Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What’s Up Wednesday

Hi Friends!


I am jumping back into blogging by linking up with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay in:



What we are eating this week:

Today is our first day back from vacation so I will be eating lettuce.  Lettuce and air and some water.  And then tomorrow is THANKSGIVING.  Immediately followed by a month long diet of cookies, wine and side dishes.


What I’m reminiscing about:

Since I haven’t blogged in so long, I’m reminiscing about blogging.  I started this blog in 2009 and it is fun to go back and read posts from years pasts.  Life is so fun and full of changes.

What I’m loving:

I have so much to love.  I love this guy….


I love our home and business that we have created together.  Life is so good.

What we’ve been up to:



I needed this vacation more than any other vacation I have ever needed in my life!


You guys know we love what we do but sometimes owning a group home is streeeeessssful and between meetings and doctor’s appointments and paperwork, I was just dragging my body around. Anytime I talked to anyone I was complaining and sharing some sort of worry. I was sick of hearing myself talk.  It felt so good to have some distance and clear our minds and rest.  I came home filled up once again with gratefulness and love for our job and our life.

What I’m dreading:

Well since I just got home from vacation and have a heart full of patience, I don’t really have anything I’m dreading.

Oh, wait, yes I do. 



Ugh.  Why can’t everyone wash their dang hands?  If your hands are not cracking open and bleeding from dryness, you aren’t washing your hands enough!

What I’m working on:

Holiday cards!  And lots of other cards.  I will be loading my Etsy shop soon!



What I’m excited about:

The holidays!  I am looking forward to all the gatherings with friends and families.

I’m also excited to get started on my 2016 planner pages!  I love making my own pages to fit exactly what I need.  I’ll share as soon as I’m done!

What I’m watching/reading:

I am LOVING this book:

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It’s SO GOOD.  I love the way Tara writes.  I love the real-life examples she gives throughout.  I feel so good reading it and then sitting back and letting her words soak in and meditating on how I can apply the lessons to my life.

We are finally watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

What I’m listening to:

I’ll tell you what I’m NOT listening to and that’s Adele! *SOB*  I haven’t heard any of her new songs.  I need to do something about that.

What I’m wearing:

Right this second, I am lounging and wearing this and this.  And they are both on sale!


What I’m doing this weekend:

Decorating for Christmas! Yay!

What I’m looking forward to next month:

I’m looking forward to going to a friend’s 40th Birthday party, family dinners, a cookie exchange, and a night out with family to do an escape room.

What else is new:

I can’t really think of anything else too new that I haven’t already mentioned.

Oh, I have something new (and embarrassing).  I’m not even sure how it started but I got sucked in to watching “What I Ate in a Day” videos on You Tube.  Then some how I ended up on Jen’s channel and her cleaning routine.  I feel ashamed to even admit that I watch someone else clean their home, BUT, from watching her morning cleaning routine, I have started cleaning all three of our bathrooms daily and it takes about 10 minutes total.  It’s crazy how our house can be a wreck but if the bathrooms are clean I feel like we are in good shape!

And from watching the “What I ate in a Day” videos, I learned to make a DELICOUS zucchini soup and started drinking a daily green smoothie!  More on the smoothie later!  It’s so good and one of those things that I don’t really notice a difference until I don’t drink it.  You know what I mean?


I have been working on this post off and on for 12 hours!  Apparently, I’m a little rusty on the blog process!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

30,240 Minutes

Whoa!  It’s been a couple minutes since I posted in the ol’ blog.


Like 30,240 minutes!

I seem to be on a once-a-month blogging schedule and my only excuse is we have had a fun and busy month (once again)! I feel like I said that last time I posted.  We have had something going on pretty much every weekend of the summer and it’s been a blast!


I woke up this morning, the middle of August, to a cool, crisp, chill in the air.  I love living in the Midwest and having seasons.  I love that just as kids start going back to school, and everyone has had just about enough of the heat, Mother Nature throws in a Fall-like day.

It’s like a practice day.

Kansas City has only had a hand full of weeks with super hot temps but none-the-less everyone is itching for Fall.  I love the energy that having seasons creates.  It’s almost time to change our uniform to leggings/tunics/boots again, start eating and drinking everything pumpkin, and cooking soup.

But Summer isn’t over yet, Folks!

I love Summer and the heat and humidity.  I want to hang on to the longer days of sunlight just for a bit more.


And our long walks with the girls and at the nature sanctuary.


