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The Crutch and the Cast

So I quit social media.

And it feels freakin' awesome!

Disclaimer: I do not believe social media is bad! Ask my husband about how much I love it, I love connecting and being connected!

Social media isn't bad just like donuts, wine and coffee aren't bad. But the thing is when social media, wine, coffee or donuts become a crutch then a good thing becomes a bad thing. And that's where I found myself on the evening of 2/22/18. I was so tired from the day. Just done with the cleaning, the wiping, the yelling d o n e. So I sat on my bed while my kids were running wild and started scrolling. I wasn't scrolling to see what my friends were up to though,

I was scrolling to escape.

Instead of getting baths ready and jammies on I just wanted to escape. Which gets kinda icky for me. When I do this escape thing and my kids ask me for something instead of responding with love I am responding with anger for interrupting my made up escape time.

And that just isn't going to work for me.

Crutches can help you through something but they won't ever heal you. If you break your leg your crutches aren't going to heal your break. The cast will though.

When I am feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed or anxious I'm learning I don't need to reach for my crutch which is social media but I need to reach for my cast! And that is Jesus! His truths, His word, His presence. Every hour I need Him.

Want to know the other big huge tug on my heart telling me to quit.

My phone told me how much time I spent on Instagram in a week and I almost barfed.

e l e v e n        hours.


If you want to check your usage on an iphone you can go to settings-battery-last 7 days- hit the little clock on the right. 

So I'm just doing an experiment on myself from 2/22-3/29 then I'll be able to regroup. I do have two more posts I have agreed to prior so I will have to get online for those.

But man! What a heart check! It's been really good though! And unfortunately I have only reached for my phone when I'm feeling anxious, tired or overwhelmed. I am still checking emails, blogging and checking pinterest. Those things especially blogging breathe life so they can stay! I'm excited to check back in at the end of March! I'll be updating things on my blog though! Thanks for hanging out with me!

In love, Rachel

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Extra time to make mickey pizzas! 

5$ scrapbooking supplies at Hobby Lobby! Sure! Looks like I have a new hobby...

Avery planning her fairy garden

Bub and I at baseball practice!

2018 Vision and Goals!

Happy new year friends! I'm a little late, but I still hope I have caught you in your fresh start mind set!

Which is amazing.

Starting a new year is rad, it reminds you to look back on the last year and see the blessings and the hardships. To see what you accomplished or what you wish you would have worked harder at. 

There are a few things I am really going to work at this year.

1. Putting the Word before the word. I have SUCH a bad habit of getting lost in my phone. I call it getting lost because one second I'm looking at a friends cute baby and the next I'm watching a compilation of dog fails. And to be completely honest, aside from the connections with other women on social media it very rarely adds positivity or speaks life! 98% of the time I am left feeling worse after scrolling than when I started, thoughts crowd my brain:

why can't my house be as clean as hers

why isn't my skin that clear

why can't I get myself together

if only I was a nurse already

if only I had x,y,z.

And I know better! I know that most of the things on social media are fake! Heck, I stage things for blog posts all the time! 

But it's when I put the world before Jesus, that's when my perspective gets wonky. That's when I feel defeated, inadequate.

When I start my day with the Lord it changes my heart. I am able to see who I am in Him. I am able to see how the enemy wants to take me down with the comparison game. So this year I have promised myself to open the Word before I give my attention to the world. 

Being totally realistic here! Because I know somedays Ryder will wake up before me so the Word may just be the bible app on my phone while he's having breakfast. 

The ministry Well Watered Women inspired this and wrote a whole blog post on how they are going to put the #wordbeforetheworld this year. Please check out their post and their amazing ministry. Gretchen, the founder makes it her mission to share encouragement on social media! Their posts are sure to inspire and point you back to the Lord!

There are a few other things I'll be working on this year!

2. Like cutting out toxic products from our home. Don't worry I'm not going to message you to try my oils! But I do love them and I want to use them more in our home. (they work, that is something I will say)

3. Eating more whole foods. Even if that means less Chick Fil A *tears*

I'm not putting a huge amount of pressure on myself because that usually yields defeat! I know from past experience. Just kind of going to keep those three goals in  mind all year.

Our old church Lifecenter posted this picture and I thought it was really good! I love #5! It really is true, writing your goals down or making a vision board totally helps! 

Making SMART goals is another great tool:

S: Specific. A goal of “being the best” is too broad for specific execution. ...
M: Measurable. How will you tell if you are heading towards your goal? ...
A: Attainable/Achievable. ...
R: Relevant. ...
T: Timely.

