Week-end: links & life {vol. 27}

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie My flowers were busy while I was away last week! My yellow rose is blooming in high gear and my hot pink peonies (in the background) are finishing up quite a show ....more

In Honor of Memorial Day: a giveaway

From everything I’ve heard, the movie “American Sniper” is powerful. (I haven’t watched it yet.) The film is adapted from a marine’s autobiography; because of the subject matter, I don’t expect it to be an easy film to watch, but I believe it’s crucial we understand the cost of service to both those serving in the military, as well as the cost for the families they leave behind to preserve our freedom. Synopsis of “American Sniper” The following is from the movie’s press release: From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield ....more

Reasons to Exercise

We’re back from the beach — and a ridiculously long drive because little kids require frequent potty breaks, because the dogs are picky potty-ers and have to find just the right spot, and because I hate highways so I don’t drive as fast as many folks do. But all three dogs did SO great I often forgot they were even in the car! Because my brain is still on vacation, this will be short and sweet ....more

Week-end: links & life {vol. 26}

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson We’ve been soaking in the sun and sea and fresh air this week, as well as doing a bit of dream chasing. Though we drove right into Tropical Storm Ana to kick off our vacation week, the weather has been fabulous after one REALLY rainy day. from around the web 35 things I hope my kids will say about their dad :: Such a great list ....more

What I’m loving right now

There’s nothing like a good ol’ random post, right? Or is that just me and my random-thinking brain? Am I alone in my love of random? ...more

Week-end: links & life {vol. 25}

“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.” – Mary Oliver Ken keeps life interesting ....more

thredUP online thrift store shopping

Some of my friends are serious thrift store shoppers, who always know which stores have which types of items and what days are best to shop. They always find good deals on cute things. My experience with thrift stores is hit or miss: I’ve found a few worthwhile clothing items, but not reliably ....more

Beach Activities for Kids

We have BEACH on the brain right now as we count down the days until our next trip. One thing I love about our vacations is the laid-back vibe, and I never like to have too much planned. I think the kids could build sand castles and chase waves ALL.DAY.LONG and be perfectly happy, but I do like to have a few other activities in mind as well ....more

Week-end: links & life {vol. 24}

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while ....more

Purpose, love, growth: is your life full?

At first I was just going to link to the post below as one of my week-end links, but I had more to say than a one-sentence blurb of why you should read it, so this became a post of it’s own. This isn’t really about ALS; it’s about choosing to live fully, no matter the circumstances. It’s about choosing not to mere drag through life ....more