I am a 28 year old wife, mom, and Christian living in North Dakota. I love Jesus, my family and friends, all things coffee (my very large mug collection is proof of this!), DIY projects, home decor, fitness, swimming, baking, and organizing.
A little bit more about those three people in the picture with me – The man pictured is my husband Tate, the love of my life, my soulmate, and high school sweetheart. We have been together for over 10 years, and this summer we have been married for 6 of those years. He loves coffee more than I do, we are both passionate about health and wellness, and he is currently studying to get his Pastor’s certification (so proud of him!!).
With us is our daughter Emma and son Liam. Emma is a spitfire and keeps us on our toes. She is so sweet but is starting to get very sassy, she is 3. Liam is such a quiet little boy and loves to play with his sister. He is so cuddly and loves to be tickled, he is 1.
In June of 2015, I left my job after 8 years in the banking industry to become a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) to my daughter. I have been wanting to start a blog for awhile, but never found the time between my full time job and raising my daughter to pursue anything on the side. I have finally taken the plunge and started this blog to write about everything from being a SAHM, wife, mom things in general, active member of our church, and, as the name implies, protein shakes AKA fitness/healthy living! I also love organizing and home decor, so I’ll be writing about that occasionally.
I have a more detailed post that really shares my heart and passion for this blog, you can find that here.
Thank you for stopping by and for reading about me! I can’t wait to share this journey with you!
Hi! I am so glad you are here! My name is Kristen.
I apparently only have professional pictures of me pregnant, or holding a baby, or in my wedding dress, so this is a picture of me with my son when he was about a week old! Maybe I should get on that… Anyhow, I wanted to share a little more about me and how the idea of this blog came to be!
Most of my 20’s has been full of life events and figuring out what I want to do with my life. I grew up in South Dakota. I got a job at a well known bank immediately after graduating high school, and my now husband and I moved to a different state (ok… North Dakota… but still a different state!) after only a semester of college. I transferred to a branch with that same bank in the place we live now… and I got comfortable. I stayed at that job, got engaged, bought a house, got married, and graduated college with a general business degree in management/marketing. This was all by the time I was 23. I was still working for the same company, and had a few promotions within that time, but I was never fully happy in my job. I was good at it, and I loved aspects of it, but never wanted it to be my full career.
It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter, our first child, in 2014 that I really started dreaming about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was weird to think about, at that time I had been with the same company for all of my adult life (over 7 years), but I thought about it daily. My daughter was born and everything changed. The desire to leave my job became so intense I cried every day on my drive to work. I was unhappy at my job before, but it was only magnified once she entered our lives and I was determined to find a way to leave it.
My husband received an amazing job offer while I was on my maternity leave, and we knew it eventually had the potential for me to leave my job. I was so focused on leaving my job and making that happen at some point, again, I forgot about my dreams. I knew in my heart I wanted to be a stay at home mom… but also wanted to do something I was passionate about. Growing up I had wanted to be everything from a marine biologist, kindergarten teacher, a mom, baker, and even at one point a famous singer. It wasn’t until recently I realized I still had dreams but didn’t have much time to stop and think about what they had evolved into.
I was able to quit my job in 2015 (praise God!) but between getting pregnant with our second baby (a boy!), selling our first home, and building a new house all in 2016 there was no slowing down for our now family of four. I felt like we were finally settling in at the beginning of 2017 and again my mind started to wander with what, if anything, I wanted to do for a career. Up until this point, all of my life I always had big goals to work toward. Always reaching, never slowing down. I was planning a wedding, and then working hard to graduate college, then working toward getting pregnant, then quitting my day job, then…. see where I’m going?
I am now finally at a place in my life where I can breathe, slow down, and reevaluate those dreams. And while it has been needed, it is hard for me to slow down. I still have dreams, and now that I am older I am trying more than ever to take the time and figure them out. I love being a mom, and am so blessed that I get to be a stay at home mom. Not many people get to do that anymore, and I will never take for granted the fact that I get to do this. Lately though I found myself going a bit stir crazy. I don’t know if you want to call it the stay at home mom blues or what, but I noticed this year my mood was more down then up when I didn’t have an outlet of my own. Enter, this blog.
Writing has been something I have always enjoyed doing. I don’t have a degree in journalism or communications, but I love to write and share ideas and be creative. I love making up recipes and turning recipes I already love into healthy, while still yummy, alternatives. I recently joined a boot camp style gym and am loving the people I meet there and the strength and power I feel while working out and after. I love talking with other stay at home moms (and moms/people in general! I love people!) about them and their lives and their kids. I love my church and being an active member and volunteer there. The best way I could think of to share my life with others while being at home was with a blog. That’s what you will find here – healthy recipes and general wellness tips, stay at home mom and marriage resources, my faith. My husband and I just built a house as well, so everyone once in awhile I will be posting some house and organization ideas too.
So, here I am. Writing about things that I am passionate about and have been laid on my heart. I hope my blog is a place of inspiration to you, that is all I hope it to be. Thank you for stopping by!