52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with Compassion

Sometimes these brothers me little lessons about compassion. Scene: A day of boys arguing followed by a “didn’t I just tell you to keep your bodies to yourself” and a red mark on a cheekbone followed by a taking away of an object. After I took away non-said object and sent one kid to his room, the other kid—the one with the red mark—broke into sobs ....more

#HatfieldChickens Update: We Have Eggs!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on our six chickens. First off, they do finally have names. As we started our flock with two each of Golden Comet, Buff Orpington, and Barred Rock, they were initially impossible to tell apart ....more

Training for the Columbus Marathon: Can Runners Use 4-7-8 Breathing to Train for a Race?

It’s no secret that I live with anxiety. Currently, things are mostly under check and I feel pretty darn relaxed, calm, and, well, happy. This is not to say I don’t have mild panic attacks on the regular or that I still sometimes get side-swiped by some idle anxiety-car on any random day ....more

Lists

I’ve been making lists lately. Every day, I pull out my newest little notebook, the size I like most for lists, and write out the things I’d like to accomplish before the day’s end. There’s a lot of laundry, dinner making, and dusting ....more

July Stitch Fix: Summery Tops Galore!

For my July Stitch Fix, I asked for summery tops and, as always, a dress. I wanted some more casual options as I mentioned in a recent post. I got exactly what I wanted, and I’m so thrilled ....more

Slow Down: A Summer Poem

Slow down. Pick berries. Swipe at mosquitoes ....more

Quick & Easy Summer Treat: Summer Popcorn

Summer means sunshine, barbeques, and “bring a dish.” If people want me to bring a dip, I bring Buffalo Chicken Dip. Because buffalo sauce. If I’m asked to bring a salad, I lean toward “weird” ones, like ramen salads ....more

My First Golden Tote: A Fashion Review

My first Golden Tote arrived yesterday. Golden Tote is a great way to shop for those of us who don’t have access to brick-and-mortar stores with unique, fun finds. It’s different from Stitch Fix in that you can pick one or two pieces to add to your tote, depending on which size tote you purchase ....more

Quick & Easy Summer Treat: Summer Popcorn

Summer means sunshine, barbeques, and "bring a dish." If people want me to bring a dip, I bring Buffalo Chicken Dip. Because buffalo sauce. If I'm asked to bring a salad, I lean toward "weird" ones, like ramen salads. And if the hosts request a dessert, I panic. Or, I used to panic. While I like my birthday cake, I'm not big up on cakes. I love pie, but I'm still working on making a pie crust that doesn't suck. I also like to make things that kids will like too, so no fancy tartes or tortes or whatever it is we're all pinning these days....more

Training for the Columbus Marathon: Sometimes It’s Not Safe

There are 89 Days until the Columbus Marathon. The boys and I traveled during the latter part of last week. Deep in the middle of nowhere in eastern Ohio, we disappeared into a valley with barely any cell connection and a whole bunch of glorious peace ....more