Week In The Life with Ali Edwards

This week I am participating in Week In The Life along with Ali Edwards and thousands of other people. The last time I followed along and completed the project, Harper was only three months old. I followed along last year, but ran out of steam about half way through and didn’t do much journaling and then didn’t end up putting together a book. I regret that. I still have all the photos though, so I can always go back and do it later.

This year I’m all in. I’ve been keeping up with the daily sheets and taking lots of photos each day. Our daily lives are so much different from what they were three years ago. Jeremy works from home now and Hudson is school all day long. It’s just me and Harper doing our thing together all day. It will be fun to compare the two books when I’m finished with this year’s. It’s definitely a lot of work to keep up with everything, but it really is so worth it in the end.

After I’m finished with Week In The Life, I have to start putting together my December Daily album and supplies. Gosh, the holiday season will be here before I know it. Time always seems to fly once Halloween is over. Plus I’m still working on catching up on Project Life. So much to do, so little time to do it all.


My Mug, The Mug

As you know, I started going to thrift stores a few months ago in search of vintage coffee mugs among other things. I want to have a collection to fill some future shelves in my kitchen. One day I was at the Goodwill and came across a mug with a handle that had been broken off but reattached with some serious glue in three different places. It was the coolest looking mug I’d seen so far, but I couldn’t get over the fact that the handle had been broken off. I was so bummed. Why couldn’t it had been perfect?! I mean, it was only $0.99, but in my mind that was too much for a broken mug. I left without buying it.photo (33)

I couldn’t stop thinking about the mug on the drive home. When I got home I started telling Jeremy about said mug and how perfect it was minus the broken/reattached handle. I was talking, I had a epiphany. What if it was the previous owners favorite mug ever and they loved it so much that when it broke they just had to glue it back together? Because it was their mug. The one mug they wanted to use everyday.

I started to find that the reattached handle was actually quite charming and that it was, in fact perfect. I liked the idea that there was some sort of history with the mug. Obviously someone loved it enough to fix it, right?! I completely regretted not buying it. (So far, it’s the only thing I’ve regretted not buying at the thrift store) I know it’s weird, but I couldn’t get the thing out of my head. So, when I went back a week later, I was thrilled to find that it was still there. Yes!!photo (30) photo (31) photo (32)

This mug is now my favorite. I call it my Friday mug because even if I use it on other days, I always make sure it’s ready for my coffee on Friday mornings. I guess it makes me happy and gets my day started off on a good note. I love that there is a story there, even if the story is just one I made up.IMG_3458

I plan on keeping it forever. And it it breaks I will repair it just as the person before me did.

14 Books in 2014-Book 10

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I didn’t have time to blog yesterday because I was totally engrossed in Gone Girl. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a very long time. I kept putting it off because it was never on sale on my Kindle, wasn’t in the library and I didn’t want to buy the book. However, once I saw that the movie would be coming out this fall it jumped to the top of my reading list. My mom ended up buying the book so I had to wait for her to finish before I could read it.

I’m sure most of you already know the gist of it, so I won’t go into detail, but I will say I loved it. It was everything I had anticipated; complex characters (very complex), a little shocking at times and the ending was unexpected. Even though I had read a lot of opinions about the book and it’s ending, I didn’t let that affect my take on it. Now after finishing it, I can understand why some might be disappointed by the ending, but I thought it was right on.

I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see the movie now. And man oh man do I think that Ben Affleck is THE perfect actor to portray this character. I can’t imagine anyone more fit to play the role of Nick Dunne. And I’m so intrigued by the actress that plays his wife, Amy. I bet she kills it.

There is nothing better than a cup of coffee and a great book. Have a great weekend!

Instagram Obsession

Today I thought I would catch you up on all of my favorite Instagrams that I missed posting over the summer. Today will be the May/June edition.

Instagram is still my favorite app. I post at least one photo almost everyday. And I follow some amazing photographers. It’s just so fun.

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This one is my all-time favorite so far. It was taken on Mother’s Day.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset IMG_2871 IMG_3172 IMG_3212 IMG_3242 IMG_3274 IMG_3359 IMG_3377 IMG_3501

I take way too many photos, but how can I not when I have a camera with me everywhere I go. Hooray for the iPhone!

All About Them: Leaf Bracelets

Yesterday we took the kids to an awesome arboretum to take their fall photos (usually the ones we use for our Christmas cards). I knew the kids would have fun for a little while, but figured I would need something to keep them interested.  I found the perfect activity.DSC_0672 DSC_0694

A while ago I saw the idea on a blog somewhere for packing tape bracelets to use to collect leaves on walks and hikes. I’ve been meaning to do it with the kids forever, so this was a great opportunity. It worked like a charm. They did in fact get bored after about a half an hour, but once we busted out the tape and they could stick leaves to it, they were all about having their pics taken again. Jeremy and I did it too and it was fun finding the perfect leaves and sticking them on the bracelets.DSC_0773 DSC_0776 DSC_0777 DSC_0783

The bracelets turned out to be really pretty actually. Too bad they couldn’t last forever.DSC_0786 DSC_0790A simple fall project to encourage you to enjoy this awesome season just a little bit more.

