Why We Don’t Do Santa Anymore

Why We Don’t Do Santa Anymore

Honesty is something that I try very hard at, especially with my children. I want them to know that they can always trust me and believe what I say is true.

A couple years back, though, it slapped me in the face . . . my eldest son, who at the time was just six years old, came running in from playing with a friend and told me that I was growing poison in our garden. He was adamant that my newly sprouting cilantro was poisonous because his friend told him that it was. I told my concerned six-year-old that, no, in fact, it was not poisonous and was an herb used in food and cooking. He was determined and informed me that it was poisonous. I finally got him to stop yelling at me and told him that no, it was not poisonous but not only that, I would never lie to him, and he can trust me. 

Santa.

Immediately Santa popped into my head. I will never lie to you . . . unless it’s little fibs about Santa.

I knew in my heart of hearts that I didn’t want to tell him any tall tales about Santa and wanted him to form his own opinion on the matter, but I also didn’t want him to miss the excitement of Christmas morning and see the tree packed with neatly wrapped presents and the ever-exciting new bike sitting by the fireplace ready to ride. So, I started answering his questions with an open-ended question: “What do you think?” I would nod along, never affirming or denying his thoughts. But after that poisonous cilantro incident, I became much more aware of being honest with my children. I want them to trust me and know that they can come to me for honest, real answers. When they ask me about Jesus, I want them to know that He is real and everything in the Bible happened, not just a tall tale that someone made up. 

A friend of mine shared her experiences with her parents and Santa and I will never forget it. She was very much like my oldest son: quick, smart, keen, observant, and literal. Her parents always told her about Santa and how he would deliver presents to good girls and boys, how he would fly around the world quick as light and would eat everyone’s sweetly decorated cookies and drink the cold glass of milk . . . oh and don’t forget about the reindeer! They always enjoyed their carrots, too! But when she found out the truth, she started contemplating everything her parents had told her . . . “Well, if Santa is fake, is Jesus? Is Mary and Joseph? What about Adam and Eve?”

Boy, that hit home. I don’t want my kids to think that I fib and tell lies to them and exaggerated truths. But again, I wasn’t quite ready to throw Santa out to pasture either. 

Last summer, my then seven-year-old asked more questions about Santa. Honestly, at this point I was ready to just sit him down and tell him the truth. I was tired of the litany of questions and smiling and nodding and just going with it. Yet again I asked him, “What do you think?” To my surprise he said, “I think moms and dads leave the presents under the tree and say that it is from Santa.” 

YES! 

This time I replied, “You’re right, dear.” He wasn’t shocked, disappointed, or upset. He simply replied, “I thought so.” 

I began really contemplating Santa and the Elf of the Shelf . . . why do we do all of this as Christians? Christmas is not about Santa or the Elf on the Shelf . . . it is about God sending His Son to earth, born in a manger to one day take our punishment for sin on the cross. Yet Santa and the elf get almost an entire month of fanfare when Jesus gets one day. We tell our kids to “watch out” because the elf will relay info to Santa . . . how about they just be “good” because we are watching and God is, too? And not only are we just fibbing about Santa one time – it is drawn out to such great extents: moving the elf daily, dragging out about how Santa is watching, leaving cookies and milk . . . I’ve done it, too! I even wrote a letter from Santa to my son! But again, this has been a work in my heart, and we felt moved as parents. And to continue to do it just because it is a “tradition” just doesn’t fly with me anymore. My kids will have a wonderful and joyous Christmas regardless . . . and Santa doesn’t get any of the credit for the awesome gifts they receive (haha!). I took my boys to get pictures with Santa this year for the pure sake of lining up the photos to see how they have grown, but not because of belief . . . and honestly, this is probably our last year.

I want to remind my children that Jesus came as a baby, held tightly by his mother, to save the world from sin so we may live in Heaven with God forever. In addition, this verse hits home: “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

The Bible is true. Jesus is true. God is true. Everything that we read in the Bible happened and it is real. 

