2013 Recap and 2014 Goals

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  Two years ago, I implemented a new way to do New Year’s Resolutions in hopes that it would give me a higher success rate of actually accomplishing my goals.  In the past, I would write a 4 page diatribe of everything that I wanted to improve on in my life and then at the… [read more]

Advent + St. Nicholas

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This year I am starting a new tradition for my little family and I thought I would share. It was inspired by my sweet friend Haley and her new book: Feast! Real Food, Reflections and Simple Living for the Christian Year. Haley, like me, is Catholic, but her ebook is great for any Christian wishing to… [read more]

Is There a Healthy Way to Smoke?

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Now don’t anybody go and stone me because what I am about to say is pretty radical.  Y’all know I believe that everything in moderation is healthy. Even smoking. I’m talking nicotine here, I don’t really know anything about marijuana other than I really don’t like the feeling of being high, I didn’t like feeling… [read more]

No More Ads! + Be a M+BL Angel Investor

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Hey, reader! You’ve been around here awhile (Can’t believe my 4 year blogging anniversary came and went last month!). You’ve got kids of your own, maybe a couple, maybe a bunch, maybe a home and a husband. Maybe you’re a young woman, smartly starting to learn about motherhood before you conceive. Maybe M+BL has helped… [read more]

Stay Together

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Since we moved a month ago, staying connected with friends has been a priority.  I have never been so happy to have an iPhone and live in a time when I can call someone on my computer and see their face instantly.   I have never been a good keep-in-toucher, but hopefully with things like… [read more]

I am Catholic and I am Pro Gay Marriage

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I have sat on this post for months, too terrified to actually publish it. But when my 17 year old cousin committed suicide a few weeks ago, possibly in part because he was struggling with being gay, it was the last straw. This post was originally about me being pro-gay marriage, but  I will not… [read more]

Entheos Presents: May Cause Miracles – A Free Life-Changing Seminar

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Mamas! If you are short on time, don’t even read my post. Just GO NOW AND SIGN UP for this event. Trust me. If you need a little nudge, check out Gabby’s YouTube channel and website. Or her book May Cause Miracles-a 40 Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts to Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. Her… [read more]

Who’s Taking Care of the Little Girl in You?

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The article that was written about me this month in a local magazine (I am the cover too!) is about Self Love and making yourself a priority.  So here is a quick little Valentine’s Day message from me to you about this topic! It’s just a little reminder to not forget yourself this holiday and to… [read more]

Let’s Talk About My Potty Mouth

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Sooooo….can we talk curse words for a minute? I have been cussing on my blog since I very first started blogging back in 2009.  As M+BL grew, I started getting emails like this: “You are so awesome, I love you so much, but why do you have to cuss, can you please stop?” To which… [read more]

Ten Habits That Make Me Happy and Healthy

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Over the years I have picked up healthy habits here and there.  Some I would only pull out in an official detox period, like dry brushing, and some have always been a daily habit, like lemon water. After finally reading the GAPS Diet book (it took me years to get the courage to even read… [read more]

A Seasonal Habit

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A tattered, faded, pinkish chair looking orange in harsh winter sunlight coming through the window.  Ugly but with a “sink into it” comfort. I’ll be sitting here later.  A glass topped end table. With wheels.  A small metal tub sits next it. Repurposed. It used to house geraniums on a tiny porch in a bygone… [read more]

Unlock Your Greatness Event with Sarah Finks (I’m a Speaker!)

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The Unlock Your Greatness Event With a Free Pass for YOU! January 28th – February 1st Did you know that the majority of women today describe their life as fine? There is certainly nothing wrong with fine. But have you ever imagined what a little bit of greatness in your life could do? Do you… [read more]

Workout Just 3 Hours a Week and be Slim and Healthy

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There are 148 hours in every week. I only use 3 of them for working out, and that’s plenty. Yes, you can workout just three hours a week and be healthy and slender. To prove my point, I am going way out on a limb and showing pictures of my full body (and my sweet… [read more]

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2012 Recap, 2013 Goals (with free printable) and Reader Survey!

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2012 was quite the year for me.  The beginning was incredibly difficult – I had a miscarriage at the end of my first trimester. But it also brought so many beautiful things, which is usually how it goes. There can be no birth, renewal, or beginnings without something dying or being destroyed.  The Destroyer Archetype… [read more]

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Reconnect

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I won’t lie that I really struggled to write this post. I wasn’t even sure if December would be a good time to share it because this sort of thing is generally saved for the time of renewal at the beginning of the year. Then I thought about the rampant depression that hits especially hard… [read more]

Workout for a True Beginner

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Exercise has never been an important part of my life. Although I did some sports as a kid and have a lot of love for swimming, I’ve just never wanted to exercise. While some of it stems from pure laziness, it was also a lack of energy, a lack of interest, past experiences and injuries,… [read more]