Aquasana Reinvents On-the-Go Hydration

» 14 May, 2015 » Health + Wellness » 0 comments

Aquasana Reinvents On-the-Go Hydration

There’s a new game in town for healthy hydration, and for once it’s actually a good solution. How about your very own heavy-duty water filtration system, burly enough to replace 600 disposable water bottles with a single filter, but small enough to carry everywhere you go? Austin, Texas-based Aquasana, leaders in water filtration, announce the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a revolutionary water filtration bottle. Offering on-the-go hydration with the best bottle filter on the market, this bottle will change the way people stay healthy and hydrated. The Aquasana Filter Bottle pairs smart design with high […]

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

» 5 May, 2015 » Education » 8 comments

*Happy Teacher Appreciate Week! This post contains an affiliate link.* I was home schooled until middle school. Thanks to my mother’s hard work, I scored at a graduate level in reading comprehension in the fifth grade, and have commanded a powerful love and understanding of the written word for as long as I can remember. I value my mother’s contributions to my education, and while I ended up falling through the cracks with math and science thanks to her limited resources, she’s the reason I have loved learning my entire life. The teachers who left the strongest impression on me […]

I’m Taking The Meltdown Challenge

» 4 May, 2015 » Health + Wellness, My Story, Taking Back My Body » 7 comments

I’m Taking The Meltdown Challenge

Here it is. My first ever “before” picture. I’d say you have no idea how hard it is to put this out there, but in all likelihood, you probably do. Big or small, we all seem to have at least one thing about our physical selves that makes us feel self-conscious. For me…well, I could write a whole post, critiquing these images, but I’m not going to. I’m simply going to put it out there, and say, “Hey, this is me. I’m 5’8″ tall, and currently weight 310lbs. I’m not okay with this, and I’m ready to change. Want to join me?” So there […]

Broken To Brave, Thanks To IJM

» 28 April, 2015 » Social Justice + Advocacy » 0 comments

Broken To Brave, Thanks To IJM

One of the non-profit ministries that we support as a family is International Justice Mission (IJM). Serving in more than 20 communities in the developing world, IJM is changing lives, and upholding justice, and it’s all thanks to the tireless work of their staff and volunteers, and the financial support of justice-minded individuals all over the world. I received an update from IJM today, that made my heart hurt and then jump for joy. I asked if I could share it with you, and was graciously allowed to reprint. I hope this story will move you to get involved in social justice work in some […]

Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care

» 23 April, 2015 » Guest Posts, Travel » 27 comments

Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care

We just sold our 1998 Cadillac Deville (great car, but it had over 225,000 miles on it!!), and bought our first car made in the current century (I’ll tell you about it in an upcoming post). We’ve always done our best to take good care of our vehicles, but to be honest, we just don’t know that much about car care. I grew up around cars until I was 12, but I only know enough to be dangerous, and Nick has just never really been interested in mechanics. Since I am, I figured learning a bit more about what women should […]

This Isn’t About Free-Range Parenting Anymore

» 17 April, 2015 » Legal, Motherhood, Parenting » 8 comments

This Isn’t About Free-Range Parenting Anymore

I grew up in an abusive home. And while my mom did her best to give us a good childhood for the first decade of my life, no one will argue that we were safe – the bogey man ate at our table. But I remember moments of independence, and so called free-range childhood. I remember taking my little sister and brother, ages seven and five, down to the drainage ditch well out of sight of our house when I was only nine – and fishing my brother out when he fell in (repeatedly), pulling leaches off his back and […]

How Dare You Talk About Your New Baby?? New Mom Gets Hate Mail.

» 15 April, 2015 » Motherhood » 31 comments

How Dare You Talk About Your New Baby?? New Mom Gets Hate Mail.

You just had your first baby. She’s adorable – you can’t get enough of her big beautiful eyes, her adorable chubby cheeks, and her fascination with the world. So of course you share pictures, stories about her first this and that, and the random, “I just love this little thing so, so much!!” gushy, mushy status updates. Then you find this abomination in your mailbox. Because, friendship, DUH. Perth mom Jade Ruthven woke up from her delicious baby coma one fine morning to discover that some of her “friends” not only don’t enjoy hearing about her daughter day in and day out, but […]

Why I Switched From Traditional To Digital Scrapbooking And Photo Books

» 2 April, 2015 » Photography, Scrapbooking » 10 comments

Why I Switched From Traditional To Digital Scrapbooking And Photo Books

*This post contains affiliate links; I may be compensated if you purchase via these links.* I used to be an avid scrapbooker. My aunt got me hooked when she gave me an album and supplies for my 10th birthday, the same year my parents gave me my first camera. Over the years, scrapbooking by hand became less and less feasible for me, as the cost of supplies steadily rose, and my available income diminished as the realities of adulthood in a recession economy took over. I never lost the love, or the desire, but I just couldn’t justify the expense. […]