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2014 09/17

Taking back the music with Train’s new “Bulletproof Picasso”

Now that the kids are back in school (insert hallelujah chorus) I have officially taken back the music selections in this house! It was a long 3 months of songs from kids’ movies and kid versions of popular songs from the radio but, now, it’s all about me and Pat Monahan!

Ok, I’ll take the other guys from Train, too.

Especially with their newest album release – Bulletproof Picasso!

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2014 09/11

Fall Decorating

The calendar may say it’s still Summer, but, here in the midwest, Fall is all around us! At least the 49* reading on my thermometer outside seems to tell me!

So, forget about fighting it and just embrace it. Put away the flip-flops and remember how much you love cozy sweaters and tall boots! And fall decorating!!!

While I’m not ready to bust out the Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations, there are plenty of opportunities to add some fun fall color to your decor now. And one of my favorites is this wine bottle craft!


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2014 09/05

Shooks Farms celebrates 100 years!

While coming home from our fabulous trip to Grand Marais, we had the fortunate timing of stopping in Ellsworth (Tim’s hometown) just in time to attend the Shooks Farms‘ Centennial Celebration!


In today’s age of “big business” farms, it has become a rarity to find a family owned farm that has been operating for 100 years! And Shooks Farms is exactly that.  Read the rest of this entry…

2014 09/04

Grand Marais 2014

Our trip to the Grand Marais area in the UP has quickly become our favorite part of the Summer. Sure, it is also our last trip, but we love it all the same.

Last year we had to miss out on the trip due to moving into the new house (worth it), but this year we were going rain or shine. And, with the looks of the projected weather forecast that week, we were looking at more rain than shine! No worries….we just made sure to pack our rainboots this year, too! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 08/28

And let the labeling begin!

Do not tell my kids this. I repeat: Do not tell my kids this. But I’m going to miss those little stinkers when school starts on Tuesday. It will be very odd running solo for a few hours each week while all three are off to school! But I’m sure I’ll adjust ;-)

That being said, this weekend is our final push to get everything ready in hopes of starting the school year off on the right foot. We’ll be going through the shopping lists one last time. Putting everything into backpacks. Getting our “school lunches” groceries. Picking out First Day outfits. And then labeling everything like our lives depend on it!!!

With our stash of Mabels Labels in hand, I am labeling every single supply. I kid you not. Shoes – check! Folders – check! Pencils – check! Yes, even pencils can be labeled thanks to the Skinny-Minis™ in the Back To School combos!


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