Bedrest: Surviving & Thriving

  Bedrest. It’s a brutal, beautiful, tough and painful season of life! I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But after being on bedrest for a couple months, I learned you could not only survive but thrive. And since you’re reading this it’s safe to assume you or someone close to you is enduring this lovely […]

Bedrest: Surviving and Thriving


A Mom’s Guide to Stroller Running 3

  Running while pushing a stroller is not for the faint of heart… but we are moms! We brought a child(ren) into this world and with a few tricks it can be a really fun thing to do with your little ones, big ones and the whole family! You’ve got this! For the better part […]

The BUSY Mom’s guide to Running a Half Marathon 5

  Taking on a half marathon is an awesome challenge, especially when you’re thick in the trenches of motherhood. As a mom of three littles, runner and exercise physiologist I wasn’t sure I could fit in the training required. But, friends, we can! And it’s so much fun! It’s become a sacred thing, time away for […]



Accidental Blogger: The Unexpected Blessings of Blogging 1

    It wasn’t my intent to become a blogger. In fact, it just kind of happened. Without any technical knowledge, I wanted to put a few thoughts down, all in one spot. Online. It was an organic by-product of this incredibly hard and sweet season of bed-rest I had while pregnant with my third […]

10 Tips to Better Sleep + Less Stress

  Sleep is a precious and scarce commodity in our house. With three young kids, two of whom are sleep walkers and the third? He always wakes up – happily – at the crack of dawn, alas we are constantly tired. It’s become a state of being but I hear it gets better when they’re […]



Family pictures: the love-hate relationship

  We didn’t do it often growing up. We weren’t the family that was annually setting up group photos for Christmas cards. Granted, digital media and the Costco photo center have changed everything. (A huge thank you to both!) Yet every year I set up a picture session for my little family, hoping to capture a […]

15 Healthy Eating Hacks 8

  Since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by health, fitness and nutrition. My favorite college class to date is still Biological Nutrition (see this post), it was just SOO GOOD! After studying exercise science and communications in college I went on to study exercise physiology, always cramming nutrition classes in when I could. It […]



Train Like a Pro 12

    For a long time I was quite concerned with having the “right initials” behind my name. I took pride in my accomplishments and thought it afforded me the ability to work with some of the best and brightest in the industry. For about a decade I worked full time in the exercise physiology […]

GRACE and FREEDOM in Parenting

When my firstborn was a few weeks old I loaded her up and took her to the grocery store – excited to test my parenting wings and re-enter civilization. She slept soundly in my sling, nestled close to me and protected from the world. Then it happened. An older woman approached me in the grocery […]




I woke up with this soul-deep conviction. It was apparent I’d gotten into a bad habit. I’d roll over in the morning, check the time on my phone… then maybe my texts…..and emails… before you know it my mind was spinning with my to do lists for the day. Emails to be answered and texts […]

American Girl Party

This year was declared the “BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!” My sweet girl turned 8 and wanted just a couple of her closest friends for a doll and me party. It was so fun to put together, we created the party theme, colors and menu with all of her favorite things in mind. Because August in Phoenix […]

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Summer Bucket List

Summer has always been my favorite season. I don’t know if it’s from growing up on the beach (or just getting out of school) but even now (as a Mom) it’s still my favorite time of year! Summer in Phoenix is a special thing, though. It’s only a little less hot than the surface of the […]

Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Junior was a man on a mission. He loved people well, was articulate, passionate and a man after God’s heart fighting for justice in a broken world. When my grandfather-in-law emigrated from Germany he was astounded at the racism here in the United States and took his young daughter (my mother in […]



Award Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cookies… Oh we love cookies in my house! But with the blood sugar issues my boys have, I’m always looking for ways to enhance the nutritional value of our favorite recipes WITHOUT compromising the deliciousness factor. For us, cookies MUST BE: *ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth delicious *soft and sweet, with a little saltiness *easy, […]

Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We really, really love cookies around here and these are our favorite, hands down! They’re an ooey, gooey, melt in your mouth goodness of a snack with the healthier twist I love to serve. it’s filling and healthy enough for an after – school snack.  Just try not to eat the whole batch (I’m trying […]



Favorite quotes & Christmas thoughts

With the holidays come a rush of emotions, frenzied errands and long to do lists. This year my intention is set. Choosing peace, times of quiet and solace and pressing into what matters most.. time with my sweet Jesus and my family. I’m filling my space with a few of my favorite quotes to be […]