My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

To end out 2020, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top 10 blog posts of the year. This list is based off of what YOU have read/clicked the most! So let’s take look back at the most read blog posts of 2020:

I Am Not Alone

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.”  1 Peter 3:15 (NLT) Searching and searching for something to watch on TV while my youngest napped, frantically trying to find reprieve from the … Read More

What I Eat in a Typical Day

Happy Wednesday friends!! We made it half way through the week! Today I am sharing what my typical day looks like. Since finding Truvani’s plant-based protein powder, my breakfasts have changed to a daily delicious morning smoothie. I LOVE it and it’s so easy first thing in the morning! But … Read More

Welcome to Our Homeschool Adventure!

So many things happening over here in our household as well as in the world. After LOTS of prayer and conversation, we have decided that I will homeschool our oldest son this upcoming school year. We had an absolutely INCREDIBLE first year at our local school! The principal, our son’s teacher … Read More

My Top 4 Favorite Cookbooks

I have been battling systemic candida since November 2019. My diet is very strict and doesn’t allow much wiggle room. I have been living a gluten-free lifestyle for many years, however, trying to kill off candida takes more than abstaining from gluten. Since November of 2019, I have also cut … Read More

Who Is Your Daddy and What Does He Do?

PSA: My husband is an Arnold fan, thus I am an Arnold fan, so I had to throw that GIF in there…and the fiting title for this blog. Love ya, dear! My sweet husband, Stephen, gifted me an Ancestry DNA kit for my birthday a few years ago. To most, this … Read More

Delicious Sugar-Free Fat Bombs

These fat bombs are DA’ BOMB! Haha! No, seriously, they are the perfect sweet treat but also pack a protein punch! All you need is carob powder, coconut oil, almond butter, collagen peptides, and salt. I love using carob powder for many reasons! First and foremost, it is allowed on the … Read More

What is Candida?

My Healing Journey I’ve stated in the past that I have been battling many health issues. One of which is Systemic Candida…that means it is in my blood. Everyone, EVERYONE, has Candida. However, it is contained in the gut and in a good balance. However, as soon as you add antibiotics, … Read More

Human Trafficking is Happening Right Next Door

I was scrolling through Instagram when a story stopped me in my tracks. This was what I read: View this post on Instagram PART 1/2: ⁠ “Emily” was 6 months old when she was advertised for the first time on Craigslist to be raped. ⁠ ⁠ Her middle-class family had a … Read More

Target Homeschool Haul!

I haven’t been inside of Target since March (so I think I got carried away!) Haha! I needed to make a return so decided to go and get a few snack items for our boat outing on Saturday…then walked away with a ton of homeschool items as well! As soon as I … Read More

And the number one post, determined by YOUR website visits is…

I’ve Got Some News!

I have some exciting news to share! Before I share, let’s back up a bit… As I mentioned when I launched the blog, this was something that I had started crafting and working on a couple years ago. I had some posts saved and things written, but never took the plunge … Read More

This was definitely one of my favorite posts and I am so glad that you all celebrated my big news with me!

THANK YOU for subscribing, reading, sharing and loving my little blog. I welcome 2021 with open arms and I pray that you all have a safe and fun evening and a prosperous, healthy new year!

God Bless!


What’s Up Wednesday: December 2020

Happy LAST Wednesday of 2020!!! WE MADE IT!

It’s the last Wednesday of the month – my What’s Up Wednesday post – where I link up with Mix and Match Mama and share all the things! It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So let’s look at December 2020!

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Sunday I made a big batch of veggie enchiladas (cheese and regular flour tortillas for the boys; no cheese and Siete almond flour tortillas for me) that will give us leftovers for lunch and dinner Monday, Tuesday I am making a new recipe from Deliciously Ella – her Eggplant Moussaka with leftovers Wednesday, Thursday we’re making homemade pizzas and Friday I am making another new Deliciously Ella recipe – Eggplant Lentil Bolognese.

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Christmas! I LOVED our special, low-key Christmas! We stayed in PJs all day, watched ALL the Christmas movies, played games, ate too many homemade sweets, and lounged around. It was perfect!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I am loving Danielle Walker’s Celebrations cookbook this season! I made quite a few of her recipes for Christmas and the week leading up to Christmas, but mostly I am loving her Peppermint Hot Cocoa recipe! I add a little coffee and homemade marshmallows and I’ve got my own healthier Starbucks Peppermint Mocha!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Well I was busy all last week getting things pre-baked/cooked for Christmas so I wouldn’t have to do much on Christmas Day; we finalized and sent the January issue of Frisco STYLE to the printer; we started back with homeschool work Monday and started week 23 out of 35 so we are getting closer to the end (!); and trying to squeeze in some reading here and there. I finished these two books just before Christmas:

and working on finishing this one:

I am also working on blog posts for the New Year and just doing the everyday mom things! 😉

WHAT I’M DREADING:

Not so much dreading, but sad Christmas is over. It always comes so fast and goes so fast. Even though I treasured every minute leading up to it – it just goes in a blink! So I am having a little post-Christmas blues and sad to put the tree away … but also looking forward to it because my house will be clean again! 😉 It’s a bunch of mixed emotions over here!

