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My kids are riding the bus
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DIY: Sliding Barn Door
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What did you eat in Uganda? A photo blog.
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Gear for the Great Outdoors!
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Joey B Collection: All the way to Uganda
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Holiday World: Review
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Summer Splash Mini-Sessions: Benefiting Storyteller Missions Uganda
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REVIEW: Just Porter – A Pack That Gives Back
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Essential Oils and the Great Outdoors
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July 2015 Netflix Streaming Releases, Kids Edition

My kids are riding the bus

I have both awful and wonderful memories of my bus-riding days. Growing up, my bus was supposed to arrive early. It rarely did, but we always had to be there bright and early just in case the bus was on time.  I grew up in Charleston SC, which isn’t known for it’s bitter winters, but when you take middle schoolers with Southern blood and mix it up with a winter morning we could have sworn we were in the arctic. The boys started a ritual of lighting the neighbors newspapers on fire to keep warm and strangely none of us[…]

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DIY: Sliding Barn Door

Disclaimer: The folks at National Hardware kindly provided the sliding barn door hardware for this review. As always, the opinions are my own. What a week. Back to school and home improvement are in full swing. I’m a big fan of this project because it means we FINALLY have a bathroom (see bathroom reno here) door in the master bedroom. It took us some time to commit to the barn door but I’m very happy with the results and the convenience of the sliding door versus traditional door. We did choose to build and design our own door after pricing[…]

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What did you eat in Uganda? A photo blog.

(I didn’t eat beef, no worries, my cow friend is safe)

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Gear for the Great Outdoors!

I’m so thrilled to partner with my blogging buddy Meghan Tucker today! I camp in a tent and she loves to pull her pop-up wherever the Summer takes her. We were reflecting on some of the best (and USEFUL) camping gear we’ve utilized this Summer and came up with a great list from both perspectives. Hope this gives you an idea of what you need to get started with your own camping adventures! (and hint, hint, you might see a trend, we both love Coleman products as they are both affordable and durable) Meghan’s Picks: Westfield Outdoor XL Zero Gravity[…]

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Joey B Collection: All the way to Uganda

As I’ve shared before I’m preparing to co-lead a Storyteller Missions team to Uganda. We are at the four day count-down! We are still helping the team raise funds and Joey B Collection has generously stepped in offering 100% of the profits for the two pieces below. (Proceeds will help send team, provide baby formula and purchase mosquito nets) To purchase simply click the shopping link below the images, you will be rerouted to paypal to purchase and choose your options. Please ensure that paypal has the correct address on file for you. In addition to supporting the team you[…]

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Holiday World: Review

Disclaimer: The folks at Holiday World kindly provided our family admission for this review. As always, the opinions are my own. Holiday World is an amusement park located perfectly in a town called Santa Claus, Indiana which is a short 2.5 hour drive from our home north of Nashville. Its “worlds” are comprised of Holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Independence Day. In addition to the Holiday lands there is a huge water park called Splashin’ Safari, which is located inside Holiday World and included in the admission price. We loved that we didn’t have to exit the park[…]

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Summer Splash Mini-Sessions: Benefiting Storyteller Missions Uganda

The Uganda Storyteller Missions team is headed to Uganda in just 11 days!! While in Uganda we will be partnering with Sixty Feet, Canaan Children’s Home and Sole Hope. We are still working to raise funds and we have one last big fundraiser planned in Franklin, TN. Come out and join us for Summer Splash Mini-Sessions! Cost: $100 donation When: Saturday, July 18th Session: 30 minutes (big families welcome) Theme: Summer Splash- Bring your kiddos dressed in swim suits or water friendly clothing Time: Slots available from 9:30-3:30 email erica.mho@gmail.com to reserve your time Location: Franklin TN A minimum of[…]

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REVIEW: Just Porter – A Pack That Gives Back

It’s safe to say that we are backpack people. Anytime we go camping or traveling in the city, nothing else compares. When the time for a new bag rolled around I began searching for a high-quality/durable backpack. And I am always most excited when I find one that has a give-back model. We think we’ve found our match: Just Porter.

“For each bag purchased, Just Porter manufactures a give bag and fills it with school supplies then gives it to a child in need. But, Just Porter’s charitable giving goes beyond parachuting and dumping goods onto poor communities. They actually work with the communities to manufacture their Give Bags locally and purchase their supplies from the local markets. They are working at creating a sustainable solution using education and creating jobs in the areas they give.”
Provide customers with a high-quality product and in return help break the cycle of poverty in developing nations? Sold. So for the last couple months, we’ve been carrying Just Porter’s Piko backpack when traveling (Bledsoe State Park, Chicago, Houston, Holiday World) and when not traveling (Calvin has been using it for his daily commute).

Just Porter offers various models but we landed on the Piko (H: 17” / W: 12” / D: 5”) because we felt like it was the best for us in relation to everyday use.

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1. Instant Pocket – Front Vertical White Zipper Pocket
2. Front Pocket Compartment
3. YKK Easy Glide Zippers (Standard On All Bags)
4. Elastic Side Pockets (fits my water bottles)
5. Laptop Padded Compartment
6. Main Compartment With Back Sleeve And Net Pocket
7. Heavy Duty Hanger Loop
8. Large Finger Loops On Adjustment Straps


Overall I really love this bag and I know it’s going to hold up for a long time.

Disclaimer: The folks at Just Porter kindly provided the Piko for this review. As always, the opinions are my own.

Essential Oils and the Great Outdoors

We have been taking advantage of every single moment this Summer. Traveling and camping and creating. We are mildly worn out but it’s so worth it. In just a few weeks we will be slaves to the school calender again and our adventures will become spelling test prep and multiplication tables. We have one last camping trip coming up and my packing and preparing has already begun. Today I want to share which essential oils we choose to bring along and a few recipes to make them portable and easy to use and apply. Bug Spray: In a 4-6 oz.[…]

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July 2015 Netflix Streaming Releases, Kids Edition

Here’s this month’s list. Also don’t forget that Regal Summer Movie Express started this week (see below for full list). Netflix Streaming (for Kids) 7/1: Octonauts (Season 3) Piglet’s Big Movie (2003) Bionicle: The Legend of Reborn (2009) 7/15: Penguins of Madagascar (2014) H20 Mermaid Adventures Bionicle: The Legend of Reborn (2009) 7/28: Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of SMASH (Season 2) 7/30: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 5) 7/31: Turbo Fast (Season 2) Regal Summer Movie Express: Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies[…]

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