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The ABCs that Saved My Marriage

With my younger cousin’s wedding and our church’s marriage retreat both falling on this weekend, I’ve thought a lot recently about marriage. I feel that my husband and I have a good marriage, but it’s not by luck or happenstance. We had to work at it just like anything else in life that you want to see succeed. So many…

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Fall is Finally Coming

The weather today feels so awesome! Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant, but this summer has seemed extra hot! In honor of this beautiful day I want to celebrate the upcoming season and encourage others to look around at all the recent signs reassuring us that fall is just around the corner! 1–The sorority girls have wiped Target clean of diet…

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Saving Myself from Food Snobbery

As if working out intensely for five days a week and wearing a size 2 was not good enough, I was determined to “get ripped.” I had finally overcome my fear of the scale and felt content with weighing an average of 7 more pounds since before I got pregnant with my son a few years ago. I looked smaller,…

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Why I Wear Yoga Pants

During a lesson on sexuality and sin, the last two words I expected to hear in Sunday school this morning were “yoga pants.” Apparently there has been much debate lately about Christian women wearing yoga pants. Then as soon as I got home I changed from my slacks to a pair of Walmart yoga pants almost mindlessly. After coming home…

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Advice to My Adolescent Self

It’s hard to imagine that half my live ago (literally) I was turning “Sweet 16.” I’m not sure anything was all that sweet about me, except for maybe my tooth. Just like most teenage girls, I listened to my parents but often let the advice run in one ear and out the other. Had I really listened, something might have…

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Helpful Apps for the New Year

Resolutions, life changes, or any other goal is much easier when you make it a priority. Personally, I think organization helps anyone keep his or her life prioritized. We may live in a digital age full of distraction, but for every game and Facebook page, there is also an app or Website that can actually work toward helping you diminish…

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To Be or To Do: That is the Question

Anyone who knows me well would probably describe me as hyper or active. Some may even call me “busy.” I work a lot and I have a small child, but I know many more people who have multiple children and work jobs much less flexible than mine. The truth is that the source of my busyness (or looking busy) is…

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Here’s to 2015!

Last year I made just one resolution: Do something nice for somebody else every day. Sure, I had other resolutions in the back of my mind (like cut down on caffeine, be more productive, spend more quality time on my son, advance in all the careers I dabble in), but ultimately that one resolution to do something nice stood out.…

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A New Respect for All Moms

It was barely lunchtime on a weekday. Dressed in workout clothes with no makeup and my 15-month old in his car seat, my friend and I pulled up to the new “women’s food” restaurant in town (as my husband sarcastically called it) after our workout class. Not until we had sat down with plates of chicken salad did I have…

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