Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winter in Maine

The temperature on the way
to work one morning.
Watching Daddy plow
I'm not so much a fan of winter... especially winter in Maine. This winter has already been a tough one with bitterly cold temperatures and plenty of snow. I'm over it... seriously. I hate the cold, I'm not so much a fan of snow unless it means a day off from work and I do NOT like driving when it's icy out. Remind me again why I live in Maine? 





Winter walks
Enjoying the snow
I'm trying to enjoy it, and get Fynn outside often because she loves it. She loves the snow and the cold, and all the things I hate about winter in Maine. She's like her Daddy in that way. Drew loves winter. He loves to plow, be outside, and enjoy the weather. 







Staying bundled up

Snuggles to stay warm
Drew warned me that this was supposed to be a rough winter, but I was hoping he (and the Farmer's Almanac) were wrong about that. It's December 31st and I feel like winter has already lasted forever... I'm ready for summer!  




Monday, December 30, 2013

Awkward Doctors Appointment

I've been trying to figure out how to write this without getting all TMI about it, but it's such a funny story, that I really want to write it down.

Let's backtrack a bit to where this story really begins. Last Tuesday I was at the after school group I coach. I've mentioned it before, but I coach a children's group that unicycles, juggles, and does all kids of other circus-like acts. While I can't really do many of the things, I do have mad scarf-juggling and plate-spinning skills. I decided to try unicycling again. I had tried two years ago, but stopped when I found out I was pregnant with Fynn. 

I was awesome. One of my co-coaches held my hand and I was able to pedal all the way across the gym on my first try... if you've ever tried to unicycle before, you know that it's a big deal. However, then I got cocky... and did something stupid- I tried to ride by myself. Yup, I went about 2 feet before falling on my butt with a thud.... in front of 30 8-10 year olds. Not exactly my finest moment. I was a little sore, but luckily unscathed. 

Fast forward a couple of days, and it was time for my yearly exam. Yes ladies, THAT exam. My feet were up, she had me scoot down... and then she gave me a perplexed look and asked what was with all the bruises. I was confused for moment, trying to figure it out. And then I laughed. I explained to her about the group, even told her the name of it and what I do... but I'm pretty sure she didn't believe me. She kept asking how things were going and if there was anything I wanted to talk about. 

No lady, I'm just a fool with less coordination than I would like and weird determination to try things I probably should leave to the kids. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Social

1. What is the best New Years Eve you’ve ever had?

Last year was pretty awesome. Drew, Fynn, Zoey and I went to my parent's party like we usually do, but we left a little early to get Fynn in bed. When we got home Drew and I got to relax and ring in the new year just the two of us. It was nice to see everyone and enjoy the chaos... and then come home to the peace and quiet.

2. Are you doing anything for NYE this year and if so what?

I think we're heading to my parent's party per usual... but we haven't decided for sure yet.

3. Name a book we should all read come January?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn... best book I've read in a REALLY long time.










4. What are your new years resolutions?


  1. Keep up my 4.0 GPA in grad school
  2. Lose these last 10 pounds... not baby weight, but weight I've been hanging on to for years.
  3. Run a 10k... as well as many more 5ks

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top 10 Ways You Know You Have a Toddler

10. Floaties in your water cup don't phase you... it just means you didn't have to go get the toddler her own cup.

9. "Be Careful" Is the most commonly heard phrase in your home... you probably utter it a thousand times and hour as your heart skips a beat and your hair turns grey.

8. You secretly scarf down chocolates and other goodies in the other room/bathroom/closet because they're not good for her... or because you don't want to share

7. Using the bathroom by yourself is a luxury.

6. Smeared food on your clothing is par for the course... usually you don't even bother changing because in 10 minutes you'll be covered again

5.Running through your house is like running at a high school track meet with all the gates in place you have to hurdle over

4. It's not uncommon for your child to be dressed to the nines while you're sporting yoga pants, a sweatshirt and unwashed hair.

