Crochet Blankets Challenge

Many people have picked up new hobbies over this pandemic. My new hobby was trying a new crochet stitch called “corner to corner”. After a weekend of watching some YouTube videos, I found I really enjoyed the stitch and thought I would make a “themed” blanket for one of my sons. I found some free patterns online, and make the first “square”, a cloud from the Mario Brothers video game. So proud of my work, I showed my youngest son. His reply?

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24 Books in 24 Days

We made it through each day in December counting down to Christmas Eve with a Harry Potter Advent Calendar. To spice things up a bit this holiday season, we added an Advent BOOK calendar and loved opening up a book each day! We added 24 books in 24 days to our own library, and so happy that our local book store Madison Street Books helped picked and wrapped each one!

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Our Family Book Advent Calendar

I have never been more excited for December to start. Each year we do various advent calendar (usually Lego) and thought this year we would spice it up with a Funko Pop Harry Potter Advent Calendar. But I still felt like something was missing. Then, one of my favorite local independent bookstores posted something on their IG feed. I was hooked. I just had to do it. And only two more sleeps before it begins!

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Social Distancing Party

These are crazy times. Normal life vs. Pandemic. How do we celebrate our milestones and still protect each other, our loved ones, and those at the highest risk of complications from COVID-19? Wanting to celebrate the end of high school and the departure for college, we had to get creative and host a social distancing graduation party. Since the next few months include holidays, and birthdays, we thought we would share our tips on what we learned and what we plan to do for the holidays.

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Covid-19 Return to Classroom Plans for our College, High School, and Junior High kids

The posts on Facebook say it all. Team “they must go back” and Team “keep them online” keep flooding my feed. School districts are slowly rolling out their plans to return to the classroom with Covid-19, but also giving parents only days to decide between options for the upcoming school year. Seems almost more stressful than Spring Break of 2020, and now with the 2020-2021 school year on the horizon, there are choices to be made. With three boys entering three different schools, we had three choices to make.

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Filling a Freezer: Family Farm Beef Purchase

I have spent decades supporting Farm Aid. I shop farmers’ markets in the summers and, for the most part, keep little processed food in the freezers. However, even with feeding three hungry boys, I had yet to purchase a bulk meat order from a family farm. Over the course of this pandemic of worrying about food shortages and seeing empty shelves at Costco, the time felt right to make the commitment.

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Pandemic Photo Shoot

These last few months have been weird. There’s school but it’s all online. We work (both essential workers) but once home we’ve nowhere to go. No after school activities. No concerts. No Booster meetings. No shopping. NO HAIRCUTS. Our governor gave the green light for social distancing photo shoots to take place and we (ok, I) jumped at the chance to document this weird time. You should, too. Here’s why…

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Skin Care Routine: Rodan + Fields

I will have to admit, I am the worst at keeping a “routine”. The only thing I do each and every day, twice a day, is brush and floss my teeth. Everything else is up for grabs. Skincare? Ha! Each morning I wash my face, but with what is always up for grabs. However, after the last few months of working and wearing a mask, things needed to change.

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Nursing Decoded: Healthcare Questions Answered

While I love writing about my kids, our trips, my crafts, and all the madness life can bring – I also love my job. Being a Family Nurse Practitioner allows me to care, treat, educate, reassure, and motivate patients to return to their optimum health. Since I found myself with too much free time (did I mention I’m a bit sarcastic at times?) I wanted to do more with my nursing and nurse practitioner knowledge – and this why Nursing Decoded was created.

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