Thriving in Survival Mode

I’ve been in survival mode lately. Those who know me in person have seen the dark circles under my eyes and they are kind enough to ask me how I’m doing when it’s obvious the answer will be dark and depressing. I’ve been crying in public places and probably shouldn’t be driving. Don’t freak out–I’m […]

Celebrating With Food, or, How to Grill Pizza


We forgot the bacon-wrapped dates. She’d come 1000 miles and brought Shauna Niequest’s book with the famed recipe. We’d made a special trip to Aldi’s just for the goat cheese for that recipe. (In our swimming clothes, fresh off of cliff jumping and still giddy that we get to have this much fun as adults.) […]

Books I Read While Writing a Book

writing a book

My friend, Kristina, taught me that words are like water. Like a well that goes unused for too long, neglecting to use your words can dry them up. Often the way to get yourself out of writer’s block is to just write—anything—to unclog and let the words flow again. Her words two years ago at […]

Two Weddings and a Book Tour


We headed north on Thursday. It’s my first time driving north since making Alabama my home. It’s crazy how attached we get to this world, isn’t it, considering none of it is really home? I’m leaving “home” to go “home” and always the journey tugs and prods at my heart like a good chiropractic adjustment. […]

Bloom {Five Minute Friday}


My garden was two hopeful raised beds with some found dirt piled in and spread around. My hopes of starting a few Zinnia plants were dashed when the cheap packet of seeds I got at Walmart contained nothing but air. Yeah. A few tomato plants, extras from a friend, showed up and settled in. Then […]

BeeYoutiful Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway

Beeyoutiful Mineral Makeup

If you haven’t tried mineral makeup yet, I’m excited to share one final review with you–because this one includes a giveaway! In my journey to more natural makeup choices, I made the surprising discovery that there are plenty of awesome, natural alternatives that preform just as well as conventional products, without any of the toxins. […]

Cowgirl Dirt: A Mineral Makeup Review


{This post contains affiliate links, which helps keep the lights on around here. Thanks for your support!} Ya’ll, I’ve been having so much fun trying out a few natural makeup companies this summer, and I’m excited to share with you my latest find: Cowgirl Dirt Mineral Makeup. I think the trickiest part about switching to […]