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raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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I'm so glad! I was definitely intimidated by the ages of the boys until just this year so you will get back to it for sure in the coming years!
I should have included a note about sleeping! And mainly that would be: you will probably not get the greatest sleep so mentally prepare for that and bring good caffeinated beverages for the morning. :) But it wasn't terrible! Our boys were WORN OUT both days from running around so they went to sleep well so that was great. But both had a bit of a hard time staying in their sleeping bags during the night (I kept waking up to find them out of it) plus we had a very gradual incline on the ground we slept on. So I was trying to get them back in their sleeping bags a lot. One night one of them had growing pains (of course!) but luckily we had brought Advil. But still for just two nights it was manageable and totally worth it!
The group camping does seem to have so many benefits both practically for just for fun. What a great group you have, and love that you all share gear.
Love the tip of thrift store or dollar store for stocking kitchen gear. I would love to read your post on camping tips, I bet you have great ones!
Oh that's interesting that it's not as common there! But yes lots of camping here and a fun family adventure to look forward to for sure.
I have fond memories of family camping trips growing up: roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire, using a pocketknife, and looking at the Milky Way with my dad. Now that I have a family of my own I've been eager to continue the tradition of camping but it's intimidating to make the transition from "being taken camping" to "adult in charge of a camping trip!" Luckily the stars aligned and Team Wharton went on our first camping trip a couple weeks ago – to great success! What really gave us the push we needed was tagging along with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at RISING*SHINING
Oh my gosh - I can't imagine the snow right now...or frankly ever since it's been so long since I experienced any. I guess any extreme temps can wear on you. If only teleporting existed, I'd trade some hot sun for snow for a few days right now!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Goals - September 2018 at RISING*SHINING
So many good routines and structures that you've set up for success for yourself, this is great! Wishing you productivity and words that flow as you work on your book project.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on My writing year goals at RISING*SHINING
I can imagine it's hard to return to a project when you've already put in so much work. But I'm glad you are getting a second wind. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part and then maybe it will go faster than you expected. You won't regret investing in your passion project!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on My writing year goals at RISING*SHINING
Awesome about Google Keep! And I hope you find a combined digital/paper system that works well for you!
Friday is my Trader Joe's day and I love starting the weekend with a full pantry and fridge. I used to go on Friday afternoons on my way to pick up the boys from daycare but now I try to go as early as possible after school drop-off. Nowadays I have a sidekick shopper to boot. Luckily Cedric is a helpful and fairly courteous shopper. Although he did accidentally ram my heels with his little cart today, ouch! The seasonal fall items are starting to arrive at Trader Joe's which is verrrry exciting. Especially since we have little weather indication... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Making more time for my writing was one of the reasons why I quit my full time job last spring. I took the summer to decompress and to tackle my very long to do list – check! Now that the boys have started their school year my own writing year to be underway. I'm considering my writing year to last through the school year until late May and then imagine I'll take a break or at least cut back during the summer while the boys are on break. I put a lot of thought into my writing goals for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
This episode is sponsored by Epic! a digital subscription library for kids in preschool through age 12 that we both enjoyed using with our kids. Listeners can get a two month trial of Epic! for free by visiting and using the promo code NEIGHBOR. We're faking fall by sipping... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Thank you! I am so excited to spend a whole weekend outside. Lots of sticks and leaves and rocks and even a stream to explore!
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2018 on Goals - September 2018 at RISING*SHINING
I'll hopefully do a post about my process!
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2018 on Goals - September 2018 at RISING*SHINING
I am writing at my new desk with morning light filling the room. My view is out a north-facing window and the light is lovely. From my desk now I can see blue sky streaked with clouds and the bright pink of my neighbor's bougainville popping over the wall. Just outside and below the window, there's a patch of gravel along our friendly orange wall and I'm thinking of filling it with vines that will climb the wall, cactus, and succulents. My desk was a custom order* from a maker I found on Etsy and I waited eagerly for several... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Taking pictures of school papers is genius!! That's why I love comparing organization notes with people - you almost always hear of something simple and genius that you've never thought of. I'm sorry to say I think the GTWB is sold out for the academic year. But get her newsletter and you'll be able to pre-order the one for the 2019 calendar year!
Here's something I've noticed: managing your calendar, reminders, and to-dos can now be done with a zillion apps yet paper planners seem to be enjoying a resurgence. (A paper planner is even one of the cheapish thing that can change your life.) This makes me think there must be many other people who, like me, are trying to figure out the perfect digital-paper harmony. It's taken a while but I think I've finally settled on an effective system using both digital and paper calendar and task management. The challenge with using both is that they have to work together. Otherwise,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
We are side hustling ladies but lately it seems everyone has a side hustle. It can look easy and fun but that's usually not the whole picture. We've pulling back the curtain to talk about the side hustles we've had and what we have going on now – including this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Hi Jill, oh I'm so glad! It is definitely really interesting the difference in what productivity feels like and how to balance things for yourself versus family versus the house and your own business and creative endeavors. I think taking the time to reflect and I'm realizing I probably need some more dedicated planning time and might need to plan my days more specifically since I am trying to do so many different things.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2018 on Currently: August at RISING*SHINING
It's late summer with early fall still a few weeks away and the heat and humidity (mostly the humidity) is really putting a damper on my summer cozy optimism. It was inevitable! I chat regularly with a dear friend in Austin and we decided to just admit that August is the worst and allow ourselves a little bit of complaining. Otherwise we try very hard not to complain about the heat in our respective towns. So: August is the worst. Ahhh, that feels a little better. What I am trying to remember is that every single fall (every time!) when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Wow, that is fast! That's the BEST feeling to just fall completely into a book and devour it. So glad you liked it and really interesting that it reminded you of someone from your life. It's a particular kind of satisfaction when a fictional character seems familiar. Thanks for reading along!
We sip a peach sour mocktail (since it's before noon on a Monday) mixed up with Iconic Cocktail's Pichuberry Peach Sour mixer (a seasonal flavor that is out of stock, sorry! Grab it next year!), tonic, and a hearty squeeze of lime. For summer book club we discuss Tayari Jones'... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
There is something about having to carry so. much. stuff. with a kiddo that it can make you swing the other way! I was so excited when Apple Pay came along because I could go into Trader Joe's with just a car key fob and my phone (although still nicer to carry in my little purse than weighing down my pockets).
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2018 on My on-the-go essentials at RISING*SHINING
I love to travel light on the go. For several years, toting a baby and young kids made this challenging. Now that a diaper bag is far in my past I'm back to my minimal ways. I'm in love with my current purse and essentials situation and would love to share what's working for me. When I've carried bigger purses before I would inevitably find a drift of random things in the bottom – a random toy, enough pens for an entire office, and trash like receipts, grocery lists, etc. Using a smaller purse means I literally cannot accumulate things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at RISING*SHINING