Eat food from farmers markets.
Drink good tea each morning.
Read books that make you feel.
Paint, even if you’re awful.
Write, even when you have nothing to say.
Sit in the fresh air outside.
Go on hikes.
Swim in lakes and wade in streams.
Sleep as long as you need.
Work hard at what you love.
Work hard at what you hate.

Love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

Happy Friday!


Life Without Internet

Burning PaperBuilding Blocks Trey Playing in the Fire Terrorizing the Cat

Our home entertainment options are solely based on the internet.  This means that when then internet goes down, all entertainment options go with it; no tv, video games, computer, Skype, etc.  So this is what a weekend with two teenagers and no internet looks like.  The kids threw their old school work into the fire in our new fire pit page by page.  The boys pulled out some old building blocks and made Lord of the Rings towers.  Because just building the towers wasn’t enough, they had to make them crash and video it in slow motion (which actually looked pretty cool, I must admit).  Things got really desperate when we resorted to putting on gorilla slippers and terrorizing the cats.

I’m not a big TV watcher but do spend way too much time on my phone and on blogs.  To be honest, I really enjoyed not having internet. Our teenagers spent time just hanging out with us with no distractions.   Overall we have way too many entertainment options and way too many distractions.  This weekend we were forced to unplug but I would choose to do it again anytime.


It has been one of those kind of weeks.  I have been fighting some sort of head cold since Sunday.  The sickness has made its rounds through my house but my immune system is not that great so I tend to catch a worse case of it than most. Thank God for my sweet husband, mom and crock pots.  I’m still fighting through and going to work because of my crazy busy schedule.  It is supposed to rain all weekend here which is perfect resting weather and I AM READY!  Happy Friday!


Kinfolk Magazine Volume 9
I just got my first ever Kinfolk Magazine in the mail.  I am way more excited than anyone should really ever be about a magazine.  But this isn’t really your average magazine.  It’s more like a book with amazing photography, great articles and good advice, which (I’m guessing) is why it costs $18.  I have admired this wonder from afar, but after seeing all the hype on Instagram and other blogs, I decided to take the leap and order my own copy.

This is the 9th issue and it is all about defining your weekend, finding the right balance between work and play and making the most of your days off.  This is right up my alley.

A full review to come later, but this is my favorite quote from the issue so far…

Kinfolk The-Idler

“As people get older, they realize that time is more valuable than money.  And finding more time to do absolutely nothing is perhaps exactly what we all need.
– Nikaela Marie Peters

Weekend in Photos

Hanging with mom spending some quality time, mom and I getting pedicures, my daughter and her friend creating a chalk mural in our driveway and finding an amazingly comfortable chair at a consignment shop for only $59!  This was mingled in with some church time and relaxation.  Life is good.