5k Runnin’ Season


Since the first Saturday in September I have run a 5K every Weekend, and I am signed up to do another this week (September 22). I have always love to run… starting in Jr. High, my love for Cross Country began and I ran competitively into High School. After you are no longer in “school sports” you have to find other ways to exercise and challenge yourself so I have always liked doing 5Ks. Stanton (my husband) was also a runner and so this is something we like to do together- although I can’t keep up with him, lol!

After I had Spencer I started training when he was about 8 months old to run a 1/2 marathon. I have always only ran the 5Ks which are 3.1 miles, and I had finished one 10K (just over 6 miles) but when he was almost 11 months old (May 2010) I ran my first 1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles). I would LOVE to be able to train for another one, but with 2 kiddos and now having a crazy schedule to top things off, it is something that I have on the back burner. It takes a lot of time and dedication to train for one but it is definitely on my bucket list!

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Crockin’ for Childhood Cancer


Crockin’ for Cade in honor or Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

We are so excited about this video and the opportunity to spread awareness and help raise money that goes straight to research! Enter to win a t-shirt and slow cooker at

DIY Pillow Case Dress


1. Measure your child from the nape of their neck to mid thigh.

2. Pick out coordinating fabrics (I chose 5 because I like the “busy” look). When cutting fabrics leave it folded. In the picture of the fabrics notice the fold is on the left and the length noted below is measured from the top to bottom of fabric the way it is oriented in the picture.
*Main fabric (school print) measured the length of neck to thigh. {Stella is wears 12-18 month and I measured hers 14″.}
*Accent #1 (cheetah) measured 3″.
*Accent #2 (with with big red polka dots) measured the length of Main Fabric + Accent #1 {for Stella’s 14”+3”= 17″ of Accent #2)
*Accent #3 (black with ABCs and 123s) measured 10″ and folded in half, making a 5” trim at the bottom. I do this so that I don’t have    to do a hem at the bottom.
*Accent #4 (white with black polka dots) measured about 4″.

3. Lay Main Fabric unfolded on the floor or working surface, and place Accent #1 on top of it (at the bottom edge of the fabric) right sides together.

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School Lunch Ideas


We asked for school lunch ideas and you guys definitely brought ’em!! Check out all these great (and creative) ideas to get your kiddos a lunch they’ll eat up!

Here are a few slow cooker recipes you can also use in your next brown bag.

Pizza Pasta Casserole
Corn Mac and Cheese
Chicken and Dumplings
Whole Chicken
Thankful Fiesta Soup

If you can put it between bread, we put it in a tortilla! A fun and easy way for them to eat!
Debbie M.

My kids fight over who gets the leftover pasta in their lunch box. Even cold, they like it just as well. They also love a thermos with soup or OATMEAL!
Peggy L.

Something we’ve done for years is put peanut butter in an ice cream cone. My daughter will only eat those veggies if she can dip them. It’s been a big hit at school!
Julie M.

My 8 year old loves chicken salad in flatbread – I usually use the Italian Herb flavored :)
Anderson N.

My son like apple rice cakes with peanut butter on top.
Jennine H.

Boil cheese tortellini with food coloring. Send cold with spaghetti sauce for dipping.
Michelle S.


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