reasons, but the catalyst to all of them...

Sex & The Patriarchy: Why Women Get Left Behind

Imagine a world where a girl grows up hearing about sex and her body in an open and loving way. As she develops, she is provided with a wealth of books and resources on her anatomy and inner workings. She feels proud when she starts her period and is given a...

Dear Reader

Dear Reader I just want to sit down with you and talk. Lately, my daughter has been working through an exercise in self-trust. It involves boundaries and privacy and Being honest about needing space. It involves learning to honor oneself before the image other’s hold...

Forged in the Fire

“You gotta leave yourself behind.” -Lady Gaga The Roles We Settle In There’s a lot about societal structures and cultural norms that make self-exploration and expansion a tricky task. Your upbringing determines your world view as a young person. Family dynamics,...

Don’t Put Me In A Box

Society loves boxes. It loves to compartmentalize people so that it can better make sense of humanity. It tells us: You are a democrat. Stay there. If you ever find yourself thinking something remotely conservative, stop your brain in its tracks. Only liberal...

Embracing Your Humanity in Motherhood

This week, I’ve been giving my alarm clock the metaphorical middle finger. I am under the weather, and so are my kids, and it’s spring break. Last week was the first week of daylight savings, and after 7 days of feeling extraordinarily exhausted, my body succumbed to...

Sometimes it’s all just too much…

This morning my coworker walked into our shared classroom and instead of greeting me with her usual bubbly "Hey Lindsay!" she looked forlorn and sad. I asked her what was wrong and she replied: "I don't really know, but I can't stop crying." Normally I would have...

The Words That Were My Lifeline

Why do we always pour out our fear onto other people’s journeys like sticky syrup and call it sweet intervention, unaware that they can feel it dripping off their fingers and sense our judgment masked as love Because last I checked a journey can differ from mine and...

Alchemy of Women

Lately, this quote has been repeating in my mind: “Well behaved women rarely make history.” It doesn’t really matter what I’m doing. I could be washing dishes, driving my car, or just lying in bed at night in the dark. The words continuously return. I am fortunate...

The Power of Sacred Rage

Recently I heard a woman on a podcast talk about “sacred rage.” For thirty minutes I ate up every word she said about a woman’s right to be angry and the power in her rage. It was balm for my soul. What Does Anger Mean To You? Before we dive into this topic, I would...

Wisdom From Trees

Sometimes I think we keep ourselves small by believing lies our mind masquerades as truth. Ill-rooted perspectives can have a way of misinforming us about who we are. Personality and experiences play a big part, too, of course. I have a bad habit of ignoring what I...

Let’s Talk Cycles Part 2: Seasons & Superpowers

In my last post I wrote about the importance of living in alignment with our design. You can read it here in case you missed it! Understanding how our bodies work and passing on that knowledge to the next generation is vital. In the age of information, we have no...

Growing Pains: How I’m Leaning In to Life’s Lessons

Wise woman and fierce writer Elizabeth Gilbert, said: “I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person finally getting tired of their own bullshit.” When I read those words, a smile danced on my lips. It's a truth I am intimately familiar...

Let’s Talk Cycles & Living In Alignment With Our Design

Sun & Moon I read recently that men’s hormones are like the sun; they repeat on a daily cycle. In one day, a man will experience a fluctuation of energy, ability to focus, and ease of connection. Energy levels for men are usually highest in the earlier part of the...

Stuck In a Moment

Thought Tornado I’m sitting on the tile floor, while my daughter plays in the bath, and the Sing 2 soundtrack blares from my phone. My little one is asking me 10 questions per minute and my thoughts are fragmented. There’s a tornado inside my brain. Every now and...

How I’m Taking December Back

For the past few years, I have found myself feeling a teensy bit panicked when December arrives. This did not used to be the case for me. I have always LOVED the holiday season...the music, traditions, lights, baked goods. But this year, I'm sad to confess that I felt...

Rediscovering Self: Finding Fulfillment Amidst the Unknown

When Loneliness Settles In Being an introverted stay at home mom is like having an insurance policy for loneliness. Spending every day devoting yourself to your kids is an incredible gift and an even greater responsibility. It starts off novel… and it’s scary,...

