fall goals

September 24, 2014

But first, a recap of my summer goals: >Complete Whole30 and reintroduction plan: did it! And it was awesome. >Finish Liam’s stocking: Check plus! >Go to the beach: Nope, we didn’t make it happen. We are such homebodies. Sadness. >Read a long book: Spent most of the summer reading Lonesome Dove, which I finished and loved. >Meredith’s birthday party: We had a great family day at the park. *** Now about my fall goals. Truth be told, I haven’t been in the best mindset for goal-setting. Things have been kind of chaotic and what I really want to achieve (a perfectly agreeable & compliant toddler, for example) doesn’t lend itself to measurable steps. So I did a little journaling and took some areas where I have…
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reader survey results

September 23, 2014

It took me awhile, but I was finally able to sit down and sort through the answers to my first ever reader survey. Today I want to share the results with you, what I’ve learned, and how it will affect my blogging in the future. First of all, I want to sincerely thank those of you who took the time to do this for me. I think the main thing I took away from the whole thing is that although I may have a small-ish number of readers, you are loyal and awesome and constructive and sweet. Many of you took the time to leave me encouragement and there wasn’t a single harsh or rude word written. Yay! So, duh…
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working mama files : ashley from our little apartment

September 22, 2014

Working Mama Files is an interview series designed to support and encourage working moms along the path to having a fulfilling life. Today I’m excited to feature Ashley from Our Little Apartment. I’ve always admired her simple and natural approach to life and motherhood, plus she’s just so great to know and talk to. She has a nontraditional work arrangement so I was really interested in hearing how she makes it work. Welcome Ashley! Who lives in your house? Me, my husband Mike, and my two boys – Gabe is 4 and Theo is three months old. Will you tell us a little about your current job and how you ended up there? I am a web designer and blogger…
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link roundup / 14

September 20, 2014

Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the internet. Enjoy! >I played soccer my whole life until I got pregnant, and although I don’t really follow the professionals, I can appreciate this goal. >Craftsy is having their big fall course sale right now, for two more days. I love their classes! >Janssen rounds up eight great apps for preschoolers that I want to try. >Elise’s handmade clutches (only 29 available starting 9/22) are awesome and I only wish I had room in the budget for one. >3 tools for photographing a dark home. This is one reason I need a new camera; our home doesn’t have a ton of windows and it’s surrounded by trees so it always seems dark. >Essentials…
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tgif : the i’m so tired edition

September 19, 2014

Taking a page out of Stephany’s book to recap my week. Contrary to the above picture (which was last weekend) it has been overcast and rainy the last several days, which is kind of appropriate. Even though it keeps me perpetually soggy, I am grateful for the relief from the intense heat. The high of my week was a playdate at Chick-fil-a with my sister-in-law and one of our friends from church. It started out kind of rough, but eventually the kids calmed down and there was a solid 20-30 minutes where they were all playing happily and Liam was content in his high chair and we got to sit and have girl talk time. The low of my week was an…
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