The Power of Your Mind

I was listening to this podcast the other day while I was driving. And the guy was talking about the power of thought. He said - our brains are ancient (like caveman status). They are wired to survive, not thrive. Our brains naturally function in a fear based manner trying to keep us safe and alive. And that it takes an intentional “rewiring” or retraining of our brain to get out of survival mode and start to function in a more positive + thriving way.

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Why We Live in an Apartment

A few years ago, my husband and I bought our first house. We were so ecstatic. We watched way too much Chip and Jo and thought we had it all worked out. And while we were so thankful for the opportunity to own our own home and fix it up exactly how we wanted it - we soon realized that it was a money and time pit. And it wasn't what either of us wanted, at least not right now. Not in the season of raising babies, soccer games, work meetings, first steps, first words, family vacations and more. 

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5 Reasons why “Selfless Motherhood” is BS

I’m Calling it friends. Selfless motherhood is bullcrap.

We’ve all seen those memes reminding us that our time with our kids is limited, we only have x amount of summers, x amount of christmases, x amount of first days and last days of school. And I get it. It is super easy to get caught up in the “I’m never going to sleep again” lie. (I may or may not have uttered that last week before I stopped nursing my almost 12 month old). But somehow this” encouragement to savor the moments” has turned into moms completely losing themselves in their kids and abandoning their own body, mind and sanity.

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The Ultimate Beauty Guide //

I am so excited to announce the launch of my E-Book, The Ultimate Beauty Guide. A comprehensive guide to modern day makeup, how to choose your products and the tools to go with them. Available February 1st, 2018! The countdown is ON! 

Have you ever walked into Sephora or Ulta and walked straight back out empty handed because you simply don't know what to buy? Or you head to the department store and the lady at the beauty counter matched your skin "perfect" in store and then you go outside only to find you have an orange face? Well, you are not alone. It's time to abandon overwhelm once and for all and walk confidently into stores to create your perfect makeup bag.

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Energy Ball Recipe for the Whole Family

We are "on the go" a lot. We did have a nice slow season before we had Olivia, but since her birth we have started school, started soccer for 2 kids, I started a new job...(announcement coming soon), and everything else started up...moms group, small group etc. 

I LOVE this season of life. It is so full. But one thing I started to notice, is we were having to eat more "convenient" meals as we are limited on time. Sometimes I can meal prep, which helps us a ton! But sometimes, I just don't want to or nothing sounds good.

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How I Feed My Family Healthy Foods (and stay sane)

One thing that is super important to me is feeding my kids healthy, fresh and nutritious options daily. I think that in order for our bodies to fight off all the germs that kids naturally just share and spread around, we have to make sure we are feeding our kiddos (and us) WHOLE foods consistently. This doesn't mean we don't eat sweets, carbs or treats. We definitely get our fill of yummy goodies. But I've always encouraged my kids, that in order to remove the guilt from treats, you need to fill the core of your diet with whole foods. So how do I stay on top of good nutrition for all 6 of us in our household?

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How To Pick Your Baby Carrier

I am a baby-wearer to the MAX. I studied cross cultural parenting in college which gave me a whole new outlook on baby wearing. Not only is it convenient but it has AMAZING benefits. Personally, I practice Attachment Parentingand something called "The Second Nine Months" , and it has honestly been incredible with all 4 babies. I have 4 very secure babies, who sleep great and are very confident. Confident enough to play on their own without hanging all over me. Which is why I can survive with 4 kids! 

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Do we belong in Phoenix?

Is anyone else ready for cooler weather and hot coffee? I find myself wondering if Phoenix is the place I want to raise my family. I crave changes in the weather, greener surroundings and some more mother nature. As a Phoenix Native who has traveled all around, I feel like there are so many beautiful places my family could be.  How do you know you are raising your family in the right place? I feel like I was thrown into adulthood but I still don't know how to adult. I feel this stirring in my spirit to move...but where to? 

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Creating a Love for Reading

I am a total book worm. I could spend hours reading book after book. Thankfully, my kids (most of them) have taken after me in that aspect. My oldest LOVES books so much. She usually reads chapter books in a day or two. But when she was younger, it was easier for me to get reading time in with her. She was interested AND I had more time to give just her. But ask the family grows, its harder to find time to spend with each child reading individually. Yes, the husband and I conquer and divide, but sometimes we want to all be together too. 

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