Only Good News News

What if there were a news outlet that ONLY gave good news? With the constant influx of devastating, infuriating, and ridiculous information that I see on a daily basis, how can I fight the urge to drown my sorrows in chocolate milk and retreat under my covers? So, in an effort to make you think…

Living Water

The painting by Jyoti Sahi that is pictured above is a beautiful representation of when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). This is by far one of my favorite stories of Jesus. I’ve been so moved by his compassion and his love for the woman that was unlovable by most people’s standards….

A Royal Wedding Party

Yesterday, we celebrated a royal wedding! I know I don’t personally know Harry and Meghan, but any excuse I can have to throw a themed Pinterest-inspired wedding party, I’m going to do it! So with the help of my dear friend Leticia, we threw our first official Pinterest-inspired party! There were mimosas, scones, beans and…

Confessions of a People Pleaser

My name is Ariel, and I’m a people pleaser. It’s a strength and a weakness sometimes; but mostly, it sucks. I let my need to be liked, appreciated, cared for, etc., take over in relationships—both personal and professional, and often get myself too far in over my head—all because I want to please people. Now,…

The Expat Life

I sort of moved to Portugal on a whim. I mean, looking back, I definitely see how God brought me to this place, for a reason, but at the time, I was 23 and looking for an adventure. I’d just graduated from University with a degree in Education and had moved back to my home…

Fool-Proof French Bread

When I moved to Portugal nearly a decade ago, most of my favorite foods (read: Mexican) were not available. I came from an American home where there was no lack of tortilla chips and where Tacos were a weekly dinner occurrence, and if I wanted to have those things here, well, I had to learn…

The Inner Circle

This past week, I unintentionally hurt two people by leaving them out of an event. I didn’t mean to do this. In fact, I really honestly just didn’t think about it at all. Blame my overtired mommy brain or the rush of the holiday season or whatever else you can think of—I still managed to…

I Slept in a Lidl Parking Lot

Long ago, in a memory so faint, I’m not sure if it’s real or if it’s imaginary, I remember being well- rested. Then, I had children. Two of them. Two sticky, adorable blonde things that bring me so much joy, I cannot even express it; but at the same time, the two most sadistic little…

The Age of “Whadda Doooing?”

Though the baby-talk spelling of the title above may put you off, I promise, there’s a reason. This was my two-year old son’s favorite saying. He’d barge into the bathroom/bedroom/kitchen/living room, slam the door and ask, “Mommy, whadda doooing?” I actually get asked this question multiple times a day, to which there’s always the reply…