Thankfulness {day 5}

Today I am thankful for my little baby “Bear” boy who is happily growing inside my belly. We could not be more excited that God has blessed us with baby #3 and with a boy! We adore our girls and know that they will adore there little brother. Growing life is something I never want to take for granted that God has blessed us with being able to conceive easily and have healthy pregnancies and babies.

We love you little Campbell Jack Tallo and cannot wait to hold you in our arms in February!

 

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Thankfulness {day 4}

Stella Elizabeth came into my world 20 months ago and has stolen hearts from that day on. This child is hilarious and knows it. She has a smile that lights up a room and a voice that can be heard all through a room! She is my cuddle bug and randomly asks to  “hold you” and snuggled. She walks over to me throughout the day and hugs my legs while saying “hi momma”. She is laid back and often just along for the ride.

Stella adores her big sister and her Daddy but has made it clear that Mommy is her favorite person, and I’m ok with that right now! I am thankful for 2 little girls close in age, they have become best buddies and I love watching that.

Stella’s name means star and she really is our shining star!

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Thankfulness {day 3}

I am thankful for my oldest baby girl, Ava. This child has changed my life. She made me love in ways I didn’t know I could and has taught me more in her 3 1/2 years then I knew one person could. She makes me laugh and keeps me on my toes! She is my little helper and always willing to do a “chore” or help with a task.

She has my strong personality {my mom tells me she knew Ava in another life, it was me} and has brought me to my knees asking for wisdom and grace. I love this kid something crazy and would give my life for her.

Thank you Lord for my Ava Caroline!

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Thankfulness {day 2}

Today I am thankful for my husband, Jeremy. He is my best friend and my favorite person to spend time with. He swept me off my feet 6 years ago and literally from the day we met we were inseparable.

He loves me well and serves me in so many ways. He makes being a wife fun. I can’t imagine my life without him. This month we celebrate 5 years of marriage. I love him dearly and truly can’t imagine life without him.

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Thankfulness {day 1}

Today I am thankful for forgiveness. Thankful that I serve a God who forgives me over and over again, thankful for a husband who chooses to forgive me and love me regardless of my faults and thankful for my babies who forgive my mistakes on this journey of motherhood.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to extend that same forgiveness to others, thankful I don’t have to live with hurts and feeling wronged but can choose to live in freedom through forgiveness.

Today I am thankful that even when I choose not to forgive that God still gives me the opportunity to come back and humble myself and choose forgiveness. I pray I never take for granted the opportunity to forgive and the forgiveness I’ve been extended.

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Nut Butter Muffins

A week ago our family started the Paleolithic diet. It’s not really a diet, more of a lifestyle change for us. Jeremy and I both have known that we don’t do well of grains and he doesn’t do well on dairy. We don’t drink milk so really the only dairy we have is cheese on occasion and eggs {which you can have on the paleo diet}. We have loved the results! We have both lost some weight and just feel less slugish in general. I’ve been at a loss for breakfast ideas. We both will eat eggs but he normally eats a meat with them and I’m not a huge meat-for-breakfast-kind of person. I made these yesterday and OH.MY.GOSH I felt like I was cheating and eating some yummy pastry. They are amazing anyway but I ate one fresh out of the oven while it was still warm….incredible! The original recipe came from a friend of a friend, but my friend Cindy blogged the recipe here. I took the original recipe and used a over-ripe banana instead of honey {since we aren’t eating any sweetners} and added about a 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. Those are a gray area on the paleo diet so we {more I} will eat an occasional dark chocolate piece in moderation. They would be good without the chocolate and my friend Cindy said she has added pumpkin puree too. That’s on my list to try next! I also want to try applesauce instead of a banana to sweeten it some and maybe raisins instead of chocolate chips…oh the possibilities are endless!!

Nut Butter Muffins {Grain Free}

1 cup of Nut Butter {I used Almond Butter..we buy it at Costco}

1/4 cup Honey {I used a over ripe banana}

2 Eggs

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice {I used lemon juice}

Chocolate Chips {optional…or anything your heart desires to add}

Combine nut butter, sweetner, eggs and baking soda. Mix well then add vinagar/lemon juice and chocolate chips if desired and mix well. Put into greased muffin tins. I used large muffin tins and mine only made 9 muffins. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or when a insterted toothpick comes out clean. 

Grab a cup of coffee and make these for breakfast {or anytime for that matter} and enjoy! You won’t regret it…in fact you just might get hooked on them like I have!

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All Things Hair

I owe you a follow-up to my no-poo journey. Well, it’s over. It was just that, a journey and I ended it. I told myself when I started that I would give it 6 weeks and if I wasn’t sold at that point I would go back to shampoo. 6 weeks came and went and I never got that “magic and amazing” hair that I’ve heard people get at the end of that time. It was extra work for me to prepare everything and well lets be honest, my hair doesn’t get styled and finished everyday at this stage of life. So having greasy hair in a knot on my head wasn’t an attractive look for me. You may have tried it and had a totally different experience. I hope so! I’ve decided that for me, I’m going to spend my time and energy eliminating toxins in other areas of our lives and stick to my toxic-chemical-amazing shampoo. Go ahead crunchy friends and judge away. 🙂 I found myself using my no-shampoo wash then getting out of the shower and putting chemical ridden mouse, root lifter and then finished with hair spray on my hair. Ha! I made myself laugh at that routine. Kind of counterproductive don’t ya think? 

I’m committing for 30 days to style my hair everyday. Some of those days a style might be a cute ponytail but I’m committing to putting effort into it. I have the time I just choose not to some days. I’m tired of feeling tired and drab looking and styling my hair is one thing I can do to feel fresh on a daily basis. Who wants to join me in this challenge? I know my husband will enjoy this challenge! 😉 I got about a foot of hair cut off this last weekend and am now learning to style a new hairstyle for me. I’m loving that it took me FIVE minutes to blow dry my hair. FIVE minutes people! I could never get it dry in less than 20 minutes before. Here is a corny mirror picture of my freshly styled hair!

 If you plan to join me in this challenge comment and let me know! Some times it just takes 5 minutes of our day to do something that will refresh us and brighten our days!

 

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