• Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle

    Exercise: More Than Skinny

    Exercise is many things to many people.  Your reason for exercising may be completely different from the reason I workout.  And reasons and goals for embarking on a fitness journey changes, because a journey is never meant to be stagnant.  It’s a journey because it’s a lesson.  And while I originally wanted to lose weight when I started making my workouts a priority, it’s not the main reason I have continued on my path.     Recently Little Bear asked me, “Mom do you do your workout stuff to lose weight and be skinny?” *UGH!* Talk about a gut check! My automatic, quick response was, “No. I do it to…

  • Breakfast,  Recipes

    Easy Stovetop Oatmeal: Gluten-Free Banana Cranberry

    With the discovery of overnight oats and slow cooker oatmeal, I feel like stovetop oats have gotten a bad rap.  I fell prey to the bad reputation of classic stovetop oatmeal, too, till I figured out how to cook a proper bowl. Stovetop Oatmeal really doesn’t have to be hard.  In fact, it’s pretty easy.  All you need is a good seasoned or non-stick pot, a trusty spatula or wooden spoon, REAL old-fashioned rolled oats, and your favorite milk.  It’s really that simple. And flavors are only limited to your imagination!  Our family’s favorite is banana and cranberry.  The banana gives it a natural sweetness and the dried cranberries give…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting

    Post Surgery Update

    We survived another surgery with Doodlebug.  Surgery number 4 to be exact. Four surgeries in two and a half years. *ugh*  It’s pretty exhausting. Even the quick trips seem to drain all life from me.  And I know it’s rough on Doodlebug!  But she’s such a champ; every time she does amazing. Doodlebug really is something special.  She’s 2 and I admire her bravery so much.  When she was in the NICU during her distractors, I came across a Shakespeare quote: “And though she but little, she is fierce.” This phrase encapsulates her so well.  Bless her heart!  She has been through so much and continues to face obstacles.  But by…

  • Create,  Lifestyle,  Planning & Organization

    June Planner Supply Haul

    It has been a while, Y’all!  I mean seriously.  It has been, what seems like, forever since I shared what I’ve picked up for my planner.  So here is video of the supplies that I have picked up over the last couple of months. I’ll be honest, a majority of the items that I picked up, like the pens and washi, I actually purchased at a surplus store.  Yes, Y’all!  Our local store actually gets lots of Target and office store items, so I try to remember to stop in every month or so to see what’s new. The rest of the items, like the happy planner items and washi…

  • red, white, and blue stars on a grapevine wreath for the 4th of July
    Create,  DIY-it

    DIY Patriotic Wreath

    I love all those pretty door hangers you can get at the boutique home stores.  But my conscience just can’t spend that much money on a wreath that may or may not last through the season.  So I decided to whip out my glue gun and get to crafting up a cheaper – but just as cute – version for the 4th of July.     The total cost for this project was less than $10. Say whaaaaaa?!?!?!?! Yep, you read that right!  Wreath form and all, this project was less than $10. I feel like I’m totally winning a life, right now, Y’all! Here’s the cost breakdown: grapevine wreath…