You know by now

that when I get into something, I GET IN.  Like all the way in.  Just plug my nose and jump…get my hair wet…..let my mascara from yesterday run…all the way in.



So, I am WAY in on coloring and making cards.  But I don’t just want to make cards.  Now I want to print on t-shirts, pouches, magnets, and tea towels.  Whatever sits still for too long and has a flat surface, I want to print on it!


I was ready to buy a sublimation printer and heat press for t-shirts, then a heat press for mugs, then a button machine to make magnets.

I’m ready to turn our spare bedroom into a print factory.


I didn’t.

I have to listen to my voice of reason (Justin).  Voice-of-Reason says I haven’t sold enough cards to buy anything else.  (I’m taking applications for a Voice of Reason.)


I can get a little crazy with my “hobbies”.  So, I know it’s Justin’s job to dig his feet in and remind me that I actually have a job and I actually have to work and that these other things are actually hobbies.



I just want to color and own a heat press. (or a button machine)


Besides coloring.

There has been work.  And a lot of it.  It’s been a tougher than normal summer with work and that’s probably why I’ve been covering my feelings with a thick, comfy blanket of my hobbies.  Being a care taker for a living is not for the faint of heart or the weak.  Good thing we have big, strong hearts (and each other).


Besides work.

My sister, Vann, was a vendor at the Strawberry Swing.  I showed up to support the biz along with Chaz and Becky (and Sawyer).  If you live in Kansas City, this craft fair is super neat and worth checking out.  Also, Vann’s necklaces, headbands and key chains are also super neat and worth checking out!


My brother, Benny turned 30!  We celebrated at Top Golf.  Again, if you live in Kansas City (or any where else, there are a lot of them), this was so fun and I highly recommend checking it out.  Even if you are not a golfer. 


Our friends, Brad and Sarah, visited from San Diego.


We stayed out way past our bed time every night they were in town.


There was shuffle board.

A serious game of H.O.R.S.E.




And lots of eating and family!  We love their family.  They always welcome us right in and share their time with Brad and Sarah.


That weekend was also our….

17th Wedding Anniversary!


When we showed up at Brad’s Mom’s house for a BBQ, she had hired a professional photographer to take their family photos.  Since it was our Anniversary, she asked if we wanted to jump in and have some pictures taken as well!

How could we say no?!  I can’t remember the last time Justin and I had professional pictures taken of the two of us, so our 17th Anniversary was the perfect day to do it.

Whew, we are all caught up!

Oh, one more thing!

Justin and I started training with Elroy Carr at Full Circle Athletic Development.  We both LOVE it!  I’ll share more about that in another post.  This one is getting way too long!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lots of Stuff

Hi Friends!

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Yikes, it’s been a whole month.

It’s been a busy whole month over here at the Beach house.


Summer is in full swing. Hot. Sweaty. Rainy.  Kansas City is like a steam room these days.  I love it. I also don’t have to work outside or even go outside unless I choose.

Since we last talked, I decided to open my Etsy store, Strawberry Squirl, back up and sell greeting cards! (see sidebar to start shopping!)


I am also going to sell stickers of the same designs and eventually move into anything else I can find to print on!


About  a year ago, in place of crocheting, I started coloring with sharpies when I got bored and eventually had a whole pile of these little colorful pictures.


I love them so I thought about framing them to put in the house some where and then I thought what a pretty card they would make.


I would love to receive a colorful, happy card!


So, I bought some cardstock and started printing!


They are bright and cheerful.


And each one has a little positive message.


I am going back and forth between printing on glossy card stock or matte cardstock.


I did both and really like both. So that doesn’t help.

Here are some of the stickers.


I bought colorful envelopes and clear cello bags for packaging.  I felt very legit and professional when those came in!


I also don’t know what to call them.   Illustrations? Drawings? Pictures?

Whatever you call them, I am adding new ones each month to my Etsy shop, so if you don’t see something you like, keep checking back!

In other news

My SIL, Sarah, came in town.


We had Fourth of July fun at my Mom’s.  Here is my Uncle Lynnwood, Justin, James (brother) and Tom (stepdad).


Our friends Chris, Jen and girls came in town from San Francisco. Chris played at the Westport Saloon during their visit and all his friends from KC came out in support. It was a great night!


My brother, Benny, got married!


We celebrated my Mom’s birthday.


It’s been a fun and busy month filled with lots of family and friends.   That’s a pretty good way to spend out time, if you ask me!


Hope everyone is having a great summer!