A Tribute to Baby Berry ~ Our Second Foster Baby

Foster Care & Family

(Yes! That’s a picture of her beautiful face!) This week, I spoke with one of our foster baby’s Biological Father. Since Baby Berry was reunified in late December (at eight months old), he has been gracious enough to allow her (and us) to remain a part of each other’s lives. Scott and I see Baby Berry about once a month. In April, we hosted Baby Berry’s First Birthday Party, here, at The House on High Street. I’m still pinching myself that Scott and I actually have a “part” of one of our foster baby’s life!

Snickers & Squats - Achieving Balance in an Unbalanced World

Fashion & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Sometimes, on rare occasion, I am asked for my take on diet & exercise. I usually assert my personal tongue in cheek phrase, Snickers and Squats.

I am not embarrassed to admit that I have a very healthy appetite. I can out-eat most men. I’ve entered more than one All-You-Can-Eat Wing Bowls- Once, against a large group of high school boys (as their church youth leader) and eh hem, won first prize. And yes, I am often spotted holding up buffet lines with my second helping of dinner or dessert. What can I say? My appetite is extraordinary.

Does God Really Give Us the Desires of Our Heart?

Foster Care & Family

I’ve gone back and forth with this question, for the past twenty years. No joke. I think it’s normal for us to wonder if God really gives us the desires of our heart. After all, some of us are spending years and years waiting for the desires of our heart. While others may be dealing with a devastating loss that hurts a thousand times more. And yet, there’s so many bible verses that state it loud and clear. God must have known that we would wrestle with the answer to this question throughout our lives. 

Roasted Red Peppers

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The other night, I made a paisano spread that was to die for! Fresh seeded Italian Bread, my Olive Oil mixture (fresh garlic, herbs, Pecorino Romano, and EVOO), Olives, Pepper Shooters, Fresh Mozzarella, and Roasted Red Peppers. Scott stuffed olives with blue cheese and made me the BEST Dirty Martini EVER! It was the perfect little Italian-Fest for a simple night at home. 

How do Social Media Influencers Make Money?

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

You’re probably reading this, for one of two reasons. Either, you’re thinking about quitting your day job to do what looks so much easier, more glamorous, and fun! (Trust me. It’s not nearly as much as you think.) Or, you want to show support to the Blogger, Instagrammer, and/or You Tuber that is sharing awesome, FREE content with you on a regular basis. (Thank you!!!) Either way, it’s a fair question. How do Social Media Influencers make money? Here are a few ways…

What Do You Want? 5 Reasons WHY We Can't Answer this Question.

Fashion & Lifestyle

I want to start my own business. I want to join the gym. I want to spend more time with my friends. I want to write a book. I want to adopt. I want to join a church. I want to get my family together, on Sundays. I want to learn how to play the piano. I want to be a life coach. I want to be a public speaker. I want to go on a mission’s trip. (Fill in the blank: ________)

Ok, so we have all seen the movie, “The Notebook”, right? Probably more than once. One of my favorite parts is after Allie returns to Noah, and before running off, he asks her, “What do you want?” 

Oh, this entire movie tugs on my heart strings. I feel like I can relate to Allie in so many ways. I believe this scene resonates with all women, because it’s so true. Sometimes, we don’t know or we just forget what we want. WHY?

Five Lessons I've Learned from being a Foster Mommy

Foster Care & Family

In my opinion, being a foster mommy has been the most humbling, joyous, painful, unpredictable, and vulnerable journey that I could have ever bargained for. I’ve learned a few lessons along the way. Things they don’t teach during your training classes. I figured I’d share some with you, today. Just in case you’re interested in fostering. Or, just interested

Scott and I are still fairly new at this. It’s been about three years. We fostered three babies. (Two were reunified.) We currently have a nine month old, baby boy (Baby Blue), whom we may be adopting. We fostered a pre-teenager for a shorter amount of time than we anticipated (two months). And, we almost took on a foster-to-adopt sibling pair, under three years old. It’s been a roller coaster ride of experiences and emotions. To say the least. 

Authentic Italian Meatballs

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

To this day, I have never had meatballs, outside of my mom’s and grandmother’s meatballs, that I could say were memorable and delicious. I’ve been to Italy, where I thought I would experience authentic Italian meatballs, that were truly unforgettable. But, they just didn’t compare to the meatball recipe that has been in my family for years. This recipe originated from my ancestors in Naples, Italy. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 ~ Picks for Men, Kids, & Home

Baby, Fashion & Lifestyle

You didn’t think I’d leave out the family, did you? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which comes only once a year, is one of the best sales for good reason. Last week, I shared some of the 2018 Fall Fashion Trends for women, along with my top picks from the sale. The week before that, I shared my personal picks, including some classic pieces that are most popular. So, today, I’m providing my top picks from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for the Men, Kids, and Home

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