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April’s Goodwill Haul: Three Tips on Frame Thrifting

Dear readers, Just a quick little blurb on April's thrift store finds. I really haven't done much shopping in the thrifty/crafty category of my life lately. I've been making bigger purchases for summer enjoyment instead, including a deckside firepit and Squeak's new My Little Pony bike with matching helmet. However, with my budget back on lock-down, I go back to the little things in life that bring me joy. Otherwise known as pictures and frames.... BAM! I wanted to re-do the…

5 Ways to Embrace “Flawsome”

Dear readers, As I crawl into bed after a long day, shoving my half-folded clothes off the edge of my bed,  I think about the term "flawsome". I'm not sure if this is a recent word-vention (see I can do it too!) or if it's been around for a while, but in light of my day/year/life I think the term applies to me quite well. Actually, I think the nature of the term means that it can apply to everyone…

Poem for Audrey

I saw the storm incoming- The apocalypse of our love For a while I tried running But it rained down from above It beat upon the shutters  Like angry, pounding fists My heart was slowly smothered Crushed by all of this And I sank into its blackness I fell into its death But you brought me back from nothing And I thank you with every breath A tiny little Light That always guides my way When everything else had left…

Happy Monday Sickness Hell-o

Dear readers, The stomach flu finally hit me like a ton of bricks. Spring illnesses are always the worst, I tell ya. I took a nap on Sunday and I woke up with a pounding headache and watery stomach. I thought maybe it was just the nap that made me feel ill. Squeak and I had a great little day indoors, we even ventured outside and cooked s'mores on the grill. I had zero indication I was going to be severely ill…

SPRING ROUND-UP: 5 Thrift-spirations for Spring 2017

Dear readers, Is anyone else really sick of leggings? Because I am so sick of leggings that I actually sent all mine to the consignment shop. They don't stay up, they're a major contributor to VPL, they're not usually insulated very well, and they don't breathe very well. I used to think they were so comfy and great too. Boo hoo. My recent annoyance with leggings will be short-lived however, because winter is officially over and I have 5 Thrift-spirations…

Moxie Monthly… February 2017

Dear readers, Is it really time to write the recap letter from February already? Is it really March 6th?! This is both wonderful and sad. Wonderful because I am so ready for spring weather and sad because time passes oh so quickly. I also find it hard to think Spring when there is so much snow on the ground still. So what's the recap from last month? Well let's see here... LISTENING: I haven't had time to listen to anything…

A Winter Hike Through Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Dear readers, Winter in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has it's share of ups and downs. I am currently in the middle of the "down" portion, otherwise known as: so much snow I can't see out of my driveway, so little sun I want to sleep all day, and so little fresh air/exercise I feel like a blob. However, a few weekends ago, I experienced the upside of living in the great U.P. My friend and I had the pleasure…

A little monthly update for your resident Moxie Girl...

Moxie Monthly… January 2017

Dear readers, I am an eternal fan of the monthly update letter. My best friend and my grandmother always sent me one every month. We have since lost track of this tradition in the letter world, but in the website world, I'd love to start. January is over and February has started fresh today. So where am I at personally with life? I suppose it is the perfect time to update you. LISTENING: I am currently on an early 90's music…

75 Clean Snacks for You and Your Child

Dear readers, One word. Snacks. Your child probably asks for a snack at least once a day. Squeak looks at me and goes "Treat?" The question is, what do you give them? And what do you want them to consider a treat, reward, or snack? I put together a list of seventy-five clean snacks, all of which I or my child eat when we get hunger pains in between meals. May I remind you that I am not a nutritionist…

Moxie Friday 01. 20. 2017

Dear readers, Emma Stone is our beauty for this week's positive female role model. I could write a thousand words on her fashion sense alone, but today I will stick with the usual quote and adoration. My favorite quote from Ms. Stone? "My great hope for us as young women is to start being kinder to ourselves so that we can be kinder to each other. To stop shaming ourselves and other people; 'Too fat, too skinny, too short, too…