Happening Now

Feeling excited for Pearl Jam tonight.

Baking a lot more now that Fall has arrived.

Cooking with the crockpot.

Planning to snap some family photos this weekend using my tripod for the first time.

Looking forward to Hudson’s fall break next week and all the things we have planned.

Eating too many pumpkin donuts

Enjoying the mild fall weather. Keep it up Mother Nature.

Snapping lots of photos lately. I can’t resist the colors outside or my adorable kids.

Reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a long one and I’m just barely into it.

Mourning the end of Young House Love. It was the first blog that I ever read and always my very favorite. I feel like I’m losing friends. Sniff.

Listening to Fleetwood Mac. I’m so buying tickets to their concert in Lincoln.

Watching Homeland still and loving it. Then it’s on to Game of Thrones. Oh man.









I Love Autumn

I’m so happy that it’s October and that fall is in full swing here in Nebraska. The sunrises are pink and gold. The leaves are finally starting to explode with color, I harvested the pumpkins we grew and because our house has pretty much zero insulation, we’ve already had to turn our furnace on at night. I’m in full fall mode. I’m actually sitting here writing this and watching the leaves blow off of our tree. It’s beautiful.

I always try to enjoy this season to it’s fullest. Not only because it’s Mother Nature’s last hurrah before the cold winter arrives, but because there is just nothing like fall and all the beauty and excitement it has to offer.

I’ve been savoring my pumpkin spiced coffee in the morning. Obviously. Oh, and the Midwest Living October edition is always so good. Even if you don’t live in the Midwest, you should check it out.Processed with VSCOcam with 5 preset


I can’t get enough pumpkin flavored everything. These homemade pumpkin donut holes are a favorite around here. They’re really more like tiny muffins. My kids devour them.IMG_4511


I’ve also been indulging in a few too many pumpkin donuts from Dunkin Donuts. They’re really the only donuts I like from there. They’re spectacular. Yeah. I’m gonna need to run some extra miles on the treadmill to make up for these, but worth it.IMG_4616



We’ve been crossing activities off our Fall Bucket List, which you can find here. And this past weekend we went to a local garden for an Autumn festival. (I actually be sharing more about this later)IMG_4671



We’ve also made a few fall crafts with the kids and I have some more planned for the coming weeks.

This is such a beautiful season. We have so many fun activities planned during Hudson’s fall break next week. I can’t wait!

What are some of your fall traditions? Isn’t it just the best?!

My Little Garden

This year I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to the trouble of building a raised garden bed or just do more container gardening. There isn’t a great spot in our yard for a raised bed. No matter where we place it, it would be awkward. After putting off the decision for much too long, I stuck with the container gardening in hopes that maaaaybe we will have a new house next year with a yard that would fit a raised bed or two.

My mom bought me some giant pots at Costco. I was originally going to plant flowers in them, but used them for basil and tomatoes instead. I bought four basil plants and two tomato plants at the farmer’s market. One of the tomato plants was a “patio” plant and the other was an heirloom variety. I ended up planting both of them in the same pot. It probably wasn’t the best choice, but at the time I thought the pot was big enough for both.

Anyway, we had a TON of rain in the month of June and even though my pots had drainage holes in the bottom, stayed soaked for weeks. They just couldn’t dry out because it would instantly rain again. Both the basil and tomatoes suffered. I had huge basil harvests last summer from fewer plants. I’ve only had two harvests this summer. Whomp. Whomp. The “patio” tomato plant gave us some small, but delicious tomatoes. However, the heirloom plant has only given me one so far. There are two more still on the plant, but now that the temps have plummeted, I don’t think they’ll make it.

We also planted two pumpkin plants from the farmer’s market. One of them kicked the bucket within the first two weeks, but the other one hung on and has produced two small pumpkins. The kids are excited to cut them off the vines.

Here are a few photos from my summer gardening adventure.

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In conclusion, I’m happy that I took another stab at gardening and plan to continue with it every summer from here on out. I still loved going out to check on my plants every morning. It was such a thrill to finally find tomatoes growing. I was SO incredibly excited to eat a tomato that I grew myself. It’s true what they say about how much better they taste when they’re fresh from your own garden. We used them in tacos, BLT sandwiches and to top burgers. So, so good.

I wish that my basil had produced they way it did last year, but there’s always next year!

We’ll be cutting our pumpkins from the vine very soon, so I’ll post photos of those once they’re cut and on our porch.

Here’s to another adventure in gardening!

P.S. I have way more photos, but didn’t want to bore you to death! See you next week!

14 Books in 2014-Book 9

Book 9

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde





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I really connected with this book. I read it in just a few days. Loved it. It’s about a man who’s going on a summer trip alone in his motor home, but ends up bringing along two unexpected young passengers. The book touches on the complications of relationships between fathers and sons. It tugged at my heartstrings. I cried both happy and sad tears. I don’t want to give too much away so I’m leaving this short and sweet and will just say that I would definitely recommend this book to my family and friends. I already told my mom that she needs to read it.

On to the next!