Upper Peninsula Wagner Falls in Munising, Michigan

Whoever said “don’t go chasing waterfalls” was all sorts of wrong. Rivers and lakes are swell, but waterfalls are where the real magic is at! Michigan’s upper peninsula is home to hundreds of waterfalls, small and large. Most notably Tahquamenon Falls, but don’t let that one keep you from visiting many of the others. Last Sunday I took a little day trip with pops, leaving around 4:30am and not returning until a little after 8pm. I had mapped out 4 waterfalls I wanted to reach that day, one ended up being put on a future list, however we found two more! Here are 5 fantasticRead More →

Welcome May, from myself and Coffee Beans and Bliss!

I can’t believe it’s already May! It seems like April just started a few days ago, Coffee Beans and Bliss was just starting and suddenly it’s over. I wanted to start a pillar post each month to review, revise and something to look forward to, so here’s my first go. Bear with me as I try to make it sensible. I assure you, this one probably won’t be.    April Review. Like I said, April flew by. I’ll admit April was pretty tough for me on a personal level, so I’m alright with it being over. On brighter notes, these things happened. Kids opening dayRead More →

baseball mom little league tips, ideas and survival

Happy Saturday! I hope your day is full of sunshine and wonder. This is my first truly scheduled post, where I’m really hoping it works out, because today, we’re at the fields. It’s opening day, and we are sooo excited!  I love that my kids are involved in athletic activities – especially the boys as they’ve had to learn to work together and be more than brothers, but teammates as well. There have been days of struggle. And for little miss, this is her first game. I almost missed it, since opening day was a week early this year and I had planned a little getRead More →

delicious roasted jalapeno popper recipe

I looove jalapeno poppers, however the past year or so I’ve stopped enjoying deep fried foods (minus a certain restaurants mushrooms, mmmm), which lead to needing to find something else.  I had seen a recipe a while ago about roasted jalapenos, but it was full of stuff I didn’t particularly care for outside of the idea of jalapeno poppers, so I decided to take the idea of roasting, and adapt to ingredients I actually like.   Ingredients: 10 jalapenos; halved & seeded 1 c. sharp cheddar, shredded 4 oz. feta cheese 1 pkg. (8 0z) cream cheese 1 garlic clove, minced 3 dill springs, minced 3Read More →

Happy Earth Day! Every year I use Earth Day as a chance to educate my children on the importance of loving our planet, being eco-friendly and the impact we have on it. Both negatively by being here  and how we can add a positive impact to our environment. Each year is a little different, as they grow I try to teach them more in depth and valuable information. Then there is our Earth Day celebration which includes: picking up trash, purging our home (donating or upcycling items we no longer use), recycling garbage, starting our compost pile, planting a tree and finalizing our “garden” plans.  Read More →

Tools I use for journaling, planning, planners and bullet journal

I’ve always been a paper planner type of gal. Having tried multiple digital systems, I realized analog works best for me. Over the years I’ve used numerous different planners – regular every day planners, disc bound, a binder, traveler’s notebook, bullet journal system, a regular old notebook, etc. Currently, I’m using variations of the bullet journal system and my own style in a Leuchtturm 1917 – but no matter what you’re using as your planner, I highly recommed these products. These are the things I keep at my desk or in my bag to use in my planner regularly. The Basics There are things youRead More →

Sure to please Easter basket ideas that aren't candy!

Easter is quickly approaching and people are on the hunt for Easter basket ideas. Every year I see people posting their kids Easter baskets on Facebook, and wow. Some of them look more like Christmas, which whatevs. Their life, not mine. Then there’s the candy – oh, my. The baskets are over flowing with 3 giant chocolate bunnies, 68 plastic eggs full of various candy, and don’t forget the 5 packs of Cadbury eggs, because EASTER BUNNY LOVES CANDY! No, Easter Bunny loves carrots. Cadbury eggs are disgusting (sorry, I’m not natural.) and nobody, child or grown needs to eat a 14 pound chocolate anything.Read More →

succulent wall terrarium

I recently developed a love for succulents and cacti, most likely because I haven’t actually killed them yet… but that’s neither here nor there. A few weeks ago my love and I took a weekend to get out of town, and I stumbled across a little garden shop that seemed to focus primarily on succulents, where I bought a hanging wall terrarium. (Don’t worry, you can find them all over amazon for around $10-$15, like this one!)  Initially I had thought it was going to be a pain to put together. Honestly, I thought my hands were too big, I was going to break itRead More →