Real Life

Hey y'all.  Are you in full holiday mode yet?  I am busy making my list....make that lists... and checking them daily trying to get things done.  Between the decorating, party planning, and gift giving my mind is always going.  Well today, while I'm out celebrating my birthday, I thought I would help you (and Mr. LouiseMarie) with some things that are on wish lists of the women on your gift giving list.  These are sure to make your Christmas shopping easier or maybe you should share this post with a loved one. #senditotohubby First up, how about a new fragrance?  I have been hearing all ...
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Hey there!  How are you?  I'm good and SERIOUSLY looking forward to next week.  A week away from school and a week that includes a lot of Christmas decorating!  Honestly, it's so close I can almost feel it.  However, today is Wednesday and that means it's Hodgepodge day with From This Side of the Pond.  You know the drill.  It's random questions that some blogger buddies all answer and share with each other and our readers.  So, maybe these will help you get to know me a little better.  Ready? 1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? Walking in to a room full ...
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Well hello there.  If you've been following along, this is the fourth post in my summer road trip series.  If you're new around here, you can read more about our road trip here, here, and here.  Anyway, today's post takes us to the Oregon coast, specifically Coo's Bay.  If you live in the Pacific northwest, all I can say is that you are very, very lucky.  The beauty found here awed me, truly.  Let me tell you about our visit and share some tips if you're planning a visit to this area. So, as you know, our family took a road trip circling from San Francisco ...
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Hi there.  If you are new around here, welcome!  I'm so glad you are stopping by today.  You might be visiting because today is Hodgepodge day.  If you're new around here, Hodgepodge day is the day where I join with other bloggers to answer the questions from From This Side of the Pond.  It's kind of fun and random, but a great way to get to know each other.  So, without further ado, let's get right to this week's questions. 1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off balance, out of touch...which saying best fits some area of your ...
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Hey there friends!  We've made to the half way point in the week!  It's now a downhill slide into the weekend.  So, what's your week been like?  I went out to grab some fun things to "boo" my neighbor with for Halloween.  I ran into Home Goods (#favorite) and got totally side-tracked by all the Christmas stuff.  Honestly, the thought of decorating for the holidays makes me so excited.  How about you?  Anyway, today is not even remotely holiday related.  Today's What's Up Wednesday is all about some cool new finds that I thought I'd share with you. First, let me begin by saying I ...
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Hello friends!  How are you?  Life here has been kind of hectic lately, but is returning to normal ~ or a new normal anyway. So, you may have read about the book that I am working my way through here.  It is so great and so many light bulbs are lighting up for me.  Well, the next chapter especially clicked for me.  Author Casey talks about how to cultivate life right where you are right now.  It was such a good lesson for me that I thought I should share it with you. As I am sure you know personally, life has many ups and ...
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So, kids are off to school.  Yippee!  However, for some sweet kiddos the transition back to the school routine is hard.  They miss mom or dad.  They might feel alone or scared, especially if they're in a new school.  Or, maybe you just want to make your kiddo feel extra loved and special.  Let them know that you think about them during the day.  I know I did.  I would picture my boys sitting down for lunch, opening their lunch boxes to find some silly lunchbox notes from me. Lunchbox notes are a fun and easy way to comfort your child or just give them ...
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Good morning friends!  Did my title get your attention?  Well, I've been trying to come up with a post for today, but have had on luck.  The simple truth is that my heart's not in this right now.  Those of you who know me already know that son #2 is leaving today for U.S. Navy basic training.  Yes, it will surely be grueling.  Yes, I know he will be fine.  He will do great.  His future is very bright with some amazing opportunities.  For all of that I am very grateful.  HOWEVER, I am still a mom, and he is my whole heart.  I hate ...
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Hi friends!  It's Wednesday and I cannot believe I am actually getting a post done mid-week.  This is usually the hardest one to get done because I am struggling to fit it all in.  Plus, life is crazy right now.  Son #2 just got word that his ship date has been moved up.  He leaves this week.  So, that means I am trying to squeeze in every spare moment I have with him before he heads to boot camp for nine weeks.  Anyway, I thought today I'd just share what's up in my world.  You know, new discoveries, favorites, and maybe a tip or two ...
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Cultivate...that's the title of a book I am working my way through.  The full title is actually, Cultivate ~ A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life.  It's by Lara Casey.  I find myself pondering on the big ideas and doing a lot of reflecting.  So, it's not a fast read.  It's more  of a work book to help you create a flourishing life and let go of perfection.  I don't know about you, but I could use a few lessons on this very thing. Don't get me wrong.  I have a good life.   A wonderful, loving family.  We enjoy good health.  We have jobs ...
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