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    Sara Rader Smathers
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“Your home is a living space, not a storage space.”
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First load in operation #simplifybeforebaby is gone! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
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We had so much STUFF from when we got married {2+ years ago 😳} and it was time to finally time to get rid of everything we didn’t need. 
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There’s still more to go, but I already feel SO much better 😍
“Your home is a living space, not a storage space.” ___ First load in operation #simplifybeforebaby  is gone! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 ___ We had so much STUFF from when we got married {2+ years ago 😳} and it was time to finally time to get rid of everything we didn’t need. ___ There’s still more to go, but I already feel SO much better 😍
Lots of time on the go over the last week, which means LOTS of snacks 😬
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This is still one of my favorites and takes less time to throw together than it would to have to go get something!
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•Fruit
•Plain Greek yogurt (one serving has 22g of protein 😳)
•Honey
•Pecans
•Coconut Flakes
•Chia seeds
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😋🤰🏼😋🤰🏼
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What’s your favorite on-the-go snack?! I need #allthesnacks 😬
Lots of time on the go over the last week, which means LOTS of snacks 😬 ___ This is still one of my favorites and takes less time to throw together than it would to have to go get something! ___ •Fruit •Plain Greek yogurt (one serving has 22g of protein 😳) •Honey •Pecans •Coconut Flakes •Chia seeds ___ 😋🤰🏼😋🤰🏼 ___ What’s your favorite on-the-go snack?! I need #allthesnacks  😬
Woke up at 3 this morning STARVING #storyofmylife
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Most days I don’t go back to sleep, but today I finally passed back out after John left for work, so I was super groggy when I went for a short walk.
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But nothing will wake you up quite like:
☝🏻walking up on a copperhead (it was a baby, but still 🤷🏼‍♀️)
✌🏻having an older man stop you to tell you that the local news said there was a coyote out in the neighborhood 😳
Woke up at 3 this morning STARVING #storyofmylife  ___ Most days I don’t go back to sleep, but today I finally passed back out after John left for work, so I was super groggy when I went for a short walk. ___ But nothing will wake you up quite like: ☝🏻walking up on a copperhead (it was a baby, but still 🤷🏼‍♀️) ✌🏻having an older man stop you to tell you that the local news said there was a coyote out in the neighborhood 😳
When you have fiftyleven things to do and don’t even know where to start, sometimes the BEST thing you can do is take advantage of your husband having the day off, load up and go spend the day at the beach doing zero of those things 😃
When you have fiftyleven things to do and don’t even know where to start, sometimes the BEST thing you can do is take advantage of your husband having the day off, load up and go spend the day at the beach doing zero of those things 😃
30 week appointment 🤰🏼 and was measuring half a week ahead 😃 {which I know means nothing, but it still inspired me to go buy some things for the nursery! I’m as shocked as y’all are 😂😂}
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At what point did you start nesting?! Still not there yet 🙋🏼‍♀️ and still not worried about it 🤷🏼‍♀️
30 week appointment 🤰🏼 and was measuring half a week ahead 😃 {which I know means nothing, but it still inspired me to go buy some things for the nursery! I’m as shocked as y’all are 😂😂} ___ At what point did you start nesting?! Still not there yet 🙋🏼‍♀️ and still not worried about it 🤷🏼‍♀️
The prettiest dancer at the recital 💃🏼
The prettiest dancer at the recital 💃🏼
Did you have any goals before starting a family?
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We had 2. And one of them was getting rid of debt with the exception of what we have in our house.
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I’m a BIG Dave Ramsey fan! {Any other Financial Peace University graduates?! 🙋🏼‍♀️} A big reason I’m able to stay at home is because we were serious about getting rid of debt. 
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I promise neither of us are rich. Or have been handed anything from our parents. But budgets are pretty awesome (and sometimes hard!) 🙌🏻 ___
What are some of your biggest money tips?!
Did you have any goals before starting a family? ___ We had 2. And one of them was getting rid of debt with the exception of what we have in our house. ___ I’m a BIG Dave Ramsey fan! {Any other Financial Peace University graduates?! 🙋🏼‍♀️} A big reason I’m able to stay at home is because we were serious about getting rid of debt. ___ I promise neither of us are rich. Or have been handed anything from our parents. But budgets are pretty awesome (and sometimes hard!) 🙌🏻 ___ What are some of your biggest money tips?!
