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Another 20 Reasons I Love Dayton, OH

Almost two years ago, I published my original “40 Reasons I Love Dayton, OH” list. If you haven’t read that one yet, check it out first; otherwise, you’ll be wondering why obvious reasons like low cost-of-living, the Air Force Museum, and exceptional area parks are absent from this list. Now, though, I’ve had another couple years to get to know the Dayton area better and I am... read more

40 Reasons I Love Dayton, OH

I tend to gush about the Dayton, OH area. I grew up in the military and then served in the military (and am now back in the Reserves), so I have lived my fair share of places. I still stand by my assertion that you can be happy wherever you live, but the Dayton area (aka the Miami Valley) has been so amazing in so many ways that I am constantly talking about how much I love it. I’ve even begun... read more

If You’re Happy And You Know It…

My husband and I had a discussion the other night about happiness. As it turns out, he genuinely thought I was unhappy. And as a result, he was feeling unhappy. “Why on earth would you think I’m unhappy?” I asked, stunned. “Every day, I talk about how much I love our house and our children.” “Well, in the evenings after I’m done working, you... read more

A Few of My Favorite Things

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel…so bad.” Agreed, Maria. To that end, our MOPS group had a “Favorite Things” theme meeting for December. Everyone brought in a few of their favorite things, each $5 or less. There was a WIDE variety of items–everything from laundry... read more

10 Reasons To Do NaNoWriMo

You may remember that last year I participated in National Novel Writing Month  (see this post). For those of you unfamiliar with it, NaNoWriMo challenges people every November to write 50,000 words in 30 days, about 1,667 words per day (3 typed pages). It was very challenging, but I was victorious (victory post here). One of the aspects of the experience that made it so difficult was... read more

Kitchen Facelift

More before and after photos of the new house! Sorry about the delay, but between home projects, homeschooling, and just the normal home chores and upkeep, I’ve been swamped. Oh ya, and add into that my Air Force Reserve job. Busy, but fulfilled and happy, right now! So the story with the kitchen…it’s kind of funny, really. When we were first scoping homes on Zillow.com, there were a VERY... read more

Hating the Word “Hate”

I am well-aware of my helicopter parenting. I am anal retentive to a fault. Perhaps one parenting aspect that others find extreme is the unwritten list of forbidden words in my house. And I’m not talking about swear words. We don’t say “butt.” We don’t say “fat.” We don’t say “stupid.” And we never say “hate.” In my... read more

Family Room Redo

I promised some before and after pics–after all, I’m a huge HGTV junkie too!–so here is the first post. I’ve started with the family room because it’s the largest room and really shows off how just some paint, carpet, and cleaning can make a huge impact on the appearnce of a space. Here is a “before” picture. It shows off the huge windows,... read more

The Fixer-Upper

Part of the reason I love secondhand shopping and thrift stores is that the items within tell a story. The inscription in the book jacket, the nick in the chair leg, they all tell a story. Did a family once sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and eat from these china dishes? Did a mother rock her children to sleep in this chair? A month ago, we became the proud owners of a fixer-upper, and... read more

The Nicest Word There Is

Home is the nicest word there is. –Laura Ingalls Wilder A friend recently asked on a social media site, “What is home?” I thought a minute, then replied that home is wherever your loved ones are. In retrospect, though, that doesn’t really cover it. I went on vacation this weekend with my family and we stayed in a hotel room. Was that hotel room... read more

Habitat Happiness: Making the Most of Where You Live

I was getting a haircut the other day and struck up a conversation with my stylist about her interests. During the course of our conversation, she commented that she wished she could “move to a big city where there’s stuff to do.” Startled, I commented that we always seemed to have more activities and events than we had time for. I asked her if she’d visited the... read more

Yes, I Love Sarcasm (No, Not Really)

My two-year old is now obsessed with the idea that I have to paint her dad’s fingernails pink at my soonest convenience.  Why?  Because I painted hers and when she showed her dad, he sarcastically commented that he “really wanted his fingernails painted pink.”  As I tucked my daughter into bed, she urged me no fewer than six times that “Dada want pink.” ... read more

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