Winter Gift Guide for Stay-at-Home-Moms

We are in full-fledged fall mode over here. All of the leaves on our trees have turned and I'm seeing gold and red all around me. The leaves are piling up in the yard and I know it won't be long before we start raking. The temperatures have fallen and there's a weekly conversation on when to light the pilot for heat. So far, the days have been nice - cooler, but still nice and sunny. We've only had a few frost advisory nights so far. Nonetheless, I'm certainly gearing up for even cooler days and colder nights....more

Recipes for an Easy Thanksgiving Dinner {Free Printables}

I don't know about you, but for me, November and December always seem to fly by so fast.  They go so much faster than the first 10 months of the year.  Those months can certainly fly too, just not quite with the same whirly power and bustling activity November and December bring.  I suppose it's the excitement and busy-ness of the holidays, as well as the knowledge the end of the year is near and there are new beginnings just on the horizon.  Somehow, in Motherhood there's also this stranger awareness of time passing.  The boys are growing and changing daily of cour...more

Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Hun loves French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. I hate that he buys the powder stuff at the store with all the nasty ingredients in it. He likes things quick and easy in the morning as he rushes off to work. So, naturally I went searching for a recipe. Thankfully I found a few different recipes. Many of those recipes called for canned sweetened condensed milk, which I don't want to buy. So, instead, I decided to make my own sweetened condensed milk (included in this recipe)....more

Warm, Comforting, & Tasty {Fall Recipe Roundup}

I don't know about you, but as soon as the temperatures start dropping and the trees begin their annual renewal process, I start looking for all things warm and comforting.Like cuddling under a blanket. ...more

Remembering Kindness in Parenting

When it comes to parenting, one thing that is easily forgotten in our busy and exhausting days is kindness. Sometimes we forget to be kind to ourselves. Other times, we may even struggle in demonstrating kindness towards our children. We all have bad days and we all have good days. I know that some of my not-so-good moments have been seen by others. At those times, instead of a disapproving look, I've been given something much more powerful - kindness....more

Warm, Comforting, & Tasty {Fall Recipe Roundup}

I don't know about you, but as soon as the temperatures start dropping and the trees begin their annual renewal process, I start looking for all things warm and comforting.Like cuddling under a blanket. ...more

Revisiting a Mountain

When I say I enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my guys, I'm not lying. Seriously, I'd love to go on adventures more than I love being at home! That's some serious love, because I've always been a 'homebody' and I rather enjoy quiet, solitude, and comfort. Well, come to think of it, I don't get much of the quiet and solitude with 2 busy little boys roaming around. But, that doesn't mean given a choice, I don't want to be at home....more

Control in Motherhood is Different

In my 3+ years of mothering, I now know that some of the challenges in Motherhood are all about control. I've seen or heard from others that being a Mother invites control into your life. Even if you didn't struggle with control before becoming a Mother, you now struggle with control....more

Learning Desing & The Programs I Use

Since the blog has a new look and I've become more intentional with the direction and focus of the blog, I thought I'd share a bit about how I create and edit images. There are a number of programs available and it's only more recently I use more than one. Now I know how to use a few different programs, which are all helpful....more

Setting Goals for Achievement this October

I'm letting the cat out of the bag here in the beginning. September month didn't go very well. I'm not entirely sure why, but I've been wasting more time than not. I've also really struggled with routines. Different things led us to being off our routine and I've really had difficulty in re-establishing them. I will say though, in the last few days, that's gotten much better. Maybe it's the kick that October is here or maybe I'm finally ready.Nonetheless, my goals are still important, so let me review my (lack of) progress and set some new ones for October....more
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