Making Changes

My toddler turned one and a half this week. It’s a big milestone for him! He’s walking now, communicating more effectively, laughing a lot, showing distinct interest in things he likes. He’s turning into a little boy right in front of my eyes! I often sit back and am amazed that Taylor and I created life… a living being with his own thoughts and emotions and opinions of the world… we made that! His personality is shining through stronger each day, and I am just beside myself. He is a mild mannered, easy going, light tempermented child. I sometime joke that God is tricking me into believing that parenting is really this easy so I will have more children! With all of the emotional and physical growth my child is going through right now, I thought it would be wise to be more intentional with my parenting. I decided to be purposeful in the things I do, the things I buy, and the things that I teach my child going forward. My first step is being purposeful in transitioning out of a crib, then making conscious choices with his toys and play time. Continue reading “Making Changes”

Dig A Little Deeper

It’s crazy knowing that I’ve had my blog site published for six months already! Being able to document this journey through my eyes and being able to look back at all that has happened is really cool! I thought today’s post could be something a little different: a question and answer format to get to know me some more. My writings show one side of me, mainly my thoughts and emotions, but today you’ll get to dig a little deeper in my life and learn about my preferences or more of my opinions on certain topics. Let’s dive in! Continue reading “Dig A Little Deeper”

Diamond in the Rough

Everyone knows that diamonds are made under immense heat and pressure inside the earth. They start as ordinary rocks, and under the right circumstances, emerge as beautiful, unbreakable, priceless gems. I’m close to very few people, but those few people mean the world to me. Some relationships come naturally and are easy while others, like diamonds, are put under pressure and put against the test of time. Those relationships turn out unbreakable. Continue reading “Diamond in the Rough”

Visiting Family

Personally, there’s nothing quite like spending time with people. Being around people energizes me and makes me happy… I’m definitely an extrovert! It’s even better when the people I’m with are family. My husband and I flew to Seattle to visit with family this month for a weekend and then after that my parents flew to Boise to visit us! It has been a wonderful month so far, let me tell you about it! Continue reading “Visiting Family”

The Gift of Youth in Motherhood

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I can’t help but to write about my feelings and experience of being a young mom. In the very beginning of my motherhood journey, I felt slightly ashamed of being a mom so young. I felt as if people would judge me and think less of me because of my choice. Getting pregnant at twenty opens up doors for lots of judgement in being careless or opinions that I might regret it. In all reality, it was a decision I was well aware of, and very intentional in. I’ve since had time to grow into this new role for me and to embrace the change, and I am now proud to be a young mom and start a family in my early twenties. I am learning lessons I wouldn’t otherwise learn being in this stage of life. I think beyond myself when making decisions and am more considerate of other people’s situations and feelings. I am also seeing life from a new perspective, and that’s through the eyes of my son. Continue reading “The Gift of Youth in Motherhood”

My Thirty-Day Sugar Detox

If I was a superhero, my kryptonite would probably be sugar. Yeah, I can never resist a warm Krispy Kreme donut! The thing about sugar is that when you think about it, sugar is in everything. I mean, everything! I decided to challenge myself and try a little experiment. For the past thirty days I cut sugar out of my diet. The entire month of April I had no processed sugars, no added sugars, no refined sugars. The only sugar I allowed myself was natural sugars… I could have fruits and honey, but I didn’t allow myself things like fruit juice or chips. I wanted to see what effect sugar really has on my body. This is what a thirty day sugar detox looks like. Continue reading “My Thirty-Day Sugar Detox”

Daily Routine

The older I have gotten the more I realize that I thrive from having a schedule. Are you the same way? I love knowing what I am going to do today and what time I am going to do things at. Maybe that’s just a result of being married to Taylor (he’s routine driven too). At the beginning of the year I purchased a monthly/weekly/daily planner and it has changed. my. life. Usually I sit down at the beginning of the week on Sunday and plan out my days for that week. I plan my walks, my play dates, my chores, even my meals. This is what my daily routine looks like. Continue reading “Daily Routine”