you look fat

isn’t that title uncomfortable?

i want to tell you about uncomfortable.

uncomfortable is being a little girl, a pre-teen, a teenager, a woman, and feeling ugly. feeling fat. feeling unwanted.

now granted, those are likely just feelings. and while they may be totally inaccurate, they mean something to the person feeling them. and because i’m a mom to two beautiful, healthy, little girls, i want to talk to you about the power of your words. Read more

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

as the mom of two little girls, i have a lot of heart-to-hearts about emotions. because little girls have LOTS of emotions.

this week, my firstborn, re-entered kindergarten after a 3 week Fall break. she was fairly nervous about going to school again. i’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the better part of 6 years. sometimes that means it takes a little bit more adjusting for the littles ones to part ways from me. it also means that i’ve been the one with the honor of daily tending to little hearts. to hear their hearts. to read between the whines and find out the why’s. no day is the same. but every day i can count one of two things: outrageous giggles and tears. Read more

Love landed in a coffee shop

did you know that stress can so affect your cortisol levels that no matter how much you exercise, you’ll keep fat on your body? or did you know that your adrenal glands can get so tired, so pooped, so fatigued, so gosh darn worn out from stress, that your body can get sick? did you know that stress can make your hair fall out? stress can make you wake in the middle of the night. they’ll tell you it’s called insomnia, but it’s stress. or call it worry. or abuse.

whatever it is that’s wreaking havoc on your body, like that, it is NOT love.

and tonight, i watched as a daddy laid in to his daughter in the most terrible way. his words. they were so cruel. and intimidating. Read more

do it. scared or not.

today i listened as one of my friends spoke a beautiful word about walking in faith, even if scared. at my church there is a gathering of women, on tuesdays, that we call Sisterhood. it’s women coming together and being pushed and encouraged and refined to step out and be all that the Lord says they are.

my daughters have this thing about Mary [right. THE Mary. Jesus’ earthly momma, Mary.]. they’re constantly talking about Mary. and they’re always putting on their head coverings. i can’t begin to tell you how many times they’ve raised their voices with joy and pointed excitedly, across the grocery store, as they see a muslim woman in a head covering:: LOOK MOMMA!! she’s wearing a head covering JUST like Mary!!! Read more

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

you know what’s good about making your own ice cream? everything, that’s what.

it’s usually cheaper, tastier, and prettier. and for goodness’ sakes, you can actually SEE what is in the thing that you’re about to ingest. or better yet, what your children are about to ingest.

if you are what you eat, then lately we’re pumpkins. Read more

you are…

my heart behind Taste and See Wellness is to see women choosing to live well.

so very many of us marry, eat, exercise, choose friendships and jobs out of places in our hearts that are void. so we over eat, or marry poorly, or choose friendships that constantly take, or we under eat, or we stay in a job that barely pays and definitely doesn’t compliment our dreams. and we wonder why we feel void. Read more

coconut butter bars

i’ve been trying to come up with a protein bar that my whole family will eat. mainly one that won’t fall apart and that doesn’t require some sort of syrup to hold it together. i like the Kind bars, but they have more sugar than i prefer. nothing i’ve used as a binder has held these bars together, thus far. after looking at several recipes, i combined several ideas and found one that i think we will all like. and it gives good room for adding your favorite ingredients.

and the magic ingredient that holds it all together is Read more