Christmas Mini Tour 2014

Click here for to check out the Holiday House Walk! Well, despite the fact that I still have a Halloween post in my drafts, I thought I better get on the ball and share a few pictures of my Christmas decor. I like going back and looking at my previous years' photos while I'm decorating; otherwise, I can never remember where I put everything....more

Simple Autumn Mantel

In the past, I've waxed poetic about the glorious...more

Back to School Mantel

I know for many kids it is already back to school time, but in our neck of the woods school doesn't begin until after Labor Day. Even though we are savoring the last few days of summer, I thought a fun back to school mantel would help all of us get back in the mood for learning. I'm not quite ready to break out the pumpkins for fall yet, but my summer mantel needed to go ....more


Yoo-hoo! Anyone still here? I didn't mean to take such a long break from blogging, but somehow just never seemed to have enough to say ....more

Summer So Far

It's hard to believe, but here we are, halfway through July already! The school supplies are back on the shelves and the countdown to September has begun. Before any more time flies by, here's a bit of what we've been up to this summer, so far… {as seen on Instagram} My bid to inspire some creativity in the kids has been pretty successful ....more

Organized Camp Kitchen in a Plastic Tote

Our family loves to camp, but it can be a lot of work. Between planning, packing loading, unloading, and setting up camp, I am usually worn out by the first evening. Last year, after a particularly chaotic packing session, we found ourselves in the woods without cooking utensils, a hammer, or bug spray ....more

Fuel Your Family: Chocolate Almond Protein Bites

Our family takes "active" to a whole new level in the summertime. Last week, our schedule included 3 play-dates, a soccer tournament, 2 soccer games, 2 baseball games, and 2 different hockey camps, plus various practices, library runs, and errands. All that running can leave us worn out and HUNGRY, which is why I love this healthy and yummy snack ....more

Full Swing Into Summer

Happy first day of summer! We jumped into summer at full speed as soon as Caitlin finished school. Since then, it's been a whirlwind of baseball practice, soccer tournaments, and hockey camps ....more

Books for the Armchair Traveler

With summer break fast approaching, many of us will be setting off on vacations, road trips, and adventures. If, however, like me, you will be putting the "stay" in stay-cation, you can still do a bit of arm-chair exploring with some great books set in exotic locals. I've read these three books over the last month or so, and enjoyed each one thoroughly ....more

Wrapping Up 4th Grade, Classical Homeschool Style

I can hardly believe that it is May already! With our required testing behind us, we are just about finished with our second year of homeschool (Hunter's 4th grade year). There have been so many fun, frustrating, fulfilling, and amazing things this year, I hardly know where to start ....more