I want my children to remember that when we read the Bible, that it is real. That it is true. I want what I say to matter to my kids. I want them to know that mommy tells the truth. So, when they ask the hard questions, even if it is awkward or hard to say aloud, I will say it. I will tell the truth because that is what they need. The world is sinful and already full of mistruths and lies. I want them to know that they can come to me to feel safe and secure. By lying to them about the little things, I am not being the example that I want them to be to others one day. So, when they ask if a shot is going to hurt, I say, “Yes, it will. But it will be temporary and won’t hurt for long.” One day, when they ask about where babies come from, I will tell them the truth and use the actual words of the body parts. I will have the uncomfortable discussions because I want them to come to me to find the answers instead of asking their confused cilantro-is-poisonous friends. 

Not for one second do I judge ANYONE for doing Elf on the Shelf or Santa – this is just something that has been on my mind, and I wonder if you will pray about it yourself. We can still enjoy Christmas and all its magic without believing that Santa is the one providing it. If we say that Jesus is the reason for the season – than let’s act on it! Let our homes, our actions, the way we live show that we are Jesus followers, not the worlds. No judgement here – I promise! I share all of this with you to just stir some thoughts and questions that stirred in my heart: Why do we still do Santa? The Elf on the Shelf? Is it purely because of tradition? The kids will be sad? Christmas won’t be as “magical”? I can attest, after not doing Santa last year and now this year that Christmas is so much more magical, special, humbling, and awesome. Jesus is awesome!

May you all have a very blessed Christmas!

Thankful

Thankful

While homeschooling our oldest son, we read about the very first Thanksgiving. The timing worked out perfectly – about a week ago I found myself reading along to The Good & Beautiful curriculum, teaching my boys all about pilgrims (Puritans) landing on Plymouth. Many died the first winter, mostly from sickness but also from starvation. Squanto taught the Puritans how to plant, work and harvest the land:

Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving

Unity.

Harmony.

These two groups became one.

They taught.

They learned.

They shared.

They prayed.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us of our trespasses, and forgive those who trespass against us (Matt. 6:11-13).

May this be the prayer for all of us this season. May we pray for what we need for today. May we focus on this moment, right where we are, in whatever season we are in. May we humbly ask God to forgive us of our sins and let that forgiveness flow outwards towards others. May we forgive those around us who have hurt us, who have let us down, who have disappointed us. May we come together in unity and harmony. We have been given so much grace from God and may we extend that grace to others.

Let us remember to be thankful for all that God graciously gives us.

As Christians, we have been given an amazing gift: eternal life!

I pray that wherever you are and whatever season you are in right now, that you remember the greatest gift we have been given: Christ died for our sins so we could have eternal life with our Father.

So if you are waiting – waiting for a boyfriend; waiting for a spouse; waiting for a baby; waiting for a promotion; waiting for [fill in the blank], that you remember that this is just a season and God’s plan is always best.

For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 
(Ecc. 3:1-11)

God has made everything beautiful for its own time.

His timing is always right.

We cannot see all that God has planned for our lives, but we can rest in His grace, His comfort, and have faith in God, who loves us dearly.

May you all have a very blessed and healthy Thanksgiving.

No More Self-Care

No More Self-Care

“We cannot give to others unless we fill ourselves up first.”

“It is important to take care of yourself first so you can take care of others.”

Everydayhealth.com defines self-care as “taking care of yourself so you can stay healthy and accomplish all the things you need and want to.”

This buzzword “self-care” has steadily increased over the last few years, and I understand the reasoning: as moms, for instance, we constantly pour ourselves out to our children and husbands, to coworkers, bosses, etc. But the two quotes above can be dangerous if we don’t look at it the right way.

Self-care is often thought of as activities to “fill yourself” with joy, like yoga, hot baths with all the bath bombs (well-played marketing gurus), long walks, manis and pedis . . . the list goes on. But here’s the thing:

WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO FILL OURSELVES WITH EARTHLY THINGS. WE WILL ALWAYS COME UP EMPTY.

Unless we are filling ourselves with the Word of God, we will always feel empty, depleted, exhausted.

It will always be a never-ending cycle of trying to fill a void with earthly pleasures but always coming up empty.

God is the ONLY way to true, everlasting joy, peace and contentment.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Trusting our Sovereign God – knowing that He is in control – leads to a life full of joy and peace. 

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

The only source of true everlasting happiness is found in the Lord. 

“These things have I spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)

When we ask for forgiveness of our sins and truly repent, believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for us and took our punishment for sin, we are given the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, which results in true peace and joy.

