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The Thing About Bumble Bees...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Bumble bees are a symbol of success and accomplishment.  Technically, with their small wings and hefty bodies they shouldn't be able to fly.  But they do anyway.  They fly.

I've always loved bumble bees.

My life lately has taken on a bit of a different direction.  I've been questioning myself (and God) on how to be of service to people in a way that I would be good at and fulfilled at.  Right now, the blog isn't doing it for me.  I love blogging but I don't think I can really reach people with it.  I'm also not sure that my personality translates well via this platform.  I love to write and have confidence in my abilities but that doesn't mean my content is resonating with readers.  My influence just doesn't go very far in this medium.  People need to see me.  Feel the vibration of my too loud laugh.  Catch a waft of my Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo.  Touch my cashmere sweater.  See, that was a joke, but not really.  Ha, ha, snicker!

Well, He did indeed answer me and told me to host an amazing Women's Retreat.  How specific is that?  I love event planing.  I'm a great organizer and motivator and I love lifting people up.  So now, I'm trying to figure out how to fly with it.  And I think I'm doing alright.  I'm in a zone.  I'm Troy Aikman circa 1993.

I've got a lot of work to do but I hope you follow me along on my journey to serving others in a less superficial way than what I normal post here.  Now I love my fashion and shopping so that's not going away but I'm just more life purpose driven, especially now that I'm at home with my littles.  I want to live my best life and help other women do the same.  If they need to be lifted up, I want to use these jiggly arms of mine to help them!

Thank you so much for reading and taking time out of your busy day to engage with me.  Have a great Wednesday!

What's My One Word for 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018
Happy New Year!

I am all in for 2018, are you?  I'm really weird in that I like even number years.  They are the best.  Yes, weird.  If you know me or have read past New Year's posts, then you know I don't make resolutions (definition: a firm decision to do or not to do something) just for a New Year.  Semantics aside, I do have some goals and activities I'd like to accomplish in 2018 but I'm not hashing them all out today in efforts to conquer the New Year. However, I am still creating purposeful and meaning monthly goals and I do have a vision of what I want life to look like by the end of the year.

That leads me to how I plan to get to that vision.  With one word.

I came across this post from Margaret Feinberg and was immediately intrigued.  My brain is always on and I have 75 things connecting and sparking all at once at any given time.  So to see the #onewordchallenge for the New Year was a challenge I was up for.  But you know something, it wasn't challenging for me to find my one word at all.  It came to me after a simple prayer.  "Father God, help me find my one word for 2018 that will lead me to my purpose and fulfill me in your name."  Simple enough.  And the word that came to me was Flourish.

I want to Flourish this year.

I want a life of abundance.  The good and spiritual kind.  I want lots of love and happy moments and the ability to rise above the difficult moments.  I want my marriage to strengthen even more as we head into our 10th Anniversary.  I want my children, my sweet boys, to grow and learn and be fed by Him.  I want my dreams to become reality and to overflow into new dreams.  I want to live fully and make the most of this precious life He gave to me.

Please read the original post here from Margaret Feinberg that started it all for me and gave me goose bumps.  There are so many deep and meaningful words that could be yours for the New Year or for anytime.  You can also visit for more information on this movement.  Faith Gateway also has a great post here that I felt very connected to.  I like their word "Pause" but that's certainly not my path this year.

Now, what is your one word?  Can you narrow it down to one special word?  Please tell me in the comments and also let me know if you had #oneword for 2017 and how you feel reflecting on it.  

Thank you so much for reading and again, Happy New Year and all the best in the days ahead!!

Instagram Update: December 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017
It's Friyay people!!  Here's my last Instagram roundup for you in 2017!  Crazy right?  

 Shared my new favorite handbag.  Make sure to get the app so you can follow me and shop {@TheCocooners}!!  Go to the App Store or Google Play.  Visit my profile here.
 Oct 29, 2017

Fashion Book Dark Instagram
Can a girl go wrong starting her day with fashion, coffee and flowers?  I think not.  Keeping it dark and sexy the day after Halloween all while getting a little fashion education while the baby naps.
Nov 1, 2017

New kicks!! ** I needed some new #sneakers bad. Seriously ~ it has been over 3 years since I've bought new ones. Got these from Nordstrom on Black Friday for a great price and they are actually still on sale! 🆒 They are SO comfortable!
Nov 29, 2017

Here I am feeling festive with the perfect burgundy lip. 💄 I've been searching for a couple of months now for a dark lip color that would compliment my olive skin.  Found it!!  Do you think it works?  Sweater (under $30!) and all makeup linked here.
Dec 1, 2017

Don't forget to follow me on Insta!  Leave your handle in the comments and I'll check you out.

I wanted to take a moment to say a sincere thank you so much to those of you who read this little blog and keep up with my little life.  It means the world to have your support.  I hope you all have an amazing New Year celebration and a fantastic 2018!  I'll be posting some of my goals very soon.  I'd love to hear what you have planned for the coming New Year.  Please share in the comments.

Merry Christmas To All

Monday, December 25, 2017

From my silly, sweet little family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas.  As we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, please remember what today is about: faith, miracles, love, giving, hope, goodness and light.

May you also have a yummy Christmas dinner coming your way.  You know I gotta talk about food somehow!  I pray that those who may not have steady shelter and provisions are covered under Him, today and for the future.  Peace be with us all.

7 Unique and Memorable Christmas Traditions to Start Now

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
If you are in a season of life with littles right now at Christmastime, you're probably here reading this because you want to know how to start a Christmas tradition that sticks.  Well, I'm here to help! 

Here are a few Unique ideas that will certainly make for interesting memories throughout the years:
  • Record the entire family singing your favorite Christmas carol.  Do this each year and play it back the next year.  Revel in the acoustic nuances as the children get older.
  • Have your kiddos make a handmade Christmas ornament each year.  My five year old made ornaments each year in daycare (since he was 5 months old!) so I have a nice collection.  If they don't make one in Kindergarten this year, we'll make one at home.  And I will for sure make one for Briggs (my 1 year old)!

  • I love Advent calendars, mainly for the candy, not gonna lie.  I mean, is it really an Advent calendar without candy?  Anywho, why don't you have your kids call a dear friend or family member to tell them Merry Christmas (or Happy Kwanzaakkah) each time they reveal their daily surprise (better be candy).  Young kids generally like talking on the phone and the person on the receiving end will appreciate that you are thinking about them.  Make sure to have a quick script for the kiddo in case they have to leave a voicemail.

Baby Briggs: 1 Year Milestones {Info-graphic}

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
My smallest bundle of boy joy is one year old today!  We celebrated with a small smash cake and Briggs was not very interested.  But he made a mess, as expected.

I made a sweet little info-graphic for his one year milestones.  I hope you can find some inspiration in this as well.  It really is a great way to capture your baby's first year in a simple yet meaningful way.

Happy birthday, Briggs.  Mom, Dad and big brother love you so much!!