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Kelsey
raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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For our family this summer marked two years without a television and three years with just one car. Living with just one car and no television might sound inconvenient and boring but we've been surprised at how much we love it. I can absolutely say I don't miss them at all! Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at RISING*SHINING
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A fresh year and a fresh batch of a dozen monthly goal posts is in front of me. It a good place to be. I've been collecting quotes for a while and thought that I'd pick one each month to accompany my goals. Just a little bit of inspiration for us all. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Sarah! When I've come across posts like these by others I always enjoy that peek into someone else's real life too. Why are the mundane details of someone else's life so fascinating?? We really are such social creatures I guess :)
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on What I spent: December 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Love the idea of having it pop up on your calendar! So smart! I love putting those future reminders for myself. I have one in August that says, "Start thinking about Halloween costumes!" because Halloween and costumes are not my favorite but if I plan ahead it doesn't stress me out.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Notes from the 2017 holidays at RISING*SHINING
Oh I really like that! And yes, right after Christmas we really don't need more STUFF.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Notes from the 2017 holidays at RISING*SHINING
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This might seem strange, but I'm already thinking of Christmas...next year. But then you remember it's ME, and planning for the distant future is my jam. And actually this idea came from Erica, my seasonal decor mentor. On a holiday podcast episode a couple years ago she mentioned making notes about what worked well and didn't during the holidays. Then she tucks that note into the holiday decor to find it next year. Isn't that such a genius future high five? Obviously I loved this. So I wanted to collect my thoughts and notes and what worked well, and didn't, this past Christmas. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Ha that's so funny! Have fun on your casual date nights in - ours last night was great. It's probably the goal I'm most excited about :)
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on 2018! at RISING*SHINING
Haha, yes it's so funny to me how I struggle with a more nebulous concept like choosing a word. I would think I'd be really into it but I really like concrete, actionable goals! So yes I'm doing both! I feel like what I would like would be a mantra or quote for the year instead of a word although the right quote never came to me - maybe next year! Snow day play dates, yes that sounds essential - stay cozy!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on 2018! at RISING*SHINING
Oh that's so neat, I'll be interested to see how your word works for you this year. My word just popped into my head too - it's so interesting!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on 2018! at RISING*SHINING
I love your word! That will be a good guide for the year. Whew 3 year olds are not messing around! Lots of testing boundaries here; it is trying! Happy new year!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on 2018! at RISING*SHINING
Yes, thanks Becca! This is the one. I appreciate you posting it. Happy new year!
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I always look forward to the fresh feeling of a new year but this year I felt especially eager to put the past year behind us. Although it was a really good year for our family overall, parts of the fall semester were pretty stressful with Chris's new (more demanding) leadership role at work. And throughout the year, the state of our country and of the world weighed on me more than ever before. And so, usually I like to let Christmas linger but this year I was craving that slightly sparse feeling in the house when the tree, garland,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Oh this is so great to here - congratulations!
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2018 - let's do this! We're each sharing out one word intention for the year and what it means for us. Plus leaving messages for our future selves no matter how confusing the proper speech tense is. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Hey hey '83 babes! The whole family is loving Story Pirates - they are funny for kids and adults and so creative! Hope you enjoy them as well.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on 33 favorites at RISING*SHINING
I'm so glad this is helpful. Hmmm maybe a Matrimoney Facebook group could be a good place for this. I will think about this as a possibility. And I think sharing our joint entertainment will give a lot of accountability to us - I think we overspend in that category but this year we're really trying to stick to our budget!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on What I spent: December 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thanks for the suggestions - I am thinking I'll try to do both of these things.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on What I spent: December 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Ooo this is a good idea. I will try to get in the habit of taking photos of these things. Thanks for the suggestion!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on What I spent: December 2017 at RISING*SHINING
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This post marks one year of sharing how I spent my personal allowance budget each month. For the most part, I find openly sharing our finances here and on Matrimoney really helpful. It keeps me/us accountable and I hear from readers and listeners that it's really helpful. But it's also a little bit scary sometimes!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you! The tea switch came about unexpectedly but I haven't looked back. I like drinking less caffeine and that it doesn't make my mouth feel gross as some of the top reasons :) I'm not positive on which standing mat I have at work but this looks very similar: https://www.amazon.com/Imprint-CumulusPRO-Commercial-Standing-Anti-Fatigue/dp/B005UA2WO2 I really have been enjoying my Instant Pot so I would definitely recommend it, especially if you already use a slow cooker since it can replace that or if you eat lots of beans and grains since it's great for cooking those. I also make my own yogurt! Check out the link I included for the retinol product I'm currently using from Paula's Choice, I really like it! Thank you so much for reading - and trusting my opinion ;) :)
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2017 on 33 favorites at RISING*SHINING
Happy early birthday - I love taking time to reflect on the year, so much happens in a year.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2017 on 33 favorites at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Amanda!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2017 on 33 favorites at RISING*SHINING
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I hope you have been enjoying a restful holiday! There is so much excitement leading up to Christmas and it's been nice to have some time post-Big Day to hang with family and friends. I'm thinking a lot about the past year and what I'm hoping for in 2018. In 2017 I set out with CHOOSE as my intention for the year. I still love my lists and goals but felt inspired by Erica and Sarah who always pick guiding word for a new year. Here are the goals I set with CHOOSE at the beginning of the year and how they went... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
It's a really neat way to recap the year and remember so many things that happened and the little things that made me happy. I am so in love with my skin care routine - I use toner, exfoliator and the retinol treatment from Paula's Choice. It's pricey I'll admit but I can really tell a difference in the smoothness and brightness of my skin - it feels like I'm taking good care of it.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2017 on 33 favorites at RISING*SHINING
Hi Dana! You know I think we just got lucky. We talked about it casually here and there for several weeks but I really expected more backlash once we actually did it. I wish I could be more help but they just kind of went along with it. We just talked about how fun a Brother Room would be and showed them we were excited about it but I'm sure that's what you are doing. Yes, maybe just a bit young to sell them on it - although also maybe young enough that if you power through for a week or two they would get used to it? Good luck!