#transformationtuesday {on a Wednesday 🤷🏼‍♀️}
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I’m lucky enough to have a husband that swears the only thing that’s changed is that my belly has gotten bigger (and boobs. Because let’s be honest- I’ve had to buy new bras TWICE 😳)
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But I know that my muscles are softer. All. Over.
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My body may never be the same. But it will have done something greater than it ever has before. And I’ll take that trade-off 😍
#transformationtuesday  {on a Wednesday 🤷🏼‍♀️} ___ I’m lucky enough to have a husband that swears the only thing that’s changed is that my belly has gotten bigger (and boobs. Because let’s be honest- I’ve had to buy new bras TWICE 😳) ___ But I know that my muscles are softer. All. Over. ___ My body may never be the same. But it will have done something greater than it ever has before. And I’ll take that trade-off 😍
Today I walked out of this classroom for the last time 😢
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Growing up I always knew I wanted to be able to stay home with my babies one day, but I never thought it would be so hard to leave a job I loved so much! 👩🏼‍🏫
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I didn’t go to school to be a teacher, and I didn’t even start teaching until I was 29!! But it always was there tugging at my heart, and I was lucky enough to get to spend my last 2 years at the BEST district in the state! 🙌🏻
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I hope I was able to impact my students as much as they impacted me. And I hope I made school a FUN place for them. I made sure to tell them everyday that I loved them and they were smart and important! ☺️
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Bittersweet to be closing a chapter that I’ve loved so much to start a new one that I know I’ll love even more. 
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I guess I’ll get started on that nursery now 😬
Today I walked out of this classroom for the last time 😢 ___ Growing up I always knew I wanted to be able to stay home with my babies one day, but I never thought it would be so hard to leave a job I loved so much! 👩🏼‍🏫 ___ I didn’t go to school to be a teacher, and I didn’t even start teaching until I was 29!! But it always was there tugging at my heart, and I was lucky enough to get to spend my last 2 years at the BEST district in the state! 🙌🏻 ___ I hope I was able to impact my students as much as they impacted me. And I hope I made school a FUN place for them. I made sure to tell them everyday that I loved them and they were smart and important! ☺️ ___ Bittersweet to be closing a chapter that I’ve loved so much to start a new one that I know I’ll love even more. ___ I guess I’ll get started on that nursery now 😬
Sometimes you gotta #treatyoself
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I stopped getting pedicures over a year ago to save some money. I was paying for the works and barely getting a polish change 🙄 
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But when it’s hard to reach your feet {and you NEED a good foot massage}, you find a new place to go because you’re only gonna have time for a pedicure for a few more months 😬
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And I have to keep them pretty while I can still see them 😂
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Oh, and @halotopcreamery Because duh. The whole pint only has 240 calories and TWENTY grams of protein! Did you know you’re supposed to get between 75 and 100 grams of protein a day when pregnant?! #winning
Sometimes you gotta #treatyoself  ___ I stopped getting pedicures over a year ago to save some money. I was paying for the works and barely getting a polish change 🙄 ___ But when it’s hard to reach your feet {and you NEED a good foot massage}, you find a new place to go because you’re only gonna have time for a pedicure for a few more months 😬 ___ And I have to keep them pretty while I can still see them 😂 ___ Oh, and @halotopcreamery Because duh. The whole pint only has 240 calories and TWENTY grams of protein! Did you know you’re supposed to get between 75 and 100 grams of protein a day when pregnant?! #winning 
29 weeks and I swear my belly is growing bigger by the minute!
29 weeks and I swear my belly is growing bigger by the minute!
Give yourself grace, not guilt.
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That energy came around for about 3 or 4 weeks, but now it’s gone again. Guess I should have gotten a few things done while it was here 😂
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So it was pizza last night for dinner. And leftover pizza for lunch. And I’m ok with it because that’s 2 meals I didn’t have to fix, which meant a pre-dinner nap on my hubby’s shoulder ☺️
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I’m definitely not perfect, but luckily pizza made for a happy momma, daddy & baby. 🧔🏻🤰🏼👶🏼 and last night, that was enough for me 😴
Give yourself grace, not guilt. ___ That energy came around for about 3 or 4 weeks, but now it’s gone again. Guess I should have gotten a few things done while it was here 😂 ___ So it was pizza last night for dinner. And leftover pizza for lunch. And I’m ok with it because that’s 2 meals I didn’t have to fix, which meant a pre-dinner nap on my hubby’s shoulder ☺️ ___ I’m definitely not perfect, but luckily pizza made for a happy momma, daddy & baby. 🧔🏻🤰🏼👶🏼 and last night, that was enough for me 😴
Student: Mrs. Smathers, do you hunt in a tree or a blind?
