• Health

    Coronavirus and social distancing

    Coronavirus, the recent novel virus that began in Wuhan province of China, is sweeping across nations and is now present here in the United States. There’s really not much I can tell you that most people already know about it. But one question that seems to be subjective, is how much do we need to be distancing ourselves from others to avoid exposure to this virus? The answer is AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. I’ve seen a lot of data that more than suggests, it validates with data the need to essentially quarantine ourselves even if we haven’t been around those with symptoms. Mitigation is key. These “social distancing” efforts…

  • Uncategorized

    Whitewashing our brick fireplace

    Lots of love for this guy right here! My husband came through with his (January) Christmas present to me: whitewashing the brick fireplace. And it came right in time for chilly weather earlier this week! So we broke it in with some s’mores and stories before bedtime 🔥🍫📚. And this was an act of TRUE LOVE, because my husband didn’t really want to change the brick at all! He liked its original, rustic, authentic state. But he loves me, sooooo I win 😀. He first dusted (and even vaccumed) the brick surface. Then he applied water all over the bricks before scrubbing with water and a bit of dish soap, especially…

  • Family,  Gratitude,  Tools

    Life on a Schedule

    Command center, organization station…..whatever you want to call it, it’s nice having a dedicated area in the house to organize your life. For me,  it’s my “calendar corner.” What does it comprise of? Well, it has all the things to keep me organized on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I’ll break it down for you: Physical & Spiritual Calendar My “Physical & Spiritual” calendar keeps track of my goals for staying both physically and spiritually active. They are the 2 most important elements in my life that help me stay grounded and balanced. And when accomplished on a regular basis, they help provide a sense of control over the…

  • Faith,  Gratitude

    Lighting The World

    This started as a social media post, but (unsurprisingly) I reached the text limit 😆. What can I say, I’m an over-sharer and I just have to get things out there…which also might explain my big box of journals before I started blogging 😁. And this post is especially meaningful, so forgive me if you see it on my multiple pages and accounts; I have a system to my documentation 😉 I’m participating in the #LightTheWorld campaign for December this holiday season and yesterday’s prompt was to share about someone who gives christ-like service. It’s been running through my mind since yesterday…just ONE person?! No way! I’ve come to the…

  • Florida,  Travel

    St. Augustine Getaway

    A few weeks ago, hubs and I escaped to St. Augustine (the oldest U.S. city!) for a night. It was the 2nd time ever away from the kids and the last one was 18 months ago. It was time, haha! We were looking forward to sleeping in past 6:30am, but oddly we both didn’t sleep great at our little bed & breakfast place. Oh well, we’re used to it 😆. However, it was easily made up for by having just each other to ourselves for a hot minute! We had a super tasty dinner at Harry’s restaurant…and yes, those are bacon-wrapped scallops—DROOL. Afterward, we meandered the historic streets and got…

  • Fitness,  Postpartum Recovery

    Postpartum Core Update: Focusing On Functionality

    Hello, hello! It’s been awhile since my last postpartum core update, so here’s where I’m at.  I’m nearing 2 years postpartum after my twins and focusing on functionality (rather than obsessing over physical results) has been my mantra. This translates into being grateful for what I CAN DO more than what it all LOOKS like. Which, to be honest is a wiggly yet moderately strong looking postpartum belly. But hey, I have been doing all the high-impact exercises that I love and have minimal leaking (if any) during those workouts. Hallelujah! My diastasis recti (separation of rectus abdominis musculature) is around 2-3 finger widths wide and thankfully not very deep…

  • Family,  Florida,  Travel

    Timucuan Preserve – Theodore Roosevelt Area

    Here I was with my babes in the woods, spattered with bug spray and heading down the trail in the surprisingly pleasant Fall weather that Northeast Florida had given us that day; slightly overcast and not too muggy with a breeze in the air. We were exploring the Theodore Roosevelt area of the Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve. It’s a nice little trail! Along the way there’s a fork to the right over to the marsh and you might even spot a Great Blue Heron. If you’re interested in learning more about the preserve and surrounding historic area, check out this website. And taken from what I had posted on…

  • Food

    Broccoli Cheddar & Ham Egg Muffins

    These egg “muffins” have been on repeat in my oven this past week. They are SO easy, SO tasty, moderately healthy AND my kids love them! They are also very forgiving…no milk? Use water. Forgot an egg? Oh well. Still delicious (and filling) every time! I might just have to get a second muffin pan, because a dozen of these disappear quickly at our house! And notice that I added a freeze-dried option for the broccoli. It seriously makes it sooo easy…cutting out the time for washing and chopping AND no mess of broccoli dust left behind either 🙌😀.  So, give these a try next time you want a healthy…

  • American Samoa (Tutuila),  Travel

    Our Return To Samoa 2019 — The First Days

      Well, we’ve been off the communications grid for the past few days, including internet access, social media, etc. Man, traveling internationally with our 7 year old, 4.5 year old, and 1 year old twins is no joke! In a 4 day span, we’ve passed through three times zones and spent 17 hours on a plane—2 of which were 6+ hour non-stop flights. We’ve been getting settled here in American Samoa and dealing with some emotional outbursts from the kids (which is to be expected, but doesn’t mean it’s easy!). Thankfully we’re finally catching up on some severe lack of sleep and getting onto the Samoan schedule…just in time to…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Progress in Parenting

    I haven’t listened to the latest parenting podcast. I haven’t read the most recent hit how-to book on “being the best mom ever”. And I haven’t scrolled through the numerous posts on social media about why moms do (or don’t) have “mom guilt”, although I have certainly seen them before. And none of these are bad, in fact I’m sure many are really encouraging and insightful and I would like to catch up on it someday. But see, that’s the thing. I just don’t have time for that right now. All I know is that I’m on this rollercoaster called Motherhood that has it’s highs and lows (honestly mostly highs…