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tabithablue While our suitcases are stacked and still waiting to be unpacked, we packed up our beach bag for a morning spent at one of our favorite places, where the gulf laps upon the sandy shore and salty air kisses our cheeks. We went to eat, play, splash and laugh with friends and family… and enjoy the freedoms we are blessed to have in this country. Freedoms that came not without sacrifice. Lives were laid down so that we could live, and do and be. So with every splash and bite and laugh, we remembered.

Happy Memorial Day.
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tabithablue Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. After a week of climbing mountains and toting my three littles through waterfalls and trails, I decided desserts were in order. My dessert of choice, laced with caffeine, was this organic caramel mocha iced latte from a cute little shop in Maggie Valley.

So mamas, when you're feeling it, go ahead and reverse it with a sweet little dessert today. What's your dessert of choice?
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tabithablue Yep. It's that time again. 😎 5d

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tabithablue More hiking, more fun, and more loving on my babies today... Especially this tentative little soul. 1w

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tabithablue Currently.

Also, this @realbeanz iced coffee is surprisingly good. Like, I-wish-I-brought-more-with-me good. #cabinlife #mykindofcamping
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tabithablue A few more photos from our big hike yesterday is up on the blog. And today? Today we're enjoying the beauty of the in-between nestled into a mountaintop cabin. By the way, thank you all for your recent book recommendations, I'm indulging! 1w

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tabithablue Life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath... We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it? ~Donald Miller

Today we saw, we climbed, we conquered... Both the mountainside and fear of heights. Today we pushed through the pain of burning muscles and skinned knees to replace it with the victory of reaching the top. Today we took our story to the great open landscape just waiting for characters to complete it.

And then we pushed some more, to higher tips and through more laughs and cries. We pushed together as a family, and found waterfalls to play in as a family. Though there was a moment or two I wanted to turn around, I'm glad we didn't. I'm glad we conquered. It would have been a crime not to.
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tabithablue Morning views in the clouds. 🌲🌳 Please excuse these Floridian children, this is how we dress in the mountains on a 57 degree morning. 2w

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tabithablue Joy is portable, bring it with you! ~unknown

We packed up the car this morning and are currently driving away from the beautiful patch of each we call home, nestled near the place where sand meets shore. One thing we didn't forget to take with us is our joy! Even with squabbles between littles, forgotten nail polish and an hour-later-than-planned departure, we are happily together and on our way to a mountain. I'm sure there will be more opportunities for the choice between joy and stress... Or any other emotion. We're choosing joy. Where are you headed this weekend? Even if the grocery store is the most glamorous of your destinations, you can bring joy with you!
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tabithablue So I finally did it... I jumped in and made the switch to a natural DIY deodorant. I didn't want to for the longest time because sweat. Eww. But I'm sharing the recipe that actually works for me #ontheblog today. 2w

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tabithablue Sharing the easy DIY recipes for making your own whipped body butter and body scrubs with essential oils, like we all made at our recent @westelmtampa #freshevent, on the blog. Plus, how adorable is this packaging!! Perfectly giftable.
I'm so grateful for everyone that came to be a part of that day and so honored by all of the creative inspiration in the lives of those around me. #linkinprofile for all the details, the recipes and a giveaway too!
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tabithablue It's a day of running errands and playing mommy chauffeur... Next stop, Aliyah's music class recital! Keeping time with my mommy's day gift from @kennethcole, loving this gorg gold diamond collection watch! 🏻🏻 2w

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tabithablue If you're like most of us, and fall behind on cleaning those makeup brushes (yep I'm totally guilty ), here's an easy and natural antibacterial spray from @freshmommyessentials to give them a daily spritz and keep the nasties away.

DIY makeup brush cleansing spray:
+ 2oz spray bottle
+ 1.5oz organic witch hazel
+ 15 drops Melaleuca essential oil
+ 15 drops Lavender essential oil
+ top with high-proof alcohol (optional)

Add the essential oils to a clean spray bottle, pour in a splash of alcohol (if using) and top with witch hazel. Shake to combine. To use, just spritz your brushes or a washcloth, and wipe brush on the cloth until clean. Let air dry (I keep mine in the open anyway, but this doesn't take long!) and enjoy your fresh brushes!
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tabithablue Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way.

Read this quote in my #daydesigner today and decided to start off my day with a little margin... A few moments of quiet. No phone (until afterwards when I took this ), no doing, no reading, just being. It's harder to do than it seems! Try to take five minutes for you to sit still, and let yourself be still. Let's start today with a fresh breath and a clear vision.
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tabithablue Loved our beachy, sandy, water filled and sun soaked Mother's Day weekend... And so grateful that my phone is now fixed after a said water filled Mother's Day phone mishap Photos and bits of life on the blog. Come link up and share bits of yours with us! #linkinprofile 2w

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tabithablue I'm so enjoying the blooms and what my family has deemed "Mother's Day Month" with sweet little presents and lovin'. But more than that, my heart this weekend is for you friends.

For the wombs, and the arms, and the hearts that have experienced loss or pain.
For those whose holidays aren't always rainbows and sunshine. My prayer is that you see your rainbow of hope on the horizon, that God brings you peace and comfort through the storm, because your rainbow is there.
A new post and prayer for you...
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tabithablue Had such an incredible time with an amazing group of women and friends tonight at our #freshevent at @westelmtampa! Everyone made customized essential oil body butters and body scrubs, while chatting, laughing and noshing of delicious treats from @piquanthydepark... And of course left with all kinds of goodies from our sponsors!!! 3w

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