National Parks turn 100. Go. Discover.

The national park system turns 100 today!!

We’ve traveled a lot in the last calendar year. How much?

This much:

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Custer State Park

Badlands National Park

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Tetons National Park

Saguaro National Park

So when people ask me if we’ve traveled this past summer I respond with an enthusiastic HELL NO.

The bulk of those were done during my husband’s 11 week sabbatical in a 3 week road trip which is a totally different post because OMG WE SURVIVED 5 THOUSAND MILES IN A CAR TOGETHER.


When my husband and I were planning on our travel agenda, many options came across the board both here and oversees. Ultimately, we both agreed there was so much we hadn’t seen in our own country. I started sewing our set of 4 American flag shirts and off we went!

You’ll notice a lot of national parks on that list and I’m here to tell you, they live up to their hype. While I am not a photographer by any means, these parks make it hard to not get a great shot. Maybe these will inspire you to get out and #FindYourPark.

You’ll never regret a road trip that ends in views like this.

Though these are my pictures, I highly recommend you follow these accounts on Instagram. You won’t regret such beauty in your stream.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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 Badlands National Park

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Glacier National Park– Our favorite. You must visit this in your lifetime if you get a chance. It was magical.

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Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

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Husband and I were out looking at this barn and I get a text from our son who is in the car. “Mom, there’s buffalo running down the road” WHAT?? We run to the car just in time. They came out of no where and were large and in charge.

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Saguaro National Park

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I tell the kids “So, cross that stream and then climb the rocks until you can sit on that big one. And watch out for snakes and spiders!” #BestParent

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Ready for a road trip?

I found this link to pre-planned national park trips. 

So get out there and find your park! We can’t wait to find more.




WELCOME! to my House

This post is sponsored by Sherwin Williams and when you paint as much as I do, you JUMP at the chance to work with them. No brainer. Of course this is my website and my own words and if you need proof of that, look for the 3ft doll cameo.  Would I really have it any other way?


We put new flooring in over 2 years ago and I still haven’t repainted my front entry to go with them. (I’m looking at you, life)

The existing color had a lot of yellow in it and it just didn’t go with the new flooring at all. I also really struggled with what to do with that front table of mine.

I had a Halloween table, Xmas table, but my everyday table set up was a snore.



When Sherwin Williams wanted to work together for national painting week, they actually suggested doing my front door.

We just had our porch rebuilt and a new front door put on last year so I reminded them of its current awesome status.

That door color is like a smile on the front of my house. It’s staying.

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Then they asked if I had an entry…..and although small, I do.

I would be lying if I said I was all LET’S DO THIS because I could not find inspiration for this project in the last 2 years. On the other hand, I felt like this was the push I needed to FIND the inspiration.

And I did.

Right in my own backyard.


That pile of wood is my neighbors old fence. You can see his new fence in the background. He offered some of the wood to us when he took it down and I said YES! I figured it could be good fire pit wood.  Or home decor?

So I started with a pile of wood and then worked from there.

Listen, I don’t understand my brain either.

I decided that although the black table worked for other holidays, for my everyday look, it was just too dark.

So I fixed that too.

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Can we all say ahhhhhhhhhhh

The walls without the yellow hue, the new light table color and some old fence art.

Our family is word focused and it’s sort of our motto that anything goes around here.


Funny side story, I wanted to paint the back of the front door and told my husband that I was thinking about a grey.  He says “More grey? I feel like we’re just not grey people.”

So let it be known that I listened to him once.

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Paint Colors:

House: Retreat SW 6207

Trim:  Alabaster SW 7008

Wall: Useful Grey SW 7050

Entry Table: Raindrop SW 6485

Back of Front Door: Mariner SW 6766

I’d like to thank Sherwin Williams for being so great to work with and getting me to finally have a decent WELCOME to my home.

Want to see another project? Check out my friend Monica’s gorgeous office doors. 

Sanctibloggers are Annoying too

I’m not big on writing against other speak pieces because I generally don’t care enough.

But this has reached the “annoyed me for 3 days” point so here it is.

I recently read a piece by someone who claimed mommy blogs suck and then presented all the reasons why.

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My first thought was, so you admitted to be part of the imaginary online “problem” and have now changed your tune to becoming the “good kind” of blogger. Good on you.

But you know what? Who cares.

Who cares if someone buys hosting, a url, builds a WordPress site and then decides to solely write about the newest razor!!!  diaper pail!!! or gluten free cookie!!! all sent to them for free, natch.

How does that affect your life directly? It’s a click on the X. Try it.

And to those who attend every blogging conference wanting to grow their site, pimp products, all while shoving toilet wands into their purse at the same time? Rock on.

Sure, those people can be cringe worthy, but so is someone who takes the time to point them out as a problem. And I GET that I have written pieces doing such, but they are an attempt at humor towards the whole event, not mean spirited.

And, I’m aware these words can also be considered “part of the mommy blogger problem”

My point is this; until you pay someone’s hosting fees, secure their url, design their site, stop with the judgement and take a seat on your internet/blog rules.

There’s room for everyone.

Maybe there’s a single mom who uses those review/give away sites in hopes to win stuff for her family she couldn’t otherwise afford.

You judging now?


P.S. I don’t care if my blog sucks or if no one is reading it.

I know, shocking.

I do care about grammar so let me know about any typos.