How To Maintain A Healthy Weight

It's time for another Five to Thrive! This time I am sharing the low down on how to obtain and maintain a healthy weight. I know, what could I possibly add to the universe of weight loss info that hasn't already been said? Well, this isn't a diet, or an exercise program, or a cleanse. Almost everyone knows to stay trim, you have to exercise and eat right. If it's that simple, why aren't most people able to do that?  It took reflecting on my own journey to reach the conclusions I'll share in … Read More...

Mediterranean Chicken With Tzakizi Sauce Recipe

On one epic girlfriend road trip, there were several memorable events.  One was getting thrown out of the boat during a Colorado River whitewater rafting expedition.  (Can't believe I found the photo of it.) Another was running nearly naked through a small stretch of state park on a dare.  (No photos of this, nor would I share.) But the whole purpose of telling you this story is that I want to share a recipe that we concocted one night at dinner.  So simple and tasty.  It's a great one to … Read More...

The Lesson I Learned From A Blind Woman

So, I went to get a snack at work this afternoon.   Standing in line at my hospital’s cafeteria cash register, clutching a tired looking veggie burger, I just wanted to pay my $2.75 and go.  But this lady in front of me was so slow.  It took her forever to count out her money and all the while she was exchanging pleasantries with the only cashier working.  Couldn’t she speed it up?  Didn’t she know I had places to be?  Didn’t she see me there with folded arms and an impatient glare? Well, … Read More...

Raising Kingdom Builders

Just this morning I was woken up pre-dawn by my two oldest when they crawled into bed with me about an hour before they usually get up.  My baby put her syrupy hands all over my favorite leather bag at breakfast (my fault for having it within reach), there was a poop emergency of which I will spare you the details, and the list goes on.  So many days of parenting, it feels like we are just getting through the day, limping over the finish line at the end.  But for Christian parents, we know that … Read More...

Fall Themed Surprise Party & My Caramel Corn Recipe

I love surprise parties so I was super excited when a friend, Katie, contacted me about throwing a surprise party for our mutual friend Cindi's 30th birthday.  Since entering the aforementioned decade can be intimidating, we wanted to let her know how special she is to a lot of people. Katie was planning to take care of a lot of the logistics, so I volunteered to bring the decor and suggested a fall theme. All the party guests brought fall themed snacks. Using tags with a … Read More...

Newborn Sleep Tips

  I was just talking to a sweet friend in the throws of early motherhood the other day...and she was tired.  It reminded me, that is such a hard stage in life, and one where the entire family life gets disrupted for awhile.  It seems like the milestone where everyone can take a breath after the baby is born is when sleep starts returning for the parents.  I had written out these sleep tips a while ago for a friend, and thought I should share them with you.  Even if you're not in the … Read More...

Metal Basket Lamp Project

Ever been grocery shopping in one-stop-shopping big box store (e.g. Target, Meijer, etc.) and then find your cart being magnetically pulled into the aisles of home decor? (My husband, who analyzes these type of companies for a living, says they try to keep you coming frequently for the food but really make the money when you buy the house goods/furniture-type stuff).  Most of the time when that happens I leave with a pillow or a tablecloth or something mundane, but this time I left with a basket … Read More...

Why I Put Sex on My To-Do List: Encouragement for Christian Wives

When I was a teenager, I committed to not have sex until I got married.  Even though I didn't really know much about sex yet, in the months before I married my husband, I mentally dwelt upon how good it would be and how good I would be at it.  In my little niave mind, it was going to be a perfect, romantic escapde every time, complete with me in lingerie and flowing hair, make-up intact, etc... Ha! Fast forward 10 years and three small children later.  It’s 10pm. I'm rocking some thick fleece … Read More...

Tips for Photographing Your Kids

I LOVE pictures.  More specifically, I love capturing life in pictures.  You know how you sometimes want to just shake people in my generation and say, "Would you just BE in the moment, instead of trying CAPTURE the moment!"?  Yeah, that's me.  Guilty. A lot of people say that shooting photographs of kids is really difficult.  I could see how that would be true if you're a professional photographer and you have to work at getting the perfect smile out of a random kid who has no interest in … Read More...

Delicious Chicken, Butternut Squash, & Quinoa Stew

When a day starts out with 2/3 of your children having wet the bed, 1/3 of your children falling 1/2 way down the stairs and you only have 1/4 of your sanity... there is a 8/10 chance that you will order pizza for dinner. Unless you have a few easy dinners in mind...like this one. It's a one-pot wonder that tastes pretty gourmet. The list of ingredients in the title would not be enticing to someone that doesn't value healthy eating.  I promise, though, that this dish is absolutely … Read More...