3. You find yourself mentally singing the theme song to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and The Notekins several times a day... even on days where you haven't watched either show.

2. Your meals revolve around 1 of 2 things; 1)scarfing food down as fast as you can before meltdown commences or 2) waiting to eat until 8 pm

1. You find yourself wishing it was naptime/bedtime already... and once she's in bed you miss her like crazy and just want to scoop her back up and snuggle. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas with a Toddler

I wasn't sure how Christmas was going to go this year. I didn't know if Fynn would enjoy it, or even have any idea what was going on, or if she would spend all of the time melting down and being over tired.

However, as usual, this kid blew me away.

Christmas Eve morning we went to Drew's office to see Santa... Fynn was so not having that. She arched her back and screamed and really didn't want to be near him... I can't really blame her. A big fat guy with an itchy beard who wants you to sit on his lap... kinda sketchy. Once we got her away from him, she was fine. However, she was tired because she woke up early. She ended up taking a 2 1/2 hour nap that afternoon and woke up 20 minutes before we had to leave.

We drove to my aunt and uncle's house 40 minutes away to celebrate with my mom's side of the family... I was worried about this because the party started at 6... and Fynn's usually in bed by 7. Cue the perfect opportunity for meltdowns and tantrums. Fynn did great on the ride up, singing along to Christmas songs-Christmas Eve is the ONLY night of the year I can listen to Christmas music without wanting to scream.

Fynn was hilarious at my aunt and uncle's house, running around playing, commandeering a box, and stealing my cousin's bracelet before she even had a chance to fully open it (this kid is going to make a great pickpocket some day). We left at 9, she passed out in the car, and went right to bed when we got home... a pretty perfect night.


Later that night wasn't so perfect. At 4 am Zoey flipped out, ran around the house and disappeared. About this time Drew heard noises downstairs and saw a light on. Cue major panic and a bleary-eyed search of our house with a flashlight and shotgun in arms (don't worry, I had the flashlight). There was nothing there, but the adrenaline rush made it hard to go back to sleep. 






A few (very short) hours later, Fynn was up and ready to go. Her big gift was a tricycle which she LOVED and rode around the house. She loved opening presents as you can tell in the video below; she was clearly on a present-high- and sorry it's sideways... I can't seem to change the orientation:
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We went to my parent's house and opened more presents, had breakfast with my family and watched Fynn dance along to Just Dance. Then we headed to Drew's parent's house for even more presents, dinner, and naps (for a couple of us).

Despite odd hours, chaos, and plenty of sugar, Fynn did awesome. She wasn't cranky (much), slept pretty well and had so much fun. It was amazing for me to see her enjoying Christmas and getting spoiled by all our loved ones. Spending the holiday with her made me enjoy Christmas again in a way I haven't since I was a kid myself. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday Thoughts


  • One of my students gave me two half-pound Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups... best invention ever. That thing is the size of Zoey's head and majorly delicious.

  • Boxes are obviously the best part of Christmas as any parent knows.


  • Fynn now has enough hair to make the CUTEST little baby ponytail. Some days she'll even come and ask me to put her hair up by bringing me an elastic. Adorable.





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Have I mentioned that I love candy?


Disclaimer: I received product samples in exchange for my honest opinion


I still have no inspiration to blog about life, but I do have a discount code to share for some yummy candy treats. 

Les Cinq Armandes sent me a couple of tasty treats to try out. I had never heard of the company before, but I'm obviously not one to turn down free candy!

The candy came packaged nicely, and in color-coordinated colors, so cute. I wish I had known about something like this when we got married. Some black, white and pink candies would have been the best favors to accent our wedding colors. These yellow, orange and white candy-coated dark chocolates were amazing. As were the candy-coated nuts that came in the little box. I was expecting the basics like almonds and peanuts, but they also had pistachios that were a delicious surprise. I also got a little bag filled with the bests caramels I've ever tasted. If you're interested in ordering from Les Cinq Armandes, you can use the promo code Holiday 10 to get 10% off of your order. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Running in Maine

It's been three weeks since I've run outside, and a lot has changed on the roads around here since then. We've gotten about 2 feet of snow here already, and it's been bitterly cold. 

