• home,  inspiration

    focusing on our strengths

    I few weeks back I shared this post on Alek’s blog for her month of inspiration and today I just wanted to share it here as well. Today I just simply wanted to inspire you with some thoughts about our strengths and weaknesses. So many of us are taught from a young age (and especially in college and job training) to focus on bettering our weaknesses. Of course, trying to transform our weaknesses can be good thing but I really feel like we need to turn that thought process around and focus on enhancing our strengths. Strengths are what comes most natural to us. Strengths are innately IN us. Strengths…

  • family,  home,  motherhood

    top 10 things I wish I’d known about toddlers {amber}

    Every time I get to a new stage with my kids, I feel like there are 1,067 things I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. I mean, how did I get to be this old, have read this many books, have done this much schooling, taught this many children, and I somehow failed to get all these tips/tricks/information I absolutely NEED to know? Because that’s really the astonishing thing here. So, my oldest is all of 3 right now, and then I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old. We’re swimming in toddlers over here. And here are the top 10 things it would have been so much easier if…

  • home,  instagram

    it’s friday!

    Today I’m sharing a peek at my week through my Instagram feed. This isn’t everything (you’re welcome) but it’s a good mix of all that we had going on this week. Happy Friday! I’ve been doing B-school for the last three weeks…I found quite a few large documents and videos that I had not done yet so I had a catchup day this week and spent the whole day learning and taking notes. Yay for a year of studs being added to the shop thanks to the request of a customer! We’ve been on an essential oil journey. My husband and I can be a few skeptics when it comes…

  • gardening,  home

    5 musts for planning your vegetable garden

    “If I grow anything, I’ll consider it a success.” Alternatively, “If I don’t kill everything, I’ll consider it a success.” That was my motto for my first garden. I have to admit, last year not much planning went into my garden. I didn’t worry about planning for crop rotation or even really WHAT I was going to put in my garden. We moved into our new house at the end of May and soon after dug out the 4×15 rectangle for my first garden. I bought a few plants/seeds and simply put them in the ground, hoping for the best. I really am amazed that I grew anything with that…

  • home,  recipe

    granny’s sugar cookies

    I have to admit, this is not my granny’s sugar cookie recipe. But it is a woman that I met a few years back and I ate my weight in her cookies when I was at her house a few Christmases ago. Last week I decided we needed more cookies in our life (even though I’m watching what I eat). Because, sometimes you just need a cookie (or two). Granny’s Sugar Cookies: 1/2c butter (I ended up using 3/4, my dough was very crumbly and dry. could be because of the type of flour or because I didn’t sift it. oops.) 1c sugar 1 egg 1/2t vanilla 2c sifted flour…