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One plus One plus Five plus Five.

October 14th, 2017|2 Comments

This handsome dude turns twelve today.

This handsome dude is leading the way for the rest of them….navigating the brand new challenges of middle school, tweenhood, extra responsibilities.

This handsome dude’s current obsession is Undertale (the musical). He lives and breathes it.

He’s making animations on his phone and filling his personal YouTube […]

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How to Win Kid-Friends & Influence Little Monsters [My Secrets Exposed]

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Hey there! It’s been a while. I’ve been around, and often think, man, I want to write something. And then I remember that I have a full time job now (from home, thank goodness) and no energy at the end of the day, and am fresh out of ideas most […]

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An American in Paris Dances Onto the Starlight Stage

July 12th, 2017|1 Comment

I’ve seen a lot of musicals in my life, but never one like An American in Paris.

Imagine a story told in song, like an other musical, but the actors are professional ballet dancers. So not only do they sing beautifully, but they walk with the grace of people that […]

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MAMMA MIA! Says Farewell at Starlight Theatre This Weekend

June 24th, 2017|Comments Off on MAMMA MIA! Says Farewell at Starlight Theatre This Weekend

It’s your last chance to see the touring production of MAMMA MIA! as they say “farewell”, so get yourselves to Starlight Theatre THIS WEEKEND before they leave and the Jersey Boys come to town.

MAMMA MIA! is So. Much. Fun. The songs have you tapping your feet and clapping your hands […]

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Under The Sea: The Little Mermaid Opens Starlight’s 67th Season

June 4th, 2017|1 Comment

Starlight Theatre opened its 67th season of live Broadway entertainment last night with its production of Disney The Little Mermaid, and the girls and I were there to see it happen.

The show runs through June 11, with a total of 8 shows to choose from. Tickets for Disney The Little Mermaid […]

First of the Lasts (Grand Finale LTYM Show Piece)

May 8th, 2017|2 Comments

This is what I read in our grand finale Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City show yesterday. I wrote it between our first and second (final) rehearsals, and my son gave me his blessing to read it in front of the audience (while he was helping me get the show […]

Puppy Parade

March 29th, 2017|1 Comment

I don’t really talk to them. I mean, when they come back in the house after a potty break, I tell them how sweet they are. My pups. But that’s it.

For a few weeks after school started this past fall, and all of the kids left for eight hours every […]

Six is Practically Out of the House.

March 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Six is Practically Out of the House.

The no-longer-a-baby baby is six today. S.I.X.

 

Our youngest is almost done with kindergarten. He’s starting to read. He’s got his own opinions about EVERYTHING. He fake cries a lot, and snuggles a lot. He hugs his big brother and tells him that he loves him in his sweetest little boy […]

What’s Happenin’.

March 20th, 2017|Comments Off on What’s Happenin’.

It’s spring break here, on this first day of spring, and the weather is gorgeous. For most of the last several spring breaks, I’ve been traveling to conferences or trips, so the kids and I haven’t had a good ol’ fashioned, lazy, sunny, relaxed spring break in a while. I’m […]

My Tribe

January 3rd, 2017|5 Comments

A lot has happened in the last six months (obviously) but there’s one thing that changed drastically and has made a huge difference in my life.

I’m an introvert (tell us something we don’t know, Greta), and I’ve always had close girl friends that I can pick up right where we […]

Hello, Old Friend.

January 1st, 2017|9 Comments

Hey there, it’s been a while. I’ve been itching to write, but I can’t seem to make any words come out of my brain. You know the feeling?

Anyway. Let’s just open the wound here and worry about that later.

Here’s to 2017.

 

 

What If?

July 28th, 2016|3 Comments

To say that this week has been stressful is the understatement of the millennium. This summer has been stressful, really, with trying to buy a house and actually close on it and move, but this last week all but did me in. I’ve had to find distractions to keep my […]

A Night Out With Beauty and the Beast

July 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday, and to celebrate, the kids and I took him to Starlight Theatre and out to eat. It may not have been his first choice to see the touring production of the fairy tale musical, Beauty and the Beast, but we all had a great time.

The stage […]

Bullets Over Broadway at Starlight Theatre

June 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Bullets Over Broadway at Starlight Theatre

It was an absolutely gorgeous night for the opening of Bullets Over Broadway at Starlight Theatre. GORGEOUS. I took my mom to see the new touring Broadway production of Woody’s Allen’s show, and it did not disappoint. Neither of us had seen it, so we didn’t know exactly […]

Celebrating a Special Dad with #KCSteaks

June 7th, 2016|8 Comments

Read on and you’ll find a coupon code AND giveaway…

So, my husband is hard to buy for (if you continue to read this, babe, just act surprised on the 19th). If he wants something, he buys it. If you ask him for ideas, he doesn’t have any,

I’m not alone in […]

Uncommonly Fantastically Good

May 9th, 2016|1 Comment

When Uncommon Goods approached me about sharing their company with you guys, I was immediately on board. Not because they have an amazing collection of unique gifts and products, or because they focus on environmentally sustainable and responsible practices (like limiting the number of catalogs they print and printing them […]

My Story (Right Now)

May 7th, 2016|2 Comments

The following is what I read in the Listen To Your Mother: KC show last weekend. It’s become an out of body experience, like my brain and body are at odds with each other….my brain is telling me it’s no big deal, I can pick up the toy, while […]

They Listened (and I’m So Proud) #ltym

May 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

It’s been two days since we had our Listen To Your Mother show, and I’m still processing (and needing a nap).

What I can say right now is this:

~~I’m so glad my husband and two oldest were there.

~~Our cast brought it. They were pros, truly, even though most of […]

My Brain is a Scary, Crowded Place

April 19th, 2016|5 Comments

In just under two weeks (12 days but who’s counting), our Kansas City area cast of Listen To Your Mother will be taking the stage at Liberty Hall.

To say that it’s a roller coaster of emotions for me is maybe a bit of an understatement.

It feels a little like having […]

Five. Already. For Real This Time.

March 24th, 2016|5 Comments

The baby. My Boo. Today he turns five. FIVE! He’s been saying for the last year (or two) that he was five years old, but today, he really is. He’s been at home with me for five solid years, and in a few short months, he’ll […]

We’re Doing Okay, Valentines Moms.

February 12th, 2016|10 Comments

I haven’t had the time or energy to make anything crafty for the kids for Valentine’s Day (I didn’t even help with the first grader’s box, she and her big sister did the whole thing). They all asked for Louise valentines (I can’t make that up), so I spent five […]

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy at #StarlightIndoors

January 27th, 2016|2 Comments

You know how much we love Starlight Theatre at our house, and the summer seasons that bring so much talent and entertainment to Kansas City (we’re really excited about the upcoming summer season!). But did you know that this year, for the first time, Starlight had a short and sweet […]

Keeping Women and Babies Healthier By Nature #giveaway

January 19th, 2016|20 Comments

I’ve mentioned before that I went to/worked at the ShiftCon Conference last fall, and that one of the things I loved most about is was meeting reps from companies that have the consumer’s health and wellness at heart, NOT money and not the quickest way to make a buck. With […]

How to Make Gluten Free Chicken Parmigiana

January 13th, 2016|1 Comment

I suppose someone somewhere can cook up a gluten free version of any food, but I am certainly NOT that person. Since our family went gluten free about three years ago, there are certain things I pine for and miss oh, so terribly. We can’t just go to a restaurant […]

Here We Go, 2016.

January 6th, 2016|6 Comments

I have some goals for 2016, and while some of them aren’t earth-shattering, work every day towards them or it won’t happen goals, I always think it helps me to write them down. One, for accountability…I don’t like letting people down (though obviously I do, sometimes), and two, so I […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Stars and Celebration (THE END)

December 31st, 2015|3 Comments

As I write this, it’s 11pm on Dec. 31, 2015. I’m not sorry to see December go, and it’s very existence has clouded my view of 2015 as a whole, so I don’t even know how I feel about the incoming new year right now. I do know that […]

I Had To Help Her Move.

December 20th, 2015|1 Comment

I never wanted an elf in our house, but the kids have them in their classrooms and kept asking when we’ll have one in our house. So last year, I got one that didn’t look like that skinny little Elf on the Shelf and tried to remember to move her […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Alive

December 17th, 2015|3 Comments

You never feel more alive than when you’re watching an elementary school Christmas program about Santa and his reindeer going back in time and meeting the dinosaurs. Am I right? Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year. Next […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Packed

December 11th, 2015|2 Comments

  During our family photo shoot, one of these kids was packed with attitude. Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year. Next week’s prompt is ALIVE.

The Pups

December 8th, 2015|2 Comments

Randy (Randall, Randall J. Simpson Funk, Rando) is the newest member of the family, coming to us a few months ago because he had a chicken-killing problem on the farm where he lived.

He is passive as can be, definitely not the Alpha…more like the Delta. If he is confronted […]

It’s Been Nine Years

December 7th, 2015|13 Comments

I see glimpses of him in his kids, all the time. Both have become smart, head-in-the-clouds artists, creative and (mostly) thoughtful.

Nine years ago today, I was leaving the hospital for the last time, crying as my mom drove the two of us home and telling her that I was pregnant […]

Have Yourself a Dino Little Christmas

December 4th, 2015|2 Comments

On the first day of Christmas, John Hammond gave to me…

Henry made up the 12 Days of Christmas: Jurassic Park Edition yesterday.

Just try not to sing along.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, John Hammond gave to me:

Twelve pteranadons

Eleven mosasaurs

Ten ACU*

Nine tyranosaurs

Eight dino fights

Seven saurapods

Six DNA samples

Five gyrosphere rides

Four spinosaurs

Three stegosaurs

Two […]

Through the Lens Thursday: View

December 3rd, 2015|2 Comments

We had a four day weekend for Thanksgiving last week, and this was our view for three of the four days, basically. We had a lot of family time, and some of it was quality. Thanksgiving didn’t quite go as planned, and Friday…well, Friday I had a lot of […]

Back To Bed.

December 2nd, 2015|4 Comments

He came downstairs this morning with his most perfect pouty face.

“I was trying to take a nap, but you guys waked me up.”

So he went back upstairs to his bed.

I heard him singing to himself for a bit, but then got quiet.

After awhile, he came back downstairs, and he was […]

The Cutest Little Gamer

December 1st, 2015|2 Comments

“Ervin, if you do that, you’ll regenerate. That means come back.”

Essie is such a gamer, like her brothers. She comes by it naturally, although I’m more like Ivy and will only play if I’m in the exact right mood (I loved to play the fighting games with my guy friends […]

Bubble, Popped.

November 30th, 2015|1 Comment

For someone that highly values her personal space, I’m not often without someone in it.

This is my lap, always. It’s not terrible.

And that’s a wrap on NaBloPoMoSorta, folks. Thanks for bearing with me.

Dental Hysteria

November 29th, 2015|1 Comment

I cringe when I see wiggly teeth in a mouth, but when it comes right down to it, I can pull them out with the best of them.

EB has had “shark teeth” for several weeks, and the baby teeth in front had gotten progressively looser.

Last night, we just decided […]

The Beginning of the End

November 28th, 2015|1 Comment

Four years ago, my whole family (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) took two giant passenger vans down to San Antonio for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It was a long trip (we got stuck in Austin traffic for a really long time), but we did a lot of fun stuff and all of […]

This Week’s Headlines: Thanksgiving Edition

November 27th, 2015|2 Comments

Mom of Four Makes Thanksgiving Dinner for Eight
Eaters unimpressed, runs out of turkey, considers meal a failure.

Rain Steady Thanksgiving Day and Night
Outdoor Christmas light display put on hold.

Family of Six Venture Out For First Thanksgiving Since Celiac Diagnosis, on Black Friday
Mom of four not likely to repeat “venturing out” for […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Muted

November 26th, 2015|2 Comments

This is how we usually spend Thanksgiving….I cook the meal, some of it gets eaten, then we decorate for Christmas. This year, it rained all day so the outdoor décor didn’t get done. We’ll see if it ever gets done at this point. You should be glad there’s no sound […]

Why I’m Thankful for Thirty-One #Giveaway

November 25th, 2015|19 Comments

So, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I listed some things I’m thankful for yesterday. Today, I’m combining two more things that I’m super thankful for with a GIVEAWAY.

Thing 1: My Thirty-One business. I’ve been at it for almost four months now, and I’ve had a lot of really fun Facebook parties, […]

So Very Thankful for…..

November 24th, 2015|3 Comments

1. Name a color you are thankful for.

I’m thankful for blue skies, blue eyes. I’m thankful for brown hair, brown dirt. White wine, white clouds. Yellow cheese, yellow sunshine.

2. Something your spouse does that you are thankful for.

This is a very specific example, and thankfully does not happen regularly, but […]

Hiiiiiiiiiii.

November 23rd, 2015|5 Comments

It’s November 23. I’ve published 22 blog posts this month and I didn’t so much feel like doing one today. So here’s a (very short) video!

Mwah. Happy Monday, y’all.

Random Thoughts on a Sunday

November 22nd, 2015|2 Comments

~~~Is it summer yet? Because I’m already sick of all the cold weather laundry and it’s barely even begun to be cold.

