for the love of valentine’s day…

I have not always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, for years, I was one of those people who gave it the side-eye, claiming “who needs a holiday to say I love you?” I told myself (and everyone else) a story about not liking roses (the truth – roses weren’t in the budget). I stopped hinting (and being…

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Cancun : January 2018

Oh heyyyy Cancun! Just after the New Year, we headed to Mexico for Dan’s annual company incentive trip. I am so, so grateful for the generosity of his company, and for the opportunity to spend time with friends in tropical locales… This is our 3rd incentive trip, so it’s our 3rd year of kicking off January with our friends, Nick…

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the dön season…

After the longest January EVER…it’s finally February. I spent much of January on a plane/in a hotel room/doing laundry between trips…and as much as I love travel, it was exhausting. I feel like I kind of stumbled into February. Frankly, it’s been a little rough. There’s the expected parts…transitioning from 4 kids to 0 kids. Clearing out holiday stuff & reorganizing…

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2018 Project Life : title page & plans

Kicking off my 2018 Project Life with a perfectly imperfect title page. I love the pic of me & Dan from our Mexico trip, even with the haze at the bottom of the frame. My plans for PL this year are the same as previous years….keep it simple, and do my best. I still love the practice of documenting our…

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my 2018 wellness practices…

I love January for its fresh starts & clean slates. Our year started with the craziness of house guests, a stomach bug, and then an amazing vacation to Mexico. So I’m just getting to really creating my year. My One Little Word® is practice, so I’m looking at what practices I can explore in various areas of my life. Today,…

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2017 December Daily® Album

Getting all fancy today & sharing a video of my December Daily® album. Please excuse the strange emphasis on binder in the beginning, and the over-explaining of Mackie’s age (she’s 6, soon to be 7). I’m super happy with my finished album (especially because it’s finished). This project kind of reignited my love for memory keeping. Looking forward to more…

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the keto reset diet : mark sisson

I know that it’s totally cliched to write about a diet book in January. This book sat on my kitchen island for most of November, then moved to my cookbook shelf for December. I’m determined to stay on track with book reviews this year, so let’s do this! If you haven’t heard of the ketogenic diet, you might be living…

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and then I turned 47…

Having a birthday right after Christmas means that the celebrating doesn’t stop around here! It doesn’t stop when Mother Nature delivers a snowstorm on your birthday, or when you really need to be packing up kids to say good-bye for now, or when you need to pack yourself for a trip to Mexico. And so, you just roll with it……

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2018 One Little Word® : practice

I’ve written about practice at least 1/2 dozen times over the past 6 years – starting with my 12 practices in 2012. So when the Universe started whispering the word practice a few weeks ago, my first thought was been there, done that. I kept listening for a different One Little Word, and practice just stuck around. So…practice, it is.…

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celebrating 2017…

As we count down the final hours of 2017, I’m taking advantage of visiting family watching the Littles, and finishing up my 2017 Project Life (and that, in and of itself, is grounds for celebration!)… Man, I love this life.  Doing a digital Project Life was definitely the right answer for me this year. I’ll be adding in a few…

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Merry & Bright…

We’re having a lazy pajama day here…watching movies, eating chocolate, drinking hot toddies, and celebrating having all 4 kids under one roof. It was a roller coaster of a year, with super high highs, and super low lows, and I’m so grateful that there is still so much joy. Thank you for continuing to stop by this blog, and thank you…

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commitments: december 2017

It’s the last month of the year…and my last commitments post! Here we go… Completing *I’ve completed (maybe) a living room refresh…new couches, rug, and coffee table. Certainly the possibility of a new end table, and ALWAYS the possibility of more plants! *a wonderful visit to Halifax for American Thanksgiving Creating *a whole lot of joy this month. Dan bought…

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two little words: shift & celebrate

As we head into a holiday week, I’ve got One Little Word on my mind. We’re traveling to Halifax to celebrate American Thanksgiving with Hope. We haven’t done a “traditional” Thanksgiving in a few years, so it doesn’t seem odd that we’ll likely be going out for sushi on what will be a “normal” Thursday in Canada. I guess that’s…

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#celebrating 6 months

Today is our 6 month wedding anniversary. At times, it seems like a lifetime ago that we said our vows with waves crashing behind us. Other times, the newness makes me stumble when trying to say my last name, and gets my attention when Dan refers to me as his wife. I’m so grateful to be creating this life with…

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commitments : november 2017

Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash Running a bit late on this month’s post – let’s blame travel & time change, shall we? completing *our first Littles visit in their other/new home town is complete. More thoughts on that in a future post. *a drawer/closet clean out that helped to refresh my thinking on a capsule wardrobe. Still not strictly following the practice, but…

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southern spirits : robert f. moss

A super over-due look at a book about…drinking! Drinking in the South, to be specific. Southern Spirits is a detailed look at the history of drinking in the South… What I loved: This book contains 40 recipes for classic (and a few unexpected) cocktails. all tied to chapters of the book. I spied this book on the back counter of…

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2017 project life : january – june

Early in the year, I decided that I’d do a digital version of Project Life and have a photo book printed at the end. I downloaded a template from Nettio Designs..and that’s about where my planning ended. Today, thanks to a cold & Dr. Dan’s orders to take it easy…I set up Smart Albums in iPhoto, and put together the…

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a living room refresh at #thepalace…

I’ve mentioned the possibility of new furniture in previous posts…and we’re finally doing something about it! I’d been wanting to replace my couch & loveseat for a few months. They’re in decent shape (and will be on craigslist soon for any locals that might be interested), but I’ve had them forever. Or at least it seems like it. At first,…

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the 2017 reading challenge fail + new books

Remember that time that my brother challenged me to read 100 books by the end of October 2017? Yeah, so that didn’t happen. As we sit squarely in the middle of October, I think my total is probably right around…12. I have lots of great reasons why I didn’t achieve the goal, but I won’t bore you with those. I…

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