Holiday Travels: Surviving 2,500 Miles on the Road with Kids

As I mentioned in my last post, my little family and I are in the midst of our epic road trip. Decreasing temperatures, gloomy skies, and icy roads drove us south for the holidays. I'm beginning to think all this will be more than worth it after looking at the forecast for Christmas day. Our home in St. Paul, MN is predicted to have a Christmas low of -7 F and a high of 2 F. Melrose, Florida, where we'll be spending Christmas day, is expected to have a high of 63 and a low of 43. I'll let you decide which location will be more enjoyable. When we decided to drive from Minnesota to Florida, my husband and I looked at it as an opportunity to spend quality time with the kids and each other while showing them some of this great country we live in. As our departure date approached, I began to worry about driving clear across the country with three small children. I imagined myself curled up in the corner of a hotel room rocking back and forth, crying and muttering to myself "almost there, Keep Reading

What I Learned This Fall

The Christmas lights are twinkling and Santa is scaring small children at every mall in America, but the winter solstice is still more than two weeks away. I have found myself stressed out for no particular reason more and more frequently, so I've decided to pause and think about things that make me happy and things I've learned this fall. I'm linking up with Emily P. Freeman to pause, reflect, and share what I've learned this fall. Here are 6 things I've learned this fall... What Miso Looks Like  I recently found a delicious looking recipe for Miso Chicken Soup in a magazine and thought I could replicate it. The recipe called for several tablespoons of miso. As I made out my grocery list, I realized I had never seen miso before. What did miso look like? I knew I had eaten miso in soups before, but I had no idea what it looked like. Was it a liquid? Was it a solid? I didn't know. Luckily, it wasn't too hard to find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. It's actually Keep Reading

Why I Love Epistolary Novels. And Why You Should Too!

Do you love epistolary novels?  Do you know what an epistolary novel is? Well, don't fret if you don't. I didn't know that term until I sat down to write this blog post. I've been calling epistolary novels books written as letters or journal entries. But apparently there's a word for that. Epistolary novels! If you already knew that then I have a cookie I'd like to give you. I am currently reading (or rather listening to on audiobook) Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence. I love this book. As the title suggests, it's a collection of letters a librarian has written to books. Yay! I'm not the only one who talks to books or other inanimate objects (Sorry, coffee pot. You're not the only one I'm involved with). That means I'm not crazy, right? Well, maybe we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. As I was reading Dear Fahrenheit 451, laughing my ass off as Annie has a drunken conversation Keep Reading

A Book and a Bite: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How is October almost over?!? It's 40 degrees and windy here today and snow is in the forecast for Friday. Summer is but a distant memory. Halloween somehow snuck up on me AGAIN and I'm frantically piecing together costumes and trying to find a night to carve pumpkins. For the third year in a row, my son and daughter are wearing matching costumes. I'm relishing in this cutie-fest for as long as it will last. It hasn't even been my idea. My daughter always comes up with the ideas and my son happily follows along. Two years ago they were the "Lady" in with the Yellow Hat and Curious George and last year they were Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face (somehow Jude got stuck with being a monkey two years in a row!).              This year, after watching the Lego Ninjago movie, they both decided to be Ninjas. You're telling me my kids want to wear warm pajamas for trick-or-treating? Can do!  Pinterest has a ton of easy ideas for making ninja Keep Reading