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Friday, March 18, 2011


I am a total list maker. Just about every night I make a list for the next day of everything we have going on or what I need to do before we go anywhere. Places to go, books to read, emails to send, phone calls to make, birthday presents to buy {and mail, late usually.}. Pack the diaper bag and shower are also embarrassingly typical entries on my list.

Here's a list of what's going on over here and what's been on my mind this week:

1. Hand-Me-Downs.


No joke this girls closet is blessed and stock full of hand-me-downs. Neighbors, friends, family have all given us bags here and there with miscellaneous girls clothes. A couple weeks back I decided I needed to dig through the closet and really see what she had for spring and summer and we found this costume. It's decided, she will be the clown of Halloween 2011. We're in love.

2. Our heart-breaker.


He's just modeling his outfit (minus the suit coat) for three, yes three, upcoming weddings he'll be ring bearer in.

3. Matchy Matchy {Haircuts}.
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4. Date nights.

We are totally in need of a date night right now. I wrote this week about why I love date night and some date night on a budget ideas. You can weigh in as well right over here. {We're trying out a potential new sitter/nanny on Sunday night!}

6. Icee Dates with my littles at Target.

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Red for her. Blue for him. Starbucks for Mama. Oh, life is good.
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7. Contests.

Better Homes and Gardens sent me some kitchen products recently to try out and invited me to be part of a contest and giveaway. Go here and if my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies get the most votes, Better Homes and Gardens will be doing some BIG giveaways here on my blog.

8. Japan.

I can't seem to tear myself away from the news of what is happening in that country. It is heart breaking, world changing and hard to know what to do or even, what to say about it. But this week Japan has been on my mind and heart and they will continue to be.

9. Finally, one {BIG} request. I'm working on a couple projects right now and am needing some crowd favorites. Have you been reading my blog for awhile? Is there a post lying in my archives that you love? Did you just start reading and get sucked in by something? Will you please tell me in the comments your favorite post {preferably with words, not just a photo of my kids or something} of mine to help with these projects? I would really, really appreciate your help and support so for those leaving a favorite post I will do a giveaway of a $10 Caribou Coffee {or Starbucks if you don't live in the land of Caribou} gift card. Winner to be chosen by on Friday, March 26. Thank you, friends.

Happy Friday to you!

{Disclosure: The coffee giftcard is a giveaway from me. That's it.}


Blogger The Petersons said...

I feel like this might not be entirely helpful because I don't know the titles of the posts and I am not sure I quite have the time to look through and find them! :) But, the posts where you write about your blended family have been really powerful--especially those stories that show the situation through the kids' eyes, like when H made the "You don't even live her all the time" comment, or when M asked another kid at school where their "Samara" was. (I think that was the story...) Anyway, the ones like that really stick with me.

March 18, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like your post about 'Stories to Share'. That really hit home with me about how long you have wanted to be a writer and now you are finally going to do it. I think you are immensely talented and would read your book in a heartbeat! I support you 100% and can't wait to read all about it! I love reading all your blogs and hearing about what goes on in your daily life...I feel like I get to know you a little better with each post I read. Have a happy Friday!

Love, Rachel

March 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The marriage advice blog! I loved it, all of yours and reading all of the comments were great, that is one I went back to.

Stephanie T.

March 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Jess Bjokne said...

I love the post where you talk about how you started with the name simplicity and there is a pic of you (college maybe?) with the word simplicity in your hand. I love it! Jessica

March 19, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger AubreyLaine said...

Blogs about marriage!!

March 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Allison S. said...

I love how you talk about blended families. There was a blog where you wrote about how your sent a Christmas card to your "Bigs" other family. I thought that was touching and very big of you. Coming from a blended family, I think you really try to do what's best for the kids...and that is so important. Keep up the good work!

March 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

I think you do a great job of writing honestly. I would echo the comments made by others about sharing your blended family stories. I particularly like "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back." You communicate so clearly that it is not a walk in the park to do this blended family thing well, but you do it because it is the best and healthiest way to do it for the kids. The world needs to know how to set disagreements & disappointments and anger with each other and do what is best for kids. Any of the posts you have written about blended living have been wonderful.

March 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

I just thought of two others that I thought were wonderful also. The perfect day when you were on vacation and you have the sweet photo of T carrying H and also your family camping adventure.

March 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Your post when you reviewed the book Cold Tangerines and your honest reflections on grief and missing your mom - I have a friend who is really struggling with grief right now and I pointed her to your blog and also to that book in hopes it would help!

March 22, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the posts about grieving and remembering your mom to be really helpful to me. My mom passed away last May and I like your honesty in talking about the feelings you have about your mom.

There was one post this past year you wrote about your daughter's middle name. I recently tried to look for it but couldn't find it. I had a baby girl in December and used my mom's name for her middle name. I would love to re-read that post if you could point me to it!

Keep up the beautiful writing you do. I forgot how I initially found your blog - maybe from Cribsheet - but I love to "check in" and read it!


March 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I absolutely love when you tell us stories about what your kids do. This one came to mind right away. I just love hearing about the hilarious things kids say and do!
I also love to read about all the kids' views of your blended family. Just like M's recent comment about you being there for her birth. I saw in the other comments too when H said you don't live here all the time.
Stories like those I really enjoy!

March 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger said...

I hope to not bring things up again, but I have two favorite posts. Bot include your Mom. The first is when you got the news of your Mom. The one where you got some sand in your eyes. I have thought of this often with what has been going on here. Plus, when you asked all your readers to send your mom a letter. I just loved that you did this! I love the power of the internet and the ability to get people who don't even know you involved. I don't care if I win, but just wanted you to know that has and still touches me. Keep writing! Love them all!

March 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

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