Bring Joy

writer, mormon, & lover of chocolate chip cookies. happy married mother of 4 1/2. vegan + gluten-free.

fleeing moments, passing years

{There are affiliate links in this post.} When do you know you’ve become an adult? Nearly 12 years into marriage, 5 kids, a B.A., & 8 years of paying a mortgage, I think I am may know the answer to that question, at least for myself. I … Continue reading → The post fleeing moments, passing years appeared first on bring joy ....more

lessons to be learned

{There are affiliate links in this post.} When we were at the store yesterday, my 5 year old learned a hard lesson. A practical lesson & a life lesson–don’t pick up glass bottles you don’t intend to buy, & especially don’t pick up glass bottles of expensive … Continue reading → The post lessons to be learned appeared first on bring joy ....more

the joy of the unexpected pause + lab results

{There are affiliate links in this post.} Why is it so hard to just be content?...more

4 tips for successful breastfeeding: Tiffany’s story (part 2)

{There are affiliate links in this post.} Tiffany, bring joy reader & mom of one shared her experience with breastfeeding last fall in this post. In this follow-up post she shares a few tips for successful breastfeeding. Regular readers know I’m a huge proponent of breastfeeding–I have … Continue reading → The post 4 tips for successful breastfeeding: Tiffany’s story (part 2) appeared first on bring joy ....more

small tweaks, big changes (weight loss update) + inside a Japanese vegetable market

{There are affiliate links in this post.} One of the greatest things about living on this lush, semi-tropical island is this: The people here seriously love their yasai (vegetables)! But first. Sometimes facing reality is…the pits ....more

purple potato 5 greens salad w/ creamy sweet basil dressing {RECIPE} + weight loss dilemmas

{There are affiliate links in this post.} A recipe for a super delicious, nutrient dense, high-alkaline, low-glycemic, protein-rich salad coming up, but first. A few random thoughts. (It’s been awhile.) A new vegetable market opened up just a few minutes from my house ....more

life post-miscarriage + more random island photos

{There are affiliate links in this post.} It’s been over 2 weeks since the miscarriage. I have received many heart felt comments & emails. I am touched by your compassion & your sharing your stories with me ....more

miscarriage

{There are affiliate links in this post.} This is not the post I was expecting to write to announce the pregnancy of our 6th child....more

encourage the love of reading with…a book advent calendar

{There are affiliate links in this post.} {For more frugal holiday inspiration & recipes–scroll down to the bottom of this post for a roundup of bring joy posts.} Every family has it’s own culture. The kind of family culture we want to develop could be summed up … Continue reading → The post encourage the love of reading with…a book advent calendar appeared first on bring joy ....more

just say no to jeans!–or how I got over my body image issues

{There are affiliate links in this post.} Sometime during the last century, at least in America, pants–mainly jeans–became a woman’s wardrobe staple. Heaven help us, that was a mistake. Lest this post come off as anti-jeans, let me be clear ....more
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