2016 Favorites

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2016 was a big year for our family, and I thought long and hard about the products and people that meant the most to me this year. I hope you enjoy the video!


I want to let you know how truly grateful I am for you and your support over this past year. You are one of the most amazing, helpful, and caring people I know. There is no way I will ever be able to thank you for all you’ve done for our girl. I know you always tell me that it was nothing, but that ‘nothing’ has made a huge impact on our lives for the better. Every gain Austen makes can be traced back to the choice you made to have that conversation with Dr. H.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Products Mentioned:

Your Skin But BetterTM CC Cream with SPF 50+ (Fair)
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer, Light (Ultra Fair)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Rosebud Salve by Rosebud Perfume Company 0.5 fl oz
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Eat, Pray, Love
Back to Butter: A Traditional Foods Cookbook – Nourishing Recipes Inspired by Our Ancestors
The Elliott Homestead: From Scratch: Traditional, whole-foods dishes for easy, everyday meals
KidSafe essential oils
Bullet Journal
Flowering Hope Foundation

What were your favorite products of 2016? What products are you excited to try in the new year?



1. continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.
2. continue to exist; be prolonged.

After several days of thought I have finally come up with my word of the year, persist. You might find this odd, and counter productive.  I thought so too for awhile because I feel that the last couple of years I have had no choice but to persist through the hard times that were thrown at us.  This year I will continue to persist, but this year I have decided to do so intentionally.
I do not want to just hang my head and power through life anymore, I want to face my challenges head on with a power and a purpose.  That’s what persist will mean for me this year.
And my need of persistence started almost as soon as I came up with the word. Filming this video yesterday took me over three times as long as I had planned for it to.  There is a lot of crying in the video, there was a lot more when I kept pausing the camera.  There is a lot of repetitiveness and a lot of blinking towards the end (not sure what was up with that).  But I did it, I powered through, and I even edited it last night while cuddling a screaming Atlas to get him to go to bed.
Persist is definitely not just a word I want this year, it’s a word I need, and that I want to embrace fully.  So here’s to more videos, more blog posts, and to living a more intentional life.
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