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I began keeping a gratitude journal in 2014 when I was 24 years old. I had just gotten engaged, moved to a new city, and started a new job and I wanted to remember the little things. I don't...
I used to always say that I would never get an Instant Pot. I would read blogs about how much people love them and would think "What is the point in this expensive gadget if I still have to...
My then husband-to-be and I brought home an absolutely crazy and young rescue hound/terrier from the Hamilton County Humane Society in 2014. We said our final goodnight to our Mr. Trippers August 11th. On this Pet Memorial Day, here...
I am an introvert and by definition, I am reserved and quiet. A wallflower, if you will. Flowering in my own thoughts. But, an introvert trying to be the hostess with the mostest? Polar opposites. Although, opposites attract! It may...
Let's just real here. The last six months have been a disaster. I mean, is there any other way to describe it? However, there has to be something said for sunshine and warm temperatures. And as the weather slowly...
The alarm went off early as I tiptoed down the stairs to get the coffee started before the family woke up. After just one quick cup, I ventured to each of the kids' bedrooms in order to get the...
Shortcuts are my love language. I am always looking for life hacks to make my life easier. Being stuck at home more nowadays has proven to be quite the challenge with being creative both in activities for the kids...
The weather has been hot with lots of sunshine - which are your typical Midwest summer days. But honestly, it's been perfect. We spend the days at the pool and then the evenings on our bikes or at the...
As we enter month five of quarantine, I've finally jumped on the trend: sourdough baking. I've always been interested in learning how to make sourdough bread because 1) carbs are life, 2) crusty loaves are the best, and 3)...
Somewhere in my 30-something years of life, I was never warned about the fascinating experience of completing a DIY project with your spouse and just how fun (using this term loosely here) it could be. If you are like...
     My dad hates attention. Even as I write this post, I can imagine him cringing at the fact that I am writing him this letter! However, my dad deserves some kudos because he is a dynamic man, and I...
Since being homebound for the last several weeks, it is clear that I took a lot of the things we did everyday for granted. Like hugging and quick trips to the store and date night. But the one thing...
Are you finished with your spring cleaning? Yeah, me neither. Dishes are piling up. Dust is accumulating around picture frames on shelves. The playroom is overfilling with broken toys and junk that you need to go through. Lingering spaghetti stains are covering...
Mediocrity is a crime nowadays. Its synonyms include moderate quality or value, ordinary and not very good. Not very good?! When did it become unacceptable to be average or ordinary? I think that sounds pretty darn good. We are all great...

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5 Safe and Fun Trick-or-Treating Alternatives

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It's officially October which means Halloween is right around the corner! And while things are definitely a bit different when compared to last year,...
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