Ninja Cooking System Giveaway with Penney Lane Kitchen

Ninja Cooking System Giveaway

Over the last year, one of the neat people I've gotten to know through the Houston Blogger network is Kathy from Penney Lane Kitchen. I'm totally jealous of her recent foray into culinary school to hone her skills and it shows in her recipes and photos! One of her kitchen tools is the Ninja Cooking System. I have the Ninja Blender and love it, so imagine that the cooking system is fabulous as well. You can see some of her recipes with the Ninja Cooking System here or here. The good news is … Read More

The Complete List of Post Pregnancy Tips

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Okay, okay---this can't be a COMPLETE post-pregnancy list. But after four babies, I've got a lot of suggestions for things that may help during the transition home with baby. It can be hard stuff! You've got a new little one that you are getting to know. Plus your hormones and your body are doing their own kind of crazy thing. If it's your first, you may be wondering: Is this normal? And sometimes even on number three or four, you'll experience something different and wonder the same thing. … Read More

Prayer for the Expanding Family

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I slept through the first moments of her life, lost in an anesthesia cloud. My first time to see her, too, is lost in that haze. I have seen photographs of myself that I do not remember as real events. In the same way, my memory of life without her is hazy. Two weeks ago we grew from a family of six (including, of course, the dog) to a family of seven. Husband, wife, one dog, two boys, and two girls. Two GIRLS. In a family so steeped in boys, this still amazes me. Amazing also: two boys with … Read More

Refreshing Watermelon Recipes

These watermelon recipes cover everything from printables and facials to salads and cocktails. Perfect for summer!

Summer brings with it strong memories & sensations. I hear the sounds of cicadas through screened windows, feel the steamy-thick humid air that both Texas and Virginia share, and taste butter-slick roasted corn, the rich creaminess of a dipped ice cream cone, and the sticky-sweet crunch of fresh watermelon. I LOVE SUMMER! I could really go on and on about the things that remind me of this blessed (and hot) season, but I thought I'd create a round-up featuring one of summer's stars: … Read More

Great New E-Book for Busy Moms!

Last year I attended the Blog Elevated Conference (and would highly recommend you going this year!) and one of the best things that came out of it was connecting with so many fantastic bloggers. One of whom, Kristi from Moms Confession, now lives two minutes away and has proven to be a friend as well---most recently driving me to Walmart post-baby and bringing over a lovely meal. Moms Confession is a great blog with ideas for home and family. Last week, Kristi released her first E-book, and I … Read More

My Favorite Postpartum Support

Some fabulous products for post-partum support.

We are a few days out from baby and I am in that haze of nursing, recovery, and adjusting to a new number of people in the family. I am SO thankful for all the help I've had from friends and family! I have been super blessed with food and child-watching and all kinds of service and support. Now that I've been through four births (one vaginal and three c-sections), I have a good list of my favorite postpartum support items. Note: This post is filled with affiliate links, which means if you buy … Read More

One of a Kind Double Chocolate Dr Pepper Cake

Try this simple recipe and craft with Dr Pepper. #BackyardBash #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertisers. All opinions are mine alone. For more ideas on how to create your own #BackyardBash, check out the tumblr page at Once upon a time I was on a 4,000 calorie diet per day. Of which, 2,000 calories consisted of Dr Pepper. I didn't realize that liquids had calories and thankfully I had a superb metabolism. Dr Pepper pretty much fueled my existence. Now that I'm in Texas, I feel even more of a … Read More

Meeting Quinlyn

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I'm back! With baby! And drugs! It's always a little funny to go back and re-read the posts I write in the hospital or even at home just after having a baby. Because of tiredness, hormones, and often the drugs I am on for recovery, the thoughts that seem so clear at the time are later...well. Not so much. (Like this post I fell asleep in the middle of writing after having Lincoln.) The last two days have been a blur of baby and nurses and beeping machines and more baby. Here are a few photos and … Read More

Oh, Hi– We Are Having a Baby!

This is me, in super early labor! That's right, all our plans for baby on July 21 changed when I came into the hospital today and was in labor. Here are a few more details. If you want to get the FIRST news, sign up for my email list! I'm emailing my subscribers first with baby pics and info. Plus you can get my free ebook, Church Isn't Cute. Having a baby in the summer when you are a youth pastor's wife is a hard thing. Rob is in and out of town so very much. We planned the c-section (read … Read More

Stupid Simple: Roasted Peppers

Beautiful and tasty: roasted peppers.

When Rob and I moved into our new house, one of the first things we did was to disable the smoke detector. I know, I know. Danger, right? But the reality is this: even when I"m NOT burning something (and honestly, I'm often burning something), an alarm two feet from my stove is a bad, bad idea. (You don't need to worry, though---my very smart sister-in-law forced me to put batteries back in, even if I don't keep it next to the stove anymore.) For my latest stupid simple post, I'm going to walk … Read More