To Be “She”

Childhood & Adolescence I notice a chunky girl in the novice class at gymnastics struggling to get through her beam routine. I watch her, low-key horrified, and make a silent vow to never look like that. For weeks I fret about getting fat. I am nine years old. In...

The Revelation of Rest

It's 11:30 in the morning and I'm standing in my kitchen wearing last night's pajamas and a robe. I'm bingeing Ted Lasso on my iPad, which I've started today and episode 3 is up. From the fridge I've fished out a small wedge of brie cheese, an apple, sour cherry...

When Faith Turns to Doubt

I recently wrote a piece about my faith journey, which you can read here. I didn't feature it as a stand-alone post because honestly, it scared me to put something so personal and vulnerable out there on center stage. But ultimately I decided it has a place on the...

To Be Human

What a ride to be human in America right now. Living through a pandemic feels like a confusing, nightmarish version of Groundhog Day. Each person has an invisible barbell, Fit for an Olympian, Sitting on their shoulders. Life feels extra heavy. Our country is isolated...

12 Fall Outfit Ideas For Teachers!

Happy FALL! Today I am dedicating this post to all the amazing teachers! I'm a teacher, and I know how tough things are right now. It's a different kind of hard than last year, but still so incredibly challenging and exhausting. We truly DO NOT GET PAID ENOUGH. I...

On Blogging, Candidness and Doing Life Together

Over a year ago, Autumn and I launched this blog on a wing and a prayer. After literal MONTHS of going back and forth (should we...should we not...maybe we should...nope, not worth it...ok but let's just try), we finally took the plunge. And you know how it happened?...

When We Worship THIS, We Lose Ourselves

Some people worship money, others sex, and still others don’t quite know who or what they worship...but they hold onto a hope that there’s something out there bigger than themselves. I personally worship God. And sometimes dark chocolate and Diet Coke (God knows I’m...

The Kid Lunch System for Busy Moms that Actually WORKS!

A few years ago when my eldest started Kindergarten, I would make her lunch every morning before school. If I was super on top of things, I would make it the night before. And then I would pat myself on the back. (I think that happened like twice). Most of the time, I...

8 Elements for Strong and Enriching Friendships

In order to have great friends, one must be a great friend. While I have passed this truth on to my children, I think different people hold different definitions of “being a friend”. What is valuable to one person may not be to another. Because of this, people come...

Three Simple Ways To Update Any Space In Your Home

Do you ever feel like a certain room in your home (or maybe just your home in general) needs a facelift? Like maybe it has a case of the blahs...but when you look around you aren't exactly sure how to spruce it up? I'm not talking about remodeling (although that...

Live Among The Wildflowers

When I turned 31, I climbed the mountain that overlooks my hometown. It stands at just under 13,000 feet in elevation. I hit the trail at 6 AM, and the unobstructed sunrise was pure magic. The hike is predominantly uphill, and I crossed through many different...

Going Back to Basics

Disclaimer: I debated posting this because I feel like a bit of a fraud. I texted Autumn this morning and said, “how can I post about this topic when I can’t even live by my own advice most of the time?!” She reminded me that I’m human and that our main goal on this...

5 Podcasts to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

It's been a couple years now since I discovered the world of podcasts. Listening to podcasts makes folding laundry go faster, cleaning bathrooms a breeze, opens my mind and broadens my perspective in a unique way. The podcast world is saturated. Especially after the...

5 Awesome Books For Your Spiritual Journey

In 2016, an old friend of mine from college passed away to a rare form of cancer. His death was a turning point for me because it was in those vulnerable moments of quiet grieving that I turned to books about the afterlife. I suddenly had a thirst for knowledge and...

How I Learned To Protect My Energy–And You Can, Too.

I think I grew up for the first part of my life believing that friends were forever and family was always supposed to be close. And sometimes, friends are forever and family does remain close. Other times however, a harsher reality must be accepted. As a highly...

The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

The Ultimate Father's Day Gift GuideWhether you're browsing gift ideas for your husband, your own father or another special dad in your life, we've got you covered!For the Grill MasterMonogram Grill Set   This  grill set includes utensils and a personalized...

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Last week in the grocery store, I noticed rhubarb was in the produce section. My eldest daughter loves rhubarb. She will even eat it raw! In the past, I have always made my great aunt's recipe for rhubarb crunch. But this past weekend, I decided to try making...

