Get the Skinny::

You must believe me when I say that I never thought I would be “that” mom.  You know, the mom that gushes about being a mom, and never stops talking about the x,y, and z that goes into be a mom? Yeah, that’s the mom I never thought I’d become.  But, over the course of the last 10 months, I have realized that it’s nearly impossible to actually avoid being “that” mom.  For me, at least. I became A mom in a flash the moment Piper was born, and have slowly (but surely) become “that” mom with each passing day.

Honestly, my inclination is to cringe at the very thought of stating that publicly, but when I really think about it, I’m beyond honored to be “that” mom.  My new role, the one that I will hold for the rest of my life, is the most important role I will be given.

So, I’m diving in head first and singing it from the rooftops, but not going back on my promise of refraining from keeping the pages of Nourish all about baby.  And, I (and you, really) have Skinny Mom to thank for the opportunity! Their blog, “where moms get the skinny on healthy living” has been a great resource for me over the last year and I am thrilled to be a part of their new Resident Moms program.  I’ve been given the space to gush and discuss all things mama without feeling the pressure to hide being “that” mom.  Badge-300x300-2

I hope you’ll follow along and I promise to keep you up-to-date on my goings on over at Skinny Mom.  Below is a recap of my first month-ish as a Resident Mom. I encourage you do spend some time getting to know Skinny Mom as there are more recipes, workouts, and healthy living tips than any mom (or non-mom) could ever imagine!

  1. A brief intro to the Resident Mom program and why I chose to join!Jordan-weaver-2-copy-400x400
  2. An easy, healthy Greek inspired lunch!wrap
  3. Tips for complimenting your sweet, glowing, gorgeous pregnant friends!pregnant-women-talking-copy1-400x400
  4. An amazing breakfast recipe for nursing mamas!oatmeal-400x400

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Mama’s Productivity Guide: Part 3-The Night Before::

Welcome to Part III of Mama’s Productivity Guide–The Night Before! Due to my lack of productivity, if you’ve been following along, you’ve had lots of time to get the hang of planning for a productive week and implementing some of the supplies needed to execute successfully.  If you’re just jumping in, you can catch up on Part I (gathering the right supplies) and Part II (the planning phase) and meet us back here!

In the last post, we discussed the importance of planning and preparing for your week ahead.  We reviewed the big picture, so today I want to share a couple practical tips that will get each day off to a seamless start with just a little prep the night before. I’m what most people would consider a morning person, and because I really love my mornings, I want them to be stress-free and a chance to enjoy the happiness a fresh day brings. (Side note: I’m pretty sure every baby in the history of babies is happy in the morning, no?)

Below are my top 3 tips for setting yourself up for a glorious morning:

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  • CLEAN UP! This may not be fun, or what you want to hear when it comes to preparing for a good day, but it must be done.  Studies have shown that a tidy environment can help you think more clearly and make healthier decisions, both of which come in handy when you’re a busy mom.  Beyond that, I just love the feeling of waking up to a clean house.  So, whether you have a pile of papers to organize, or a pile of dishes to clean, 20-minutes can go a long way in getting your space in order for a productive morning. And, can I please just give a shout out to my Dyson vacuum?  The thing is a work horse in a house with a big, shedding dog and I don’t know what I’d do without it.
  • STAGE YOUR BREAKFAST! This is one of those things I started doing when I starting working a serious 9-5.  It made me feel like I’d truly made it to adulthood.  And, now more than ever, I rely on the routine that my coffee maker will be ready to go the minute I wake up (mark my words, one day I will  buy a fancy one that has a timer so my cuppa is already  brewed upon waking!).  I go so far as to have the spoon, sugar, and mug in place for an easy pour.  I also make a habit of setting up my breakfast as best I can the night before.  If I’m having oatmeal, the pot filled with water is already on the stove, ready to go.  It just seems that a few minutes’ preparation at night can buy me beaucoup time in the morning, making for a smooth transition into the day with a fully fueled body!
  • PREPARE FOR DEPARTURE! This might be the simplest of all, but the most important tip for a hassle-free morning.  If you need to get out the door quickly each morning, do yourself a favor and simply set everything you need to physically get going right by the door.  Whether it’s your keys, wallet, purse, packed lunch, laptop or breast pump, it is amazing how much time you can save by having it all ready to grab as you make your exit.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone on an all-out manhunt for keys in the morning.  I’d much rather go to bed minutes later than planned in order to gather my belongings, than stress that I’m going to be late for an appointment, meeting, play date in the morning.

