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    THANKFUL, GRATEFUL, AND BEHOLDEN.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving. I hope yours was as wonderful as ours was. This year has had me thinking, as it comes to a close. This has been one of our most trying years yet–In family, marriage, finances, self, and raising babies. No complaints here, just observations. I have so much to write about in regards to each of these subjects, but in reflection, I honestly am not sure if there has been a year I’ve felt more thankful, despite everything. I have my health, I have my boys, and we all have a home with food on the table. So many times, I have caught myself stressing over what is going wrong…debt, due bills, schedule conflicts, body image etc…all the little annoyances that can creep their way into our day to day. Something switched along the way. I began attending therapy regularly again (more on this soon), and I began to allow myself to be unapologetically vulnerable to those closest to me–still working on stretching that vulnerability further outward. I began to control my thoughts a bit more, and change my mindset to “I get to…” rather than “I have to…” In just the tiniest changes like those, I really began to feel a gratitude I never really felt before, sure, I’ve always been thankful, but this year I am truly beholden. I’m beholden to this family of mine, this life I have been given, and to the heavens above. Like the old saying goes, “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”  Sending some of my overflowing gratitude to each of you who have so graciously spent your time here, with me, with us. This platform still proves to be one of my favorite places in this entire world. It’s my sacred journal, and I’m just so glad I decided to click publish all those years ago. I’m just not sure how I got so lucky, but I couldn’t be more appreciative that I did.

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    STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS: FOR HIM

    As fun as this was to put together, I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to know that it is done. I feel like men’s stocking stuffers are always the most difficult to come up with. I can come up with a million and one women’s & children’s ideas but every year it’s this one that stumps me, taking up my whole night. That being said, I hope you find this helpful and time-saving when you start to gift hunt for the men in your lives. I’m sure the ball cream won’t be making its way into your dad’s stocking, but you get the idea! Read more

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    LIFE UPDATE

    Location: BY THE SEA

    I haven’t been on here for a while because, well, LIFE! I had to replace my tires, get some work done on my car, drive out to Riverside for a few days, and so on and so forth. Our lease is coming to an end and we knew we would have to move because the price of rent in our current home is beginning to weigh on our income. It’s just so expensive. We’ve found a new spot, a bit further north, although still coastal. We’re waiting on our application to go through, so fingers crossed! We’re in a bit of a limbo as we need time to really hunt for a more permanent home, but we don’t want to rush into anything or get trapped in another year long lease, so we’re going to settle somewhere for six months or so, and then go month to month until the right place comes along! Read more

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