Hope For My Backache {In which I meet the Tummy Team}


Pssst! I think I’ve found the solution to my constant backache! I’ve just started the Tummy Team’s Core Rehab Program and it’s amazing! But here–let me tell start at the beginning, because I don’t think you even knew my back’s been aching for months… Discovering Mommy-Friendly Fitness My personal fitness journey started 3 years ago […]

Real Food Burnout Is Real

Real Food Burnout

Have you ever suffered from Real Food Burnout? It’s an actual condition, people! Symptoms include an aversion to the kitchen, phobia regarding shopping or menu planning, and surprisingly strong cravings for junk food. Sufferers often experience amnesia in regards to meal ideas, paralysis when it comes to trying something new, and general depression on the […]

For Those With No Natural Talent for Rest


We have friends who own some acreage with a small house and barn which they use for family retreats and hunting. We got a chance to stay overnight there this week–ostensibly as part of our eldest’s birthday celebration, but especially just to get some rest and relaxation as a family. Jeremy took Jesse fishing, the […]

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 […]