These simple steps have been game-changers for me when it comes to the productivity of my mornings.  On the rare night that I forego the prep, I truly regret it in the morning.  I find that once I get started on the clean-up in the evening, I have enough energy to get everything done and then some.  I’d love to hear some of the ways you harness your evening in order to enjoy your morning!



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Mama’s Productivity Guide: Part 2-Planning::

Congratulations! If you’re reading this post, you’ve already gathered your productivity tools and are ready to tackle the planning phase of creating a productive routine!

If I’ve taken liberties in assuming you’re prepared and/or desiring to find an attainable, sustainable level of productivity as a mama, please forgive me.  I know you’re a busy woman and I don’t mean to be pushy.  I’m simply excited that you’re here! No matter where you find yourself on the equipped/desire scale, I hope you’ll reference Part I of this series and join us back here for Part II: The Planning Phase.

No matter how you slice it, in order to be productive in any area of your life, you must be prepared.  That’s why I shared my must-have tools last week and I’d surely be lost without preparing to plan in order to be productive.  See how it builds on itself?? I certainly find it encouraging to know that I’m nurturing productive habits in an effort to be more productive.  It’s a beautifully un-vicious vicious cycle.

Because this cycle can keep growing and building and potential become complicated, I’ve broken down my 5 key steps to planning for a productive week.  The idea is that you do ALL of your planning in one day so as to create some margin in your week for other things.  I like to plan my week on Sunday, but you may decide Saturday work better for you.  Whatever you decide, planning can be super easy if you just commit to it.  So, let’s get right to it!2

  1. Plan your meals! This is a task with which I have such a love-hate relationship.  It can be daunting to try and figure out what the whole family will eat for the whole week, taking into consideration duplicate ingredients, weekly sale items, etc.  But, it doesn’t have to be! Last week, I shared this fun meal planning notepad. It helps me to write everything down on a good ol’ piece of paper and get a bird’s eye view of the week.  You can also try the FREE Skinny Mom Supper Club.  Just by signing up on their website, you get recipes and shopping lists for the WHOLE month, EVERY month!
  2. Getting all your shopping done on Sunday! This step goes hand-in-hand with meal planning.  It’s no fun, but it will make for a much simpler, stress-free week.  So, grab the meal plan you made and figure out what ingredients you have on hand and what you need to purchase.  Spend the extra time on the front end breaking your lists into departments.  This will help for an efficient time making your way through the grocery store.  And, my favorite tip of all: load your groceries onto the belt in the order you’d like them bagged.  Put all of your like items together so your unpacking process at home is a breeze!
  3. Schedule your workouts! There are categories of life that just HAVE to happen.  We have to feed the baby, so we have to make ends meet, so we have to work.  There is no room for “doing it later”, so why do we often settle for later when it comes to our health? This is a toughie, because it requires effort, and can often be seen as eating into our free time.  But simply put, you just have to MAKE time for exercise and commit to it.  You will have more energy for the remaining items on your t0-do list once you’ve put it some time at the gym, or walking around the block, or running the stadium stairs at the local high school.  It doesn’t matter how you decide to move, it just matters that you do it. Write it down. Make it a must.  Feel worlds better!
  4. Choose your outfits! Whether you spend your days in a boardroom or a playroom, it’s so helpful to have your outfits chosen for the entire week by Sunday night.   I have been known to waste a good 10-15 minutes in the morning trying to figure out what to wear.  It’s a terrible waste of time and something that is so easily avoided.  So, check the weekly forecast, pick out your clothes, iron them, choose accessories, and hang each outfit on it’s own hanger.  This is a great way to save some precious morning moments each day!
  5. Schedule “Me” Time! Every busy mama knows that stealing a few moments alone can be like hitting a reset button.  So, really set aside at least one full hour each week for yourself.  It can be just a few minutes each day to call your BFF on the other side of the country or an hour-long massage.  Whatever you choose, commit this time to recharge and reap the benefits of that extra energy for the rest of the week!

