6 Years in a Flash!

2016 - school

It’s the first day of school in these parts. Thank the Lord I made this week’s meal plan because it’s been a madhouse around here. I haven’t had much time to blog because of a new project I’m working on and my ass has been in bed by 9 p.m. all week! I’d love to say I’m sleeping through the night but truth be told I usually don’t fall asleep until 10ish then I’m up at 3 and then I dose


The Hike That Almost Wasn’t

family hike

I’m just going to come right out and say it. Getting the family to do anything together is sometimes a nightmare. One doesn’t want to get out of bed, one would rather play Xbox all day, and the other one is having a meltdown because he can’t find his shoes. More often than not I question why I even try. When we get over the hump and out the door things normally smooth out but I’m not going to lie, it’s exhausting being


A Scale-less, Mirror-less, Computer-less Week at the Beach


Hey guys! I’m back into the swing of things after our do-as-much-laundry-as-humanly-possible week, aka the annual family beach vacation. Every year we hit up Seaside Heights for a week. It truly feels like a second home there, so much so The Husband and I have discussed the possibility of buying a beach house one day. Not that we can afford a beach house but we dream about it every time we’re there as I Zillow my way around town. One day. Maybe. If we


No Trace! Well… Except When it Motivates Me


Trying to keep the house clean with kids it’s a constant battle. Who am I kidding? It’s probably just as hard without kids – – I just don’t remember those days. Now I’m buried by Legos and Matchbox cars. There always seems to be something on the counters — mail, papers, bills, CRUMBS! And the Nerf bullets, oh my word, don’t even get me started. They are EVERYWHERE! Our house is proudly “lived in” and normally I don’t mind the mess but I


Slowly Striving for Simple


Look at it. Just look at it! That is my bathroom counter at this very moment and it’s looked like that since Sunday. I know, I know, not much to boast about — I kept my bathroom clean for three whole days BUT it represents my current goal to do What I Can When I Can (I had to do it!) to make my life more simple. This weekend I cleaned out the pantry and The Husband and I tackled the


5 Reasons I Will Make Travel a Priority for My Kids

Heading to the Maryland Science center

Last year I started an end-of-summer tradition by taking both kids to DC by myself. I thought it was a good idea to have some alone time with them doing something I love (traveling). We had a BLAST and it put all my fears of being the only adult traveling with 2 kids to rest. This year was the rafting trip. I feel a little guilty not involving the 2-year-old but I also didn’t want to miss experiencing a trip


Green River Rafting Part 2: The Photos


I can’t even begin to explain how excited and nervous I was about this trip. For starters, it was the first time I was traveling with the 8-year-old ALONE. It was the first time he was getting on a plane. The first time we’d be rafting. The first time we’d be camping. The first time we took a trip of this type, ever. It all started with our pre-trip meeting at the Hatch Warehouse. We picked up our waterproof bags,


Our Family Beach Vacation Packing List

This is my favorite time of year. We’re smack dab in the middle of summer. It’s hot outside. The sun is shining (well most days; today is particularly rainy.) My birthday is right around the corner and the beaches are calling my name. A few months ago I shared some memories from our yearly outing to Seaside Heights New Jersey — click here to check it out. Every year our family spends a week at the beach and we all


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