ombre birthday smoothie

Ombre Pancakes!

My sweet little Audrey turns 6 today, and I can’t say that I am ready for it.  I mean.  I am ready for it.  Cake is made, party is planned, people invited…   but she is getting so big.  So grown.  Turning into the girl and eventually woman she is destined to be. My heart bursts […]

i failed to teach my kids about childhood hunger. did you?

Project Sunlight and Hatch Project: Stop Hunger Now and start at Home!

We have a pretty good life.  We have a warm house and food to eat and books to read and toys to play with. My kids have never known true depravation.  They have always had a warm bed and clean clothes and full bellies. I recently was sent a video from Project Hatch. <div>Please enable […]

6 Things to Do TODAY to Help You Grow as a Blogger

Make Blogging FUN!

I have been blogging close to 10 years now.  While I am still a small fish in a big pond, I have learned a few tricks that help me to stay sane, keep perspective, and enjoy what I am doing! I thought I would share a few of them with you!    Create a Pinterest […]

eight-layer dip

Eight-Layer Dip!

I am posting this in the wrong season.  I mean, technically speaking.  Does delicious eight-layer dip ever go out of season?  In this day and age we can get everything we need at the grocery store all year round it seems.  Even organic options! I just happen to have a little party coming up and […]

the better homes and gardens experience (giveaway)

Touring BHG

I am thankful to BHG for allowing me this opportunity and helping to sponsor this blog! Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is simply too amazing to pass up.  I had to move mountains to attend the 1st annual (I gave it that ‘annual’ label, but with the overwhelming success of the first event I […]

how to organize baby clothes

How to Organize Kids Clothes

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am making some changes.  I am looking to improve the quality of life, to find and live joy, to make my home and my heart a place that people feel welcome. The steps are small, some might even say baby.  So I […]

frosting

Morning Frost

When your sweet bright eyed 5 year old girl wakes up early, looks up at you innocently, and asks, “Mommy?” “Is it frosting outside?” And all you can think is, I need to head to CVS. They have a great coupon on sugar right now. You may also like: frosting method comparison creamy cookie dough […]

pumpkin french toast

Pumpkin French Toast

In all the times I have made this fabulous version of french toast, I have never once made it for breakfast.  My kids adore it (and all the pumpkin treats that fall brings) but they always seem to request it for dinner. Which is fine with me! My husband’s brother shared some freshly made maple syrup and that […]

5 important lessons learned from kids soccer

audrey with messy hair

As our summer of jam packed of kids’ activities and outside fun winds down, I realized that my sweet little girl has taught me a few valuable life lessons. 1. ACT LIKE YOUR TEAM IS THE BEST.  Rock on with your bad self in your generic team t-shirt!  My little Audrey was nothing short of elated when […]

first came the chicken, then the cake

Rooster

There has been quite a bit of drama around our sweet chickens, but none like this. Today I found our very first egg!  After many long months of caring for and nurturing our chickens, we finally have a real honest-to-goodness egg. To be honest, I had forgotten all about this part. The chickens have found […]

in which i am complaining (and need you)

Audrey riding bike

So.  Turns out having kids in school is just as hard as homeschooling. I have three kids in school right now, a 3rd grader, 2nd grader, and 1st grader.  Tonight, like many nights, they each had homework.  By the time I was able to work with each child individually, 2 1/2 hours had passed.  (The […]

coupons my way

extreme-couponing

Brought to you by myself and CVS.com. Have you heard of Extreme Couponing?  It is basically when people are so organized and meticulous about their grocery store experience that they are able to utilize all the resources available to get the best possible deal on groceries. image from TLC Extreme Couponing I watch the shows […]

my husband went away and I have never been happier

Chad Bow Hunting

If you know me at all, that title probably doesn’t make much sense does it? Let me explain. I married an outdoorsy guy. Chad likes to hunt most things and fish for everything, any time of year that it’s legal. He is just one of those guys that gets his soul refreshed among God’s nature […]

how to dominate after school snacks

How to Dominate After School Snacks

Did you know that I have been a homeschooling mom for the last 4 years? It was great! Well, kinda great.  I love everything about homeschooling and still stand strong in my support of it. But I got overwhelmed. And stressed. And sometimes angry. And impatient with my kids and found teaching three different grades […]

daddy’s girl

Olivia and Daddy

They didn’t know I was there. Watching them.  Feeling my heart ache as she looked up at her daddy with such love and delight in her eyes. Giggling to myself as she collapsed in a fit of belly laughs after the tickle monster came to visit. Feeling blessed and thankful after seeing her close her […]

grilled chicken rainbow cobb salad

Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad!

This post is brought to you by Aldi’s. I used fruit and vegetables to turn this salad into a beautiful and refreshing meal!  A bit different from my norm, wouldn’t you say?   One of my favorite meals in the world is a Cobb Salad.  It has a little of everything; meat (usually chicken), greens/vegetables. […]

how not to do a selfie (i.e. with underwear on your head)

Our Driveway

Or maybe I should title this, “How to absolutely do a selfie.”  I haven’t decided.  But I digress. Every Tuesday is garbage day.  Which means that when my husband is out of town and just happens to have the 4-wheeler with him, I need to walk the large and often heavy garbage to the end of […]

three quick photography tips

How to insert a lens for a DSLR camera

  I just have to preface this with, I think you already know these tips.  I think everyone already knows these tips. There tips are along the lines of “DA” and “common sense” but when I started using using a DSLR everything about it was terrifying, and the photography was so overwhelming that these little details were […]

weeds

"A good garden may have some weeds." - Proverb

Our property is overcome with “weeds”.  These wild grasses and flowers and mushrooms pop up in the garden, in the grass, in the driveway, in the pond.  I decided to document this subtle overrun of the vibrant visitors, and share a few quotes a long the way. (Most of these images were taken an hour […]

(un)invited house guests

Smiling Snake

You may remember the frog incident; Our ponds and surrounding swampy areas were inundated with frog mating and frog babies and croaking and leeches.  To call it traumatic was an understatement.  Well actually it’s not, according to the dictionary traumatic describes it perfectly.  But anywho. We have snake.   Here he is in action.  It […]