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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5 Ways to Prepare for Parenthood

It's never too early to prepare for being a mother or father! Check out these 5 ways to prepare for parenthood!

It's never too early to prepare for being a mother or father! Check out these 5 ways to prepare for parenthood!  It's hard to believe that it's been over seven years since my husband and I became parents. There are still many days when we feel like we absolutely have no idea what we are doing, but the truth is that we have learned quite a lot along the way. We were married for just under three years when we had our first child, and there were things that we did during that short … [Read more...]

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Save Money By Shopping from Your Own Closet

I had never thought about shopping from my own closet to save money! But the idea is genius, and it really works! Check out how many outfits she discovered were hiding in her own closet!!

Have you ever tried shopping from your own closet? I hope you are inspired to do so after this post!  A few months ago, I decided that my wardrobe needed a complete overhaul. I have never been a fashionista, and I don't claim to be one now, but I realized that I had been living in a 6+-year frump. The clothing I wore was out of style and ill-fitting. I needed new clothes, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. My friend Holly suggested that I have her cousin, Candace, come … [Read more...]

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An Ant Invasion, Mosquito Attack, Live Crocodiles and Weekend Reads {July 4, 2015}

Costa Rica sunset

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!  What a week! I had hoped to get this update out yesterday, but we ended up driving several hours back to San Jose, Costa Rica (the capital city) to spend the night with friends. We all drove a couple more hours to the beach yesterday, so … [Read more...]

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3 Things That Prevent People From Traveling {and How to Overcome Them}

3 Things That Prevent People from Traveling

There are things that prevent people from traveling, but the good news is that there are ways to overcome most of them!  When I wrote about the five reasons why our family has taken our children to Costa Rica for five weeks this summer, I was a bit taken aback that a few readers on social media reacted negatively, with expressions like "it must be nice to take such a long, lavish vacation." I had to laugh at the "lavish" part because, as I hope to write in Saturday's update, that … [Read more...]

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5 Lessons I Learned at an Operation Christmas Child Distribution

Our family was able to participate in an Operation Christmas Child distribution last week in Costa Rica. Yes, they distribute the boxes year-round! Here are some lessons I learned from participating in the distribution.

Our family was able to participate in an Operation Christmas Child distribution last week in Costa Rica. Yes, they distribute the boxes year-round! Here are some lessons I learned from participating in the distribution.  Last week, our family had the amazing opportunity to participate in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution in Cartago, Costa Rica!  We have been packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for years. We started the tradition before we had kids, and once our … [Read more...]

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