The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. 
The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. (Psalm 19:8)

If we are not reading God’s Word, we are ignorant in the way we are to be living. God has given us a clear standard of living that will bring joy and goodness to our lives. But how do we know if we aren’t actively reading His Word?

“We cannot give to others unless we fill ourselves up first” . . . It is better to say, “We cannot give to others unless we fill ourselves up with God first.” Take care of yourself by reading the Bible, which will flow out to others as well. 

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do. (Psalm 1:1-3)

As mothers, we are to be selfless – caring for our children and their needs. God gave us these babies to raise on this earth – they are His children, entrusted to us for the time being. They are helpless sinners that need a Savior, but they also need our guidance. They need food, love and care. They need our time. They need our attention. Taking care of our kids is not the problem: the problem is we aren’t living the way God’s Word tells us. We are not living each day by His standards, His way. Instead, we take the bull by the horns and plow our own path, which will only lead to destruction.

If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. (Luke 17:33)

The only way to find life is to find it through God. Life everlasting is only found through Jesus Christ. 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

Mommas, hold your babies close and let the Word of God pour from your heart and mouth, but you can’t pour out His truth if you don’t know it yourself. Find real self-care by reading the Bible. Then you will truly be filled.

Attacked but Not Defeated

Attacked but Not Defeated

Sadness.

Anger.

Frustration.

Disappointment.

Anguish.

Maybe you have experienced some of these emotions today, or yesterday, or a month ago, but all of us experience moments in our lives where we feel sad, angry, frustrated and disappointed. We live in a fallen world and until Jesus Christ returns, we will continue to experience hard moments. Hard feelings. Hard people. I have hope in the Lord and look forward to the day He returns to conquer sin once and for all! That will truly be a triumphant and joyous day!! Amen!

Until then, I am in a battle. I have to put on all the armor of God and fight back against Satan and his crew.

Right now I am struggling with a person in my life and it is taking absolutely everything out of me. I feel attacked in so many ways but I do not doubt my God or His goodness.

If you are in the same boat, dealing with a child that pushes your buttons, or an adult that does the same. If you have to work with someone who challenges you daily. If you feel any of those emotions listed above, know that God is greater than your child, your coworker, your emotions. God is Sovereign. He is in control and loves you dearly. And He gives us everything we need, according to His will, on His time, including what we need to fight Satan:

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Put on all the armor of God and be ready to fight, and pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray consistently and earnestly. Pray for your heart. Pray for your child. Pray for your coworker. Pray without ceasing.

Be strong in the Lord.

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 24 – Season 1 Finale!

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 24 – Season 1 Finale!

Y’all! I cannot believe that Season 1 of the Go & Tell Podcast is in the books!!

Twenty amazing women shared their stories with all of us this past season and this episode is a little glimpse back at just some of these women. I also share two big announcements in this episode, so go take a listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 with Liz Bornstein

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 with Liz Bornstein

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 is Liz Bornstein. Liz is the owner of Fridgefull Thinking, a personal chef service in the North Texas area. She helps so many people and families by creating and crafting delicious meals for families, accommodating all sorts of health issues, allergies and restrictions. She even made my sons’s 1st birthday cake that was free of wheat, eggs and nuts and it was so delicious!!

Liz shares why she started Fridgefull Thinking, as well as her own battle with health issues, trauma, and her healing journey. Much like myself, Liz is an enneagram two and an empath and we bonded over many similarities! Her story is encouraging, insightful, and I learned so much! I hope you enjoy today’s episode <3

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Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Four}

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Four}

It’s the last installment of my Corado Diaries! If you missed it, you can read Part One, Two, and Three of our travels. Today I am sharing our hiking in Frisco, CO + some awesome off-roading adventures!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Frisco

Today was a rainy, cold day so we opted to get a later start to the day and then we headed to Officer’s Gulch to fish. The views were amazing here! The still, clear water to the snow-capped mountains and the falling yellow leaves…it was just so serene.

We stayed for about an hour before the rain started down on us again. By that time, we were all getting hungry for lunch, so we headed to downtown Frisco and grabbed a bit from 5th Avenue Grill. Of course I had to get a coffee at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters but was SO disappointed with their coffee! It tasted burnt and was just undrinkable…I gave mine to Stephen and he couldn’t drink it! So, we headed to a cute little bookshop called Next Page to read some books and peruse and I got a chai tea there instead. The lady who worked there was so helpful and even tried to make it a latte with oat milk and a little bit of honey – it was perfect! This bookshop reminded me so much of You’ve Got Mail. If we ever come back to Frisco, CO, I am stopping here for a little book therapy again!

