• Pickle Fail {Gypsy Magpie}

    Food Storage Lessons: Pickle Fail

    When I was growing up I learned the value of a garden and how to preserve food. It was just an every day way of life. I enjoyed going to my grandparents’ home each fall to pick grapes and make juice and jelly. Peeling peaches became mom and me time. I loved seeing the plants […]

  • In Honor of National Eating Disorder Week {Gypsy Magpie}

    For National Eating Disorder Week & Elle

    On Monday, my darling cousin posted this to Facebook along with a link to the NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION: “Hey everyone guess what?! It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week!!! *Throws confetti* About 6 years ago I started my battle with anorexia nervosa, an extremely dangerous eating disorder. In those 6 years I’ve had ups and […]

  • Bottles

    The last two weeks I have done a lot of self reflection. I had a conversation with a loved one, and I surprised myself with what I said. It really bothered me. Like I said before, I’m a bottler and I’m trying to learn to overcome that this year. Well, I finally opened the lid […]

  • My One Word: 2014 {Gypsy Magpie}

    My One Word: 2014

    When I was growing up a family friend named MaryAnn, would pick one skill or aspect of her life that she wanted to work on and then she would devote that year to becoming better at it. One year she took up painting, another year she learned about herbs and essential oils, another was food […]

  • Mail {Gypsy Magpie}


    I opened my mailbox today and found a little package from a girl I had gone to high school with. Ah, dreaded high school…let’s just say it wasn’t the happiest era of my life. On graduation day, I shot out of there like a bat out of hades. This cute gal and I hadn’t been […]

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    Live Happy Challenge: Results

    Last week I announced to the universe that I was going to try the LIVE HAPPY CHALLENGE, big mistake. I think it’s like praying for patience. Pray for patience and somebody says, “You want patience? Hold on to your seat, girl!” That’s exactly what happened when I decided to do DR. MATT’S challenge. The daily […]

  • Be Still {Gypsy Magpie}

    Be Still

    Remember back in January when I chose the word LISTEN to focus on this year? Wow, I could have never foreseen the amount of opportunities I would be given to do just that. Maybe when you focus on something you notice it more? Maybe you become more open to the teaching experiences that are thrown […]