Thanksgiving Is More Than A Meal With Turkey – Practice Gratitude NOW

Practice Gratitude

Thanksgiving. By far, one of my favorite days of the year. I love all of it; the company, the football, and the food that leaves me in a so-full-I can’t-eat-another-bite food coma. Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season. It starts a month of time when people are more gracious, more loving, and more grateful. Of […]

October 30, 2014

Practice Gratitude: enJOY fall through the eyes of a 4 year old

Practice Gratitude

Isn’t it funny as you listen to people chat idly about the weather, or read their facebook posts – People either LOVE or HATE fall.  There’s no middle ground. Either you enjoy the change of seasons, crisp air, and gorgeous trees, OR you dread fall and its daily reminder that WINTER is looming. I have spent many years loathing fall and […]

October 21, 2014

I am THAT Allergy Mama: Thank You For Answering My Food Allergy ’20 Questions’ Before We Get Together


How I miss the days when all I had to do was ask what I could bring to a get-together and not have to know what was being served… Or when someone could bring anything they like best to our house. Any dessert. Any bread. Any salad topping. Sigh. Now I’m constantly MEDDLING. I’m calling ahead, asking […]

October 15, 2014

Update Furniture You Already Own: DIY Spray Painted Bar Stools


Our kitchen is full of neutrals and needed a pop of color to coordinate with our dining room. As I’ve mentioned before, our budget is limited so wherever possible, we use what we already have, updating where necessary. We already own four wood bar stools at the perfect height for our kitchen island. However, they too were neutral in […]

October 10, 2014

A Favorite Fall Recipe: Easy Vegetable Soup

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If you live in Minnesota, you know that last night we were reminded that winter is looming; it sleeted. Last night, we sat inside, furnace on, drinking hot cider, as ice pellets fell and the howling wind made sure we could hear the sleet pelting our windows. Sigh. At least it didn’t sleet in September… AND, at […]

October 4, 2014