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Natural Bridge Day Trip

Natural Bridge Day Trip

      Natural Bridge Day Trip   Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County, Virginia is a great place for a day trip while you’re on Vacation in Virginia. I would list it in one of the top things to see in Virginia. Being less than 2 miles […]

Start a Money Making Blog FREE 5 Day Email Crash Course

Start a Money Making Blog FREE 5 Day Email Crash Course

       For the first 100 people to sign up this time, you can get $50 off! Use the code 50dollars.   Have you thought about blogging but don’t know where to begin?   I’ve dabbled in writing blogs over the years and have […]

How to Remove Odors and Clean the Air in your House Naturally and Permanently

How to Remove Odors and Clean the Air in your House Naturally and Permanently

        We recently purchased a fixer upper and unfortunately for me, we had to move in before we could do all of the fixing. This is a great house with good bones, but because of years of neglect, the smells of cigarette […]

Cobalt Blue and White Kitchen Inspiration

Cobalt Blue and White Kitchen Inspiration

      My love affair with cobalt blue dishes started when I visited antique shops with my mother many years ago. I remember her bringing home this adorable cobalt blue eye wash cup which I loved to use! …until I broke it. (tears) And […]

5 Books That Could Save Your Life

5 Books That Could Save Your Life

    Why These Books?   So, I’m not a big doomsday prepping-for-the-zombie-apocalypse kind of person, but I don’t have my head buried in the sand either. I don’t think we need to live in fear of what could happen–even though it really could! I mean, […]

Everything You Need to Furnish Your First Home–and How to Get It on a Budget

Everything You Need to Furnish Your First Home–and How to Get It on a Budget

  ****Be sure to read to the end for your free printable shopping list!****   Getting Your Own Place My eldest daughter and her husband of one year just moved into their first home together. They knew they would be “nomading it” for their first […]

The Joys of Traveling with Your Adult Kids

The Joys of Traveling with Your Adult Kids

    It can be difficult keeping up with our teenagers, but once your kids leave home and begin college or work, it can be even more difficult to spend quality time with them. You know– a time where you can talk or enjoy fun […]

Blogging can be More Than a Hobby–30-Day Blogging Fast Track Course

Blogging can be More Than a Hobby–30-Day Blogging Fast Track Course

Have you wanted to learn how to make money blogging?    I have!   So I am in the middle of the 30 Day Blogging Fast Track Course by Pete and Heather Delaney Reese from It’s a Lovely Life lifestyle and travel blog, and I […]

Find Your “WHY” – An Easy Way to Find Your Motivation to Reach Your Goals

Find Your “WHY” – An Easy Way to Find Your Motivation to Reach Your Goals

Finding My Why   Years ago I struggled a lot with being messy. I still procrastinate a lot on doing chores like washing dishes and cleaning out the garage, but I’m so much better than I used to be. Something that helped me was a […]

5 Reasons to Camp as a Family– even for non-campers

5 Reasons to Camp as a Family– even for non-campers

  Camping with the Family My husband is a city boy and vacations to him used to only be going to hotels, theme parks, and restaurants. My family loves ALL of those things. L.O.V.E.S. Yet, there’s something about getting away and roughing it for a […]

The Best FREE Herbal Education Online by Top Herbalists

The Best FREE Herbal Education Online by Top Herbalists

      I have been drawn to herbs for many years. Way back  20+ years ago when I was newly married and we had little babies, we lived in an 800 square foot townhouse. I had only a few square feet to plant anything […]

10 Sources of Inspiration for Creative Ideas- Real Artists Don’t Starve – And Free Video Course

10 Sources of Inspiration for Creative Ideas- Real Artists Don’t Starve – And Free Video Course

    Real Artists Don’t Starve Assignment I was given a homework assignment for a mini-course I’m taking with Jeff Goins to go with his new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve. (Don’t worry, at the end of this post I’ll give you the link to […]

How to Identify and Cook Chicken of the Wood (Sulfur Shelf) Mushrooms

How to Identify and Cook Chicken of the Wood (Sulfur Shelf) Mushrooms

      Foraging for Chicken of the Woods Last year when we lived in the middle of the Jefferson National Forrest, I started exploring the woods around our house.  I was looking for plants to see if I could find which wild edibles or […]

St. John’s Wort Oil

St. John’s Wort Oil

    The search for St. John’s Wort   I’ve been wanting to make St. John’s Wort oil for some time but I’ve had trouble finding St. John’s Wort or growing it. This year I’ve been trying to get several herbs to grow from seed. I […]

How to Opt Out of “Picked for You” pins on Pinterest

How to Opt Out of “Picked for You” pins on Pinterest

  Lately I’ve been feeling like I was getting the same kinds of pins over and over again. And I was right. Pinterest’s “Picked for You” feature uses your board and pins to find what they think are relevant for you. That’s all fine for […]

I’d Rather be in Mitford! And a contest!

I’d Rather be in Mitford! And a contest!

    My mother introduced me to Jan Karon’s Mitford series over 15 years ago. I wanted an escape from mundane chores and the wintertime blues. So on our usual family trek to the library, I found At Home in Mitford, the first in the series. The kids […]

Stay Connected with Snapchat

Stay Connected with Snapchat

  Connect with Snapchat I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have trouble staying connected with my young adult kids. While I joined Facebook long before they were allowed to (13 was our age requirement to join in our family), I resisted other forms of Social […]

Plant and Fungi Walk Jefferson National Forest Virginia (part 1)

Plant and Fungi Walk Jefferson National Forest Virginia (part 1)

We recently had the opportunity to live for two years right in the Jefferson National Forrest outside of Blacksburg, Virginia. Here I discovered the joy of taking plant walks — or herb walks. My plant walks consist of walking slowly through the meadow or woods phone […]

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Theta Burke Quote