• "family",  "guest post",  "life",  "Liz"

    Hello, Happy

    Jessi, from The Hummingbird Memoirs, proposed the idea to participate in a series on her blog that challenged me to find doses of joy in a regular day, and then document them through the lens of a camera.  How could I pass up an opportunity like that?  Above is a snippet of the post.  You can see the rest of it here.  I do hope you take the time to hop over and read it; just don’t be surprised if you fall in love with her blog; your eyes will become lost in her photos! Plus, she offers so many homemade beauty products that have me inspired enough to start…

  • "family",  "life",  "travel"

    A Rough Start

    At first, I thought this trip was doomed.  Mainly because our overnight trip to Asheville, was the stuff my nightmares are made of.  I let the experiences there set my expectations for our trip this week to Myrtle Beach.  Annnnd , at first, it appeared like things were starting off just the same.  We packed our car up, Griswold style, and hit the road.  The rest of the day went a little something like this. Rori wailed, the entire drive, and we get lost, twice.  (No fancy GPS for us. We roll old school around here, lol) When we arrive at the hotel, 4 hours later, the gentleman kindly tells…

  • "chicken",  "dinner",  "food",  "recipes"

    Grilled Chicken Marinade

    You never know where your pantry, full of ingredients, will take you.  A dash of this and a sprinkle of that can bring a recipe together that will pull your family around the dinner table, time and time, again. As usual, a few days before grocery shopping, I stood in front of my open fridge, a crumpled facial expression that was daring to create new wrinkles.  I tapped the handle with my fingers, thinking of what I could possibly pull off, that two picky toddlers, a teenage boy, and one man-child would eat and be satisfied.  It wasn’t too much longer, before I had a handful of basic ingredients that…

  • "family",  "kids",  "life moments",  "life",  "lifestyle"

    Sabbatical

    Wow.  I totally went on an unplanned blogging sabbatical.  I’m back and ready to write, though. My two youngest children are at that stage where they have to know what I’m doing on top of the kitchen counter.  Nearly every moment that is spent in my kitchen, I have two children pushing chairs beside me, ready to put their curious little hands in all the stuff that I don’t want them to touch.  I’ve been trying to remedy this with what I refer to as the keep mom sane strategy.  On occasion, when I am trying to get something done, I give them two bowls and free rein over the…