Three Delicious Blueberry Recipes

August 22, 2014 by  
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We love blueberries!  Each year we drive to the Holland area in southwest Michigan and pick tons of blueberries.  Most of them go in the freezer to eat through out the year.  But we...

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What’s in Karli’s Purse?

August 21, 2014 by  
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Karli loves to watch YouTube just as much as she does making videos. It was so cute when she came to me and said, “Let’s make a what’s in our purses video!” I was going to make one along with her, but my purse is extremely boring. Other than a bunch of receipts and chapstick, you won’t find much in my purse. I’m not one to carry around makeup or anything like that. Karli had just got a new purse and here she is sharing the contents :)

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#365dog – Week 32

August 21, 2014 by  
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Day 218
twinsies
Twinsies!

Day 219
JellyToast
Been addicted to jelly toast lately. yum!

Day 220
pizza
Picking up pizza and watching Divergent with the kiddos. One stop at Gino’s and one stop at Pizza Hut. Some things we can never agree on!

Day 221
Jeep
Andrew going to the DriveIn with his friends…packed in like sardines!

Day 222
Deer
Tori sleeping on Karli’s deer rug.

Day 223
Mom
Karli left this for me inside my laptop

Day 224
Backpack
Only back to school purchase this far… Karli’s new backpack.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21, 2014 by  
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Both Ken and the two youngest kids were nominated to do the ice bucket challenge for ALS. We will be donating any money made off these two videos to the ALS Association by the end of September. Even Tori, our Yorkie, took the challenge by accident in Ken’s video!

Let’s see who’s video gets more views. Ken’s or the kids?!

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LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham

August 20, 2014 by  
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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC this fall. Check out the trailer!  The new trailer...

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Back to School Essentials

August 20, 2014 by  
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Guest Post By: Ashley Rogoff   Fall is creeping up on us fast! Fall is great for pumpkins, apple cider, and starting school. Every kid dreads going back to school, no matter what the age. One...

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14 Reasons to Get Your Body Moving and Keep Your Mind Active

August 20, 2014 by  
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  Exercise is the key to a healthy body and mind, but that doesn’t mean you need to turn into a gym rat.   Thirty minutes of exercise, 3 days a week, is enough to see improvement....

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Who will be your 15 minutes?

August 19, 2014 by  
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At the end of middle school a girl Ashlyn went to school with moved out of state. She was Ashlyn’s peer support, a student chosen to help her during the day, but also her friend. When she moved away we were both sad to see her go.

The girls soon developed a routine of talking on Sunday afternoons. Ashlyn’s friend called every Sunday and listened to her talk about her week. Before letting her go she would tell Ashlyn what time they could talk the next week, knowing Ashlyn counted on routine. Sometimes they talked for an hour, sometimes they talked for 15 minutes.

It’s been five years and nothing has changed. Hers is the one call Ashlyn counts on every week. When Ashlyn is upset I can often distract her by asking what they talked about last Sunday or what time they are talking this Sunday. Every Saturday, Ashlyn anticipates the call the next day with the same excitement as she did their first call and their twentieth.

To her friend, their Sunday call is just 15 minutes of her week but to Ashlyn it’s so much more. To me it’s so much more.

Last week, as bad news after bad news filled the media, I asked people on my Facebook page to share acts of kindness that helped keep their faith in humanity and there were such great stories. From husbands who left early to take out their neighbors trash to a teenager who tied an elderly man’s shoe, what struck me most about the stories were how simple they were.

People giving their 15 minutes and changing someone else’s day or week or year.

It made me reevaluate how I spend my own time and whether enough of it is dedicated to giving without expectation. Do I offer enough 15 minutes? Do I take the time to see who might need it?

I’m not sure I do.

There’s so much rushing and sighing and repeating that I’m not sure I give extra of myself to anyone who isn’t banging on the bathroom door or spilling their mac-n-cheese. I need to look around more and maybe we all do.

Maybe the only way to help our children grow up without riots and overwhelming suicide rates and awful prejudices is for all of us to give our 15 minutes and not expect them back. Maybe you already are, maybe you call someone every Sunday and you have no idea how happy it makes them.

I know I give when there is need right in front of me but maybe we should all start looking harder for who might need us.

The 15 minutes we can give might be what gets someone else through the next.

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My Room Tour

August 15, 2014 by  
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Kari’s bedroom tour!! Of course by the time you are viewing this her room is no longer this clean or organized =)

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52 Easy Fundraising Ideas

August 15, 2014 by  
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Adult Spelling Bee – Take it back to elementary school! Each participant should be sponsored and/or raise funds for their entry fee. In-between rounds, share facts about Alzheimer’s disease. Auctions...

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