For The Love Launch Party at Jen Hatmaker's house in Texas

On Saturday night, I stood on the porch of Jen Hatmaker's house in Buda, TX, celebrating the launch of her recent book, For The Love. I looked out onto the lawn of women gathered under the huge tree wrapped in lights, all of their faces fixed on Jen as she stood there in her cowboy boots, hair pulled into a top knot and wearing her signature big earrings. Struggling to control her emotions, she thanked us for being a part of this unique experience....more

The Burden of Balancing Motherhood

Sunday was Mother's Day....more

Maybe I should have learned French

The post below is meant to be taken as satire. Sadly, a 'satire' font has not been created. Neither has a sarcasm font. Someone needs to get on that......more

A Week in the Life of a Blogger

I've been blogging for over 6 years now, 3 1/2 years as a healthy living blogger with Food and Fitness 4 Real and 3 years before that as a mommy/family blogger. Over that time my blogging style, level of commitment, frequency of posting and voice has changed quite a bit. But one thing has remained the same - blogging keeps me busy!...more
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Zelda Williams, I Lost My Dad to Suicide, Too

“I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.” Sitting at my desk at work, I read the words on my computer from Zelda, Robin Williams’ daughter,  who tweeted about his death. For some reason I decided to look at the clock, I wanted to know what time it was... 8:38 AM. I lasted a little over 12 hours after hearing the news before it finally hit me. The night before, Trey had given me a hug and asked if I was okay. I said yes, which was true at the time but now it was different. Now I was not okay. “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.” ...more
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My Not-So Shiny Happy Week

As a blogger, I have the creative license to decide how much I share about the details of my life on my blog. I usually tend to stick to the surface, writing about the shiny, happy moments of life... like race recaps, recipes and restaurant reviews. Often I avoid digging deeper, choosing to keep the struggles, trials and daily frustrations I experience off my blog....more

Spinach, Bacon and Swiss Quiche with Almond Flour Crust

Up until about two weeks ago, I had never attempted to make a quiche. I always believed that making a quiche was complicated, and I did not want to go to the extra trouble to make my own crust. Big mistake....more

My First BlogHer (Food) Conference Experience

For years I have read the recap posts, poured over the pictures and scanned all the tweets about BlogHer conferences.  I was envious of all the other bloggers who attended but I was too nervous? scared?...more

Salted Caramel Chocolate Donuts

Are you looking for something sinfully delicious to make for your Valentine this year?  These homemade donuts satisfy...more
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The End of My Journey to Motherhood

This post was originally published on my family blog, Suiresphere, in May 2011.  It is one of my favorite posts about the struggles that all mothers have when it comes to deciding to have more children... Our church had baby dedication on Mother’s Day this year, making the day a little “extra” special for those new moms who proudly held their squirming infants and toddlers in front of the congregation....more
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