Nostalgic Wisconsin Summer

The stores are filling with school supplies and summer school is coming to an end. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for summer to end. We are enjoying this season way too much. I’m not ready to give up sleeping in, watching fireflies, swimming every day, eating s’mores, and riding bikes. I absolutely adore Wisconsin summers. The humidity and mosquitoes are annoying, but the fresh air and lakes make up for it. I love that kids still go to summer camp where they play capture the flag and learn how to canoe. I love that friends still gather together at a supper club on a Friday night to enjoy Fish Fry and an Old Fashioned. I love that my kids are experiencing a very similar summer to Brady and I when we were growing up. I need to wrap this up. The boys and I are going to make homemade lemonade and then read stories in the hammock instead of cleaning the house. Summer vibes around here.

Take Five: Changes to help mother earth

It’s Friday already? May is always such a busy month. We’ve got planting, longer days, end of school activities, and baseball. The weeks seem to go by so quickly. My boys are counting down the days until summer vacation and I’m counting down the days until I don’t have to help with homework or pack lunches.

Spring was long overdue this year and it really made me appreciate how important it is for us to start taking better care of our planet NOW. Every little change adds up and makes a difference. We started a compost bin outside and have been making an effort to reduce the amount of waste our household creates. Here are five small changes we have made recently. I am linking all of these products to online retailers, but obviously it would be better if you can purchase them locally. Have a great weekend!

This compost bin looks great in your kitchen and is easy to clean.

This floss is biodegradable and the glass bottle can be refilled over and over again.

Mesh produce bags are so easy to use. The hard part is remembering to take them with you to the store.

Blueland is a new company that makes three household cleaners in tablet form. They also sell reusable spray bottles. You just drop in a tablet and add water. Brillant!

I started making almond milk at home to cut down on all of those bulky cartons and these glass bottles are perfect for storing it in the fridge.

Sunday Suppers

I have another edition of Sunday Suppers for you today. Back in January, we started to really make an effort to sit down and enjoy dinner together on Sundays. We typically eat dinner at the kitchen island and to be honest, Brady and I are usually too busy to actually sit down with the kids. The meals are not super fancy and they really don’t need to be. Here are a few recipes that have been in our rotation lately. They are quick, easy and delicious!

Take Five: A Relaxing Weekend

Happy Friday! I am so excited to start the weekend. We are finally back to normal around here and I am hopeful we will have a low-key weekend with no ER or urgent care visits. I’m hoping to partake in some Netflix binge watching and a quiet bubble bath. Here are five items that will have you relaxing too. These are all available on Amazon Prime in case you feel the need to have them before the Thanksgiving family gatherings. ;)

Have a great weekend!

Life Lately

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a chance to check out all the One Room Challenge reveals. They were so inspiring. I am sincerely impressed with how much was accomplished in 6 weeks. I really enjoyed participating this time around and meeting so many wonderful people along the way.

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This little superhero has had a rough month. He has been fighting reoccurring pneumonia and had to spend a few days at Children’s hospital. The poor kid also developed a double ear infection and had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics. Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of snuggling and running to doctor appointments and not much else. I’m hoping Mary Poppins shows up soon to get this house/family back in order.

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We’ve had our first snow (aka time for the boys to start asking every single day if it’s time to get a Christmas tree yet). I think I’ll let them start decorating the house next week. I want to enjoy their excitement before they grow up and don’t want to help with the decorations anymore. I’ll be a little sad when we don’t have a Christmas tree with all the ornaments on the bottom third and three ornaments to one branch (the obvious work of a toddler, but so much better than a perfect tree). I’ve got some great posts in the works including gift guides and new room designs, but right now I’m busy watching the sky for Mary Poppins.