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The Golden Hour | Family Adventures 4EVER!

The ONE GOOD THING about the sun going down so early: It’s much easier to catch the golden hour! We only had a few hours of daylight left by the time church got out on Sunday. I was leaning toward staying home when Ryan suddenly said, “Let’s just go. Anywhere.” So we grabbed the beach bag and our iPhones and headed…


Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

I’ve been wanting to share this simple smoothie for AGES, because at our house, we drink it more days than not. It’s sweet, cool, and has my favorite ingredient for kids: protein! Does anyone else out there think protein is HUGE for mood control? I love to send my son off to school with this in his belly, because he…


12 Things to Edit from Your Life in Order to Live Like an Essentialist

At the beginning of the school year, I knew my son’s class was scrambling for room parents. It was only a matter of time before someone asked me point blank if I could do it. I was surprised at how assuredly a simple “no” came out of my mouth. “No. I’m sorry, but my life is full right now.” Maybe…


My Top 16 Resources for Women Living with their Whole Hearts

I’ve been culling this list for months. Reading, listening, thinking, deliberating. Finally, I think I’ve got it pinned down! I’m excited to share my top 16 resources with you. The books, TEDs, podcasts, and blogs that have made the biggest impact on me—and what I love about each. The list will be permanently available to newsletter subscribers. The letter goes out next week,…


Essentialism: 5 Takeaways from the Best Book I’ve Read All Year

Does anyone know how to practice essentialism like a toddler? :) The other day I got this text from my husband: “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” Although it sounds a bit like an insult when you’re directing it AT someone, his text had me grinning because I knew it meant he’d started listening to the book I recommended, on his drive into work. As Mary…