I took advantage of a low-key Saturday afternoon to get in a good run outside. It was actually above freezing temperatures, so I was excited to run while it was warm... until I discovered that running outside during a Maine winter is more of a cross-training exercise than actual running. My run Saturday consisted of jumping over puddles, side-stepping ice chunks and piles of snow, balancing on black ice, dodging the icy spray from cars passing by and enduring icy winds that cut through your sweaty clothes... actually, running outside in December around here  is more like an immunity challenge on Survivor: The Tundra than an actual run.
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That said, it was awesome. Yeah, my pants were soaked from the icy water splashing up with each step, and my sneakers will take a couple of days to dry, but considering how little I've been running lately, I was proud of myself for doing 5.25 km in 37 minutes. I felt good after running. My hip was starting to hurt a little, so it was a good time for me to stop before I really hurt myself. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday Social

I'm linking up again for Sunday Social:

1. What is your favorite holiday season tradition?
Drew and I make sugar cookies together every year since we've been married. It's simple and easy, but it's fun to make and decorate the cookies. Some years we pick a theme and decorate/name the cookies, others we just go to town. We're both excited this year to start Fynn in on this tradition. 

2. Do you have a certain holiday movie you watch more than others? If so what is it?
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Nothing special really, I usually just watch some of the Christmas movies that end up on TV. My favorites though are Elf and The Santa Clause (which is almost 20 years old... how crazy is that?!?)





3. Show us your favorite decoration or pinterest decoration you wish you could have.

4. What is your favorite holiday song?
Ugh, I REALLY, REALLY don't like Christmas music. The only time I can stand it is Christmas Eve and Christmas day... I'm kind of the Grinch.

5. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Anything chocolaty and bad for me. 

6. What is on your wish list this year?
I'm super lame, but I don't have a list... there's nothing in particular I want... I'd love some new clothes... maybe some running gear or socks... I could use some new socks, but nothing exciting or that I feel I really need.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Why Can't I Write?

I have a million things I want to write about, a million things swirling around in my head... but nothing is coming out. I sit here with a blank post on the screen... and my mind blanks. I get bored with sitting here not doing anything, so I close the laptop and go do something else... I've been doing this for the past week.

Blogging has always been something I love, something I crave. Writing out my thoughts, ideas, or just the mundane account of what's going on. This last week though, it's just not happening. Which makes me sad, because I have things on my mind, and things I want to get out... it's just not happening. 

And... this was a pointless post. A waste of space on the blog.

Maybe tomorrow inspiration will hit.

Monday, December 16, 2013

December Ipsy


I was surprised to see my Ipsy bag in the mailbox Saturday. I got the shipping confirmation e-mail just Friday, so I really wasn't expecting it until the beginning of the week. This months theme was Celebrate... kind of an obvious choice for the month of December. I love this months bag; black, classy, I could use it as a small clutch for a holiday party if I wanted to. Way better than some of the funky bags I've gotten recently. 
Nicka K New York Nail Polish in Ripe Apple ($4.99)- I was so glad I got the red color, since the other option was taupe... not my style. I definitely need to apply this polish after Fynn goes to bed some night this week. It's a cheerful bright red. Perfect for this time of the year!

Demeter Snow roll on perfume oil ($10)-I really like this scent. Clean and fresh, and not at all overpowering. Drew liked it too when I had him smell it. I like the nice little roll on applicator too, makes it easy to use just a little. 

Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush ($16)- This stick is pretty much an all-in-one color. It can be used on the eyelids, cheeks or lips to give them a pretty pink shimmer. I love the color I got, Girl Crush is just the right shade for me; a subtle and pretty pink.

Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio ($7.20)- I have a lot of eye shadow, that I hardly ever use, so I wasn't all that excited to see this in my bag. That said, I do love the three shades I got, they are exactly the shades I do wear when I wear eye shadow. 




NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in B52 ($4)- I have a LOT of dark lipsticks these days from various subscription boxes and sponsors, so I wasn't psyched to get more. I do like that this isn't a bright, bright red color, since I have a ton of that... I just don't know if I'll actually end up using this. That said, I love the texture of this lipstick. It's creamy and feels great on my lips, like a really nice lip balm. If it were a sheerer color, I would probably wear it every day. 

This months Ipsy bag was valued at $42.19 not including the bag. As always, worth way more than the 10 I pay each month (which include shipping and handling) which is why I love it.






Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite Holiday Movies/TV Specials?

I love ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas. It always has holiday movies that I love. Especially The Santa Clause, I love that movie.

2. Do you do any volunteering during the holidays if so what? If not what would you do?

I should volunteer, I just can't seem to find the time. How do people have time during this season?  I feel like I'm rushing around like a chicken with its head cut off just to manage everything... Drew and I usually purchase items for the giving tree at my school, but they didn't do one this year, so we've been looking around for a similar program we can help out.

3. What is your favorite toy received as a child for the holidays?


Not actually my collection... mine might actually
 be bigger than this which I got from here.
Not necessarily a toy, but my mom buys my siblings and me new nutcrackers every year. Each one is different type/style. I have a TON of nutcrackers now, and I have so much fun pulling them out every year and remembering which year I got them.

4. What was your must have item in high school for the holidays?

In high school I loved getting new clothes and accessories for Christmas.

5. What do you do on Christmas Eve? If you are Jewish what does your family do for Hanukkah?

Christmas Eve my family has always gone to be with my mom's side of the family. Drew and I don't always go, but we have the past couple of years and it's fun now. I hated it in high school and college, but I think people have chilled out more, and I've learned to ignore some of the stupid stuff they do, so I can actually enjoy it. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blog Fail

I haven't blogged for a week now, and I just realized it.

Things keep getting crazier and crazier, and this week was just too much. So much to do, and no time to do it. Blogging took a back seat to life, as it should, but I miss it! Here's what our week looked like;



  • Drew and I still haven't started our Christmas shopping yet. No big deal... we still have 11 days, right?
  • I had a major project due for my grad school class this week. It's finally done and I couldn't be more excited to have it over with. Now I'm just waiting on my grades, but I'm done my second grad school class!
  • My students were coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs this week. It's bad... and we still have another week of school left before winter break... next week is going to be even more exhausting!
  • Our house is a mess, although we did manage to decorate our Christmas tree... sad that I consider that to be a major accomplishment
Tonight I helped out with a fundraiser for my best friend's sister, she's going through a lot, so it was nice to be able to help out and to see all the people who came out to support her... it was also nice to see my best friend, since I haven't seen her for months, and I really miss her. It's really hard with busy schedules and babies to find time to get together much, but we both promised to do a better job of it. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Social

1. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone? 
My wallpaper changes at least once a week depending on new cute pictures of Fynn. Right now it's this picture because she demolished frozen blueberries the other night and I thought this picture was too funny.



2. What do you keep beside your bed?
Water, chapstick, baby monitor, cell phone, a picture of Drew and me on our honeymoon, and ear plugs.
3. What is your least favorite chore? 
All of them! I guess my least, least favorite would be cleaning the bathroom. Ick!
4. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be? 
Putting on make up. I look like a tired old bag without it... I really wish I could go back to those days where I woke up with gorgeous skin and bright eyes.
5. What do you do to vent anger? 
Usually I yell at Drew. If I'm being nice though I'll go run or workout to get rid of the anger.
6. What is your favorite holiday of the year and why? 
I love the 4th of July. It's low key, no one expects you to do anything, and it's the day after Fynn's birthday. Any holiday that doesn't become a ton of extra work is a good holiday in my book (can you tell I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas?).

