My husband and I have always loved gardening. But it wasn't until last year when we built our big, fenced, raised-row garden that we really got into it. Our garden has eight rows, each between 17-29 feet long and...
It’s that time of year again – the one that gets us all through those long winters. Along with the beautiful weather comes the Farmers’ Markets and they’re not just in the city. There are plenty around the metro...
Mother’s Day gift guides are everywhere this time of year but rarely do they capture the true essence of celebrating mom and all that she does. The other day, my middle daughter, Julia, came up with a great idea....

Rules for a Season

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It happens every time we enter a new season: the need to revisit the rules. I recently noticed that my 5-year-old has been leaving his raincoat and rain boots in the middle of the entryway since the weather started...
If you know even the slightest thing about me, you know that I am passionate about my time in the kitchen with my kids.  For so very many reasons.  Now, you may think, of course you are, you love...
When I was a kid, my family had some special traditions surrounding the Easter holiday. In addition to the festivities at church, my siblings and I received Easter baskets at home. It's hard to remember specific details looking back,...
I can still remember it. Sitting on the floor in the dirty garage on a hot summers day and letting the tears pour down my face. Why the tears, you ask? Because I was getting rid of treasured junk...
Visit Lake Area Discovery Center to learn more about the high-quality education and childcare they offer for ages 6 weeks-5 years with four-year degreed, early-childhood licensed teachers and unique classroom environments that highlight hands-on STEM learning for school readiness.  Most...

Managing Tensions

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Here’s one thing I have learned about myself: I like to know what “the best thing” is. I want to know the best way to discipline, the best way to get my kids to eat healthily, the best way...
It started with a home improvement project, which is weird because I'm very much not into that. Our home office was a dingy old desk I'd had since I was a student.  It sat in the corner of our living...
{All photos in this post taken by the fabulous Ashley Elwill Photography} We had so much fun at our Brunch & Build Moms’ Morning Out at Projects in Person (PIP)! First, a huge thank you to our host sponsors, PIP, for opening up their...

Forget Later

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We’ve all heard it. Too many times, probably. Maybe as soon as we pushed those babies out of our bodies or welcomed them into our homes. They’re only little once. Enjoy it. You can clean the mess later. When exactly...

Choosing Presence

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"If you had a full bank account and a clear calendar, what would you do?" I'm reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist right now for the second time and that's one of the questions she asks. The second time around...
Recently we had the privilege of traveling to Ethiopia as a family. Our oldest daughter was born in Ethiopia and joined our family when she was 11 months old. We wanted to travel back to Ethiopia now that she's...

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Four Simple Steps to Become a “Pseudo” Coffee Snob

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It's International Coffee Day! Who is celebrating with a hot cup of joe? I know I am! I personally have always been a coffee lover....

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