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    Christmas Traditions, old + new

    Yesterday morning, my family of four piled into the truck and hit I-20 to West Monroe, Louisiana. Angel is home for a bit before her next phase of treatment in Houston, so my mom and cousin worked to plan a surprise Christmas celebration for her. If you read my Thanksgiving post, you know holidays have been different this year, but nothing will stop us from being together. Our traditions continued, and I’m so excited to share them with you! 1. Photos by the Tree Typically, we set plans for Christmas while we’re all together for Thanksgiving. This year’s gathering was more impromptu, so we’re missing a few folks! 2. Gingerbread…

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    Tis the Season to get Sick

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to shop the products, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. I so appreciate your support! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I had to miss Thanksgiving in Houston with my family because I suddenly became ill the day we were supposed to leave. Like, we were literally packed in the car, on the road, when I spiked a fever. And for most families, this wouldn’t be an issue. A little cold is nothing to fear. But things are different for us. Anytime we visit Angel in Houston, we have to be …

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    Taco Tuesday

    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own. Please see my full-disclosure policy for details.  Did someone say Taco Tuesday? Celebrate Taco Tuesday #JucysStyle today by stopping into one of the many Jucys Taco locations in East Texas.   Longview local, Molly Anthony, manages the Jucys family of restaurants, first Jucys Hamburgers and now Jucys Taco,  alongside her father, brother, husband, brother-in-law, and many employees who she sees as family. When asked about their mission statement, Molly said: “We are a Christian family, growing a business together for the better of our customers and employees.  We try and make every burger better than the last.  We…

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    Our ZeroCarb Life

    DISCLAIMER: The information below is for educational purposes only. We are not physicians. We are regular people sharing what works for us. This is not right for everyone. Please consult with your physician before deciding what’s right for you. Also, this article may contain affiliate links.  When I graduated high school in 2013, I weighed 145lbs., and dreaded the “Freshman Fifteen” that was coming. Isn’t that funny – I didn’t say “no that won’t be me,” or craft a plan to avoid the phenomenon – I simply accepted it as a part of college life. Over my next three years of undergrad, I ate cookies for breakfast, Chick-fil-A for lunch,…

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    Faith over Fear – Angel’s Journey

    After battling a knee injury that refused to heel and spending six months on crutches, our sweet and courageous cousin Angel Wilson was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Osteosarcoma and began her cancer journey at MD Anderson on July 18 of this year. She and her husband, Mike, quickly made plans to move from West Monroe, Louisiana to Houston, Texas so that she could be near her oncologist and treatment team. Last week, she completed Phase 1 of her treatment – 4 rounds of intense chemotherapy. Phase 2 will include a surgery to remove the tumor from her distal femur, and reconstruction of her knee. Recovery and rehab will follow, including…

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