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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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2014 08/08


I promise.

It’s a phrase that, as kids, we threw around with little weight to the words.

I promise to be your best friend forever. I promise to never tell anyone about X. I promise I’ll never do THAT.

Pinky swears. Promise rings.

If we looked back at all those promises we made through our childhood, we would probably see many of them broken.  Read the rest of this entry…

2014 07/28

Win your back to school shopping list!

We officially entered that “school year is just around the corner” period this past week as the “Back to School” letters and shopping lists arrived in the mail. And, while I still think it’s too early to think about “Back to School”, I have promised myself I will not wait until the day before school starts to get all of our supplies!

And, I’m even going to take advantage of the “Back to School” sales and stock up on supplies for the whole year and some to donate to the kids’ classrooms this year. Because last year I quickly found out that some of the girls’ classmates didn’t have all the supplies they needed, for some reason or another. When it’s so easy to grab a few extra packs of pencils and crayons and folders and notebooks, why not? Or even buy a few extra backpacks and stuff them full?  Read the rest of this entry…

2014 07/27

a hunger-free summer

So it’s been about 2 weeks since I first shared with you Feeding America’s initiative to have a “Hunger-free Summer” and help feed the thousands and thousands of kids who journeying through the Summer months with empty bellies.

I hope that post spurred on a few ideas on how you and your family can help kids in your own neighborhood.

Here a recap of things you can still do to help kids this Summer: Read the rest of this entry…

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…

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