Bulk up your Blank Book

Bulk up your Blank Book - Ideas to fill up that empty notebook hanging around. And improve your life in the process.

A blank notebook to write in, can be incredibly exciting, all the possibilities and potential. I am one of those that tends to pick them up randomly, just because I love their colors, cover or binding. But sometimes, once I get them home; they get set aside and forgotten; mostly because I am not sure what to fill it up with. Below are ideas for content curated from around the web, hopefully something will spark your interest too.

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How Non-Bloggers Can Support Their Family Member Bloggers

For the most part, I’ve kept my blogging world completely separate from my real-life world. I always had my blogging universe and then, separately, I had real-life. The two didn’t mix and that was just how it was; but that all changed when I suddenly got serious about the ‘hobby’ turned profession.

My blog started to come up in day-to-day conversations. Blog friends met real-life friends. Family started following my blog. My real life friends started asking about WordPress coding. My worlds were colliding. It freaked me out. Then one day a non-blogging friend said,

“I so don’t understand blogging but if there’s ever anything I can do to help you out…”

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Wild Women Wednesday :: Sabrina

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.

Meet Sabrina! She is a homeschooling mom of four beautiful and rambunctious children with another one on the way. The wife of a soldier. A natural living enthusiast and birth doula. And, most importantly, a follower of Jesus. If there is any time left over she loves to read and craft. She blogs about faith, life with kids, and natural living.

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Schnitzel and Spaetzel, a traditional German Dinner

Jäger Hänchen Schnitzel and Kartoffelspätzle - a Traditional German Dinner

Ry’s family is traditionally German, but somewhere along the way, they lost their traditional foods and heritage, so being a homeschooling family, we did some research, and as part of the ‘unit’ we had a traditional German food for dinner! It was a hit.

One of the great things about being an American, is it’s a great melting pot of a bunch of different cultures, foods, and beliefs; but one of the drawbacks, is how easy it is to lose your heritage and keep up with the Joneses. Not saying the old ways are perfect, or that the new ways are wrong; but it’s important to strike that balance and to learn from the past.

Jäger Hänchen Schnitzel and Kartoffelspätzle - A breaded, boneless, skinless breast of chicken, topped with a burgundy-mushroom or a creamy-mushroom sauce.

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Walk like an Animal :: Homeschool

Animal Walks - get the sillies out and learn at the same time.

It’s cold here, like really cold. We finally are warming up slightly, with 0° – 10° this week. It’s been -25° or so for the past month. Makes it hard to want to leave the house; which leads to cabin fever, which leads to crazy kids and stressed out mom.

An easy way to break out of the rut, and burn energy in the process is having the kids go through different modes of walking that exist in the animal kingdom. (this makes a great segue into the mechanics of the animals that cause them to move that way!)

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Macaroni and Cheese Royale

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Royale - better than boxed, comfort food.

Growing up, I didn’t eat Kraft Mac&Cheese. Not unless I was at someone else’s house. My mom couldn’t stand the smell of it and gagged. She ate it all the time as a kid, to the point where it was gross.

So the typical ‘kid comfort food’ wasn’t common in our house, and as an adult, I still am not a huge fan of the boxed stuff, even though they removed a lot of the bad bad stuff recently, it’s still not very good for you. My kids don’t really enjoy the boxed stuff either; they prefer to eat this version with all the veggies and flavor instead!

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Wild Women Wednesday :: Adrienne

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.

Meet Adrienne, a recovering people-pleaser and a lover of all things chocolate. She has been blogging for about four years. She has been married to her husband Peter for over 16 years, and they have three beautiful children. Her husband will retire from the Air Force in the spring.
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Currently :: December 2016

Currently

A new month means that it’s time for another Currently. Month’s prompts from Anne are: doingenjoyingcookingwrapping, and playing.
I am going to join in on Gretchen and Kristin‘s link up called “What’s New With You?” which is more or less the same concept as ‘Currently’. Their prompts are more of a status check-in which will be good for accountability for me.
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The Guy Behind the Blog :: November 2016

The Guy Behind the Blog - Ry tells as much as we can squeeze out of him.

Once a month I talk about what’s going on in my life at that moment with Currently posts, and then the kids get a monthly post where they get to shine; this post is where Ry gets to take over for a day each month. Hosted by Betsy and Laura, TGBTB linkup is on the last Thursday of each month if you’d like to join up too! (They have since ended the linkup..) Plus it means I get to spotlight this amazing man I have been blessed to share my life with for the past 15 years 😉

In case you are new around here: Ry and I were high school sweethearts, married after I graduated high school, he enlisted in the USAF, and our first kiddos arrived 4 years after that. Our oldest is 6.5, our daughter is 3.5, and our youngest a little more than a year and a half.

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Our Thanksgiving Menu 2016

2016 Thanksgiving Menu - a day to eat and be thankful

Growing up, #TurkeyDay was always my favorite holiday of they year. It was one of the times my entire extended family got together and enjoyed each other’s company and caught up on the going’s on.
There wasn’t any stress about behaving and ‘liking’ a present, no matter how horrible it was, getting in trouble for opening a gift early, or avoiding all the foods and sweets I wasn’t allowed. (Coconut and I are NOT friends)
Instead it was about being grateful for what we had, who we spent time with and of course, the amazing food. If there’s one thing my family did well above all else, it’s eat food and love each other.
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The Circle :: November 2016

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

While Kiki has decided to discontinue hosting the linkup; I like the concept, so will be using a list of blog post prompts to continue the tradition.

