• SHOP :: Prime Day Deals 2019

    I only share products we love in our home, and in the name of Prime Day 2019, I wanted to share with you all the great deals on the things we love, and have made our life simpler along the way! Some of the links in the post are a part of the Amazon Affiliates Program. This means I get a small percentage back from Amazon from any potential purchase. I only share products that are loved and well used in our home, and want to pass on to you. Clicking on these links is what keeps this blog up and running. Thank you for your support, and for reading…

  • PARENTING :: 10 Tips to Limit Screen Time

    Before I get into limiting screen time, I just want to preface. I get it. We all get it. Screen time is convenient. It’s an easy resource to reach for when parenting. And at times, it could potentially be a valuable learning tool. And I am in no way passing any judgement on those who use screen time (we aren’t completely screen free after all)! It’s such a hot button topic, that I’ve avoided this post for a long time. But it’s been requested. And requested some more. So I’m finally going there. We were avid users. Tablet time almost every day. Cartoons as soon as we woke up, buying…

  • RECIPE :: Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

    Throwing up the link to this recipe because it is free of refined sugars, gluten, dairy, and (if you want) egg! Also because my oatmeal despising four year old just asked for thirds! We did decide to throw a few chocolate chips on the top before baking, which, yum. But also, not necessary if you’re limiting your sugars. This healthy baked oatmeal recipe from Joy Food Sunshine knocked it out of the park for our first attempt at the dish, and we can’t wait to try some more versions! Click Here for the recipe by Joy Food Sunshine! xo Amy

  • MARRIAGE :: promises

    It’s so easy today, or maybe just seems such common practice, during weak moments in marriage, to be tempted to think of alternatives. To think about breaking the promises made at the alter. Words like seperation and divorce are the new norm. But I feel moved by today’s devotional to remember that marriage was created not just to give us the good times, good feelings and good partnership. The marriage covenant is meant to be permanent and unwavering—unconditional in every other way—because through it, we more vividly experience the unconditional love, grace, and forgiveness of God. Marriage was created to move us and change us during the hard times. There…

  • MARRIAGE :: authenticity

    “It’s easy, in our culture, to idealize marriage. This is especially true for younger generations who have grown up seeing reality through the lens of social media. Authenticity is applauded and sharing your real life is celebrated—just as long as it’s not too authentic or too real.” In the beginning of our marriage, I was so lost. Even with awesome examples of healthy marriages in my life I so struggled with how to actually BE married. I was so SELFISH. I had such high expectations. I often think Eric is a saint for hanging in there with me while I fumbled through the first few years. I wanted marriage to…

  • FAITH :: cure

    When I did a poll a few days ago, 77% of you voted that you are more surrounded by negative marriage talk as opposed to positive. I figured the stats would go that route, just mainly because of the culture we live in today, and the divorce rate. So my next devotional focus was an easy choice. Because of those poll results. But also because there is always room for improvement in my own marriage. We all have gaps in our ability to give and receive love. On our own, we’re all missing something. Gaps. I have so many gaps. I’m selfish. I’m impatient. I seek perfection. I have expectations…

  • PARENTING :: love

    What a great way to end this series. I’ve been thinking about while I’m reconnecting now, the guilt of having drifted for such a long season. A LONG season. I’d touch base here and there but I’d lost consistency, the borders got fuzzy, you know. But today, today’s reminder that God’s borders never get fuzzy. What a doozy. I mean, I’ve known this, but something about reading it this morning kind of sweeps away the guilt I’ve been feeling and gives me courage to move forward in this direction I’m headed. He’s always been there. Molding me. Nudging me. Encouraging me. Listening to me. His will has always been in…

  • PARENTING :: hospitality

    Oh boy… Hospitality. That one word is enough to make this hermit-hearted mama’s palms sweat. I prefer nights alone on the couch curled up any day over hosting others, or even being hosted for that matter. Mainly because hosting is so. much. work.  But today’s devotional gave light to another angle of hospitality that I’m honestly admitting I’d never gave serious thought to.  Why do we host? The point of inviting others into our home is to serve and to make them feel good. Of course!  It’s so easy to get caught up in the preparation of it all, especially if you’re a recovering addict of perfection seeking. I hate to…

  • RECIPE :: Zuppa Toscana Soup

    I went from a Zuppa Toscana virgin to a “holy crap lets make this twice a month” addict overnight people. And it’s all because of this sweet sweet copycat recipe! And don’t take this lightly when I say the whole family is obsessed. Hubs right through the four and two year olds all have seconds (and some thirds) when we make this soup. Also, if you prefer actual onion to onion powder (too much work for me, and my tear ducts!), then feel free to sub a medium chopped onion for the powder. You’ll add it in with the bacon after bacon is cooked crispy and drained. Sautee a few…

  • PARENTING :: humility+pride

    Last night I fell asleep thinking about how very important to me it is to teach our girls to be humble. Above anything else, it’s really my number one quality to instill in them. I sat on it, thought about it, and prayed on it up until I fell asleep. And then this morning’s devotion was about, you guessed it, HUMILITY. Well that was about enough to send shivers down my spine. But for real talk, if I can teach my children one thing, to be humble in all they do, receive and give. Then I will consider this job done well. Any other humility seekers out there? 🙋🏻‍♀️ So…