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Katrina Simeck
a cali girl living in vermont
Interests: i scrapbook. i take photographs. i meditate. i listen to music. i cook well. i drink a lot of coffee, wine, and green smoothies. i read a few books.
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At the start of every year, I start thinking about which creative projects I'm going to commit to. And in the past few years, that's been about the extent of it...I commit, but don't actually complete. Will this year be... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at figuring out 40
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Hello Punta Cana! Yes, we spent almost 10 days in December enjoying the Caribbean. Yes, we went back last week...'cause, y'know, why not?? Actually, it just so happened that Dan's company incentive trip was scheduled for January. SO MUCH FUN!... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at figuring out 40
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I turned forty-six yesterday! It was a wonderful day, full of celebration, friendship, & laughter. In honor of both my birthday and my OLW, here are 10 (b/c 4 + 6) people, experiences, and things that I plan to celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at figuring out 40
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Our beach day on St Maarten was a tiny bit rainy, but mostly just relaxing! We took a gondola ride to get a fab view of St Thomas! This guy is my favorite adventurer. I am so grateful that I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at figuring out 40
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Finishing up posting our December vacation photos before we head out on our January vacation (see how we're avoiding winter??)... We docked in Martinique after a sea day...perfect timing since I spent most of the sea day recovering from a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at figuring out 40
Totally get it - albeit less of the time. Have you read Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes?
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So...I wasn't sure that I was going to choose a word for 2017. I pretty much abandoned my word in 2016. I realized the other day that I never even blogged about it! My word was and...meant to honor all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at figuring out 40
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This year was a whirlwind...travel, moving, changes, more travel, Landmark, little kids, big kids, many (many) bottles of wine, laughter, a few medical pauses, friends, family, and so much love. There were parts of 2016 that were, well...not so lovely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at figuring out 40
I am going to continue to comment, to encourage you to keep posting. Yay Em!!
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The first stop of our island adventures was St Croix... I think that I will always be in love with palm trees and beaches. Fresh coconut water? Yes please! Love. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at figuring out 40
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Our December adventure started with a couple of days in Old San Juan... We loved the colorful buildings & interesting architecture - and learned that the colors are assigned by applying for a painting permit. How fun is that?? We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at figuring out 40
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Wishing you all the merry this Christmas. Dan & I are spending Christmas Eve in San Juan, and will travel back to VT in the morning to join the Bigs for Christmas Day. The Littles will join us early in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at figuring out 40
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This is a story that I didn't expect to tell, about a trip that I didn't expect to take, about something happening that I didn't expect to happen... Dan & I had spent American Thanksgiving weekend in British Columbia, visiting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at figuring out 40
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In 2014, I met an incredibly handsome, intelligent, amazing guy...who happened to have 2 incredibly cute, loving, amazing small children. Having raised both of my children to be (nearly) adults, I wasn't sure that I was ready to "do it all again." Now, 2+ years later, Dan & I are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Bonus Mom Bootcamp
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It has been a FULL week...and I mean full as in so many things, not full as in seven simple days. I feel like I have finally caught my breath. And then I read this article and was finally able... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at figuring out 40
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"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at figuring out 40
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Some of you may have seen Elizabeth Gilbert's Facebook post last week, pointing to Sarah Trimmer's Ted Talk. I'm a fan of any/all exercises that encourage hitting the pause button on life & remembering the good. Over the years, I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at figuring out 40
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drinking more & more coffee. It's my winter transition...my consumption creeps up, and then I start to balance out with hot tea. wearing this Garnet Hill skirt often. It's so comfy. I'm perplexed about a winter capsule wardrobe. Needing winter... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at figuring out 40
Hahahaha - I figured I'd just break down now. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2016 on fall weekending. at figuring out 40
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It was a rainy, chilly weekend here...so we focused on indoor fun. We love the library! We came home with about a dozen books. Standouts - Walter the Farting Dog, and The Three Little Tamales. There is a cupcake shop... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at figuring out 40
I've seen mention of the follow-up, but haven't read it. I would say that our biggest "breakthrough" has been eliminating snacks. We did have a weekend that we were gung-ho about introducing new foods (MC acted like she was being tortured by butternut squash soup), but honestly? We are choosing EASE over radical change right now. My big challenge with the Littles is their lack of table manners. It's a BIG DEAL to me (just ask my Bigs)...and just one of those life skills that I feel is super important. Good luck, friend!!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2016 on fall reads : october 2016 at figuring out 40
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I've been reading & listening quite a bit this month. I've still got titles from my Summer reading list waiting for attention...but I chose to simply go where my attention led me. French Kids Eat Everything - I picked up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at figuring out 40
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Totally borrowing this idea from Ali.... These Littles have been in my life for 2+ years. Many people have asked me what it's like to "start over again." My answer? It's a lot of work, and a lot of fun...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at figuring out 40
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Oh hey y'all! I'm kicking off October in Texas & Oklahoma...combining a visit with my family and some work appts. Facing down the last quarter of the year seems impossible! Let's start with a few hellos... hello vacation planning. Fall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at figuring out 40
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I finished up Whole 30® last week, and gave myself a few days to recover before writing about it. Mostly b/c an earlier post might have included all the swear words, and my Mom gets cranky with me over that.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at figuring out 40