~~~These pictures of baby Essie with a Mohawk make me say things like “wook at the boodee widdle boonieboodieawwwwww”

~~~And then looking at 6 year old Essie right after makes […]

I’m Too Soft.

November 21st, 2015|2 Comments

This cat. THIS. CAT.

He used to be an outside cat and then he started coming in in the winters and now he apparently thinks he needs to be inside all the time.

He’s old and stinky and old and crotchety and old and pees on EVERYTHING that’s left in the floor […]

Because Neon is Sneaky.

November 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Because Neon is Sneaky.

Hey guys, you wanna plays spies?

I’m in my {air quotes} “spy suit.”

I have another one that’s neon.

Through the Lens Thursday: Cut

November 19th, 2015|5 Comments

The boys are cut from the same cloth. Henry is more outspoken and eager to talk to anyone, anywhere, and Ervin is shy and not very social or open, but they both love a lot of the same things and act the same way at home and pretty much […]

Things That Make The World Go ‘Round

November 18th, 2015|2 Comments

Remember the bug Ervin had, after Ivy and before Henry? Yeah, it’s my turn. So I’m writing this from the couch, on my phone, totally bummed about missing a meeting tonight and phoning it in for #nablopomo.

These are a few of my favorite things:

Skinny peppermint mochas

Animal print leggings

The color pink

Chocolate […]

Buzz Buzz A-Buzz Buzz Buzz

November 17th, 2015|2 Comments

As I write this (Monday night), I’ve spent the day talking to various people about our Listen To Your Mother show in 2016. I have literally been buzzing with excitement about the progress and decisions we’ve made, and those we will make in the next few months. As I […]

The Raptor

November 16th, 2015|8 Comments

I watch him run the length of the grass, hands and head in a raptor pose. He still pretends, with his younger brother chasing behind, asking me to keep watching. Just like he did when he jumped off the side of the pool for the first time, and pedaled his […]

Sunday Target Memories

November 15th, 2015|3 Comments

I came across this photo in my TimeHop just now (I love that app).

This was a day that we had gone to Target (obviously), and while I pushed them around in the double cart, they sang nonsense songs together. To the point where they had a lot of old […]

Why My Face Hurts

November 14th, 2015|4 Comments

I spent my night last night with a group of incredible ladies, eating too much delicious soup and salad and munchies, laughing and crying and talking. It was perfect.

Then I came home to a preschooler with a stomach bug, who slept beside me with an empty toy bucket to puke […]

This Week’s Headlines

November 13th, 2015|13 Comments

I just finished reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl yesterday. I had picked it up immediately following the Harry Potter series, but put it right back down because I wasn’t at all ready for something so different when my heart pieces were still all over the floor. But […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Smile

November 12th, 2015|5 Comments

I tried to take pictures of our family last Sunday for our holiday cards this year, because (to be real) I had a good blow out from the salon on Saturday and I didn’t want to waste it. It was also a pretty nice day out, and I didn’t want […]

My Favorite Volunteer Work

November 11th, 2015|2 Comments

I’ve been waiting all year to get a chance to go in and help out in Erv’s preschool class.

Two years ago, I was in Essie’s class once a week, helping with center activities and getting to know her classmates.

Two years before that, I was in Ivy’s class once in a […]

Grab Green Laundry and Home Care #Giveaway

November 10th, 2015|5 Comments

This post contains affiliate links but also a GIVEAWAY. Woot!

A brand I met at Shiftcon this year was Grab Green. The team I talked to was AWESOME. They were a brand that said “Hey! Do you want to try some of our favorite products that work really well but reduce […]

He’s Older Than I Am.

November 9th, 2015|2 Comments

Today is my hubba-hubba-husband’s birthday.

He may be another year older but his butt is as cute as ever.

Happy birthday, babe!

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After Salon Shameless Selfies

November 8th, 2015|9 Comments

I got my haircut yesterday and got a lot cut off. But I love it!

I don’t love that my stylist for at least three years is leaving the salon to go to school. A good stylist is hard to find! I know you get me. (I’m happy for her […]

She’s Posting AGAIN?! #NaBloPoMo

November 7th, 2015|5 Comments

You may have noticed that I went from maybe posting twice a month for a while to posting every single day this week. You know what that means! It’s November and National Blog Posting Month (or NaBloPoMoSorta as I like to call it). I successfully posted every day last November […]

Truths About the Gluten-Free Diet

November 6th, 2015|8 Comments

To say that going from a regular ol’ family of six to getting one of the kids diagnosed with celiac disease and overhauling our entire family diet, to learning another child is gluten intolerant, and realizing I am, too, was an adjustment is a bit of an understatement.

EVERYTHING involving our […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Bright

November 5th, 2015|6 Comments

The sky and ground and everything in between is a dull, gloomy opposite-of-bright collection of colors in the fall. I love it, though. I love living in the country where we can leave the fallen, crunchy leaves on the ground to pile them and scatter them and enjoy them.

For my […]

Overhauling the Lunch Box, One Juice Pouch At A Time #giveaway

November 4th, 2015|10 Comments

I went to Shiftcon at the end of September, and was inspired (all over again) to make small changes to improve my family’s health and limit our mark on the environment.

One of the things I knew I needed(wanted) to change was our dependence on traditional juice pouches. I pack my […]

Listen To Me (OMG)

November 3rd, 2015|39 Comments

I can’t even believe I’m typing this right now. I’m OVER THE DANG MOON right now. You may have seen the announcement? This has been my dream since I was a cast member in the very first Listen To Your Mother-Kansas City show in 2013. Uh huh. OH […]

An Easy Halloween

November 2nd, 2015|8 Comments

We had a low key Halloween this year. Two trunk-or-treats, a few houses, supper at a local pizza place, buckets full of candy, and a movie or two when we got home.

Costumes were not stressed about, school party snacks weren’t pinterest-worthy, but everyone was happy.

I do so love Halloween.

The First of November

November 1st, 2015|10 Comments

Eight years ago, I was sure I’d be raising two kids on my own. I’d found love once and had it taken away; that had to be it for me.

Seven years ago, we stood at the end of the outdoor garden of the Artisan Hotel and vowed to love […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Plant and Happy

October 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Through the Lens Thursday: Plant and Happy

Do you ever get so sucked into some book or TV show or whatever that you can’t think about anything else? (YEAH. duh.) That’s where I’ve been lately with the Harry Potter series, and it’s been really, really hard to want to go back to regular life. Now I’ve finished […]

Double Digits

October 14th, 2015|3 Comments

Today, he is ten. Ten! The first of the four to hit double digits.

TEN.

He’s a chatty boy, the one that I have to remind (usually gently, sometimes exasperatedly) that we don’t always have to talk.

He’s a helpful boy, the one that can’t quite keep out of any and all conversations […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Catch Up

October 9th, 2015|4 Comments

It’s ridiculous how behind I got on this, and how overwhelmed I’ve been lately. (Breathe) But Clare has been dedicated to this project and I refuse to let her go it alone! So, here are a few weeks’ worth of pictures to get me caught up. DRAWN: The narwhal Ivy […]

Gluten Free Friday: Delectable Dipping Sauces

October 2nd, 2015|2 Comments

Normally, when we eat dippable foods, our family sticks to the basics: barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, ketchup, and mustard (or, the last two mixed together for some of us). But I was inspired by Foster Farms (remember, the makers of our very favorite gluten free corn dogs??) Honestly, though, […]

Letting Go.

September 14th, 2015|10 Comments

Patience has never been a strength of mine. Since I was little, I’ve tried to find out what my presents were before the holidays happened. I get tired of waiting on people when I’m ready to go somewhere or be done with something. My least favorite time of year is […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Breakfast and Game

September 12th, 2015|3 Comments

This is me being way behind and not particularly inspired. My breakfast for the last month or so: And…a bunch of games: Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that I’m doing again this year. Next week’s prompt is DRAWN.

We Survived Back to School!

September 11th, 2015|4 Comments

We are a few weeks into school now, and just finishing up Erv’s second week of preschool. I’m not going to lie…it has kicked my butt. My part-time job is definitely the busiest when school starts up (because I work with the area high schools), and I’ve started a new […]

Visiting Omaha: The Durham Museum

September 8th, 2015|2 Comments

We went to Omaha on a “last hurrah before school starts” trip a few weeks ago. Omaha is the perfect place for it, because it’s only about three hours away, but is full of fun stuff to do and great places to eat and stay. And it’s far enough to […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Triangle

August 28th, 2015|3 Comments

I may have bribed him. We were going to the doctor for his four year well-child check, and our nurse had said that the “kindergarten shots” could be given at any time between ages four and six. I was already feeling so very behind, like a completely unprepared preschool […]

BeFunky Photo Editing and Graphic Design

August 24th, 2015|6 Comments

I was invited to review a photo editing software and app set with a brand new graphic design function, and with a name like BeFunky, I could. not. refuse.

I’ve tried several photo editing programs before, some I’ve never used again and some I use occasionally. This one was really easy, though, […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Faded

August 20th, 2015|2 Comments

I took this picture at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo last week, in the aquarium. I’m digging the faded, ethereal, rainbow-like quality. Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share […]

Back At It.

August 20th, 2015|2 Comments

I’m sitting in a quiet office while my big three get used to their new classes on the first day of school and Ervin sleeps or plays with his grandpa. He stayed at their house last night so he wouldn’t have to take the big kids to school and then […]

Through the Lens Thursday: 9 o’clock

August 14th, 2015|2 Comments

It’s just after 9 am on the first day back after our last summer trip, which means it’s the first day of our back to school “retraining,” since school starts next Thursday and these kids are a good three hours off of their school schedule. Here we go. […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Sharp

August 7th, 2015|2 Comments

The kids got their new glasses, shoes, and haircuts for school (starting in just less than two weeks). Don’t they look sharp? This was way overexposed, but I thought it looked kind of cool.   Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Shadow

August 1st, 2015|1 Comment

Or, as I’m calling it “Self Portrait with Child” Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share your own posts if you’d like to follow along and work on […]

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Mary Poppins

July 25th, 2015|Comments Off on #KC Starlight Broadway Series: Mary Poppins

We received tickets to the Starlight Broadway shows for review purposes. The air was sweltering last night. You know when it’s the middle of the summer, and a storm is somewhere in the near future, and the air is perfectly still and heavy and so, so hot? That was last […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Vintage

July 23rd, 2015|2 Comments

My mom kept several of my old dresses, and because they’re in the closet by our attic, the girls see them and like to try them on. I could be wrong, but I believe my great-grandma may have made them for me. Through The Lens Thursday […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Dress and Four

July 21st, 2015|8 Comments

DRESS (with an expert twirl): FOUR (misfits): And FOUR (years old): Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share your own posts if you’d like […]

Open Boxes: A Book Review

July 13th, 2015|1 Comment

Motherhood is tough. Motherhood during the age of Facebook, Instagram, and social media in general is FRIGGIN’ HARD. As a mother, it’s not easy giving yourself grace, or remembering that other people, no matter what their status updates read or their perfectly filtered pictures show, are just like you and […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Fruit

July 9th, 2015|2 Comments

This is totally late, and next week’s (DRESS) will be, too. Moving on. I’m completely failing as a gardener this year. Even though my dad and I made the vegetable garden a third the size that it was, with all of the rain and my lack of gardening skills, only […]

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Cinderella

July 8th, 2015|2 Comments

Despite a forecast that said the rain would clear by 8pm, or at the very least, the second act, we sat in a heavy-to-moderate drizzle for the entire production of Cinderella last night. The two girls, my mom and I went, but no one complained (even me…the complainer). We bought […]

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Pippin

July 1st, 2015|4 Comments

  I’m going to be honest…I googled Pippin a couple of times before going to the show and read the press release, and I still wasn’t able to say what it was about or know what to expect. I knew that it was about a prince who’s trying to find […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Seasoned

June 24th, 2015|5 Comments

I know next to nothing about parenting tweens or teens. I’m not ready for my kids to grow up to be adults. BUT, I do feel like a seasoned mother in general. You know, like a stone pan that cooks a great loaf of bread but will still burn a […]

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Annie

June 20th, 2015|1 Comment

Everyone’s favorite redheaded orphan is on her way to Starlight Theatre, and she’s bringing her orphan friends, rescued pup Sandy and LOTS of fun family entertainment with her! The national touring production of ANNIE is in town for only three nights as it plays a special Broadway weekend engagement at […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Tie

June 17th, 2015|4 Comments

  Swimming lessons have begun. Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share your own posts if you’d like to follow along and work on your own photography! And […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Serene and Car

June 11th, 2015|3 Comments

I totally missed last week. Not only we were deep in the trenches of bible school every day, but I’m still kind of getting used to being on summer break again (yes, even after two weeks). There is absolutely nothing serene about four kids being home every day, but […]

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Camelot

June 10th, 2015|2 Comments

The second show in Starlight’s 65th Broadway series is Camelot! I took Henry with me for this one, because not only does he like the big musical productions (though he won’t readily admit it), he also is a boy that loooooves fight scenes. I thought this would be perfect. We […]

We Had A Day Out With Thomas #Giveaway!

May 29th, 2015|7 Comments

Before I tell you all about our Day Out With Thomas, I need to let you know that I’ve got a SUPER QUICK giveaway for a set of four tickets for next Sunday, June 7! Read on and see below for how to enter. I’ve seen people talking about their […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Pattern

May 27th, 2015|4 Comments

I thought about taking a picture of something patterned this week, but then I thought…no, it would be kind of fun to make a pattern out of pictures. We dropped the big two off at overnight church camp yesterday and headed to the playground. Truck, plane, plane, truck, plane, […]

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Moon Dip with Hormel Chili #HormelChiliNation

May 24th, 2015|5 Comments

My family loves chili. Who doesn’t? When I make it for my kids and husband, I keep it simple so I know everyone will eat it. But when I’m looking for appetizers for a party, I use the most convenient, most stress-less recipes I know.

My mom recently told me about […]

#KC Starlight Broadway Series: Million Dollar Quartet

May 23rd, 2015|1 Comment

I’m so excited to get to experience the Broadway shows at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre again this summer and review them for you. So. Excited. And it’s already time for the first show!!

Starlight’s 65th season opens this Memorial Day weekend with the national touring production of Million Dollar Quartet.

Featuring the electrifying […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Negative Space

May 20th, 2015|6 Comments

I love using negative space. Love it. Since there’s very little blank wall in our house, Ivy and I went outside to the neighbor’s shed and had a little fun. Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing […]

Learning to Fly

May 18th, 2015|4 Comments

The weather has been warming up and the week before school gets out I go out to meet the kids off of the bus. As they run down the driveway, I see something hopping on the rocks right in front of them. I tell them to stop, hold up!, see what […]

The End of An Era.

May 16th, 2015|3 Comments

As of this Friday we will officially be on summer break and summer break will go by entirely too fast. This is the last school year that I will have a child at home with me all day every day.

In the fall, even the baby will be in preschool three […]

I Am I Wonder I Want

May 14th, 2015|9 Comments

I am a woman first.
I wonder if I’ll always feel like a teenager.
I hear EVERYTHING.
I see the feelings in little faces.
I want to not lose that.
I am a proud mom.

I pretend upon request.
I feel (too) deeply.
I touch the curls, the sweat, the little toes.
I worry about everything,
I cry less than […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Round

May 13th, 2015|5 Comments

I’m milking my New York trip for all it’s worth. We had an afternoon with nothing planned, so we went to the far edge of Central Park to visit the American Museum of Natural History. I was silly excited to be visiting the site of a movie my kids love […]

My Mother’s Day Wish

May 9th, 2015|5 Comments

All I want for Mother’s Day is to not have to change any sheets. Just kidding! I’d love breakfast in bed, to get taken out to lunch and possibly see a movie by myself, maybe get a homemade present that my husband made with the kids in my office […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Music

May 5th, 2015|2 Comments

This was the perfect prompt for our house right now. When Ivy decided to learn to play the mandolin, T. started playing along with her. Then they got out an old guitar my grandpa had given me years ago, fixed the strings, and started playing that. Then Essie wanted to […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Upside Down

April 29th, 2015|3 Comments

This was a fun prompt. It was a beautiful day, and I told the kids I needed some upside down pictures.   I was under the tree branch looking up in this one:   For this one, Ivy and I were both lying down in the grass, and […]

Lose the Cape: How to Drop the Mom Guilt

April 28th, 2015|4 Comments

Sometimes I feel like social media is out to get me. Like, if my own kids don’t drive me crazy one day, Facebook will. Or I see a blog post that blasts moms doing a certain thing, making them feel “less than,” or beautiful Pinterest-inspired parties that make me think […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Caffeine

April 24th, 2015|3 Comments

What’s that you say? GRETA. It’s Friday, not Thursday. You post ONCE a week, and you can’t even post on the right day? All you’ve done in MONTHS is the photo project and you can’t even be bothered to do that on time?! WHAT. IS. UP. I’ll tell you what’s […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Yellow

April 15th, 2015|4 Comments

There’s a lot of yellow in our yard, so I took my camera out to find it. Look mom, no training wheels! Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Baked

April 9th, 2015|3 Comments

I’m not much of a baker. I don’t have a beautiful baked good photo to share. But I did realize that I haven’t yet shared my New York photos. (Geeeez. Busy, much?) So, here is the Brooklyn Bridge, baked in the sun. Through The Lens Thursday is a […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Box

April 2nd, 2015|3 Comments

