Christchurch, New Zealand. Behind the Lens

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There is so much to see and do in Christchurch, New Zealand. But this city has so much meaning to us since it's my husbands' hometown. I invite you behind the lens to see all the city, beaches, trails, and rebuild of the city post earthquake.  Our time in Christchurch, New Zealand has come and gone. My husband (aka the kiwi) is from Christchurch. He's been training for … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Digital Detox?

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I often reminisce about our time in New Zealand back in 2011-2012. You see, those were the days when all we had was a local Nokia phone with no extra features, our car had no radio, and the only access to internet we has was when we were at the house connected to wi-fi. That means when we left the house, we DISCONNECTED. We did not have access to email, facebook, instagram, … [Read more...]

Flashback Friday: Kiwi Cotter

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As I sit here, thinking over this past year, I almost get a little teary eyed. For me, that says something. I may be corny, but shedding tears of emotion? Pah-lease. Haha, actually, I share in tears of joy. And that’s why I am writing this today. For me, to share joy, to look back at life and THANK GOD for all He’s done. You see, a year a go today we were on a plane to New … [Read more...]

All things Green and Winner

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This is a semi wordless post. It’s not too important. Well, besides the announcement of the HEALTHY BITES winners!! Oh yea! In order to not make it too lame, I will talk about my big realization this weekend. Green! Yep, it’s everything and I didn’t even notice before St. Patty's day. I know I know, important stuff! Happy Sunday! I see green, I wear green, I look … [Read more...]

30 Min Thursday: The “NEW” Routine

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ROUTINE ------> It’s a funny word in the Cotter House. You see, we rarely have a SET routine. It changes all the time. If something works, we stick with it, if it doesn’t then Buh-bye. And how do we know if it works? We see results in the way we LIVE with and for each other. A Year ago I was in a routine that looked productive, but in reality it was destructive Teaching … [Read more...]

Fake it Friday

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Ahh yes. Friday has come. Although it’s just another day in the Cotter house, it still feels good to say it’s Friday. I think my brain and body are finally on the Friday wavelength too. So what is the best way to overcome jet lag? I say “fake it.” Fake like you never left the time zone that you are currently in. This means you get up, eat, sleep, etc. all at your normal … [Read more...]

Homecoming…

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Helloo!!! “I don’t think we’re in New Zealand anymore Toto.” Yep, my exact thoughts. As soon as we landed in LA, a rush of adrenaline hit. Yes, half of it was the jet lag and strong coffee combination, but the other half was just REAL. Let me tell you our travel plans, just humor. 4 hour drive from Taupo to Auckland, wait 5 hours for our flight. Then 12 hour … [Read more...]

Victory in the Land of Long White Cloud

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Are you wondering about my title? No? Well, you should. New Zealand is “supposedly” referred to as the Land of the long white cloud. Just click the link for the history. I won’t go into detail here, don’t you worry. But what I will go into detail about is my time here. So sit back if you will…. Just to preface, I recently signed up for the GLAM AUTHOR Program. It’s a paid … [Read more...]

It is what it is..

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This morning I woke up and just so happened to have an online devotional sent to me in my email. Thankfully, we had 1/2 G of data left so I could read and pass it along to the hubs. It was hard to read, yet comforting at the same time. These words were loud and clear. “As an offering of trust, we must give up that which could so easily bring us down. Not give up as in … [Read more...]

Mother Nature cancels Ironman

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In 12 hours the hubs was suppose to be racing a FULL IRONMAN, but around 4 pm today, Mother Nature had other plans in mind. After 4 months of hard work, training, etc. the poor guy doesn’t get to race the full event. There was frustration, there was heartbreak, and there was upset. Clouds starting to roll in. BUT… We know that the safety of the athletes comes first. … [Read more...]