Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I am working on being a better blogger...
I have posted about it several times in the last few months.
Well, guess what?
One of the great blogs I follow just had a series of Tips for Blogging!
Another of the blogs I follow just posted about her Blogging Journey.
I plan on re-reading these posts and start implementing some of their tips!
...stay tuned!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Berry Cobbler

Here is another
treat I found on

I have made this
{super easy, super delicious}
twice already
and it was a hit both times!

{it is slightly underdone in this photo...should be a bit more golden...}
*note: I used regular soda because that is what we had.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Unofficial Start

In September, I posted about the Unofficial End of Summer as my BBJ began preschool...
Well, today is the Unofficial START of Summer! My BBJ had his last day of preschool this week! We are looking forward to getting started on our Summer Bucket List this weekend.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 Summer Bucket List

School ends for my big boy next week...that means it is time for a new Summer Bucket List!
Our lists are a little "lighter" this year because we of our home-transition and we have a newborn, so life is a little different.
*Note: I plan to check out other lists online for some new ideas too, so more activities may be added soon.
Summer Bucket Lists
For the boys:
Make Frozen Bananas
Watch the Olympics
Olympic dinner/events
Visit Fire Station
Farmer’s Market
Water Playdate with Friends
Eat watermelon outside {and not care about the mess}
Visit a Children's Museum
Pick Berries

If the heat isn’t too insane:
Lay on a blanket and watch the clouds

For all of us:
Make s’mores
Make Ice Cream-Cookie Sandwiches
Celebrate the 4th of July
Star gazing
Ice Cream Sundae Buffet
Ocean City!
Go to an outdoor concert
Go to a baseball game
Great American Campout {6/23 for hubs and BBJ}
*Find, Buy, Move in to NEW HOME!*

For ME:
Proverbs 31 online study
some Pinterest and other crafty projects
get active {lose baby weight}

For the Hubs and Me:
Dinner out
Movie Night
Watch a sunset together

Check out other lists at:

Little Wonders' Days

Monday, May 14, 2012


I have been involved in our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group for the past 3 years. I am so thankful for the friendship, support, and fellowship I have received.

This year, MOPS International posted on their Facebook looking for Mom Bloggers to review the theme book for next year. Although I have not been the most active blogger lately, I thought this would be a fun way to get back on the blog and share a great book with yall at the same time.

The book is Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood by Tracey Bianchi.
I was able to read the book during my middle of the night feedings with my newborn...talk about a captive audience for the book and a mom needing to hear the message!

The back cover of the book states that the authors "shows us how to
- cultivate deeper friendships that challenge us to grow
- create healthy, life-giving rhythms for our families
- connect and give back to the wider world beyond our doors."

This book was a very easy, quick read. Each chapter had short sections that helped with the flow of the book. This was helpful because as I stated before I was reading while nursing, so I didn't feel like I had to finish a whole long chapter, I could just read a few sections at a time. Also, the author writes in a way that I feel like I am listening to a friend talk instead of reading a book. The author seems very "real," in a book about connections, I truly felt I could connect with the author and the ideas in each section.
The content of the book was very relevant to me as a mother of a 3 year old and a newborn. Many of the topics hit home in areas that I am working on. It was helpful to read that I am not alone in this pursuit and know that other moms have the same struggles and ideas.
Another really interesting part of the book is at the end of each chapter. Each chapter ends with "Five Mom-Tested Tips." The first three are tips to try to apply in our everyday life, the fourth is a prayer or blessing, and the fifth is something to journal about. I think this part of each chapter would be great for MOPS groups or MOPS Steering Teams to use as discussion starters and relationship builders. Also at the end of each chapter is an area to reflect on the ideas discussed. This is called "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down." The author asks two questions that relate to the topic of the chapter. This is another excellent way to get our minds moving and discussion started. Again, I think it would be helpful for MOPS groups to use this in their meetings as well as the individual reader to reflect. Lastly, each chapter ends with resources to help the reader continue with the topic. The resources range from books to YouTube videos.

Are you a mother of a preschooler? Do you need to connect more to others? Would you like a copy of Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood by Tracey Bianchi to read, encourage, and inspire you? MOPS International, Inc. sent me an extra copy to share with you. Please comment below by Sunday May 20. I will choose a name from the comments below as well as from my local MOPS Facebook group on Monday and announce the winner!

Disclaimer: MOPS International, Inc. gave me the opportunity to read and review this book by sending me a copy as well as a copy to share. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I don't know the author, but think I would like to after reading this book! :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I am truly disappointed
that I have been so
{missing in action}
on this blog...
but as I mentioned before,
I have been a
{mom in action}
with our 3 year old
and our newborn...
as well as our
{move in April}.

I am going to work on
blogging more frequently
now that Phase 1 of our move
is complete and we are more settled.
{Phase 1: we moved out of our house
and are living with my sister and brother in law}

Be on the look out for
a book review
and my very first giveaway
in just a few days!