The Shouse, Construction Begins

Last Wednesday morning I woke up sick with a cold. I went to bed knowing it was coming and praying I was wrong, I wasn’t. Last Wednesday morning was also the very first day of construction on the new house. Oh what a “hilarious” coincidence that was. Life has been a little chaotic lately, and that is putting it mildly. So if things around here have been a little more quiet than usual, it’s just us living in survival mode.

Ultimately the home build isn’t that much more on my plate. We are self-contracting all of the work since we learned what a waste of money paying a contractor was the last time. But Russ’ plate is suddenly overflowing and that means way more “single parenting” for me. Single parenting isn’t easy when you have your head in the clouds. I found myself saying sure to everything and dealing with the aftermath of what I agreed to, while doped up on cold meds, later. 

But today’s post isn’t to complain. Things worked out the way they did and we just rolled with it. One week later and I am finally feeling on the mend and SO much has happened as far as the build goes. Let’s take a look at some pictures that I took yesterday (November 14, 2017) around 12:00.
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Friday Favorites 11.10.17

Hello Fri-Yay!

A quick check of the blog showed that this is my first Friday Favorites post since September 29th! WHOA! I remember sharing about how it was great to feel like I didn’t have to do these Friday posts anymore, but I also didn’t exactly plan on taking that long of a break from them.

I guess just over a month is plenty of time for lots of randomness to accumulate inside my brain. And the best way to share all of that at once, is obviously with a Friday Favorite post.

Hack, Sneeze, Cough!

I think I spent so much time worrying that I would get sick, that I made myself sick.
With my marathon only 9 days away… I have a cold.

The “good news” is that I came down with said cold on Tuesday. So the odds are pretty high that I will be nearly 100% recovered before the race gets here. The biggest way it affected me was my last training run, 16 miles. But as long as I don’t have a fever, I can run. I’ve done that many times before… just never for quite that long. 

Construction has begun!

It may be two months later than we hoped, but construction on our house, aka shouse, aka barndominium, has finally started!

Life is about to get hectic friends. I’m hoping to share some more details with you, including the floor plan, next week!


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Actually beer does make everyone better looking. That slogan from BRÖÖ left me giggling like a school girl. We were so excited when we were given the opportunity to try this fun twist on hair care. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen Russ interested in a cosmetic item before, so that was kind of exciting. 

BRÖÖ serves up craft beer as the main ingredient in their hair care system. People have used beer to rinse their hair for ages for its nourishing properties. Plus all BRÖÖ products are brewed without harmful chemicals.

Another reason to love BRÖÖ is that they donate portions from every sale to help with clean water initiatives world-wide!

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Veterans Day

Today I want to take a few minutes to talk with my girls about Veterans Day. About a day to honor those who so sacrificially serve their country. One day just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Thank you so much to those who protect and defend our country. 

OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway!

Yesterday I shared about some of our favorite Holiday kid styles from Oshkosh B’gosh.

I also talked about how you can save big this holiday season, and win big, with OshKosh! Be sure to check out my post for details and don’t forget to enter our giveaway! We are giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card so they can stock up on some holiday styles of their own.

Other recent posts you might like…

Our 2017 Fall Family Photos

SImple ways to prepare your heart and your home for the upcoming holiday season.

Tips to prepare for the holiday season, now!

Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here next week!

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Making The Holidays Magical

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I know people joke about the arrival of November bringing all things Christmas. Some people embrace it with open arms, others cringe in disbelief. I try to find balance somewhere in the middle.

For me the key to getting the most out of the holidays is the preparation that I do from November 1st until Thanksgiving day. If I am prepared, planned and ready to celebrate my favorite season of all, we thrive. If I procrastinate and don’t make preparations, chaos consumes us all December long.

At our house November isn’t about celebrating our favorite season as much as it is about preparing for it. Today I want to talk to you about a few ways we are preparing our hearts,and our home, for the upcoming Christmas season. 

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My Monthly Goals, November 2017

Let’s take a look at what I completed…

* Successfully complete my mini fall photo challenge.
* Share 3 or 4 fall recipes on the blog.
Continue to show myself grace when it comes to blogging. Really embrace that for me less is more & bigger isn’t always better. 
* Work on our fall fun list together. See my list update here!
* Take some fall family photos.
* Weekly long runs starting with 12 mile runs and building off of that. 
* Work out at least 14 times.
* Take care of my body to hopefully stay injury free during the craziness of marathon training. More water, stretching & a good post run recovery routine.
* Start using the First 5 app. 
* Plan a girls night with the ladies from church.
* Get out of the house with our school work 5 times.
* Continue working on brush piles mountains out at the land.
* Finalize costume plans by the middle of the month!
* Be more diligent and organized about working on our budget multiple times a week.
* Send some fall snail mail.

And what I didn’t …

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Five Things Friday, October Joys

It’s the third month of ‘Five Things Friday‘ on the blog today!

Once a month, on the fourth Friday, I talk about five things that are bringing me joy. It’s a great way to count my blessings and practice a little bit of optimism in a pessimistic world. It does my heart so much good to focus on what is making me smile and getting me through my days. Because let’s be honest, some days are harder than others and finding those little joys in life can make all the difference!

Here are my October 5!

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Fall Family Fun List 2017, October

It’s crazy to think that I shared our Fall Family Fun list well over 6 weeks ago and it just now feels like the fall weather has arrived. So much of our fall felt like summer and we struggled to mark anything off of our list for the first month. But regardless of that, our list is about halfway done. Today I wanted to share our progress and a few fall photos we’ve taken along the way too. 

What we’ve done so far…

Go on a hayride
Date night
Halloween Movie Night (we’ve had 2)
Attend a Fall Party (we attended 3)
Get lost in a corn maze
Bake a pumpkin treat (One, Two, Three, Four and counting…)
Hot Rod Reunion at MoKan
Bonfire & S’mores (I think the bonfire night count is at 3)
Try a new soup recipe

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