It’s been a crazy busy week (in a good way!) and I almost forgot what day it was (for the second week in a row. Ahem.) On Sunday, we celebrated my grandpa’s 90th birthday and my grandparents’ 63rd wedding anniversary in the community room after their church service. My […]

Through the Lens Thursday: In My Cup

March 26th, 2015|3 Comments

So, maybe this should be called “On my plate” because I have a lot. Instead, this is a series of pictures, to illustrate that, using cups? Or something. In My Cup I finally unpacked from my New York trip. We got these fabulous reusable cups from Cabaret, and the […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Frown

March 20th, 2015|4 Comments

I know it’s not Thursday anymore. I got home yesterday from New York City (which was AMAZING) after a very long, very screwed up flight situation (long story). I have so many pictures to share later, but I wanted to go ahead and share one for this week now so […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Red

March 12th, 2015|4 Comments

As you read this, I’ll be close to leaving for or landing in NYC with my mom and meeting up with my uncle for a special spring break trip. Yay!! I’ve never been, but we intend to fill our time with Broadway shows, lots of food and walking, and whatever […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Cute

March 5th, 2015|4 Comments

I told myself that I would not, under any circumstances, post a bunch of pictures of my dog again. I did that already (a few times). It doesn’t matter how cute she is, I would. not. do. it. So I had to figure something else out. My youngest is going […]

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The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (A Book Review)

March 4th, 2015|11 Comments

You guys know I’ve been reading a ton lately, gobbling up all of the recommended books my library could give me, and I was intrigued by the chance to read and review a book being released this March.

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is about Mercy, a small town basketball star, […]

It’s Mango Time Featuring Cinco De Mango Quesadillas

March 2nd, 2015|4 Comments

I love mango. LOVE. IT. It’s the only fruit that five out of the six members of my family will eat. One of my favorite snacks is a bowl of frozen blueberries and mango chunks with just a little dollop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt on top. It’s delicious, […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Words

February 26th, 2015|4 Comments

I don’t make my bed. And I pile books on my puppy’s bed crate. But the words? The words have been next to me constantly the past few months, always being traded and returned and checked out and discussed and downloaded and wish-listed. Through The Lens Thursday is […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Twisted

February 19th, 2015|5 Comments

I realize you’re all sick of seeing my dog. I know that. But I have had a long week and my creativity for the prompt was nonexistent, so you get action shots of a tug of war game with Louise’s twisted rope toy (she’s all better from the surgery and […]

Puppy Anxiety

February 16th, 2015|3 Comments

How do I know that I’m getting older but still need some baby love sometimes? Louise went to the vet to get “fixed” last week, and I missed her like crazy, and also worried about her like a mom taking her child in for a procedure would. Okay, not quite […]

To My Valentine

February 13th, 2015|1 Comment

Dating and love has changed drastically for me in the last ten years. I used to go to concerts or long lunches or stay out late with a special someone, but now I’m perfectly content to get out of the house for a few hours while someone else watches the […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Candy

February 12th, 2015|8 Comments

It’s Valentines week, and I recently introduced my kids to Swedish Fish, so…. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!   Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share […]

Evolving comfort zones

February 9th, 2015|11 Comments

I’m as comfortable saying I read 13 books in January as I am saying I read 3 books in 2011 (that’s just an estimate of 2011).

I’m comfortable with my evolving style and getting in front of the camera.

As long as my pants fit, I’m comfortable now as I was 15 […]

What’s Up, Yo.

February 6th, 2015|9 Comments

I’m eating my breakfast now, the breakfast that I forced myself to finish cooking before I sat down to write this. I’ve had a super annoying habit lately of burning my food when I get even the slightest bit distracted, so while I cooked it, I thought of all of […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Polka Dots

February 5th, 2015|4 Comments

Ivy has gotten a lot of craft books from the library lately, and the last couple have been on how to make felt crafts. I love that she can do most of them herself, and she loves to be able to make a cute little project in an hour or […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Table

January 29th, 2015|7 Comments

Every year, during the week of Kansas’ birthday (today, January 29!), the kids’ school lets the kids bring guests to eat lunch with them. Erv and I went this year (yesterday), to sit with the girls during the first lunch and Henry during the second. These are some views from […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Sign

January 22nd, 2015|5 Comments

A sign: A sign that, after a week or so of nice weather, winter is returning: A sign that I’m in denial about that: A sign that my friends love and know me well: A sign that my kids will do anything to delay getting ready […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Delicious (Happy birthday, Mom!)

January 15th, 2015|7 Comments

I’m not a foodie, or a baker, and I don’t take particularly good photos of food or baked goods.

But, I think I’ve grown into a pretty good daughter (if you don’t count my high school years against me).

Today is my mom’s birthday, and it’s a pretty big milestone. The kids […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Colorful

January 8th, 2015|11 Comments

 

The weather has been really cold this week, but the sunsets and sunrises have been amazing and full of vibrant colors (maybe that’s the consolation prize for how miserable it is to be outside?).

I always see the best skies when I’m driving though, and by the time I get home […]

Project 365: Week 52 (and a 1/2)

January 5th, 2015|4 Comments

Yeah. This is late. Motivation around the holidays is tough. I’m just going to finish up there year here, kay? Dec. 21 Christmas celebration #1, with our family in AR. Dec. 22 We went to see a movie with my good friend and her kids, Aunt Ginny and […]

A Look Back Over My Shoulder at 2014

January 2nd, 2015|12 Comments

Ah, 2014. I think it was a good year. It was often uneventful, but challenging. I had some failures, and some accomplishments, and hopefully, they balanced each other out. 2014 was the year I sent another kid off to school all day, every day, when Essie went to kindergarten, and […]

Through the Lens Thursday: New

January 1st, 2015|6 Comments

Happy New Year! I drank Moscato Spumanti Champagne (or something) last night and was asleep by 11. So I’m just assuming it’s 2015 now!

Christmas, new presents, new new new.

I have a lot to say about the new year, and the old one. But I’m also the old one and headed […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Lights

December 25th, 2014|9 Comments

Merry Christmas! I can’t believe this is the last TTLT of the year….we made it! Without further ado…LIGHTS. We went to see family this weekend and T and I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law. This was from below the light fixture in their kitchen. And these were after […]

Project 365: Week 51

December 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Project 365: Week 51

I can’t believe the year is almost over. Dec. 14 We went to see a local production the Nutcracker, infused with Kansas history. Dec. 15 Christmas program day (with a  cowboy theme), and the day my son and daughter took their first selfie together. Dec. 16 […]

Through the Lens Thursday 2015!

December 22nd, 2014|13 Comments

At the beginning of this year, I wrote this: I want to be confident each time I pick up my Nikon, and use my brand new Lightroom software to edit smartly, thoughtfully, easily. In 2014, I want to be better at photography. I want to pick up my camera and […]

Project 365: Week 50

December 19th, 2014|1 Comment

Dec. 7 I just can’t even with the Build A Bear vest and the sleeping puppy face. Dec. 8 I don’t seem to have taken a picture, but I did share this one of Erv at 8 months old. Dec. 9 Reading some bedtime stories in the morning. […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Loud

December 18th, 2014|9 Comments

I told the kids that they could yell and scream this week, specifically for this prompt, and I think the results show a little bit of the chaos that is our house. And this is totally fuzzy, but I love it because basically, this is my […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Pair

December 11th, 2014|6 Comments

This past weekend, we paired Christmas music on the radio with a Playmobil Santa’s workshop set* (when I ordered it, I thought it was an advent calendar, but it turned out to be just a kit you build…which was good, because I was about four days late getting it out). […]

This House Needs a Mouse: A Review

December 8th, 2014|4 Comments

My kids don’t need more stuff for Christmas, but I’m always buying them new books. They’re the perfect gift really….you can always find one to suit a child, and there’s one for every age and stage.

If we hadn’t already gotten This House Needs A Mouse, it’d be on my list […]

Project 365: Week 49

December 7th, 2014|3 Comments

We’re so close to the end of the year, I can’t believe it. Nov. 30 We had lunch with my in-laws on Sunday, and my MIL headed home from her weekend with us. Dec. 1 December! December is for fancy stuffed animal clothes, I guess. Dec. 2 I […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Close Up

December 4th, 2014|6 Comments

It feels strange to not have written anything this week after posting every day in November. But also, I’ve not had any inclination to write here this week. Moving on. Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I […]

Project 365: Week 48

November 30th, 2014|2 Comments

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if I broke my NaBloPoMo streak on the last day by forgetting to do the past I’ve already done 47 times this year. Ha. Ha ha ha.

I almost did that.

Nov. 23
I don’t really know, except I was done with solo parenting. DO-NE.

Nov. 24
Stu- stu- studious.

Nov. 25
Ivy […]

What NaBloPoMo Has Taught Me

November 29th, 2014|7 Comments

Y’all. This was a long month. But. BUT! I will have finished NaBloPoMo tomorrow when I do my Project 365 post, and even managed to write all of the posts the night before (or sooner). I feel accomplished, and totally exhausted. I did learn a few things along the way, […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Clear

November 28th, 2014|2 Comments

The holiday week, NaBloPoMo, and the stress of hosting Thanksgiving had me all messed up, so this is a day late. It’s clear that my kids have VERY different Christmas wish list styles. The girls’ (AKA start in October, cutting out all of the things we want and tape them […]

Thankfulness: Then and Now

November 27th, 2014|1 Comment

I was a scrooge yesterday about Thanksgiving,  I know. But like I said, I do have a lot to be thankful for (and I know it). The things I’m thankful for now, though, are much different than the things I was thankful for growing up.

Then: Baking pumpkin pies with my […]

I Hate Thanksgiving.

November 26th, 2014|5 Comments

Okay, I don’t hate all of Thanksgiving. I hate what Thanksgiving has become for me. I love talking about what I’m thankful for, I love hearing my kids talk about what they’re thankful for. I love that Thanksgiving day has become the day we stay home and decorate for […]

Is It Enough

November 25th, 2014|4 Comments

I often feel completely inadequate as a mother. I try my best, I do, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel good enough. I yell too much. I can’t keep a clean house. I don’t play with them. I lose my temper far too quickly. I love my kids fiercely, but […]

Getting the Behavior I Want

November 24th, 2014|5 Comments

I’m gonna be real with y’all. Like, really, really real. I’ve been solo parenting for two solid weeks now, and Thanksgiving is stressing me out. I just lost my mind on my kids as I put them to bed, with like, an adult style tantrum. I threw toys down the […]

Project 365: Week 47

November 23rd, 2014|3 Comments

Nov. 16 Even after the kids go to bed, I’ve still got somebody wanting thisclose to me. Nov. 17 I love bloggy friends, and I super love when they send me lovely things in the mail, like this stripey hand-painted card from Clare of Girl Fifteen, who has been […]

The Yearly Grouping

November 22nd, 2014|6 Comments

I’m a sucker for family pictures, and with NaBloPoMo making me all nostalgic and this year’s photo session looming, I took a little look back.

(Sorry for the pictures of pictures with the first few….posting every day makes me lazy)

Single momming it (the first year):

And the second:

Our first family photo […]

Team Up With Me For Kansas Kids!

November 21st, 2014|Comments Off on Team Up With Me For Kansas Kids!

As a mom of four (three in school), it’s not always easy to insist on healthy foods, physical activity and healthy habits. Most days, it’s hard to get all four kids out of bed, eating breakfast and out the door in time for school. It takes some creativity to find […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Gloom

November 20th, 2014|6 Comments

One morning, when I went into the kitchen to make breakfast, I saw this foreboding scene of doom and gloom: Lego guy on the edge of the counter, seconds from falling off. I did what any concerned citizen would do and got out my camera. Lego guy is now safely […]

To be three (in haiku)

November 19th, 2014|6 Comments

I dare you, defy! You can’t argue forever Or maybe you can.   The demands don’t end. Up at dawn and down too late. You are exhausting.   Real: bedtime struggles when dealing with threenagers. They want what they want.   Oh, you look so sweet. You finally closed your […]

My Personal Bubble Has Been Popped

November 18th, 2014|8 Comments

So, I’ve been solo parenting for a week now, and it’s not going to end any time soon (relatively….you know, for a mom of four young kids in the beginning of winter….another week and a half feels like FOREVER), but the hardest part this time around isn’t just the lack […]

A thousand words and a hundred thousand more.

November 17th, 2014|27 Comments

I remember a lot about those last couple of months of 2006. I remember our last Halloween, the first trick-or-treating. I remember visiting my grandparents and Henry playing with our old toys and running in the leaf-filled yard on a beautiful, warm fall day. I remember that night. […]

Project 365: Week 46

November 16th, 2014|3 Comments

This was not an exciting week, but it was a cold one.

Nov. 9 Hub’s birthday! It was low-key, like he likes it. And then we slept.

Nov. 10
I really shouldn’t take him anywhere close to lunch time without feeding him first.

Nov. 11
He took four baths that day. FOUR. […]

Saturday Confessional

November 15th, 2014|7 Comments

School mornings are hard. We’re late getting out the door a lot, and there are a lot of fights about whether the youngest needs to go with us (obviously he does) or if he needs to wear shoes or if another one came home with both gloves and a hat […]

Easy Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Crust

November 14th, 2014|2 Comments

Gluten free folks! Don’t forget that I’m giving away FIVE boxes of gluten free corn dogs! Go, Enter!

My husband’s birthday was last weekend, and he’s a guy that knows what he likes. Since he was little, he got cheesecake from a box. But forget the crust that came with it…he […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Shine

November 13th, 2014|5 Comments

It was a sun-shiny day, and I had plans to try to capture my favorite swing photos, but from another angle to try to change it up. I ended up with very different pictures, though. The dog and two kids trying to shoot […]

What I Wore Wednesday

November 12th, 2014|5 Comments

I’ve never done a “what I wore” post (I don’t think) but I thought NaBloPoMo would be as good a time as any. I love fall, and the fall to winter transition, because I get to layer all of my cozy clothes and find new favorites. I did that […]

A Season For Giving And Purging

November 11th, 2014|3 Comments

After talking with some friends last week about messes and how much crap we have in our houses, I got the gumption to clean and purge over the weekend. I don’t normally go through toys with my kids at home, because OHMYGOODNESS EVERYTHING IS EXCITING AND NEW AGAIN, but there […]

An old favorite made gluten free. #giveaway

November 10th, 2014|10 Comments

If you have any kind of dietary restrictions (doctor- or self-imposed) you know what it’s like to want something you can’t have. You might even dream about it sometimes, or get a little tear in your eye when you see someone else eating it, or smell it cooking. And maybe […]

Project 365: Week 45

November 9th, 2014|1 Comment

Today’s my husband’s birthday! He’s so old! Happy birthday, babe!! Wait, seriously, only seven weeks left. IN THE YEAR?? Gosh…I wonder if I’ll do this for the third (fourth?) year in a row. Nov. 2 Ivy begged and begged to get an easel, and grandma obliged. Nov. 3 […]

Five Random Things.

November 8th, 2014|10 Comments

So, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot here this week….once a day, in fact. This is strange, I know….but I decided last weekend to take part in NaBloPoMo. It’s National Blog Posting Month, which is basically where you post on your blog every day in the […]

Tickled Pink

November 7th, 2014|11 Comments

She watched him dip his long, thin, blond hair in the red liquid, waiting to see what would happen when he pulled it out. They’d been friends since she saw him in 7th period art class in the 9th grade, sitting next to a smaller guy in a black hoodie. […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Stripes

November 6th, 2014|8 Comments

For this week’s prompt, “Stripes,” I wanted to challenge myself. I haven’t taken any self-portraits in a while (none this year, I think) with my real camera. My husband found the remote thing that plugs into the top of the camera so I had a plan to use it with […]

Messes. I hate them.

November 5th, 2014|17 Comments

My house is messy. Try as I might, I can’t keep up with the little wrappers, the random toys, the dirty clothes my kids have strewn about. I hope that one day (oh dear God, PLEASE, someday) that my kids will automatically pick up their stuff and put it away […]

Halloween Through the Years

November 4th, 2014|9 Comments

Yeah, I’m still writing about Halloween. Because you know what? I think it’s super adorable to see my kids dressed up through the years and when I post one, I start thinking about them all.

Of course, I can’t find them all because my photo organization is nonexistent.

But I can share […]

Halloween Costumes: 2014 Edition

November 3rd, 2014|4 Comments

While Friday morning was a bit of a disaster, with costume elements missing all over the place and everyone getting to school late, we made it and it turned out to be a pretty awesome day.

I actually loved the kids’ costume choices this year. It would’ve been awesome for them […]

Project 365: Week 44

November 2nd, 2014|5 Comments

This week led up to Halloween plus Drug-free week activities, and then POOF! November. Oct. 26 I actually did something spontaneous with the whole family on Sunday! (that never happens) I looked up a local city guide, saw that there was a ballet/dance Halloween production going on that afternoon, bought […]

Six years

November 1st, 2014|9 Comments

Six! Six years of being married to this guy. Six years of butting heads and putting our heads together. Loving and learning and a whole lot of kid wrangling. I wouldn’t change a thing. Happy anniversary, babe. I love you to the moon and back and all the places […]

Keeping a Gluten Free Kid Healthy at Holiday Parties

October 30th, 2014|4 Comments

Tomorrow is Halloween, as you are aware. And if your school is anything like ours, your kids will be celebrating with more parties and treats than they know what to do with. This was one of the reasons I was nervous about sending my gluten free daughters to school. […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Play

October 29th, 2014|8 Comments

When the girls were performing at the high school football game for their spirit clinic, I took the opportunity to take some pictures. The sun was quickly setting and I was having fun trying some shots. I took this while a few band members were playing the National Anthem. […]

Sarah, Plain and Tall.

October 27th, 2014|7 Comments

Henry started telling me about Sarah, Plain and Tall a few days ago. He asked me if I had read it, and I told him I hadn’t.

He started describing it to me, but couldn’t quite find the words. He brought it up a few more times…not saying much, but […]

Project 365: Week 43

October 26th, 2014|2 Comments

