Celebrating the Holidays while Grieving Loss of a Loved One
holidays while grieving
          Celebrating during the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one is tough! You want to just crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head and sleep. The pain becomes exponential especially during this time because a lot of the holiday traditions are based around family time and being together. The Hallmark movies and cards don't really help much either! Don't you hate it when you're just not feelin'it and can't...

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11 Sensational Smoothies
11 Sensational Smoothies with UnProcessed Jess
11 Sensational Smoothies Smoothies are simply sensational and I found 11 recipes to share with you! We make smoothies often around our home. They make a yummy quick breakfast, snack, or pre or post-workout drink. For busier than usual weeks, we make a big batch, seal and save them so we just pop open and drink. Who can resist a bright, delicious berry? Try different varieties to create a colorful concoction. OMC! Love chocolate? Try this smoothie and save a few pieces...

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How to Survive the Holiday Blues
Holiday Blues Tips #holiday #healthy #sad #holidayloss
Clean up on Aisle 7...for my holiday blues tears. The holidays can be tough y'all! Family strife and issues seem to be magnified around this time of year because it's generally a time for families to come together and show love. This isn't always the case. Many families struggle and have strained relationships on top of blended family logistics. Mine is no exception. As I rushed down each aisle of Kroger for last minute ingredients, I received a call. You...

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Wanna Fit into that Skinny Black Dress?
Wanna fit back into that skinny black dress hanging in your closet? Well what are your waiting for? It's calling your name and begging to be worn! I get it. I'm also a busy wife and mom and the year gets hectic. Before you know it summer's come and gone (and so has your plan to confidently sport a bikini again) and school's started and holidays are here. START NOW! Nothing like TODAY to start towards a happier, healthier, sexier...

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How Sky Diving Made me a Better MOM
how skydiving made me a better mom
Be a Better MOM How could sky diving from a perfectly good plane make me a better MOM? I'm a wonderful mom and do everything for my girls and put them first. I'm one of the best moms going! Or so I thought. Everyone tells me this, including my husband, but they couldn't see the struggle behind the surface. Homeschooling, constantly running girls around here and there and everywhere, months without a break for even a simple manicure or dinner...

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How the Flu Cured My Family
The Onset of the Flu My eyes became itchier and itchier as a familiar flu feeling gradually encompassed my body from head to toe. "Nooooo. This can't be happening to me! Not now. I don't have time to be sick right now. Our family is in full swing. It's the holidays!" This is how the flu cured my family. I was sitting in a high school cafeteria for my daughter's chess tournament surrounded by 480 plus students, their parents, and...

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11 Sensational Smoothies
11 Sensational Smoothies with UnProcessed Jess
11 Sensational Smoothies Smoothies are simply sensational and I found 11 recipes to share with you! We make smoothies often around our home. They make a yummy quick breakfast, snack, or pre or post-workout drink. For busier than usual weeks, we make a big batch, seal and save them so we just pop open and drink. Who can resist a bright, delicious berry? Try different varieties to create a colorful concoction. OMC! Love chocolate? Try this smoothie and save a few pieces...

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Sleep Through the Night
Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you! The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing. Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we're just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can...

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Family Activities to do when it rains on your beach vacation in Florida
A rainy day at beach vacations can still be fun when you plan activities for the family to do when it rains. Let's face it. A rainy day at the beach is better than a plain ole' rainy day at home! Our family took our first vacation to Emerald Coast beaches in Florida. The first three days were perfect beach going weather and we visited our friends in Seaside in Destin the third day and then the clouds came and...

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40 by 40: #3 Travel to Seattle in the Fall & Rain
travel to Seattle in the fall with family
38 days and counting to my 40th birthday. #3 on my 40 by 40 list: Travel to Seattle in the Fall & Rain. This post contains affiliate links which means at no extra cost to you I will receive a small commission on items you purchase. Thank you for supporting this mama's blog! I LOVED watching Frazier growing up. I was a little bit weird as far as loving witty banter and gravitating towards quirky characters like Niles and Alex...

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