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Shopping?

Um... yeah... awkward truth here... Drew and I haven't even started our Christmas shopping yet. And yes, I'm aware that there are only 19 days left until Christmas.

We are so screwed.

Usually we start the week after Thanksgiving, but with Thanksgiving being a week later than usual this year and general busy/lazy-ness... we just haven't.

To make matters worse?

We don't even know what we want to buy people. Anyone. Nothing. Nada. Zip.


This is stressing me out to no end... yet still I do nothing.

Perhaps everyone on my Christmas list would be happy with a hug... and maybe some toddler scribbles for Christmas. Good plan... right? 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

September, October, and November Reads.

I realized that I haven't updated about what I'm reading since school started. I also figured that since I require my students to read 30 books in the school year, I was going to try to make that my goal too. I haven't been reading as much since school started since you know, lots to do, but I'm getting better at reading when Fynn goes to bed (after I get my grad school work and grading done) rather than vegging out and watching tv. What's really helped me the last couple of weeks, is a new app I found to read books on. Overdrive is a free app that actually lets be borrow ebooks from my local public library. You can "take them out" for 1-2 weeks, and then they are automatically returned when they're due... which is awesome since i seem to always forget to return actual books on time. (And no, they haven't sponsored me in any way or asked me to saying anything about them, just an awesome app I love and wanted to share).

 Anyway, since September, these are the books I've read, or at least the ones I remember. I am including the books I've read for grad school classes, since they're obviously books, so I think it counts towards my total.

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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This summer a couple of people I was working with mentioned that they were reading this book. It sounded interesting, but then I pretty much forgot about it until I was searching for ebooks to borrow from the library. This book sucked me in. I found myself reading it on my phone every time I got a second. When I wasn't reading, I was thinking about the book and what was happening to the characters. Every single time I thought I had figured it out, another twist came and I was thrown way off track. This book is amazing, and so well written. Without giving too much away, the books starts off with Nick coming home to discover his wife, Amy, missing, and signs of a struggle in his house. The cops come, evidence is collected, and the search begins. The story is told from the perspective of both Nick and Amy, including diary entries from earlier in their relationship. 

2. Somebody to Love by Kristen Higgins
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Totally chick lit, totally predicable... but I couldn't help loving it. The main character, Parker Welles discovers that her father just lost the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme. Suddenly without a home or the luxuries she is used to, Parker heads to Maine to check out a house she had inherited from her aunt a few years before. Once she arrives though, she discovers that the house is really a shack and needs a ton of work before she can sell it to make some money. Conveniently, James, her father's right-hand man is also from Maine and comes up to help her out. Hmmm... wonder what will happen with these two? Like I said, cliched and predictable, but very well written and a fun easy read. 

3. All I Ever Wanted by Kristen Higgins
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Callie has spent her whole life waiting for Mr. Right. Mr. Right just happens to be her boss who has no interested in her since their short-lived fling more then a year ago... that Callie still hasn't gotten over. However, as she turns 30, she realizes that she's wasting her time, and needs to get over him. The rest of the book is all about the search for the right guy to marry. Heartfelt, funny, and super cute. I fell in love with Callie's grandfather who is an adorable grumpy old man who loves his granddaughter more then he can say. 




4. The Next Best Thing by Kristen Higgins
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Can you tell I currently have a thing for Kristen Higgins? I'm loving her books right now and I can't wait to read the rest of them. Lucy is a 30 year old widow who is looking for the right guy to marry and have babies with. She doesn't want to love him too much, or have him be too good looking because she had that with her husband and he went and died on her... there's also the fact that all the women in her family end up being widows early, so she's convinced a husband wont last. I enjoyed reading this one, but I knew from the second page on who Lucy was  going to end up with. Surprisingly, that didn't make me enjoy the book any less, which usually happens when it's that predictable. 

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5. Classroom Instruction that Works by Dean et. al.
 
