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Hooray, It’s Friday! Fall, Rae Dunn, Etc.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Time for some random Friday rambles!


Last Friday was my birthday. Here’s the cake Dave made:



I’ve been expanding my Rae Dunn collection. We got a new HomeGoods store and they’ve had a few things available!



Zachary and I finished putting together a puzzle. This was it in progress:


How do people take photos straight on from above without shadows?


Since I posted pictures of fall leaves every day this week, here are a few more:



In case you missed it, this week I posted about:

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Things I’m Thankful For.

Have a great weekend!


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Making A Ripple To Change The World

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Making A Ripple To Change The World

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 317 mass shootings this year. Today is the 317th day this year.

On April 14, 2014, there was a shooting at our local Jewish Community Center. At the time, Gabbie was attending a party for her dance class. She was not in the same part of the building where the shooter shot and killed a man and his grandson, but there was a lock down and it was scary for her and her friends.

There were 3 people killed that day – the two at the JCC and another at Village Shalom – and the shooter was a white supremacist who was trying to kill Jewish people. The victims and their families were not Jewish, but instead of being angry at the Jewish community that their family members were killed, the families started a movement to work towards overcoming senseless acts of hatred. Each year, there are events hosted for seven days, in order to unite people young and old, embrace diversity, and make a ripple to change the world.

Each year, there is a walk held in memory of the victims to unite the community, and we have taken part in the walk each year. But the walk is only the conclusion of the seven days of events meant to overcome evil with kindness. Each day is represented by a themed button, and these buttons are designed by middle and high school students who submit original artwork for each of the themes – love, discover, others, connect, you, go, onward, and an overall theme for the week. Gabbie entered the competition and her art was chosen to represent the “Discover” theme.


Last week, we attended the organization’s press conference where the new button designs were shared and the events for the 2018 SevenDays were revealed.

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Gabbie didn’t speak at this event, but she will be interviewed on her own later this year!

The press conference was held at the World War I Memorial and I took some photos of the area too!


The walk will also be held in the same area, but by then it will be spring!

We are so proud of Gabbie for taking part in this important week of kindness. By participating in the Give Seven Days activities, we hope to make a ripple and change the world.


I’ll Show You My…Things I’m Thankful For

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


This month’s topic for the “I’ll Show You My…” Link Up is “Things I’m Thankful For.” I started participating in this link up last year, and we also shared things we were thankful for last November!

Since I didn’t link up with The Blended Blog earlier this month, I thought I would use their prompts to help me create a list of things I’m thankful for now.


1. A new friend

I don’t think I met anyone new this year, other than some of my blog friends – like Tiffany and Sierra! I’m thankful for all of my friends.

2. Something shiny

I love jewelry with meaning. My most meaningful piece is a diamond necklace I got from my grandma.

3. Someone unexpected

A few weeks ago, my cousin was in town for his job and he unexpectedly texted me. I was excited to have him over for dinner!


4. Something ordinary

Coffee, fall colors, and yummy food.


5. A person you’ve known a long time

I’ll have to go with my husband!

6. Somewhere you go every day

My house.

7. Someone who’s taught you something

I think the person who teaches me the most things is my mom. She always has great ideas to make things easier!

8. A far-away place


9. Something that’s saving your life right now


10. Someone you see every day



11. Something you enjoy doing


12. Someone female



13. A special place

Disney World

14. Someone male



15. Something warm

Sweaters and scarves.

If you posted about what you are thankful for, link up here!

Next month, you can join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (December 20) to show us a holiday recipe! This will be the last link up of the year. Here is our list of prior topics:


What are you thankful for?


How To Remain Comfortable While Staying Active This Fall

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls


Fall is such a fun time with the weather cooling down, the leaves changing color, and so many fun fall activities to check out! From apple picking to pumpkin picking to fall festivals, I get so excited about taking my kids everywhere! With the changing temperatures comes the necessity to think ahead about what to wear, what to bring, and how to stay comfortable while having a great time and staying active with your kids. Here are my tips!

1. Dress for the weather. Being that the fall weather can change so often, sometimes rising as much as 20 degrees in one day, I like to wear layers. When my kids and I planned to help out in the community garden plus go on a walk to look for fall leaves, I chose to wear a light-weight sweatshirt. In the morning, I wore my fleece jacket as well, but later I was able to remove it. Also, when it rained the night before, I chose to wear my rain boots, but for our leaf walk I wore sneakers!


2. Think ahead about what you may need. I am not great at that! You probably want to bring at least water, and if your kids are the type to often feel hungry, bring along some snacks! If it will be sunny out, bring sunglasses or a hat. If you are looking for pretty leaves, don’t forget your camera! If you’ll be volunteering at the community garden, consider gloves that fit your kids!


3. Get Custom Fit® relief with Dr. Scholl’s®. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I walk a long distance or stay on my feet for awhile, I experience lower back and foot pain. It is important to wear supportive shoes, but I also discovered that Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics provide immediate and all day relief for your foot, knee, or lower back pain from being on your feet! I visited a Custom Fit® Kiosk at my local Walmart and was able to get Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts recommended specifically for me in under 2 minutes! For both volunteering at the garden and going on a leaf walk, I wore Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts and no one could tell but me.


Dr. Scholl’s® experts developed the FootMapping® technology used in the Custom Fit® kiosk. It uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create your Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length and unique pressure points. The kiosk was located in my Walmart in the pharmacy area.

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Follow the directions on the screen at your local Custom Fit® Kiosk and step onto the footprints after removing your shoes and coat.

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Touch the screen to get started and choose your gender. Then select your desired product – in this case Orthotic Inserts.

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Next, the machine will instruct you to stand on the footprints, lean forwards, and stand on each foot individually. You also need to hold onto the bars in front of you. I missed that at first!

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When your Footmapping® is complete, you will see your recommended product on the screen. My recommendation was CF310. I was then able to select this product from the shelves directly surrounding the screen. I was also able to read about my product recommendation, which is meant for those of us with standard foot arches, as well as access a $10 rebate on my purchase. You can try Custom Fit® Orthotics risk-free with the Dr. Scholl’s® Money Back Guarantee  plus save $10 on your purchase with this rebate!

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Custom Fit® Orthotics are comprised of 4 layers, each providing a different benefit. These layers provide support and cushioning to immediately relieve foot and lower body pain and provide you with all-day comfort. Because pain in your lower back and knees can originate from your feet, getting custom support and cushioning to disperse your foot pressure and reduce the stress on your knees and back can keep you comfortable and active all day. With the Custom Fit® Orthotics in my boots and later in my sneakers, I was able to enjoy being on the go with my kids and enjoy a full day of activity while staying comfortable on my feet!

We had a great time volunteering and looking for leaves together!

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How do you stay comfortable while getting active with your kids?