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Family - Self-Love - Adventure

Welcome to itsbellmade—a safer space for sharing, for collaboration, and for being. itsbellmade is a passion project. It’s a collection of short stories, a manifesto, and a memoir—at once. For most of my life, I felt like I was on the outside looking in. I was too loud, too big, too open. A wildcard. All attributes to be fully and graciously embraced. We all have a story to share. Stories that are worthy of being shared. Stories that will tell the world and universe “we were here, and we LIVED.”

"itsbellmade" because “Bell” is my married name. It will be the name that our children carry. When you think of itsbellmade, think of both an individual and a unit. Think of familiarity. Think of the stories we tell, and the stories we live.

My goal is to leave as many footprints on this earth as I possibly can. To share stories of love and trials. To inspire through pictures, lived experiences, courage, and hope. To show honesty and vulnerability in a manner that is funny, sometimes frightening, but mostly captivating.

Here is where family, self-love, and adventure meet to create LIFEstyle.

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We intend to live life, Not just to exist.

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Mulled Cider Recipe – Hot or Cold

Hello hello, welcome back! Or at least, I hope you're back and that you'll be back forever and evermore. There's good things happening here. Like the yummy goodness that is mulled cider. Now as I always promise not to bore you with a book worth of reading just to get to the recipe, I will leave ... READ the POST

Lets Eat: Homemade Bolognese Sauce Recipe

I won't bore you guys with some long post about what this recipe means to us. Seriously, it's PASTA. You can never go wrong with pasta. After eating myself into a coma last night, it's now 8 in the morning, and I'm contemplating eating a bowl of this stuff because that's how good it is. Is it ever ... READ the POST

Top 3: Siem Reap

Last on our tour tour of SE Asia, is Siem Reap, Cambodia. Strangely enough, or maybe not, this was one of the places that felt like home. Maybe it's because I was well-attended to, after severely spraining my ankle on Day 2 in Bangkok. Literally, Cambodia was Day 3 of 14 in SE Asia, so as I'm sure ... READ the POST

AshTalks: Weathering The Pandemic Storm

Surviving this Covid-19 pandemic has been a very tedious thing. Some days I truly feel on top of the world, and many days I feel the exact opposite. Weathering this pandemic storm isn't easy. So as I watch the number of layoffs in the United States increase, I'm thinking to myself "how can I help ... READ the POST