Here’s a personal post that’s a little difficult to share. Last year I gained at least 17 pounds. (Actually probably 20, but I wasn’t very into weighing myself.) This year I lost it with these three “doable” things. I’m a fitness newbie. I don’t like gyms or “feeling the burn.” I’m as confused as the… Read More 3 things I did to lose 17 pounds
It’s the peak of summer and the bugs have been crazy after all the rain we got. I thought I’d share how I make my own homemade bug spray on the cheap with just a few natural ingredients — and it works! I’ll be sharing a 2 ounce recipe and a 16 ounce recipe. Oils… Read More DIY natural bug spray
Blogging is a weird job. It has a lot of perks, but like all jobs, has drawbacks. Let’s talk about haters and mean comments. In the last month I reached 11,000 followers on Instagram and 200,000 on TikTok! Sounds good, right? Well, kind of. It was also a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Let me… Read More Social media growth + haters
Are you stressed and overwhelmed? Every decision feels like a major life decision this year. I want to share what has been helping me process my feelings and worries. Instead of letting anxiety swirl around unbridled in our minds, let’s rein it in and put it on paper. Seeing things in black and white helps… Read More Anxiety buster worksheet + no fear verses printable
Depression can be a life-long struggle. It can be a one-time event. It can be onset by circumstance. It can come out of nowhere. People experience it differently and heal from it differently. Depression might be hard to define, but it good for us to talk about it. This is my story of battling depression… Read More My struggle with depression
We’re going to go through 30 days of simple, specific exercises to uncover our thinking strongholds, say goodbye to negativity and begin a thought life full of gratitude and joy! Our thought lives are crucial to finding joy this side of Heaven. Everything we do stems from a thought process — whether it’s bad or… Read More Thought Life 30-day Challenge
I tend to get two different reactions from people when I tell them that my Italian in-laws live in our guest house: 1) “That’s wonderful! Everyone should live with multiple generations!” or 2) “Oh my gosh, I’d die.” Haha! The next question is a slightly whispered, “How’s it going?” intended to assure me I can… Read More How it’s going living with my in-laws
I’m sorry I’ve kept you in suspense of my in-laws’ reaction to their new house! It took me awhile to figure out how to present it and edit the video. Friend, if you want to see a true reward to sacrifice and what grateful looks like, press play. Grab a tissue, this is going to… Read More VIDEO: Nonni see their new house
Marcello’s parents are here! They’re finally here! For those of you who haven’t followed along, my in-laws, Lina and Dario, just moved here from Italy. It’s been a long process of immigration paperwork and waiting. After more than two years of suspense, they were approved out of nowhere and given four months to move to… Read More Meet my Italian in-laws
A few weeks ago I deleted all our Roku kid channels but two — PBS Kids and National Geographic Kids. There are several reasons that led me to this decision and have me considering a tv-free summer. Is that possible!? My kids watched way too much tv during our move. It allowed Marcello and I to… Read More Is a no-tv summer possible?
My grandpa, Don (my dad’s dad), passed away on Thursday. I think every single person who has ever met him would use the word gentleman to describe him. It’s impossible to try to convey the essence of a person in a short paragraph, but to me he was a strong oak tree of integrity and… Read More 10 things my grandpa taught me
We’ve been waiting quite awhile for Marcello’s parents’ visas to be approved so they can move here from Italy. Then one day out of the blue in December they were approved! Just like that. And stamped with a very unexpected four-month timeline! That means by April we need to move someplace that can house all… Read More We’re moving!