We’re gearing up for Halloween, but not as much as everybody else, I guess…we went to the pumpkin patch this weekend, but nobody dressed up for parties or anything. And is it weird that I’m sad that I won’t be dressing up? I mean, I guess I could, but we’re […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Sweet

October 22nd, 2014|2 Comments

My sweet photo is two-fold this week: Do you see those shelves on the wall behind my boy there? A few weeks ago, I moved the two cat litter boxes out of this room, my “office.” Basically, since we moved here several years ago, I’ve called it that and […]

Project 365: Week 42

October 19th, 2014|6 Comments

We only have ten weeks left in the year. Whaaaaat. Oct. 12 This was my Sunday, basically. We both enjoyed it. Oct. 13 It was cold and rainy, so I baked. (This week is started out pretty exciting, eh?) Oct. 14 Henry turned nine. I….had a bit of […]

A Few of My Favorites.

October 16th, 2014|9 Comments

I’ve been really busy and worn out lately, and haven’t had much time or energy to write here. But, Elaine has some Old School Blogging questions that looked super easy and wouldn’t take much (highly sought after) brain space, so here goes:
A Few Of My Favorite Things.
Sit down restaurant
Choices are […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Deception and From the Ground

October 15th, 2014|6 Comments

So, I missed last week. I wasn’t feeling it. (And yes, I did come up with the prompt “deception” because I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING). I did take a picture or two, so I’ll just do them both here. Okey dokey? Deception Fall around here looks pretty bleak. […]

The First to Nine.

October 14th, 2014|7 Comments

The oldest is nine today. NINE. One more year to double digits. He’s a boy of extraordinary creativity. Spectacular spelling skills. Big brother patience. Overflowing kind-heartedness. A thirst for knowledge, especially history (in his words “wars and disasters”). Freckles, super soft cheeks and big, blue eyes. […]

Project 365: Week 41

October 12th, 2014|1 Comment

Oct. 5 I made my way home from LA on Sunday afternoon, and it seemed as though some creatures missed me….this one showed it the most, though. Oct. 6 We had beautiful weather….good for trying new swing tricks. Oct. 7 I had a dentist appointment, and for […]

Project 365: Week 40

October 12th, 2014|1 Comment

Sept. 28 The baby is growing up. Sept. 29 This was a late night for he-who-occasionally-falls-asleep-late-in-the-day. Sept. 30 Fall has definitely arrived here. Oct. 1 I arrived in Los Angeles to help work ShiftCon, and it was a long day. This is when I finally made […]

All Tapped Out.

October 12th, 2014|4 Comments

I have absolutely lost all motivation.

Not just for running,  which I’ve done twice in the last three months, but for all physical activity apparently.

I’m kind of an all or nothing gal. In order to keep up with a program, I need to do it several times a week and hold […]

34 Things for the 34th Celebration of My Life.

October 9th, 2014|19 Comments

Today’s my 34th birthday. If you had asked me a month ago, I would have told you I was 34 already…I guess 33 was one of those “skip it” years. Do you have those? Anyway, because I don’t want to do real work right this very minute, instead I’ll share […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Sparkle

October 1st, 2014|3 Comments

As you’re reading this, I’m probably in California at ShiftCon. I’m writing this Tuesday night, and have a lot to do before I leave Wednesday morning, so this is going to be short. There’s a lot of sparkle in this house, so it wasn’t hard to find something to shoot. […]

Project 365; Week 39

September 28th, 2014|3 Comments

As far as weeks go, this one was pretty slow. Sept. 21 I hadn’t run in, like, two months or some nonsense. So I ran. And I haven’t run since. Sigh. It felt good, though. Sept. 22 Vet appointment with two dogs and one toddler. It was a riot. […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Away

September 24th, 2014|7 Comments

Essie and I spent the day together on Saturday, away from the rest of the family, and we had so much fun. For Christmas last year, we gave all of the kids cards, good for one date with mom and one date with dad. So far, none of them had […]

Potty Training Tips from the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy

September 22nd, 2014|4 Comments

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions, images, and real-life potty training successes and failures are my own.
I’m a firm believer in not trying to force potty training. So what if your kid isn’t ready when his cousins are, or your friends’ kids? Trying to potty train a child […]

Project 365: Week 38

September 21st, 2014|1 Comment

We’re well into September, y’all. I mean, it’s almost over. WHAAAT. Sept. 14 The last day on Lake Erie for Bloggy Con. Sept. 15 Three is a hard age. Three is a HARD. AGE. Sept. 16 Orthodontist appointment for Henry’s first adjustment. When we were at the front […]

Project 365: Week 37

September 21st, 2014|1 Comment

I was in Cleveland last weekend for Bloggy Conference, and I think I’m finally recovered. Sept. 7 My lunch notes are not Pinterest-worthy. (But my kids like them?) Sept. 8 Kansas in the fall. Sept. 9 Sept. 10 Can you see his expression? That’s called The Toddler […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Tall

September 17th, 2014|7 Comments

Before I get into this week’s prompt, I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew my co-TTLTer’s news…Alison had her babies! She delivered her twins this week at 34 weeks, and they’re doing great. Still in the NICU but growing and feeding and getting stronger every day. Go show […]

Rare Bird, A Book Review

September 15th, 2014|27 Comments

I think I discovered Anna’s blog, An Inch of Gray, after the freak accident that took her son. At least. that’s when I dug deep and read all I could, heartbroken for her and wondering how in the world she could find the words to talk about that horrible day […]

A New Study on BPA in Cash Register Receipts

September 11th, 2014|6 Comments

This post is sponsored by the Mamavation community but all opinions are 100% my own (as if you ever doubted). Fun fact about me: I didn’t declare my major in college until either the end of my sophomore year or beginning of my junior year. As in, the last […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Black

September 10th, 2014|7 Comments

I was inspired by Alison’s “golden” photos last week, to do something a little different this week for “black.” I used to sell Premier jewelry, and I have a…shall we say….extensive collection. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to capture the shimmer AND black color of this necklace, so I […]

Project 365: Week 36

September 7th, 2014|2 Comments

We continued Labor Day weekend and ended the week having fun with some friends that came to visit. And you know what? I realized that on the last post, I ended the week with Sunday, so um….this one will be shorter. Heh. September! Sept 1 Bitty baby did SO well […]

Project 365: Week 35

September 7th, 2014|2 Comments

Labor Day threw a wrench in my posting on time streak of…one week. Aug. 24 We had a pretty lazy day a couple of Sundays ago. Apparently, Louise and I were waiting on Erv to finish his hour-long breakfast. Aug. 25 Falling asleep on the ten minute drive home […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Golden

September 4th, 2014|21 Comments

I went outside to take these pictures this morning as soon as I saw the sun coming up. I meant to just take a picture of the sunrise, since the long weekend threw me off and I had forgotten about this post until last night. When I got to the […]

Go Out and Play!

August 29th, 2014|9 Comments

The kids have been back to school for about two and a half weeks. I’m exhausted, frankly, and so is the toddler that’s not yet in school. But the kids that ARE in school? They’ve got energy.

I don’t know where it comes from. They work hard all day, they have […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Texture

August 27th, 2014|18 Comments

Just like last week, this was a fun prompt. I with I could do more macro shots, but my 50 or 35mm lens don’t really allow me to get super close.

But, I played around and this is what I ended up with.

Ivy’s new backpack is covered with different textures….metallic shimmery […]

Last Friday Night. (It was actually Tuesday night)

August 25th, 2014|16 Comments

Last Tuesday night, on a school night (yes, yes it was), my mom and I took my two daughters to see Katy Perry at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. I had bought tickets months ago, thinking that it would be a really good birthday present for them (they both […]

Project 365: Week 34

August 24th, 2014|2 Comments

WHAT?! This post is on time? *pats myself on back* Aug. 17 The only pictures I took last Sunday were of the green stuff covered in dew. Ha. Aug. 18 Waiting for a turn on grandpa’s mower. This is what happens when you speak in a high-pitched […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Green

August 20th, 2014|11 Comments

I really liked this prompt, and if I wanted to, I could share fifteen different photos for it. As it is, I’ll narrow it down to, like…seven.

The weather this past couple of weeks has been really nice and mild, and we’ve had a few days of rain storms. So, the […]

Back To School

August 19th, 2014|5 Comments

My kids went back to school last Wednesday, and it was the most uneventful first few days of school in my (albeit short) back to school history.

There were no tears. Essie and I walked the big two into the gym and found their classes grouped together, lining up, and then […]

What To Do When You’re #SheetOutOfLuck #spon

August 18th, 2014|7 Comments

We’ve all been there. You’re in the grocery store bathroom, trying to keep your toddler from opening the stall door and showing everybody which pair of underwear you chose to wear that day (plus, well…everything it covers up), when you look over and see that there’s no more toilet paper.

Or […]

Project 365: Week 33

August 17th, 2014|3 Comments

School started in the middle of this week (!!!) and we survived. That’s all I have to say about that. Aug. 10 It was my niece’s birthday and she was baptized at church, so I took my four to celebrate her. Aug. 11 It was as gorgeous day for […]

Project 365: Week 32

August 17th, 2014|1 Comment

Seriously, how did I forget about last week’s post? Oh yeah….recovering from BlogHer, solo parenting, dealing with a brand new puppy and getting ready for the first week of school! That’ll do it. Aug. 3 In just a couple of weeks, Henry’s braces had moved his front teeth…a lot. […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Lemon

August 13th, 2014|9 Comments

I use the prompt “lemon” loosely this week. Big surprise, eh?

There was an amazing moon this week (was it a super moon? People on Facebook seem to think so). And the moon, for me, was really difficult to capture. I don’t have a zoom lens, so the pictures look so […]

How To Avoid Buying Toilet Paper For A Year #sheethappens #giveaway

August 8th, 2014|41 Comments

This post is sponsored by Angel Soft® , but keep reading because you can enter an awesome giveaway at the bottom! I haven’t written much about BlogHer, and I already told you that I didn’t take many pictures. What kind of blogger am I, anyway?!

I’m the kind of blogger that sometimes […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Love

August 6th, 2014|13 Comments

Hey, if you’re a runner and local to Kansas, go enter my giveaway!

There are so many ways I could’ve gone with this. But, I’m solo parenting this week and it’s the last full week before school starts, which means my kids haven’t been wearing clothes much and I’m just trying […]

See Jane Run Wichita Half Marathon #Giveaway

August 4th, 2014|11 Comments

Last year, I ran my very first half marathon. It was relaxed, and laid-back, full of supportive women of all shapes and sizes. And, at the finish line, I was greeted by a medal, chocolates, and a glass of champagne.

It wasn’t easy, by any means. Though the course was flat […]

Project 365: Week 31

August 3rd, 2014|2 Comments

July 27 I had to leave lovely San Jose and get back home. Unfortunately, the “getting back home” involved a four hour delay in Denver, but fortunately, one of my very best friends from college (and in general) lives very close to the airport and came to see me with […]

Project 365: Week 30

August 3rd, 2014|6 Comments

It has been so busy around here, which is funny, because we’re pretty much done with all of the summer plans we had. But braces, doctor’s appointments, eye appointments, conferences, school supply shopping, and a new puppy, it feels like there’s something to do every day. And school starts in […]

Wall Art Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult.

July 31st, 2014|6 Comments

My parents have done a ton of work on their house in the last year, and still have a ways to go on their whole-house renovation. They have pretty much finished the upstairs, though, with three bedrooms and a bathroom, and my mom has been decorating the “grandkid room”, where […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Looking Up

July 30th, 2014|13 Comments

If we’re friends on Facebook, it’d be impossible for you not to know that we got a new puppy this week. My friend’s dog had a litter of them, and when we dropped by her house recently, we fell in love. (Thanks, Nikki!)

Yes, I already have my hands full with […]

Seven?! SEVEN!

July 24th, 2014|15 Comments

Ivy turns seven on Friday. SEVEN YEARS OLD. She’s so ready for second grade. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s goofy, she’s protective. She tells me to be careful every time I climb up to the top bunk to give her a hug good night. She’s thoughtful, she’s […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Stairs

July 23rd, 2014|13 Comments

I know this is a day early, but I’m headed to the BlogHer conference tomorrow afternoon, and have some fun BlogHer news coming up tomorrow!

We had the girls’ double birthday party on Sunday, and they had chosen to go to a gymnastics place nearby. It was especially exciting (for all […]

I’ll Be At #BlogHer14! #SP

July 22nd, 2014|9 Comments

I’m heading to my first ever Blogher conference tomorrow, in San Jose California. I can’t really tell you how nervous I am, and I definitely can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m going to be meeting a lot of online friends that I’ve become close to, but only “in […]

Project 365: Week 29

July 21st, 2014|4 Comments

This week was busy, even without many plans! July 13 We went out to eat for my dad’s birthday and my parents’ 40th anniversary, then came home and put up the girls’ early birthday present. July 14 I don’t really have words for this. He’s definitely got his own […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Cozy

July 16th, 2014|9 Comments

“Cozy” during the summer is “Cold From Air-Conditioning”

Or Sick.

I like the picture of the girls because it’s kind of three layers….their “audience” of the Furbie and the Talking Penguin thing, then the girls snuggled up together, and finally, the leftover birthday balloons in the window (one of which you can […]

Five is Funny, Fierce, Fantastic.

July 15th, 2014|7 Comments

Today, our youngest girl turned five. FIVE. She is funny. She’s frustrating. She’s lovable and helpful, smart and sassy. She’s difficult, she’s SMART. She’s friendly and fierce. And she’s FIVE. Happy birthday, EB. We love you, Miss Sass.

Too Early For The Orthodontist?

July 14th, 2014|7 Comments

The oldest had his first orthodontist appointment this past week (other than the consultation a couple of weeks ago) for the first phase of his braces, the second this week, and his third (and last) next week. He’s only 8 (will be 9 in October) but his top front teeth […]

Project 365: Week 28

July 13th, 2014|2 Comments

It was a busy week! The kids had swimming lessons every morning, plus a couple of birthday parties and other things thrown in. July 6 I got to meet a long-time bloggy friend, Tara, on Sunday. It was so nice chatting with her over coffee…we had a million things to […]

Summer Theater Series: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

July 10th, 2014|4 Comments

I had a date last night. Don’t tell my husband, but he was pretty handsome. And sweet, and charming.

I took my oldest to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, the third in this summer’s Broadway series. The show runs through Sunday, July 13, and […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Eyes

July 9th, 2014|5 Comments

I enjoyed this prompt. I only wish that my camera lens (a 30mm) would let me get just alittlebit closer to the baby blues that I snapped away at all week.

I have blue eyes (both of my parents do, too) and all four kids have them, too…although, the shades vary […]

How the 4th Looks with Little Kids

July 7th, 2014|4 Comments

Our 4th is always verrrrrry TAME. We live in the country, so we can look across a field in every direction and see other people’s huge displays, and we can light 72 sparklers and 97 smoke balls in our own yard while we make s’mores and eat too many Bomb […]

Project 365: Week 27

July 6th, 2014|7 Comments

Back from our road trip, and mostly recovered. June 29 I was not, however, recovered on Sunday. I think I even took a nap. But, I did not take a picture. June 30 It was cloudy, but that didn’t stop us from swimming (it even sprinkled on us some). But […]

Project 365: Week 26

July 3rd, 2014|5 Comments

Continuing on our road trip…. June 22 A day with my best AR girl friend (and no kids!) June 23 Then we hit the road again, leaving AR and heading to SE Texas. Once again, the kids wasted no time once we got there, and went fishing on […]

Project 365: Week 25

July 3rd, 2014|5 Comments

I’m so far behind, it’s ridiculous. Moving on. June 15 Father’s Day, and T was still out of town (because apparently, working on Father’s Day several hours from home is perfectly acceptable to a company. Ahem) So, video chat. June 16 Ivy took a picture of Skeeter, and we […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Mess

July 2nd, 2014|6 Comments

Ever since my oldest got a new loft bed to sleepon, and I spent several hours cleaning the room so they could build it, I’ve been pretty strict about trying to keep it clean (he shares it with his sisters). I’m not always successful, but it’s not a pig sty […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Imperfect

June 25th, 2014|9 Comments

Sometimes a child’s imagination manifests itself in ways that adults just don’t understand.

Why would you play in a sprinkler, but block the water with an umbrella?

Does that make any sense?

To me, it’s an imperfect execution of water play. To them, it’s a whole lotta fun.

Ah, summer. I heart you.

Through The […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Smooth

June 18th, 2014|7 Comments

Smooth, silky coat.

Smooth new haircut.

Through The Lens Thursday is meant for self-improvement, so please….constructive criticism is welcome!

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year.

Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share your own posts if you’d like […]

Summer Theater Series: We Will Rock You

June 18th, 2014|1 Comment

I grew up on classic rock….Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Tom Petty, Queen. My dad made sure I had an appreciation for the music, quizzing me about band members as we drove down the road, turning up the songs on the radio as loud as was acceptable.

I also grew up a […]

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David Gray Mutineers Album Review

June 16th, 2014|2 Comments

Do you remember the song Babylon by David Gray? Are you singing it in your head now? Can you hear that smooth voice of his? Yeah, I could listen to that voice all day.

Lucky for me, he has a brand new album out now called Mutineers (released today, June 17). […]

Project 365: Week 24

June 15th, 2014|1 Comment

This was a down week…only one or two things planned. I like having things to do and places to go during the summer, but I definitely like to have some relaxed, take it easy, do whatever we feel like doing time, too. It never got above 80 degrees, though, so […]

Happy Father’s Day, Babe!

June 14th, 2014|2 Comments

Due to crappy work circumstances, my husband can’t be home for Father’s Day and we don’t know when we’ll be able to see him again. But, we didn’t want to miss a chance to celebrate our favorite man of the house, daddy, hubs. I asked the kids to let me […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Deep

June 11th, 2014|7 Comments

So, it’s summer break, and it’s been raining (and kind of chilly) on and off all week. Last week was bible school, so there wasn’t much cabin fever happening. But this week, other than The Wizard of Oz, we didn’t have much to do.

Cue closet exploration and the trying on […]

Summer Theater Series: The Wizard of Oz

June 11th, 2014|9 Comments

Growing up in Kansas, you can’t escape it. Go to a conference and tell people where you’re from, and more often than not, you’ll hear “I don’t think you’re in Kansas anymore.” It’s one of those jokes that was funny the first ten times and not so much after that.

Leading […]

Project 365: Week 23

June 8th, 2014|13 Comments

