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Mama Kimmberli
Pretty Victorian-Lined Street in the Midwest
Wannabe writer with wanderlust tendencies and fanciful dreams.
Interests: My family, reading & writing, gardening, home restoration, repurposing items, refinishing furniture, garage sales & flea markets, world travel, photography, swimming, yoga (in a previous life, I was very good at it), history & science, anything pertaining to the world of solid organ and stem cell transplant, Waldorf Schooling, homeschooling, co-parenting, fishing, art, music of all kinds. Oh....and I'm an RN. Just sayin'.
Recent Activity
So yah, I recently heard that a friend of mine has a mom living a few streets over. She has an old house, not unlike the one that I live in. Difference? She has snakes in her basement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, living geographically where we do, I realize that poisonous snakes are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
As I am now working on making homemade liquid hand soap, I wanted to find a fragrance that I love and which the whole family would tolerate. FireSky, a luxury resort in Scottsdale, Arizona where I visited last March, has recently sent me ten each of their deliciously perfumed facial... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Have you heard the phrases "he marches to his own beat" or "he dances to a different drum"? I think that, if explored more closely, every person on this planet would apply. Sometimes, I think we jump to conclusions about "different drummers". We automatically assume that they are "special" and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Update: while this situation and the life lesson it taught my children were unforgettable, I wish to remind all good-hearted people that it's not hard for someone to take advantage of your kindness. While poverty and struggling families will always be on my thought-list, I will also remember those who fight so hard for the less fortunate. And I will feel sadness for those who have been hurt thru their giving and wish for strength for those who have given too much.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on I Cannot Believe This... at Shoo Lie Loo
Courtesy of knowledge I've gained from my good friend Kelly Franklin...some awesome ideas on how to save money by making your own cleaning products... Window Cleaner Supplies Needed: 1 spray bottle, dish soap, water, squeegee (optional) 1.) Add three drops of your favorite dish soap to your bottle. 2.) Fill... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Just got this miniature roll-top desk. I was perusing the spray paints at Wal-Mart tonight, but, alas, they were scant. I need suggestions, pics, pins on Pinterest...! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
I definitely "unknit" daily by literally "not knitting". My mom tried to teach me to crochet, but the scarf I made kept getting wider and wider.... I aspire to be like you, but I realize that's not me. I garden, I write, I refinish furniture, and I love my children. So we have those wonderful qualities in common. However, I will have to continue to live vicariously through your posts. I enjoy them very much. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2012 on once more, with neck at SouleMama
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As I continue to "de-clutter" our house for the month (today I sold quite a bit, thank goodness), I was stressed out, grinding teeth, fretting about chaos and mess...basically, status quo. We happened to need to make a delivery to a mom who had purchased items from me from a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
For those of you who have been following my blog (thank you, by the way - big hugs to you), it's no secret that I'm a fan of the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, the best birthday gift my mom has ever given me. Without having read that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Seriously, what's not to love about clearance Valentine's Day candy? And when you turn truffles into teeny-tiny confetti cupcakes, you can bet they're landing in my cart. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
What an assortment of fabrics!!!! I will definitely keep this site in mind as I am in the process, painful as it might be, of learning how to sew!
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versus what God has in store for us are often very different. In my early 20s, I was told by a Harvard-educated fertility doctor that I could not have children without the use of significantly invasive procedures (Google "I.C.S.I.") When my husband and I met and made a covenant that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Lucy helping Daddy set up the lighting for the photo shoot before the party. A shot of the gift bags - black ribbons for boys, green ribbons for girls. A picture of the prize wheel - sorta looks like a clock. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
I thought I'd share the tidbits of information that I learned in my quest to make Lulu's sixth birthday party special while also cutting some financial corners. When first I set out, I did the obvious - I Googled "birthdays on a budget". BAM! Ideas everywhere!! Some were inexpensive but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Lucy helping Daddy set up the lighting for the photo shoot before the party. A shot of the gift bags - black ribbons for boys, green ribbons for girls. A picture of the prize wheel - sorta looks like a clock. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
For those who wonder, I wrote this in third person because I guess I wanted this read from an outsider's perspective. PS - I didn't edit this, nor do I routinely edit any of my work. I don't believe in "creative writing" classes any more than I believe in "breathing to stay alive" classes, as I don't think either are skills you learn through a teacher.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2012 on The Story of Lucy and Dominik at Shoo Lie Loo
Love, love, LOVE this website - and all I wanted to do was find alternatives to peanut butter for making homemade bagel birdfeeders! Henry's currently hooked on Angry Birds on my iPhone, and I really dislike wrestling with him everyday for control of it (sigh). This website has a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Another deliciously wonderful website for writers and readers that I've stumbled on. It's a great place to find quotes from your favorite authors or pundits directly relating to a subject that interests you (i.e. finance, religion, child-rearing): I don't have Walden Pond, like Henry David Thoreau. However, that doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
WARNING! The following story does contain some mildly graphic birth descriptions, in case you are faint of heart. Otherwise, enjoy this miraculously TRUE story!! ==================================================================== Imagine two friends, friends since the day one recognized the other as sharing a Lifespan Psychology class with her at Waubonsee Community College as they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
As I hear the sounds of three young children bickering upstairs, I will quickly post my blog update to keep myself accountable. Having just recently finished Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, I'm challenging myself for the month of February to de-clutter, organize and clean my house. I've started today by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Now that I've "retired" from transplant case management and the business world, I have the time to re-create my office into a space where I can write, work on my crafts and experiments and tuck myself into my own personal creative nook. That being said, I have assessed my office... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Wow...this gorgeous quilt (to which my shaky picture does no justice) was stitched by my dear friend and co-worker, Elizabeth as a farewell gift (my last day is this Friday). It arrived on my porch this morning. And Elizabeth affixed to the quilt some signature patches with the names of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
January....even with its unseasonably warm temps and lack of two feet of snow covering my the roughest month of the year for me. Have I said it before? I'll say it again...January is ROUGH for me. While in the midst of major life changes and also looking for ways... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo
Organizing Your Homeschooling Day. For those of us about to homeschool, we salute you! Actually, I'm online late at night, the only time I really have now, to browse homeschooling schedules and routines for preschoolers. I found this page interesting and helpful. I still have a lot of research to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Shoo Lie Loo