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Embarking on Growth: Purple Sweet Potatoes Brought Me Closer to My Grandfather

“Where there is no gardener there is no garden.” -Wolfgang von Goethe . This quote reminds me of a conversation that my grandfather and I …

4 Things You Can Do When Your Best Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

I sat on the couch watching my daughter play with her toys; my eyes starting to fill with tears. Feeling overwhelmed and beating myself up …

Your Past: How to Let That Shit Go and Move On!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “the past is a lesson, not a prison” or something close to that. Dang, why did it take me …

Pantry Organization On A Budget: What You Need to Know

Let me be honest. I love organizing! Something about creating a spot for every item and knowing later that I can find that item gives …

Hair Industry Sexism: How This Exists In a Female Dominated Industry

The hair and beauty industry is made up statistically of 77% female, and 19% male. So why do men still make 2% more than women? …

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Mama, Never Give up. Keep Trying, Keep Going.

I sat down on the steps, exhausted, ready to give up believing things could get better, ready to give up trying. The feeling of fatigue …

Step Aside Pumpkin, These Fall Flavors Deserve Some Love!

Ah, the Fall!  My favorite time of year! The air gets a slight crisp chill, the trees become a myriad of colors as sunset falls …

Let Go with Fall: 7 Ways to Change with the Season

My favorite season is here, welcome Fall! The trees are beginning to transition and it’s time to acknowledge a similar change within ourselves. The changing …

Build Yourself Up: 5 Ways to be Your Own Greatest Champion

You must build yourself up if you are going to live the life you desire and find the joy you deserve. No matter the strength …

The Power of the Pause: 5 Ways to Add a Little Space in Your Life

Pause. Feel your heartbeat. Take a big breath in and let your lungs inflate as full as they can. Pause and hold. Now exhale and …

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Footprints Outlined in Wisdom: A Poem for the Heart

Footprints Outlined in Wisdom: Poetry by Natasha Ross Full Sun Full Moon, Full Sky, Full Bloom, looming at the end of summer. Drawings of your …

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How to Have a Clean House: A Mom’s Guide to Peace With Your Home

I feel like a maid. I spend my day just cleaning up after everyone and I feel lost in the to-do list. I’m on Pinterest …

Women Money Mindset

Good Credit: Why Women Need to Have Their Own

Do you think about your credit? When I was younger it never crossed my mind. What it was, how to use it, why it might …

Four Things The Mental Health System Has Taught Me

Four Things The Mental Health System Taught Me

I have been utilizing the mental health system since I was 10 years old. It was at that age that I was diagnosed with Major …

Hispanic Heritage Month - Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Hispanic Heritage Month – Mes de la Herencia Hispana

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” Cesar Chavez According to the United States Census Bureau, the U.S. …

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My Favorite Gluten Free Apple Recipes for the Fall

Since having to go gluten free several years ago, I’ve spent some time (and trial and error) trying to make my favorite recipes gluten free. …

7 Tips to Set Healthy Boundaries with Our Relationships

“Being human is hard not because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because your doing it right.” Glennon Doyle, Untamed How can we set boundaries …

Best Business Practices to Keep Your Financial Records Straight for Your Side Hustle

You started a side gig, started making money, and now what do you do? I’m going to share some best practices on what to do …

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Parenting Adult Kids is Hard: 4 Lessons I’ve Learned

It’s been two years since my twins moved into college dorms and began “adulting” as they describe it. These years of empty-nesting were supposed to …

Living in the Hard Moments When I Want to Eject

Navigating the loss of my dad a mere five years after the loss of my mom . . . there are no words. The strong …

When Are You Going To Have Kids? Sensitive Topic Most People Don’t Understand

We recently flew to Minnesota and being a family of four we had one row with the girls and me, then my husband across the …

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It’s Preparedness Awareness Month! Where Do We Even Start?