I would love to hear some other secrets to setting yourself up for a productive week!


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Mama’s Productivity Guide: Part I-Supplies::

I have only been at this parenting thing for a little over 9 months, but my Type A personality has managed to cram a whole lot of systems, processes, and “Standard Operating Procedures” into that time span. Moms have the toughest job out there and only fellow moms can truly understand that.  In my relatively short time as a mama, I have been a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, and a work-from-home mom, and I know that there are in’s and out’s of each that are glorious and challenging.

I also know that each of those challenges, although unique in personals situations, can be eased with a few key productivity methods that I’d love to share with you! These are all tried and true, and have been tested with much trial and error.  I’ve broken them down into a multi-part series for ease of absorption and implementation and hope to help my fellow mama’s get a little extra time to snuggle their little ones, or in some cases, simply take a shower. :) part1-supplies


Part I of the Productivity Series is: Supplies.  Before you can even being to get a handle on the never-ending to-do list that comes with the territory of being a mom, you have to arm yourself with the tools to succeed.  This planning/organization phase may just be my favorite part of being productive.  It is so important to build yourself a strong foundation and, thankfully, you just need few easy-to-procure tools to be as prepared as a Boy Scout building a fire.

Take a look at the image above.  These are my 6 MUST-HAVE supplies for a productive hour/week/day/month.  Having a generally productive life starts with having a productive day, which can’t happen without having a productive couple of hours blocked off in your schedule.  Productivity builds on itself, as will this series.

So today, I’m keeping it simple.  I’ll reference these must-haves as we move through the specifics of being productive, so here’s a quick overview.

My 6 Must-Have Productivity Supplies::

  1. A great day planner.  Get yourself a planner that you love.  Decide if you want spiral- or perfect-bound.  Lines or no-lines.  Tabs, pockets, stickers? The world is your planning oyster.  Find a day planner that you can write copious notes in and have at it. [Personal preference: forego digital apps.  Technology is awesome, but when it comes to be motivated to get stuff done, nothing beats a hand-written list!] My 2015 pick is the great Kate Spade gold polka dot planner. Too cute, right!?
  2. A great clip board.  This is one of my favorite tools for being productive as it serves a simple, important purpose.  As your to-do’s pile up throughout the week, you will certainly be thrown curve balls, which is where your clipboard comes in.  Do your best to collect all the curve balls and clip them where you can see them.  I do this with bills that need to be paid, grocery lists that need to me made, etc. The clipboard helps me prioritize as the must-do items make their way to it each day.
  3. A great water bottle.  This one is SO easy. Proper hydration is the easiest way to improve your health and thereby, increasing your energy.  Every mama needs energy, so you MUST get hydrated! Not sure how much you should be drinking? Diving your weight, in pounds, by 2.  Whatever that numbers amounts to is the number of ounces you should be drinking each day.  For example if you weigh 150lbs/2=75oz per day.  Get yourself a glass or stainless steel water bottle (they’re easier to clean, don’t get as gunky, and won’t leech chemicals into your water!) and drink up!
  4. A great set of multi-colored pens.  Once you start really planing your days out by the hour, you’ll want to be color-coordinated.  Not only will this make your daily agenda look really fun, but it will help you mentally compartmentalize what you need to get done! I’m obsessed with Paper Mate‘s felt pens.
  5. A great snack.  This one goes hand-in-hand with proper hydration.  I am a HUGE fan of snacking, but I often allow busyness to get in the way of eating mindfully.  Sometimes I flat-out forget to eat and find myself starving and willing to eat pretty much anything. This is a surefire way to throw your whole day off and feel sluggish.  So, find a snack that you love and have it readily available in convenient portions.  My personal favorite: raw almonds.  They’re delicious and full of protein which will help curb your appetite!
  6. A great meal planning list.  You don’t have to purchase a notepad specifically for meal planning, but I highly recommend it! Meal planning is easily the biggest time and money saver in our household, so I love having a no-brainer planning tool to help.  More on the specifics of meal planning in a future post.