As we drove back home, we stopped and hiked half of the Meadow Loop and Ridge Trail on the Dillion Reservoir. We saw the beautiful snow-capped mountains and the water. It was a perfect little hike to end our day – and we even got a little sleet as we were walking back to the car! Winter is coming!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Montezuma

Boy was today crazy! We rented a Jeep and went off-roading! All that was available was a two-door Jeep Wrangler with no back windows (sorry, boys!) but they really didn’t seem to mind! We bundled the boys up and they just had so much fun riding in the Jeep. 

We drove to Montezuma and did two off-road courses: Peru Creek and St. John’s Trail that hooks to Deer Creek and Glacier Mountain. ‘All Trails’ lists part of this drive as moderate and the other as difficult. Let’s just say it was intense. Peru Creek was bumpy, but Deer Creek trail was VERY intense and got a little sketchy a few times. We stopped at a small clearing and walked around a bit, then turned the rig around and went back down – it was a bit more than we bargained for. All in all, the off-roading adventure was just that: an adventure that we won’t forget! 

We dropped the Jeep back off at the rental place and loaded back into the comforts of the minivan and drove to Breck to meet up with our cousins that were in town for a bachelorette party! We grabbed coffee at The Crown (yes, again…I think this was my favorite coffee shop), chatted for a bit, then headed home to get the boys in bed and pack up. 

Colorado was so much fun! From all the hiking, off-roading, fishing, spotting wildlife (bear, fox, snake, moose, chipmunk, woodpecker and so much more!), to Clark falling in the river, getting a hook out of a boy’s face, trying new coffee places … it was just a wonderful vacation that was so needed! The yellow trees will forever be embedded in my brain and heart <3 

In case you missed it . . . read about Part One, Two and Three of our Colorado adventures!

Have a glorious weekend, friends! I’ll be celebrating my birthday with my boys tomorrow (woohoo!).

See you back here Tuesday for a very special podcast episode with Liz Bornstein, owner of Fridgefull Thinking.

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Three}

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Three}

Monday, September 27, 2021

Breckenridge

The sunrise was beautiful again today! Clear skies and the sun just peeking over the mountains while I sipped my coffee in silence. Always makes for a great start to the day!

Originally, we didn’t want to hike today but the weather is forecasting rain tomorrow and Wednesday, so we opted for a much shorter and easier hike on the B&B Mile Trail in Breckenridge. It was stunning! I don’t think I will ever get enough of the fall colors – the yellow was just so bright and breathtaking. I’m certain I have over a thousand pictures of yellow trees on my phone 😉 

After our hike we went back to town and grabbed lunch from Kenosha Breck then walked around town a bit. We stopped at The Crown to grab a coffee and I got the chai latte with oat milk – y’all – this was the best chai I have ever had!! We will be back before we leave! We took the kids to Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory and they each got to pick a few candies. After perusing stores for a bit, we headed back to our VRBO for dinner. While we waited for Stephen to go to the grocery store, we played in the falling leaves in the yard <3

As Stephen headed to the grocery store, he noticed there was a fire on the mountain and sure enough – the Ptarmigan Fire burned over 80 acres and many of the homeowners had to evacuate. We could see the smoke from our house, and it just broke my heart to think about all the trees and wildlife that were affected by the fire – not to mention all the homeowners who were probably very nervous that the fire was going to get to their homes, but thankfully it didn’t. We all watched as a helicopter loaded up with water from the Dillion Reservoir and dumped it on the mountainside. Sadly, the fire did not extinguish and kept burning for many days after. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Vail

Back to Vail today!

The smoke from the fire + all the dust just caused some serious allergies so instead of hiking today – much to our kid’s dismay – we headed back to Vail to shop and eat. The boys played on the pirate ship, then we got lunch at Big Bear Bistro, grabbed coffee at Two Arrows Coffee & Bar (I got their maple cinnamon latte with honey instead of maple syrup and oat milk and it was divine!) and then headed back to the pirate ship for a little bit more playtime for the boys.