Welcome to September! National Preparedness Awareness Month! I honestly didn’t know there was National Preparedness Month till around July when someone mentioned it on my …

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How I Learned to Redefine Charity By Tithing Time and Talent

Charity is defined by giving money to an organization that helps those in need. And it’s true, money does help. Our amazing network of nonprofits …

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Seeing Double: From My Baby Girl to Adult. 11 Things I Want You to Know.

“When we look at our big kids, we still see our babies, too. This double vision is one of the most profound privileges of parenthood. …

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Maybe It Is You: 5 Strategies to an Attitude Adjustment

It is no secret attitudes are powerful influencers and an attitude adjustment can dramatically change your experience. I have first hand knowledge of this and …

Hate Cleaning? Find Relief in the Art of Slow Homemaking

Slow homemaking isn’t being lazy. It’s having the power to realize that you determine what needs to be done. The power to make your own …

Plans Change, Focus on the Vision, and Keep Going!

I love it when a plan comes together… But let’s be realistic, things rarely go to plan. Plans change. Being a highly creative and “attention-faceted” …

Community Service: How It Helped Me Develop My Leadership Skills

The year was 20-ought something. I would tell you it was the fault of my red, 1991 Chevy Beretta. That car kept me in trouble! …

The Five Love Languages through Zucchini

The summer light is fading, the morning is starting to have creamy crispness to it, and our gardens are full of zucchini. This zucchini squash …

Feeling Angry All the Time? 7 Reasons Why and What You Can Do

“Anger is often a secondary emotion.” Azevedo Hanks Are you feeling irritable, short-tempered or grouchy? Maybe you snap (or want to) at everyone around you. …

10 Things My Toddler Has Taught Me About Life

I never expected to be sitting here writing this blog article. I knew being a mom would push and mold me but I did not …

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Kindergarten Is Calling: The Bittersweet Blessing of Letting Go

I’ve been counting down the years, watching them turn into months. Always keeping my eye on the proverbial clock that’s been ticking away since she …

Tips How NOT to Pass Your New School Year Anxiety onto Your Kids

Were you one of those kids that couldn’t wait to get the school supply list? Run to the store and gather all those clean crisp …

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24 Favorite Inspirational Quotes for Women to Empower and Uplift

No matter what stage in life you are in, let these 24 inspirational quotes for women help you see and know your worth. Life can …

Overcome Family Guilt and Shame: 7 Ways to Stop Saying Sorry

Guilt says you made a mistake. Shames says you are the mistake. Guilt motivates. Shame annihilates. -Susie Garlick Do members of your family bring instant …

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Losing My Religion: An Imperfect Journey to Finding My Faith Again

If you’re anything like me, the title of this article may have scared you away. Losing religion? Finding faith? Yikes. Religion can be a touchy …

How to Raise Chickens – Simply, and In Your Back Yard!

This spring, we got our first set of baby chicks from a local store. These are the first that we were raising ourselves, not with …

Looking Back: A Letter To Share Some Mama Wisdom

Dear Mama, You are in such an intense season of your life with these precious babies. Diapers, sleepless nights, napless days, every bodily fluid imaginable. …

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Nine Things to Do When You Have an Empty-Nest

The day that all older women told me about arrived recently…my fourth and last baby has graduated from high school and will quickly be out …

5 Fun and Simple Road Trip Games to Play with Your Kids

With summer comes lots of travel for some, and often by car. I am sharing with you today 5 fun and simple road trip games …

Embracing the Fullness of Our Names

Embracing the Fullness of Our Names – Unapologetically!

“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” Emma …

I’m not Super Woman, I’m Anxious. – Why I do all the Things all the Time.

I often have people tell me, “You are superwoman. I don’t know how you do it all.” The reality is, I am not superwoman, I’m anxious. …

Healing

The Healing Process Can Be Messy: 3 Ways to Embrace It

Any type of mess makes me anxious. If my house is messy-even if I do not have the energy to do anything about it-it gives …

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