Stephanie

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Stephanie recently moved to North Padre Island from Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, two sons, Wilder (1) and Bouldin (4), and beloved golden retriever, Bodhi. Stephanie grew up in Amarillo, but spent most of her adulthood in Austin where she met her husband. They moved quite a bit as her husband started medical school and then attended ER residency. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Stephanie received a masters in social work, worked for several years in fundraising, and ran a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of breast cancer patients in El Paso. She began blogging as they started moving around with her husband’s medical training- it started with a focus on thrifting, and as life transitioned, the blog also shifted into travel and motherhood. With her husband’s crazy ER schedule, she tries to keep her boys active hiking, biking, and heading to the beach. Stephanie is learning to slow down and soak up every moment with her young boys.

DIY Gift Ideas for Teachers/Neighbors/Family

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I’m Thankful for the Struggle

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My Perfect Day in the Coastal Bend: North Padre Island Resident

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DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial

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Bring on the Layers! A Mom’s Guide to Fall Fashion

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  In an alternate universe, I imagine myself a fashion blogger or even a mom with a style-focused Instagram account. But alas, I am just a normal mom who follows far too many style bloggers and...

For the Love of a Dog

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The Fitness Struggle is Real

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Yes, Hire That Babysitter

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Goliad: A Kid-Friendly Day Trip Spotlight

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