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On My Top 5 Non-Pumpkin Spice Fall Favorites

On My Top 5 Non-Pumpkin Spice Fall Favorites

It's the first day of autumn! While you know I love me some good pumpkin spice everything, I deeply adore parts of autumn that have nothing to do with pumpkins. Or boots, or sweaters, or even the crisp air. For real. Here are a few of my non-pumpkin spice fall...

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On Claiming Calm in Our Everyday

I may be a bit of a summertime Scrooge, but it feels like my family got slighted a bit this year with all the house craziness and pregnant mama chaos. I missed moments, entire days wiped out by fluster. My husband and I went on exactly two dates, and there was no...

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On the ‘More’ My Heart Needs

On the ‘More’ My Heart Needs

I wrote recently about being a megaphone, about living in my sweet spot, about the job that has my hands and heart. Here's what I didn't share: sometimes it's hard to watch others rise while you fall. Over the past year especially, I've intentionally pulled back from...

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An Invitation to Be Beautiful

. . . This is grace, an invitation to be beautiful . . . We are invited, each of us, to be beautiful. To see and seek beauty in our everyday, in each other. And so our charge is not how to become more beautiful, but to ask instead: how can I add to the beauty? Does...

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On Being a Megaphone

On Being a Megaphone

I've written here at Girl with Blog for nearly 8 years. I've written an ebook and edited/curated another. I've submitted words to publishers, websites and blogs. I work with words. I steep in words. I wrestle words into 140 characters. I think written words all day....

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on Five Minute Friday: here

on Five Minute Friday: here

Linking up with Five Minute Friday at Kate Motaung's place. The rules: write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking – then visit other ladies who have linked up. Hop over to Kate’s to find out the full scoop behind FMF, and to visit other...

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22 weeks: A Bumpdate !

22 weeks. Over halfway (probably). It's coming, folks. This baby's a-coming. I mentioned recently on Instagram that we're expecting lots of change this coming year. Like a lot. We're hoping to move very, very soon. We'll welcome this baby this fall. We'll have three...

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When Self-Care Looks Like Iced Tea & Earrings

When Self-Care Looks Like Iced Tea & Earrings

Last week on Facebook I saw a picture that you've all probably seen too: someone sitting by a pool, book in hand, toes against blue water, and captioned 'self care'. I straight laughed, because earlier that SAME day I'd had my 21 week OB visit. It was our long...

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A Standing Ovation for You

A Standing Ovation for You

I watch the Bachelorette. And the Bachelor. It's my brain candy and while I'm sure it rots my synapses like cavities in tooth enamel, I can't quit. It's a little like a train wreck that I can't look away from, drawn in while holding my hands over my eyes because it's...

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On Hard Days and Do-over Grace

On Hard Days and Do-over Grace

Today (yesterday, now) was a hard, hard day. We had a full beautiful weekend, attending a wedding and two days at family camp. We made memories and chose not to pick lots of battles. We allowed candy and late-night movies. Sam got to sleep on the top bunk and jump on...

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