How I Start My Morning Routine With Cold Coffee and Jesus

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I have two kids that are 22 months apart (the oldest just turned 2!). My days usually start with “mommmyyyy! It’s time to wake uppp!” …and then my morning routine begins. I make sure the littlest one is still asleep in her bassinet as I stumble to our bedroom door, yawning down the hall to grab my toddler from her room. She greets me happily, but it’s not yet 8am and my brain hasn’t quite woken up. I don’t smile as big as I should. I mumble something about changing her diaper and getting her dressed for the day.
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All I can really think about is getting her in her chair for breakfast, so I can have a few minutes to sit and drink my first cup of coffee. Hot or iced? Which pump flavor should I use today? My mind is caught up in a swirl of almond milk and bold roast as we both head to the kitchen (she runs, I lag behind).

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How I Whiten My Teeth While Drinking Coffee

This post is generously sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All opinions are honest and my own. ❤

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I’ve been on a coffee binge since I brought home the Keurig K-Cafe for John for father’s day (if you didn’t know, he’s a bit of a craft coffee snob). We love to go out for coffee all the time, and have found the most darling little coffee shops near us ever since we moved to Temecula, CA. Great for our tummies, but bad for our bank account!

So since we decided to make a switch and only have coffee at home via the K-Cafe and our french press, we’ve definitely saved money and it’s been more convenient to just make our coffee at home. But, I have also started seeing more noticeably what drinking coffee all the time does to my teeth and I am not a fan!

As a busy girl who wears many hats, I am always looking for ways to help other boss babes out with easy and simple solutions to everyday issues while living a real and fulfilled life. And now, I’m happy to add at-home teeth whitening to the blog as another way that real-girls can show up confidently to our everyday – without sacrificing our coffee 😉 Keep reading for a fun giveaway I’m doing, at the end of this post!

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Bold Fashion, Bolder Faith

Last month I wrote a piece for We Are Beautiful on fashion. But it wasn’t your average post on how to style yourself for the season, or about what’s on trend right now with links to shop. What it does focus on is true beauty for real women seeking a higher purpose than making sure their closet looks good. Click here to see the post on We Are Beautiful’s Blog, or stick around and read the full post below. I hope you enjoy! ❤


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I’ve always been drawn to bright color, textures, and bold patterns when it comes to my wardrobe. I love pattern mixing, and it’s honestly what I became known for in high school and in my group of friends during college. While everyone else was in Hollister and Abercrombie, I was in Urban Outfitters and vintage thrift store finds.

Was I looked at funny because I was wearing what everyone else wasn’t at the time? Yes. Was my “fashion choice” talked about because I didn’t really follow trends? Oh yes. But did it sway me? Nope. Feeling confident and comfortable with your own style takes courage – and once you realize your clothing is a representation of the life you’re living – your mood, perspective, and courage to be different all begin to blossom. Continue reading

Featured Essay For We Are Beautiful + The Best Devotional Books For Busy Women

If you haven’t already figured so by now, I love to write. I’ve had a journal or a diary or a running note pad going ever since elementary school. Writing and storytelling has always come second nature to me – it has been a way for me to creatively express myself while gathering my thoughts and processing the inner workings of my heart.

After starting this blog in 2014, I saw the opportunity to create a platform that would provide a safe space of encouragement, support, and relatablity for other women in the same walks of life as I am. The Mini Apartment has since grown into a brand, where not only do I blog here but I also guest post on other blogs/have been featured on podcasts/help create other brands develop their voice for their own blogs and written mediums. I truly love what I do here in this space, and love that I get to share it with you. Continue reading

4 Easy Ways You Can Revamp Your Instagram This Year

When I first started being serious about building my platform on Instagram in 2016, I wrote down my intentions + my WHY behind doing it. Doing so helped me figure out what I wanted to say, what my purpose would be for building an audience/who my audience is, and what kind of community I wanted to surround myself with. I wanted the takeaways from my content to be valuable, relatable, and most importantly – make others feel encouraged and understood. Continue reading