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 www.drpepperbash.com. 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

Parent Fail: Shaming Our Kids

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The other day I found myself the victim (or perpetrator?) of a large parenting fail. That's right, folks, I have parenting fails. Many of them. Daily. You probably are aware of this if you read my blog or follow me on social media. I like to keep it real around here and real means confessing that I am still---after 3.9 kids---learning how to do this parenting thing one mistake at a time. Here are some revelations I had the other day about how I am (and maybe we are) guilty of shaming our … Read More

Refreshing Watermelon Gazpacho

Houston Chef Monica Pope

What would you say if I told you I was going to serve you a mixture of watermelon, jalapeño, garlic, and feta? Don't be scared! This is one of those recipes where you just need to trust me! For real. Last summer I had the chance to go watch local Houston chef Monica Pope  prepare two great recipes at Best Buy. I shared her amazing kale salad, but recently remembered I never posted this Watermelon Gazpacho! Summer is the perfect time for gazpacho, a soup that is served chilled. I … Read More

This Week in Beauty

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This has been a lovely week...at least in photos. Maybe a little more drama than a pregnant woman in week 37 needs, but the pictures look great, right? So let's focus on these moments. That is a LOT of cousins. 18 to be exact. And in two weeks? There will be one more. I grew up in a much smaller family (that I love!) but it brings great joy to see this huge group of cousins. I loved taking this picture of the boys snuggling with me this morning. Forget the fact that my pajamas don't match. … Read More