It’s June! Already! June 1 Batman marathon on BBC. All. Day. Long. June 2 First day of bible school! All four kids were old enough to go (yay!), so I had three whole hours to myself every morning this week. Swimming. Erv wasn’t too thrilled, so basically I […]

Project 365: Week 22

June 8th, 2014|4 Comments

May 25 Toddlers have style, yo. And big imaginations. May 26 On Memorial Day morning, my mom and I got up and did a 5K. May 27 The big two went to a two-night camp! It was Henry’s second year and Ivy’s first. And because the big […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Sunset

June 5th, 2014|6 Comments

I wasn’t sure the sun would shine at all today, but it came out after a big storm this morning (which kind of perfectly describes my day and if I was writing things these days, I’d probably try to explain it more).

 

Through The Lens Thursday is meant for self-improvement, so […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Home

May 29th, 2014|10 Comments

We dropped them off two days ago, right after lunch. I scrambled to get them to their aunt and uncle’s on time, so they wouldn’t be waiting on my kids to go on to the camp grounds.

I had packed a whole cooler full of gluten free food for the younger […]

NASA in my Car (Seat) #EvenfloPlatinum

May 26th, 2014|11 Comments

My husband thinks I’m addicted to car seats. I’m not, I swear. But I might be addicted to not having to switch car seats around to a different car in the morning when we’re trying to leave for school, or to replacing old ones that you can no longer adjust […]

Project 365: Week 21

May 25th, 2014|7 Comments

Summer break has started! I’m both excited and scared! But really, we have a lot of fun things planned, plus plenty of down time, so it should be good. May 18 I finished the weekend with the Mamavation 5K (and ended the #2weekchallenge). I tried really, really hard to get […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Street

May 22nd, 2014|11 Comments

We live just off a rural highway. We have a false sense of secrecy, almost, with the canopy of leaves and trees.

We hear birds chirping and farm equipment rumbling as often as we hear the cars go by.

Though the sense of alone-ness is vague and all-encompassing, the sense of danger […]

Why I’m Excited For Summer Break And Also Not So Much

May 21st, 2014|7 Comments

The preschooler (kindergartner now?) has been done with school since last Friday, and the big two finish up early tomorrow afternoon. There are a lot of things that I look forward to when summer break starts, and some things….I could do without.

1. Sleeping in. I use the term loosely, of […]

Project 365: Week 20

May 18th, 2014|12 Comments

May 11

Mother’s Day. We went out for lunch, as is our “tradition” (going on three years now), and I made the kids take a picture with me. It wasn’t the most successful photo shoot we’ve ever had…

(This picture is an optical illusion…I am NOT pregnant. Thanks, Ivy, for the belly […]

Even My Wipes Are Stylish Now, Yo.

May 15th, 2014|21 Comments

The days are gone when I have to worry when I leave the house about the possibility of a hidden spit-up glob on the back of my shirt or a surprise, explosive poopy diaper on a ten minute trip to the post office. We’ve successfully maneuvered out of the baby […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Empty

May 13th, 2014|15 Comments

I drive the road to my kids’ school twice a day, past a lot of fields and this old barn. I’ve taken pictures of it several times with my phone. I don’t know why I love it so much….but I especially love it when there are birds sitting on top […]

Project 365: Week 19

May 11th, 2014|9 Comments

The big two have less than 2 weeks of school left and the preschool is done on Friday. !!!! That’s the advantage of going back earlier than everybody else in the country, in August….we get out earlier, too. But seriously, I can’t believe it’s almost summer. May 4 I finally […]

Project 365: Week 18

May 11th, 2014|4 Comments

Yeah, so I’m behind again. Let me just dust the cobwebs off the ol’ blog and catch up. April 27 We did the Warrior Dash for the hat. Obviously. April 28 Apparently, the only picture I took on this day was of my teeth for the giveaway. I’m not […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Dream

May 7th, 2014|14 Comments

As long as I’ve been driving, I’ve had hand-me-down cars, used cars, always close to ten year old cars.

But. Today, with the help of a car-dealership-working father in law and because of the slow demise of the family-car-that-seats-all-six-and-all-of-our-stuff, we upgraded. Today, for the first time ever, we bought a car […]

Through the Lens Thursday: 3 Things

April 30th, 2014|10 Comments

These three. These pictures sum up their relationships nicely, I think.

Through The Lens Thursday is meant for self-improvement, so please….constructive criticism is welcome!

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year.

Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or […]

Project 365: Week 17

April 27th, 2014|5 Comments

April 20 Easter Sunday. The kids saw a bunny in the yard, asked me to take a picture of it, and then saw pictures on my phone of their Easter baskets (which were still waiting downstairs for them). We went to a dinner and egg hunt at my brother’s […]

Project 365: Week 16

April 27th, 2014|1 Comment

I’m getting really bad at this “timely post” thing. April 13 Wearing my awesome new Coffee Break shirt from bloggingconcentrated.com (and getting ready for a LTYM reunion lunch). April 14 I was still low from missing the half, I guess, and the hubs left to go out of town […]

Save Big on Attractions, Sporting Events, Concerts with ScoreBig

April 24th, 2014|1 Comment

You know my son is obsessed with Lego (Legos? LEGO?). He’s been to Legoland in Kansas City twice now, and asks to go again as often as possible.

You also know that we have four kids and going to places like Legoland is…erm….PRICEY.

BUT. We’re going again. Soon. Know why? Because I […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Water

April 23rd, 2014|8 Comments

The Easter bunny brought rain boots for my kids on Sunday, and three of them have worn them every day since. And then today, it actually rained.

These pictures were taken Sunday evening…it was cloudy and I had such a hard time getting the settings right. But, I think I did […]

How I Write

April 22nd, 2014|13 Comments

Angela of Jumping With My Fingers Crossed (who is co-hosting iPPP now, and you should go link up!) asked me if I’d like to share my writing process. (My writing process? What? Who writes? Not me anymore. Ahem.) She’s one of my very favorite people in the whole world, so […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Together

April 16th, 2014|8 Comments

Or, as they toddler says “too-gedduh”.

I made some gluten free popcorn party mix for the girls’ Easter parties at school tomorrow. (It’s super easy, but if you want the recipe, check it out on Today’s Work At Home Mom…and feel free to take a look around while you’re there).

Food photography […]

Project 365: Week 15

April 15th, 2014|4 Comments

Well, shoot. I haven’t been able to publish this on time in several weeks, have I? I’m sure there’s a reason for that? Anyway, once again, if you’re looking for #iPPP (which you should be linking up to, you guys), head over to Angela Y’s or Angela A’s places. April […]

What NOT to do the week before a half marathon.

April 10th, 2014|15 Comments

This Saturday morning*, I’ll be running my third half marathon, and the one for which I have a specific time goal in mind (before now, it’s been “to finish” and “to take pictures with Disney characters and then finish.”

I’ve been training almost nonstop for months. I’m ready for this race/really […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Books

April 9th, 2014|8 Comments

We went to St. Louis this past weekend, and while I was at Bloggy Boot Camp, my kids, husband, and mom went to the City Museum and other fun stuff. While they were there, they got to pick out a souvenir, and the girls both chose crystal growing kits.

I, being […]

Project 365: Week 14

April 8th, 2014|8 Comments

If you’re looking for #iPPP, it’s still happening. Just not here for a couple of weeks. I need a break, yo. So head on over to Angela YBlood’s or Angela A’s places and link up there!

March 30

Erv’s 3rd birthday party.

March 31

Last day of March. And the day Erv sang “carrots […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Self

April 2nd, 2014|30 Comments

I had planned to take a picture of myself yesterday, when I had my hair done and makeup on. We were going to celebrate my niece’s birthday, so I had visions of setting up the camera and using the remote to get a few captures of me getting ready to […]

April Fools #ippp

April 1st, 2014|15 Comments

The eight year old has been talking about April Fool’s Day all week. He’s been plotting, planning, and reading up on it.

Specifically, from April Fool’s Day From the Black Lagoon*.

He asked me last night if they could have muffins for breakfast, so he could stick Lego guys (that he didn’t like […]

Project 365: Week 13

March 30th, 2014|5 Comments

I’m glad this week is over. The end.

March 23

I cried on Sunday morning when I finished the Book Thief. Then I cried some more thinking about Erv’s birthday the next day and the week to come.

March 24

Erv’s third birthday! And for “I” week, the preschooler brought the first grader in […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Looking Down

March 26th, 2014|9 Comments

We’re knee deep in big changes around here.

Namely, big boy beds and potty training.

When I took down the crib this morning, there was a huge tantrum with crying and yelling (from both of us). A lot of it stemmed from the fact that there was a bedtime battle about climbing […]

Birth and Death Together #iPPP

March 25th, 2014|21 Comments

I stand over his high chair as he tentatively takes a finger scoop of red icing, poised with my camera to capture the first taste. I see the look of pleasant surprise, and the twinkle in his eye as he digs further into the small circular cake each time, finally […]

Big Erv is Three.

March 24th, 2014|6 Comments

My sweet boy, the BABY of the family, is THREE today.

He’ll always be my baby…as much as I moaned and groaned about my little brother and his “eternal baby” status in our family, I now know why.

I also know that the bigger he gets, the harder it can be sometimes.

This […]

Project 365: Weeks 11-12

March 23rd, 2014|4 Comments

Yeah, so it’s been spring break and I’ve been a touch burned out/busy/overwhelmed, so I didn’t really feel like doing this last weekend. But, of course, now I have twice as much to share. Woo!

March 9

What’s this? A quiet evening AND the kids getting along? Unheard of.

March 10

Little thug. Watch […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Door

March 19th, 2014|10 Comments

This kid. He’ll be THREE in a matter of days. The baby. The big boy! He’s always on the move, so I tried to capture that this week. Plus, it was really sunny out, and it’s hard for me to get the settings right, so I needed some practice there, […]

The New Way To Floss From Waterpik #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

March 19th, 2014|2 Comments

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.

I have always hated flossing. ALWAYS.

I have the trifecta of bad flossing situation:

1. Small mouth

2. Crowded teeth

3. Gag reflex

It’s hard for me to floss, truly. Though the gag reflex has gotten better over the years, my teeth have not […]

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Suburban Haiku (The Book): A Review and Giveaway

March 13th, 2014|17 Comments

I’ve been following @SuburbanHaiku on Twitter FOR.EVER. I’m pretty sure she was one of my first follows there, and every time I saw one of the haikus come through my stream, I laughed out loud and retweeted it.

Fast forward a few years, and I “liked” Suburban Haiku on Facebook, and […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Dark

March 12th, 2014|6 Comments

It was a dark and stormy night…

No, really, it was. After a couple of positively gorgeous days, a cold front came through, bringing gusty winds and lots of rain.

This one was a challenge, but that’s what we’re here for, right? My camera (a Nikon D3100) only goes up to an […]

Things are happening around here. #iPPP

March 11th, 2014|21 Comments

It’s safe to say that I’m burned out on training for a half marathon. It just is….no one will argue.

I started training for the Disney World Half back in September, and while I was training for that, I signed up for another one here in Kansas CIty in April. I […]

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Catch Me If You Can #HuggiesTester

March 10th, 2014|9 Comments

My littlest guy is our last one, and the last one in diapers. While I should probably be celebrating, it’s possible that I’m not really looking forward to potty training him, because that means he’s one step closer to leaving the baby behind.

He doesn’t make it easy, though. I’m not […]

Project 365: Week 10

March 9th, 2014|9 Comments

March 2 I went from running the Disney World half to training for another half marathon in April, and I’m not gonna lie….I’m getting a little burnt out. I’ve still got almost five weeks until the next one, and I just want to get it over with at this point. […]

Asking, Answering, Singing, Eating, WHEW.

March 7th, 2014|18 Comments

This fun weekly link up is hosted by Penny of The Real Housewife Of Caroline Country and Amber from Bold Fab Mom. For Ask Away Friday, bloggers pair up, swap 10 questions, and answer them on their blogs. It’s such a great way to get to know someone better!

This week, I’m swapping questions and […]

Gluten Free Donut Mini Muffins

March 6th, 2014|5 Comments

I mentioned before that I try to reduce the sugar in the sweets and meals that we eat. When I get a craving for something sweet, I hope there’s fruit in the fridge…otherwise, I tend to grab whatever leftover cake or whatever is in the fridge at the moment. I’m […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Hot

March 5th, 2014|6 Comments

Once again, the prompt this week is a challenge….there’s nothing hot about the beginning of March in Kansas this year. It made me think outside the box a little, just like flower did.

I mentioned yesterday that we did some baking, and I also tried to work on some food photography. […]

Let It Go, Winter. #iPPP

March 4th, 2014|7 Comments

I think this winter has done me in. I woke up Sunday in a foul, foul mood and never came out of it. Even after sending everyone upstairs and getting on the treadmill (which usually turns a woke up on the wrong side of the bed day around), I still […]

Project 365: Week 9

March 2nd, 2014|7 Comments

It’s March now, but you can’t tell from looking outside. Feb. 23 I honestly have no idea what we did last Sunday. I have a feeling it wasn’t much. This was the one and only picture I took, apparently, while Ivy and I were hanging out on the couch. […]

Give Me Some Sugar (No, Don’t) #sweetswaps

March 1st, 2014|9 Comments

It’s no secret that I’m a sugar-holic. I’m addicted to sweets. I crave the sweet stuff.

Lately, I’ve been drinking three cups of coffee a day, and no, they’re never black.

And yes, I do still really, really like the whipped cream on top, but for one of those three, I try […]

All She Wants to do is DANCE, Dance. #Askawayfriday

February 27th, 2014|14 Comments

This fun weekly link up is hosted by Penny of The Real Housewife Of Caroline Country and Amber from Bold Fab Mom. For Ask Away Friday, bloggers pair up, swap 10 questions, and answer them on their blogs. It’s such a great way to get to know someone better!

 

This week I’m swapping with Katie […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Hands

February 26th, 2014|8 Comments

Four sets of hands. I love these hands.

Through The Lens Thursday is meant for self-improvement, so please….constructive criticism is welcome!

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year.

Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share your own […]

Check Up. Buy Food. Cut Hair. #iPPP

February 25th, 2014|14 Comments

Things the Toddler Doctor says:

I have to bam her.

I need to check your bwod (blood).

That wooks vewy good.

Say ahhhh (and shoves the tool down my throat).

Around these parts, we call it the “Super Market” (thanks, Nick Jr.), and we loooove going.

It was haircut time.

After Flock of Seagulls, I was still […]

The Fault In Our Stars: A Book Review #momsreading

February 24th, 2014|11 Comments

I’m honored to be co-hosting the Moms Reading Facebook chat this Wednesday with Laura of Mommy Miracles!

I chose this month’s book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, after hearing excellent reviews of it by friends.

And for good reason…it really is an excellent book. I don’t have a lot of time […]

Project 365: Week 8

February 23rd, 2014|8 Comments

We had five full days of school this week, with no parties, and it felt like the longest. week. ever. Feb. 16 After all of the fun we had on Friday and Saturday, we took it easy on Sunday (when I say “took it easy”, I mean, I did […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Window

February 19th, 2014|7 Comments

The eye is the window to the soul, right?

Through The Lens Thursday is meant for self-improvement, so please….constructive criticism is welcome!

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year.

Don’t forget to join our Flickr group or share your […]

Valentine’s Day Shenanigans. #iPPP

February 18th, 2014|13 Comments

We actually paid babysitters on Valentine’s Day (because my parents live so close to us, we’ve never had to before), and we had close to four whole hours by ourselves.

We had sushi (well, I had sushi and T had sushi and steak)! And I got sushi to take home for […]

Project 365: Week 7

February 16th, 2014|5 Comments

We actually did some fun stuff this week! Feb. 9 The big kids went with daddy to see the Lego movie while I stayed home with the little one. But the first showing sold out, so they hung out at the library for a while until the next one. (Photo […]

Love and Sunshine #iPPP

February 11th, 2014|33 Comments

In case you weren’t aware, Valentine’s Day is Friday. So, in honor of that, I thought I’d share how I show my love.

(Every mom is different. I do things that other moms wouldn’t dream of doing, and vice versa. No judgment.)

1. Superhero surgery.

2. Hugs and kisses before bed.

3. Love notes […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Dull

February 11th, 2014|10 Comments

I bought some Citi Blocks for the kids and I love the colors. I also love the light that comes in the kitchen windows early in the day. Also, the pink bag was from my January trip to Disney. It’s still not put away, but it’s unpacked, so….progress? Also, the […]

Project 365: Week 6

February 9th, 2014|13 Comments

The longer I do this during the winter the less interesting my life feels.

Feb. 2

We sort of watched the Super Bowl, but when the halftime show came on, some of us were really, really interested.

Feb. 3

I didn’t get to my long run last weekend (I usually do it on Sundays), […]

Through the Lens Thursday: Flower

February 5th, 2014|19 Comments

It’s unfortunate that this prompt came the first week of February. I haven’t seen a flower for months!

So, I made Ivy put a flower in her hair (she chose neon orange) and stand in the cold for a minute and a half while I took her picture.

Through The Lens Thursday […]

Leading the Way #iPPP

February 4th, 2014|32 Comments

The snow started while the kids ate breakfast, and continued while we drove to school. I took them inside, got them settled in the warm, lively building and shielded my ears and eyes as I walked back out to the car.

I sat with the warm air blowing at my feet […]

Project 365: Week 5

February 2nd, 2014|8 Comments

So, it’s February already. I kind of feel there wasn’t much happening in January, except cold. And cold. And some more cold.

Jan. 26

A nice afternoon called for a long run outside.

Jan. 27

Watching the trash truck.

Jan. 28

The end of a long day called for hot chocolate and a movie (The Perks […]

5 Tricks to Help Get Your Stories on Paper

January 30th, 2014|13 Comments

I’m pleased to have Katie Clemons here today, blogger at Making This Home  and owner of the Gadanke shop. I’ve talked about Katie’s Gadanke journals before, and had the pleasure of meeting her at Blissdom last year. Her journals and accessories are whimsical, interesting, beautiful….SPECIAL. 

Thank you, Katie, for sharing with […]

On Facebook and Death.

January 30th, 2014|33 Comments

Yesterday on Facebook, I saw a friend’s status update about someone that had passed away that day or the day before. She seemed shocked by the news, and curiosity got the better of me, so I clicked on the deceased person’s name and went to her wall.

It was a blogger […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Reflection

January 29th, 2014|15 Comments

Some days seem like weeks, some weeks like months. A Friday after a week of long days is both a respite and form of torture.

A Friday like this calls for the raising of the white flag. The wave, the surrender. The gesture that means you will do anything in your […]

Four Years Old #iPPP

January 28th, 2014|22 Comments