So, there you have it: my must-have productivity supplies! As mentioned, we’ll get into some of the ways these tools can help you be productive in your every day life.  It’s not at hard, or draining, as it may seem.  So, take some time to get your supplies in order so 2015 can be your most productive year ever, mama!


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Quickie Weekend Workout::

I get that there are brunches to be had, but what do you say, we all start our Saturday with a quickie weekend workout? The work week may be over, but your workout should stick around! It is so easy to start slacking the minute you leave work on Friday/turn off that alarm that has rudely awoken you each day/put the kids to bed and pour that big glass of red wine.

But, we’re in this healthy lifestyle thing for the long haul, right? Right!

So, let’s combat the slack with a 10-minute, super efficient interval circuit.  I promise you won’t regret it and the croissants and mimosas will taste much better after you’ve burned some serious calories!

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This is a hard-hitting HIIT circuit that should be done in a Tabata format.

Sound confusing? You can download a FULL explanation of all of the exercises here, but let me break the timing down for you a little more!

You have 4 exercises that should be repeated with the following timing until you’ve reach 2 minutes for each.

EXERCISE 1-Burpees::
:20seconds MAX effort
:10seconds REST
Repeat 4x for a total of 2 minutes

EXERCISE 2-Split Lunge Jumps::
:20seconds MAX effort
:10seconds REST
Repeat 4x for a total of 2 minutes

EXERCISE 3-Mountain Climbers::
:20seconds MAX effort
:10seconds REST
Repeat 4x for a total of 2 minutes

EXERCISE 4-Triple Pulse Squat Jumps::
:20seconds MAX effort
:10seconds REST
Repeat 4x for a total of 2 minutes

:20second SPRINT
:10second Walk
Repeat 4x for a total of 2 minutes

Repeat ENTIRE circuit if desired and be sure to start with a dynamic warm up and cool down with a good stretch afterward. Please keep in mind that this is YOUR workout.  Go at your own pace, listen to your body, and be mindful of any limitation you may have.  The best workout is one that connects you with your body.  So, be sure to check in with it!

Cheers to the weekend!

Nourish and Be Nourished::

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Love Endures::

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This morning, being New Year’s Eve, I found myself reflecting on all of 2014 and the countless lessons I’ve learned.  I had Piper standing in my lap looking out the window as I drank my morning coffee.  I looked at her chubby cheeks, rosy from teething induced drool.  I took in the tiny hairs on her head that are just now growing past her ears, stick straight just like her mama’s.  I watched her bounce up and down waving at nothing out the window but the outdoors itself, an appreciation for which she’s already picked up from her dada.

And, as I contemplated the sweet disposition that is truly unique to her, I found myself overcome with awe; in awe of her actual existence, her creation, the perfection that she encompasses as a tiny human.  I found myself overcome with gratitude; grateful for her actual existence, her creation, the perfection that she compasses as a tiny human.  And, I found myself overcome with humility; humbled by the grace God has poured out on me as her mama.  Above all else, I found myself overcome with love; a love so deep that I couldn’t comprehend an ounce of it prior to Piper’s first breath.

