Barely Hanging On – The Last Yellow Flower

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For one week every spring the three Golden Trumpet trees off of our back patio come into full bloom.  Their scientific name is tabebuia chrysotricha and, yes. I googled that.  It's pretty amazing to see this happen because, for the winter months, the trees are bare and suddenly... … [Read more...]

5 Good Things | A Daily Exercise In Positive Thinking

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Our "Littlest" just turned eight last week. Recently when he came home from school I asked about his day as always and he said that his best friend decided that she didn't want to be friends anymore and she had informed him that she now had a "new" best friend. I asked him to tell me … [Read more...]

DIY Stress Away Bath Scrub | Healthy Living, Healthy Home Series

DIY Stress Away Bath Scrub - this is so easy to make and it take wellness and relaxation to a whole new level. 2

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to share this fabulous Stress Away Bath Scrub with you all and but I am even more excited to launch our new "Healthy Living, Healthy Home: Embracing Wellness"  series today along with seven other amazing ladies.   We also have a really … [Read more...]

The End Is The Beginning | My One Word For 2015

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"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." - Hal Borland Happy New Year!  We have our traditional black eyed peas simmering away and we are just enjoying the day together.  Some people love "happy endings" and so … [Read more...]

The Year We Lost Everything | Secrets Of The Good Life

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"The good life".  I didn't know what it meant but I used to think we had it.  And then, for a long time, I felt like we had lost it all and that we'd never really have it again.   It's taken some years... some time to set some distance between what happened for me to … [Read more...]

Helping Your Kids Love To Read Again | Technology Wins This Round

A Book Is A Magical Thing

Reading has always been a passion of mine since I was very young.  I love to get lost in a good book and I can remember staying up well past my bedtime reading to the glow of a little nightlight in my room (don't tell my Mom).  Over the years my passion for reading has not changed … [Read more...]

My Blog Writing Process | A Blog Tour

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When Cindy from Little Miss Celebration (AKA my partner in crime party co-host) asked me to join in on this little blog tour I have to admit I giggled a little bit.  Someone actually thinks I have a process??  She knows me better than that.  Cindy has a lot of faith in me. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Sacrifice | Happy Memorial Day 2014

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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them". - John F. Kennedy Gratitude.  I've been thinking about that word a lot over here.   It's a three day weekend and it's a time to cook out, right?  It's a … [Read more...]

Sometimes I Just Don’t Feel Like It | Mama Musings

The Things You Take For Granted

Sometimes I just don't feel like it, how 'bout you? Tuesday night, two nights ago, our Middlest boy performed in an All County Concert where kids from all of the different schools came together to form a choir of about 280 students, a full orchestra, a percussion ensemble and even a recorder … [Read more...]

A Photo A Day – My April Photo Diary | Show Us Your April

Our Favorite Spring Flowering Trees

Here we are starting the month of May already and how was your April, my friends?  Mine seems like a little bit of a blur, to be honest. I knew from the start it was going to be a super busy month but, back in March, I told you all about the fun April Photo Diary Project that my pal Amy at Ms. … [Read more...]

A Photo A Day | Mama Musings & An Invitation

Time and Tide

source Another Monday and how was your weekend, sweet friends?  Any time to relax?  Any fun memories?  Did you make it count? I think we sometimes tend to fly through these days and count down each weekday until the weekend.  In fact, I was pouring my coffee Friday morning and once again thought … [Read more...]

My “One Word” For 2014 & Our First Ever Reader Survey {Help!}

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Happy New Year, my friends!  I want to tell you about my "one word" I have chosen for 2014 and why.  We're going to get into that but at the end of this post there is a 10 question Reader Survey {well, ok 11 questions but the last one isn't required}  and I am EARNESTLY asking that you will help me … [Read more...]

Reader Favorites: Top 10 Posts of 2013

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So here we are... the last day of 2013.  My Husband and I were talking last night about how, when we were little, the year 2000 seemed like a million years away.  I will admit I was a bit nostalgic writing this post.  This past year has been so full of fun and yet there were days when I just didn't … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from A Little Claireification

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"A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn..." Merry Christmas! … [Read more...]

Why I Didn’t Make A Fall Wreath | Bad Blogger Diaries – Part 1

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I actually started writing this post on the first day of Fall, September 22nd, and have set it aside a few times.  That day was also the first in the 6-7 weeks prior that I could recall that I finally had a day to be able to relax and just enjoy time with my family without dealing with work emails … [Read more...]