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spending more time with your family (& less time worrying about money)

December 4, 2017
Blaire as Belle

This post is sponsored by Vanguard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.  Does anyone actually like talking about money? It’s awkward. It’s personal. There are a million ways to spend it. And chances are, the ways you want to spend it won’t match up perfectly with anyone else. Nearly half of Americans in serious relationships (48%) fight about money. Becoming parents adds another layer…


redecorating: babyproofing the living room

October 20, 2017
Living Room After

Thank you to for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Like lots of people, I LOVE redecorating. Out with the old and in with the new just brings me all kinds of happy. And while I don’t necessarily feel like our living room is completely finished, it’s definitely getting there. We had all of the oak trim in our house painted white this…

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4 Ways to Save Money when Shopping

July 7, 2017
Shopping at

Obviously I love shopping… probably more than I should. Shopping is my therapy. It’s how I unwind. Finding a good deal makes my heart happy. But that love of shopping means I spend a lot of money. Probably too much money, sometimes. While we don’t currently operate from a budget (although I probably should. Definitely something to work on this year!) spending less money on the lame things,…

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Ben’s Nursery

May 1, 2017
Trista and Ben in Nursery

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I am so excited to share Ben’s nursery with you! I’ve been working on posting this since before Ben was born… but I’ve just been enjoying the newborn snuggles too much to finish up the photos of his room. But, finally… here it…

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50+ Uses for My 6 Favorite Essential Oils

April 21, 2017
50+ Uses for My 6 Favorite Essential Oils

I have had my Young Living Starter Kit for over a year now and I made it a priority this year to really research oils and dig into all of the ways to use them. After I started using them late last year, I set a goal to start eliminating the things we use in our home with harsh chemicals (i.e. candles, scented plug ins, toxic cleaners/detergents, etc). But I’ve found there…