5 Important Things Every Married Couple Should Talk About

Maybe your marriage is one where it’s hard to bring up certain subjects, or maybe your marriage is one where you feel like you can talk about anything and everything. John and I have been on both ends of the spectrum, and thankfully we’ve worked hard to stay on the “talk about anything and everything” side! Learning how to be effective communicators will strengthen, sharpen, and deepen your relationship. Especially so after you’ve become parents! Continue reading

How To Be Okay With Being Vulnerable in Friendships

This post was edited for and originally published on WeAreBeautiful.org on August 4, 2018.


Growing up, I was the type of person to totally embrace vulnerability. I had a knack for initiating genuine connections with others by being open and showing a desire to truly know others. In church, my youth pastor would always come to me to make friends with the new girl, or have me introduce her to others. In school, I always approached those who sat alone. And, I made a lot of great friendships this way!

I never wanted anyone to not have someone who knew them and loved them even still. To know that someone wants to make a connection with you, and chooses to sit with you, who wants to know you – this desire for community and relationship is a reflection of what Jesus desires to share with us. And what better way to demonstrate the love that Christ has for us, than to display that same desire to know and to love others?

But building deep friendships is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a lot of trust, a lot of hours spent together, and a lot of vulnerability. Continue reading

40 Fall Family Activities for Warm Climates

I love everything about Fall – it’s my favorite season! I love having a fire burning, cozying up in a big chair under a blanket, making cookies and watching the leaves fall outside. But the only time I’ve ever been able to experience real fall weather like that was during those glorious years I lived in Washington state! I went apple picking, bundled up in layers, saw the leaves change colors and fall from trees, and even taught myself to crochet my own scarves. It was great.

Now that I’m back in San Diego where I grew up, the only “Fall” experience we get is if we have the AC on high and burn a scented candle, pretending it’s not still 80 degrees outside. Heck, the leaves don’t even change around here! And, you can still find people at the beach in December and January. This might sound like the perfect place to live for some, but for those of us who crave seasons and snow days, not so much. Ha!

There are still plenty of ways to make the most out of Fall if you live in a warm city that doesn’t get seasons, and lucky for us my blogger friend Lydia from Being Mrs. McIntosh made a list of 40 things to do if you live in a warm climate that I’m sharing with you all today! Continue reading

40 Fun, Easy, And Engaging Activities To Do With Your Toddler

I’ve been having so much fun being home with Izzy. She is spunky and hilarious and curious, and definitely keeps me on my toes! Ever since she started crawling and walking and especially now that she’s a baby toddler, it’s been a totally new ball game to keep her entertained. But oh man, finding things to occupy your energetic little one during the day definitely takes some elbow grease and planned effort!

I’ve had a chance to come up with a list of easy, engaging and exciting things you can do with your toddler during the day that I wanted to share with all my mama friends – and I even made it into a pretty (gender neutral) printable PDF you can download and hang on the fridge! Click the link below to download your copy, and feel free to share it with your other mama friends who have little toddlers:

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Finding Magic In Motherhood: Hope After Infant Loss

This week’s feature is from a friend of mine, Waynna LeBrija, a SoCal mama maker and blogger at All Graced Up where she writes faith-based content to the everyday, busy mama about staying present over perfect. She also designs awesome T-shirts with her hubby, and you can shop them here! Their message through their tees is to spread hope and awareness about the abundant love that God has for us despite our imperfections. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about their “why” behind their designs, and to snag one for yourself! She is sharing her story on losing her first child to Trisomy 18 (who would be 8 years old today) and how she found grace, hope, and resilience through loss. Continue reading