Knowing Your Worth: How To Honor Your Feelings And Live Unapologetically

Has anyone ever told you that you are _______ (fill in the blank with a negative word)? My guess is yes. Nobody Gets To Decide For You In recent years, I watched a heated discussion unfold. At one point, Person A told Person B that she was “too sensitive.” And I...

Why My Social Media Got Canceled: My Quest For Balance In A Screen Obsessed World

Taking the Road Less Traveled...These Days My eldest child turns 14 in two months. She is the only person her age that we know who does not have her own phone. When she was around 11, most of her peers had phones, and she started asking for one. Whether it was...

Little Black Clouds: Why Mamas Are Warriors

This one’s for the moms: new moms, seasoned mothers, mamas in the thick of it— I want to give you a shout-out. But this piece is not to praise you for your efforts in mothering your children, although believe me; heaven knows we can use a lot more of that. Instead, I...

Word To Your Mother: Great Gifts For Mother’s Day

Word To Your Mother: Great Gifts for Mother's DayIt's time to show our appreciation for the wonderful women in our lives who wear the many hats required for Motherhood. Mother's Day is May 9th! Parenting, Wife-ing, Daughtering, Sistering in a Pandemic is a twisty...

Ten Children’s Books That Teach Kindness and Empathy

Kindness and empathy are lacking in our world today, especially on social media. I don't think there's ever been a better time than NOW to start teaching our kids how to be kind and empathetic. Notice that I said HOW...because these things are learned behaviors. I am...

A Lesson In Enjoying Life– and Remembering to Have Fun

Today, I am going to tell you a story. Love, Loss, and Leaning In At a recent physical therapy appointment, my therapist began to tell me the story of how she grew up in our community, like me, and feels fortunate to have made her life and living here. I heard about...

Three Simple Meals Using Naan Bread

Naan flatbread is a staple in my household these days. I discovered this brand at Costco a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. It is so versatile! Naan is similar to Pita bread, except that the texture is a bit different since it is made with an egg/yogurt...

5 Easy Ways To Stay Fit

Fitness is a big part of my life. In 2013, I invested in Kayla Itsines’ BBG program and it changed my entire life. Because of her dedication to building a program that would be accessible to all women of all types, she has quite literally led a fitness revolution. I...

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay: 7 Tips For Pulling Yourself Out Of A Funk

How are you doing this week? No really...how are you doing? In A Funk This past week was tough for me. On Thursday morning I woke up feeling a sense of dread. Even though we seem to be wrapping up this Covid fiasco, the days are still managing to blend together. It...

10 Lessons I’ve Learned About Marriage

On March 10, 2007, my husband and I said our vows. It is so wild to look back on that day this week, 14 years later, and wonder how the time has passed by so quickly, yet has seemed simultaneously slow going. This week also marks the one year anniversary of being...

Mini Spring Capsule Wardrobe: 10 Pieces, 20 Outfits!

For the past couple of years, capsule wardrobes have been trending on the interwebs. You've most likely heard of them, maybe even read about them...and if you're like me, you've tried them out and are SOLD on them! When I first heard of a capsule wardrobe a few years...

Cream Tea Scones

To be honest, scones were never really my choice pastry. I don't love super crumbly foods in general, because I can't stand the messes they make and super crumbly often equals super dry. And who likes a dry pastry? This is why people eat biscotti with their coffee. So...

Cute Decor from Amazon To Refresh Your Kitchen!

I just recently moved into a new house that also happens to be twice the size of my old one. For the past couple of years I have been saving my money specifically so I could buy new, affordable decor and random items that are both cute and functional to fill and...

Will You Be My Valentine?

Two Easy Valentine's Treats To Make With Your Kids Can you believe it is February of 2021 already!? Honestly I cannot. This coming weekend it's already time to celebrate Valentine's Day and like most holidays in the last year, it snuck up on me. No matter what your...

Three Easy And Healthy Weeknight Meals

Need some easy and healthy weeknight meals stat? Look no further! Back in the day, I had a fitness Instagram account and my mojo was healthy recipes! I LOVED creating new recipes and sharing them with my followers. Even though I'm no longer active on that account,...

Why Learning To Let Go is Key to Living With Joy

For as long as I can remember, my favorite Beatles song has been “Let it Be.” This is ironic, of course, because also for as long as I can remember, I have been a type A, over-analyzing, control freak. Letting things “be” is not frequently a strength of mine. Maybe...