From the moment she entered this world, lungs firing on all cylinders and limbs shooting out like a starfish, I’ve been given miraculous glimpses into God’s love for His children.  Having simply played small a part in God’s blessing of bringing Piper into existence, I am now able to understand a tiny speck of how wide, how long, how high, and how deep the love the Lord is for us.

As much as I desire to protect Piper’s innocence and shield her from the evil of this world, God’s protection of all humanity, through Jesus, is perfect.  More intense than my love for Piper is God’s all-enduring, never-changing, unconditional love for us.  Just as there is nothing Piper can do (come toddler tantrum, teenage rebellion, hell, or high water) to separate her from my love, so it is with God and us, His children.

His love endures. His love endures.  His love endures.

That is my big lesson for 2104.  It is one that was taught to me when I met a little baby girl and one that I will carry with me from now into eternity.

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His love endures.  His love endures.  His love endures.

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.


May God bless you in the New Year and all the days of your life.
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My Baby Wish List::

There is no denying that it is officially the Christmas season! Thanksgiving is over, Advent has begun, and it’s December.  All signs, no matter whose book you’re reading, point to Christmas! That being said, you have no excuse to not start checking those shopping lists off as there are just over 3 weeks left before the big day.

Seeing as this is my first Christmas as a parent, I’ve had to take some time to think about what Piper “wants” for Christmas. As silly as that sounds, I have grandparents asking and we must oblige.  Besides, Piper has become a busy little bee who is curious about everything these days, so little toys that allow her to explore her new skills are super fun!

I’ve put together this short list of items/categories that are suitable for babies up to 2 years or so.  They’re practical for Mom and Dad, fun for baby, and within a wide range of budgets so you really can’t go wrong!


  1. Baby Einstein ANYthing | Seriously, you cannot go wrong with Baby Einstein.  From play mats to bouncers to light-up toys and DVD’s, this stuff is amazing.  All of their toys are colorful and educational and will keep baby’s ever-changing attention span for a solid amount of time. We (read: Piper) LOVE every Baby Einstein product we’ve tried!
  2. OhJustDandy Bunny Ears Teether | My little bunny has 4 teeth already and wooden teethers have been great for her sore gums! This wooden ring teether (treated with coconut oil) has soft cotton, washable bunny ears that are filled with crinkle paper.  So, it’s one part teether, one part toy and all around adorable! $10
  3. Cahootsie Handmade Turban | Some of my sweet friends started the cuties baby accessory line and I just die for these precious turbans! All of their products are handmade with LOTS of love and include headwear, scarves, bibs, and bow ties for the most darling and dapper little ones! $12 for the Confetti Turban pictured
  4. Melissa & Doug ANYthing | Once again, you really can’t go wrong with any toys by Melissa & Doug.  They’re educational, award-winner, super fun, and there’s something for every age!
  5. Honest Company Diaper Bundle | Here’s the thing about this gift: it truly keeps on giving.  For just $80/month, you get 6 packs of diapers and 4 packs of wipes.  They’re free of harmful ingredients to keep baby’s bum baby soft and are just about the cutest under garments on the market.  If you want to be an A+ gift-giver to the parent of a baby, create an account, add your form of payment, and set that puppy to auto-ship every month. Voila!
  6. Richard Scarry Books | I just about melt each time I read “I am a Bunny” to my little P.  She and I both love it! All of Mr. Scarry’s books are adorable and it’s NEVER too early to start reading to your sweet ones.

Once again, these are gifts that Piper (read: she AND her parents) would love to receive! I’d love to hear what my fellow parents have to add to the list!

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My Mama Wish List::

Because I had so much fun making my Fitness Wish List last week, I thought I’d make a few more to share before Christmas sneaks up on us all.  This week’s is for all us mamas! I chose all of these gifts because they’re practical AND a little bit indulgent all at the same time.  Ok, I guess the dark chocolate is all indulgence, but it has anti-oxidants so we’re still being productive here, folks!  Once again, there are items on this list that fit into anyone’s budget and are all on my actual wish list this year!


