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Kelsey
raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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We chat about our holiday gift giving action plans and how we hope to stay jolly and not stressed. Continue reading
Posted 59 minutes ago at Girl Next Door Podcast
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Cocktail Cocktail des Rêves: gin, spiced honey from Iconic Cocktail Co., Luxardo cherry juice, and cherry garnish. The Night Circus We discuss Erin Morgenstern's intriguing book The Night Circus which paints the world in black, white, and magic. Other books we mentioned: The Ocean at the End of the Lane... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Girl Next Door Podcast
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I can't believe I just wrote "November" in the title of this post. November! Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
So glad we could deliver the needed laugh - sorry about the coffee ;) but sounds like it was worth it!
I was thinking of a blog post about snacks/food for travel. Alas I'm not finding much blogging time lately! But here's a quick list: instant oatmeal, cheese and crackers, Clif Bars, PB&J + bread, and a couple of fun things like the dar choice PB cups (OMG) and cheddar/caramel corn. There were also 8 other women at the house so there was lots of food to go around!
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2017 on What I spent: September 2017 at RISING*SHINING
So glad you like them! Maybe starting in my 2018 budget posts I'll do a more expanded version. I really like the idea - it's weirdly type A of me but then I think I'd need to change the series name to what we spent or just mostly spending and I'd rather do it with a fresh start - ha! Little insight into my brain ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2017 on What I spent: September 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Oooo I like that perspective - seasonal decor as maintaining the home. And yes - communication is key, especially on spending where you might not see eye to eye.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2017 on What I spent: September 2017 at RISING*SHINING
I really like this idea and I think we'll implement something similar in 2018 - thanks for the inspiration!
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2017 on What I spent: September 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Emily!!
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2017 on Scary Stuff & Biscuit Cans at Girl Next Door Podcast
Puke is just no fun all around. Good job for being brave through it, mama!
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2017 on Scary Stuff & Biscuit Cans at Girl Next Door Podcast
Yay Falliday! The book we loved was this one: Dis de Los Muertos https://www.amazon.com/Dia-Muertos-Roseanne-Greenfield-Thong/dp/0807515663/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1M2KPPEBHFY60VETVET7
Haha oh man! You can work on it! ;)
Hope you are getting some good fall weather soon!
Love hearing what a treat this episode is and that you even considered decorating - ha! Oh my gosh that's too funny! I hope Falliday does catch on!
Oh that book sounds great - thank you! and YES to cozy!
Thanks, Emily!
Yes! It's The Ox Cart Man: https://www.amazon.com/Ox-Cart-Man-Donald-Hall/dp/0140504419
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Tracking our spending has many benefits. It keeps us accountable and also shines light on tricker budgeting categories, like travel spending and home decor spending. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Beth! Yes we are definitely adjusting to lots of change. Glad that sharing all of that is relatable!
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2017 on episode 49. A real wrist slapper at Matrimoney
Hi Amanda! Thank you for your question and I totally hear you! For everything thing I get done on my to do list there are probably 10 that I really want to get done but can't fit in. As for the office, it was a multi step process. We had a pile of Goodwill donations and things I needed to mail. During a Friday when I was working at home I got those things organized in between answering emails (managing emails is so much easier than managing toddlers!). Then I piled that stuff in my car and went to Goodwill and UPS on my way to daycare pick up. Then on a weekend during nap time I tackled tidying the rest of the office. It's important to note that we had already done a lot of the decluttering work in the office so it was mostly untidy from mail build up and sewing projects. Which were quick to put away. But depending on the project I've used time in the ways you describe - coordinate with Chris and get time alone at the house, motivated myself to stay up after bedtime. We did tons of decluttering/minimizing post bedtime when we were both motivated to do it over the course of about a month during the summer a few years ago. Prioritizing is key! A big list with everything you want to do will help to "declutter" your mind. And then from there prioritize based on immediate need and time requirements. For things that require time plan ahead to get some weekend time. Sometimes even just going to UPS feels daunting until I set aside a time to do it and just get it done. Definitely no one is getting their whole to do list done with young kids so you are in good company!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2017 on Goals - October 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Gosh what an amazing compliment - THANK YOU! That sounds perfect. Sometimes just putting something on the calendar is what you need to take a little leap. How great to celebrate accomplishments and friendship - enjoy!
In this episode, Chris turns 40! Then he gets his wrist slapped. And rightfully so as we discuss last month's unfortunately exorbitant 'entertainment spending.' But we cover the good stuff, too, like how we've finally achieved one of our minor goals of saving almost all of Kelsey's paycheck. And, we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Matrimoney
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Hello, October! My September was packed with good stuff and busy life stuff - a trip to California, a surprise birthday weekend for Chris in Tucson, lots of solo daycare drop offs/pick ups and some evenings too. Plus I've been busy with Girl Next Door Podcast stuff. This year Chris took on a leadership position within his school which he has been loving. But it's definitely made our lives feel busier. Chris used to be able to work from home one or two days each week. While he was home, he would always get a chore done around the house,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Victoria!
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2017 on Necessities in our smallish home at RISING*SHINING
It's it so interesting what a mood shift an untidy or a tidy home can bring?? I need to remind myself of that a lot as our house does get untidy very quickly!
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2017 on Necessities in our smallish home at RISING*SHINING