We left and headed to the gardens where we were able to walk around for a short while until the rain started down on us. As we were driving back, we noticed a bit of “dust” being washed on the highway – but it was white and us Texans didn’t know what it was. It didn’t seem like it could be snow…but as we drove a bit further, we saw snow accumulating on the side of the road – it was snowing! The mountaintops had already gathered a bit of snow and it was so magical! To see the change before our eyes in just one day was so surreal and beautiful! From dry and dusty to snowcapped – it was just so pretty!

Only one part left to share! Tune in next week for Part Four and the finale of our Colorado vacation!

If you missed if, here is Part One and Part Two:

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part One}

We just got back from a fall-licious vacation in Colorado and of course I had to document our time so I can look back – this is more of a “diary” with photos so I can…

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Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Two}

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Frisco and Dillion Today was a beautiful day in Colorado! I woke at 5:30 (still adjusting from TX time), looked out the window and saw a bear in the clearing! He was…

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Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Two}

Colorado Diaries – 2021 {Part Two}

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Frisco and Dillion

Today was a beautiful day in Colorado! I woke at 5:30 (still adjusting from TX time), looked out the window and saw a bear in the clearing! He was a big guy and our VRBO owners sent us a video of him walking past the house on their motion detector cameras. He is bulking up for winter!

We left our VRBO just after 8am and got to our hiking spot at just the right time to grab the last parking spot at the North Tenmile Creek Trailhead. It was a stunning hike, full of beautiful aspens and pines. We hiked two miles in and two miles out, with frequent breaks and stopped for a bit for lunch on our way back. 

After our hike we went back to the VRBO to grab fishing poles and rest for a moment then we headed to Frisco Bay Marina on the Dillion Reservoir. We attempted fishing off the dock but that was a bust, so we loaded up and went to another spot on the other side of the lake. But before that, we stopped and did the quick, but dusty, Sapphire Point Overlook and had a snack, then went to Dillion Bay and tried fishing there – but again, no luck – so we went back home and had dinner and went to bed! 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Vail

We got a slightly later start to the day but still got out on the trail at a decent time. At 9:30 we started our long and strenuous uphill hike on Bighorn Creek Trail. We hiked for about 2.5 hours before we turned around at a nice clearing and view of the mountain tops.

It took us 2.5 hours to go just over 2 miles – we had to take frequent breaks to let the little one’s rest and recharge. In fact, one woman who snapped this picture (below) for us left an hour after we did and got to the same spot we were at – so if you go sans kids, you will make better time than we did! 😉 

We recharged and hiked back down much faster and got back to our car at 1pm.

There we changed shoes and clothes and headed to downtown Vail for lunch and coffee! The boys got a huge pizza at Blue Moose Pizza and I had a salad then I grabbed a coffee from Yeti’s Grind. The kind barista helped craft a drink for me – a oat milk latte with a shot of espresso and a little turmeric. It was delicious! I just wished I had communicated that I wanted it hot, and she just assumed I wanted it over ice – I like my coffee hot vs iced – but either way it was still delicious and a nice boost for the afternoon.

Our drive back to our VRBO in Silverthorne was beautiful – passing all the gorgeous yellow aspens along the mountains. Today was tiring in the most wonderful way!

Read Part One of our Colorado adventures here and don’t forget to subscribe below!

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 22 with Jenn Smith

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 22 with Jenn Smith

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 22 is Jenn Smith. Jenn preaches to my soul on this episode and I know she will reach you wherever you are in your walk with the Lord. There are so many nuggets of wisdom that Jenn shares with me and you all – I literally can’t even say enough about this episode. This episode is so encouraging and uplifting. Grab your coffee and lean in to our conversation. You don’t want to miss this one!

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 with Liz Bornstein

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 is Liz Bornstein. Liz is the owner of Fridgefull Thinking, a personal chef service in the North Texas area. She helps so many people and families by creating and crafting delicious meals for families, accommodating all sorts of health issues, allergies and restrictions.
Liz shares why she started Fridgefull Thinking, as well as her own battle with health issues, trauma, and her healing journey. Much like myself, Liz is an enneagram two and an empath and we bonded over many similarities! Her story is encouraging, insightful, and I learned so much!

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As I was editing a recent podcast and creating the blog post for the episode, it dawned on me that over…

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