  1. Mukluk Slipper Boots | A good pair of “sweater moccasins” should be at the top of all mamas’ lists! These slippers are SO comfy, they slip on in a jiff, and have a soft leather sole making it easy to ninja your way around the house when baby is sleeping! $12-15
  2. Artifact Uprising Instagram Photo Book | These books are simply beautiful.  But, they’re also affordable and an easy way to turn Instagram into an actual scrapbook.  Every mama means to make one of these documenting her sweet baby’s life, but she sometimes gets side tracked and would LOVE for you to make one for her! She’ll probably even cry happy tears when she opens it. $18
  3. The Yellow Table Cookbook | I recently attended a lovely cookbook release party at author Anna Carl Watson’s parents home here in Nashville.  My sweet friend Hannah invited me as she knows Anna from her time living in NYC and I fell in love with The Yellow Table.  This book is seriously beautiful and the recipes simple and perfect.  $30
  4. Videri Dark Chocolate | I almost think I don’t even need to give you my reason for this one.  It’s chocolate.  I know the crew that owns Videri and they are as top notch as their confections.  Also, it’s chocolate. $8
  5. Volcano Candle | I’ve actually included this item on a gift guide once before.  But, it’s a staple. It smells clean & crisp, which every house that contains young humans can use more of, and who doesn’t want their home to smell like Anthropologie? $28
  6. doTERRA Family Physician Kit | My mother-in-law gifted this essential oil kit to me just before Piper was born and it’s been a total life changer.  From frankincense during labor to lavender to soothe teething pain, we use the oils daily in our home.  They’re safe & effective which is a double whammy every mama deserves! $167

I’d love to hear what other mamas are hoping to receive this Christmas.  Or, better yet, what you plan to give to the mamas in your life!


Nourish and Be Nourished::

My Fitness Wish List::

You may wonder why I’m already talking about my fitness wish list when we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet.  And, I know. Believe me, I know that talk of Christmas prior to Black Friday makes some people’s eyes bleed. I’m sort of one of them.

However, I also know that the Christmas season (defined here as the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas) is a busy one and people like to get their act together as soon as possible and, well, I’m just trying to help those over-achievers out! And because I’m so into helping, I thought I’d share some of my must-haves for the fitness enthusiasts in your life.

So, here are 6 items that should be on every fitness wish list.  They run the budget gamut, so there’s truly something for everyone!


  1. Kind Bars |  This is an easy start! At just a few bucks a pop, these make a great stocking stuffer.  They’re my favorite, on-the-go, healthy snack made of real ingredients everyone can pronounce!
  2. Herschel Supply Co. Duffle | This bag. Oh, this bag! With numerous prints from which to choose, organized storage, and quality materials, this is the perfect bag for the gym or a weekend away. Prices range from $80-$130.
  3.  Gold Nike Fuel Band | We all know that wearable fitness trackers are going to be BIG this year. There are tons to choose from.  However, I’m of the notion that if it looks good, I’ll be more likely to actually wear it and use it.  So, my vote goes to the Nike Fuel band, in GOLD, of course! $150.
  4. Bkr Glass Water Bottle | You don’t need me to tell you how toxic plastic water bottles can be, so let me stick to the good news: this adorable glass water bottle from Bkr, complete with a precious heart on the silicone sleeve. Another product with endless color combos for your hydrating pleasure. $30-$35 for 500mL bottle.
  5. Twistband Hair Ties | Confession: I actually make these hair ties for myself.  I buy the elastic, dye ‘em and tie ‘em.  But, remember, we’re working against the clock this time of year, so why not purchase this super cute 5 pack from Twistband? It’s just $10.50 for the lot and, once again, there are tons of cute options!
  6. doTERRA Deep Blue Rub | If you love the fitness enthusiast in your life (and I’m pretty sure you do if you’re interested in their fitness wish list), then you’ll want to get them a tube of this! Deep Blue is doTERRA’s soothing essential oil blend for sore muscles and achy joints.  And, I can speak from experience when I say that this is the best recovery rub out there.  It’s made with therapeutic grade ingredients and brings instant relief.  $7-$40 depending on product size

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a few people (ahem, Mom), I need to email this to.  Maybe you should do the same? ;)

PS-If you’re wondering about fitness apparel, check out my absolute favorites here!


