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DIY Advent Calendar (To Do With Kids)

Random thought: Have any of you seen the movie, “Courage Mountain?” Anybody else think of that movie when they hear the word advent?

“Advent advent, a little light burns. First one, then two, then three, then four, then next, the little Christ-child at the door.”

Annnd, moving on . . .

I’ve always loved those adorable advent calendars that you can get for the month of December. When my 5-year old started asking me every day (back in November) if it was Christmas yet, I knew an advent calendar would help save me from having to repeat myself each day. But, I also wanted a fun Christmas craft to do with the kids and knew this would be great! When I told the boys about my idea, they were so excited!

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Weightloss Wednesday: Thankful for Nutrition

Okay, I promise that I am not ignoring my blog. Let’s just call it prioritizing. Moving to California and getting finally settled into our new home has taken up so much of my time. On top of that, I’ve been having a lot of health issues, including chronic pain and fatigue. Last week, my doctor did tests and x-rays to check me for Lyme’s and/or Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is a possibility I’m battling Fibromyalgia as well. Oh boy. Go me. Oh! And then our van broke down, and we suddenly had a ton of unexpected financial issues. Don’t you just love life? I’m so thankful for an amazing heavenly Father who gets us through these seasons with our hearts, if not emotions, somewhat intact! Anyway . . . I know I don’t really have to explain myself, but I just wanted to give a little insight to our life lately. Of course, add the holidays to all of this, and it’s one big disaster of no blogging, very little sleep, and going a bit crazy. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like she’s losing a bit of sanity each day.

Weightloss Wednesday

So, remember when I had talked about going on a weightloss journey and was going to blog about it? Well, silly me had thought that I would start that before moving and be successful. Ha ha ha ha ha! I now laugh at my premature ambitions. How in the world did I think that I would be able to keep up a good diet while living in the car, hotels, and temporary housing for over a month? Hee hee hee! I giggle at myself.

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The Haunting of The Mommy Bladder

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I know what you’re thinking . . . Is she seriously gonna go there? Oh yes, I am going there! Moms, let’s face it. After having kids, our bladders just aren’t the same.

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The Marine Behind The Blog: Musings On Fall


We’re back for another “Marine Behind The Blog” post, and this is going to be a fun one! Along with some of my own behind the blog posts that I will do with my husband here and there, I am joining up for the monthly Guys Behind The Blog link-up where questions are written for us to ask. It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone else’s men have answered!

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Harvest Pumpkin Granola Bars (No Bake, Gluten-Free)

I’ll admit that I’m really struggling to get into the Fall spirit here in the desert of California. The harvest season just isn’t the same! I grew up in Pennsylvania and spent the last 6 years in North Carolina. In both of those states, we at least had true Falls, where the weather becomes colder and scarves and boots become essential.

Here in California, it just becomes like a milder summer. Yay . . . I’m sure you can sense the sarcasm in my fake enthusiasm. I know I’ll eventually get used to it and will grow to enjoy it. But, this East Coast girl wants to just revel a little in her self pity party.

So, in lieu of the pumpkin season and trying to make things feel more seasonal around here, I decided to whip up a no-bake, pumpkin recipe that is both tasty and gluten-free.

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