August – life updates

Hard to believe it’s nearly August!   In my attempt to share more personal updates, here’s a look back at our July and a look forward to August. July in review July was the first month in a long time that we spent every single night in our own beds!  Can you believe it?!  We had zero out-of-state travels and while that was helpful for mom, it was mostly because of the kids’ activities.  Jackson did tennis camp nearly EVERY SINGLE …

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Thirty-One Gifts – Empowering women + NEW fall line

In my short time as a blogger, I’ve been blessed with opportunities that I didn’t really expect!  One of them happened a few weeks ago, when I was able to attend the Thirty-One Gifts Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. If you live in the USA or Canada, I’m sure you’ve heard of Thirty-One’s stylish and functional purses, wallets, and organizing solutions.  I’ve used their products for at least 7 years, for everything from diaper bags to file folders and travel …

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My Summer (un)Bucket List

Last year I made a Summer Bucket List for our family and I think it’s a very good way to be intentional with the short time we have with our children.  After all, we’ve all seen that meme about how you only get 18 summers with your kiddos.  #cuethemomguilt However, the reality is that we mothers already place a TON of expectations on ourselves, that can never be met.  Right after you hold your child for the first time someone …

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The Friday Five- April Life (not the giraffe, the month)

Hi everyone!  I haven’t done many posts lately on what I’m reading or our family life, so I thought I’d do a general post for my #FridayFive! ONE My grandma passed away a few weeks ago and although she was nearly 99 years old, it’s been a sad time. It’s weird to think that that generation, which was a huge influence in my life, is gone and there’s only my parents left.  Has anyone else felt that? Anyhow, Sunday night …

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Spring Bucket List

Each season I like to make a family Bucket List.  This is so we are intentional about our time and enjoy the particular rhythms and events that each season brings.  In Spring, we’re ready to emerge from our hibernation and really seize the day.  Without further ado, here’s my Spring Bucket List. What’s on your Spring Bucket List? Feel free to print this image-  if you plan to do some of the same things we do! PIN THIS:  

The disease of wanting to be liked

Today after dropping off boy #2 at preschool, I was attempting to “sell” preschool to my daughter, using it as a leverage tool for her to (for the love) go in the potty. Her response, “Yeah I go to preschool next year and people will like me!” I have to stop buckling her seat and look at her.  Did she just say that? She’s not even 3 but she’s going to go to preschool with the aim that people will like her? Oh that …

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I don’t do it all… and neither should you

I was talking to a friend the other night and she said, “you have a lot of responsibilities.  I don’t know how you do it.”  I laughed a little … because I don’t. #confessiontime It’s a Thursday morning at 10:44 am and I’m sitting at the coffee shop typing this.  Alone.  You see, for the last 18 months or so, I’ve had a babysitter sitter come in at least twice a month to give me a morning to do whatever. …

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Fall Bucket List

How I feel when summer is over: via GIPHY Hahahaha! Nah, summer AND fall are both my favorites, so I’m not too sad to see the heat and humidity go bye-bye.  However, in the spirit of seizing the season (Carpe diem!) – here is my Fall Bucket List!   Any of these on your to-do list for fall?  What’s your favorite thing about the change in season?  I’m a sucker for some fall foliage.   Looking for things to specifically do in OHIO? …

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