What’s in a year

2016 was a transformative year for our family. I was talking to my sister-in-law last night as we watched the minutes tick closer to midnight, and we decided the timeline of our lives is something like a heartbeat. There are beats and there are rests. Without the rests, you cannot have beats, and so it […]

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Post-pregnancy fitness

Fitness, diet, blah blah blah. Here is your disclaimer that if you’re only interested in dressing like you work out, you’ll want to skip to the bottom for the apparel sale info. We love our babies, but it’s sometimes difficult to love what our babies do to our bodies. My body is forever changed from […]

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Gift Guide #2 – For the ladies!

I know, I know… Christmas is less than 10 days away. But lets be real, I made this guide for men (more specifically, for ladies to share WITH their men) and most guys are just now realizing that it’s even December and they should think about buying their ladies something for Christmas (guys, we know […]

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Holiday Gift Guide #1 – The Littlest Ones

OK, gang, it’s almost Thanksgiving which means holiday shopping is upon us (or in the case of some, it may be already well underway). Since I kicked off this blog back in the Summer, I’ve been chomping at the bit to create holiday gift guides for everyone because shopping is something I’m slightly well-versed in. […]

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Welcome to my house

play that music too loud, show me what you do now, we don’t need to goooooo out. Open up the champagne, pop! It’s my house, come on, turn it up. OK by now I hope you’re feeling settled into this blog post and singing Flo Rida. You can excuse yourself if you’d like to grab a bottle […]

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A year in the rearview mirror

One year ago this weekend, these three retail mavens were loaded up and ready to caravan down to Indianapolis for the Junior League Holiday Mart. It was the largest retail show The Initial Co. (under our ownership) had ever participated in, and we had been preparing for the show since July. The big, black trucks […]

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What do you get for the third kid?

Three kids in, it’s evident I needed next to nothing in the baby gear department. I had a back room full of gadgets and contraptions for babies, all in a gender neutral palate that I registered for 5 years ago when I was expecting Navy. Shopping for baby is, in a way, a form of […]

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Letting God into your delivery room

One of the most calming and cathartic practices I have adopted after a few deliveries is preparing and praying through relevant scripture to assist in a Christ-centered delivery. I started this with Knox and have since shared my ever-growing list with several friends as they prepare for their own deliveries. When I was delivering Knox, […]

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Brighton (my) Belle

Brighton Belle Schultz was born on October 29th, 2016 at 2:53 in the afternoon. My sweet, precious, little (tiny) bundle of love. I forgot just how much I love babies. Their floppy little bodies and skinny limbs; the way they curl up into your neck and could stay there for hours; the tiny cries and […]

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A letter to Manly Men

Last week, Stockton & I were graciously gifted with hundreds and hundreds of diapers in anticipation of the birth of our new baby. The generous gift givers? None other than 15 noble, Christlike men, a tribe aptly referred to as The Manly Men in and around our church; my husband’s small group that meets in the […]

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