This Day I Choose not to Shame My Body.

Today I decided to change the old adage, “I’m not getting any younger” to “I refuse to act older”.  As I near 40 (& yes, I realize that’s old to some, and young to others), I’ve decided to stop worrying about being a bit silly, and what others may think.  In fact, the other day I was at my sister’s house and I snuck out to the driveway to play with the kids’ skateboards and Razor scooters.  When I got {Read More}

My Hometown

I’m part of a community of women of Influence and today we’re sharing where we are from. I am from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.  It is a beautiful place to grow up and raise a family.  I am often spoiled by the summers, but it’s never too crowded as no one wants to handle the long winters. If you ever came to visit, I’d take you to the famous Bernie O’s Pizza for the twist. Walk the Grand {Read More}

Things I’ve Learned or have been Reminded of in the Past 3 Months… (& winner announced).

God is patient. God has a plan, I have no idea what it is, and it drives me nuts and gives me peace at the same time. When I don’t write here for awhile, I miss all of you and the community you bring to my life. I love to write and I miss it. I enjoy central air in Michigan. I used to giggle at it since we only have 3 months of summer, but I “get it” now. {Read More}

Christmas Challenge ~ Trading Ways

  This year’s Christmas Challenge has been a lot of fun.  I have met amazing people through my site and Instagram.  A month ago I put out a call that I wanted to trade some items I have for American Girl clothing or other items. Within a Day, AdalinesNest responded.  A few messages back and forth and we had traded 4 American Girl Outfits, Bath Salts, a Hand Scrub and a Candle for a leather clutch, and cutting board made {Read More}

How To Rock Dirty Hair

This post was scheduled for last week, but in light of Connecticut I post-poned.  I feel like any post following that tragedy is too soon, but know that I am still praying and do not take it lightly. As I sit in the coffee shop two teenagers sit down near me and the first thing I hear is a question, “Does my hair look greasy?”  (I promise it’s not my hair that brought that question to mind.  It has been {Read More}

Vintage Estate Finds!

This summer we’ve been finding a few new vintage items to add to our home.  The first I have to share is this typewriter.  I fell in love with an $80 one at a local second hand store.  Sadly, it stayed there.  A few days later my husband knew what he had found when he was at an estate sale in our neighborhood.  $3 and he brought home a huge surprise for me! On the way to the beach on {Read More}

Holding Out For God’s Best

We’re going through a series at church loosely based off of the book Weird by Craig Groeschel.  This week we talked about the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis. Esau sold his inheritance to his brother for a bowl of soup.  Focusing on the immediate rather than holding out for the better in the future. At the end we were challenged to think of our own bowl of soup.  What are we settling for now that is ultimately sacrificing {Read More}

Get To Know ~ The Dollar Store Date

In college one of my guy friends used to take girls on a dollar store date.  He would give them $5 and a certain amount of time to buy stuff that represents them.  Then they would go to coffee and talk about the items.  Sharing funny stories and getting to know each other being the point.  I never forgot hearing about this and thought it sounded like fun!  (& by the way he married my roommate & he woo-ed her {Read More}

Swimming Safely

I grew up around water.  I lived in the water all summer long.  Lake Michigan and pools were my favorite places to hang out. I played Water Polo in High School and did a Synchronized Swimming Club for 4 years.  With my involvement and love of water I thought a logical next step would be to become a certified lifeguard. I’m glad I did, and so is an 8 year old girl (who’s now 15). Water is beautiful, calming, peaceful, {Read More}

Love At All

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; {Read More}