This month’s prompt is: Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?
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The Kids Behind The Blog :: November 2016

The Kids Behind the Blog

Everyone loves getting to know the person(s) behind the blog, but these posts spotlight our little ones, a handful of our #MOMbloggers have put together “The Kids Behind The Blog”. A new Linkup showcasing the blessings that call me Momma. Each month you ask your little one(s) a handful of questions that the TKBTB hosts provide and then share those answers with in a link-up post the second Wednesday of each month.
Hosted by: Our Pretty Little Girls, The Adventure Starts Here, Secrets of A SAHM, Wife Mommy MeHall Around Texas.

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Tips to Improve the Health of your Household

Tips to improve the health of your household

Are you trying to be healthy and prepare your family healthy food? This is great, that you are working on making your family more healthy and feeling better. But sometimes only proper diet and exercise are not enough, if the environment that you live in is toxic. The benefits of the healthy food you eat will be neutralised and will not help your family if your home is, in a way, poisoning you. But do not worry, here you will read a few very easy and helpful tips on how to improve the health of your entire household.
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Wild Women Wednesday :: Jennifer

#WWW - Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. Far too many women are caught up in the disease of competition with one another; everyone just wants to be Instagram famous, with no qualms about tearing one another down in the process. My hope is that this becomes a series that builds community and friendship in the blogosphere.

Meet Jennifer; a yoga loving, OCD, mom of a three year old, and three fur babies. A self-identified neat freak, doing her best to leave the world a better place; all while it seems the world has turned upside down. Jennifer is from a variety of places in Pennsylvania, growing up mostly between Philadelphia & Lancaster. Currently married in to an Active Duty Air Force Guy, she and her family have recently, been lucky enough to escape what is commonly referred to as the “black hole base” in New Mexico. She currently resides in in the sweet state of Georgia.
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Currently :: November 2016

Currently

A new month means that it’s time for another Currently. Month’s prompts from Anne are: discoveringcelebratingstartingwearing, and googling.

I am going to join in on Gretchen and Kristin‘s link up called “What’s New With You?” which is more or less the same concept as ‘Currently’. Their prompts are more of a status check-in which will be good for accountability for me. (more…)

The Guy Behind the Blog :: October 2016

The Guy Behind the Blog - Ry tells as much as we can squeeze out of him.

Once a month I talk about what’s going on in my life at that moment with Currently posts, and then the kids get a monthly post where they get to shine; this post is where Ry gets to take over for a day each month. Hosted by Betsy and Laura, TGBTB linkup is on the last Thursday of each month if you’d like to join up too! (They have since ended the linkup..) Plus it means I get to spotlight this amazing man I have been blessed to share my life with for the past 15 years 😉 (more…)

My ‘Guest Room’ Apology

The Guest Room Apology From Your Mama Friend

I’m part of a few ‘Mommy Groups’ over on Facebook, and occassionally I come across some amazing posts. The following post as an open letter to a dear friend about her guest room was shared in the Bringing Up the Littles by Allison Wilson Wright; and she gave me permission to share it with you. She captures the changes in friendship and life that having children can have, and I love her way with words and the delicate story she shares.
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The Circle :: October 2016

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

While Kiki has decided to discontinue hosting the linkup; I like the concept, so will be using a list of blog post prompts to continue the tradition.

This month’s prompt is: What is the scariest thing you have ever eaten?
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After Kids, ‘Well Rested’ is a Myth.

‘Well Rested’ is a Myth

At the beginning, individuals comprehend that bringing new life brings weariness. Individuals inquire as to whether the infant is sleeping through the night, as though that is the mysterious key to them feeling like completely human again. In any case, each parent knows, it is most certainly not. I’m entirely certain that moms never feel like fully functional human beings again. Perhaps they simply change the meaning of what “Cognizant” means, which no longer infers anything firmly identified with “rested”. Here’s the reason:

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The Kids Behind The Blog :: October 2016

The Kids Behind the Blog

Everyone loves getting to know the person(s) behind the blog, but these posts spotlight our little ones, a handful of our #MOMbloggers have put together “The Kids Behind The Blog”. A new Linkup showcasing the blessings that call me Momma. Each month you ask your little one(s) a handful of questions that the TKBTB hosts provide and then share those answers with in a link-up post the second Wednesday of each month.
Hosted by: Our Pretty Little Girls, The Adventure Starts Here, Secrets of A SAHM, Wife Mommy MeHall Around Texas.

The Kids Behind the Blog
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Autumnal Learning – Homeschool

Autumn Learning - {Blessed Light Academia} A unit all about fall ya'll. Corn, pumpkins, apples, and leaves, worksheets, experiments, and treats.

A unit all about fall ya’ll. Corn, pumpkins, apples, and leaves, worksheets, experiments, and treats. 
Fall is my favorite season. All the bugs die off, the leaves are so many different colors, and it finally cools off again. Plus there’s pumpkins, apples, and Halloween! We want to learn continuously as we are still in that phase that everything is so interesting. Here are a few things we are planning for this month:

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