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Born in Pennsylvania but raised in Southwest Florida, I’m a strong woman with an atypical upbringing. I was raised by my great-grandmother and became very independent at a young age. Early on, I learned to rely heavily on my strong will and humor to handle difficulties and push on toward my hopes and dreams. I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a marketing degree and immediately began working at a large church. My leadership position and social media presence have created a following of women who love to share in my daily life, humor, and inspiration with me. My personal mantra is “be bold and just be you,” and I love encouraging other women to do the same. Now the Co-Host of This Grit and Grace Life podcast and Brand Ambassador at The Grit and Grace Project, I have the opportunity to do so on an even larger scale, and I love every minute of it! I find I’m most comfortable in front of the camera or behind the microphone. I was widowed when my son, Lincoln was just 3, so I have had my share of struggles. But they have been beautifully intertwined with joy and life, and I strive to find the good in all things. I’m happily remarried to the love of my life, and Lincoln new daddy. It’s easy to look back and see how both grit and grace have marked my entire life. But remember, I’m winging it. My life, my eyeliner, motherhood, everything.
Why I Started Praying for Your Husband Daily

I have a heart for marriage. Always have. Since I was a little girl (without a mom, dad, or any example of it to

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This Is a Window Into My Widowhood

I remember getting the call. “Paul has had an accident and it’s not good. We need to get over there.” It was his dad

When Will I Be Ready to Date After My Husband's Death?

When my husband passed away suddenly, I knew fairly quickly I would want to date again. For some, that might seem odd. You see, I

How to Have Your Own Coffee + Bible Time

If you follow me on social media (you should, by the way), you likely see me post on Facebook most mornings (not every day—no

Everything You Need to Know About Le Tote Fashion Rental

It's no secret that I'm into fashion. In fact, I've been known to say (half-jokingly) that it's my hobby. We can't all be crafty,

What Makeup Brushes Do I Really Need?

I got into makeup sometime in college. Before that, I shudder to see the pictures. And then, maybe worse, was my first year or

3 Easy Apps and Tricks to Save Money

I’m all about saving money. For a couple of months I was into coupon-clipping. I bought the newspaper on Sunday (two, of course, for BOGOs—Publix

5 Things I've Learned in a Decade of Wifing

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Makeup Hack Essential Oils and Mascara

I feel like all of the oily ladies out there are going to love me for this one! Essential oils have become big, and


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Take a Moment to Stop and Listen

This morning I had a heart-to-heart with my son's teacher. It all began when she commented on my physical transformation that she noticed from

Nagging Your Husband? Try This Instead!

First, I’m no expert, but I’ve learned a thing or two in my 10 years of marriage. Namely, it takes a LOT of prayer.