a new parking spot…

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I’m one of those who when driving by the school, I check to see that the girls are there. All year they have used the same parking spot–so when I didn’t see their car, I kind of panicked–not really because they had left 20 minutes before, but I did for a second. Until I remembered–she is parking in JUNIOR parking. What on earth…

  

He needs supervision.

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My Friday faves post was trumped because of this. 


Well, it technically is a fave. The excitement Landon had to take his Dad on a fieldtrip. And I admit–I’m a bit jealous, because I don’t think he would be as excited if it had been me. Mostly because this is not how I would have taken him to school…

  

It was very sweet. The smiles from both of them. Packing their lunches. 

  

 

I love these boys. 

 
Sweetness meets ornery.

  

And then… 


Steve allowed this.  
 

Chameleon Proud

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First mistake made–letting my child go into Petsmart. 


Second mistake made–letting him hold a chameleon.
Third mistake made–using the possibility of a chameleon as a lesson in responsibility.

 
Landon has worked on his room every day since Saturday. He did a good job. I told him I was proud. 
And he asked “are you chameleon proud?”
I am thinking this lesson in responsibility will endure the next 8 years and then I will get him a chameleon. To take to college.

  

 

Friday faves (just a few)

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1.) My friends I brought home yesterday. I am not a green thumb, but have been completely inspired by life brought into your home through living plants. I may be going crazy. They may not live. But it’s a fairly cheap investment. So instead of sleeping yesterday as I should have been, I played around moving them from one spot to the next. 

  

 

2.) Our fly by the seat of our pants road trip. (Thank you craigslist) So I have decided that I really want my house to say something different. This can be summed up in three words, which also happen to be a book. The Nesting Place. Also the reason for all the green above. This road trip consisted of 8 hours with my faves. Even Brinks got in on the fun. Sonic drinks, movies, and maybe a bit of grumpiness. But ended with a living room changing couch, for a significantly less price than new.  

    

  

 3.) Not sure there’s a better thought as we enter Mother’s Day weekend. Ever stopped and really thought about this one truth? 

 

Which always makes me scratch my head when Landon works and works to catch flying creatures to show me. Or worms, or snakes. 

 
This barn moth (I think) was worth the 8 hour drive and 3:00 am bedtime. For Landon, that is.

Throwback.

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Throwback.

It’s Thursday!! And in social media world, it’s a throwback…
Mary & Martha kind of whispered something about a FLASH SALE to be announced this morning.
Now, I worked last night and I am doing my normal routine of Starbs, my favorite Dillons Marketplace, and maybe a little Target and Hobby Lobby as I wait to announce for ya’ll.
  
Don’t miss it. You can check my business Facebook page here, my Instagram here, or follow me on Twitter skaufmanRN.

  

Throw in’ it back to a few months ago with these precious women gathered around the table. 

Here comes another lump.

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Struggling with the grad invites today. Why? These kids have grown up with my kids. And they are graduating. GRADUATING! 
Another morning I am blessed to be waking up with these four. Another assembly line lunch packing day bites the dust.  


All too soon there will only be three piles, then two, then the last one. Please God don’t let me forget the privilege and the beauty in the tasks of every day… 

On my mind, in my mind, it just won’t STOP!

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First of all, there isn’t really anything serious or inspiring happening up in here. I am in back to real life mode and reflecting on my last few days. 

1.) I miss reading books. It’s a passion of mine which tinkers on mild obsession. Therefore I try to keep it at bay. But I’m not going to do that anymore. Reading is good for the soul. Good for the mind. And I needn’t fill guilty for making it a part of my day–even if a clean basket of laundry sits near my feet! 😉

 2.)  The Fringe Hours. This book has been on my list for a few months so imagine my delight to receive as a gift from Mary & Martha. I read it in a day and a half. So good. So much food for thought. It has made me stop and think of those minutes in my day that I contemplate how to use my time. What my energies are. How I feel. And how to make a difference. And it really made me look at the early morning being a priority for me in my daily schedule. I know this to be true that I am a better mom, better wife, and more productive if my day gets started right. And that means it has to start before I have to talk to anyone but Jesus. Truth.

And look how she signed it. We must be soul sistas.

