Spring Time in the Apple Orchard

While Autumn is my very favorite season, Spring time holds a special place. It is a promise of renewal and rebirth. I don’t know about you, but for me it is the reward for bleak late winter winds and cold. Continue reading

Bucket List of Experiences 2017

Timing. They say, timing is everything. The last seven days, timing has been a theme. It started with an email asking what my 2017 bucket list would be and ended with the funeral of my children’s friend. Timing… they say is everything.  Continue reading

Fall In My Neck of the World

Barns and TreesSummer is such a busy time for my family. The kids are all involved in something and I am the type that does not like to miss a thing. It is hard to remember to stop and smell the roses so to speak. This year was no different. I let life lead me instead of me leading my life. I got wrapped up in the day to day and forgot to just be still. To stop and enjoy moments. I need to get back to basics. Dial it back and remember to enjoy each moment for what they are worth. You don’t get these days back.  Continue reading

Herb Gardening

Grow and herb garden. Easy to do and so many benefits to your yard, your cooking and your skin care routines. This Mothers Day weekend has been beautiful weather. Some years, I spend it planting in my garden. This year, it still feels too cool for most plantings, but I am just dying to play in the dirt. Who doesn’t love a sun ripened tomato? Or sweet watermelon fresh from the vine? My favorite part of my gardening though are the herbs. Continue reading

Coffee Scrub

Our first snow fall of the season and Mother Nature came at us with over a foot of snow. It was beautiful. There are few things as peaceful as the quiet sound of falling snow. One of the many reasons I love living in Michigan is the changing of the seasons. However, this time of year, my skin is taking a beating from the dry forced heat of the furnace and the many hand washings that go along with working in an elementary school. One of the ways that I combat dry skin is by making my own exfoliating, super moisturizing, coffee scrub. Continue reading

The Great Parenting Experiment

This past week has marked the end of summer vacation for me. I was back at school, copying papers, decorating bulletin boards, connecting with an awesome team of people who are excited for the 2015-2016 school year. I am lucky and work with people who inspire me everyday. They inspire me to make a difference in the lives of children. It is an enormous task. One that weighs on each and every member of our school. I work in an elementary school, so the students I get to interact with daily are still quite young. It is a polar opposite from my home and volunteer life.  Continue reading

I’m Still here… There and Everywhere

It seems that I have lost myself in posting on other sites and have neglected my very own page. What was I thinking?! But, in reality that happens. Life gets busy and things get pushed around. I love to write. What started as a hobby, a bit of a jump to the “wild side” has truly become a passion. So why did I let this go? As a mom, it is easy to put what is important to me aside and throw myself into what is important to my family. Hey, I recognize it, totally owning it up here. I became short sited. Continue reading