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September 1, 2019

I've heard it over and over again, almost as if it were a broken record spinning non-stop on an old antique turn table.  The words fall from the lips so easy and natural like water over a waterfall.  "You've got this!", "you're strong!", "You're a warrior!" There is NOTHING easy and natural about finding out you have cancer, much less Stage 4 metastasized. I haven't even begun the fight yet, and I'm already exhausted.  Each day that passes, each Doctor's appointment, each scan that comes back I feel less and less "strong", less and less like "I got this" and more and more like a w...

August 4, 2019

The 24 hours before I heard the news, I was prepping. I went to work started on an all liquid diet, after work began drinking magnesium citrate to clean out my system and was actually kind of excited to have an early morning appointment so I could then get onto a three day weekend. In all honesty even after having red flag symptoms for the last seven months I was not expecting terrible news. I thought possibly an ulcer. I awoke at approximately 3:30 am to begin my last bottle of prep, my appointment was set for 7 am. We drove to the hospital, got checked in. I was taken back to th...

January 21, 2019

I first heard of Patagonia Lake State Park as I sat In an REI camping basics class a couple years ago.  I was immediately intrigued and have been waiting for the right opportunity to check it out.  That right opportunity came about this last weekend.  The park was all I imagined and more, and I am already planning a return trip!  Here are my five reasons Patagonia Lake should also be on your list of travel plans.

1. The Campground!

Patagonia Lake State Park, was established in 1975.  The campground overlooks a 265 acre man-made lake filled with crappie, bass, bluegill...

January 4, 2019

I cleaned up a table in the playroom today.  It's a quiet Sunday morning, a little dreary outside so I decided to do some cleaning.  A coffee table sits in the middle of our playroom, it has always been covered with random toys and role playing scenes.  Today as I was clearing it there were littlest pet shops sitting around a tiny table covered with tiny little food.  a small police officer standing guard on the balcony of a small Pet Shop cafe.  There was a toy German Shepard dog sitting on a carpet sample from Lowe's. a little rocking chair sitting with a tiny piece of fabric fr...

December 15, 2017

 If you are looking for a festive getaway this holiday season I would highly recommend LegoLand® California where you can experience the magic of the holidays!  Every year my family makes a trip to kick off the holidays and get our spirit in high gear.  The last few years we embarked on a trip to the North pole via the polar express, but this year decided to try something new and visit LegoLand® for the holidays.  

Upon entering the park you can already feel the magic enter your being.  From the decorations and music to the twinkling lights, to the worlds l...

September 22, 2017

I believe there is nothing better for your heart and your health than getting outside and enjoying nature, fresh air, and sunshine!  Whether you adventure around the globe or in your own backyard, letting the sun kiss your skin and fresh air fill your lungs as often as possible is something we should all live by.  My family recently took a day trip right here in our own backyard to Mortimer Farm In Dewey, Arizona.  We try and make it every year to their annual sweet corn harvest festival and this year was no different.  The day of the harvest party we hopped in our car and headed...

August 30, 2017

Summer is coming to an end but before it does so, it's time to get back to Dewey, Arizona for their annual Sweet corn Harvest Party!  Sweet Corn Harvest Party is Sept. 2nd & 3rd this year and I can hardly wait to sink my teeth in!   Sweet corn is in season at the farm and it's time to celebrate everything CORN! Come join us for a full day of "a-MAIZE-ing" attractions, games, farm activities, and much more!  This is an amazing outdoor activity for the whole family and I hope to see you all there!

Not only are you going to have a great time this weekend at the farm, Mo...

August 16, 2017

Life is like a pair of socks.  You start out new, you are soft to the touch.  You are bright and clean, with lots of elasticity with your whole life ahead of you.  You go through childhood and you may get worn outside without shoes and you begin to get a little dirty, but you are still in good shape.  The mom of the house continues to try and keep you clean but sometimes the outside dirt starts seeping into your fibers and by the time you become a teenager maybe you begin to lose your way.  You end up separated from everything you have known and you become a lost sock!...

August 11, 2017

The Family and I were headed to Big Bear Lake, California for the weekend to spend some time in our family cabin and I just knew I wanted to get a hike in while we were there!  I researched some hiking trails in the area and decided Bertha Peak was going to be the winning destination!  I read reviews of this particular hike and kept hearing over and over about the amazing views from the top!  

My family and I ( 3 kids ages 10-16 and my husband) grabbed some water, filled my flash pack with extra water and some hiking snacks, laced up our hiking boots and were out the...

July 11, 2017

It Started off like any normal Saturday for us, we drank our morning coffee and put our heads together on finalizing our itinerary for the weekend that was upon us.  I love the outdoors and escape into it any chance I get!  This particular weekend My husband and I had plans to do a moonlight paddle with a handful of friends from my work.  The night was planned around the moon phase...we were expecting a full moon to light the way.

A few things to keep in mind, I am a beginner paddler as is my husband.  We decided to purchase some kayaks as the heat of the Arizona weather...

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