I Don’t Want to Die When I’m 100

Do you remember ever believing everyone died when they reached 100? For a period in my life, I definitely thought everyone lived to be 100. I was reminded time and time again this week of how we often view life like children, as if we are all invincible with all the time in the world. In a funny way, I was reminded of how we think we’ll live so long when we’re young. I think most people have seen this video of the little girl who doesn’t want her brother to grow up. I avoided it on Facebook for a
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DIY Sandwiches – The Not Wedding Charlotte

Next week, Tyler and I are doing The Not Wedding in Charlotte. Tyler has been working on getting LaCross Photography off the ground in the last year. While he absolutely loves doing family and wedding photos for friends, his only advertising has been word of mouth. This has worked thus far, but we decided it was time to kick it up a notch. The Not Wedding is a bridal show in the form of a wedding. The couple is already married and just renewing their vows. It’s an innovative way to do a bridal show because it allows the brides
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Easy Sugar-Free Snacks and Breakfast Ideas

Two of the hardest things about going sugar-free are fixing breakfast in the morning and finding easy-to-grab snacks for when we’re on the go or when Ethan wants to grab his own snack because I’m indisposed (nursing). The morning is a struggle because I typically try and have something prepped for Tyler to eat before work, which may or may not mean it has to be either pre-cooked or prepared in a few short minutes as he often jumps out of bed at 7 and must leave by 7:30. This puts a damper on the whole “grits, eggs, and bacon ideal
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Respect Your Children – the fine line between passive parenting and giving grace

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Doesn’t the Bible say for children to obey and respect their parents? Yes, yes it does. Ephesians 6 to be exact. But Ephesians 6 also says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (ESV). For the longest time I had no clue what this meant, and while I’m sure I don’t completely understand it now, I do feel it makes more sense. When he was younger, E was an easy child. He never threw a temper tantrum, didn’t say ‘No’ to everything as a two-year-old,
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We Quit Sugar – Week 4

We are officially halfway through our sugar detox! Week 4 was such a crazy week outside of the sugar detox that eating healthy and meal planning got thrown by the wayside. We managed to stay sugar free, except for the 1/2 macaroon Tyler accidentally ate at a photo shoot (he forgot about sugar, ate it and I yelled at him to stop) and the brown sugar in the pork tenderloin rub my mother-in-law made (it was amazingly good). So all-in-all I’d say it was a success. I started drinking green smoothies. They make a great lunch and are basically a
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We Quit Sugar – Week 3

This week, instead of giving you all of my input, I’m letting my boys give a brief run-down of our 3rd week without sugar. I interviewed them both to see just how they are feeling about life sans sugar. Tyler – Tyler and I talk about no-sugar frequently, so I wasn’t surprised by any of his answers. I will say that some of his co-workers have told me about moments of weakness where he almost gave in and went and got ice-cream, though he finally did resist. I’m proud of him for resisting, even though he was in a stressful situation.
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We Quit Sugar – Week 2

We’ve just finished Week 2 of our sugar fast on Sunday. I think we all agree Week 2 was more difficult than Week 1 for multiple reasons. The newness has worn off, it was the 4th of July (who doesn’t want something sweet then), and we got together with friends a few times, cookies were eaten, but not by us. In order to help us curb our cravings, Sarah Wilson suggests replacing sugar with fat. The high fat items will help make you feel full more quickly and kind of fill in that gap after a meal. We often ate
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Morning Coffee

This morning I am mourning coffee. We’re not giving coffee up. That’s not the issue. I just finished the cup of coffee I started drinking at 7:30 a.m. The last few swallows were cold, and the coffee had been reheated once. It’s actually quite a miracle I only had to reheat it once. Twice is the norm these days. I’m mourning coffee because it’s not the ritualistic experience it used to be. I love a good cup of Larry’s Beans coffee either brewed and black or made in the french press and served with steamed milk. But it’s not just
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We Quit Sugar – Week 1

One week. We’ve only made it through one week of quitting sugar. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been as hard as I imagined. Because we don’t have any sugar products in our house (part of me prepping was to preemptively give away or trash any treats), I haven’t really been tempted to eat something sugary. I wanted sugar. Half of the week, I’d have that urge, right after finishing dinner or lunch, to eat something a little sweet, even something tiny. I knew I was full, yet part of me just didn’t feel satisfied, as though something was missing. Tyler had a
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Homeschool Summer Fun in Charlotte

Even though homeschool is out for summer, I still have E on some form of schedule for three reasons. Prevents boredom Keeps him brushed up on math & reading Gets us outdoors & doing more stuff Because Ethan’s only sibling is 4 months old, it’s pretty easy to understand why he could get bored easily. Baby Mah-tin is plenty of fun, but not the ideal playmate for an almost 10-year-old. I’ve tried to make the schedule work with Martin’s naps, which can be pretty difficult, but I find we can get out and about once a day. Some days we
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