Motherhood: A Million Ways To Do It Right

Being a mom is the hardest job that nobody prepared me for. It's a job that requires more physical, emotional and mental energy than any other job I’ve held, yet it’s the one job I don’t get compensated for. I find myself constantly wondering how I'm supposed to do a...

11 Things I Learned In 2020

Dear 2020, I must say that I'm happy to see you gone. I’m not afraid to call you out for what you were at times: a soul-sucking maelstrom of frustrations, losses, and annoying surprises. But with the bad comes the good; for me that equates to growth. I want to reflect...

2020 Roundup: Our Favorites Of The Year

A year to remember 2020 will definitely go down in the books, won't it? This year was everything. It was surprising, sorrowful, maddening, confusing, enlightening, downright shocking, terrifying, even unexpectedly joyful at times. 2020 evoked every emotion that exists...

The BEST Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! If you are anything like me, the holiday season comes with go-to recipes for treats and goodies to share. I find myself on autopilot every year. Sugar cookies, chocolate peanut butter bark, mini chip snowball cookies, ginger...

Holiday Outfit Ideas, Two Ways!

*This week we have our first guest post! A HUGE thank you goes to Lindsay's sister, Whitney, for contributing to the blog this week! Have you ever received or sent a text from/to one of your friends that goes like this: “Hey, what are you planning on wearing to...

Closing The Book: A Farewell to Babyhood

I wrote the piece below almost exactly one year ago to the day. I was feeling all sorts of nostalgia flood through me as I came to terms with the fact that my baby was turning one. Today that same baby (I refuse to stop calling her that) will turn TWO. Mamas, the pain...

10 Unique Gifts for the Women in Your Life

The Search for Something MeaningfulLast minute Christmas shopping can creep up. I find myself making lists and aiming to be prepared early on...starting my process of present hunting in early fall. Inevitably, there's always stragglers come December that I'm still...

Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies For The Non-Baker

When Christmas comes around each year, I am reminded of my complete lack of talent (and frankly, interest) in the baking department. My wonderful mama who also happens to be a former home ec teacher puts me to shame with her perfect cinnamon rolls, homemade...

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness: A Different Spin on Advent

Elf on the Shelf? I heard of the "Elf on the Shelf" as a sort of Advent Calendar in 2014. The Elf would come down from the North Pole to observe the behavior of the children in the household. Then, he'd report back nightly to Santa Claus. If the children were behaving...

Easy Six-Can Chili

This is one of my favorite dishes to make in the slow cooker, but you can also just throw everything in a big pot after browning the meat and let it simmer away! Either way, it’s super easy and such a classic comfort food. 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey 1 can...

Confessions of A Tired Mom: Why I’m Ready To Send My Kids Back To School

After gracing me with their non-stop presence since March 13th, two of my three children will be returning to school on a modified schedule on November 30th. I don’t think I have EVER felt this excited. It’s like Christmas is coming early. In the time of Covid-19, I’m...

The Transformational Power of Anxiety

July 20, 2018 4:21 AM Listen. I want to tell you about the crippling arrest anxiety grips my heart and my mind with. It’s ironic, really, how I have spent 20 years watching, experiencing pain, and learning all about what my sister’s mental illness can do to a person,...

Teaching In A Pandemic: Learning To Unapologetically Set Boundaries

I don’t think there’s a word to adequately sum up the past 8 months. Since I’m an English teacher, I’ll offer an analogy: if teaching in a regular school year is driving on a smooth highway with some good friends, occasionally experiencing mild disturbances (light...

The BEST Amazon Cozies Under $40!

If you’re anything like me, you’re alllllll about the comfy cozies right now. Whether you stay at home with your kiddos, work from home, or just like to go straight to lounge-mode at 5pm (or maybe you’re all three, like me), comfy clothes are a must. And it’s...

Marriage is Hard: Here’s Why It’s a Worthwhile Adventure

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines ‘Adventure’ as “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity”. A sign that hung in my little girl's bedroom bears this quote by A.A. Milne: “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to...

How I Found Peace In Humbling Myself

“You are not responsible for a person’s perspective of you.” I heard Alicia Keys recite these words the other day, and they stopped me mid-scroll. I paused and felt my soul awaken as I reflected on some emotionally draining circumstances that had unfolded several...

