How to maximize your library card!

Yesterday, I gave you a list of good books to read this fall.  Now, let me tell how to stretch your library card further. Put books on hold.  Maybe I'm lazy or easily distressed, but I think it is very helpful to choose my books and place them on hold.  Then, with two boys in tow, I can grab the books I want to read with minimal hassle. Check out brand new DVDs.  These are obviously on a first come,…

Fall Activities in Bloomington, Indiana

It is September!  Say whaaaaaaaat?!  This year is flying by, and in the spirit of Fall, I've decided to start sharing ideas on my blog for quality entertainment each season.  I always share this on my personal page, but I've decided to move it over to the blog so everyone can find it in one easy place!   If I've missed anything, please share it in the comments! -Go to Fowler's Pumpkin Patch -Go to the Farmer's Market (eat a Nutella…

Meal Plan Monday! Recipes for the school year! 

As we head into the busy season of the first weeks of school, or even just because it's the last weeks of summer and no one wants to waste precious sunshine -indoors preparing food.  I'm going to be some crazy easy meal ideas. Korean Bulgogi.  You'll need to get 2 lbs of Chuck Roast, and cut it have the butcher cut into 1/8 inch super thin tiny pieces.  Marinade- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, cover the meat in soy sauce,…

Head back to school with ThredUP!!!

  It is so believe that it's time to start getting ready for another school year.  Liam is gearing up for his second in preschool and he's so excited! Thred Up sent me some credit to try out their company, and write a review on my experience. I loved this company, and look forward to shopping with them again very, very soon.  I wanted to focus on acquiring clothing for the school year, and they didn't let me down.  Here's…

Tillamook, Oregon

So, last week while my in laws were in town, we went on an exciting day trip to another Coast City: Tillamook, Oregon. This was the last lengthy day trip, we will be doing while we are here.  We will be driving forty hours (in two cars) in a few weeks, so time to start mentally preparing for that. We had a wonderful day in Tillamook.  Here's the easy breakdown of our day. The Tillamook Cheese Factory- This place was…

Toddler Birthday Must Have: Milestone cards!

So, when these Milestone Cards first became popular on the internet, I was so bummed.  My boys were just out of the stage where they were useful to my family.  I loved this concept, celebrating the little things instead of a generic months post.  Well, they've done it again!  They have created two adorable new sets of cards geared towards your kiddos one-four years old, and they're so adorable! I think these would make an amazing first birthday gift.  My…

Having fun with your kiddos in Astoria, Oregon

So, continuing our Astoria recap and tips, I thought I would share some of the best places we went and some other fun things you might do with your family while you're there. The views in Astoria are incredible.  You could pretty much just walk around and be happy.  My kids enjoyed looking at the boats and watching our for geese.  Here are some other ideas!  Comment if you have more: The trolley:  This was one thing I was most…

Monday: Setting yourself up for a successful week.

I will never hate Mondays.  I love them. I love the feeling of freshness, a fresh start, shiny, new opportunity. I like to spend time on Monday morning, getting organized, and attempting to set myself up for a successful, productive week of intentional parenting and homemaking. What I'm reading: The Wednesday Daughters.  This is the sequel to The Wednesday Sisters, which I loved so much. What I'm doing with my family: making sun s'mores, painting with trash, reading mouse paint,…