Let Them See You

Let them see you. Let them see you be you. Whether you’re creating something for the joy of it (even if you aren’t good at it! Especially if you aren’t good at it!) or delighting in a book, let them see you. We spend so much of our lives living under our titles: daughter, wife, [...]

Costco Yakisoba Stir Fry Kit Review

Costco's newest food kit is a Yakisoba stir fry option that includes rotisserie chicken, noodles, sauce, and a great vegetable blend. But how does it taste? My husband and kids have been on a serious Japanese food kick for quite some time, so we're no stranger to the delicious noodles and sauces popular in that [...]

The Secret to Saving Your Dishwasher After Using Dish Soap Instead of Dishwasher Detergent

The who is less important than the what in this story: someone (who shall remain nameless) accidentally put dish soap in our automatic dishwasher. Automatic dishwashers require special detergent, and Dawn super suds are great for hand washing dishes but catastrophic for dishwashers. Thankfully the dishwasher was started before we went to bed (though it's [...]

Podcast Review: This Land

I've been a fan of podcasts for quite some time, and am always excited to find a good one. It's a way to learn, a form of entertainment while doing boring chores, and a helpful tool to get my kids to be quiet so I can focus on driving (you can find my podcasts recommendations [...]

ChipDrop Review

*This is NOT a sponsored post- I just wanted to share our experience with you!* Over the winter, I stared out the window to our backyard and imagined what I wanted it to look like. I'd seen an ad for ChipDrop, a service that connects arborists with people wanting wood chips. We have quite a [...]

Anti-Racist Disney Movies to Watch with Your Kids

Representation matters. It's important for kids to see themselves reflected on screen, and also to teach them empathy towards others who look, sound, or seem different. We are all human, and Disney has done a wonderful job of utilizing storytelling to help convey that message. With such wonderful anti-racism resources out there for kids, from [...]

Book Review: Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Girls of Devon

Barbara O'Neal's books always have 3 things in common: strong women discovering who they are and where they belong; the value of friendship; and a lovable pet who makes the tough things in life a little easier to bear. The Lost Girls of Devon includes these themes in the best of ways. While When We Believed [...]

How Far I’ll Go…Or Not

I always planned on giving my kids roots. One place they could recall in their memories as home, where they could return when they were grown and feel as safe and welcome as they do now. I wanted the house we currently live in to be the setting for all their favorite memories, not somewhere [...]

DIY Upcycled Potting Bench

I just hate throwing things away. I also have a tendency to rescue sad looking furniture from the side of the road and fix it up. When I saw this pitiful table, I knew I could turn it into a potting station for our porch. We've really gotten into gardening in the last two years, [...]

Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman's writing first captured me with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and I've since read nearly all of his work and am equally enamored with each moving piece of fiction. His latest novel, Anxious People, is due out September 8, 2020 from Atria. Net Galley and Atria provided me with an advanced copy [...]