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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…

The Single Mom's Guide to Toxic Friendships: Part Two

The Single Mom’s Guide to TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS: Part Two

Dear readers, Last week, I discussed in great detail four major signs that you may be in a toxic friendship. Halfway through typing out The Single Mom's Guide to Toxic Friendships: Part One, I realized that it would be way better as a two part post, considering I was going way past my 300-500 word limit. I ended up at over 1000 words, and I still have a lot more to say on the subject. Many of these experiences are my…

The Single Mom's Guide to Toxic Friendships: Part One

The Single Mom’s Guide to TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS: Part One

Dear readers, I think with the passing of 2016 we are all in the mindset of new beginnings. Not just resolution-related but the actual sense of starting fresh with a new year and a clean slate. New Year's is my favorite holiday because I feel a sense of power with a fresh start, everything becomes very clear, and the problems of the past I felt powerless to change suddenly don't seem so overwhelming. In the new year, we focus a lot…

9 Quotes to Weather the Storm

Dear readers, Everyone has hard days, weeks, months, or maybe even a hard year. As human beings we doubt our decisions, beat ourselves up for the choices we made, and generally over-think what we may have under-thought before. When you enter into that rut, have your heart ripped to shreds, or have your will tested, sometimes we need some words of wisdom to yank us off our knees and back on to our feet. Here are nine quotes to help…

No-Knead Wheat Bread

Dear readers, There is nothing like home-made bread. I've managed to mash this recipe together after a few years, various recipes, and lots of trial and error. Too much wheat equals a brick. No wheat and well, it just isn't wheat bread. Lately, I've been using King Arthur Flour: White Whole Wheat. It's mild, unbleached, and zero preservatives. I make this bread once a week in the fall/winter because it requires very little effort on my part aaaaaaaaaand we all…

11 Reasons to Garden with Your Child

Dear readers, Gardening is something that I've started doing since we moved into our duplex. I always dreamed of having a little garden prior, but never had the room. The woman who lived here before me had a beautiful garden and she left me a few of her perennials, some seeds, and some tips. So this year, I planted some cucumbers, tomatoes, English Lavender, pumpkins, Sweet Basil, Rosemary, and a bucket of sunflowers. Along with the other perennials, Audrey and…

Camping with my Best Friend

Dear readers, I have the best friend in the whole world. We met when we were seven. We were in the same class together. We walked home from school one day and we realized that her family had moved in to my family's old house. I'd like to think we knew it was meant to be. We did ridiculous things together as kids. I think my child is weird, but when I look back on the things my best friend and I…

The Sturgeon River

  Dear readers, I've formed a deep connection with nature these past few months.  I've always liked to be outside, but I never considered it a place of healing until this summer. Sometime around March, I began to formulate my summer plan. It looked a little bit like this, "Go outside as much as possible." I've really outdone myself. As mentioned before, I live in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It is small town in the middle of nowhere with nothing…

Happy Sunday

Dear readers, Happy Sunday! Today is a good day for dreamers. The minestrone soup is in the crock pot and I am two precious hours away from a three hour kayak trip down the Whiskey River. Can't wait to grab the camera and ditch the phone in the car. Yesterday morning, I got up at the crack of dawn with a head full of thoughts, as dreamers often do. Since this is Squeak's weekend with her dad, I was able to head over…

Ms. Moxie Kayaks

Dearest readers, I've never considered kayaking a "thing". Quite frankly, kayaking never crossed my mind in general. However, as of last week, I went on my very first 1.5 hour trip and I fell madly in love. Thus, I put kayaking on the very top of my 15 Goals of Summer 2015 list. Kayaking in the Upper Peninsula is always a beautiful adventure. I took quite a few photos with my iPhone on this little adventure, but I will post…