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I sustain myself with love and family

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There is only one YOU, and that is your super power

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page

Saint Augustine

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Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.

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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.

Love & Marriage

We intend to live life, Not just to exist.

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Saving On Any Budget, You Can Do It

Now that we've all safely made it through the holiday season (Happy New Year!!), I really wanted to do a blog for saving on any budget. It's important. It's especially important during an age of overspending and feeling obligated to keep up with Jones'. I'm guilty of it myself, and I will always ... READ the POST

Our five (5) tips for saving on any budget.

A Perfect Birthday In Scottsboro Alabama

Beautiful house we stayed in - can you say VIEWS I recently spent my birthday weekend in Alabama of all places. A little city/town named Scottsboro. We were right on the lake, and I adored it. You can skip right to the end if you're solely looking for details on the house. If you know me, ... READ the POST

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