  
3.)  My Mary & Martha business. Oh how I love this company. More than anything, I love the relationships. These people are my people. I feel like home when I’m with them. From conferences to incentive trips, to the online community. I love our products which speak truth. And I love that they are in your homes. And as I develop my plan for how I will run business, I see lots of new opportunities of meeting people where they are at. It’s exciting because I know God has me here for a reasons and I can’t wait to see the details of this unfold.

You will probably see much more of this here in the upcoming months. Because we are all online some part of our day. And it’s fun to shop online, isn’t it? I’m doing almost all of my shopping from my couch lately. Hello toilet paper on my doorstep. 😉

 

And this month is busy with a capital B right? If you have kiddos, you know May may even be busier than September. But you can still reap the rewards for this month–they are goooood. With a capital G!  


Oh that honey pot. Such a precious gift and for $10? Sign me up.

4.) My home is upside down. Thanks to this book which I frantically wrote notes in the margins in. This book was so refreshing. Many times I think I need to be all matchy matchy. I believe the room should look like this or that and oh the belief that I need to incorporate every Mary & Martha item I own into use. Guess what? I don’t have to. I can take my favorites and only use them! What?!! I can take my living room TV and move it from the central fireplace and put it in the wall you hardly see of my favorite pics of my babies of all time and make them the central piece of my room. Why am I so dumb? Just changing this very simple wall has brought me a renewed spirit for this room. I want to sit in there. I want to fill with my favorites regardless if it looks like a room out of a magazine. This book is ridiculously awesome. 


I have stayed away from her blog The Nester because I thought it was all DIY. And it’s not. It’s so much more AND that. So check it out!

5.) Friends. Maybe the most enjoyable read was this book from Big Mama. Oh my. I have now reflected on every relationship from little Renee Atchison across the street in the green house to my friendships made with those in the last three years in Mary & Martha and all of those in between. This book took me through the different seasons of my life and how God brought each person for a specific time and purpose. Read this with your girlfriends! And I am committing to praying for the friends my kids have and will have. Such a huge important part of their lives.

 
These pictures are making me miss the beach chairs, suntan oil, and sparkling water with lime. Sigh…

6.) Perhaps there is no greater truth than the title of this book? 


My people. My people are first and foremost in my home. There is comfort in the every day even laced with arguments, taking out the trash, feeding the kitties and cleaning the litter box. Comfort in the late night talks of frustration in your day in the kitchen while scouring for an acceptable snack before bed. Comfort in opening the doors to friends. My people are scattered. Not just those who live under this roof. My people are raising kids with and alongside me. My people are going to church with me. My people are working with me. My people are vast and home means so much more to me than a house with a roof. 

Friday faves.

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1.) This is my favorite wake up time ever. Not too early and not too late to squeeze as much of the day in as possible. This time is never feasible in my real life. But here on vacation this week? Perfection.

 

2.)  Relaxing after a workout. The best part of the day. The most freeing part of the day. If I could bottle the feeling… 


3.) Speaking of workouts, Running for Weightloss, the app has become my worst and best friend. I seriously do have a love/hate relationship. The love part comes in the picture above. The hate part comes when the voice ask me to sprint at 100%. 😉

  
4.) Walks on a white sandy beach.

 
5.) These two products from The Body Shop have changed my life. Given me freedom from putting on makeup twice in one day. A lip stain and lip and cheek stick. I love them. I will admit, I hate to be without makeup, but I hate to put on makeup for the day when I know I’ll just be hanging around. I’m weird that way. Does that even make sense? Like I know I’ll be getting myself ready for dinner and will want to look nice–but who wants to put on makeup for the day? And sweat it off? Not me. So these products have provided the perfect amount of color to not make me scare off those I come in contact with. It’s going to be my summer choice in makeup, I know it! 

  

 6.) Friends. Reading this book and a week spent with my Mary and Martha sisters just has flooded me with love for friends. You will love this book, Nobody’s Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle. Just such an endearing, funny read. And it makes you think about those friendships from early on until now I can truly say that one of my biggest blessings in Mary and Martha has been the relationships with these women…

   

  

  

 

7.) Biking. We need to invest in bikes. So fun! And the helmets and orange vests are quite something too… 

  

 8.) Sushi. I could eat it all day every day.

  9.)  Dessert. I could eat it all day every day.

  10.)  Failed selfies. We have a few…