Bass Pro Wonders of Wildlife

This week, I had the privilege to tour the new Bass Pro Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and Wildlife Exhibits in Springfield, MO. To say I was astounded is an understatement.  While the price of admission is high at $39.95 for an adult and $29.95 for kids 3-11, it is well, well worth that cost.  My…

How I Almost Stopped A Kidnapping

The world is a scary place. Everyday we hear about someone new who has seen or experienced attempted kidnapping. New stories of human-trafficking pop up daily. I like to consider myself someone who is very aware of my surroundings, so today when I was at my local Wal-Mart and I saw a young man creeping…

Tomato Bisque Soup 

We FINALLY have fall temperatures in my town. Which means that I want soup. Give me all the soups!! My daughter and I are home sick today so I thought this would be the perfect time to try out homemade tomato soup. I have to say, this recipe is divine.  Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil…

Mental Health Talks

For the last three months, I have been watching through tear-filled eyes as story after story surfaces about Chester Bennington that are likening him to “the face of depression.” Meaning, depression might “look” okay from the outside, but on the inside it is deep and it hurts – enough to make someone end their life….

Diet Blues

A couple of months ago, my sweet friend took part in Whole 30. I watched her journey and was so inspired by her. I also heard her tell me about the “kill all things stage” and laughed merrily along as she told me how difficult this stage was for her. Three days ago, I started…

Fall-ing in Love

I love fall. I love the fresh feeling in the air. I love the cooler weather. I love the beauty of the Earth in this season. I love that I feel refreshed and like all things are new.  Fall is beautiful. 

Stewart Smalley, I am Not.

I sat at the stoplight this morning, a cloud washing over my entire disposition. A song came on the radio, a normally happy song, and the words hit me right in the center of my heart and the tears started to flow. I walked into work a few minutes later and the dark, grumpy feeling…

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers I’ve been trying to make better food choices. Right now, for me that means less eating out and more cooking at home. It also means adding fruits, veggies, and protein to every meal and cutting down on carbs. This recipe was super easy and so delicious!! Ingredients: 1 pound ground hamburger, browned and…

Snack Pack Rack

Have you seen the DIY over-the-door, monthly snack idea for going back to school? Basically, you take a 24 pocket shoe organizer and fill it with a month’s worth of snacks. I love it and it will work just fine for my family. However, I have folding pantry doors. I thought: crap, how can I…

Justin Britt: Bridging the Gap

Across the small town I live in, you will see banners proclaiming LHS-MIZ proudly displayed for all to see. LHS-MIZ is a tribute to Seattle Seahawks number 68, Justin Britt. Justin has been, by all accounts, hailed as a hometown hero since being drafted in 2014. He is a man of character who has held…

Make Ahead Egg Bake

Make Ahead Egg Bake If you’re like me, mornings are busy and breakfast is last on the list behind putting on “real” work appropriate clothes, making your hair look like you brushed it, and yelling at kids to, “Hurry up or we will be late!!! Don’t make me leave you here!!” Like most busy moms,…

The Art of OM

A few months ago, during my 5th night of little to no sleep due to anxiety, I was desperate to find something to help curb this overwhelming heaviness that weighed on down on me. Unable to get to sleep, I reached for my phone, opened Pinterest and typed in, “how to reduce anxiety naturally.”  The…