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Monday Memories

30 Jan

Sometime I really miss how easy life was growing up. Dinner was always ready, long summer vacations,  and the excitement of Christmas.

Top 10 favorite memories

1 Summer Vacation. Each summer my mother would send us up to our grandparents cottage at Houghton Lake. There was no other place my sisters and I would rather be. Months of warms sunny weather and floating in the lake morning to dark.

2. TV shows and Movies: Saved by the bell, Fresh Prince of Belair, TGIF on Friday nights, Goonies, Harry and the Hendersons, Monsters under my bed.

3. Snow: Do you remember those days? We would play for hours in the snow. sledding, making snowmen, snowball fight, tobogganing

4. Riding the Bus: At the time we HATED riding the bus. But it is a fun memory. When we say the lights in the morning coming down the hill we would all rush out the door yelling “BUUSSSSSS” for all the neighbor kids to come running.

5. Sports:  A few years ago I blew out my right shoulder. Havent played since.  But I was really good at Shot Put and decent at Volleyball.

6. 84′ caprice classic: Each of my sisters drove this car when we were in high school. We named her the Blue Bessy and she was nondestructive!  We would fit four comfortably across the front bench seat and five across the back. That car rocked!

7. Pets: We grew up with a lot of pets. Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Ponies…. Living on a farm are memories that I will also cherish. We used to have hundreds of chickens that would roam free. Which meant they were everywhere. In the trees, they would sneak in the porch, some even made it into the house.

8. Sharing a room: This was torture growing up. “Stay on your side” and “Where is my favorite shirt”.  Now I can’t wait until I am together with my sisters again. I alway smile when I think of the penny fights in the middle of the night.

9. Trips to Florida: Every Easter break we would load the car and we would drive to Florida to see our Grandparents. From Michigan it was about 21 hours.  We would usually get to take off an extra week when we went. By the second day on the sun we had to wear our t-shirts we would be so sun burnt.

10. Sleepovers: Literally every weekend we would have a house full of 15+ girls. Since there were 4 of us we each would a handful of friends over.   My dad would just go to his room and we would take over the house.  We would move all the mattress into the living room, get tons of junk food, and rent cheesy movies.

Though I miss the good old days. I got it pretty good now.  Still have my parents farm (only one chicken left), when my sisters come into town we have sleepovers. We still head to Houghton Lake in the summer and head to Florida for a short stay in the winter to to see our wonderful Grandmother. We sold the Caprice, but my dad swears he still see it on the road.

What are some of your favorite childhood memories?

xoxo – Elizabeth

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

30 Aug

Here’s the rules:
  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs. (I only did 10)

Thank you Chemically Inclined for thinking of me for this award! (blush) I am very honored that you have read my blog and then felt it was worthy of this award! XO!

You could stop over at my “ABOUT” section, but I will come up with seven more random things about me.

  1. I went skiing in Tahoe without any practice – I DON’T RECOMMEND!
  2. I can eat a whole watermelon if you let me.
  3. If I was stranded on an Island and could have 3 things – Hostess Cup Cakes, a large tarp, and my favorite blanket that is real soft on one side.
  4. You will NEVER catch me in a mini skirts.
  5. 25  days in a month my hair is pulled back in a pony.  Boring.
  6. I collect red glass anything!
  7. I am the annoying picture taking girl at the party! =)

This list of blogs are some the I read often and some that I have just come across. Either way I feel they are worth Sharing!

  1. @GenerousWife  –  The generous Wife
  2. @byEmily –  Cupcakes and Cashmere
  3. @honestly_wtf  Honestly WTF
  4. @HousewifeStacyNot Just a House Wife
  5. @FoodLoveJennySpoon Fork Bacon
  6. @missology  – Miss-ology
  7. @TheProDivaThe Martini Chronologicals
  8. @sweetmj A Girl Named Michael 
  9. @untypicallyjiaUntypically Jia
  10. @dishwaterdreamsDishwater Dreams

XOXO – Elizabeth

Monday Mentions 3

22 Aug

Can you believe that we are already starting the third week of August! It has been a great summer, but I am extremely excited for what is next. FALL!  Decorations, sweat shirts, color of the leaves, apple orchards, holidays.. I could go on.

I have been secretly excited for about a month of the season change, so it was nice when I found the blog Taming Insanity this morning when checking my Twitter account.  (thanks @mytimeasmom for the recommendation.)  Momma Insomnia gives us her top ten list of why she is in love with Fall.

Are you excited to see the seasons change or do you wish we had more time for Summer?

From Fall to school starting back up, this next blog post is perfect!  It may be for your kids, but I am going to find it useful when packing my lunches for the week! Randomosity offers a few great suggestions to help keep the kids lunches interesting now that they are heading back to school.  The key is to plan head.   If I do not pack my lunch in the evening I will pass right by the fridge and “not feel like it” in the morning. Nothing bothers me more than seeing frivolous charges to food shops on my bank statements and this is a great way to stop that.

Do you usually pack your lunch or head out during the work day?

xoxo – Elizabeth

Monday Mentions 2

8 Aug

I came across this blog post last week and I knew I had to share it on my new Monday Mentions.

I have been following Erin for a while now and we mostly have conversation during Wednesday night #commenthour on Twitter. (If you have not attended commenthour yet, you must. Great way to get some blog lovin)

The title of her blog is A Book for my Daughter. Her resume reads: “wife for 12 years, mother for 11, editor for 10, digital product manager for 1, and now blogger for 4 months. A few years ago, my then eight-year-old daughter told me that she wished I could write down all the things I told her so that she wouldn’t forget them when she got older.”   What a wonderful idea.

I am not a mother yet, but when I read Erin’s post it made me really think about what kind of mom I will be or hope to be. When you have a moment please stop by and ready, Disappointment, A lesson learnedA wonderful story of how she handled her daughters first major heartbreak.

My second blog for the day is Three P’s in a Pod.

Tara’s bio: “I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom and love it!  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and worked as a case manager for child services for about two and a half years before becoming a stay at home mom.

She has started a segment called “Say Hi Sunday Blog Hop” This week there were 129 blogs that entered in the Sunday blog hop. This is a great place to meet new bloggers, share some comments, and get more love on your blog as well!

Swing by and check out all the wonderful stories and pick up her adorable button!

Previous Monday Mentions:

My Reflections of Something

Ginger Bread Bagels

xoxo – Elizabeth