Me: Mostly a tree. Why?
Student: I don’t think that’s going to be very safe with a baby...
Me: I’ll just strap the baby on and climb on up. It will be fine!!
Student : 😳😳😳 What if you hit the baby with your bow?! I think you should stick to blinds for awhile...
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😂😂😂
Student: Mrs. Smathers, do you hunt in a tree or a blind? Me: Mostly a tree. Why? Student: I don’t think that’s going to be very safe with a baby... Me: I’ll just strap the baby on and climb on up. It will be fine!! Student : 😳😳😳 What if you hit the baby with your bow?! I think you should stick to blinds for awhile... ___ 😂😂😂
Last night on my {very short} walk as my legs were jiggling from the muscle lost from my workout restrictions, I have to admit, I thought....
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I don’t even care!!
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Y’all. My body has changed. But it hasn’t gotten worse 🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s growing a BABY 👶🏼 ___
Love your body where it is now. It’s the only one you’ve got 😘
Last night on my {very short} walk as my legs were jiggling from the muscle lost from my workout restrictions, I have to admit, I thought.... ___ I don’t even care!! ___ Y’all. My body has changed. But it hasn’t gotten worse 🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s growing a BABY 👶🏼 ___ Love your body where it is now. It’s the only one you’ve got 😘
STAAR test OVER 🙌🏻
LipSense on 💋
Barely one week left of school 💃🏼
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It’s the little things 😉
STAAR test OVER 🙌🏻 LipSense on 💋 Barely one week left of school 💃🏼 ___ It’s the little things 😉
My days go back and forth between thinking about snacks and eating snacks 😬
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I’m still hungry alllllll the time, so I have to keep plenty of snacks handy! I’m wanting fruit {and meat} but NEEDING carbs 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m also NEEDING quick options because I do NOT want to be in the kitchen these days 🙄
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My go-to morning snack the past few weeks has been overnight oats with an apple! Fix them once and they last 3-4 days 💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️
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•2 1/2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter (make sure you get pb without added sugar 😉)
•1/4 tsp vanilla extract
•1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
•1/3 cup milk (I usually use unsweetened almond milk, but any milk works!)
•1/2 cup oats
•1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder
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Mix all ingredients together and store in fridge over night! They’re easier to mix if you soften the peanut butter in the microwave first!
My days go back and forth between thinking about snacks and eating snacks 😬 ___ I’m still hungry alllllll the time, so I have to keep plenty of snacks handy! I’m wanting fruit {and meat} but NEEDING carbs 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m also NEEDING quick options because I do NOT want to be in the kitchen these days 🙄 ___ My go-to morning snack the past few weeks has been overnight oats with an apple! Fix them once and they last 3-4 days 💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ ___ •2 1/2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter (make sure you get pb without added sugar 😉) •1/4 tsp vanilla extract •1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt •1/3 cup milk (I usually use unsweetened almond milk, but any milk works!) •1/2 cup oats •1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder ___ Mix all ingredients together and store in fridge over night! They’re easier to mix if you soften the peanut butter in the microwave first!
Hello 3rd trimester 👋🏻 Passed the glucose test 💁🏼‍♀️ and feeling mostly good!

I guess it’s time to start doing all the things I keep saying we have “plenty of time” for 😬 
At what point did you have the nursery ready? So far we have the crib put together aaaaaaand that’s it 😂😂
Hello 3rd trimester 👋🏻 Passed the glucose test 💁🏼‍♀️ and feeling mostly good! I guess it’s time to start doing all the things I keep saying we have “plenty of time” for 😬 At what point did you have the nursery ready? So far we have the crib put together aaaaaaand that’s it 😂😂
“Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears, and most of all, love.”
“Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears, and most of all, love.”