don’t buy the house, buy the neighborhood

“Don’t buy the house, buy the neighborhood” certainly sounds an awful lot like the advice people shared with us when we were buying our house. And, honestly, location was a huge deciding factor for us. We figured we could always make (reasonable) changes to a home if we were to find one in our idealRead more

what i’m ‘giving up’ for lent – and why

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Happy Mardi Gras! What a wonderful day of celebration and revelry before Ash Wednesday. The end of rowdy excess before the quiet Lenten season of restriction begins. I’ve always found that part especially ironic. I can remember the exact moment the realization dawned on me about the contrast between FatRead more

paleo-ish: bacon garlic spaghetti squash (with dairy-free cream sauce)

Let’s just say introducing gluten and dairy back into my diet has gone… Incredibly poorly. And yes, it has been very much to my dismay because all I wanted after Whole30 was pizza. Which I did have – followed a few days later by a homemade pepperoni roll (shoutout to Mama for bringing them downRead more

10 Bible Verses Perfect for Valentines Day

love (n.): an intense feeling of deep affection, a person or thing that one loves Is that what comes to mind when you first hear the word love? I know it does for me. But, love is a funny thing – and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (which is only 1 week away!) IRead more

paleo-ish: grain-free bread to go BANANAS over

First of all, on a very personal level – can I just say a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to reach out to me about my Whole30 journey and results! It was definitely pretty nerve-wracking to allow myself to be that vulnerable, but all of your kind words and encouragement mean moreRead more

why february is the perfect month to tend to your heart

Did you notice more people than normal wearing red today? No, you’re not imagining things. And it’s no coincidence – today is Wear Red Day 2018. What the heck is “Wear Red Day?” Alright alright alright, let me back up and give a bit of background. In case you have neglected to flip your calendar,Read more

this is Whole30

I can hear it ringing in my head – the wise words of Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of The Whole30, “It’s not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black is. not. hard.” Then there’s another voice… This time? My own. “Alright MELISSA,Read more

5 ways i’m committing to ‘healthy’ this month

Can you believe it’s almost the end of January?! A week from today is the last day of this month, and if you’re anything like me, it has flown by. I think part of the reason it has gone by in a flash for me, is that I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy over the lastRead more

sometimes god whispers

I’ll be honest. This title has been sitting in my “drafts” as a blank post since Monday. Do you ever feel so pulled to something – whether it be a phrase, or a word, or an action – but aren’t quite sure how to approach it? Yeah, that’s been me all week. I just couldn’t get myRead more