Nourish and Be Nourished::


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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness ::

Have you ever heard the expression “cleanliness is next to Godliness” and wondered what in the world it meant? Yeah, me too.  I’m sure there’s some short, sweet answer as to why we compare Mr. Clean to God, but I have had an unrelated revelation of my own this week that has had that saying running through my head.

You see, we just moved to the Nashville area (Franklin, to be exact, for those of you who know the area or are Civil War buffs) for no other reason than the fact that we wanted to.   Our decision to do so was not a spontaneous one, but it was still one that required a formidable amount of faith.   We didn’t have typical jobs lined up and we leased a house without ever seeing it.  For this type-A, event-planning, control-freak, that’s a big deal. But, and this is a “but” that is foundational in my faith, I just had to trust that this move is what God has had in store for our little family all along.


Key to this story is the face that the house that Adam and I lived in when we got married had no dishwasher.  It was was an adorable craftsman-style bungalow from the 1920′s, but it definitely needed some TLC that we, as renters, just weren’t in the position to provide.  So, for 2.5 years, I washed dishes, by hand, in a sink with a faucet that was much too low and water pressure that was virtually non-existent.  There were times I stood at that sink for an hour, continually turning that water on-and-off, on-and-off just trying to trick the it into flowing at a pace stronger than a trickle.  It was mental Chinese water torture for me.

So, when we decided to move, I adamantly declared that our next house WOULD have a dishwasher.  I checked every rental listing we came across for a dishwasher and if there wasn’t one, I quickly moved on without question.  So, when my mother-in-law told us about this cute little house in the perfect little neighborhood, my first question was, of course, about the dishwasher.  And, when I was told that this perfect little house didn’t have one,  I not only questioned its perfection, but was sorely disappointed. However, the more I learned about this perfect little house, the more I realized that I could suck it up for another year and wash dishes by hand.  I was making a H-U-G-E sacrifice for sake of simply moving out of our house on time.  Huge, I tell you! ;)

Fast-foward a month and allow me to divulge just how I feel about the dish situation in this new little house.  Y’all, (I live in Tennessee now, so I can say “y’all” without feeling weird, ok?)  I couldn’t be more grateful for what the lack of a dishwasher means in my life right now.  From the moment we arrived in our new town, I knew we’d made the right decision.  I knew that the anxiety Adam and I both felt as we packed up the house that we came home to from our honeymoon, the same house that we brought our sweet Piper home from the hospital to, was all so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.  I knew that God, indeed, had us in the palm of His hands the entire time we debated what was going to be best for our family.

We love it here.  Our lives have been enriched in ways that will need some blog posts of their own for elaboration.  What I will tell you know is that we are carving out the lives that we want for Piper and any subsequent children we may have in the future.  It’s truly a perfect fit. And, do you know what? Do you know what reminds me of God’s faithfulness in a way that I never imagined?  Washing dishes.  By hand.  Each morning, noon, and night, when I stand over the kitchen sink in our perfect little house washing dishes, I am reminded of the way that God always, always, always gives us exactly what we need, especially when it’s something that allows us to see, feel, and experience Him more clearly.

And that’s exactly what happens when I wash dishes now.

So, yes, cleanliness is next to Godliness for me, but in a way I never knew possible and in a way that just fills me to the brim with gratitude for His perfect orchestration, and humility for the ways in which I doubted and worried and tried to maintain control that was never mine to begin with.


Nourish and Be Nourished::

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