Now that it’s almost the end of September, I think it’s only appropriate to make a list of September resolutions.  You may have heard the phrase “September is the new January”.  I suspect this line of thinking originated from someone who lives by the academic calendar, where September marks the beginning of a new school year. Regardless, September has always felt like a great time to take on new challenges. I recognize that reading through other people’s resolutions can be a drag, but I’m writing these down in an attempt to keep myself accountable, but also to show you all that in the end, weRead More →

  We are in the midst of spring fall cleaning in our house and boy does it feel good. We’ve been feeling cramped in our house, which means it was time for a refresh. We’ve purged and plundered our house. And the best part of it all is that we’ve spent $0 on the project. While we’ve gone through several different rooms in this process, the room that feels the freshest is the kids’ playroom. Our house has a traditional “formal living room” in the front. You know, a place to sit on expensive furniture and have tea with guests.  Now, I don’t know aboutRead More →

When researching for her book The Happiness Project , Gretchen Rubin was fortunate to be able to interview her former employer, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  When asked what Justice O’Connor thought the secret to a happy life was, she replied with three simple words: Work worth doing. Whoa. What a statement.  In it’s brevity comes such power. And it’s a statement that has been floating in the back of my mind for some time now, particularly now that I’ve stopped doing the work I used to think was my life’s work.  You see, ever since I was in high school, I knew that I was goingRead More →

mountian biking, date day

When’s the last time you and your spouse went on a date? Just thinking about the effort in booking a babysitter, making dinner in advance for the kids AND the sitter, and staying up past my bedtime is making me tired.  Yes, I have LOTS of fun going on dates with my husband, but going in the evening can be exhausting (and not to mention expensive).  So, we’ve come up with an alternate solution: Date Day.  Yep- we go on dates during the day. My husband is fortunate to have one day a week off from his job, and every so often, we will useRead More →

You know how some restaurants have a “secret menu” where you can get secret combinations of their awesome food? Well, I like to think that there’s a secret school supply list as well. This list goes way beyond the backpack, notebooks, pens and pencils. This list is where the real stuff is.  The stuff that will help you get through one of the most dreaded parts of going back to school. That’s right- it’s the list that will help you fight the back to school cold. This is high on my thoughts right now because, you guessed it, the plague of back to school coldsRead More →

It’s no secret in my household that fall is my favorite time of year.  The promise of holidays to come, the cool crispness in the air, and pumpkin spice lattes for everyone! As we enter into September here in the Rockies, I had a moment of pure satisfaction when I looked up and saw that trees in our neighborhood were just beginning to turn yellow. While the fall in the Rockies doesn’t quite bring the same amount of color as on the East coast (reds and oranges are almost nonexistent here), the yellows are still stunning and beautiful. Catching the shimmering aspen leaves on aRead More →

vegetable harvest, tomato, watermelon, bell pepper

Today’s the day! Today’s the day! It’s Watermelon Day! I picked one of the watermelons today and can’t wait to open it up with the family tonight. It’s small for sure, but for our first time growing a melon, I call it a true success.  Also harvested today were a ton of grape tomatoes, a Black Krim tomato, and a few Gold Medal tomatoes. And lo and behold, hiding in the back was a giant green bell pepper, waiting to be picked.  Nestled in the plant next to it was ANOTHER bell pepper which I decided to let grow a little before harvesting. You know,Read More →

Plant Your Own Seed Happiness

Are you the type of person that creates your own happiness or do you rely on others for happiness? If forced to admit it, I’d have to say that I’m someone who relies on others to create opportunities for happiness- meaning, I’m totally excited to go on a trip or new adventure if someone else plans it.  I LOVE a great adventure, but I LOATHE planning them.  I’m often content hanging out at home and diving into the wormhole that is the Internet getting lost in a good book.  But I’m learning that to really be happy, I need to plant my own seeds ofRead More →