So, on January 27th, 2010, I published my very first blog post. Back then I had a blogspot.com address and had no idea what I was doing. Sometimes I still don’t feel like I know what I’m doing, but I’ve gotten a little better at this blogging thing (maybe?).

A lot […]

Project 365: Week 4

January 26th, 2014|6 Comments

This week was kind of uneventful…I actually don’t remember much about it. We didn’t do much (again). But I took pictures of us not doing much, so… Jan. 19 Erv protected our house, valiantly. Jan. 20 Since it was MLK Jr Day and the kids didn’t have school, we […]

Blogs, Babies, Books #AskAwayFriday

January 23rd, 2014|25 Comments

This fun weekly link up is hosted by Penny of The Real Housewife Of Caroline Country and Amber from Bold Fab Mom. Bloggers pair up, swap 10 questions, answer them on their blogs, and link up their posts with Penny and Amber. Fun, right? And a great way to get to know another blogger.

I’m […]

Through The Lens Thursday: White

January 22nd, 2014|28 Comments

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year. See the bottom of the post for ways to join in!

The prompt this week is White, but I’d like to give an alternate title to this post: Leftovers.

This is a […]

Real Life Princesses and Dancing Fools #iPPP

January 21st, 2014|23 Comments

We went to my cousin’s wedding this weekend. The girls are FASCINATED by weddings, and brides, and fancy dresses. And a reception with a dance floor and free-flowing sweets is the perfect Saturday night for the 2-8 age range.

I’ve never heard of tossing sprinkles before, but Erv thought it was […]

Project 365: Week 3

January 19th, 2014|4 Comments

Jan. 12

Sunday was spent at Magic Kingdom with Laura, then I managed to get an extra ticket and sneak my way into a marathon weekend “after party” for TNT with some lovely Canadians (the Kansans went elsewhere). There were also some native Floridians there:

Jan. 13

I left for the airport on […]

A Lady In France: A Review

January 16th, 2014|9 Comments

Jennie Goutet lives just outside of Paris with her three children. Just reading her blog, a Lady in France, you come to know her as a graceful, thoughtful presence and friend. Her memoir serves as a glimpse into her extraordinary life, while simultaneously prompting a very real desire to sit […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Movement

January 15th, 2014|39 Comments

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year. See the bottom of the post for ways to join in!

I was so excited that the prompt for this week was “movement” while I was in Disney World. Could that […]

The Magic of RunDisney #iPPP

January 14th, 2014|33 Comments

It’s hard to put my Disney World experience into one, reasonably-sized blog post.

So, I’ll break it into three parts.

1) The Race.

Because of my location, I trained on my own while the rest of the Kansas chapter trained together. Needless to say, they were pretty in sync when it came to […]

Project 365: Week 2

January 12th, 2014|14 Comments

This has been a super exciting week! After four months of training and fundraising, I finally got to go to Disney World and run the half marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Jan. 5
It was snowy and very cold Sunday. We didn’t do much.

Jan. 6
After two weeks of school, the […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Corner

January 8th, 2014|6 Comments

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year.

The windchill on the first (scheduled) day back to school Monday was somewhere around –20 degrees. So, the kids had a day off from school….on the “first day back.”

Thankfully, we […]

Disney, Here I Come. #iPPP

January 7th, 2014|19 Comments

I’ve completed my training (save for a few low-mile runs this week), printed off my information sheets and schedules, chosen outfits for all of the kids to wear while I’m gone, applied my purple Jamberry nail wraps, gathered my running necessities.

I’ve printed off my list of Who I’m Running For, […]

Project 365: Week 1

January 5th, 2014|18 Comments

So, we officially ended 2013 and began 2014! I started (with Alison of Writing, Wishing) a photography self-improvement project, and if you’d like to join in a work on your skills with us, we have a flickr group! It’s very casual, just a place to post photos based on the […]

Through The Lens Thursday

January 1st, 2014|41 Comments

I read a lot of blogs and see A LOT of pictures every day. Some are amazing, and leave me with a little twinge of…jealousy? Or perhaps wanting? Wistfulness? I want to learn how to take pictures that people think are amazing, that make someone stop scrolling through Facebook and […]

Through The Lens Thursday: Soft

January 1st, 2014|23 Comments

Through The Lens Thursday is a weekly exercise in our quest to improve our photography skills, based on a prompt we choose.

We’ve had Skeeter for about a year and a half, I think, and he and Essie have a special relationship. She loves him, and he loves her elephant […]

My Fitness Goals for 2014 #Mamavation

December 31st, 2013|26 Comments

Exactly one year ago, I published a post that had me anxious, my heart beating a little faster, just a little bit scared, and raring to go.

Back then, I was in a place of feeling sluggish and ready to be active again. And, I met all of my goals…officially running […]

Project 365 (Week 52)

December 29th, 2013|16 Comments

It’s been a very holiday week around here! Lots and lots of Christmas celebrating. Lots.

Dec 22

Sunday was Christmas at Nana and Papa’s house, with most of the relatives in Arkansas.

Dec 23

On Monday, I had lunch with my AR BFF (and didn’t take a picture, sheesh), then we went to Nana’s […]

Project 365 (Week 51)

December 22nd, 2013|11 Comments

It’s almost Christmas, and the kids are on break! We didn’t waste any time, and already had one celebration. Many more to come! Dec 15 Our tree. With toddlers and cats and falling ornaments and toys. Dec 16 The big two had their Christmas program at school. It was […]

Old School Blogging: Holiday Edition #iPPP

December 17th, 2013|19 Comments

Hey, everybody, welcome to #iPPP! My post today is all about the holidays and I’m joining Elaine and Kir for Old School Blogging as well. I hope you’ll join us this week, because we’re going to be taking a short holiday break after this week, and we’ll see you back […]

My Holiday Wish List #Giveaway

December 16th, 2013|9 Comments

How’s your Christmas shopping coming? Do you have YOUR wish list? I do. I have one on Amazon, and it includes running shoes (you can never have enough, right?), a whole array of the Just Dance games for Wii, a tablet that is for me and not the kids, and […]

Project 365 (Week 50)

December 15th, 2013|6 Comments

Dec. 8

We’re in a bad stage with Erv….if he naps, he wants to stay up longer than I even do (like in this picture, taken at 10 pm). If he doesn’t, the whining and crying start at 4pm and last until he goes to bed. I don’t like it. He […]

The Winter Running Doldrums

December 11th, 2013|14 Comments

I received a shirt from Allied Shirts to review, but all opinions are my own.

Y’all, the winter blahs have set in. It’s cold (SO COLD). It’s dry, it’s sometimes snowy, sometimes windy.

Who’s idea was it to run a half marathon in January?!

Oh yeah. MINE.

But it’ll be fine, because it’s in Disney World, […]

There’s (another) Short Person In My House. #iPPP

December 10th, 2013|21 Comments

Last week, I mentioned that Ivy wanted an elf sent to our house. You know, from the North Pole. In years past, I’ve been so very against having an elf. I mean, we already have to plan at least two solid weeks of traveling, buy and wrap all the presents, […]

Project 365 (Weeks 48-49)

December 8th, 2013|8 Comments

So, I was really busy and tired this weekend and I didn’t get to posting last week’s Project 365. Here are both!

Nov. 24

Ivy had her second basketball game, and Henry, Essie, and I (along with my parents) were her cheering squad.

Nov. 25

It got cold for a while. Thank goodness for […]

The Annual Family Pictures (and a #Giveaway)

December 5th, 2013|26 Comments

I was given a canvas from Signazon to review, but I did not receive compensation and all opinions are 100% my own. I promise you don’t want to miss the giveaway at the bottom, or some family pictures that I think are pretty darn cute.

This year, I didn’t have the […]

My #JamberryChallenge

December 4th, 2013|12 Comments

I have a good friend, Amanda of It’s Blogworthy, that has been a huge support of my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser this fall, and is a Florida, full-time working mama to one boy and one girl (on the way). Anyway, she’s a rep for Jamberry nails, which I was […]

Christmas Conversations. #iPPP

December 3rd, 2013|31 Comments

The other day, Erv and I were in the car, driving to pick up Essie from preschool. He found a puffy Santa sticker in the backseat.

Me: Is that Santa?

Him: No! It’s Fanta Clause.

Me: Is Santa Clause going to come to our house on Christmas and bring some presents?

Him: Yeah.

Me: What […]

Happy Thanksgiving from the Warm Snugglies. #iPPP

November 26th, 2013|17 Comments

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the States! Here are some things I’m thankful for:
1. Pinterest. With the need to stay home and make our own gluten free Thanksgiving dinner, this is where I go to find all things gluten free and Thanksgiving-related.

2. A home that’s warm and full of chaos, […]

Project 365 (Week 47)

November 24th, 2013|7 Comments

If last week was nice and warm, this week was brutally cold. It made it hard to want to leave the house, you know?

Nov. 17

Ivy had her first basketball game. Then when the big three went to bed, and the one who still naps got into his sister’s lip gloss.

Nov. […]

I Like To Move It.

November 21st, 2013|15 Comments

I recently said that I don’t like to get down on the floor and play with my kids. But, there are things I love to do with them….I love jumping on the trampoline, I love cranking up the radio and shaking some booty when we’re cleaning or cooking, and I […]

First Grade Hoops #iPPP

November 19th, 2013|27 Comments

Ivy joined a basketball team, and because of some miscommunication, she had one practice before her first game last Sunday. Her team is made up of a group of her first grade friends, so she’s having a lot of fun so far.

But she’s small, and because she had only gone […]

Project 365 (Week 46)

November 17th, 2013|8 Comments

Do you ever have those weeks when your kids are just…..awful?? Like, you talk and talk and talk and nothing is being heard? Yeah. That. Nov. 10 World Run Day! It was actually a really mild night, and my mom and I went to the track to run our 5K. […]

Alone Time #iPPP

November 12th, 2013|44 Comments

Have you signed up for the #TNTDuel Virtual 5K yet? The deadline has been extended and the teams are neck and neck!

 

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Confession: I don’t love playing with the kids.

I’m not the first to say it, and I won’t be the last, but it’s true. Yesterday, while Erv was taking a […]

Project 365 (Week 45)

November 10th, 2013|17 Comments

This was the week of the mild but excruciatingly annoying stomach bug.

Nov. 3

Sunday was a particularly ugly day in stomach-bug land, and after Great Wolf Lodge, I was exhausted. I didn’t take any pictures, but I did take a very short video. (But, I don’t really know how to embed […]

Welcome, SITS Girls!

November 8th, 2013|44 Comments

Hello! If you’re stopping by from SITS Girls today, I want to say thanks for coming by, and welcome! I’m glad you’re here.

If this is your first time here at GFunkified, I hope you brought your sassy pants.

I’m a stay at home mom of four, and I live out in […]

A Family That Shoots Together #iPPP

November 5th, 2013|35 Comments

Like I mentioned last week, Sarah had to bow out of co-hosting duties, and Robin of Farewell, Stranger is taking over. Don’t forget to go visit and give Robin a warm, iPPP welcome!

Also, if you haven’t signed up for the #TNTDuel virtual 5K yet, I’d love to have you! Laura […]

Project 365 (Week 44)

November 3rd, 2013|24 Comments

We had quite the week, ushering out October (No! Come back!).

Oct. 27

Loooong fun day on Sunday, that included a “Kitty Cat Crawl” family fun walk (a one mile walk with a scavenger hunt and stations that turned the kids into cats), and then a visit to a pumpkin patch.

Oct. 28

The […]

Living in the Sticks. #iPPP

October 29th, 2013|30 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

But first, an announcement of sorts. Sarah, as you […]

Project 365 (Week 43)

October 26th, 2013|14 Comments

Oct 20
We didn’t really have a birthday party for Henry because we’re doing something fun as a family next weekend. But, we went out to lunch with his cousins.

Oct 21
Oh, you know…just playing the double decker Thomas trumpet.

Oct 22
I helped in Essie’s preschool class. It’s less than an hour and […]

Cow Songs

October 25th, 2013|10 Comments

The littlest and I have had a rough week. He’s not feeling so great, and as a result, neither of us are sleeping so well.

On Wednesday morning, we were getting ready for our weekly outing to our storytime/mom’s group hour, and he was driving me crazy. Telling me “no” and […]

The Dynamic Duel Virtual 5K #TNTDuel

October 23rd, 2013|28 Comments

Canada vs America
Runner with Runner
Together Against Blood Cancer

The Dynamic Duel Canada vs USA Virtual 5K
November 8 – 15, 2013

Join the Race to end blood cancers with Greta from G*Funkified and Laura from Mommy-Miracles. These bloggers are challenging each other to see who can get the biggest team to run The Dynamic Duel Canada vs […]

The Lonely Runner #iPPP

October 22nd, 2013|34 Comments

I may have mentioned that I met my 500 miles in 2013 running goal. And I alluded to the fact that I spent a lot of time on the treadmill in the last 10+ months.

What I didn’t say was that “a lot of time” is probably 75% of the time, […]

California Dreamin’ #fitcation13

October 20th, 2013|15 Comments

Disclosure: The costs of the events and activities for Fitcation were defrayed by sponsors, and the attendees were contractually obligated to write a summary of the experience and also received free swag items. However, the thoughts and opinions I’m sharing in this post are honest and my own.

I left for […]

Project 365 (Week 42)

October 19th, 2013|12 Comments

Oct 13

I made it home from CA and was reunited with this smooshy face.

Oct 14

Henry turned 8! So, of course, we went to the dentist? All four kids got great reports, and Henry got balloons and other extra birthday goodies.

Oct 15

Nana’s birthday! We took goofy pictures and put them on […]

Project 365 (Week 41)

October 19th, 2013|6 Comments

Playing catch-up here….obviously.

Oct. 6

Another solo bedtime.

Oct. 7

Rolling up to preschool pick-up in style.

Oct. 8

My marching band fanatic. Cutest thing ever.

Oct. 9

My birthday! It wasn’t exciting, it was like any other day. But the weekend in CA more than made up for it. (I got dressed in non-running clothes and put […]

In 500 Miles.

October 18th, 2013|43 Comments

Back on New Year’s Eve, I made myself a goal. I’d run (not walk) 500 miles in 2013. I knew it’d be a challenge, and that I’d be cutting it close.

On October 18, I reached my goal.

In 500 miles, I
ran in the rain (the last 1/2 mile of the 500, […]

The California Coast #iPPP

October 15th, 2013|46 Comments

I can’t really begin to put into words what Fitcation was like. People keep asking what it was, and I can’t really describe it. It wasn’t a conference, exactly, because there were no sessions. It’s kind of like a retreat, but the events, activities and meals were sponsored. The website […]

On the Eve of 33 #iPPP

October 8th, 2013|19 Comments

Tomorrow, I will be thirty-three. I’m fine with it…it feels like a good number. Some don’t feel so….natural, you know? Thirty-three feels good.

So, on the eve of my thirty-third birthday, I’m going to say thirty-three things that make me happy right now. Because, why not? It’s been a rough month […]

Project 365 (Week 40)

October 6th, 2013|7 Comments

Don’t forget about my LLS auction! It ends tomorrow night (Monday!) at 8 pm. You don’t want to miss your chance to get gifts or something for yourself in exchange for a tax-deductible donation! Here’s the Facebook album that you can look through to see the pictures and links of […]

Gluten Free Friday: Making Your Own Squeezer Pouch Snacks #Giveaway

October 3rd, 2013|25 Comments

My daughter, the one with Celiac Disease, is a snacking fool. She finishes her lunch every day and immediately asks for a snack. Her favorite thing is yogurt, but she also loves fruit snacks, cheese sticks, snack mix made with Chex cereal, things like that. We go through boxes of […]

(CLOSED) Auction Item #46: Handmade Blue Quilt 48×60 #LLSauction

October 2nd, 2013|8 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #46: Handmade Blue Cotton Quilt With Floral Backing, (48×60 inches) from My Time As Mom (Worldwide)

 

This is a beautifully-crafted […]

Dusting Off #iPPP

October 1st, 2013|21 Comments

Hey, don’t forget that we’re right in the middle of my #LLSauction! I have A LOT of awesome donations to be bid on, and all of the money goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, providing patient services, research, support and more to blood cancer patients […]

(CLOSED) Auction Item #45: Custom Seatbelt Pillow from SuperJenn #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #45: Seatbelt pillow, handmade by SuperJenn in fabric of your choice (US only)

 

Winner will receive one fully assembled, […]

(CLOSED) Auction Item #44: Thirty-one Gifts Three Piece Travel Set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|5 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #44: Three Piece Travel Set from Thirty-one Gifts, Including Vary You Backpack Purse, Uptown Rolling Weekender and Organizing […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #43: Julep Nail Polish Gift Basket #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #43: Gift basket containing Ten Julep Nail polishes, Bare Face Cleansing Oil, and Julep Essential Cuticle Oil (US […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #42: Personalized, Hand-stamped Jewelry from heartsaKEs #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|11 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #42: $30 worth of personalized, hand-stamped jewelry from heartsaKEs (US only)

The winner will get their choice of personalized, […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #41: Fabric and Felt Flower Pin Set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|8 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #41: Set of Four Fabric and Felt Flower Pins (Worldwide)

Winner will receive a set of four flower pins:

Red […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #40: Chunky Knit Pink Hat With Flower, Size 3-6 Months #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #40: Hand knit pink hat with removable flower pin, Child Size 3-6 months (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one chunky […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #39: Chunky Knit Brown and Pink Hat, Size 3-6 Months #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #39: Hand knit dark brown hat with pink multi-colored trim, Child Size 3-6 months (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one […]

(CLOSED)Item #38: Hand Knit Black, Yellow and Red Adult Hat #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #38: Chunky Knit Hat, Black with Yellow and Red Stripes, Adult Size (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one chunky knit […]

(CLOSED)Item #37: Chunky Knit Black and Light Blue Hat, Size 12-24 Months #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #37: Hand knit Black hat with light blue stripe, Child Size 12-24 months (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one chunky […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #36: Hand Knit Navy Striped Hat, Size 12-24 Months, #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|3 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #36: Hand knit navy hat with green and white stripes, Child Size 12-24 months (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #35: Hand Knit Pink Hat with Flower Pin Size 12-24 Months #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #35: Hand Knit Pink Hat with removable Flower PIn, Child Size 12-24 Months (Worldwide)

Winner will receive one pink chunky […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #34: Red Knit Hat with Flowers Size 3-6 Months #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #34: Hand Knit Red Hat with Two Interchangeable Flower PIns, Child Size 3-6 months (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #33: Cream Hand Knit Hat with Flowers, Size 12-24 Months #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|3 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #33: Hand Knit Cream Hat with Three Interchangeable Flower PIns, Child Size 12-24 months (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #32: Hand Knit Red Hat with Flower Pins, Adult Size #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|8 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #32: Hand Knit Red Hat with Three Interchangeable Flower PIns, Size Adult (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one chunky knit […]

