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How Losing My Watch Made Me a Better Mom (& Daughter, Sister, Friend)

Hi, my name is Jessica, and I am a recovering watch-addict. I didn't realize I had such a problem until I accidentally left my watch on the beach during a vacation. And then decided not to buy a replacement right away. I mean, you don't need a watch on vacation.       Well come to find out, I don't need a watch for real life either. In fact, I am better off without it! Until the watch was gone, I didn't realize how often I looked at the time... how often I stressed about "what time it was" and the fact that "we needed to hurry up and do this and that" before "that time". I also didn't realize how much of my day to day stress was based on the fact that I was running behind this imaginary demonic schedule that I hadn't really created intentionally. But it was there. And it bugged me. And I wanted to be "on time". Always. Even for silly things like dinner time and bedtime. (5:30 and 7pm SHARP thankyouverymuch)     So losing

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Abigail

For anyone who has wondered why someone might choose to deliver their baby at home, I hope that the following story gives you a glimpse into what a home birth can look like. Every baby's birth is unique, just like every baby is unique.  So this is just one of the many beautiful examples of a family welcoming their newest little one. It's always an honor to be a part of the team, no matter where the event takes place!     Lindsay went into labor in the wee hours of the morning. An excited group gathered around her... her husband Russ, her midwifery team of Deb and Deb ;-) and her mom and two sisters. Everyone patiently waited in the calm quiet of their living room as she worked through her contractions.      When the wee small hours of the morning turned into just the normal early morning, Lindsay's three kiddos (and eventually her nephew) woke up to hang out with the crew! I think that's one of the most beautiful

Bulk Prep Tip for Ginger Lemon Tea

SO if you're anything like me then you'd rather rub a piece of ginger over a paper cut than grate yourself some ginger for tea once a day. Sure, ginger is great for you and you want to incorporate it into your diet regularly. And maybe you just love my recipe for a hot cup of Ginger Lemon Tea, but you're with me on this - it's SO ANNOYING to grate! Can I get an amen?     Well I'm here to save the day y'all. This fall, you will kick every cold's a$$ before they even start cause you'll always have this tea at the ready. The answer to all your Ginger Lemon Tea problems is bulk prepping a bunch of tea "ice cubes."     I took the method from making the Singing Canary drink and now I almost exclusively use the blender-method for making this tea. First, because I'll drink it more if it's easy (like you can't get more easy than grabbing some ice cubes out of the freezer. Even lazy girls can handle that.) And second, because I have a

5 Books as Rich as Dark Chocolate

You know how sometimes you greedily snarf down a bag of M&M's and hope no one is watching you? But sometimes you sip on some red wine and slowly nibble and savor a nice square of dark chocolate? Books can be like that.  For me at least! Sometimes I binge read my set of the Twilight novels... which some in the literary world would call "junk food," but I love nonetheless! (Full disclosure, I'm 100% Team Edward and yes I'm almost 30 and no I don't care.) But sometimes. Sometimes I read a book and the words, phrases, concepts, or imagery just beg to be chewed on.     Those are the "dark chocolate" books.  The ones that I underline favorite sections in. The ones I beg my buds to read so we can gush to each other about who amazingly rich and complex they are! The ones I reread over and over again. So think of this as me giving you a list of a couple favorite types of dark chocolate bars. I hope you read them and I hope you get as many

Why You Need a Fancy Salad Bowl

Last year I spent some time living with a dear friend who is a few decades my senior. I really loved taking long walks with her and chatting about life... also chatting about life as we lingered over dinner or sipped our morning coffee or watched the sun set on her back balcony in Germany. We did a lot of chatting ;-)  She had a lot of wisdom and a lot of love for life.     And I will always think of her when I whip up a quick salad. Because a favorite little tidbit of life wisdom she shared was to get a collection of pretty salad bowls. She said, "Even the most boring side salad looks more appetizing in a pretty bowl!"      So, got a boring salad? No problem! Dress it up with a lovely bowl! Please pin this on your lifehack board to share my friend's neat trick with the rest of the