Tuesday Talk

Linking up with Erika and Ashley for their monthly link up: Tuesday Talk. 

Okay, there is one topic that is weighing heavily upon me: Potty Training! My daughter will be three in October and we’re still not fully trained. We have good days and we have bad days. Like really BAD days of multiple accidents. I would give her grace and be a lot less frantic if she weren’t enrolled in a nursery school program that begins in two weeks that has must be potty trained as a requirement. 

If I put her on the toilet or remind her to use it things go much better. But she rarely uses her toilet on her own initiative. Maybe I have been prompting her too much and it has become a crutch? 

I am open and grateful to advice and tips! 




Friday Favorites

Good morning! What a great week we had!  Thought instead of doing an exhaustive recap, I would just share the sweetest moments here for Friday Favorites. Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci.


After months of kitchen remodeling, we now have a fully functioning space–new counters and cabinets, new plumbing and all appliances hooked up. But we still aren’t ‘pretty’ as tiling and painting have yet to occur as well as new light fixtures need to be acquired. But pretty will come, for now I am just reveling in functional! We are already creating fun family memories in our new space as evidenced by our all hands on deck homemade pasta making operation.


Snuck away for a couple days to visit my parents. Julia loves being in the country: climbing ( with help) apple trees, picking fresh produce from the garden and splashing in a very chilly Lake Michigan. 


Easy like Sunday morning? Not usually in my world as usually I end up frantically getting our family ready for church while desperately clinging to the frayed ends of my patience! But occasionally our Sunday morning IS easy and when that occurs it deserves to be documented. My daughter (at her insistence) is wearing a ‘play’ dress rather than a ‘church’ dress but at least it isn’t an outgrown Halloween costume so I take it as a win! 

Looking forward to a quiet weekend. Maybe some trips to the paint store and the tile store….



The Blended Blog: Q&A

I am linking up with the The Blended Blog’s new series. The first Monday of the month there will be questions to respond to–a perfect way to kick off the week. 

1. Pool, Lake or Ocean? I grew up on a peninsula in Lake Michigan so my answer has to be lake!

2. Camping, Cottage or Hotel? No question, hotel! As much as I love nature, I prefer a restful night in a comfy bed followed by a hot shower.

3. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? My family has had an unhealthy relationship with toasted coconut ice cream lately. Someone step in and make us put our spoons down!

4. PJS, Nightgown, T-Shirt/Shorts, or Birthday Suit? I crank the air conditioning at night in the summer as I like icy sleeping conditions so PJS. 

5. Fave Summer Beverage? I drink a lot of La Croix. I rotate flavors but lately have been enjoying their Cran-Raspberry flavor. My two year old loves it too!

6. Would I rather be hot or cold? Emphatically COLD!

7. Sandals with heels or flats? Hmm, I wear both but as my life is larefely spend at a playground probably flats for this season of life.

8. Shorts or Skirts? Skirts 

9.  Sit in the Sun or Shade? Shade, I practically live in the gazebo in my yard.

10. Water, Tea or Soda? Water ( La Croix)

11. Fave Summer Fruit and Vegetable? Fruit is almost impossible to choose–a tie between watermelon, peaches and plums. Vegetables probably sweet corn. I was going to say a fresh tomato and then remembered that is technically a fruit!

12. sunrise or Sunset? Sunset (although have seen some spectacular sunrises too)

13. Bike Ride or Walk? Walk

14.  Winery or Brewery?  Am not much of a drinker but I think winery.

15. I love a vegetable garden but at this point I simply enjoy the bounty from parents’ enormous garden. Maybe I will get my act together next year and begin my own garden. 

16. Big Summer Concert or Music in the Park? Big Summer Concert–saw Paul McCartney perform at our stadium a few years ago and it was amazing!

17. Fave Cook Out Food? I make a great pasta salad which is a summer staple for us.

18. Dine Indoors or Patio? Patio

19. Fave Summer Destination? Door County,  WI– wonderful Lake Michigan beaches. My happy place!

20. Big Theme Park or Local Carnival? Big Theme Park

21. Drinks Blended or On The Rocks? Blended but again don’t really drink alcohol.

22. Fave popsicle? Peach Outshine Bar

23. Hot Dog or Hamburger? Hamburger. Is it unAmerican to say I don’t really like hot dogs!?! 

Whew, I finished! Can’t wait to read about everyone’s summer favorites.



Friday Favorites

Good morning! Am linking up with AndreaNarci and Erika for Friday Favorites. 

A Gadget That Am Sure Everyone Has:

I recently bought this cookie scoop and it has been life changing. This I fully realize is not revolutionary news as I am sure you all have one in your kitchen already. But for some inexplicable reason I always wrongly put it in the category of ‘unnecessary kitchen gadget’ where William Sonoma’s Strawberry huller rightly resides. I recently caved and best $14 I’ve spent in a long while. To be able to distribute cookie dough quickly and uniformly is a game changer especially as I participate in an annual cookie exchange which means producing at least 100 cookies. 

