Free book: Natural Birth Stories

I came across Shannon at Growing Slower when I was pregnant with Sage. She was putting together a book that sounded like it would be so awesome. A collection of stories all about natural child birth. How could that not be amazing?!

Now it's been a year since she released Natural Birth Stories: The Real Mom's Guide to an Empowering Natural Childbirth and I just found out that she is giving away the eBook on Amazon for free until Sunday! So of course I wanted to share this with all of you too! 

If you are having, have had, or ever plan on having kids then this book is for you! A free book full of inspiration doesn't come around too often. You can click on the link above and download it instantly!

Thank you Shannon for making this book and for sharing it with so many!



Making My Happy Spot


A while back I read the book Happier at Home, which inspired me to create a spot filled with things to make me smile and inspire me. It also brought to my attention the fact that I over think everything causing me to never get things done. So, I got the nudge to just go for it and not worry if it turns out perfect or not. This is harder than I’d like to admit to, but sometimes inspiration comes and you just go with it.

My inspiration to make myself a happy space came to me from one of my favorite creative gals, Lindsay from Pen & Paint. She makes the cutest prints that have the greatest quotes, and I just love them! I picked two prints that I just had to have and waited patiently for them to arrive. When they got here I was so excited and then quickly fell into my usual ‘oh the possibilities, what am I going to do with them?!’ contemplations. I know, I’m crazy.

I finally decided on making a wall of Happiness and started to gather other prints, pictures and things that make me smile. I picked a wall and laid it all out and just did it! It felt so good to get it up and to finally have a spot for myself, even if it is just a wall.


One of the prints says ‘Do small things with great love.’ This one really speaks to me right now. One of my personal goals is to do everything with love. For all those I am around and especially for myself. I think that we tend to be the hardest on ourselves, when we should love ourselves completely. I am so glad to have this daily reminder to keep me on track!



Some of the other things I added to my Happiness wall:

A painting a friend made for us of the spot that Matt proposed to me. I just love that she did that for us, and love to think of that day!
A vintage needle point of a basket of flowers, because who doesn’t need that!?
A Nikki McClure calendar. She cuts out all of her prints by hand with an exacto knife. Inspiring for sure!
The little owl that my baby sister talked a shopkeeper in Germany into selling her because she knew I would like it. It wasn’t for sale, but she was determined.
The abalone shell is from our yearly camping trip to Albion and I filled it with succulents because it was just begging for it!
And most importantly, pictures of my family. Okay, mostly Sage. They bring a smile to my face no matter what is going on.



All of this above my cozy chaise filled with too many pillows and a bouquet of fresh flowers to boot!



Now I have this space where I can read a book, play with Sage, crochet or just sit and be inspired by where I’ve been and where I am heading. It’s my new happy spot, it’s not perfect, but it’s exactly what it needs to be.



Need some inspiration in your life? Lindsay is so kindly offering a $20 credit to her Pen & Paint shop for one of you lovelies! Pretty awesome right!? She has so many amazing things in her shop, I just know one will speak to you too!

To enter please use the rafflecopter form below. This contest will close on Sunday the 27th at midnight. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you all so much and good luck! Happy Monday!

PS… Make sure to checkout Pen & Paint on instagram, her posts always brighten my day!



What I'm doing now

I have some big changes going on right now. Big, fun changes.

I have been going to school {in all of my free time} to become a holistic health coach. It has been a little trying to juggle this and an ever growing baby boy, but I am so excited at the possibilities that this will bring me!

Health has been at the forefront of everything we do for so long now that it just feels right to be heading in this direction.

When we first started changing our ways and started our journey to health, I wanted to bring everyone I knew along with me. I was so excited to share everything I was learning with anyone who would listen to me!

You want to know how that worked?... It didn't.

It turns out unsolicited advice isn't wanted. No one wanted to hear it, simply because they weren't seeking it out for themselves. Instead of being this awesome voice of new found clarity, I probably sounded a lot more like the teacher on Charlie Brown...Wahwhahh whahwwaaah. It took me a while to realize this, but when I did, I decided to only give advice when asked directly. I didn't want to be 'that' person!

So, here I am, 8 years later and I'm finally getting to share my passion, but this time with people who actually want to hear it and are looking for a positive change in their lives.

I know what an amazing impact our healthy lifestyle has had on our lives, and am so excited to share it with others. Going through this schooling at Integrative Nutrition has been amazing! I am so happy to have found it, and that it has given me a new ability to share what I love with the world!

I will keep you all updated on my journey into this new part of my life, as I finish school and start up my practice! If you want to checkout why I love this school so much, click on the link below.





My first Mother's Day

Last year for Mother's Day I was very pregnant and halfway considering it my first Mother's Day. I had been carrying around and GROWING a baby inside me for 8 months, it seemed legit at the time. 

Now, a year later, I know the difference. THIS was my first Mother's Day. After almost 11 months of late nights, early mornings, dirty diapers, round the clock feedings, kisses, hugs, snuggles, and lots of laughs, it's pretty clear. As much as carrying around a baby in my belly made me feel like a mom, holding Sage in my arms was a whole new feeling. 

Being a mom is the greatest thing I've ever done. It's probably the greatest thing I ever will do. I couldn't ask for more. I love this boy so much, and am so happy to be his mom. 




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