I am always looking for ways to make things healthier, yet still tasty, in the kitchen. And since I have a major sweet tooth, I need to find answers to baked goods! These cookies are a great answer for something sweet. And with no butter, processed sugar, or vegetable/canola oil they are a great (and super easy to make!) alternative to a traditional cookie without lacking on sweetness! Read more
In an effort to rid our home of commercial products and the yucky chemicals that are often in them, I started making as many products as I could. I started with easy ones and have been working my way up. Homemade face wash is definitely such an easy thing to make, and is so much better for you and your family than most store bought (and much more affordable than the store bought ones without the yucky chemicals!) Read more
Shortly before our daughter was born in May of 2015, I decided I wanted to open my own chiropractic office. My loving and supportive husband, along with my dad, spent the 3 months following our daughters birth pouring their sweat, blood, and tears (ok, those may have been mostly my postpartum tears) into the build out of my office. Three months after being home with my daughter, after jumping into my role as ‘mom’ for the first time, I dropped my daughter off at daycare for the first time and headed to my very own office. Over the next 2 years I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into that office. My daughter, due to a mishap with daycare, ended up spending nearly the first year of her life in my office. Just her, and me, juggling starting a chiropractic practice, and motherhood. Some days it was awful, other days it was wonderful, but mainly it was hard. Hard because starting any business is hard. Hard because being a mom is hard. Hard because holding on to who you are in the midst of all that is really hard. But mostly, because it didn’t feel right.
That office did not feel like ‘home’. The work I was doing there did not feel like ‘home’. I felt deep in my heart that God was telling me this was not the path for me. I felt such a strong pull that being at home and supporting my family from there was what I needed to do. I tried to fight this feeling, for far too long. Coming to terms with this feeling, and acting on it was no easy feat either. It took a lot of praying, a lot of sitting in silence and listening, and a lot of discussion with my [very supportive] husband before I decided to act on it.
Acting on it was also hard. There was such a storm of emotions; fear, failure, uncertainty, excitement, hope, joy. And in the end, it took a lot more blood, sweat, and tears to close down my office. Along with a lot of faith and trust in the Lord that this was the right path for me. Faith and trust in not knowing exactly what was to come next. Being a ‘planner’ in personality, it was unbearably difficult to leave that phase of life, not knowing what my next step was. But it was the perfect chance for this ‘planner’ to Let Go and Let God.
Its been just over 2 months since we officially closed the office, and 2 months that I have been home being a mom full time. I wish I could say that I had it all figured out, that everything fell into place perfectly and that I know exactly what I’m doing and how things are suppose to look. But I don’t. I can tell you, that I feel so much more at peace. Being a mom 100% and supporting my family in this way feels like ‘home’. I have so much hope and excitement for what the future holds. I am enjoying this moment of quiet calmness (yes that can still exist with a 2.5 year old!) and continuing to listen and trust in Him, allowing our path to unfold as it should.
Oh, and can I mention, the week I officially signed off on all the paperwork to close my office, we found out we were expecting baby #2 (due in June!), something we kept saying just couldn’t happen at this time due to my commitment to my office. I guess you could say God’s timing is pretty amazing!
What I hope anyone reading this may get out of this, is not that following your heart or following God’s whisper to you will make everything perfect. But that it can mend a place in your heart that is hurting, it can open your heart to more joy, and more peace than you can imagine. And I trust that it will lead to amazing things!
Here’s to living a life that makes your soul smile,
We came home from the lake on Sunday to see this little petunia making her way through a crack between the spot where are driveway, garage floor, and house meet. She somehow fought her way through winter and found her new home right here in our driveway. A less than ideal spot, I’m certain. I’m sure this flower did not dream of growing roots right there. If I had to guess, she would have dreamed of a luscious green field, with lots of other beautiful color and growth. Certainly not a little crack between concrete, asphalt, and brick. But sometimes life doesn’t allow you to grow roots where you may have dreamed. Sometimes life uproots you from your perfect pasture, your safe little flower pot, and it asks you to grow somewhere else.
Sometimes a tough situation is needed for us to grow even more abundantly. Sometimes a slab of concrete is what’s needed to learn and become wiser. Sometimes, it’s because God needs us to teach someone else, to help someone else grow and prosper.
Life isn’t about having the perfect pasture. It’s about learning to push through the concrete, it’s about learning to love where you’re at. Having the strength to push through, with goals of beauty on the other side.
And I’m sure that if this tiny petunia can do it, you and I can too my dear.
Here’s to living a life that makes your soul smile,
Most people see dandelions in their yard and see only annoying and frustrating weeds that just keep multiplying by the thousands (millions maybe??). I use to be in that group! And while I do still enjoy a nice green lawn, I am learning that they are worth so much more than a therapy session of plucking them on by one, making a wish, or a princess crown. You can actually eat dandelions! Yep, you read that right, you can eat dandelions, root and all! But WHY??
We are blessed with four beautiful seasons in Minnesota, though many would argue that we only have two: winter and road construction and that neither of those are beautiful. And I will agree, of the four, winter is my least favorite. I mean, I love the beauty of the first snow fall, the way it perfectly coats the trees, and there’s nothing better than a cozy white Christmas, but come December 26th, I am about ready for old man winter to pack his bags. To me, the real beauty of winter is that it allows for new beginnings and quiet possibly my favorite of seasons; spring! But then, maybe spring is my favorite because it leads to summer- yeah I think summer is the favorite. They all just have so many wonderful things to offer! For your enjoyment, if I had to rank them my ranking would go: 1. Summer 2. Spring 3. Fall 4. Winter. (Fall only lands in that pecking order because it leads to my least favorite- winter, but boy is fall a beautiful, colorful time! And I can guarantee you my husbands favorite season. *Ahem* Hunting Season.) Read more
When your husband says “This is the best french onion soup I’ve ever had” you take a picture and share your recipe.
I often do “research” on a recipe I want to make, incorporating a bunch of different recipes (to modify for nutrients, quality of ingredients, and what we have on hand etc.), so when I hit the nail on the head, meaning it’s husband and toddler approved, I figure I better write it down! This recipe was so simple to make in the crockpot, with only a few ingredients! And let me tell you– I. Like. Simple. So when I say simple, I mean simple! This recipe fits the bill! Read more
I am a big believer that starting your day with some personal development for the mind, body, and soul is so important to set the tone for the rest of your day. Exercise for me has always been an important part to my day, especially in the mornings. There is just something about getting your blood pumping and releasing all those endorphins in the morning before you tackle the rest of the day! But lets face it, finding the time as a mom can be nearly impossible. And then to have the energy to tackle a long work out… you can forget it most days! I needed to find something that I could do in a shorter time frame but that was still effective. In walks the Tabata workout! I had done these workouts before in a group setting at the gym, as an hour long class. And while those classes rocked, an hour of Tabata is so awesome, it turns out just a few minutes of raising your heart rate can be equally as effective for releasing endorphins and boosting your mood for the entire day! And while you may think that you couldn’t possibly get the same results as hitting the gym for an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out you can actually get better results in a shorter amount of time! Studies show that doing HIIT (High intensity interval training) such as Tabata can actually give you more improvement in aerobic and anaerobic results than working out at a moderate level for an hour! Less time- same or better results? I’m in! Keep on Reading!