DIY Lip Balm 

Lets talk about lips. My lips have been taking a serious beating this winter. (Actually, all of my skin.) For whatever reason(s), it has been a pretty mild winter but we have been averaging only 20% humidity which makes for lots of static and extra dry skin. So, lips. They take the brunt of the dry air, especially since I spend a lot of time outdoors.

Much to my dismay, I completely ran out of lip balm the other day. Now, I’m the type of gal who keeps several tubes of lip balm strategically located in various places at all times. My purse has at least two, there’s another one in my car, one next to my sink, and another on my nightstand. Better to be prepared than not!

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A few favorite podcasts 

I’m the worst when it comes to hearing about the latest trends or happenings. Usually it takes my husband or a friend to fill me in on current events. Maybe it’s just this season of life I’m in right now where I’m head-down-laser-focused on raising little kids, but whatever the case is I’m glad I discovered the world of podcasts.

For those who don’t know, podcasts are basically like listening to a radio show except that you can listen to whenever you have time. Even though my days are filled to the brim with baby and toddler life, there are snatches here and there where I can listen to part of a podcast episode. The time I’ve found work best for me to listen to podcasts are when I’m doing housework which means that most of the time, it’s after the kids are in bed or taking naps. I definitely don’t listen to podcasts every day, because I have a few other hobbies (my husband would likely say I have too many…) that I also enjoy doing.

Here’s a list of the podcasts I’ve been listening to lately. Full disclosure: I rarely ever listen to episodes right when they come out. Many times, it takes me days or weeks to listen to an episode. And I don’t always listen to each episode — it just depends on the podcast. Continue reading

When I left social media for a month.

After I published this post last week, I realized (and thanks to some prompting from my girl Ali Grace!) that I had more to say on the subject of social media so that’s where I find myself right now writing down the rest of those thoughts.

Like I mentioned, I absolutely had ZERO intentions of quitting social media let alone for as long as I did. If I’m honest, I had no intentions of even mentioning it after the fact. However, the more I thought about it, the more I felt convicted to speak out about what I learned from the experience.

You see, something funny happens when you realize and admit that you have a problem. Step one is admitting you have a problem, right? The problem here for me was that I was letting social media enslave me and control my time. I was not being a wise steward of the precious commodity of time that I have been given.

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diapering, the honest truth

Before kids, I used to be the person who said they would “never do _______.” Now after having kids, I have realized that saying that phrase is almost always a recipe for taking back my words later. One thing that fell into that category of things I said I would never do, was to tell people about our choices when it came to diapering our child(ren).

As any parent will tell you, there are millions of opinions on what’s good, better and the best for your child no matter what you’re talking about. The last thing I ever want to do is make anyone feel like their choices aren’t good enough. Whatever choice you make, THAT is good enough for you and your family. After all, we just want our child(ren) to feel loved, safe and happy right? Continue reading