My New Elevator Pitch – #31DBBBDay1

My elevator pitch in word cloud form

I mentioned recently that I am undertaking the ProBlogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge this month with a group of my friends who also write blogs. Today is day 1, and the challenge is to write an elevator pitch. I have written an elevator pitch for my blog before, so at first my plan was to just use the same one. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it has been quite a while since I wrote that and my direction as a blogger may have changed since then. Instead of just […] Click to read more



August 2014 #31DBBB Group

August 2014 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Group #31DBB

This post contains an affiliate link. I receive a portion of the sales when you buy the book through my link. Blogging. It is both my favorite and my most dreaded activity. I’ve been blogging since my junior year of high school, which was fourteen years ago, even though the time seems to have flown by. Over the years, I’ve written poetry, short stories, researched articles, post silly pictures, and everything in between. I’ve attempted to make DIY tutorials and recipes that I generally ended up not really liking. I’ve launched and left several websites. In all of it, I’ve […] Click to read more

Pressure canning dry beans

Prepare Dry Beans in Advance by Pressure Canning

I love the economy of dried beans. I love being able to know exactly what ingredients went into my dishes. The only problem is that I am terrible at setting them out ahead of time to rehydrate and cook them in time for the meals at which I’d like to serve them. I just don’t have that kind of organization in my meal preparation! And recently, I discovered that I am not the only one! To work around this known deficiency of mine, I find that it is easier to do all the work for dried beans at one time […] Click to read more

Local Fun with Kids week of May 26

Fun with Kids, Farmers Markets and Races In and Around Auburn – Week of 5/26

It’s time for another list of local activities! We had so much fun researching activities last week, even though it was the last week of school and we didn’t really hit any of the events. This week I even discovered a completely new museum that I had no idea existed near me – the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum in Elkhart, IN! I’ve also included farmers markets and upcoming races. I will probably break these out into separate posts later on, but since I have them ready now I figured hey – let’s just go ahead and add them! […] Click to read more

Auburn IN events week of May 18

Fun with Kids In & Around Auburn – Week of 5/18

School is almost out for the year, so I’m keeping an eye out for events in my local area to which it would be fun to take the kids. I’m planning to list events once a week. If I’m missing a good one, please let me know! Every Day LEGO Quest/Busy Builders – Every day in May (except May 26) 164 Kelly St. Rome City, IN 46784 Every day in May, the Limberlost Public Library with have LEGOs and Duplos (for the smaller kids) available. Just head in and ask to play. For more info & directions, visit: http://www.kendallvillelibrary.org/ Tuesday […] Click to read more

House stubborn quote

“I’m both annoyed and amused that you think I should be less stubborn than you are”

I’m a stubborn person. So are my children. And this quote runs through my head at LEAST once a day. Click to read more

Less toxic ways to kill ticks and control tick population

Less Toxic Ways to Kill Ticks and Control Their Population

Yesterday I published an article titled 14 Reasons Ticks Are The Worst and in it I promised that I would share the results of my complete melt down in my adventure to eradicate the tick threat from my home and yard. After the initial finding of a tick on my dog, the freak out that followed concerning the removal of said tick, and subsequent finding of MORE ticks, this happened: Click to read more

the tick

14 Reasons Ticks Are The Worst

If we’re friends on Facebook (and if we’re not yet, why not?!), then you might be aware that I’ve been suffering from a small crisis called THE TICK MENACE. It all started about a week ago… My beloved Thor (you’ve seen the countless pictures of him on my Instagram, right?) had something on  him. I thought it might be a tick. My husband thought no, perhaps he needed to go in to see the vet due to some weird tumor. There was something hanging off of him that resembled a deflated corn kernel. We went to bed completely unsuspecting and I […] Click to read more

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