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Blog posts, February issue of Frisco STYLE, getting March article ideas generated, homeschooling and trying to carve out some time to work on my book. I think I have a better idea of how I want my book to be written, thus I have a lot of re-working and re-organizing to do, but text-wise, my book is about 60-70% complete. Still trying to figure out how I want to go about publishing (any ideas and personal experiences are much appreciated!).

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

Photo by Alex Fu on Pexels.com

Stephen and I have made some short-term and long-term goals and we are working towards those. I am excited to see how it all pans out and praying for God’s provision and guidance, as some of these goals/dreams are pretty big!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

As stated above, I am reading the second book in the Winter Street collection, but next on my cue is American Dirt and The Daniel Dilemma.

We have finished ALL the series it seems, the latest being Queens Gambit, but we anxiously await Wednesday nights to watch The Challenge! We love the Challenge and so glad it’s back!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

You know I love podcasts and currently listening to the Moms Struggling Well podcast, but I also ask Alexa everyday to play ‘Hallelujah’ by Carrie Underwood and John Legend…it is magical!

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Pajamas…alllll daaaaay.

Haha! Seriously, I am wearing pajamas most of the day and only change when I am going to leave the house or ride the Peloton. Otherwise – it’s pajamas!

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Editing! February articles will start coming in this weekend and early next week so I will be editing those plus we will be packing up Christmas.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Everything! Haha! It is a new month and a new year and lots to look forward to! January means we are THAT much closer to warmer weather and summer boating! 😉 Haha!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

The day after Christmas we drove around to look at Christmas lights and we made sure to see the house that was filmed for the ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ … it was crazy! There were people directing traffic plus cones all down the street to keep people from parking in neighbors driveways. It was nuts! 10,000 of the lights were actually hot glued to the house but in all, there were 70,000 lights! It was a perfect ending to Christmas!


    December is a wrap! How was your month? Share below!

    Have a blessed rest of the year!


    Smoky Mountain Tennessee: Part 4 (Days 7 & 8)

    Day 7: Middle Prong Trail; The Sinks

    Just two months behind in posting…that’s totally normal, right?!

    Haha! Sorry that I have completely fallen off the blogging wagon BUT I am slowly getting back into it again…but I have to start where I left off and post our FINAL full day in Tennessee. Looking back at these pictures, I miss Tennessee so, so much! It was by far my favorite place.

    On this last full day, we hit up the Middle Prong Trail, which wasn’t too far from our cabin. This was our longest hike that we did and spent all day on the trail. We even almost made it to the Appalachian Trail! 😉 We debated continuing but we also didn’t want to completely wear out the kids because we had to turn around and hike back 😉 We hiked three miles in and three miles out. And the kids made it without much complaining! They were excellent sports and enjoyed the hike as much as we did.

    I mean, how could you NOT love this place?!?
    I just looks like a fairytale!

    After our long hike, we stopped at Wild Bear Tavern for and early dinner and then walked briefly around The Sinks and checked it out. The kids got in for a chilly minute and then we dried off and headed back to the cabin to pack.

    Staring contests with sunglasses is not fair! 😉

    We will miss our cabin in the mountains!

    Day 8: Travel Day

    Not much exciting today! We woke up at 5:30am, packed the last few things and ate breakfast, and was on the road home at 6:45am (Tennessee time). We didn’t stop anywhere “fun” on the way home but did stretch our legs and made the boys do a few “races” at our stop at ‘Interstate 40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center.’

    Thank you, Tennessee, for a wonderful time! We WILL be back!

    Smoky Mountain Tennessee: Part 3 (Days 5 & 6)

    Day 5: Tail of the Dragon; Fontana Dam; Tom Branch Falls Wednesday, September 30, 2020 This, by far, was one of my favorite days! We spent over four hours in the car but it was so much fun! It was one of those drive, stop and see, drive, stop and see kind of days. We … Read More

    Smoky Mountain Tennessee: Part 2 (Days 3 & 4)

    Day 3: Grotto Falls; Place of a Thousand Drips; Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster Monday, September 28, 2020 Another gorgeous morning in the mountains! Seriously the BEST VRBO we have stayed in! We decided to hike Grotto Falls and it was a much easier hike than the previous day (to see Part 1 of my recap, … Read More

    Smoky Mountain Tennessee: Part 1 (Days 1 & 2)

    I should forward this with a note that this was a trip…not a vacation…because let’s be real…if the kids are going, it’s a trip! 😉 Haha! We were told that from a friend a few years ago and it always stuck with us because it is so true!! You can’t fully relax with kids in … Read More