Obviously this was a class book. A pretty good read in terms of teaching strategies books. Most of their ideas are easy, to the point, and (most importantly) effective. I got a lot out of this book and the discussion we had in class about it. It's a quick read with short, focused chapters that don't bore you with a million facts. Definitely one I would recommend to other teachers.




6. Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work by DuFour et. al.

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Another class book. This one was heavy (literally and figuratively). It has a million ideas on how to create a true learning community withing your school or district. However, it requires the ability to make substantial changes, something not a lot of individual teachers have the power to do. I loved reading about the potentials of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), but I honestly felt a little overwhelmed and defeated by this book.




 

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7. Differentiated Assessment One Tool Doesn't Fit All by Carolyn Chapman and Rita King

You guessed it, grad school book. I didn't love this one. Yes, it had some great ideas on how to differentiate assessment. Some of which I'm actually using in my classroom. But I found the writing to be both boring and overly wordy. Often I found myself skimming through sections to just get the gist of it and move on.





8. How to Differentiate Instruction in a Mixed-Ability Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Yet another book for school. This one I really liked. It's all about differentiating instruction (duh!) but in ways that are easy to manage and meaningful. Often books bout DI tell you what you should be doing in theory, but don't explain how to do it in an actual classroom with real kids. This book did just that in a way that was easy to read and descriptive. A great read for anyone looking to better meet the needs of their students. 








Wednesday, December 4, 2013

So What Wednesday

It's really not Friday yet? Are you sure? ::sigh::

Well, then I guess this week I'm saying "So What?" if


  • I'm not in the mood for Christmas. I'm not being as much of a Grinch as I was last year, but there are to many things to do before Christmas, and not enough time to do them all... which makes it all hard to enjoy.
  • I took an entire week off from running after our last 5K race... Thanksgiving, traveling, and lots of family time are not conducive to running. I'm trying hard to get back in a routine, but it's tough
  • For Christmas I want running gear, new clothes, and money. That's right, I'm asking for cold, hard, cash. Grad school's expensive, I just want to pay my bills. 
  • Speaking of grad school, I'm ready for this current class to be done. Grad school's not only a lot of money, it's a lot of work. Add all that to teaching full time, being a mom, trying to fit in workouts and the ever elusive sleep...yup, this class can be done.
  • Fynn still doesn't have winter books. Yeah... it's December 4th. In Maine. We've had snow already. My 17 month old doesn't have boots. Bad mom here.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Join the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 42nd Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

Join us every Tuesday at 9am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of All My Happy Endings or The Dwelling Tree. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Mandi about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

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***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

All My Happy Endings: Blog, Bloglovin'
  
and your co-hosts:

I am Mrs. K: Blog, Facebook
Holli's Hoots and Hollers: Blog, Bloglovin'
Simple Moments Stick: Blog, Bloglovin'
 My Show Amanda: Blog, Facebook


Don't Judge Me: Blog, Facebook
Back Home Again: Blog, Bloglovin' 
Artsy Cajun: Blog, Bloglovin'

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:


I have to say, I am having a hard time picking a winner each week. After reading so many of your amazing posts, I stumbled across this post. It made me cry. It is so beautifully put, and moving. Any parent will relate. Even if you are not a parent, this is a heartfelt and lovely read. 

I so relate with this post. Recently, I have been amazed with how difficult parenting is. This was a heart check for me. One of my favorite parts of this post reads: "You get in the way of me.  And that, really, is actually the biggest inconvenience of all.You make abundantly obvious the futility of living a life that revolves around me and is all about me and ends with me."

Check out the blog The Jelly Jars, written by 3 sisters who are trying to preserve their sweet lives on one blog. There is some beautiful content on there.  

All of you- thank you from the depth of my soul for the fabulous content you are sharing! What talent, and how fun is it for me to go through all these posts and read! I have been blown away by all of the posts you put up. I am LOVING getting to know so many of you through your lives, recipes and tutorials.

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)





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