I’ll give you six months, you give me food in jars….

Thanks to Snotmaggedon and Snowpacalypse 2014, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands.  I am letting Crazy Pants watch so much TV I’m sure his brain has been reduced to green goo, but he’s so sick that I just need him to sit still, rest, and stop screaming about EVERYTHING.  So, when I’m not cleaning up runny noses (yup, Teddy Bear has it too) and other random messes around the house (read: dog vomit), I’m blogging, updating my blog, and reading/commenting on other blogs.  Pretty enjoyable, minus the sinus pressure and the lack-of-sleep delirium. Continue reading

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Of Frozen Pipes and a Snowbound Family: A Living Thankfulness Check-In

I don’t know how many people are planning to participate in my Living Thankfulness Link-Up, but I thought I’d do a check-in to see how things are going.  I’ve been keeping a thankfulness journal this month, but today I am going to share my entry with you all.

We have been snowed in since Friday.  It is day 4 of being stuck and day 2 of no water. Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Mathair Fiona

 

Winding Road
So I ran across Kerry’s “A Day in the Life” link up over at Winding Road and thought it sounded like fun.  It is also such a great premise.  This blogging world brings us all together and we begin to form real relationships, but we really don’t know what the day-to-days are like for each of us.  Although most of us are writing from a parenting perspective, just how we live the parenting life is SO different from one another.  I don’t have the time right now to post for each day of the week, so I am going to do an abridged version that gives a general overview of what a day looks like in our household.  I just survived a morning of doctor’s appointments in preparation for the big hand surgery day, so I’m feeling like sharing with everyone what its like around here! Continue reading

Art in August: Thanks Be to Nature, Good Friends & Family

I’m pretty sure that I missed a week of the Art in August blog along fun, but I’m back and I’ve got something to share!  This weekend, some of the crops in our super-sized garden came ready to harvest so I had some canning to do.  For those of you following along with my pregnancy saga, I am still pregnant.  Being a week overdue is rough, but putting food up in summer while a week overdue is even worse.  Luckily for me, I’ve got AMAZING friends who came to the aid of my husband and I. Continue reading

I Need a Fix: A True Confession of an Organization Junkie

Borrowed from diyhshp.blogspot.com

I have a not-so-secret love affair with the Simple Mom blog.  I love reading everything on her blog about slowing down and really being in the moment, and, of course, everything to do with organization.  Her site is dedicated to living simply, and I love that.  My family has not actively decided that “simple living” is something we strive for, its just kind of the way we are.  Both my husband and I grew-up rurally so we tend to have a different outlook on life than some of our more sub-urban/urban counterparts.  It also helps that we have to live on a budget so its pretty impossible for us to become overly driven by consumption and the proverbial need to “keep up with the Jones’.”  However, we are not idyllic farm-folk who need nothing more than to look out over our rows of corn to know true happiness.  We need reminding of the important things once in a while, and, for me, I can get that reminder through the wonderful pieces of writing found on Simple Mom. Continue reading

Project Simplify – Weeks 2 & 3: That Pesky Closet and Piles

I’m back and I’ve been going nuts on my house trying to downsize in preparation for baby #2.  Needless to say, my Project Simplify has taken on a life of its own.  I thought that I would stay on-track with this, but I needed almost a week to recover from my cross-country vacation to see family.  Traveling while 5 months pregnant with a toddler is A LOT more exhausting than I thought it would be.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my life.  Now, I am home and grounded for probably about the next year and a half or so.  I digress… Continue reading

Project Simplify – Week 1: Drawers and Shelves

I got a jump start on Project Simplify because I’ll be on vacation most of the actual first week (Week of April 9).  Once I got started, I did not want to stop.  I was chucking things and filling up a donation bag like crazy.  However, since we are pretty good at not accumulating “stuff” I eventually ran out.  I cleaned out 6 drawers and 5 shelves.  I got rid of 5 left-handed rubber gloves and an entire drawer full of expired sunblock.  Yikes. Continue reading