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Kelsey
writer, podcaster, optimist
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Unfortunately not :/ I would need to upgrade my podcast hosting plan which I might do at some point. I know people do want to listen there. Thanks for asking! I hope you can find it on Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts or elsewhere in the meantime.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2022 on Goals for August 2022 at RISING*SHINING
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It's August, the boys have already been in school for a week, and my productive Mondays have returned. Ahhhh. I am welcoming back my calm energy for rhythm and creating that seems to vacation elsewhere every summer. I love the back-to-school season, as you can tell, and consider this the start of my "creative year." There's so little thinking time, let alone work time, during summers with young kids. Whether it's buying new clothes for the kids, outlining a podcast, or picking a paint color. Over the summer my to-do list gets longer and my mind gets more crowded with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
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From the Loops and golf carts of our past to the decaying bedspreads and fancy vacuums of our present, today we're chatting about cheap and splurgy spending habits. Plus we share the ways we spend differently than our spouses and our favorite cheap thrills. Mentioned on the show: Kelsey's Wisconsin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Girl Next Door Podcast
You will get there with the sleep, Lisa! I can assure you of that but I completely understand what it's like to be in it and feel like you'll never get to wake up gently or have a minute to yourself. That is really hard for me. Hang in there!! Yes I can definitely see how a post-Labor Day school start is perfect in the Midwest where you want as much summer as possible. Here in the heat it seems like by a month in I'm thinking...how much longer until school starts? ;)
Hi Sarah, so nice to connect with you and how interesting you have both the EC and AZ connections! Thanks for stopping by :)
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2022 on Our month in Eau Claire at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Anne! We definitely want to explore Grand Rapids and Michigan generally. Yes Midwest summers are so lovely. I want to experience more of them! I have many feelings about our country too and this Fourth felt more complicated than ones before. Trying to reflect on the good while also feeling a lot of worry and disappointment.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2022 on Our month in Eau Claire at RISING*SHINING
Thanks for following along, Dolores! Yes getting out in the summer, to me, is the only way to survive the heat.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2022 on Summer days in Wisconsin at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Anne! I did not make it to the Willy St. Coop while in Madison but would love to visit the next time we are there. Eau Claire was lovely and I definitely recommend a visit.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2022 on Summer days in Wisconsin at RISING*SHINING
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Today we're digging into the seven-layer dip of parenting, also known as navigating screen time for kids. We share how our kids are using screens currently, how we evaluate media, and what's on our "nope" list. Plus we bravely look ahead to the teen years and think about we how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at Girl Next Door Podcast
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A new school year is on the horizon for us already since the boys go back in late July! Our school calendar will now be a modified year-round calendar with school starting in late July, a two-week fall break in October, two-week holiday break, two-week spring break in March, and school letting out just before Memorial Day. I think it'll be a good rhythm for us. Plus it gives the boys more time off during the times of the year when we can be outside. I always look forward to the start of a new school year. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
Hi Anne, welcome! How fun to connect with another blogger with a Wisconsin connection. As I have been asking most people I met from Wisconsin: how are the winters for you and what do you to to "survive" the winters? I'm collecting ideas and tips! We enjoyed Wisconsin so much and look forward to spending more time there! I'm with you in those feelings about living here and thinking of the future.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2022 on Hello from Wisconsin! at RISING*SHINING
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Thank you to the Phoenix airport employee who was so kind to take our photo! Recently I flew with Maeve twice, to and from Minneapolis for our Eau Claire trip. Each flight was about two and a half hours and I was nervous about how it would go. That's a long time to be stuck in a confined area if your toddler is unhappy! I'm happy, and relieved, to report that Maeve was a champ traveler and I truly enjoyed traveling with her. In case anyone else will soon be traveling with a toddler I wanted to share some tips... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Sarah! :) I did listen to that episode but was thinking recently that I shoudl re-listen, and probably in the future too. Thank you for that reminder!
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2022 on 2022 goals check-in at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Lizzy! And so glad you are taking this wisdom about toddler hair to heart! Yes with Maeve she had so little hair that I didn't bother doing anything like stick-on bows but maybe that would have helped! Good call on taming the baby's hair early haha, sounds so cute!
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2022 on 2022 goals check-in at RISING*SHINING
Hi Sue, thank you so much for telling me. I love knowing that the stain-fighting system is working! That Zote soap is really amazing. Also loving the waterproof flooring everywhere! Do you have a mop that you love to use with your floors? I want to research wet/dry mops and/or a Roomba-type vacuum. Very motivated to keep them sparkling clean (as much as possible with kids haha).
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2022 on 2022 goals check-in at RISING*SHINING
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We're half-way through 2022 so I'm revisiting my goals for the year to see what progress I've made, what I might want to let go of, and to reinvigorate myself for the rest of the year. Word for the year: NOURISH At the beginning of the year I wrote this about choosing nourish: "The idea I kept coming back to is a desire to focus my energy on the things in my life that are the most important and bring me the most fulfillment (family, writing, podcasting, taking care of myself) and simplifying everything else." I also said, "I want... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
Really love this advice, Kris, thank you for this permission!
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2022 on 2022! at RISING*SHINING
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I'm back home in Gilbert after spending a month in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where we bought a house this spring. Before arriving I had never been to Eau Claire and had only been to Wisconsin once before several years ago. I felt a bit lonely and untethered when we first arrived, understandable since I have so much routine, familiarity, and community in Gilbert. But as we prepared to leave I felt sad to go. Chris and I both fell in love with Eau Claire and the surround region as well as our Eau Claire house and neighborhood. Now that I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
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Let's talk about what we're reading this summer! We share our recent reads and what's on deck. Plus we discuss how we know when to abandon a book and what our summer reading habits are like. Mentioned on the show: My Oxford Year The Throne of Glass series Court of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2022 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Thanks, Natalie!
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2022 on Hello from Wisconsin! at RISING*SHINING
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We recently took a short road trip from Eau Claire to spend five days in Madison, Wisconsin. During our stay we had our first HomeExchange experience and it was really positive so I wanted to share a bit more about that. I first heard about HomeExchange from my sister-in-law who's been using HE for several years. She’s had great travel experiences with her family as well as good hosting experiences. Hearing her positive first-hand experience made me feel comfortable trying it out. The cool thing about HE is that you can arrange reciprocal exchanges (you stay in their house, they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
Oh yum! Putting these both on my list (lemon scone!!), thank you!
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2022 on Summer days in Wisconsin at RISING*SHINING
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here's our house; we think it's so cute! I'm really looking forward to a fresh coat of paint at some point next year / University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus and Rod and Gun Park Yesterday we woke to rain. Glorious rain. When we checked the rain gauge on our deck in the afternoon it read nearly 1.5 inches which is a bit shy of a quarter of our annual rainfall in Arizona. I've become relatively acclimated to the very extreme climate in Arizona and so now marvel at the most mundane weather. We still have two weeks left in Wisconsin... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at RISING*SHINING
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We're sending you a calendar invite to chat about time management. So pencil us in to hear what systems and tools we currently use. Plus the time management challenges we are trying to conquer. End-of-school madness and summer schedules, we are definitely looking at you. Mentioned on the show: Jumbo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Thanks, Kim! We decided on vinyl plank flooring because I wanted the warm look and feel of wood but do not like how hard wood-look tiles are plus do not want any more grout in my life. After having tiled floors I found the tile looks so dirty and makes it harder to clean the floors. I also wanted super durable floors. The vinyl flooring is scratch proof and water proof (!) so it can go everywhere. I think it would be a great floor for a basement.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2022 on Hello from Wisconsin! at RISING*SHINING