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Month: October 2017

Fall Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though down South temperatures are still in the 80s (or higher!), here in the Midwest fall is upon us! The nights are cooler, days are shorter, and everyone and their mom has plans to go to a pumpkin patch! One of the things I love most about Fall and Winter is that it puts me in the mood to bake. I don’t know if it’s some sort of primitive gene wanting me to fatten up for winter or the…

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2017 YNP, GTNP, GNP, & TRNP Road Trip: Part II

2017 YNP, GTNP, GNP, & TRNP Road Trip: Part II

Recently we went on a 10-ish day, super amazing road trip through Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, & North Dakota (and technically South Dakota on the very last day). We visited Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, & Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Hope you enjoy the recap! In case you missed it, you can find Part I here. Day 3: Yellowstone National Park We spent most of Day 3 in YNP, taking the driving tour and trying to…

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How to Go Camping with a Toddler (and Actually Have Fun!)

How to Go Camping with a Toddler (and Actually Have Fun!)

Before we had LC, we ran into a lot of people who would tell us to have fun while we could, because after you have kids you won’t be able to keep up with any of your old hobbies. They would tell us, travel while you can, cycle while you can, go out to restaurants while you can,…because once you have kids, the fun STOPS. Well I am here to tell you that could not be farther from the truth!…

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3 Simple Things I’m Doing Right Now to Save Money

3 Simple Things I’m Doing Right Now to Save Money

Once we received our orders to move a couple months ago, we decided that I would leave my full time out-of-the-home job about five weeks before the move to pack, sell our house, search for housing in Texas, and deal with all the things that crop up in the weeks before a cross country move. However, with my leaving work, about 40% of our family income goes out the window as well. As much as I like things the way…

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Tips for Camping in a National Park

Tips for Camping in a National Park

Follow all posted signs and directions of Park Rangers and Staff Now I know this isn’t super glamorous but it’s very important for your safety and frankly for the sustainability of the park. Wild animals really are wild and dangerous, sometimes the conditions really are too dry for a campfire, and the terrain can be very unforgiving. I saw a lot of people on our most recent road trip putting themselves and wildlife in danger because they were approaching them beyond…

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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

I am always on a journey to relieve stress in my life. From scented candles to exercise to breathing exercises, I feel like I’ve tried just about everything to manage my stress levels while be a working mom and military spouse. While a lot of the things I’ve tried do help and are still things I do often, there are a few small things I’ve been doing recently to try and develop good habits to reduce some day to day stress….

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2017 YNP, GTNP, GNP, & TRNP Road Trip: Part I

2017 YNP, GTNP, GNP, & TRNP Road Trip: Part I

This was a road trip several years in the making. I don’t remember exactly when the idea came to us, but I do know that we’ve been talking about it for at least 3 years since our last major road trip. Maybe even before then. I have no idea what drew my husband to Yellowstone, but he was desperate to go. As the trip got closer, we did more research and found out that Grand Teton National Park was super close…

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Must Love Dirt

Must Love Dirt

Welcome! And thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! Feel free to pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and stay a while! After taking a few years off from blogging, I found I really missed writing and the community of blogging way too much! I let a lot of things distract me & discourage me for a while but while on a recent road trip I finally decided that I needed to…

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