My New Favorite Social Media Platform {and why you should come meet me there}

me and Holly

Have you heard of Periscope? It's a new social media platform that is taking the internet by storm, and, I'm shocked to say that I'm absolutely loving it!  A few months back, my friend Rebekah began gushing about a new social media platform: Periscope. Periscope allows users to LIVE stream whatever they are currently doing or watching--no matter where they are in the world.  At first, I thought there was no way I would join in on this newfangled platform. First of all, despite the … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {August 22, 2015}

Green Gables quote

If you want to keep up with the reads that give me pause all week long, follow my Reads and Recipes board on Pinterest. If you want to follow along with my personal life, you can follow me on Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter to not miss a post!  Reads I Loved This Week Finding a Family to Adopt My Baby Girl Was Never About "Giving Her Away" @ America Adopts 20 Places You Might Forget to Clean @ Hilary Bernstein Jen Hatmaker on Her Approach to Faith-Based Parenting @ … [Read more...]

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Easy Weeknight Meal: 3+ Ways One Box of Mac ‘n Cheese Can Equal Dinner

3+ Ways One Box of Mac 'n Cheese Can Equal Dinner

One box of mac 'n cheese can open up a plethora of simple, easy weeknight meal options for your family! And with Horizon Organic's gluten-free mac 'n cheese and a few healthy add-ins, it can pack a nutritional punch!  My firstborn started school last year, and my other two were in preschool. If I learned anything during that first year of having school-aged children it was that having simple meals on hand is a must!  Honestly, there was a time when I would have said I … [Read more...]

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That Time my iPhone Scrolling Could Have Cost My Daughter Her Life

we had one of the biggest scares of our life--our youngest daughter, who will turn 3 next week, almost choked on a quarter. My husband had to perform the heimlich maneuver on her. Thank God he knew how.

On one of the last days of our Costa Rica trip this summer, we had one of the biggest scares of our life--our youngest daughter, who will turn 3 next week, almost choked on a quarter. My husband had to perform the heimlich maneuver on her. Thank God he knew how. I know some people might call me a bad parent after reading this post. Some might ask: Why in the world would you let your child play with coins? Some might ask where in the world I was when she was putting coins in her … [Read more...]

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I Don’t Want to Build an Empire; I Want to Build a Community

Blogging has taken a shift in recent years. The focus is on more pageviews, more money, more fame. How can we grow a deeper community in the internet age?

The year 2014 was huge for this blog and my business. Social media numbers grew. Subscriber numbers grew. Relationships with other bloggers grew (at least on a surface level). Income grew. And traffic went through the roof to numbers I only dreamed I would one day see. Other bloggers and even real-life friends began putting me on a pedestal. People said things like: "You're superwoman!" "You're famous!" "You have built an empire!" I even had people stop me in real life and say: … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons I Altered My Expectations for My Kids

Each child is different, but if I have positive expectations for my kids, they will more than likely find a way to make it happen.

Each child is different, but if I have positive expectations for my kids, they will more than likely find a way to make it happen. By Will Odom, Contributing Writer (and Erin's hubby!)  As parents, we always want the best for our kids, but as a parent, I don't always know how to make that happen. For me, this includes the expectations that I set for my kids. Children need clear expectations and guiding principals in many areas such as discipline, respect, chores, and other parts of … [Read more...]

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media

When it comes to posting on social media, we have a choice to make. I encourage you to ask yourself these 3 questions before posting on social media.

When it comes to posting on social media, we have a choice to make. I encourage you to ask yourself these 3 questions before posting on social media.  By Will Odom, Contributing Writer (and Erin's hubby!)  Social media - be it Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, blogs, or other numerous platforms - is a powerful medium in our culture. It truly has changed the face of interactions between people, whether they be friends, family, or complete strangers. We obviously love social media … [Read more...]

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10+ Things We’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

10 Years of Marriage

Here are ten things we've learned in 10 years of marriage. We hope you will be encouraged by this post!  By Erin and Will Odom  Today, in a tiny village in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Costa Rica, we celebrate our 10th anniversary. These 10 years have not come without a fight. We've had to fight hard for our marriage. In fact, during this very week six years ago, our marriage was all but over. In the past 10 years, we've been through marriage counseling (with more than one counselor), … [Read more...]

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Traveling with Food Sensitivities

Traveling with Food Sensitivities

Traveling with food sensitivities can be a challenge, but, most of the time, it's not impossible!  It can sometimes be difficult to navigate day-to-day life with food sensitivities, and traveling with food sensitivities can prove to be an even greater challenge. Our entire family is sensitive to gluten and dairy, and our firstborn is sensitive to eggs as well. My husband is also allergic to tree nuts. Despite these food sensitivities, we have been able to figure out what to eat … [Read more...]

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Torrential Downpours, Dreaming of Bugs, Costa Rican Friends + More {July 11, 2015 Weekend Reads}

CR cooking class

If you want to keep up with the reads that give me pause all week long, follow my Reads and Recipes board on Pinterest. If you want to follow along with my personal life, you can follow me on Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter to not miss a post!  Costa Rica Trip Update #3 I can't believe we are at the halfway point of our trip!  We finished up our two weeks of intensive Spanish refresher on Thursday, and we decided to hang around the village this weekend to save money and simply … [Read more...]

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