Gibbsville Apple Orchard

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Today we took a day trip to a lovely little apple orchard about 15 minutes from where we live. They were hosting their annual Fall Fest, which features live music, apple picking, tractor rides, apple slingshots and a bouncy house. We went last year and had a wonderful time. This time around Ella was a whole year older and able to actually run around which …

Something for the weekend

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Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I made the switch to night shift last week and after working four 12-hour shifts in a row, I was exhausted. It’s taken me a couple days to recover. I’ve been enjoying spending time with the family and working on making our new house a home. It’s finally feeling a little like fall – all the great pumpkin …

Our first day in the UP

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I know I’ve been largely absent from this space for the past few weeks – it’s been crazy around these parts. We moved last weekend … four days of grueling manual labor. I learned I’m strong enough to carry a dryer up and down stairs, as well as sofas, dressers and other furniture. Our new home is perfect for us and I look forward to …

A portable first aid kit for back to school

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I have received information and materials from JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, LLC. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #PositivelyPrepared #BacktoSchool #CollectiveBias Summer is wrapping up and it’s time to think about heading back to school. I know I’ll miss the lazy days of summer – the pool, the beach, the kids playing in the neighborhood. …

Something for the weekend

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Well, this week went fast with all the packing and planning … I got to walk thru our new house for the second time the other day and now have a better idea where everything will go. Hannah and Ella will be sharing a room, so Mike and I will get our own space back (Yay!). I think it’s going to work really well for …

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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As many of you know, we’re moving in about a week. We decided to get a dog and needed to move somewhere that allowed pets. We found an adorable little house a couple of miles from where we are now and we move next weekend. That’s meant the last few weeks have been all about packing. We have, embarrassingly, three storage units between us. A …

Something for the weekend

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  This week, besides work, all I’ve done is pack. I’ve hardly been on social media. I feel out of touch. Today I’m taking a break from box after box and having a little fun. We found somewhere to live and can move in 2 weeks. What’s nice is that we should have a five day overlap so we can move at our pace and …

Book Review: A Field Guide to Now

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I picked up this book years ago and had largely forgotten about it until I started packing up the house and came across it again. I’m at a good place in life right now to appreciate it’s message and I thought I’d share it with you. A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness And Life In The Present Tense by Christina Rosalie is a …

Why I send my kids to daycare when I’m not working

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First, let me say, I love my kids. More than anything in this world. But sometimes, mama needs a break. Because of my work schedule – I’m a labor and delivery nurse – I usually work 2 or 3 days per week. Fortunately, one of those three days usually falls on a weekend, so I really only need daycare for my children two days a …

Featured Artist: Yellena James

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Today featured artist is Yellena James, an abstract artist who works with┬ápens, inks, markers and acrylics. I first found her in 2008 on Etsy and snapped up a lovely print and had it framed for above Hannah’s crib. The same print now hangs above Ella’s crib. And I love it just as much as I did the first time. She makes me want to buy …