Dough Trough

A couple days I blogged about having recently ordered ( now sold out) a dough trough. I received lots of comments asking about what exactly a dough trough is used for so I thought I’d post a picture of my future decorating my trough goals.

Now my mom has an antique dough trough that she actually uses for the intended purpose of kneading bread dough but that is what my dough hook on my stand mixer is for so I’ll just be using mine for decorative purposes. 

Dry Underwear

I am deep into potty training which has saturated every aspect of my life. So I apologize to my friends who have unwittingly asked a generic, “How are you?” and received in response some very detailed reports about my two year old’s bathroom habits! I need to remember some victories (and struggles) should remain private!!!

And this is all I have this week…looking forward to a fun weekend. 




I love participating in a link up for the first time helps keep me inspired. Today I am linking up with Anne for her monthly Currently link up. So fun!

Snacking On

Okay, a better question would be what have I NOT been snacking on, yipes! But I do have a small snacking victory under my belt: I went to Trader Joe’s and bought NO snack food. So momentous that it bears repeating: I went to Trader Joe’s and bought NO snacks. In fact I stuck to my list.  But I probably undid my self discipline yesterday when my daughter and I baked banana chocolate chip muffins. Do the two bananas I used balance out the entire stick of butter!?! No? Well I am a work in progress. 


My daughter begins 3 year old preschool next month. How is that possible!?! We have been having fun   prepping for the big day by checking out books about preschool from the library and of course I already have a monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids backpack waiting for her first day. 


Lots and lots of books from the library. In addition to the aforementioned preschool books, I have been on a real ‘novels set on Nantucket’ kick. Have been devouring all of the Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer novels. And of course in my head I have been planning a family vacation to Nantucket. 


I have been spending a lot of time oohing and aahing over styled dough troughs on Pinterest. Because…


I finally ( have wanted one forever) purchased a dough trough. Of course it is sold out so I can’t include a link. Once it arrives I will post pictures. 

Well this was fun! 



July Books: Oh So Soothing

Good morning! I have been trying to be more intentional about my reading this summer and that is made easier by most of my TV shows being on summer hiatus and the fact that we changed cable providers which saved us $100 a month and meant we had to start from scratch with our DVR. So instead of watching a long ago recorded episode of Dateline (spoiler: the husband did it) I have been reading. 

I have spent July largely reading Elin Hilderbrand first of all because her books are wonderful but secondly because I can dig into one confident that they will not disturb me in any way which was NOT the case with the books I read in June! In June I read two books one was kicking it REALLY old school with Judith Krantz’s Scruples. It was written in 1976 and definitely felt dated even my copy of the book felt like the 70s it was hardbound in olive green ( I checked it out from the library). The story was a conpellongnone which is why I finished the book but my goodness I felt like an old lady as the graphic adult scenes and language were a bit much for me. I think I had a permanent blush on my face and occasionally hid under my throw blanket. The second book I read in June also had me hiding under the covers but for an entirely different reason. Truly one of the creepiest, scariest books I have read in YEARS!!!

So in July I needed to cleanse my palate and not read anything so cringe-y. I mostly read Elin Hilderbrand. Which has meant that I am already planning a beach vacation to Nantucket for next summer in my head. I won’t give you specific reviews on the books just know that the characters are interesting and that the endings are mostly happy. 

Oh and I also read this

It was slow to start but ended up being compelling and as always Moriarty’s books are very well written. 

90% of what I read had been recommended to me so please feel free to give me some suggestions. Am linking up today with Narci for her carpool reading series. 



Show And Tell Tuesday: On My Phone

Good morning! Today I am linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today’s topic is sharing our favorite apps. 

Most of my frequently used apps are pretty standard so I won’t bore you with the run down on those. But here on the third screen of my phone you will find my greatest source of entertainment.

No, surprisingly not Pinterest. The We’re Related App. It is part of Ancestry.com (which you do not need to be a member of to use this app). Initially you’re asked to fill out a basic family tree ( up to great-grandparents) you fill out as much as you know birth dates and death dates and if you know where they were born and died you plug that in to and you can be specific and name city/town they were born in or more general and just list County or even State. After the info is plugged in it begins generating your famous cousins. Initially it will give you several but basically every day I receive another notification of a celebrity cousin. This was yesterday’s match:

And if you’re skeptical, it does allow you to click on the family tree to see how you and the celebrity are descended from a common ancestor. It also notifies you if you’re related to any of your Facebook friends ( who use the same app) but that can take you some dark places. I found out that my husband is my 7th cousin! I receive a lot of matches–I have over 50 famous ‘relatives’. But that is not because I have super successful DNA. But rather I have had relatives who are avid users of ancestry.com and have thus filled out a lot of information. Although you only need to fill out a few relatives the app connects your info to the bigger trees that others have filled in on ancestry in order to generate these connections. Does that make sense?

Hope everyone has a great day!!!