18 Years Since I Turned 18

I realized today, my 36th birthday, that it has been 18 years since I turned 18! Crazy! And then I thought just how much my life as changed – how much I have changed – as a result of what has happened in my life the last 18 years. I still remember my 18th birthday…

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One Roadtrip, Four Ways to Use the Potty

Since we have been at home so much due to the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, I thought it would be an awesome idea for us to take the kids on a little road trip to Troutman, NC to visit Zootastic. We know a couple families whose kids recently called it the best place ever, so we…

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Goodbye, PB and Apple Jelly!

You know the end of the story based on the title, but let me start at the beginning: Back in October 2017, Jad and I excitedly and proudly opened our e-commerce store, PB and Apple Jelly. We had spent tons of time and effort on it, and really loved what we came up with. We…

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Want to Visit Palmyra? Read This!

My family just did a 1-week trip to Palmyra, NY the second week of July, 2019. We experienced and learned so much, so I wanted to share some tips, suggestions, and experiences to help anyone else who wants to visit this wonderful area! For those of you who have no idea where Palmyra, NY is,…

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Must They Grow Up?

As the thunder roared and shook our house Sunday night, my husband went to check on our little Eve, who is two months shy of turning two years old. She was, as he suspected, frightened by the storm. He lovingly brought her to our bed, snuggled with her for a bit, and then left her…

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A Trip Just for Me

My husband and I started an ecommerce business called PB and Apple Jelly a little over four months ago. It has been a ton of hard work with successes here and failures there, with a lot of learning and frustration in between. A little over a month ago, Fred Lam, the 29-year-old multi-millionaire entrepreneur who…

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A joyful but difficult year

I remember the day I turned 22. It was only a couple months after my divorce was finalized, and a month after I had moved to North Carolina to live with my parents (along with my nearly 1-year-old son, Casey). At that point, I had been attending the LDS Singles Ward (congregation) in Chapel Hill,…

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Tender Mercies on a Trip

A little over a month ago, we went on a little family vacation to Williamsburg, VA. We had a lot of fun, as we always do, but what will be most memorable to me this time, are the tender mercies of the Lord that we saw all throughout our trip. In case you don’t know…

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Are you done??

So, most of you know I have four kids now: Casey (almost 12), Rigel (6), Kamren (almost 4), and Eve (nearly 5 months). When people see me with all of my kids, or when people talk to Jad and find out he has four kids, the question inevitably arises, “Are you done having kids?” Sometimes…

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I almost yelled at my husband yesterday

I seem to always be in a hurry. Yesterday, I had my husband’s car, so it wasn’t nearly as easy to get the baby and my three-year-old into the car. I finally got them, and myself, strapped in exactly ten minutes before we had to be at Kamren’s speech class. That’s okay – that’s perfect,…

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