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Kelsey
writer, podcaster, optimist
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I'm popping in for a quick summer hello. Hello! And this post is just in written form but I do plan to return to audioblogs on the next post. I've had this post in draft and need to get it out before July is over. I'm sitting with my hot coffee on a balcony with a tree-ful view across hills and fields in Bastrop, Texas. I'm here with six other women for a two-night "Light at the End of the Tunnel" retreat organized by Sara. The company, conversations, and food have been a gift. I've been looking forward to being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at RISING*SHINING
Would love to connect on Goodreads! Here you go: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13894747-erica https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1403054-kelsey
Would love to connect on Goodreads! Here you go: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13894747-erica https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1403054-kelsey
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We're chatting about one of our favorites things: books! We share our current reading habits plus all the books we've been reading including books for our kids. The Liar's Dictionary The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Minor Feelings Beyond the Bright Sea Sitting Pretty Miracle Creek Dusk, Night, Dawn The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Girl Next Door Podcast
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Tiny anchors are the small rituals or comforts that brings calm when the seas of life feel rough. We chat about the tiny anchors we clung to during 2020 and at other hard times of life. Plus we share the tiny anchors we keep currently and where we need to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Hi Linda, I wonder if Gmail has changed their settings. If I go to Settings and then to the Inbox tab there's a drop down menu at the top and from it I can select "multiple inboxes" -- does that show up for you? I hope that helps! If that works for you then I'll update the blog post so please let me know.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2021 on How I Tamed My Gmail Inbox at RISING*SHINING
Hi Julie, I wonder if Gmail has changed their settings. If I go to Settings and then to the Inbox tab there's a drop down menu at the top and from it I can select "multiple inboxes" -- does that show up for you? I hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2021 on How I Tamed My Gmail Inbox at RISING*SHINING
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I'm heading into June feeling summery which is to say light in spirit and ready for fun. A world away from last June. I re-read my June 2020 goals post and sat for a moment thinking about one year ago. We were facing a summer at home, Arizona was making national news as a COVID hot spot, Chris was about to be back at work (from his home office) after parental leave, and I spent my days holding and nursing Maeve. And yet I was publishing blog posts?? I honestly don't remember where I found the time and I'm laughing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at RISING*SHINING
Hi Bonnie! Thank you! I just updated the notes to include the recipe for rhubarb dream bars :) For the lentil salad: steamed lentils, bruschetta topping (near the pizza dough), and feta -- all from TJ's but I think you could find subs at a regular grocery store too. Delicious with their Pita Bite crackers. Hope you can make them both!
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2021 on Summer Eating & Drinking at Girl Next Door Podcast
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We're chatting all about summer eating and drinking, from nostalgic summer foods to how to make summer dinners easier. Plus we share what drinks and eats we're looking forward to this summer including favorite recipes. Mentioned on the show: Gilbert Love episode with all of our Gilbert faves Rhubarb dream... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at Girl Next Door Podcast
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Inspired by... Neighbors gathering together to stand with our Black neighbors and remember George Floyd and so many lost to brutal injustice. The remarks by my friend Becky and others in attendance were thoughtful and moving. I'm committed to working on dismantling racial injustice in my community and am thankful to be connected with others who share that vision. Purchased... I used the boys' Easter tote bags to create "welcome summer!" totes which I set out for them on the first day of their summer vacation. In the totes they had new swim trunks and rash guards (I love neon... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at RISING*SHINING
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summer fun in 2019 Summer break starts for the boys TODAY and my planning brain has been at work to design our summer. In thinking about our summer I realized that summers feel challenging to me for two reasons: one, my very energetic boys are out of school which means more active parenting and entertaining; and two, it's really, really hot so we're pretty much confined to being indoors (reminder: two very energetic boys) or in a pool. I thrive on structure and routine, and I think kids do too, so I wanted to create a rhythm to our days... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at RISING*SHINING
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Friends, we made it through a school year unlike any other and summer is on the horizon! We chat about how we're feeling overall as we wrap this school year plus what we will and won't be doing this summer, how we'll be keeping our kids busy, and what we're... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2021 at Girl Next Door Podcast
I'm so glad the book is helpful. Thank you so much for listening and for taking the time to write us such a sweet note!
A few favorite audiobooks that I've listened to over the past couple of years: + The Giver of Stars + Eligible + The Book of Longings + How To Be A Family (nonfiction) + The Idea of You (if you are up for a romantic novel with explicit sex; it's sooo good!) I'm also on Goodreads where I list and review all the books I read. Happy reading/listening!
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Challenging, improving, working at RISING*SHINING
Thanks so much for this encouragement! I really appreciate it.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Challenging, improving, working at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Kara :)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Challenging, improving, working at RISING*SHINING
Thanks so much, Sarah!
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Hi Jackie, congratulations! Here's the firepit. We've been really happy with it! https://www.homedepot.com/p/Noble-House-Aidan-39-in-x-11-5-in-Circular-Outdoor-Gas-Fire-Pit-Table-with-Tank-Holder-11221/304001965
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Hi Lori! Yes! We are pescetarian technically as we do eat fish, dairy, and eggs. We recorded an episode of The Girl Next Door podcast earlier this year all about plant-based eating so I would recommend checking that out. And happy to answer other questions if they aren't addressed in the episode. :) https://www.girlnextdoorpodcast.com/2021/02/plant-based-eating.html
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Currently: April at RISING*SHINING
That's a good point! Yes, she is within the sleep range she should be getting but definitely on the low end. I think my kids just need less sleep! Her naps have been a bit better lately. At least for her morning nap she goes down easily. Doesn't always sleep for a really long time but at least that is something!
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Currently: April at RISING*SHINING
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Usually I'm a glass half-full kind of gal but lately it's been easier for me to see what's not working rather than what's going really well. A recent post by Sarah reflecting on what's great versus what's hard inspired me to write my own reflection. When one or a few things are hard in life I can use that paintbrush to color everything. Taking a step back to be more precise about what's hard and, importantly, what's not hard helps me to stop globalizing. Challenging + Very limited time to work or "time off." Essentially I feel like I'm trying... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at RISING*SHINING
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Join us for a conversation about calm parenting – the kind of parenting we aspire to practice but it's not always easy. We chat about how calm parenting aligns (or not) with our personalities, what strategies we implement, and which situations test our patience the most. Mentioned on the show:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at Girl Next Door Podcast
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accidentally twinning with my girl / perfect spring evening in our backyard / spontaneous afternoon ice creams and the giant "singles" from Handel's Ice Cream Hello May! Our front and back yards are full of spring and it's bringing me joy. Our palo verde trees are bursting with yellow blooms and have blanketed our front yard in yellow. I spend time every day just watching our trees and the gently falling blossoms. I hung a new bird feeder in one of the trees and am hoping to attract goldfinches. Over the past two weekends we've brought home new plants to... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at RISING*SHINING
Oh wow! What a gift! Thank you, Sara! Sometimes magic happens for babies/little kids when you mix up their routine. OK I am going to remember your story and take encouragement from it.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2021 on Currently: April at RISING*SHINING