• Reading the Bible Cover to Cover

    I have always wanted to read the Bible in its entirety. This has been a new year’s resolution for probably 10 years now, but I never could do it. I always found myself in February drowning in Levticus and calling it quits. And then I realized maybe it wasn’t reading the whole Bible that I

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  • Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Signing

    I found out last minute (thanks to my sister Carrie!) that Deb Perelman, the writer behind the Smitten Kitchen blog, was in Raleigh for a book signing last Friday. I was feeling particularly tired that day, so I had to ask myself: Should I stay inside on this wet, cold Friday night and relax after

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  • Fodmaps Diet Results

    Guess what! I’m done dieting! I know. It’s exciting! Like I have shared before, a few months ago I decided to see a nutritionist for a few digestive issues I was dealing with, and she put me on a Fodmaps diet. Fodmaps are trigger foods that can affect your digestive system negatively. There are five

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  • Q&A: Basic Budgeting Influence Class

    Whew! What a fun, awesome experience it was sharing my heart and budgeting tips to the women Wednesday night. It was my first Influence Network class, and they were so gracious and understanding, especially since I know I jumbled on my words and kept playing with my hair (it’s a nervous habit:). They also asked

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  • Stripes, Mint and Tortoise

    You guys asked for more fashion posts, so here you go my friends. The first time I did a fashion post, I swore it would be my last. I asked J to take my photos, and it was such an awkward interaction. I love him to death, but I don’t think he understands what fashion blogging

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  • 3 Tips for Decorating On A Budget When You’re Just Starting Out

    Happy Wednesday y’all! Today my friend Amber, who blogs at Healthy, Wealthy & DIYs, is going to share a few tips on decorating. Just a reminder, for anyone interested in learning more about budgeting and taking control of your finances,  I’m teaching a class tonight at 9 EST with the Influence Network. Registration is open until 6pm

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  • Preparing for Tax Season

    It’s February 19th, which means for about three weeks you’ve had an ugly stack of scary tax envelopes on your desk taunting you every time you pass. Or maybe that’s just me? Actually, I am in the minority of people who enjoys filing taxes, but perhaps that’s because I am a nerd who loves finances.

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  • DIY Candy Heart Valentine Cards

    About a week ago I was in a crafty mood, so I decided to make some Valentine cards for my two sisters and sister-in-law. This is one of those posts I considered not sharing because 1) The picture is bad and 2) It’s too late. As in, who would be excited to see a Valentine’s Day

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Can I tell you a secret? I don’t really like Valentine’s Day. I know, not the most popular thing to say today, but you see, it wasn’t that long ago that this is what my Valentine’s Day looked like: With Valentine’s Day just a week away, you’re probably thinking about securing a dinner reservation, putting

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