Morning Devotion ~ My Struggle and My Solution

Travel & Leisure

There was a time that I woke up with anticipation of my morning devotion. I enjoyed this quiet time, alone, reading my bible and praying. It became part and parcel of my morning routine throughout my college years, and my years in the workplace. I’m the kind of person that requires quiet, alone time, with some form of caffeinated beverage, at least thirty minutes before I do anything useful. So, there’s really no reason why I can’t spend these initial moments of each day with the Lord…

Once I became a foster parent, I recognized that my alone time had to revolve around a tiny other being. That was the start of some inconsistency in my morning devotion. Then, after going through some very difficult trials (as a foster parent), let’s just say that my morning devotion became obsolete. Since then, it’s been an ongoing struggle. Nevertheless, I have been praying for something…anything to resurrect the anticipation, I once had.

Winter Date Outfits

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

Ok, Girlies. I know it’s tempting to stay indoors all winter and order take-out. Scott and I definitely spend more weekend nights at home, in the winter. But, once in a while you have to get out and about with your significant other. And, have a reason to wear something other than sweat pants! Today, I’m sharing a few Winter Date Outfits to give you some inspiration and perhaps motivation to make reservations for something special. Some of these pieces are high end. Others are under $50. Check it out!

Westin Grand Cayman ~ Our 5 Day Winter Vacation

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

Scott and I just returned from a 5-Day Winter Vacation to the Westin, Grand Cayman. When planning this trip, I specifically wanted a location in which Scott and I could enjoy calm and clear ocean water. The Seven Mile Beach, in Grand Cayman is known for it’s outrageously calm and clear ocean water. So, that was an easy decision. We decided on the Westin in Grand Cayman because it is situated on the Seven Mile Beach and had all the amenities we were looking for. In this blog post, I’m going to share an overview of the Westin, Grand Cayman. I’ll also share what we ate, since let’s face it, vacation is 50% about experiencing great food!

Warm Winter Salad ~ Butternut Squash & Quinoa

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

I’m no different than most of the human population, hoping to start the New Year on a healthy note! The issue for me is that it’s harder to eat healthy during the winter months. (Right!?) Cold weather goes hand in hand with comfort food, and we all know that a cold and crisp salad is anything but comfort food. So, this past weekend I set out to create a warm winter salad that could bring us the best of both worlds. All the nutrition a salad would have with a comfort food feel. It’s delicious and warm and oh, so good!

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