(CLOSED)Item #31: Red Chunky Knit Hat with Flowers, Child 2T #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|2 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #31: Hand Knit Red Hat with Three Interchangeable Flower PIns, Child Size 2T (Worldwide)

Winner wll receive one dark […]

(CLOSED)Item #30: Signed Copy of Scary Mommy’s second book #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|10 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #30: Signed copy of the book “MOTHERHOOD COMES NATURALLY (and other vicious lies)” by Jill Smokler (AKA Scary […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #29: Shaklee Natural Home Cleaning Kit #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|6 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #29: $85 Worth of Powerful, Natural Home Cleaners from Shaklee (US only)

 

Winner will get:

          […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #28: Handmade Crochet Child’s Owl Hat #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #28: Crocheted Green Owl Hat, Child Size (3-10 years) (Worldwide)

Size: 3 -10 yrs

Circumference: ~ 18″ / Length: ~7.5″

Crocheted with 100% acrylic yarn.

Item […]

(CLOSED)Auction #27: Silpada Designs Gift Certificate #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #27: $25 Gift Certificate to Silpada Designs Sterling Silver Jewelry (US only)

$25 to spend on beautiful, Sterling Silver […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #26: Stella and Dot Silver Demi-Layering Necklace #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|7 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #26: Stella and Dot Silver Demi-Layering Necklace (US only)

The petals shimmer on this hand-crafted necklace.

Chain in silver […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #25: Animated Woman Toonswag-Style Portrait and Custom Mug #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|10 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #25: “Toonswag” style cartoon portrait from The Animated Woman and a Jumbo Coffee Mug featuring the Portrait (US […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #24: Amazon Gift Card from Writing, Wishing #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|10 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #24: $25 Amazon.com e-gift card (Worldwide)
Writing, Wishing is donating a $25 Amazon e-gift card! You can find anything […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #23: Jamberry Nail Wrap and Application Set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|7 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #23: Jamberry Half Sheet (you choose design) and Mini Application Set (US only)

Winner will receive a half sheet of […]

(CLOSED) Auction Item #22: Alma Boheme Handmade Bright Autumn Cowl #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|8 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #22: Handmade crocheted Bright Autumn cowl from Alma Boheme (Worldwide)

This handmade crochet cowl measures 8 inches in height and […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #21: Sew Curly Bib, Blanket and Burp Cloth Set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #21: Baby blanket, burp cloth, and bib set from Sew Curly Creations (Worldwide)

The baby blanket measures  28.5″ x […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #20: Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Crib and Toddler Mattress #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|Comments Off on (CLOSED)Auction item #20: Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Crib and Toddler Mattress #LLSauction

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #20: LE10 Super Lightweight Crib and Toddler Mattress (US and Canada)

Designed to be easy for mom and safe […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #19: Naturepedic Crib and Toddler Mattress #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|Comments Off on (CLOSED)Auction Item #19: Naturepedic Crib and Toddler Mattress #LLSauction

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #19: MC24 Lightweight Classic Seamless Crib & Toddler Mattress (US and Canada)

The No-Compromise™ Organic Cotton Lightweight matches the […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #18: Journey to the Best Me Tank #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #18: Journey to the Best Me Tank Top (you pick size) (US and Canada only)

 

Front: Journey to the […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #17: Happy Mama Artworks Sunshine Canvas #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|9 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #17: One of a Kind Canvas from Happy Mama Artworks (worldwide)

From Lisa: This painting was inspired by a […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #16: Blog Header, Button, and Business Card Design Package #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #16: Coordinating blog header, business/ blog card design, and blog button design from Faerie Barista (worldwide)

 

 

 

Find Amanda at her Etsy […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #15: Origami Owl Locket and Charms #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|7 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #15: Origami Owl Custom Locket and Charm Set (US only)

The winner will receive 1 large locket (silver only […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #14: Hey Honey Designs Social Media Design Package #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #14: Social Media Package from Hey Honey Designs (worldwide)

Hi there, I’m Jusika. I am a goofy graphic designer of […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #13: Jess Wright Designs design package #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|6 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/
Item #13: Custom Blogger blog design or WordPress.org Header design from Jess Wright Designs (worldwide)

What you get: Custom Blogger […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #12: Coffee.org Gift Basket #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #12: Coffee.org Variety Gift basket (US and Canada only)

From coffee.org: “Miss Ellie’s Variety Gift Basket is a mixture […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #11: Simply Om Bracelet Trio #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|3 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #11: Simply Om Perseverence Trio bracelet stack (US and Canada only)

These exclusive bracelets from simply om are part […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #10: Paparazzi Accessories Gift Certificate #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|7 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #10: $25 Paparazzi Accessories Gift Certificate (#2) (Worldwide)

Paparazzi Accessories is a home-based business with trendy, fun accessories, and […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #9: Paparazzi Accessories Gift Certificate #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|8 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #9: $25 Paparazzi Accessories Gift Certificate (#1) (Worldwide)

Paparazzi Accessories is a home-based business with trendy, fun accessories, and […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #8: Pink Papaya Gift Certificate #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|7 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #8: $25 Gift Certificate to Pink Papaya (Worldwide)

On PinkPapayaParty.com, you can find botanical haircare, bath and body products, […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #7: Beachbody Gift Certificate #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|4 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #7: $25 Gift Certificate to BeachBody.com (Worldwide)

Beachbody.com boasts the bestselling fitness programs like Insanity, the new Focus T25, […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #6: Sassy Lemonade charm bracelet #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|2 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #6: Butterfly Summer charm bracelet, handmade by Shannon of Sassy Lemonade (US only)

This is a One of a […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #5: I Just Want To Pee Alone book set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|5 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #5: A two-book set that includes I Just Want To Pee Alone and Spending the Holidays with People […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #4: Eli Rose Social Media Strategy Consultation #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|1 Comment

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #4: One hour social media/marketing strategy consultation with Eli Rose Social Media via Google Hangout or Phone Call […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #3: Paper and Plow Handmade Soap and Lip Balm Set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|5 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #3: Six piece Paper and Plow Gift Set (Worldwide)

The winning bidder will receive three of Paper and Plow’s […]

(CLOSED)Auction item #2: Miessence Shampoo and Conditioner set #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|2 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #2: Miessence Desert Flower Shampoo and Shine Herbal Hair Conditioner set (US only)

 

Miessence Desert Flower Shampoo (8.5 oz)  […]

(CLOSED)Auction Item #1: Abbie’s Creations Custom Shirt #LLSauction

September 30th, 2013|5 Comments

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. To see more details about how it works, go here. For a complete listing of items, go here: http://www.gfunkified.com/category/LLS-blog-auction/

Item #1: 1 long or short sleeve custom appliqued designer shirt from Abbie’s Creations Boutique (US only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darling, personalized […]

Project 365 (Week 39)

September 29th, 2013|6 Comments

We survived the week. That’s the best I could do, you guys.

Oh, and don’t forget to come back in a few hours (or you know, when you wake up in the morning) and check out all of the incredible items I have up for bid in my #LLSauction. All proceeds […]

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Blog Auction Fundraiser #LLSauction

September 26th, 2013|56 Comments

Hello! I’m happy to see you here. You’ve seen me mention this blog auction before, so now I want to give you the details of how it’ll work and how you can participate. And be sure to come back on Monday to see all of the items!
If you like my […]

When the Inspiration Strikes… #iPPP

September 24th, 2013|26 Comments

We went to the track on Sunday, because the weather (when it’s not raining), has been amazing. I hate to say this, because I don’t want it to get scared and go back to where it came from, but I think fall might actually be here. We also went because […]

Project 365 (Week 38)

September 22nd, 2013|12 Comments

WHEW, this has been a busy week! Did I start last week’s by saying that, too? I did a yard sale this weekend (my first ever), to raise some more money for LLS. It was pretty successful, but with my husband working out of town all week, pretty exhausting, too. […]

I Finished. #iPPP

September 17th, 2013|72 Comments

I have so many mixed emotions about the half marathon, and I’m trying to formulate coherent thoughts on it, but in my brain, I’m not really succeeding.

My mom and I drove to Wichita (a couple of hours away) on Friday afternoon, picked up our packets, and met up with my […]

I’m Featured at #FocusOnMom! #LLSTNT

September 15th, 2013|4 Comments

I finished my half marathon yesterday….yes, yes, I did, despite poor health and neglected running legs. More on that later. But, though I’m not getting much done today, I’m sharing something with you that I’m really excited about.

I’ve linked up with #focusonmom before, because I love the idea of getting […]

Project 365 (Week 37)

September 15th, 2013|3 Comments

Let’s see…what did I do this week? I slept a lot, and coughed a lot, then went out of town and barely finished my first half marathon.

Sept. 8

Sunday night, I was starting to feel sick, and was trying to have a quiet evening. But Erv took a long, late nap […]

The State of my Training: Two More Days

September 11th, 2013|10 Comments

By now, you all probably know that my very first half marathon is this weekend. Saturday morning. If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve been following a training plan for about 14 weeks, and haven’t been terribly confident in my abilities throughout the process, but I’ve kept up […]

Please Don’t Feed the Animals #iPPP

September 10th, 2013|11 Comments

We went to Omaha for Labor Day weekend, and I wanted to share some of my favorites pictures from the zoo. I didn’t take my “big girl camera”, so these are all from my phone.

Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite […]

Project 365 (Week 36)

September 8th, 2013|7 Comments

Whew, this has been a crazy week. Besides the fact that my very first half marathon is in less than a week (OMG), I’ve been really busy trying to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. Plus, I’ve got a 31 party happening this week […]

Straight Talk and Make-A-Wish Team Up #StraightTalkWish

September 5th, 2013|3 Comments

I’m pleased to be teaming up with One2One Network to share with you an easy way that you can help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It only takes a minute, and it will help them grant even more wishes for sick children.

All you have to do is head to […]

Crying Over Bad Manners. And Coffee. #iPPP

September 3rd, 2013|21 Comments

Last night, after a very long holiday weekend, bedtime was a joke to a couple of little ones. The littlest may have been awake in his crib longer than I was, in my bed.

Then there were several interruptions to my sleep. Something about a scary dream. About a spider? No, […]

Great Expectations: Mama and the City

September 2nd, 2013|45 Comments

Nadia Venus is behind Mama and the City, a blog about the juggling act of being a mom with one chiquita, a full-time professional and a photography hobbyist. In addition to sharing her observations from around the city, she discusses her family, which has fostered a special comfort writing about her mother and the experience of growing […]

Project 365 (Week 35)

September 1st, 2013|10 Comments

Labor Day weekend! Our family always does something fun together, since the big holidays are touch and go for everybody’s schedules. So anyway, I’m writing this on my phone from a hotel room somewhere in Nebraska.

Aug 25
My very first half marathon is in two weeks. TWO WEEKS. I ran 10 […]

Choosing my battles. #iPPP

August 27th, 2013|16 Comments

When I was little, my brothers and parents called me “the gypsy,” because I would wear big, long skirts that twirled and flowed and became a giant circle around me when I sat on the floor for kindergarten square time. My mom also indulged all of my hairstyle whims, cutting […]

Project 365 (Week 34)

August 25th, 2013|14 Comments

I think this was the first full week of school for the big two, and the countdown to school starting for the preschooler. It was kind of a whirlwind.

Aug. 18

I got up EARLY (before the sun) to run my longest ever long run for my half marathon training, 9 miles.

While […]

Gluten Free Friday: Sweet Potato Beef Hash

August 22nd, 2013|28 Comments

With the new school year started, and evenings becoming more hectic with homework and baths and getting the kids to bed really early, I’ve been looking for new dinner ideas that are healthy and easy and not one of the five dinners that I’ve been rotating for the last six […]

Surrounded #iPPP

August 20th, 2013|32 Comments

The big day was drawing near. It had been six long days since her big brother and sister started school, and the preschool open house had finally arrived.

The day before, while filling out paperwork for her enrollment (the preschool is in the same school building as the elementary classes, is […]

Great Expectations: According to Denise

August 19th, 2013|26 Comments

Denise, of According to Denise, is a mom of a son and daughter, stepmom of three boys, wife and part-time-from-home software engineer. She’s the kind of person that you feel like you have known forever, that you can chat with online for a good part of the day, even if you […]

Project 365 (Week 33)

August 18th, 2013|24 Comments

We survived the first week of school! Yeah, so, it was only four days, but it was four LONG days. In case you missed it, I’m giving away coffee (go! enter!) this week, and I reviewed a great new album from two of members of the Dixie Chicks. Oh, and I shared […]

Album Review: Court Yard Hounds #CYHAmelita

August 16th, 2013|4 Comments

I’m a sucker for cool chicks that can sing, play instruments, and write their own songs. I’m not a fan of country music, except the occasional female-lead, strong-lyric-and-melody-based, dance-or-sway-without-realizing-it country-pop.

I also really like to have (kid-friendly) music to listen to in the mornings, while we’re eating breakfast and getting ready […]

Gluten Free Friday: School Lunch Edition

August 15th, 2013|13 Comments

I am not a morning person, at all. But, on weekdays, I set my alarm for 6:15 am so I can get up and make the kids breakfast before waking them up at 6:30 and leaving for school an hour later. It takes them at least 20 minutes to eat […]

OMG COFFEE. #backtoschool #giveaway

August 14th, 2013|44 Comments

So, school started this week. That means, waking up at 6:15 started this week. Hip, hip, hoorazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I think the transition back to our school schedule might be harder on me than on the kids. I don’t have any trouble being the bedtime dictator for them, but I have a much […]

Back to School. #iPPP

August 13th, 2013|51 Comments

My two oldest kids started school today, going for a half day. Tomorrow, they’ll start full days. I now officially have a second grader and a first grader. Say WHAT?!

(the preschooler doesn’t start for another two weeks)

There were tears from both girls…the four year old that got left behind, and […]

Project 365 (Week 32)

August 11th, 2013|18 Comments

To say last week was a long week is an understatement. Hubs is still out of town for work (seven days and counting), and Monday-Friday, we had two people at our house putting in our new windows. Which are fantastic, and exciting, and I love them. But having strangers in […]

I’m Not Ready #iPPP

August 6th, 2013|25 Comments

This week is the last week before school starts. The week when I get the crazy in my eyes, trying to get those kids back into a routine! Get some sleep! Wake up early! (all for me AND them) Label the supplies! Fill up the backpacks! Lay out the first […]

Great Expectations: Rubber Chicken Madness

August 5th, 2013|21 Comments

Kim writes at Rubber Chicken Madness, and I knew the name of her blog long before I had the opportunity to meet the amazing woman behind it and looong before I found out that she lives close by, in Kansas City. Isn’t it funny how that works sometimes?

Kim is a […]

Project 365 (Week 31)

August 4th, 2013|15 Comments

This has been a quiet, quiet week. For most of it, I was alone..the kids were with their grandparents and hubs was travelling for work. It was strange to be by myself for so long! It’s been pretty relaxing, but I was ready to pick up my noisy kids Sunday. […]

Sharing the Day. #iPPP

July 30th, 2013|24 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

Last week, Ivy turned six years […]

Great Expectations: Alma Boheme

July 29th, 2013|5 Comments

Alma writes at Alma Boheme, and she’s one of the most beautiful souls I’ve met in this crazy blogging world. She’s beautiful inside and out, and she creates beauty with her knitting. She’s the mom of two extraordinary children, the King and the Princess, and wife to the Captain (who’s extremely talented […]

Project 365 (Week 30)

July 28th, 2013|9 Comments

I feel like we haven’t stopped traveling/moving/doing/packing/unpacking/preparing/celebrating all week. (No, we’re not moving into a new house or anything. I literally mean moving our bodies and packing/unpacking for trips to see grandparents) I’m tired, but this afternoon began a full week of being kid-less…we had to start it with a […]

Home, Sweet Toddler-Proof Home #iPPP

July 23rd, 2013|49 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

I love this boy so much. […]

Great Expectations: Angie Kinghorn

July 22nd, 2013|14 Comments

Angie Kinghorn is a former lawyer-turned-writer/SAHM, married to a practicing lawyer, and mom to newly graduated twins, a boy and a girl. She writes about her battle with postpartum depression and is published in various anthologies. Angie is smart, witty, and tough as nails.

Today, Angie is talking about her love affair with […]

Project 365 (Week 29)

July 21st, 2013|4 Comments

I took the kids out of state this week to visit their grandparents, so I’m writing this in a state of exhausted-from-hanging-out-with-the-two-year-old-away-from-the-safety-of-our-two-year-old-proof-home haze. July 14 Birthday party #1! It was a bouncy house co-birthday for the girls and my nephew. July 15 Essie’s birthday! She turned four, had swimming […]

Here’s My Face.

July 18th, 2013|31 Comments

I’m not going to the gigantic blogging conference (Blogher) next week, but every other blogger I know is. Or at least, it seems like it.

