• Wellness,  Working Moms

    Navigating Covid 19 With Our Kids

    We had planned a different post this week but in light of current circumstances, we have decided to write something different. Sisters this is HARD. All of it. Many of us have not gone through any sort of major world crisis. We are all trying to adapt to our constant changing circumstances. Lurking illness, school closures, possible financial devastation, bored children, disappointed children at the loss of some of life’s greatest highlights and no toilet paper or hand sanitizer😳. We are all being affected in one way or another.  We are seeing people’s true colors and who they are.  We are seeing the good the bad and the ugly of…

  • Wellness,  Working Moms

    Finding Your Value in the Age of Filtered Perfection

    My friend Anne is the women’s pastor at the church I attend. We go for coffee and have these really deep awesome talks about culture, raising kids, life, beauty and money….. nothing shallow here folks. We love breaking culture down and being vulnerable about how the current culture is affecting us. Anne asked me to speak at a women’s conference she was putting on last November and this is the question she wanted me to answer. In a world where having beauty and money gives you power, how has that defined you in your life?  WOW, big, tough question… I spent a lot of time thinking this through, evaluating my own life…

  • All

    Valentine’s Day… Showing the Love

    Growing up I have always LOVED Valentine’s day. A lot of it has to do with my mom. We were very fortunate that she loved making pretty much every holiday special. Valentine’s day was no exception!  Now, she didn’t go crazy with gifts or anything like that but she would decorate the table nicely with touches of red and pink and we would have a nice dinner with a chocolate desert.  It was the act of LOVE that she showed us.  As I got older and got married (when we first got married I had to “teach” my husband that Valentines’ was actually a holiday in my books and that ummm no,…

  • Lifestyle

    Healthy Christmas Baking (That actually tastes good)

    I have a friend that legit is one of the best bakers I have ever met… this girl can bake! You name it she can bake it and gorgeous creations. I can bake, but nothing Pinterest worthy . But with Amanda, everything is a masterpiece.  Amanda is also a personal trainer and owns a business called Live Well with her husband Brian, because of her passion for health and wellness, in the last few years she has started baking these amazing healthier versions of her typical Christmas baking.   Amanda graciously wrote a post for us and included some of her healthy Christmas baking recipes for us to try! Amanda’s healthy baking…

  • Family,  Uncategorized

    Keeping Christmas Traditions

    My mother loved Christmas…. She made it magical. Growing up, we always had 2 trees in the house during the Christmas season. We had a kid’s tree and a mom tree. At the end of November my mom would start planning out how she was going to decorate the house. As a grown-up now, I can remember every tradition so clearly… the advent calendars… the lights… the Christmas baking.  When my kids were born, she added even more traditions. All of the kids got a new Christmas outfit and new PJ’s to wear at the Christmas eve service at church and on Christmas day. Typically, it was some sort of plaid…

  • Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Consignment Store Shopping

    I love consignment clothing shopping! I have been a shopper and a consigner for about 22 years. My introduction to consignment, thrifting or second-hand shopping began when I started working in broadcast sales. I worked with a woman who gave me “style envy” because she was dressed so sharp. I would comment on her wardrobe and she would politely reply with a simple thank you. My husband and I had just started our careers so we had limited income…especially for clothing.  One day, I made a passing comment to her about her wardrobe and how one day I would love to dress like her. She said, “Lisa come with me”, and…

  • Wellness

    The Cost of Avoidance

    This week we are so excited to have guest writer Kristel Cimoszko! Kristel is the creative mind behind Best Life In A Box. Kristel is a single mother of 4 kids ages 19,16,13 and 11. Kristel has been inspired by her own personal struggles and spends time sharing her own realizations with others as a way of giving back.  We just love what she has to say and know you will find her truly valuable. I remember the day that I made the decision to accept being wrong. Although it seems like something so insignificant today, I would say that that day paved way for who I would eventually become.…

  • Family

    When Your Kid Leaves the Nest

    A few weeks ago, I dropped my oldest son off to College to play baseball and hopefully get an education as well😉.  It was something he had worked very hard for. He sacrificed a lot of his high school social time, and dealt with a lot of unforeseen circumstances to get himself there. As parents we walked through it all with him, we did whatever we could to facilitate him achieving his goal of obtaining a baseball scholarship to a school in the US. We worked hard with him and for him, we were so proud of him when he got the offer!  The week before I took him I…

  • Working Moms

    Gratefulness followup

    Thankfulness update Hey sisters! How has the gratefulness challenge been going for you? Can we be real here…I had a huge “ah ha” moment….I thought it was going to be much easier than it was because I have so much in my life to be grateful for.  I found it difficult to be grateful a lot of the time, but not for the reasons that you would think.  I am grateful for much in my life however, I found myself constantly forgetting to be grateful for things because I am TOO busy.  Huh. Too busy to be grateful. That is a problem… like, a major problem for me. Why work…