spring + snacks

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

This blog post is sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods.

Ahhh… Spring. While always glorious, I’m not sure I have ever welcomed a Spring as much as this one. Our winter was long and harsh in the Midwest this year and so we are fully embracing the thaw that we are currently experiencing. One of the kids’ absolute favorite things to do is munch on snacks on the porch swing, so this was a momentous occasion since winter has kept us from it for so long. We rolled out the porch rug and cozied up the space with some new throw pillows. Got all settled in for some fresh air, conversation with neighbors and of course, snacks.



Back To School

Friday, September 7, 2018


This is a momentous occasion. My first ever blog post about going back to school, because for the first time since I was in school myself, my oldest baby is starting school! While I admit it is a bittersweet year for us because this means that our first little love is old enough to be in school (!!!) I have dreamed of this moment ever since I was a little girl. My whole life, I was always that child. You know the one…. school supplies meticulously organized and labeled, waiting perfectly in her backpack (weeks before school was to start, mind you). Outfits selected and neatly waiting to be worn. Stacks of books next to my bed forever and always. I loved school. I loved shopping for school supplies. I loved organization. And I still do love all of these things. So finally, eleven years after graduating from college myself, I finally have a legitimate reason to fall back in love with all things “back to school”.

a cup for me, a cup for you

Sunday, August 5, 2018


What is it about that first cup of coffee in the morning? It is sacred for obvious reasons, but also the comfort and familiarity it brings in those early bits of morning are beyond compare. Clumsily making my way to the coffee pot and counting my scoops even though I don’t realize I am while my mind is on other things. Waiting for the pot to finish, I usually tidy up the kitchen, get Everett some milk (he is my early bird), and maybe turn on some music. By the time the pot is finished, I am ready with my favorite mug, cream already poured into the bottom of the cup. And before the pot even has time to chime at me that it is done, my mug is filled and already blending to create my favorite cup. On the weekends this is what it is usually like. I sit on the sofa and write my to-do list for that day while enjoying every sip. 

coming and going

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summer is here again and I swear it can’t be real. The seasons fly by almost as fast as the days and I feel like I’m always a step behind. Trying to slow down and savor little moments in a hectic world that is always racing sometimes seems impossible. But I won’t stop longing for that slowness and working toward it. Today I took twenty minutes to myself to read a chapter in a book, sip on an iced Cameron's Highlander Grog, and admire the glowing sunlight filtering into my bedroom. 




Coffee Talk

Friday, May 4, 2018


Good morning, friends! Today I am making a list (you surprised?) of family activities to fill our spring and summer. But more importantly, I’m making this list very budget-friendly too. With more house projects and vacations on the horizon, and the ever-growing need to save, this year I am working to meet one of my year-long goals of spending less. I have a good start to my list so far, but I’m really hoping to bulk it up! Here's what I've got so far:

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