2015 21/09

If you give a woman chickens, she’ll want goats

After a much needed but not anticipated summer break from blogging, I’m hoping to jump back in this fall and share with you all some fun things happening around here. Of course the biggest news to share is our newest additions. The goats!

You know that saying that Chickens are the gateway to other farm animals? It’s true.

To give you a little backstory, Tim & I had talked about getting goats a handful of times. We thought they would be fun {seriously, have you seen all the videos on the interwebs?} and just an all around good addition to our homestead. But, in reality {ready: in my mind}, we were thinking of adding them next summer. It was the logical timing — it would give us some time this next year to get things ready, figure out housing and pasture for them, and we’d have all summer with no school schedule that would allow us to learn about the goats. And that’s where the plan took a turn. Out of my mind and my reality and into the present. Read the rest of this entry…

2015 10/08

Heading back to school with OshKosh B’gosh

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

Four weeks! Just four more weeks and my little monsters are back to school!

I know it sounds very cliché, but it really does feel like they just started summer break. And while we each have a piece of us that is ready for school to start up again, I think we’ll all be missing our lazy summer days!

But, alas, it’s coming and we have Back To School shopping lists to tackle!  Read the rest of this entry…

2015 27/07

3 Tricks for a fun Family Summer RoadTrip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TwizzlersSummer #CollectiveBias

With just a few short weeks until we’re back into the school year craziness, we’re looking forward to a few more fun family road trips to soak in the Summer.

Because there’s always work to be done and animals to be tended to here, we aren’t able to do long road trips but we still make the most out of our day trips with the kids! Whether you are planning an multi-day road trip or just an afternoon scouting out the local beaches, here are 3 fun tricks to pass the time in the car with the kids!


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2015 24/07

#TravelMI :: Hudsonville Ice Cream & New Holland Brewery

Disclosure: Earlier this summer I was invited to attend a press tour with both New Holland Brewery and Hudsonville Ice Cream. All opinions are my own.

July is such a good month. Let’s just start off with the obvious…It’s my birthday month! Oh, don’t feel bad if you missed my actual birthday. I gladly celebrate all month {ahem…chocolate}.

Of course there is also the fact that we are in the prime of the Summer months. Long sunny days soaking up the vitamin D. Peaceful evenings lit up by fire-flies. July definitely has “Summer” pinned.

But July also marks two other fabulous celebrations :: July is National Ice Cream Month AND Michigan Craft Beer Month! Bam! It’s no coincidence that these two celebrations would come together in my birthday month.
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2015 13/07

#TravelMI :: The John Ball Zoo

I worked with John Ball Zoo and GRKids.com to bring you this post about our experience. All opinions are my own. 

One of the first questions I get from people as we kick off the summer is “Do you have any big trips planned?” I would guess it’s a pretty typical question that most families get. But I often wonder if those people think I’m some Summertime-Scrooge when I respond with a big ol’ “Nope!”

The truth is, I’m totally not a Summertime-Scrooge! I love Summer break. And I love traveling. But I really love West Michigan! Especially in the Summer!

We are so fortunate to live in an area that offers a ton of amazing experiences in the Summer. Actually, all year long.

And we love taking advantage of those experiences on our Summer break. Why travel when we have a world full of experiences right in our “backyard”?  Read the rest of this entry…

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