The Best Christmas Tree Ever

Tears were streaming down my face I was laughing so hard. The kids too were rolling in their seats. The expressions we saw on faces we passed on the highway that day were priceless. Our tree, tied to the top of our car, could have been featured in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Even I wondered if the permit attached to its trunk was necessary.

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Tips on Camping with Kids

Tips on Camping with Kids | the beauty in simpleI get giddy this time of year thinking about the camping season ahead. I’ve been camping my whole life, but as an adult my camping adventures didn’t start in earnest until about a dozen years ago when I was a single mom to two kids. I dove in with passion, taking my children on camping trips throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and as far as Canada, Mexico, and Europe. I know I’m a bit nostalgic about camping with kids, but I think my children would agree that those are the best memories we share.

My camping experiences aren’t limited to the trips I took with my older kids. My husband and I started our relationship seven years ago on a camping and mountain biking trip to Utah. Countless trips and unforgettable memories have followed. We now have a two year-old son who will be starting his second season of camping this summer with a lifetime of adventure ahead of him. Through all these experiences, I’ve learned a few things along the way that can make camping with kids easy, enjoyable, and memorable. I’d love to share my tips with you. Continue reading

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes and Other Reasons Why this Plant is Magical | the beauty in simple

When I think of spring flowers, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips come to mind, but another early bloomer is the dandelion. I know what you’re thinking, a dandelion is a weed, not a flower, but you’d be mistaken. I’ve never had a hatred for the plant like many do. Likely because every spring, the meadow my childhood home looked down upon was a glorious sea of yellow dandelions. It was (and still is) a sight to behold. Beyond the sunny yellow flower that brings me cheer there are other reasons to embrace the dandelion. Before you arm yourself with a spray bottle of Roundup®, hear me out.

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