• My first dutch braid {Gypsy Magpie}

    Going a Little Girly

    I was one of the lucky few to grow up with 5 younger brothers. I LOVED it! {It probably helped that I was a tomboy.} We played in the mud, caught lizards, lit spiders on fire, and blew up stuff. Life was dirty, sticky, and full of surprises. Flash forward a decade… I now have […]

  • Back to School

    It’s that time again… the time when most mothers rejoice! School starts tomorrow! No, you read that right, I said “most” mothers. Nope, I would not fit into that category. Why? Hmmm, maybe you missed all that “I’m not good at routine” blabber I’ve been spouting for the past few months, awkward. Anyhoo. I am […]

  • Our Best Bites Love {Gypsy Magpie}

    What’s for Dinner?

    Whenever I am faced with the “what’s for dinner?” dilemma, and I can’t come up with something on my own, I find myself turning to the lovely ladies at Our Best Bites. Every recipe I have ever tried from their website has been fantastic! I think it helps that Sara and Kate are mothers with young families. […]

  • Creating new traditions {Gypsy Magpie}

    August One- The Tradition

    OK, so here is another random confession… We really don’t have any of our OWN traditions. Yep, we’ve been married for 10 years and we don’t do anything unique to our own little family unit. I’m not sure why, other than the fact that between the two of us, we have a very large, loving, incredible, […]

  • Richard and Linda Eyre's The Entitlement Trap

    Joy and Consistency

    This last little while, I have been working on learning how to be a better parent and discovering how to raise happy children. This feels weird to admit but, things came easy for me when my little ones were babies. It was innate in me, natural. I relished it. Infancy is like a drug to this […]

  • Green refinished vintage high chair {Gypsy Magpie}

    A Painted Vintage High Chair… and Progress

    Today an AMAZING thing happened, I actually finished a project. Yes, I said finished! I know, I know, it is very hard to believe. However, I did have a little motivation in the form of an angry giant who wanted to pull his truck in the garage. Shh! Did you hear that? Me, neither… Two […]

  • Sunsets are Therapeutic

    They should NOT allow women with multiple children to attend church without a significant other/referee/hired thug. I thought I’d figured that out last week, but today really cemented it for me! Lulu was in rare form today… which was not helped by the “dry-councilman” going over time. I took the baby out once, June out […]