I'm really into goals, really into lists and really into worksheets. When I started working for lululemon part of employee culture was setting goals and creating visions. 

The visions are specific pictures of how your goals will manifest! I found some of the worksheets online just like the ones we used. I'm totally printing them out in the morning.

I hope this little post encouraged you in the new year! I have really been clinging to this verse:

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

It is such a blessing that we don't have to wait for a new year for a fresh start! His mercies are new every morning! His grace abounds! 

Wishing you an amazing 2018! 

In love, Rachel

Dressing My Little Man

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Ryder and I have had quite the couple of days. It's only been 2 days of weaning him from breastfeeding but it feels like months. He's doing really well during the day! It's just when we need to get him to sleep we run into problems. So I'm just taking it day by day and drinking a lot of coffee. Even though it's been hard, he has been SO cuddly. He's just been giving me hugs and kisses all day. He will grab my face so I'm looking at him and then he'll hug me! I could just melt. He is such a mama's boy!

One thing I totally wasn't expecting when having boy was how much fun I would have dressing him. Don't get me wrong, honestly dressing Avery is way more fun, haha! But! I just love dressing this bubba like the little man he is. So handsome!

It's so simple too! One piece like a vest or sweater really makes the outfit fun without making the kiddo uncomfortable, my kids don't do uncomfortable. They'll just sit there like potatoes if they are not comfortable in what their wearing, Avery included she can't stand itchy tulle!

One of the first baby boy clothing pieces I bought were these little jeans with suspenders from OshKosh B'gosh. Swoon! Now that it's cooling down again I was able to get Ryder another pair of them for this season.

My favorite part though was this little sweater! So so cute!

And the thermal onesie underneath was seriously cozy.

OshKosh always has really good sales so I love popping in when I can. The stuff lasts forever! If you are going to be checking them out soon here is a handy store locator

and a COUPON!

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Exciting! OshKosh supplied me with a $50 gift card to giveaway to my readers! You can enter over on my Instagram page here:

Thanks for letting me spam you with Ryder pictures, he is such a little lovie! I've gotta head back to  my babe who is missing his boob, any advice for that would be awesome!

In love, Rachel

A White Elephant Gift That Doesn't Stink

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias

One thing I get super excited for every year is our family's white elephant gift exchange. I can remember the "adults" doing this since I was just a kid! Soon enough though everyone was included in the exchanges, which was so fun!

I don't know if it's just us but when we do these exchanges you can probably hear all the laughter 5 miles away.

Like, pee your pants, can't breathe laughter.

It's great! The thing is since we have all been doing these exchanges for so long, we're all really good at them! I can still remember some of the best gifts I have gotten and some of the craziest ones I have given out.
So much to choose from at Bed Bath & Beyond!

This year though I'm getting slightly crafty and really smelly! I am going to gift my lucky recipent a whole bunch of Poo~Pourri and a sign made by your's truly for their bathroom! So it's totally fun and something they can really use. If you haven't heard of Poo~Pourri It’s pretty simple, really! When spritzed into the toilet bowl before-you-go, Poo~Pourri’s pure blend of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS creates a film on the surface of the water.
The protective barrier traps odor under the surface, before it ever begins! All you’ll smell is a refreshing bouquet of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS. Flush yeah!

Really I feel like I'm giving the gift of freedom. Freedom to poo wherever when ever because when you leave the restroom people will think you were artfully creating a bouquet of flowers. Bless.

The sign was ridiculously easy to make! I picked up a chalkboard sign from Hobby Lobby and just used a chalk pen to right my sweet message.

This potty gift set is actually adorable! It even comes with the seasonal Merry Spritzmas® spray!

Merry Spritzmas® – (Peppermint+Vanilla+Citrus)
Add a spritz of holiday magic by leaving the porcelain sleigh smelling better than you found it. Poo~Pourri Merry Spritzmas® is a blend of peppermint, vanilla and citrus natural essential oils that eliminates bathroom odor before it begins by creating a barrier on the water's surface. Smelling is believing!

If you are in need of a White Elephant Gift that doesn't stink you have to head to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick some of this stuff up. I mean it also makes a really good stocking stuffer for husbands...who don't ever turn the poo fan on. Idk...

You can click here to learn more or just use your mouse to hover over this handy shoppable image below.

Don't forget to look out for special coupons on one item at Bed Bath and Beyond's website before heading out to shop or shopping online.

Let me know if you created a "have a nice poop" sign!