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Many moons ago I made a New Year's resolution to read one book per month, which has since turned into my annual reading list. Here are the titles that earned my attention in 2017.

My 2017 Reading List

Many moons ago I made a New Year’s resolution to read one book per month. It has since transformed into my annual reading list. With motherhood, however, comes diminished free time and fewer books on my lists, but here are the titles that earned my attention in 2017. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Absolutely […]

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After all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I like to take time and reflect on the past 365 days. Here are the highlights and favorite blog posts from the year.

2017: A Year In Review

I love that there’s a whole new year ahead of us — full of hope and possibility — and can’t wait to see how it unfolds. One of the things I like to do this time of year is to take time to reflect and honor the past 365 days. For us, 2017 was a year […]

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The last part of the Dealing with Deployment series is the day we've all been waiting for... the day our loved one comes home!

Dealing with Deployment // Homecoming

The last part of the Dealing with Deployment series is the day we’ve all been waiting for… the day our loved one comes home! Homecoming is such a special day. It’s a day long awaited for everyone involved and is met with a deserving dose of excitement, anticipation and patriotic pomp and circumstance. The U.S. Navy’s […]

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Boost morale, save time and avoid hassles with these tips for sending military care packages.

Dealing with Deployment // Care Packages

Mail call is a big deal for military members of all branches who are serving our nation far from home. It is also quite an operation — just check out this video from my husband’s ship, the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77).   Filling a box with familiar comforts and sweet notes is a […]

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Today is my birthday. I'm 42 years old. Check out these 42 things about me in celebration of my birthday.

Guess Who’s 42!

1.  Today is my birthday. 2.  It marks 42 years of living on God’s green earth. 3.  Confession: I had to do the math to confirm I am indeed 42. I have officially reached an age where I can no longer remember how old I am! 4.  But my age doesn’t really bother me. I […]

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If you missed it live, watch the Hometalk LIVE replay and see how easy it is to make scented candles for homemade holiday gifts!

My Appearance on Hometalk LIVE

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be featured on Hometalk’s live video tutorial series on Facebook. I had the pleasure of showing the audience how to make and package handmade scented candles for holiday gifts. These are some of my favorites: a lovely soy candle already wrapped up in a festive tin, a […]

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Every year older is a blessing. See how I'm turning things around to make myself more of a priority in celebration of my 41st birthday.

My 41st Birthday

I had a big celebration when I turned 40 last year. The Chief watched the kids while I took off for an extended weekend trip to Montreal with two dear friends. I was forty and it was fabulous fun! There wasn’t as much pomp and circumstance for 41, but every year older is a blessing and […]

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Snow days are great days to do nothing... or to go out and try to capture the wonder of a fresh snowfall from a child's perspective. Please click to see more photos from a snowy day.

Photos From a Snowy Day

Snow days are great days to do nothing. We get snow just a few times a winter in our little part of the globe, and they are cause for celebration in my household. A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. ~ Susan Orlean for […]

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This month I am featuring a handful of beauty products that are making me feel pretty, happy or cherished right now. I hope you'll find a few pretty little things that inspire you to make yourself more of a priority this year, too!

Pretty Little Things • Beauty

As part of my challenge to make myself more of a priority this year, I am featuring a handful of beauty products that are making me feel pretty, happy or cherished right now. Some are more costly than others, but one or two can easily be added to our daily lives to lift our spirits, […]

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