But, I love the #showmeyourface and #focusonmom link ups happening right now, so I thought I’d show you mine. My face.

I mentioned the birthday party last […]

Doll Face Turns Four #ippp

July 16th, 2013|38 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below! (But, Sarah is smack-dab in […]

Great Expectations: Lollygag Blog

July 15th, 2013|12 Comments

If you haven’t met Keely, you’re missing out. I haven’t known her very long (okay, I’ve never “met” her in real life), but she’s one of my favorite people. She writes at Lollygag Blog, and she’s hilarious. She’s a playwright, she’s a mom of two and one on the way, she’s […]

Project 365 (Week 28)

July 13th, 2013|6 Comments

This was a full week of swimming lessons and running and running around. I’m exhausted!

July 7
I took these three to the store, mostly for birthday cupcake decorating paraphernalia. I didn’t have to, but it was a short trip. So….it was exciting for them, at least.

July 8
First day of swimming lessons. […]

Gluten Free Friday: Toasted Coconut Pad Thai

July 12th, 2013|6 Comments

When our family went gluten free last year, I got several cookbooks and loaded up on an arsenal of recipes. But, we often find ourselves in a dinner rut, so when I was given the opportunity to try out a brand new weekly recipe plan subscription, I jumped at the […]

A Day To Remember: A Review

July 11th, 2013|9 Comments

 

I know a lot of bloggers that have dreams of writing and publishing a book, and I believe they will, because I know some talented writers. I also have the pleasure of knowing a blogger that DID come out with her own children’s book, and she was gracious enough to […]

Optimism Or Dread (Life With A Toddler) #iPPP

July 9th, 2013|47 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

The big three started swimming lessons […]

Great Expectations: Lapinskas Land

July 8th, 2013|11 Comments

Tara writes at her blog, Adventures in Lapinskas Land. In her words, “I’m just a person, like anyone else, writing down my life for your entertainment.  Plus, blogging is cheaper than therapy.” I wholeheartedly agree.

She’s a wife and a working mom to two little girls, a couple of adorable dancers. […]

Project 365 (Week 27)

July 7th, 2013|4 Comments

I realize that this is way late, but somehow, the loooong weekend really got away from me. Anybody else? Also: JULY! EEK! June 30 I ran my first “long run” outdoors for the half marathon training (I’m usually on my treadmill during the week). The weather this past week was […]

No Boys Allowed #iPPP

July 2nd, 2013|16 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

On Saturday, I got the urge […]

Great Expectations: The Average Supermom

July 1st, 2013|20 Comments

I’ve been following Sean, the Average Supermom, on Twitter for as long as I can remember, but finally got to meet her in person at Blissdom this year. And I am so happy I did. She’s completely down to earth, gorgeous, funny, real, and FUN. She’s a Texan, a wife, and […]

Project 365 (Week 26)

June 29th, 2013|16 Comments

June 23

Sunday was our zoo and 5K day.

June 24

Erv had almost the full day with me to himself (the big three were still on a trip with my parents), so we tried to enjoy ourselves.

And then the big three came home….worn OUT.

June 25

It was a hot day, but a pretty […]

Dirty Girls

June 27th, 2013|21 Comments

Remember when I told you about the Dirty Girl Mud Run, and how excited I was about it?

Well, it was last Saturday, and it was pretty. awesome.

My sister-in-law ended up not being about to go because of their summer travel schedule, but my cousin and I still got to participate […]

Rocking the Bump (sort of)

June 26th, 2013|43 Comments

You guys. You know how addicted I am to Instagram. I mean, I have, like 1700 pictures there, from what? A year and a half or some ridiculously short period of time like that?

That’s why it is killing me inside that I cannot find more than a handful of pregnancy […]

It’s About Taking Part #iPPP

June 25th, 2013|53 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

It rained all morning Sunday, and […]

Great Expectations: The Life of K

June 24th, 2013|9 Comments

I “met” Kamerine when she started linking up with #iPPP, and she’s been a loyal linker ever since. Her blog is called The Life of K, where she writes about her life as a wife and mom of two adorable kids. She’s also Canadian, eh, which I actually didn’t realize. But […]

Project 365 (Week 25)

June 22nd, 2013|5 Comments

June 16
Father’s Day! We went to lunch with my parents, in-laws, cousin and grandparents.

June 17
Bubbles.

June 18
More bubbles, this time with me and the girls.

June 19
This kid has been giving me fits about nap time lately, going to sleep later and later until I have to wake him up for supper.

But […]

Simple Things #iPPP

June 18th, 2013|20 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

After two to three solid weeks […]

Great Expectations: Jennifer P. Williams

June 17th, 2013|42 Comments

I’ve mentioned Jennifer here before, after I met her at Blissdom. She’s a Texan, wife, and working mother of two (a boy and a girl), and writes at Jennifer P. Williams. She’s a smart, hilarious, won’t take crap from anybody southerner, and she doesn’t pull any punches. She tells it […]

Project 365 (Week 24)

June 15th, 2013|6 Comments

It’s been a rough week. Hubs was gone most of the week for work, and we lost a member of our family when we had to put our sweet dog to sleep. We also didn’t have anything planned, so we didn’t do anything, which was kind of nice. I am […]

Memories Captured: June

June 13th, 2013|22 Comments

Memories Captured is back after a brief hiatus, and it actually inspired me to get out my real camera and, you know….capture some memories.

So far, June has been the month of sword fights on the trampoline.

Dancing and running barefoot in the squishy, soft grass.

Tractors vrooming through the garden.

As many cloudy […]

Crisis of Confidence #iPPP

June 11th, 2013|60 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

If you have “liked” my Facebook […]

Great Expectations: Midwestern Berliners

June 10th, 2013|4 Comments

Hillary writes at Midwestern Berliners. She’s living in the Midwest, is the mom of two girls, and the wife of one Andy. She’s working on her PhD dissertation, and the blog name comes from some time that she and her family lived in Berlin while she was doing doctoral research. […]

Project 365 (Week 23)

June 8th, 2013|10 Comments

This week was….busy. The big three went to bible school for three hours every morning, so Erv and I had to find things to do 20 minutes from home. We mostly did some track running and playground hopping.

June 2

A laaaazy Sunday started with me in bed and the girls going […]

A, B, C, Easy as 1, 2, 3

June 7th, 2013|40 Comments

It’s time for another round of Old School Blogging, and you know me….I like to answer questions about myself. Join up with Elaine and Jennifer to play along!

A. Attached or Single? Very much attached, to this cutie:

B. Best Friend?  My best friend is (unfortunately for me) a Texan at heart, […]

Behind The Scenes #iPPP

June 4th, 2013|35 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

My friend Elaine from Miss-Elaineous Life […]

Great Expectations: What Now and Why

June 3rd, 2013|38 Comments

Arnebya writes at What Now and Why, and she’s pretty much hysterical, no two ways about it. She’s not afraid to write what’s on her mind, and her honesty is refreshing. Check out her Facebook page for a lot of “did she really just say that??” statuses. She lives in […]

Mamavation Update (6-2)

June 2nd, 2013|27 Comments

A lot has been going on here lately, fitness-wise. I had one of those weeks this week where I thought, if I don’t see results, I GIVE UP.

Not really (probably), but I worked really hard this week. I mentioned before that I was starting a new workout program (I bought […]

Project 365 (Week 22)

June 1st, 2013|6 Comments

It’s been a pretty good week, you guys.

May 26

Memorial Day picnic with my family and T’s parents. Erv was feeling pretty crappy, but we had fun, and it was a beautiful day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 27

Ivy’s first day of basketball camp. She was so nervous, and looked so tiny out there on the […]

Friday Funny: Toddler Talking

May 31st, 2013|14 Comments

A little background:

As you know, Erv turned two at the end of March. He’s been using more and more words, and has started putting them together into short sentences (like this one from the other day).

Today, for the first time, I heard him playing with a tractor and having a […]

Girl Power: Dirty Girl Mud Run

May 30th, 2013|7 Comments

I worried and stressed and gave myself anxiety about the Warrior Dash (as you know), and ended up having a great (albeit very cold) time. I knew I’d be doing it again next year, but I didn’t want to wait that long.

That’s when I found out about the Dirty Girl […]

So Many Things to Smile About #iPPP

May 28th, 2013|23 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

I couldn’t decide what to write […]

Great Expectations: Nicolette Springer

May 27th, 2013|12 Comments

Nicolette writes at Working on a Project, and it’s fitting that she’d be my Memorial Day guest, because it always looks like she and her family are having so much fun and making the most out of their time together. She’s the mother of a preschooler and a BRAND NEW […]

Project 365 (Week 21)

May 25th, 2013|8 Comments

School’s out for summer!

This week, I had a guest post over at To Hab and To Hold, all about my love (and hate) of summer. Mostly love. And I’d love for you to drop by and visit over there!

May 19
We went to my niece’s birthday party. They have an awesome […]

Girls on the Run #iPPP

May 21st, 2013|59 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

My expectations were probably too high. […]

Great Expectations: A Lady In France

May 20th, 2013|33 Comments

Every once in a while, you come across a blogger/writer that has an amazing, unique story to tell. Lady Jennie does, for sure. She writes at A Lady In France, and is working on her memoir, Life In The Trenches, publishing it in chapters on her blog in hopes of […]

Project 365 (Week 20)

May 19th, 2013|17 Comments

Hey, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $30 gift certificate to the amazing handmade treasures at gadanke.com!

This week…..busy but seemed to last forever.

May 12

Mother’s Day! I had a great one. Still floating on the fumes from Listen To Your Mother, we went to lunch and then I took […]

The Beauty of Journaling #giveaway

May 17th, 2013|69 Comments

I met Katie at Blissdom this past February, and we bonded over our gluten free lunches. What really stuck out, though, were the “business cards” she was handing out. Forget the “regular” kind, like mine…she was giving everyone handmade, miniature journals in which to record some thoughts and memories of […]

The Wondering. #iPPP

May 14th, 2013|71 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

This is the piece that I […]

Great Expectations: A Renaissance Woman

May 13th, 2013|23 Comments

I love introducing you to other members of the Mamavation sistahood, because all of the women are amazing. Different, but supportive and strong. Pamela is one of them, and writes at A Renaissance Woman: A Modern, Motivated, Multitasking Mom. She’s an educated woman with adorable kids (as you can clearly […]

Project 365 (Week 19)

May 12th, 2013|7 Comments

I’m still very much coming down from the high of the Listen To Your Mother Show last night. Here’s my week:

May 5

Bedtime is a little nuts at our house…..we have a routine, but it’s kind of a chaotic one.

May 6

I finished the #Bostonstrong10K for Charity Miles on Monday morning. It […]

The Microphone #iPPP

May 7th, 2013|28 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

Last Saturday, we had our first official rehearsal […]

Great Expectations: Just Jeanae

May 6th, 2013|14 Comments

I’ve met some amazing women through the Mamavation Sistahood, and I’m pleased to introduce another one to you today: Jeanae, of the Just Jeanae blog. She is the mom of a Superkid and wife to a soldier (who happens to be deployed right now), but she still manages, despite holding […]

Checking in with Mamavation (May 5)

May 5th, 2013|15 Comments

I haven’t had an “official” Mamavation Monday post in a while, mostly because I’ve been pretty discouraged since the Mamavation Mom campaign started….without me. I’ve continued to work out, run, and watch what I’m eating, but the scale was bouncing up and down between the same two pounds for a […]

Project 365 ( Week 18)

May 5th, 2013|3 Comments

This week has been better, but no less exhausting. The dog hasn’t made any improvement, and has woken me up nearly every night whining or scooting himself around, and I feel like I have another infant to take care of. This is why I’ll never have five children, people.

April 28

On […]

Old School Blogging: Pop Culture Edition

May 3rd, 2013|14 Comments

Elaine of Miss Elaine-ous Life and Loukia of LouLou’s Views have opened up this month’s Old School Blogging link-up, and it’s all about Pop Culture. I LOVE POP CULTURE! This was a lot of fun. It’s open for 10 more days, so you should play along, too!

1.  What was one […]

Warrior. Woman. ROAR. #ippp

April 30th, 2013|52 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

We signed up several months ago, my mom, […]

Great Expectations: Julia’s Math

April 29th, 2013|8 Comments

I am a fairly new fan to Julia, blogger at Julia’s Math. She is the mother of a daughter and wife to a (very patient?) man, whom she writes about lovingly and honestly. She writes about family life (and the subsequent lack of sleep) in a candid and humorous way, as well as life […]

Project 365 (Week 17)

April 28th, 2013|16 Comments

I finally had a week that ended on a high note, thank goodness.

April 21

Sunday started out fabulously. I got to get away for our first Listen To Your Mother read-through. But then I came home to the dog that couldn’t walk.

This cuteness happened in the morning, though (and was somehow […]

Craptastic #iPPP

April 23rd, 2013|46 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

I’ve had a crappy week (and a half). […]

Great Expectations: To Hab and To Hold

April 22nd, 2013|15 Comments

I’ve started to get to know Rachel through the Mamavation community recently, and I’m so glad. Rachel is a warm, caring, supportive friend to have, both personally and physically. She writes at To Hab and To Hold (a play on her last name) about her family, her incredible weight loss and triathlon training. […]

A Sunday Treat: Minted #Giveaway

April 21st, 2013|57 Comments

I’ve got a treat for you today. If you’re like me and love to get mail, love to pick out new stationary and write out a note to send, or spend hours picking out the perfect invitations for the kids’ birthday parties and Christmas cards, you’ve probably swooned over the […]

Project 365 (week 16)

April 20th, 2013|5 Comments

Today was a long week. That’s all I have to say about that. April 14 My mom and I ran our second 5K of the weekend, stupid early on Sunday morning. We survived (barely) but we actually did get pretty good times. And we got to be divas. April […]

The Course #iPPP

April 16th, 2013|38 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP!  Sunday Spill and I offer our sincere condolences to all of Boston, to all of the lives recently touched by tragedy. Our hearts and our good thoughts go out to you. We still want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the […]

Great Expectations: Co-Pilot Mom

April 15th, 2013|31 Comments

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Kim of Co-Pilot Mom, and I’m so glad I did. She is the lovely, funny, sweet mother of her two Captains who worked as an Early Childhood Educator and is now their stay at home mom. She is a regular iPPP-er, which […]

Project 365 (Week 15)

April 14th, 2013|8 Comments

I can’t believe April is half over. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here, with hazing for the Mamavation Mom finalists every day, school, crappy weather, real 5Ks. If you’re around tomorrow night from 7-8:30 (central), I’d love you to hop over to twitter (with the #mamavation hashtag) for […]

The Evolution of a Haircut #iPPP

April 9th, 2013|34 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

 

 

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Great Expectations: Franny Bolsa

April 8th, 2013|18 Comments

I had the huge pleasure of meeting Lisa at Blissdom this year. She writes at Franny Bolsa, where she’s “just a girl telling stories.” She’s also a girl sharing amazing pictures in her “Ordinary Lens” weekly series, in which she makes ordinary things and moments extraordinarily stunning. She’s the mother […]

Mamavation Monday (4/8)

April 8th, 2013|26 Comments

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweet A LOT about Mamavation this past week or two, because I decided to apply to be a Mamavation Mom. The chosen moms will go through a hardcore, 7 week boot camp-style campaign, with food plans, exercise, and advice […]

Project 365 (Week 14)

April 6th, 2013|8 Comments

March 31

We spent Easter Sunday out of town, first visiting my grandma, then eating with my other grandparents for my grandpa’s birthday. The kids finally got to color eggs, but only because my mom brought everything with her. I was not prepared last week.

April 1

Sometimes, you just have a droopy […]

Kenya Moore-Booty Boot Camp (DVD Review)

April 4th, 2013|2 Comments

I had the opportunity to review a fun new workout video, featuring Kenya Moore (of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta fame), called Booty Boot Camp. And let me tell ya….Kenya is qualified to teach us all. Her booty? amazing. Her whole body, really. And she’s easy to watch and […]

My Little Scrapper #iPPP

April 2nd, 2013|23 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

Last Wednesday afternoon, just before naptime. “Mama, Ervin […]

Great Expectations: Time Crafted

April 1st, 2013|5 Comments

Karen writes at her blog, Time Crafted, and her tagline is this: Time Crafted (verb): The act of altering personal time to include creativity, joy & smile worthy moments in our daily lives.

Isn’t that just…The BEST? Karen is using owning the word CREATE for her theme of 2013, and she […]

Checking In With Mamavation, 4/1

April 1st, 2013|17 Comments

This has been a busy few weeks for me, Mamavation-wise. I completed the #mamavation5K training plan and virtual 5K on Saturday with my personal best time of 34:50! I’ve cut about 5 minutes off of my time since the beginning of the year, so I’m pretty proud of that.

The training […]

Project 365 (Week 13)

March 31st, 2013|6 Comments

I’m in a hotel room right now, on Easter morning, trying to do this from my phone. Here goes nothing…

March 24
My baby turned TWO, and I made it home from Blissdom (to a lot of snow).

March 25
After a long spring break, the kids finally went back to school, and Erv […]

#bullynomore Twitter Party and Giveaway!

March 27th, 2013|4 Comments

Have you had to deal with bullies? Have your kids had run-ins with bullies at school, or in sports, or have they even bullied someone else? 

I’ve had the chance to read, with my kids, a new children’s book by Dicy McCullough that is written from the unique perspective of the […]

This Bliss, This Bliss #iPPP

March 26th, 2013|27 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

As you know, if you follow me anywhere […]

Great Expectations: Multitasking Mumma

March 25th, 2013|28 Comments

Leighann is the nicheless writer at Multitasking Mumma. She is an amazing person and friend that I’ve gotten to know in the blogging world. She writes honestly and openly about suffering from Postpartum Depression and Bipolar Disorder, while sharing the joy and happiness that her beautiful little girl brings her.

I’m honored […]

Project 365 (Week 12)

March 24th, 2013|10 Comments

Spring Break! Yay. No, I don’t mind it, too much, but it would be a lot more fun if the weather wasn’t crappy and cold. As I finish this, there are several inches of snow on the ground. GROAN.

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day, and the day I finally got to meet […]

Two. Two. Two.

March 24th, 2013|13 Comments

Today, my “baby” is two.

He is sweet, and a mama’s boy. He gives the best snuggles.

He is ornery. So ornery! He already has a “look” when he’s trying to pull something over on us.

And smart, and talkative. While his daddy was holding him so I could trim the nails on […]

The Very Best Snuggles #iPPP

March 19th, 2013|21 Comments

Welcome to #iPPP! Sarah at The Sunday Spill and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week. All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera. Link up below!

The day she told me she was pregnant, […]

Great Expectations: Back To Allen

March 18th, 2013|11 Comments

When Lisa from Back to Allen agreed to do a Great Expectations post for me, it was before Listen To Your Mother was really on anybody’s radar. I just thought that Lisa was a great writer from the KC area, and after meeting her once, a lovely person that I would totally hang out with again (and again and again). But somehow, her post came the week after we were both chosen for the LTYM-KC show, which feels like an
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