Links from the week including…an island in Greece that will pay you $20,000 to move there; Pula Pant’s 6 simple rules on money, work, and life; how to talk to people according to Terry Gross; a beautiful kitchen remodel and what it cost; a book I bought; a brief history of s’mores; my new running shoes (LOVE!); and the power you wield as a blog reader/viewer/follower.Read More
Happy Friday! Sharing links to…how to get rid of those pesky berry stains, camping is ‘on-trend’, death cleaning, a DIY I want to try, a book I loved, grocery budgets, the humor of family travel and what DOES taste better than skinny feels.Read More
Happy Friday! Are you enjoying these long summer days as much as me?
We took some time off from our kitchen renovation this week to go camping with the kids on the Washington Coast. We walked the beach, explored the tide pools, hiked in the Hoh Rainforest, and ate our weight in s’mores. A good time was had by all! But after a couple nights of sleeping on the ground, we were all happy to see our beds again. We really need to find ourselves a little camp trailer 🤪Read More
These Friday posts are fun for me. You too? But occasionally I forget all about them until Thursday night when I’m pulling out our old copy of ‘The Hobbit’ for story time, preparing to re-read the same pages I did two nights ago (my darling husband struggles with the use of a book mark 😆), and then bam! It hits me. It’s Thursday night!
And I get all excited to sit down at my laptop, open a beer, and have a little ‘me time’. I’m here for Friday. Let’s make it a good one!Read More
Happy Friday! It’s our oldest kiddo’s 6th birthday today and with our kitchen under construction, we opted for a simple family get-together at Nana’s house. And as for the homemade birthday cake that I always make him, well that got simplified too with a quick stop at Costco.
In the end, Wilder’s never going to notice who made his cake and regardless of the size of his party, he’s going to feel loved and celebrated on his birthday. So I’m washing the guilt right off. Here’s a gentle reminder to myself (and to you too if you need it): it’s okay to shorten your to-do list. Even throw it out entirely. Say ‘no’ to something instead of being busier. Get a book out and read for an hour. Play hooky on a Thursday and take the kids to the water slides. Stop and smell the roses. And then cut some for your nightstand so you can smell them first thing in the morning. It’s summer after all, so cut yourself some slack. Costco sheet cakes taste just fine, too.Read More
Happy Friday! And welcome to June. We started work on our kitchen renovation this week and I’m pretty sure we’ll never move, ever again. Because I am in complete love with this house. Even with no countertops. 😝 The weather doesn’t hurt either. Actually, I *may* profess my eternal love for this house every year around this time (and revoke it in January when our $800 electrical bill arrives 😕)!
In my defense, the summer truly is magical out here in the country. Windows flung wide open. Dinners eaten outside. The natural air-conditioning of our century-old Elm trees. The kids coming in to bath-time with wind-swept hair and dirt between their toes. The chorus of frogs and owls lulling us to sleep. Pure magic!Read More