3 Essential Oils for Calming Anxiety & Stress

Stress is a normal part of life, but it doesn’t have to control you. Using essential oils along with other effective stress-management tools can enhance your life and empower you to tackle whatever comes your way.

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Finding a Balance: Natural Hormone Support

Balanced hormones is one of the most important keys to wellness, especially for women. Here are three essential oils I use to promote a healthy hormone balance throughout the month.

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In My Kitchen | Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

Did you know you could make homemade spaghetti and meatballs in less than an hour? This family favorite can be doubled to feed a crowd with leftovers, too!

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Parenting and the Political Divide

Parenting through tough topics ain’t for the faint of heart. And partisan politics is no exception. But shying away from this uncomfortable issue hurts our kids and leaves them ill-equipped to navigate their world in a meaningful way. Over the past couple of years, I have found myself drowning in frustration and sorrow at the…

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In My Kitchen | Teriyaki Marinade

If you’re looking for an easy marinade to spruce up chicken or beef for dinnertime, look no further.

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Our Wellness Story

We are all traveling on a wellness journey whether we realize it or not. From eating habits to the cleaners we use in our homes, what we consume and how we consume it matters.

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Fostering Self-Confidence In Our Children

How our kids feel about themselves has a direct impact on how they relate to others and navigate their world. By focusing on just four key practices, we can build up our child’s self-esteem and prepare them for success in life for years to come.

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In My Kitchen | Chicken & Rice

This afternoon, Charlie and I hosted our first Sunday supper at Crangle Hall. For this meal, I needed a quick, easy recipe that I could throw together, pop in the oven just before leaving for church and have piping hot when we arrived home a couple hours later. Enter every Southerner’s favorite: chicken and rice.…

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Rest For the Weary

Since the spring, my plate has been overflowing with obligations and to-do lists. From home renovations and inspections and mortgage applications to the daily drain that is life, I’ve found myself nearly completely overwhelmed at the end of every day. And for me, with all of that comes frustration, anxiety and an overall feeling of…

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Embracing Our Children Through the Tween and Teenage Seasons

Today is my younger boy’s birthday. He’s turning eleven and I am so excited about the man he’s becoming. Parents talk often about cringing and bracing themselves for the middle school and high school years with their kids, and I get that. But several years ago, I read a post by Jen Hatmaker on parenting…

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#12: Solving the Summertime Boredom Dilemma

Dear Ellie, My children are out of school for the summer and it’s only been a week, but I am ready to scream. What are some practical ways that I can save my sanity while also helping my kids enjoy their summer break? We are a one-income family, so I don’t have a lot of…

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On Love and Belonging

This past week, I had the honor and true privilege to train at the Ron Clark Academy (RCA) in Atlanta, Georgia. For you non-educators out there, RCA is a non-profit private school that mostly serves students from low-income households. Co-founded by Ron Clark and Kim Bearden, the school also actively trains educators from all over…

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Resurfacing

The past several months have been a whirlwind at our home. From trudging through the assessment season in March and April at school to preparing our home for the real estate market, life has been hectic to say the least. Today marks my first Monday of summer break, and I kicked it off by gleaning…

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In My Kitchen | Berry Coconut Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but between helping my kids get ready and trying to leave on time every morning during the week (6:45am), it’s darn near impossible to find time for a healthy breakfast that isn’t in the form of a snack bar or pastry. Enter the Berry Coconut Smoothie. This deliciousness is ready in…

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In My Kitchen | Aunt Karen’s Lasagna

This recipe was passed down to me by my Aunt Karen, a woman who is really more like a sister and best friend and aunt and motherly figure all rolled into one. Read on for the impact she’s made in my life and to get this inside scoop on this yummy, family-friendly meal that’s ready in less than 40 minutes!

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