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2014 07/24

project: Farmhouse Table {complete}

When Tim and I got married (12 years +1 month ago) our furniture was an interesting collection of pieces we each had from college/post college years and things that were handed down to us from friends or family. Which I would assume is true of many young married couples. (Please don’t tell me if I’m wrong.)

I’ve come to realize that we are just not big furniture people. If it works and isn’t completely hideous, then it’s fine. Case in point — we slept on a mattress on the floor for the first six years of our marriage. Then we finally got a bedroom set. A beautiful king size bed set…which we’re now thinking of selling and downsizing.

But this isn’t about beds. This is about tables! Dining room tables! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 07/17

itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cortizone-10. I received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I remember in elementary school one of my friends used to sing this little song  that started out saying, “flea, flea fly, flea fly mosquito!” and then went on to sing about getting bitten and how it itched. Catchy little thing that we used to sing all the time.

But it’s not so funny when song becomes reality and you find yourself covered in bug bites! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 07/14

Skip the summer slump & refuel!

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It’s hard for me to even fathom that we are already in the middle of July! I mean, summers always tend to cruise by, but this summer is moving at warp speed! Then again, I don’t feel like our summer *really* started until July arrived.

June was spent with our butts occupying bleachers. Softball games, T-Ball practices and games, gymnastics practices and shows…my buns have seen enough bleachers for a while.  And most of those days meant early lunches and later dinners, leaving a stretch of time where I needed a little refueling!

And when you find yourself bouncing between a softball and T-Ball double header…you deserve a little something special all for you!  Read the rest of this entry…

2014 07/10

Help kids be kids with a #HungerFreeSummer

From the time my kids wake-up in the morning until they go to bed they will ask me no less than 15 times for something to eat. Sure, sometimes it’s due to boredom but most of the time they are legitimately hungry.

Between running and biking and running and all other kid activities, they are burning a ton of energy and calories and need to refuel. And my kitchen has officially become their refueling station. A refueling station that I am constantly trying to keep stocked.

Which got me thinking about all the kids in our community who head to their “refueling station” after a day of playing only to remember that the “refueling station” is empty. Just like it is most days. Read the rest of this entry…

2014 06/23

Kids, jobs, chores, and time sheets…

First and foremost, I need to say that this is something that works for us. It won’t work for everyone and that’s totally ok. So don’t go giving me the stink-eye after reading this, ok? Super!

So my kids have fallen into this nasty habit of asking for something every time we walk in to a store. Doesn’t matter what store. They just want to buy something. Umm…scratch that…they want ME to buy them something.

And I’m getting sick of the whining that ensues when they are told “no”. To be fair, they are rarely told a flat out “no”. It’s more like “save up your money and you can buy that.” Which still produces the same amount of whining. Read the rest of this entry…

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