Author Archive | Karenza

I belong to Me

I Belong to Me

I recently read a book by one of my favorite authors, Brené Brown. The first chapter resonated with me deeply. It was about wanting to belong, having the feeling of belonging, and then experiencing the pain of loss upon realizing that we don’t in fact belong. The chapter also describes adjusting whom we are in […]

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The 5 Dos and Don’ts of a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is normally the most expensive room in the home. It’s where most of your appliances reside and where people tend to spend a lot of time. A kitchen remodel is an investment in your home. I have lived through my own personal kitchen remodel, countless kitchen remodels working at Woodtryst, and as a […]

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Screen Free Kids

Screen Free Kids

Screen free: I know it’s unheard of with screens even at gas station to entertain us while we pump gas. Screens are everywhere! Over a year ago we significantly cut down our daughter’s screen time. We have weaned it down to practically zero. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. She was like […]

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Give in to wanderlust

For the Chatta-Newbie

Families are moving to Chattanooga at a rapid pace because our city is beautiful, small but big, and we have the fastest internet in the world! For mamas new to town though, it’s not easy. You don’t know anyone, you don’t have a built-in support; it can be lonely and isolating. You have to choose […]

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This Parenting Stuff is Harder than I Thought

I imagined holding hands, wearing matching sundresses and frolicking through a meadow…motherhood. What a cold splash of water to my daydreams. My daughter wears skirts over dresses, cuts her own bangs, thinks I have no style, and doesn’t frolic. My mini me decided she was her own person. How dare she? Doesn’t she know I […]

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Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays: Beans Curry {Series}

I like to eat meat with every meal, but I do have a favorite childhood recipe that I sometimes cook up that (gasp!) doesn’t include any meat. When I was a child in South Africa my grandmother would fast (abstain from meat) once a week. We lived with her and she lived for cooking and […]

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