My Coffee Story

This is a sponsored post. I remember my first “coffee”. I was in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!). I tried a french vanilla cappuccino. I was tired, it was cold and it smelled so good. Totally commercialized, sugar/chemical laden dessert that bares very little resemblance to coffee, I know! But that is […]


Holiday Porch

Because our porch looked like this for nearly seven years… It was hard to ever believe we could have a beautiful holiday porch. This Spring we finally gave the porch a makeover and I finally had more then an eye sore to decorate for the holidays. This holiday porch is brought to you by Balsam […]


Elf On The Shelf Stationary

When we started this tradition years ago, we found ourselves wondering two nights before Christmas– How exactly do we end this? Our little goodbye letter was whipped up quickly and over the years we have improved it. We created a fun pre-written letter on official Elf on the Shelf letterhead (designed by my husband). The […]


Having a Bedtime Is Hard

This is by far the hardest of the 3o day challenges I have done yet! Lights out by 10:30 felt a lot like mission impossible. Whole30 and blogging for 30 days straight was definitely easier. As I embark on changing my life, 30 days at a time–I realize I will not be perfect. I was […]


Thanksgiving Journals & Christmas Shelves

Well we made it through our first week post-Thanksgiving break. We really enjoyed our break. With Quinn in school full-time (kindergarten), having him for a whole week made it feel like the good old days! To top it off, Ross was off of work Tuesday-Sunday. The kiddos fit in two sleepovers and we had two […]


10 Reasons I Love My Cricut & Black Friday Deal

One of the hottest gifts for anyone who loves to create is the Cricut Explore™. I absolutely love mine, and here are 10 reasons you will too! The best part is, I’ve partnered with Cricut to offer you a fabulous Black Friday bundle! 1. Saves time and I don’t have a permanent claw for a […]


LeapTV Review

I’m a LeapFrog blogger, which might be one of the coolest perks to blogging yet. My kids think blogging is the coolest job ever, because amazing products from LeapFrog get sent our way. The latest, and in my children’s opinion, greatest product is the LeapTV. Wisconsin winters get long, so this could not have arrived […]


Kid Craft: Christmas Tree Bar

This is such a fun and simple project for the kids…and even the adults! Eleanor and I got a little crafty today. Gluing things is one of her favorite ways to create now-a-days. She helped me choose all of our Christmas tree bar fixings. She loved watching the Cricut cut them out too. We created these […]


We Adopted A Dog

My husband and I both grew up with dogs and imagined ourself having our own someday.Then we grew up and were suddenly responsible for everything. When we were first married we would have gotten a dog, but our apartment didn’t allow them. We craved something fuzzy to love so we got a cat. A cat, […]


The Holiday Feeling

Yesterday, we adopted a 3-year-old Golden Retriever. We named him Harry.   He is pretty popular and we have had a lot of guests today. Everyone came to meet him today and everyone commented on how nice our house smells. It smells like a giant Christmas tree and I love it! I was lucky enough […]