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Since becoming a mom I have been a major worrier. Is my baby breathing? Is this ok for them to eat? Should I put them to bed earlier? The list goes on! To be honest, I don’t think you ever stop worrying about your babies even long after they are babies. However, lately (post-preg hormones, I am sure) I have been daydreaming about taking my kids and moving to somewhere remote (Northern England?), having a lifestyle change and doing something different. And, every time there is something bad in the news, it validates my feelings to throw our phones in the river and move to the farm/deserted island/insert your middle of nowhere preference here: ________.

Our little island is very small and, recently, HBO made a documentary about the drug problem here. I know drugs are everywhere, but it makes me sad that the place I grew up has so many people suffering and such easy access to drugs. Beautiful, loving families I know have lost loved ones, and their lives will never be the same. So I have been thinkingis this really a place I want to raise teenagers someday?

When we first moved here, I never thought that I would be staying for long. Our oldest was a baby, and my siblings were only in high school. I don’t regret coming back. I am so glad that Luke got to be around my family and that I never missed out on watching my siblings grow up. Now they are grown and off living their own lives, and I am left wondering if should we be off starting anew as well.

This had my mind spinning until I heard this quote recently“The grass is greener where you water it.”

Of course it is! It’s interesting because I am always saying the grass is greener on the other side, which we know isn’t true. It only seems greener. It keeps me from making hasty decisions in my life. If we go somewhere new, we will still worry about our kids, miss our families, complain about the schools and our jobs. We must cultivate happiness right nowwater the grass right where we are standing. The problems or dislikes we have now will follow us no matter where we travel or move. Trying to make my current situation better before giving up has helped me feel less regret.

So, for now, I am watering the grass right here where we are. Who knows where we will be in the next few years, but I won’t be escaping to a new a place thinking it will solve the world’s bad. I will be going because it feels right, and because I am ready for an adventure.

Photos by Stacey Hedman. Moon jewels and head chain by Trust. Rings by Gypsy Soul Rings. Dress from Tea Princess.

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When friends ask me what my favorite brands or places are for moms I get all types of flustered because there are SO MANY that I just adore. Coming up with a list of my favorite things from just this year was much easier and the perfect way to show some love for local cafes, artists and brands that have inspired me.  Although I could go on and on about all the wonderful companies I have worked with, here is my short list for 2015 favorites. I hope they become your favorites too!

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It’s one of my favorite times of of the year when I get to share the best of the BEST in holiday gifts for your family and friends!!! This year I mixed it up a little! Kicking off this week of gift guides, is my FAVORITE gifts to give others. From hostess gifts to gifts for a friend. You can click on the images or below to see more…I hope you enjoy!