// about me


Though my heart lives on the beaches of Kauai,
my body lives in Houston TX.
I have a huge affection for photography, crafts, style and everything artsy.
I like humor, wrestling with my husband, and worn out jeans.
I love Jesus.
I am addicted to chai lattes and baby legs.
Dancing, babies, spring time and stripes make me giddy.
I love long chats with old friends at tiny coffee shops.
My husband and children are my best friends.
I dream BIG.
I am raw and real and far from perfect.
I'm happiest when I have no time restrictions.
I love hard to a fault and am overly considerate.
I'm eclectic. A vintage junkie. Old architecture is my weakness.
I enjoy porch-sitting and watching babies dance in the rain.
I believe in serving and giving and encouraging others.
I’d rather be happy than wealthy.
I love home-making, decorating, fashion, and pretty diy’s.
This is my journal, my work, life as a mother, and things that inspire me.
This blog is my heart…my story.

XOXO,
M.


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Want more? 
 HERE I delve a little deeper about who I am. And HERE are a few more random facts.

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Click HERE for our love story!

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"A woman of virtue, who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels
and her value is far above rubies or pearls."
~Proverbs 31:10

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Meet my brood...
Peter (husband), Keegan (13), Bailey (11), and Reef (1)





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38 comments:

  1. thanks for stopping by my little world so I can get to yours!! it's always great to meet another houstonian! how do you stay SO FIT even after 3 kids?! tell me your secrets! I have no kids but I might seem like I did. haha

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  2. Melissa, I can't thank you enough for stopping by! And, of course, your kind words. I'm not at all perfect under my clothes, but after having gained 50-60 lbs with each pregnancy, I'm okay with where I am at...weight-wise. Although, I would really like to be more toned. I don't really have any secrets, but I do try to 1) avoid eating after 7pm, 2) eat lots of fiber, and 3) take a few long walks each week.

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  3. Hello Pretty Lady!.. From M-A-N-D-Y :) I am looking forward to getting to know you! I am your newest follower. I have a blog question for you. I am a blogger blog as well. How the heck did you get the titles of your widget sections to be so pretty? "Follow by email, Blog archive, etc..." I'd be happy to return the favor if there is anything I could help you with???

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    1. Mandy, thanks for visiting me and I do apologize for the delay in my response. You may notice, however, that I've revamped my blog since you last visited. I don't have the cursive gadget headers that I use to have. But if you still want to know how to do it, send me an email, and I'll work on sending you a step-by-step tutorial. That is, of course, if you're using Blogger to host your site. XOXO

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  4. Mandi, What a beautiful family! You've got such a positive, uplifting look and feel here at AMHE. It's wonderful! Thanks again for stopping by merelymothers to visit. Keep in touch.

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    1. Evanthia, I can't think of sweeter words being written to me. That's exactly what I strive for...a positive, uplifting outlook on life...but never overshadowing of the real, raw life experiences we each have. I hope you'll visit often, and please let me know when you do -- it means the world! Oh, and thx for following me via Twitter! XOXO

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  5. Hi, Mandi! Thank you for stopping by Kreative Creationz. I love your blog and you have such a beautiful family! I am your newest friend in FB!

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    1. Kendra, I couldn't be more thankful for your follow -- thank you!

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  6. hey hey mandi!
    your smile is infectious! gorgeous! i can't get the 'contact' button to work, so can you email me to discuss swapping buttons? thx!

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    1. Hiya sweetheart! I adore you so. My blog just had a makeover, so there might be a few gliches here and there, which we may only discover through trial and error. Yes, let's swap buttons. If you click on my "Advertising" page and scroll down, I have a button swap there. Or we can just send each other the HTML code directly?

      Either way, email me at mandi.hulse2@gmail.com and we'll figure it out! XOXO

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  7. What an absolutely beautiful family you have!! You have a new follower in me -- I look forward to reading more! : ]

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  8. I love your heart and your story. What great family photos, too.

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    1. You just made my day, Diane - thank you!

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  9. I really like the layout of your blog as well as all your posts! =) Do you have any design tips for new bloggers? (i.e how did you go about getting your unique subscribe button & cool facebook/pinterest links)

    Happy blogging,

    ~Meg, www.willwork4cupcakes.blogpsot.com

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    1. Megan, a lot of images can be created using Photoshop Elements. You can also contact blog designers that can create those types of things for you. Speaking of, you're in luck. I'm currently hosting a giveaway for a free blog design. Go to my post on April 8th, and enter to win!

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  10. Your family is gorgeous! Reef is seriously precious!!!

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    1. How late am I? So sorry, Hayley -- thank you for those sweet words!

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  11. Hi Mandi! I Love your blog! I grew up in Houston then moved to Anchorage, Alaska a few years ago. I know crazy! My husband is in the U.S. Air Force :) Thank you so much for the follow on BL. I'm so excited to follow and get to know you and your beautiful family!

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    1. I feel awful for responding so late -- I honestly hadn't realized that there were comments on my About Me page.

      Wow, what a tough move to make -- from the scorching heat to the freezing cold. I probably couldn't survive that much cold to be honest with you.

      So happy to get to know you, Melissa! Thank you for the sweet words!

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  12. How.cute.are.you.guys! So happy to find your awesome little space and follow along with your adventures :)

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  13. Hey there! I LOVE your blog! The pictures of your family are gorgeous and all the posts are so inviting! Great to "meet" you through the Wandering Brain Blog Hop.
    Maria
    www.musicteachingandparenting.com

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    1. Thank you, Maria -- I appreciate you and hope you'll honor me with future visits again soon. Blessings!

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  14. your family is beautiful!

    xoxo
    harley
    Harley & Jane

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  15. Hi, Glad to have found your lovely blog! What a beautiful family you have! :-)

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  16. I grew up in Houston, Tx and now currently live in the Beautiful, BUT COLD! Anchorage, Alaska :) So great to meet fellow "Houstonians" in the blogging world! :)
    www.fawnoverbaby.com

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    1. I'm so enjoying your blog, Melissa! If you're EVER back in Houston, please ring me. xoxo

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  17. What a beautiful family - glad I found your blog today!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment -- I appreciate you!

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  18. Beautiful, beautiful family!! Congrats on the baby!!

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  19. I am your newest follower. Found you through the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop. You have such a beautiful family. Can't wait to read further on your blog!
    http://hurryupandwaitusmc.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, Miranda - how sweet! Thanks for including your link. I am eager to learn more about you, too! xoxo

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  20. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    I am a new follower, saw you on the blog hop. You have a beautiful page!
    www.barefootbloggess.com

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  21. So nice to "meet" you!!!
    I just found your blog!!
    I am now following via bloglovin & GFC!!
    Looking forward to keeping up!

    xo
    Christina
    Christinawhoblog.com

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  22. Beautiful family! I am new to blogging and love everything about your page. My heart is in Kula, Maui my body now resides on Oahu.

    Debbie

    www.heartbeatsSoulstains.com

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  23. Beautiful pictures and such a beautiful family you have. I love your children's names :)

    Fiona @ www.dollydowsie.com

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  24. Time to update these info! Welcome to your new baby!
    II stayed away from the blogosphere for a while so I didn't know about your pregnancy.... Two little kids can be... overwelming... (I can't imagine four!)
    I have a new blog...when you have time stop and say hi!
    http://m-as-me.blogspot.it

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I am incredibly grateful for your comment! I will respond as soon as possible. XOXO, Mandi

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