Motherhood

Za’atar Chicken Casserole

Za’atar Chicken Casserole

New moms have a lot of adjustments in the first couple of months. With my first baby, I was completely unprepared with meals. I never had made a freezer meal in my life, and seldom used my crockpot. Thankfully, we had an awesome community that […]

Camping Survival Tips (with baby & toddler!)

Camping Survival Tips (with baby & toddler!)

We went camping for the first time to Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, VA. It’s only a half an hour drive from our house and we only stayed one night. We went along with a cool, adventurous family with kids similar in age, which […]

Nurturing Hope

Nurturing Hope

Late spring of last year I experienced fear like I had never felt before in my life. Me, the one who has braved many uncertain situations, lived in cities where I knew no one, traveled to over 35 countries, bungee jumped off cliffs, spoke in […]

Serenity Now!

Serenity Now!

I was thinking of writing a blog about our week at Disney World, but I’m just not feeling it yet. There are so many “how-to” blogs on planning your perfect Disney experience with tips and advice on fast passes, character dining, etc. For me, the […]

In the shadows

In the shadows

At the end of each year, my in-laws create a newsletter featuring their three sons and their wives, and their grandchildren’s accomplishments attained throughout the year. Nathan and I married and had children fairly quickly, so I never really had a career or significant accolades […]

My home

My home

If you come over to my house it might smell like curry, marinara or falafel. My diffuser and lemon essential oil works hard to mask the smell, but I love to cook and our house is small. If you come over, you might hear crying […]

No Filter Added

No Filter Added

(reposted from Hello Dearest) ***Just one more note about the recipe at the bottom. If you want to skip making it pretty, half the recipe and pour icing on a 9 x 13 sheet cake. The grass is greener on the other side, especially behind […]

A Winter Road Trip

A Winter Road Trip

“Shut your mouth mommy.” It was 6 a.m. this morning when my 2 year old daughter said those exact words not once, but twice. The first time, I wasn’t sure if I heard her. I had not had my coffee yet after all. I just […]

Anew

Anew

The sky is gray and there is a chill in the air this Monday morning. Every new years, I used to take a hike to reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming year. Not everyone loves to hike but it’s one […]