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Aberdeen Beach, Water, Explore the Elements, Scotland

Explore the Elements

As soon as I saw this Explore the Elements Photo Contest, I knew that I wanted to enter it, and I was smitten (and a little intimidated) by this incredible example entry by one of the judges. I love the idea of exploring the elements, the raw power of nature and the way it connects to …

Chasing Daylight, February Challenge, Chino House

Chasing Daylight in February

So did you manage to catch a sunrise in January? If not, you can still do January’s sunrise challenge anytime! I will still cheer you on. 🙂 I, for one, am glad January is over and that we are one month closer to spring and summer. February’s outdoor challenge is to go on a walk …

Chasing Daylight in January, Outdoor Challenges

Chasing Daylight in January

It’s almost 9am. The big kids have all left for school already. Simon is about to head out the door and we are watching the clouds turn pink from our kitchen window. Every time I see the sky turn this color, I wonder what it looks like from the beach. And I think to myself, …

A Story about Trying Something New

A Story about Trying Something New Or alternately titled, Stepping into the Arena Once upon a time I stood up in front of people and made a fool out of myself. I’m not sure how else to put it. I acted (badly) in plays, I sang some especially mediocre ‘specials’ with my sister in church. …

#48walks, Long Walks, St Cuthberts Way, Lindisfarne

#48 Walks Update

Friends, I have so enjoyed taking walks this year. Even more, I have loved that so many friends are walking along with me via the internet. (and sometimes in person!) I thought I would just do a little #48walks update since it is about halfway through the year. Personally I find the summer to be …

Aberdeenshire Walk, Shire, Noth o' Tap, #48walks

Time for Some Long Walks

Y’all! I am beyond excited to announce that I am going to be going on a couple of long walks times this year with Macs Adventure. In just a few weeks I am going to walk St Cuthbert’s Way in Scotland with my sister! This path wanders through several ancient abbeys, beginning with Melrose Abbey …

Bennachie in January, #48walks, Scotland, Highlands

Bennachie in January (2/48)

Happy Monday, friends! We only managed to get 2 of 4 kiddos out for walk 2 of 48. We headed to an already familiar (and favorite) nearby set of hiking trails, Bennachie. It certainly looks different in winter, but still beautiful! I do love seeing all the other walks shared in the Facebook group and …

Storytelling, Storyliving, Walking, #48walks, 2014, A Year of Walking

Walk with Me?

Friends, it’s no secret around here that I love to lace up my boots and go for a walk. I love to get outside. I do not like the word exercise. But I love to see the world on my own two feet. For most of my life, even though I love to go for …

Free Download of a Sleeping At Last Quote Designed by Kandace Parker

A Quote For Your Monday + A Free Download

You were meant for amazing things!! Do you need a reminder?  Hanging on your wall? Of course you do! We all need a little encouragement from time to time. So, in honor of the fact that I am turning 40 this week, I have a free download for you! My girl, Kandace Parker, created this …

In The Pipeline

Oh my goodness. We have had the most wonderful 10 days in Colorado. We may not get to come back here for a long time, but we are going out with a bang! We have hiked all the way from Aspen to Crested Butte! We’ve mountain biked. We’ve climbed mountains, hiked trails, fished lakes and …

5 Things You Should Know About Running Your Own Business

My precious sister, Anna Davidson, who has opened her own restaurant this year in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, graciously agreed to guest post today about what she’s learned so far about running her own business. If you get the chance, you should definitely visit her wonderful cafe, Blackberry Market. 5 Things You Should Know About Running …

seven, jen hatmaker, waste month

Month 5: Waste {Seven}

If it seems like this Seven Project is lasting forever, well, that would be because… it is. Seriously, last month was Media, and I still haven’t caught up on all the things I missed.  Of course, it’s possible that if I am trying to cram all the information back into my life after the screen …

In The Pipeline

We’ve survived our first week of summer.  It’s always takes us a minute to get into the swing of summer, so during week one we usually have a few mishaps. We get to the pool without our sunscreen.  We run out of bread because I forget how many sandwiches we eat.  I forget that I …

Serve Moore, Tornado Relief, Ten Dollar Tuesday, Tornado, Oklahoma

Serve Moore

Last week, I went to Moore, Oklahoma and saw with my own eyes the path of destruction left by recent tornadoes. It was like nothing I have ever seen before in person. Since being there, even more tornadoes have come through the area. Our work day was organized by a group from Starbucks, and since …

Oklahoma Bound {Ten Dollar Tuesday}

Happy Tuesday Friends.  Hope you had the best holiday weekend EVER. Ours was deliciously relaxed, unplanned and full of perfect summer moments! Weather permitting, I am Oklahoma bound today to help with tornado clean up! For Ten Dollar Tuesday, might I suggest a donation to one of the many projects already on the ground helping …

In The Pipeline

Happy Friday! I’m just popping in to share a few things with you today! Our neighborhood pool opens tomorrow, so it’s officially summertime here in Arkansas! I mentioned a couple of week ago that our family is about to embark on a great adventure.  Well, here it is: As we say in the South, Lord …

Homemade Insect Repellent

When the temperatures warm up, the bugs come out to play, but we still want to be outside!  Solution: Homemade Insect Repellent! When I was out in the garden last week, I tried some homemade insect repellent that my friend, Sandy, had made.  I loved the way it smelled, so I asked her for the …

Chino House, Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith

Chinos to Moss Mountain Farm

Last week we played hooky one day to spend some time in one of the most idyllic settings in Arkansas, P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. The kids were excited because they had heard me talk all about the farm after I went to Bean 2 Blog out there last spring. It was a very …

radio silence, quiet, media fast, seven

Month 4: Radio Silence {Seven}

We are about halfway through Month 4 of this crazy little mutiny against excess, as Jen Hatmaker calls it in her book. A group of us started strong in February eating only seven foods for one month. (really, really hard) Then we wore seven items of clothing in March. (easy peasy) Then in April we …