Next Thursday is the first day of autumn, officially. But I have noticed a change in the seasons beginning. The mornings are not quite so early and the evenings are not as long. The acorns are falling like crazy from my oak trees in my backyard and the chipmunks and squirrels are all scrambling to gather and forage for the winter that will be here before we know it.
I happen to have a bit of a bug, it's called the travel bug. Have you heard of it before? I think I contracted this bug when I was 18 and I took a solo trip to Chicago after I graduated from high school. I decided that 'hey, I'm staying here instead of returning to rural Iowa' and I'm doing everything I can to visit every place that appeals to me.
I love to travel nationally and internationally and like to alternative my trips between the two destinations. This past summer we traveled nationally and headed up the east coast for almost three weeks. My family had so much fun checking out many different cities, sights and experiences.
I think at some point everyone has had a Radio Flyer wagon or tricycle. I recall my twin brothers pulling themselves to many adventures in their Town & Country red wagon as kids. I purchased my son a Little Red Fire Engine when he was a toddler and I would push him around my house for hours. His sisters also had many turns when they were old enough. They all also pedaled the Classic Red Tricycle up and down our sidewalks for many years and many memories. My husband has pulled our three kiddos in our Pathfinder wagon for the past decade and a half.
It is the end of the summer season and we are full steam ahead into fall. We are diving head first into the back to school schedules and daily routines. I now have one child in elementary school, one child in middle school and one child in high school. Both my middle schooler and my high schooler are in accelerated school programs and they are with school work and super b-u-s-y with other activities!
I have said this before, but I truly love watches. I have been wearing one since I was a tween and over the years have developed a liking for unique watches. I'm one of those women who just needs to know what time it is, all the time.
Melody Ellison, the newest character to join American Girl’s popular BeForever line, is a hopeful and positive 9 year-old girl growing up during a time that is completely different from what my daughters experience in society today. But Melody is so relatable to young girls in this generation because young girls face so many different types of discrimination today.
If you are like me, you are dreading the thought of the 5:30 am blaring alarm waking you up after sleeping late all summer long. I will have to get up and get my three kids off to school, all three with lunches in hand.
It's almost back-to-school time, which means, I'm gearing up for back-to-school lunches. None of my children have ever attended a school that offered hot lunch, so I have always needed to pack a lunch for them. This year my son will be attending a school that offers hot lunch and this will be our first experience with school lunches.
Yesterday I posted about all the snacks we eat while streaming, but I don't think I have ever posted this oh-so-easy and oh-so-delicious recipe for the salad.
It's the end of summer and my garden is overflowing with the long waited for tomatoes and cucumbers that take for-ever to grow here in the midwest. (plus, I had a late start on my garden this year because we were on vacation for half of June).
Here in the midwest, August tends to be pretty steamy and hot and very humid. Too hot and humid to turn the oven on and cook. Which I usually do not do anyway, because in the summer months, I'm outdoor grilling everyday.
The best moments happen when my family comes together. My little family, the extended family and the whole gang of us. Great moments occur and I can say that usually food, music and entertainment play a huge parts of these momentous occasions.
For instance whenever I catch a whiff of lavender, I always think of my grandmother. Or when I hear an old song on the radio, I instantly think
I don't know about you, but my menu planning shifts and changes a bit once school begins. I have been gearing up for back to school meals and Barilla pasta and sauces work great for my busy family. This delicious Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms recipe is made with kale and mushrooms that my family simply loves. The Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta and Barilla sauces are perfect for busy families like mine.