Do you do a lot of reading in the summer? Or maybe you read all year round. I tend to read more in the summer because I am hanging by the pool or sitting outside enjoying the warm sun. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a good book. I was talking to one of my college roommate’s recently and it turns out, that over the course of the summer, she read the same books!! (plus a few more that I hope to read soon). Since I am always searching for some good ones I thought you might like to know about them too.
As a blogger, I usually schedule my posts, pins, and instagram stories ahead of time. So that when I go on vacation I don’t have to think about it. For some reason I forgot to do that before we left on a camping trip and did not realize it until we were in the car. No worries right?! I can do it when I get there right? Wrong - our campsite had NO cell service and NO wifi. What?! How can that be?
I recently wrote a post titled ‘10 Things I Would be Sad to Lose’. And that got me thinking….again (since I became a blogger all I do is think). What items can I NOT live without. So, I am looking thru the lens of…..what do I use all the time that is a part of me - things I love or….’can’t live without’…
Have you ever wondered how to discover your God-given creative gift? Have you ever wondered if you even have a creative gift? Did you know that creative ≠ artistic?
My daughter, Nicole, has a Podcast called The Studio 46:10 Podcast, where she talks about ‘Faith, Marriage & Everything in Between’. She asked her listeners what they wanted her to talk about and one of her listeners submitted this question - ‘How do we discover our God-given creative gift?’ Now, that is a BIG question. Nicole thought about that question for quite awhile and then she turned to me.
Every year I look forward to figuring out what I am going to make for Christmas presents. One year I made Vanilla Extract. The vanilla was a HUGE hit with everyone. They just loved it. Since I recently moved, and now have a different set of friends….AND my children are grown and out of the house and do their own cooking…..I decided to repeat the Vanilla Extract for Christmas this year. Homemade Vanilla Extract is so much better than store bought - and so much cheaper too. AND it is so so so easy - Yay for easy!
As adults, we have budgets for now and budgets for the future. How will your children/grand children know how to save for the future if we don’t show them? How will they know that having $1,000 in their checking account does not mean that it can all be spent on new clothes or a new phone? What about the auto insurance or the rent? When we begin teaching them at an early age, for the most part, it becomes routine. Kinda like brushing their teeth or combing their hair or getting dressed before they leave the house.
Did you know that Santa has a REAL mailing list? I mean….like a REAL address? Did you know that the USPS has a program for sending letters from Santa postmarked from the North Pole that has been going on for over 100 years? I had no idea. I stumbled upon it while I was writing my ‘Letters TO Santa’ post. Just for you, I have created a FREE letter for your kids/grandkids to sent TO Santa. Check it out!
One year, my daughter Nicole, had a hard time with her Christmas list. She couldn’t have been more than 9….but maybe even younger….I really have no idea. haha. I think it was because every commercial gave her a new MUST have idea and she kept changing her mind. She sent many many letters to Santa that year. The kicker came on Christmas Eve when she put her ‘new and updated’ list under the tree. What!? Christmas Eve! I can’t even remember what I told her….
I used to never make my bed. I was going to work/school all day and would be climbing back in when I was home. So what was the point? And that is how I thought for a really long time. But then I read an article about successful people and their habits: that daily habits can set us up for success. The first habit listed was….are you ready for it…
Did you ever think the day would ever arrive that your child would go to college? How could that brand new baby be old enough to leave home….for extended periods of time. AND be expected to take care of him or herself. I remember when I thought I hit a milestone when my younger ones had a pre-school graduation! And then they went off to middle school. And then high school. Now, since I will always be 29 years old, this all seems very impossible to me. But, college….oh man.
It has been about 6 months since I started this new blogging adventure of mine. I have to tell you, it has been an interesting 6 months. I had NO idea it would be so time consuming. I had NO idea that I would need to be so tech savvy. I had NO idea that I was such a terrible typist and proof reader. I had NO idea that actually writing a post would be so different than having an idea….
As my husband and I got older we had many many conversations about where we wanted to retire. We called it our FRP - Final Resting Place. That’s all my kids heard about (probably for about 10 years!). Even tho we thought we were moving to SC, one thing we knew for sure…..we wanted to move to a home that would be a ‘destination’ for our family and friends.
The subject of worry and anxiety have been high on my radar lately. Recently, my husband went on a solo kayaking trip and I wrote a post about it. Since then, quite a few people have asked me if I slept at night while he was gone. I was also asked if I was worried. And, when I said that I slept like a baby and no, I was not worried they had a lot to say….but, most everyone said that they would have been awake all night with worry and worried all day…
Last week, as I was waiting for the fireworks to begin, I observed all the moms watching their kids. It was hard for them to relax because they kept looking for their little ones - to make sure that they did not stray too far. As it got darker, they ‘circled the wagons’. Meaning - they moved those little ones so that they were sitting in the middle of all the adults - to make sure they did not wander off during the distraction of the fireworks…
I have lived for 66 July 4th’s. Fireworks. Picnics. Barbecues. Pool parties. Family get togethers. Red, white, and blue. Parades. Stars and Stripes bathing suits (I have always wanted one but never made the splurge). But, I have really never given much thought to the reason for the celebration. Yes, our independence from England. But what else, and more importantly, why….
The other day I was thinking about all the things I own. I do confess, I am a classic example of over consumerism. I own way too much stuff. My husband and I moved to a new home about 6 months ago and it took forever to unpack (that is how I know I own too much). We have 38 years of accumulation. Sheesh! Anyway, I have a friend whose house burned completely down to the ground….