Take a Short Road Trip to End the Summer

Do you get that feeling that summer’s nearly over? Not according to the meteorological calendar, but the playtime part, due to the academic calendar? This gives some people (present self included) a niggling feeling of wanting to take just one more ADVENTURE! Fear not, oh super planner of the mega… Read more »

What Should I do With All These Baby Food Jars?

baby food jars and lids half circle with blue candy in bags

When you have a baby, you are bound to have the baby food jars. What you do with them after your little darling shows you what they will and will not tolerate is nearly unlimited! Here are some of my favorites. Baby Shower: This was a conglamorate of “pinspiration” and… Read more »

How To Cook When You … Don’t

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blueberry muffin in pink holder with more in background

How to cook when you’re just a baker? That is the question! I say “just” a baker not to diminish the awesome skills of bakers everywhere, but to distinguish the differences between the two abilities. (You should peek at a few cakes this fellow blogger rocks!)  Maybe not even ‘abilities’… Read more »

Do you want to be a minimalist, or just DECLUTTER?

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Do you want to be a minimalist? (Maybe?) Have you been inundated with the minimalist idea on social media, at a church gathering, in class, from your mother or best friend? Yes! Let’s jump on that bandwagon because it’s fun ride, and healthy! But first… That’s a HUGE undertaking. How… Read more »

Pick Your Own Produce Adventure

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Meadowlark Farm large sign with children's faces looking through fruit

We had a spectacular family outing recently! We discovered there are a few nearby pick your own farms. I’ve always wanted the children to experience picking their own fruit, and to see the orchards and fields dedicated to such a venture. The place we chose for a first try was… Read more »

5 Reasons It’s OK to Show Only Your Highlight Reel

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Do you get tired of seeing your friends’ highlight reel of amazing nights out, superbly talented, gorgeous children, and most adorable pets on social media? Take a breather and see why they do it, and why you can feel OK doing it too. 1 You have something to feel good… Read more »

Are You Watching the Total Eclipse of the …

… “Heart” still comes to mind even when the Solar Eclipse is just days away. I’m truly a product of feely music lyrics. Are you watching the solar eclipse on August 21st? It’s exciting that I’ll share the experience with my two youngest children, and perhaps we will put on… Read more »

Proofreading – Do you need help?

Proofreading does not come easily to too many. Unfortunately, errors with grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes are noticeable. I’m not referring to the use of literary license, when an author plays with words purposefully. That can be pretty entertaining! For some readers, proofreading mistakes make all the difference between continuing… Read more »

Skunk Drama

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baby skunks hide under plants in window well

Well, the name says it all.  Skunk drama in central Kansas. We finally fit puzzle pieces together last week when we realized we may have a skunk den in our back yard.  A faint smell one day…  A skunk running (at least waddling quickly) under the bushes when I arrived… Read more »

Philanthropy of the Heart

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white cloth daisy with blue Dove chocolate in center

British Dictionary definition for philanthropy: philanthropy /fɪˈlænθrəpɪ/      noun (pl) -pies 1. the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions …Thank you, dictionary.com. One major thing we’d like to pass on to our children, besides an impressive family tree replete with stories and insight, is the desire to give.  Here are… Read more »