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Like my professional photography for this blog post?! HAHA! Hey I promised to be REAL on this blog, not professional.  Also, if I'm being honest, this is a pretty good depiction of how my week has gone..and I've had to fight daily to get out of the funk... I'll be honest, most days when I'm tired and in a funk, the only thing on my mind is a bowl of Half Baked Ice Cream and some Netflix. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cave into those temptations a time or two, but I know where those habits lead and it ain't pretty! Just yesterday I woke up in a slump. I was tired and grumpy, and just not feeling life. I figured I'd attempt to bypass that black hole of Netflix, and glide through by doing the bare minimum. So, I started to chisel away at my daily checklist. Earlier this year, I set a goal for myself to attempt to plug into at least 1 podcast a day, and read at least 10 pages of a self-improvement book per day. Thanks to my goal, both of those thi...
So since January of this year, Corey and I have been working hard to improve ourselves every single day in one way or another. One of those pursuits is a life of health and fitness. We both knew that we wanted to do it differently this time around, but what that meant at the time---we weren't exactly sure. We are about seven months in, and I never would have guessed the shape that this part of my journey would have taken, ESPECIALLY because I have spent nearly my entire life obsessing about my physical appearance and weight, and I never imagined that I'd be satisfied without having achieved those goals. Like I said, this time around we wanted it to be different, and it absolutely has been. So, below I want to share what that has meant for me this year, and I hope that it will help you to find encouragement if you are on the journey as well. First of all, I just want to state the obvious...it's been seven months and physically, I look just about the same. Seven mon...
As a lot of you guys know, Corey picked up an interesting hobby to make extra money when we moved back to Ohio.... THRIFTING. We've been trying to figure out a better name for it, but essentially, it involves buying random items from yard sales, thrift stores, etc., and re-selling them for profit. If you have a name idea for his fun new obsession, comment below! So obviously we are not the originators of this idea. People have been doing this for years, but Corey started watching videos of Gary Vaynerchuk promoting this idea and he decided to give it a try! I'll be completely honest, I was not on board at first. Like, at all.  I was not looking forward to spending ten minutes, let alone an hour or two yardsaling on the weekends. I had just spent a lot of my time on Allie Cassazza's course  on decluttering and I didn't want him bringing junk back into the house. All of that being said, there was some tension at the beginning, but after a few conversations, we...
Once upon a time, I had a dream to homeschool my kids. Our lives are anything but traditional and as my son entered into his first year of public school, our family felt super enslaved to the traditional school schedule. I dreamed about all of the amazing things we could learn together, and I craved the freedom that came along with all of it. I thought about all of the fun trips we'd take, and the memories we'd make, and I just knew that this journey would be amazing. And I lasted less than three weeks. It was a colossal fail.  I beat myself up for months about it. Today though, I'm going to explain why being a homeschool dropout made me a better mom. I grew up in a HUGE family. Between my siblings and my cousins, some of us were in public school all through high school, some of us did private and then public, some of us switched between homeschooling and traditional schooling, etc. Pretty much any combination that you can think of has been done. Since I w...
We survived 3 weeks on the road with our kids! I am no Pinterest mom, BUT I did just survive almost three weeks on the road with our six-year-old and three-year-old. If I'm being completely honest, we didn't just survive---we thrived!!!! I thought about doing a post on a bunch of intricate and Pinterest-esque tips on traveling with kids, but that's not really what took place, so I'm not going to fake it. That being said, I did want to share some tips that I found super helpful. I can't promise that you haven't heard these things before, but what I can promise is that they are cheap, easy, quick, and can be done by me, so they can be done by YOU. So, whether you are driving an hour to visit the in-laws, or a for a few weeks like we just did, these were our "musts" when it came to the kiddos! I hope you find them helpful! *Disclaimer* I am typing this with my kids shooting Nerf Guns all around me, so please excuse typos. #HighlightREA...
Hi Everyone! The final stretch of our road trip flew by crazy fast, and because of that, I didn't have a ton of time to write. We packed a lot into a few days, starting back up in New Orleans!!! So, my Dad, Carter, and I flew from L.A. to New Orleans on Sunday night. After a few delays, we finally arrived at our hotel at about 4a.m. on Monday. We were exhausted, so we slept until 10 and then hit the ground running. The guys had to do a trade show for work, so we all went and helped them set up. After that, we stopped at our first place to eat in New Orleans. If there's one thing I'll always remember about New Orleans, it's the food! Goodness gracious it was delicious! Our first stop was at the " Howlin' Wolf ."  We got a bunch of appetizers to share. Some of them had Alligator meat in them..so good!!! After that, the kids and I hung out at the hotel while the guys worked. We did go on an adventure to find something sweet to eat, and land...
Hi everyone! So I initially started this post while sitting in Los Angeles on set with Carter on Sunday, but the day got away from me so here we are two days later... It is now Tuesday the 16th, and we are in New Orleans! I'm going to back track a little to pick up where we left off which was Dude Perfect and hanging out at the hotel. While the kids could have stayed in the hotel all day, I was getting a bit of cabin fever, so we decided to get up on Wednesday and find a place to hike. The place we found turned out to be really awesome! It was called  Arbor Hills Nature Preserve,   and I would highly recommend it if you are ever in the Dallas area! It had a playground, a ton of trails, a creek, and even some places to grill out. The trails and the entire property would be great for all ages. The kids had a blast hiking and climbing, and we enjoyed the fresh Texas air. The kids love to use their imaginations and make everything "magical." We ran into "magical tr...