Blueberry Picking on the Fourth of July

Blueberry Picking on the Fourth of July

I'm sharing a few photos today from our recent trip to Woodall Blueberries. Six adults and two children packed into our van (maximum occupancy), and drove the winding route through the Blue Ridge mountains on Highway 42. Beautiful scenery and weather that changed from cloudy to sunny and breezy made my first blueberry picking experience very enjoyable.  Altogether we picked five gallons. I shared blueberries with three of our neighbors, put some in the freezer to enjoy later, and made blueberry pancakes. I just might have to go again next year!Read more …
Links to Inspire a Fun Summer

Links to Inspire a Fun Summer

Summer has only officially been on the books for a week, but we've been experiencing the fruits of school being out and warmer weather for several weeks. We've already taken our (first ever) family Summer vacation, so I guess it's all down hill from here. We'll have to create our own fun at home and around town. I found several blog posts that still have me excited about the season, and I decided to put them in one easy to retrieve location - a summer link round up. I hope you find something…Read more …
Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites is a mix of my favorite blog reads of the week, and my favorite things that happened in my home. Hope you enjoy your weekend! I'm not gonna lie. The girls and I stay in our pj's for a good portion of the day. I'm not proud of it, and I'm working on it. I was excited to see an oh joy! and Target collaboration for kid's style. This video is all about coordinating sibling outfits. Brunch is probably my favorite meal. And after seeing this spread, I'm wondering why I…Read more …
Reading Resource + What we’re reading

Reading Resource + What we’re reading

One activity I miss most from my pre-parenting days is reading for several uninterrupted hours. Since becoming a mom, the number of books I am able to read cover to cover has greatly reduced. Fortunately I love children's books, and I love to read aloud to my girls. A squirmy and sometimes resistant three-year-old and an infant who just wants to hold a book and chew can make my efforts a little challenging. I love children's books, but as a new mom I find navigating the library a little intimidating. Wall to wall…Read more …
Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

It seems like much of the United States is experiencing record-breaking low temperatures. It's a winter wonderland here in southwest Virginia. Actually, frozen tundra might be a better description. We've been having mixed precipitation since before daybreak. Snow, sleet, ice, repeat. If you're stuck inside (eight days for us, but who's counting), I hope you have time to get cozy and do something you enjoy (i.e. not laundry). Here are a few links I've enjoyed perusing this week. As if I wasn't longing for Spring weather already, The Handmade Home posted a great…Read more …
Friday Favorites :: Christmas Edition

Friday Favorites :: Christmas Edition

Christmas! It's next week, y'all! December always seems to go by in a hurry. I've been packing all week for what I'm calling our South Georgia Christmas Tour. We haven't been home for Christmas in three years. We are always excited to drive down and visit our family, and it will surely be a special time since it is Christmas. But it will be a whirlwind! If you need any last minute Christmas inspiration, here are a few links I have been saving this month. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Everything we do to celebrate Christmas…Read more …
Sunday Soup || Healing Chicken Soup

Sunday Soup || Healing Chicken Soup

Last week I posted a few links about cold and flu survival tips. The link from Stupid Easy Paleo was a recipe for Healing Chicken Soup. And since my girls came down with a cold last Friday, I knew it would be the recipe for our Sunday Soup. I omitted the mushrooms and green onions, and just added what I had on hand--carrots and celery. Check out the recipe to read the healing benefits of bone broth, garlic, turmeric, and ginger. I thought it was delicious and even my husband gave it a…Read more …

Resource Round-up || Cold and Flu Survival Tips

Here are a few words that sum up my week thus far: congestion, runny noses, bulb syringes, humidifier, heavy eyes.  Yep! Cold and Flu season has arrived! My girls are currently suffering from a cold, and I am a mess (literally). So today I am posting a few resources that offer tips for surviving or preventing a cold and the flu. You'll find a recipe for healing chicken soup, and suggestions ranging from using an air purifier to taking fermented cod liver oil (FCLO). Hopefully something in the mix plus a good dose…Read more …
Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite things from the past week. These podcasts, blog posts, snacks and books provided enjoyable moments during the chaotic days that usually ensue when you have two children under two. Favorite Podcasts A Christmas that is peaceful, connected and meaningful from So Here’s the Thing with Kathi Lipp. Yeah, so who doesn’t want to have a Christmas that is peaceful, connected and meaningful? Unfortunately for many people, Christmas is anything but that. Instead it is filled with stress, debt and overbooked schedules. I loved this discussion between…Read more …
Sunday Soup

Sunday Soup

It can be a challenge for me to cook supper while  simultaneously keeping an eye on my two children. Most of our week night meals are ridiculously simple and boring. A meat, frozen veggie and baked sweet potato grace our table more than I'd care to admit. There are many strategies to combat the "Oh my goodness, it's five o'clock, what's for dinner?" problem. I've tried many, but not with much consistency. Jessica over at the Life as Mom blog, frequently plans theme nights to help simplify her meal planning and prepping. Emily…Read more …