75 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Benefits of, Uses for, and Recipes with Coconut Oil! Plus tips on how to buy and why it has so many health properties!

Unless you've been living in an arctic cave with no wifi, you have probably heard about the magical, mystical coconut oil. 101 coconut oil uses. The benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil for hair. Coconut oil for skin. Baking with coconut oil. Places you should rub coconut oil on your body. Coconut oil for your dog. (That may sound like a joke, but I'm serious. There's a link below.) For the past few years we have used coconut oil a LOT in our home. Cooking, homemade deodorant, and even just … Read More

Why I Won’t Tell You My Weight

Weight isn't always about the numbers.#ad #NSNation

A few months after Lincoln was born I met up with a derby friend for margaritas. I had lost a lot of the baby weight but found it SO MUCH HARDER after baby #2 to get rid of it all. (Ps- Margaritas don't help with that, in case you were wondering.) Meanwhile, she had begun marathon training and had really trimmed down. We started talking weight and fitness and realized something: we were the exact same height and two pounds away from one another in weight. But on our relative frames, she … Read More

This Week in Beauty

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The minutes sometimes stretch long, yet the years are a swift stream. Birthdays are coming three in a row this spring: 5 years, 7 years, 2 years alive. Then a summer first birthday for a no-longer baby. I wish that in the difficult moments, the knowledge of how fast time passes would magically ease the difficulty. But that's not quite how it works in the moment when all four of your adorable children are whining or crying or fighting. Too bad. I love when they light up with a smile … Read More

Pins of the Week Party #9

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It's Friday! Which means that it's time for the Pins of the Week Party. But first, a story. This week, I've been watching a lot of Flea Market Flip on Netflix. In the show people buy items from a flea market, remodel or reinvent them, and then try to sell them at a profit. For DIY-lovers, it's a great watch. Apparently, it's also a great watch for my 6-year old son. Sawyer sat through three episodes, fascinated by what people created from rickety chairs, broken tables, and random assortments of … Read More

Ginger Pear Muffins

Fresh and delicious, these ginger pear muffins will be a hit for the whole family.

The road to me making Ginger Pear Muffins was a long, rocky one. For probably almost 20 years of my life, I did not eat pears. I think it was a texture issue---they are so grainy, pears. Or maybe it was the fact that I hated almost EVERYTHING when I was younger. In any case, pears were on my do-not-eat list. (Dear Mom, let me take this moment to say that I'm so sorry that I wouldn't eat anything growing up!) And then I saw a movie: City of Angels. I actually HATED the movie, but I vividly … Read More

What’s Your Kind of Crazy?

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I like my life spicy. People who follow me on Facebook and Twitter often comment that my life is really interesting or hilarious. Yes, yes it is. I think part of that is I embrace the crazy (and attempt to embrace the chaos), but another part is I just pay attention to the little, odd things. I try to laugh at some of the things that might otherwise make me (or you) cry. I also add to the crazy by bringing my own. Like: -the time I stopped shaving my legs for nine months to see what would … Read More

Get Your DIY on with the Ultimate DIY Bundle!

If you aren't up on the bundle train, GET ON! The Ultimate Bundle group has been hitting it out of the park the last year with great packages of ebooks and ecourses all packaged together for one great price. You may have purchased a bundle before, but you DEFINITELY don't want to miss this one, with 76 ebooks and ecourses all about DIY.  I am currently in need of some desperate DIY, whether that's just organizing my house and de-cluttering, or actually painting, hanging curtains, and … Read More

Quin, Rolling Out 6 Months

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Something odd happens with time after you have a baby: it slows to a crawl while simultaneously speeding past. I can hardly remember back to this hot summer when Quin surprised us two weeks early---my first naturally early baby, and my smallest. (But only by 2 ounces.) The summer dragged, with Rob gone for a few weeks off-and-on and hot days with a fresh, squishy baby. Slow, hot, heavy days. That feel like YEARS ago now. That squishy baby is now a big-eyed, wide-thighed wiggler and roller. … Read More

The Fast Five

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I did it. I DID IT. I finished my first week of Nutrisystem! (Read my first post here.) This was truly the first week of fully committing to a way of eating since I had a baby. Yay, me! I'm not posting a picture because I'm not sure you could really get a good sense, but I've lost 6 pounds. WOOT! I forgot to measure my waist, so I'm not sure if I lost the promised inch, but I can see a difference in how my shirts fit, so that's good enough for me. Here's the rundown of how the Fast Five went … Read More

Pins of the Week Party #8

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Now that I'm doing Nutrisystem, looking at all the fancy food pins on Pinterest makes me feel sad in my heart. Well. The part of my heart that connects to my stomach, anyway. (Which is really a much larger part of my heart than I'd like to admit.) This is forcing me to branch out, but I'm finding other lovely things to pin as far as blogging, photography, and organization! Like this from Marie Osborne: a great way to handle all those Christmas cards AND work on your prayer life. Or … Read More