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New Hope

We’re on our big vacation!  There will be a little bit of fun and a little bit of work – and a lot of family time.  So pumped.  We started things off with playtime – we attended the wedding of our friends and Becki.  Becki was actually the person who introduced the Husband and me!  [...]


My 5 Favorite Pandora Stations

Little One started to do aerobics in my belly at 3:30 AM, so an hour later, I found myself sitting at my desk, sipping a cup of coffee and checking emails.  It’s going to be a long day! I may also have a touch of anxiety about our multi-city road trip, which starts today.  I [...]


Odds and Ends

Fact: When I stood on the table to get this overhead shot of our pizza, I burnt my arm on the chandelier.  Now I have a huge, fake flame sized burn on my elbow. Another fact:  My kid thinks nothing of the fact that I stand on the table to photograph pizza.  Hah.   How [...]


Life with a Paper Planner and Less Screen Time

First things first:  snack of the day. Brown rice cakes and hummus.  Oh man.  So good.   So while I’m munching on that, I thought it was definitely time to give you all an update on my Put Down the Phone Challenge.  Back in August, I wrote about my desire to check my phone less [...]


Getting Ready for Baby

Just poppin’ in on a Sunday to say hello and share some thoughts from my weekend! The theme of this weekend has been “getting ready.”  Countdown to Little One is ON.  When I found out I was pregnant in the spring, I thought forward to autumn and the holiday season and felt like it was [...]


Day in the Life

6:30 AM I wake up and consider getting out of bed. I check the monitor. Henry is still sleeping so I promptly decide NO. I used to feel really lazy if I didn’t maximize every waking moment of my life, but I’ve recently realized that being insanely busy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… [...]


Everything That Matters Gets Done

As of yesterday, I am 32 weeks pregnant.  Where does the time go?  I had this long, long list of “goals” for the three months before I was due, and it seems like the days slip by so quickly now – there’s no way that I’ll be able to get it all done in time. [...]



I just got back from a really fun blog trip to Boulder, Colorado.  We visited the Celestial Seasonings headquarters.  I drank so. so. so. much tea.  SO MUCH TEA.  It was great!  More on the trip later, but for now… Can I wax poetic about Boulder? I’m already making plans to go back to Boulder [...]


Sour Apple Chia Seed Pudding + Walk Harder

Look at what I INHALED for breakfast yesterday! Okay – this is one of those meals that don’t LOOK amazing but sure taste delicious.  It’s a chia seed pudding (so an excellent vegan yogurt replacer) with baked green apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup mixed in.  And it’s so, so good. Ingredients (for two servings):   [...]


Delicata Squash Honey Mustard Quinoa

I read a great book over the weekend – The Leftovers.  No, it is not about Thanksgiving turkey.  Hah.  It’s a great story about what happens after The Rapture occurs – millions of people suddenly vanish, leaving their friends and family behind to grapple with their new reality. It’s been turned into an HBO series [...]



We’re in shambleeeees. Well, at least the little one is!  Henry came down with a nasty stomach bug yesterday afternoon, and we’ve been couching it up ever since.  Poor kiddo.   Before everything fell apart (and got puked on), we managed to have a fun morning.  It’s crazy how fast kids go from perfectly normal [...]


Cloudless in St. Cloud

Hi from St. Cloud, Minnesota! It is absolutely PERFECT in St. Cloud right now.  Warm and sunny but just breezy enough… And everyone here is SO nice.  I can’t get over how nice people are in Minnesota!   Normally, for Operation Beautiful events, I pop in and out over 24 hours, but I have two [...]



Did you know that Domino's makes gluten-free pizza?  I didn’t either!  DadHTP ordered a few pies for dinner – my MIL was over, too, so it was fun little pizza party. Verdict:  Pretty good, as far as gluten-free pizzas go.  Obviously never going to taste as good as the real thing.  But to have pizza [...]


Gardening Extravaganza + 123 Magic

How was your weekend? Ours was good… but exhausting.  Over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we tackled our front yard, which was a nasty, embarrassing mess.  If neighborhoods gave away awards for Worst Front Yard, ours surely would’ve won.  We’d been kind of ignoring the space because to REALLY rectify the problem, we’d have to put [...]