Finding Magic in Motherhood: Self Care For Mamas Who Wear Many Hats

I am thrilled to introduce you to Marissa Kellner, a sweet friend of mine who I met on Instagram a year and a half ago while I was still pregnant with Izzy! Marissa is talented on so many levels: she is a home school mama, is a part-time nurse in the NICU/Maternity Unit, and runs her own business (The DellaRose Boutique) making felt wands and felt flower headbands for little girls. A couple of my favorite things about Marissa is her enthusiasm about being a mama maker, and her ability to balance it all. It’s something I admire! Today she is sharing her story about how she started her business, where her inspiration comes from, and how she balances her creative outlet with the many hats she wears.

One thing on your bucket list: “Well I have a ton, but one of them that I plan to do next year is hike a 14er (a.k.a. 14,000 ft. mountain) next year.”

Movie you wish you could live out: “Hands down, Pride and Prejudice! It’s my favorite love story and I’m a total Jane Austen girl. Her novels are my jam – I’ve read them all multiple times. Oh also, The Sound of Music because I just believe in singing randomly and if it was socially acceptable, I would live like I was in a musical.”

Are you a coffee or tea person: “Both! I’m a self-proclaimed coffee snob. I would rather have no coffee than bad coffee. But I also love hot tea on occasion.”

Thank you Marissa for being a part of our Real-Girls: Mothers community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Motherhood is not easy for every mama, and goodness knows it takes time to adjust into that new role!

PS: Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter our GIVEAWAY for a free felt hair bloom of your choice!

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29 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 30

Turning 30 won’t happen until April 2019, but I actually am really looking forward to this new decade of my life. My 20s were full of crazy and fun adventures but also hold a lot of heartbreak and bittersweet memories. I spent 2/3 of my 20s getting my college degrees, dating the best and the worst types of guys, getting tattoos, making friendships and losing friendships, and worked a total of 9 different jobs (usually 2-3 jobs at a time). I also moved to a different state, bought my first car and ran her to the ground, bought a second car, moved back to California, got married, and had a baby. You guys, I have memories of riding the bus to middle school thinking that high school seemed so far away. And then again in high school, I couldn’t even imagine being in college…I thought 25 was “old” and all I wanted in the world was to get my belly button pierced. My how things have changed since then! It’s so weird to look back on those years and realize how much time and life has gone by.  Continue reading

Finding Magic in Marriage: 4 Easy Ways To Stop Arguing With Your Spouse

This week’s feature is from Mel K, the fashionista blogger behind Confessions Of A Work In Progress. Mel is a social worker, turned public administrator, turned retail sales associate/fashion blogger and is now in the middle of her Leadership Studies Ph.D. program. Her blog is chalk full of modest + feminine style tips and tricks, insight on how to make your marriage strong and solid, and reflections on how to live your life with purpose and grace! Today, she’s sharing her experience on communication in her 4 years marriage and how “talking about feelings” can be easier than it seems.

Favorite smell: “Freshly ground and brewed Texas Pecan coffee! It’s amazing.”

One thing on your bucket list: “I would love to visit Israel! I think that would be so cool!”

Favorite fast food: “Chick Fil A of course! I’m a loyal customer!”

Thank you Mel for being a part of our Real-Girls: Wives community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for some fun blog post links on Mel’s blog, on bettering your marriage! And be sure to follow her on Instagram (@confessionsofaworkinprogress) for daily style tips, sweet encouragement, and fun insight on creating a happy marriage.

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How We’re Tripling Our Savings In 4 Months

If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you probably have seen me talk about our plans of saving money, looking to buy a home, and how we’ve been on one income for the last year since we made the decision for me to stay at home with our baby.

Now that Izzy is almost 13 months old, we have plans to try for baby numero dos – but since we live in a one bedroom apartment, we don’t exactly have room to expand our little family unless we move into a bigger place. We had a few ideas on how we could expand, and actually we were THIS close to putting a down payment on a new home two weeks ago!!

But after sitting down and talking about our options to expand: buy a town home, rent a house, me go back to work, but then what about childcare, we’d like something with a yard, we don’t want to have a huge monthly mortgage…we realized that the smartest financial move (literally) we could make for our future would be to Continue reading

Featured Real-Girl Essay: Trusting God’s Promises When You’re Stuck in the Pits

This week’s Featured Real-Girl’s Essay is written by Meagan Thompson, a sweet friend of mine who I finally met in person 2 years ago after finding her through We Are Beautiful‘s Instagram page a while back. Meagan is probably the most genuine person I’ve met – five minutes into a conversation with her, and you’ll know her passionate love for the Lord, her obsession with Disneyland, and a steadfast love for cultivating community. Also, she has great hair. It fills me with such joy to call her my sister friend! Today she is sharing a story many of us can relate to – how to pull yourself out of the pit, and embrace the person God has called you to be.

One thing on your bucket list? “Pack up a van with my hubby and my pooch and road trip up the west coast visiting every state/national park. I want to see ALL of it!!”

Favorite thing to cook? “Nothing! I am a terrible cook, but God knew I would need a stud chef in my life and sent me Seth Thomson to feed me!”

Favorite smell? “There used to be a ride at California Adventure in Disneyland called Soarin’ Over California (now Soarin’ Around the World). It made you feel like you were flying over different parts of California and sprayed scents that coincided with the different landscapes. The smell over the California orange fields knocked my socks off – I wish they would bottle that smell up and sell it. I would totally buy it!”

Thank you Meagan for being a part of our Real-Girls: Wives community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Check out Meagan’s encouraging story below, and see how she cultivated community after moving to a new city!

Xo, Becca

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