Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Today's the day!

I have been blogging for one year, here on this site!

This little blog started a year ago today and I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to go in.  Mainly I wanted it to be an online scrapbook of sorts, while also giving me a 'hobby'.  Back then, no one really read it, which is why if you look back at some old posts, there are no comments :)  Since that time, I've made a few changes, both in design and focus, and have met some fabulous people along the way.  I'm happy to call many of them friends, even though we've never met in person.  To show my thanks, I've listed some of my favorite bloggers below, so be sure to check them out when you get a chance!

Courtney @ Sweet Turtle Soup

Amy @ Keepin' Up with the Smiths

Elizabeth @ Chasin' Mason

Jenny @ The Chronicles of We

Lauren @ Lauren's Glass Slipper

(There are many more blogs that I follow and love, so please check out my sidebar for more great reading.)

Thank you all so much for reading and know that I appreciate every one of you, and each time you comment.  I have many fun things planned for this next year, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

These are a few of my favorite things...

What do you consider your 5 must-have, do-or-die items?

I recently had this question posed to me by Man Crates, a fabulous new company that specializes in customized gift boxes for men.  Have a hubby who loves beer?  Then check out their 'beer lover' section!  Got a man who loves the great outdoors?  I recommend the 'survivalist' page!  (There's even one to survive a zombie apocalypse!)

I had to think about what I absolutely cannot live without, and came up with this list.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

1. Phone
Scott knows this, but I am very much attached to my phone.  Between using it for blogging, work, taking pictures of my little munchkin, and staying up to date on celebrity news, it's one thing I never get too far away from!

2. Chocolate chip cookies
I LOVE cookies.  My hubby even affectionately calls me 'cookie monster' sometimes :)  Chocolate chip are my most favorite kind, and if there's some nearby, watch out!  I've been known to eat a whole batch in 2 days (or less).  No shame!

3. Sunglasses
I'm pretty much blind in the sun if I don't have sunglasses on, so these are a definite must-have!  My favorite kind as of now are aviators, and I happen to love this pair.  'I wear my sunglasses at night...'
(not really :)

4.  Disney music
If you've followed my blog for a bit, you know I'm a huge (and rather nutso) Disney fan.  I can't go a day without having some sort of Disney in my life, so having some of my favorite music with me is a must.  From Little Mermaid songs, to monorail spiels, I love it all!

5.  Water bottle
I drink a lot of water, and this is my favorite bottle!  Stylish and cute, I use it every day.  I've yet to mix a cocktail in it yet, but that will definitely be tried in the near future :)

I asked Scott what his favorite things would include and his response? 
"Beer, pretzels, my bed, Kindle Fire, and rum."  Can't go wrong with alcohol, snacks, and entertainment :)

So what are your top 5 absolute favorite items? 

{Disclosure: this post was inspired by Man Crates, but I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.}

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekend Wrapup: State Fair Fun!

Hope everyone's week is starting out well!  I got to work from home yesterday, so I was pretty excited about that :)

This past weekend was a ton of fun, so let's get started on the recap!

Friday afternoon we drove to my parents house, as we were staying overnight.  After dinner and playing with Reese, we put her to bed and then Scott and I went out on a date!!  I can count on one hand the number of times we've actually been out together without Reese since she's been born, so this was very much needed.  We stopped at Kohl's to do a return, then headed to Outback Steakhouse for dinner.  We opted for a burger instead of steak, and I had some wine while hubby had a beer.  Not many pictures, since we were just enjoying our time together. :)

Saturday we were up around 7 (after a few wakeful hours during the night with a little person), and got ready.  We got to State Fair around 9, which was a really good time to be there.  Perfect weather, and not very crowded, which was great!  

We started with the animals, so Reese got to see cows, horses, bunnies, chickens, sheep, and goats.  She was happy as a clam in her stroller, as long as she had her snacks :)  

We walked around the expo center some, and as always, found some pretty cool things we want to buy.  I think in the next few years, we're going to buy this for our backyard.   We had some yummy food just before we left (corn dogs, cheese fries, and cream puffs to go!), and then headed back to my parent's house for Reese's nap.  Scott and I spent the afternoon in the pool, and then it was time to head home.

Sunday was the typical cleaning/picking up day, and then later we went to a park nearby so Reese could swing :)  


On another note, I wanted to pay tribute to Robin Williams, who passed away yesterday.  So, so sad, and I will admit I definitely cried when I heard the news.  Such a great actor, and someone who touched a lot of people through his movies.  We'll miss you Robin.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

And he we are at the end of another week!  Time for some fun randomness and another linkup!
Linking up with September Farm again today!

1. Mocha with Max
If you saw my previous post, you saw I'm struggling with being away from Reese so much, working a full-time job.  I've had this book for years, but haven't picked it up in a while, and I think it's time to do that.  Every page is a short devotional and really it's like taking a coffee break with God.  I think I'm going to add it to my morning routine, so I can get a fresh start with Him every morning.

2. Fitbit
I've mentioned I've had this before, but I have a Fitbit Zip and recently my hubby just got one (like yesterday).  You know what that means... time for some competition! :)  I have a hard time getting motivated, so this will be the perfect push for me to get into a routine of working out.  I think we'll do some sort of prize for whoever 'wins' that week, but I haven't decided what that will be yet.
3.  Trunki
We're headed to San Diego in a few weeks (YAY!) and this would be perfect for traveling through the airport!  I love this idea and I think Reese would enjoy it too :)  I haven't bought it yet, but am definitely leaning towards it.

4.  State Fair
Our Wisconsin State Fair has been going on this past week, and I'm looking forward to heading there tomorrow.  I LOVED going as a kid, so I'm anxious to bring Reese and take her to see the animals and of course, enjoy some yummy food!  Corn dogs and cheese fries and cream puffs, oh my!

5. Little Miss
Lately, she's been stringing lots of words together, and it is super cute!  Some of my favorites are 'Mommy, rock, ok', and 'Mickey, dancing', in which she proceeds to dance when she hears the Micky Mouse Clubhouse theme song, or the Hot Dog song. :)  I still can't believe how much she's learning and that she's only 4 months away from being 2!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


We all have struggles.  

Whether it's struggling to pay bills, struggling to control wild children, or just struggling to finish homework, stress and problems are a part of life.

Lately, I've been struggling with the whole work/life balance.  Being a mom is tough, and throw a full-time job in there makes it that much tougher.  I'm so, SO happy to see my daughter at the end of the day when I get home, but then it's a rush to get laundry going, dinner on the table and eaten, and get everything cleaned up.  What little time is left is used for precious playtime, reading, or going for a walk with Reese.  

I'm lucky in that I get to work from home every Friday, but sometimes I wish I could quit my position and just focus on being a mommy full-time.  Unfortunately, that isn't possible financially, so I've just had to make peace with the situation.  

It's definitely not easy, and I tell myself that I'm not the only working mom, and I'm providing for my daughter's future.  Someday, I hope to change this, but for now, I'm going to cast all my cares on Him and leave this struggle to God.

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