It’s Time We Give Teachers the Credit They Deserve

They Are Doing This For You My two oldest children started distance learning in August. Consequently, I check on them daily. Last week, at one check in, my daughter was in Social Studies, and her teacher was speaking to his students. I paused to listen. He knows they...

7 Life-Changing Books To Inspire You In The New Year

I have always loved to read, and my genre of choice seemed to shift to personal development right around the time I turned 30. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good mystery or young adult novel, but lately I find myself reaching for inspiring books that can offer me...

Norwegian Pancakes

I would grow up to discover that the rest of the world I live in refers to these little slices of heaven as crepes, and they are very similar. To me, these will always be Norwegian pancakes. They are a crowd pleaser and a kid favorite.

There is Purpose in Your Pain, But Your Pain is Not the Purpose

For the past little while I have noticed the word “trauma” pop up quite a bit in many of the books, podcasts and articles I’ve been consuming. One day, upon realizing that this word seemed to be trending in my digital world, I texted a friend and said something to the...

Granny’s German Chocolate Cake

My father in law has a very special spot in his heart for the German Chocolate Cake his mom made him for his birthday growing up. Granny, as we all call her, is a killer cook. All the food from her kitchen is delectable. And if you're in her house, buckle up, because...

7 Effortless and Free Ways to Connect with Your Young Daughter

Seven. Nobody prepared me for seven. (Ok let’s be honest, I say that about every age). But sometimes I wonder whether it’s the age or if it’s just my daughter. She’s an extrovert, and I don’t know how to raise an extrovert because I’m an introvert. She’s sensitive,...

Craveable Chicken Crust Pizza

A Surprising Spin on a Family Favorite Well, here's the straight forward story: I had a package of ground chicken in my fridge that needed to be used. There is often ground chicken in my fridge, because it's tasty, affordable, and versatile. As it turns out, it is...

We Got This: Why A Positive Mindset Is Our Best Asset

The past three weeks as a collective whole have been a doozy. In life’s classroom, I am currently slogging through an unexpected midterm. At this point in the test, I’m not sweating as profusely as I was when I started, but I’m still very much feeling the butterflies...

Finding the Sweet Spot Between Passion and Powerlessness (As a Teacher and a Mom In the Time of Covid)

I write today with some heaviness on my heart, feeling equal parts passionate and powerless. This is because I’m a teacher (and a mother) in the time of Covid-19. I am coming up on my fourteenth year of teaching, and I truly cannot imagine being in any other...

In Gratitude to Fitness

Dear Fitness, You and I have always known each other in some capacity or another. As a child, I loved to run and jump and climb and ride my bike and swim in the pool on a hot summer day. Through my years in school I played a variety of different sports. You were there...

The Simple Choice to Log Off Is Your First Step to Healing

This morning I logged onto my husband’s Facebook account with the intent to perform a quick search on someone in my community. Forty minutes later, I was reminded of why I deleted my own Facebook account nine years ago. After logging off, I immediately texted my good...

You Are My Last

Written By: Lindsay Note: I wrote this piece in 2019, not long after my third (and last) baby was born. It reflects my feelings on coming to terms with the fact that I wouldn't have another child, that this would be my last baby. You meekly latch on as I lay exhausted...

Don’t Put Me In A Box

Society loves boxes. It loves to compartmentalize people so that it can better make sense of humanity. It tells us: You are a democrat. Stay there. If you ever find yourself thinking something remotely conservative, stop your brain in its tracks. Only liberal thoughts...

Authenticity. Honesty. Wisdom. We believe these are the three magic ingredients for establishing true connection. 

Humaning is hard; we get it. So, we created this blog to be a soft landing place for you, and we want to become friends with you along the way. Our fierce belief in the power of truth-telling is our main motivation for everything we write.  In a world full of perfect filters, half-truths, and constant hustling, we offer you a haven of heartfelt honesty and calm…candidness in all of its crazy beautiful.

We also want to share with you tips and wisdom that will hopefully help make your life a little easier, calmer, and more joyful. No matter what you’re here for, transparency is always the name of the game, and no topic is off limits.

So, grab a snack and sit on that couch, girl. We’re here for you.

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