spring trililums

Spring is finally upon us, those first scents of fresh, crisp air welcoming us as the midday sun. Warmth beacons at our windows, doors and kisses our skin after a long bitter winter. It’s in every way refreshing, so here are a few ways to welcome spring into your home as well!   Open the Windows! First and foremost, the second that frost is gone and that warm air starts making it’s way your direction, pop those puppies open! This is one of the most refreshing things in the world. By letting that fresh air into your house is like a breath of life intoRead More →

visit your local farmers market and fresh coffee

I discovered my adoration for the farmers market last summer, when we finally hit the “big” one in town. I ended up going home with sunflowers, fresh produce and a fabulous cup of coffee. Oh, and a small obsession with the farmers market. While we were on vacation we pulled over to stop at a few along the way, it solidified my love.  Why is the Farmers Market so Fantastic? 1. It’s local. You’re supporting the local people and your community. That itself is a pretty fantastic thing. 2. Freshness! When you think produce, you want fresh, right? Well, what’s fresher than some carrots uprooted from theRead More →

copyright for bloggers

When I first started blogging, I joined quite a few blog related groups so I could soak up as much information as humanly possible. There’s this one I question I see popping up over and over, it’s “Can I use this picture from ______?” Let that blank be a company, website, google images, social media, whatever. It’s the question. A good one at that, however, I saw answers that were often untrue. So, let’s chat about copyright for just a moment!   What is copyright & how does it work? Copyright is the legal ownership to the original creator/owner of materials such as artwork, music,Read More →

You need an aloe plant

Aloe plants are pretty much the bees knees when it comes the botanical world. They have multiple properties that are medically magical (I’m talking about you sunburns, general burns, eczema, and aging!) They are chocked full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They’re considered a “purifying” plant for the air you breathe, and let’s be real, fresh air is pretty magical. Oh, and they’re pretty much immortal, to the point even I haven’t killed one. And finally, succulents are all the rage, right? Right!? Yes, the lovely aloe is a succulent. Intrigued yet? Let me tell you a little more about these things.   Aloe, FreshRead More →

how to get your kids to read

March is finally here, which means spring AND National Reading Month! Each year, my kids celebrate at school with all sorts of fun projects and events. So whether you’re also prepping to kick off reading month or just trying to get your child(ren) to dig reading, here are a few tips that make it more fun and get your kids reading. Let Them Pick Their Book! This is probably the biggest and most important part of all of this! Are you going to read a book you don’t like? Maybe. Are you going to get excited about it? No. Letting them pick their books isRead More →

ground venison or venison burger dirty rice

I love venison, however I’m often at a loss of what to make with venison burger outside of well, burgers. A while ago though, I found a recipe for venison dirty rice, which sounded great, but there were some things I didn’t like/want like poblano and green peppers, plus I wanted to add more seasonings and polish sausage. So, here’s an updated version more to my liking! Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb. ground venison 1/2 lb. polish sausage, cooked 3 stalks celery, diced 1 med. onion, diced 2 jalapenos, diced 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp. garlic, minced 1/2 tbsp.. cajun seasoning, heaping (more orRead More →

“Winter Blues” Or SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is a very real thing, affecting more than 3 million people in the United States alone. Commonly beginning late fall and last until early spring. For many it’s those temporary “dark months”, where even the happiest people can fall into it’s grip. I wrote this a few months ago, but teetering on whether or not to post it, but I feel like it may be time. For me, you can see it in this blog (or lack of?) It’s cold. I go to work in the dark and come back right before the darkness returns. I live inRead More →

How to use your bullet journal for blogging, tracking stats, ideas, goals and writing.

Despite the vast amount of blogs about using a bullet journal, when I began looking for posts about how to use your BuJo for blogging, things got pretty slim. Although I’m still looking for that happy routine and the ability to actually write my ideas out, I’ve slowly been adding a few things to my notebook to help my blogging along. Here is how I use my bullet journal for blogging. 1. Ideas I tried everything from analog to digital to organize my ideas. Apps, memo pads, separate notebooks, index cards… finally I gave up and decided to go an easy (albeit less organized) method.Read More →