We kindly refer to ourselves as "dog people". No, we don't look or smell like dogs, at least I hope not, both Jon and I grew up with dogs. Six years ago we got our first dog, Banjo. We wanted a medium sized dog because our house isn't very big. After doing some serious research on the American Kennel Club website, we find a breed that Read more

I'm a nerd. I know. I totally geek out over google analytics, even though I have a few very loyal friends that read this blog. It's really fun. I love the charts. I love the colors. I love to see how I'm doing day to day. (and now with the new updated fancy analytics you can see up to the minute updates). I like the progress. I like to see my Read more

Another great find via Pinterest I love to make banners and think this one is just darling. {Source Design By Kelli} Thanksgiving Decor Ideas Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I absolutely love this time or year.  It is such a great time to snuggle in and refocus ourselves on family and friends.  I love to involve the kids when decorating.It creates fun memories and connects them to the special feeling Read more

I found this via Pinterest and had to print it out! {Source Craftily Ever After} Thanksgiving 'Gather Here with Grateful Hearts' Printable I can't stop making these different versions of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' sign! This one will have to go over my dining table. And my husband has an idea for another one too. I'll have to whip that one up tomorrow! To get the print at full Read more

Sippy Cup Dos…and Some Helpful Don’ts! By Dr. Bill Sears Playtex sent me these fabulous tips to go with the Playtex Blog Tour next week and thought I'd share them with you! Are you ready to make the transition from bottle to cups? Expert pediatrician Dr. Bill Sears and Playtex have some tips and cups you’re sure to love—specially created for this exciting stage of baby’s development. If you’re considering Read more

A major milestone has been reached. Baby Girl is weaned. She has made the transition from nursing to formula. She weaned herself and has been responding well to formula. While at the store last week, I was looking for pink sippy cups because all our sippy cups are blue. I know that seems silly because she doesn’t really care what color her sippy cup is. But Read more

Meet a Mom: Interview with Nelly Meet Scandinavian Mama Nelly from the blog SWEDISH AMERICAN MAMMA. (Read her blog how she is trying to bring back Swedish culture to her American life.) Tell us about yourself: I have been blogging since the big re-design of blogger in 2004. Before then I wrote my own personal webpage that pretty much looked like a blog and I started that Read more

We made this for dinner last night: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/09/creamy-corn-chowder/ Creamy Corn Chowder Recipe by Our Best Bites 2 Tbsp. butter 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. water 2 1/2 c. milk (skim or 1% work just fine and lighten it up considerably) 2 regular-sized chicken bouillon cubes, 1 Knorr chicken bouillon cube, or 2 tsp. chicken base 1/2 lb. bacon (optional) 1 small onion, minced 2 red potatoes, diced into small cubes 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 can corn, Read more

Labor day marks a transition. The air starts to get cooler and the kids go back to school. Unlike other moms I over heard this past week that are "So happy to get rid of their kids" or that "It's about time to get the kids back to school" I love having my kids home. I have mixed feelings about preschool. There are some really great schools Read more

Less Stuff, More Life Have you ever wanted to living with less? Scandinavians embrace a different paradigm when it comes to home living. Bigger is not better, more stuff doesn't mean you have more wealth. Instead, they believe in simple design, living within their budget and saving money to purchase home items. While researching for this post, I found this great graphic: it illustrates how in America, our Read more

What's the number one thing I've learned this month? I need to unplug. I haven't been able to pinpoint the exact moment where media went from being a tool to taking over. However, I think it was around the time I had the baby and was trying to connect more online while breast feeding. Checking facebook and tweeting was my way of connecting with friends and other Read more

Our family loves the outdoors. We've learned the hard way to keep milk cold and safe*. A family tradition is to go to Jackson Hole each summer. We've been going for over 20 years and love the spend time together with our families. Last summer we headed up to the Tetons to spend two weeks with both of our families. I was pregnant and stayed in Read more