Morning Mango Puree

Living in the beautiful Arizona desert, it’s essential to have a handful of refreshing drink recipes on hand. Following yesterday’s appointment with the RD and GI doctor, I felt that even more strongly. I am learning that my body cannot tolerate food the way other bodies can. This means that what is healthy for others […]

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April: The Month of the Military Child

April is the month of the military BRAT. What is a military BRAT? Any Google search result will go on to describe this unique culture. We even have our own flower, a Dandelion, which can put down roots almost anywhere. That, I especially love. There are countless creeds, coins, acronyms, and sayings accompanying the military […]

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Sleep Hygiene

First off, some of you may be wondering, “What in the world is sleep hygiene?” Sleep hygiene is a set of habits and behaviors that are aimed at developing healthy sleep patterns. The impact of sleep on our bodies and minds is colossal. Without adequate sleep, our physical, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional functioning can take […]

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Our Run at Trendy

Alright. Brussel sprouts. They seem to have made a favorable comeback in recent years. With spring upon us, I had to at least try Why the hesitation? Okay, I admit, the unfounded aversion. Well, my husband and I both have a sweet tooth that runs deep. We collectively agree our lifestyle needs an overhaul in […]

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Saint Padraig

My Sister and Bub mentioned in Doritos Fried Chicken and Sibling Rivalry article are half Irish. Coincidentally enough, my stepfather, their father, is named Patrick. Why not post about it? Saint Patrick’s day can be filled with countless shenanigans in America from green beer, shamrocks, and Saint Paddy’s day parades, but what is the day really […]

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Mr. Calculated

My husband is the other half of Ocotillos and Magnolias. He is calm. He is calculated. I feel safe knowing Kyle’s decisions have been pored over with thought and not carelessly rushed. His presence is so firm, and still soothing. Maybe it is for this reason that my mom encourages us to hold hands during discussions – she knows Kyle infuses me with the same calmness, and awareness of His Holy Presence. This helps me to be still in the moments I need it most.

Now that I’ve romanticized this calculated characteristic, let me describe my personal struggle with it

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Spring Training and Epiphanies

I was raised in a Christian family that has a strong love for America’s pastime. The love of baseball runs deep. My mom, once subjected to double black eyes when getting whacked in the nose playing baseball with her brother and his friends, has passed on this love of the sport. I even played baseball […]

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Perspective from Rainbow Brite

A child of the 80’s, I have many fond memories with my bestie Rainbow Brite. Being an only child for almost a decade, I learned to find company in my imagination. Fast forward to current times. Mornings I am not sick, you’ll likely find me sipping from a mug and reading because …that’s what adults […]

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Doritos Fried Chicken and Sibling Rivalry

Our family dynamics are definitely our own. Adler’s Birth Order Theory can only somewhat be applied. I write this with a light-hearted laugh. I am the oldest of three on one side of my family. I am nine years my sister’s senior and eleven years my brother’s senior. Parental instincts are innate. Bossiness is second […]

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Tackling the Tria

Years ago, I purchased a Tria 4x without many expectations. I had already withstood rounds of laser hair removal at Ideal Image (II). Being exhausted from going in for repeated touch-ups, after the completion of all my sessions, I began to look for at home alternatives. After asking a dear friend about her Tria, she […]

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