Day 91
baby shaggy
We got a new puppy!!! Ha,ha! April Fool’s! It’s baby Shaggy silly!

Day 92
Time for a new cut. Just another day in the never ending process of me growing my hair out and then cutting it off months later.

Day 93
Tori watching the rain. I just know she is thinking that it’s better than snow!

Day 94
You know it’s spring in our house when my car gets booted to the driveway to make room for the kids bikes and scooters.

Day 95
Karli got to meet Mari from Dance Moms (she danced with the Candy Apples last season I think it was). She thought it was the coolest thing EVER!!

Day 96
Brownie sundae
One thing that makes me feel great as a mom is to make special treats for the kids for no reason. I made them hot fudge brownie sundaes, YUM!

Day 97
I sometimes forget Andrew is 18 years old, especially when he can’t sit still in the doctors office without touching the medical equipment.



I’m thinking that people might begin to assume that the hashtag #365dog stands for 365 “DOGS” since I post so many pictures of my pups. But it’s not…It’s 365 Days of Gratitude for those who might be seeing this for the first time =) Every day I take a photo of something that makes me smile…something that I am grateful for.

Day 84
Pippa is telling Tori to sit still so she can clean her eyes!

Day 85
“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”

Day 86
computer whiz
My daughter, the computer genius. Taking after her mother :) She created a mini movie for school with photos, music and captions. I was impressed!

Day 87
cuddle time
Just a typical evening of watching some tv…they don’t call it a loveseat for no reason.

Day 88
tough chase
Chase competed at his first ever state competition. He took 4th, which is pretty amazing! When I took this photo he asked me to fix his ribs from showing. I was like…you gotta eat to fix that dude!

Day 89
It’s a heat wave here in Southern Michigan!!

Day 90
andrew laundry
Andrew has been doing his own laundry for a few weeks now. I gave up on the battle of asking him to put the stuff away neatly after I did his laundry and later find it tossed on the floor, unfolded, etc. It was time for him to learn. Well, his method is even worse. He washes the clothes and then puts them back in a basket unfolded until he finds the time to fold them. Oh.MY.God. (Just gotta tell myself to walk away….)


Day 77
I love receiving free products via VoxBox!

Day 78
Little Miss Daisy lays around on her back like this all the time! It looks so uncomfortable to me.

Day 79
Thank goodness I got out of jury duty for next month. I sent in a letter stating a long list of things that I have going on that can’t be rescheduled. I was so stressed out over this. Phew!

Day 80
Karli and I caught the tail end of Eclipse on tv, so then she wanted to watch Twilight. I certainly wasn’t going to argue. Afterwards we watching Breaking Dawn 2. Nothing like going from the first movie to the last and skipping everything in between!

Day 81
The world of youth wrestling is insane. Some of these parents yell and scream and act so out of control I am embarrassed for them. But, hey, I guess they have heart right? You won’t find me doing that though. I practically hold my breath the whole time Chase wrestles.

Day 82
Andrew, Karli and I went to see Divergent today and it was amazing! Andrew decided to be our chauffeur, he had his dad’s Jeep for the week. Great day with my oldest and youngest!

Day 83
Happy Birthday to Grandma Rosemary!!


#365dog – Week 11

March 23, 2014
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Day 70 Tori can be quite vicious at times. Mess with her whens he is in one of her moods and this is what you get. Day 71 We had been debating whether or not to go to Vegas this spring, just Ken and I. It’s so hard with the kids busy schedules to get […]

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#365dog – Week 10

March 17, 2014
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Day 64 I love listening to Jason and Molly Mesnick’s Podcast when I’m driving in the car or waiting at Karli’s dance class. Lately they have been talking about this season of The Bachelor. Good stuff! Day 65 It has become tradition these past few months for me to relax on Thursday evenings. So much […]

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#365dog – Week 9

March 8, 2014
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Day 57 Karli did so great at her first dance competition. They are supposed to take turns bringing the awards home and somehow she ended up with a whole bunch of them. Unfortunately they have to be taken to the dance studio except for all the pins they get for their jackets. Day 58 My […]

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#365dog – Week 8

March 2, 2014
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Day 50 Karli’s made a poster for her big buddy for her competition dance team. Of course I helped a little =) She has been dying to use some of the crafts supplies she got for Christmas. Day 51 My love got me my favorite bagel for lunch…tuna on a garlic bagel. I can’t wait […]

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#365dog – Week 7

February 20, 2014
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Day 43 I tried out this banana poke cake and while I was finishing it up the kids were yelling for me to not put the crushed vanilla wafers on the whole thing. Crazy kids! Recipe here. Day 44 Karli is always cuddling with one of the dogs. Today it was Shaggy’s turn! Such a […]

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#365dog – Week 6

February 18, 2014
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Day 36 We have had so many snow days I pretty much don’t even know what a school day feels like anymore. At least every once in awhile Chase and Karli manage to get a long for at least a couple of hours. Day 37 Even though the kids didn’t have school again I was […]

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#365dog – Week 5

February 6, 2014
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Day 29 I don’t really enjoy grocery shopping with coupons because it’s hard enough walking through the aisles trying to find everything I need and checking it off my list, let alone trying to keep coupons organized too. I find it easiest to make a “coupon only” shopping day other than maybe a few other […]

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Saltine Cracker Challenge

February 5, 2014
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We attempt the Saltine Cracker Challenge! First we attempt the typical 6 saltine crackers in 1 minute and then for the second round we attempted 3 crackers in 1 minute and watch closely…someone is a cheater!! Cheater cheater pumpkin eater!! What challenge should we do next? Also – be sure to watch our Warheads Challenge […]

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DIY Project : Easy & Cheap Desk Makeover

February 2, 2014
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I have been wanting to paint my desk for awhile now because it had so much nail polish and scratches on it. Of course my mom couldn’t just paint it….we gave it a complete makeover!! Now if I could just keep it clean and organized :) Watch the video for all the details! SHARE

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