What I've Been Up To (In Photos)
The craziness began a month ago when my oldest daughter turned eight years old. I didn't have the time or money to organize a big party this year, so I gave her a whole birthday week to make up for it. I surprised her with a present each day, and on the last day before her birthday, I made her a scavenger hunt to another present she got to open early. On the day of, I surprised her with a new outfit to wear to dinner.
Then a few weeks ago my boss went on vacation and let me and my girls house sit so we could have our own little vacation. They have a big house with a pool, so we spent our time relaxing.
Then my boss (and friend) needed me on a weekend trip to Deep Creek Lake. On Saturday we took all the kids to a man-made beach and soaked up some sun while the kiddos swam and played in the sand.
The day we got back was the day before my 8 yr. old's first day of third grade. We still had a few things to pick up then squeezed in one last mommy-Kylie date with The Odd Life of Timothy Green (great movie!).
Meanwhile I took photos for several travel-tips posts. Between the military and all the weekend trips we take, I've learned quite a few things about traveling with children.
I've also been doing more cooking and baking with Kylie before the rush of school started. I took photos so I can share the recipes with you.
In addition to organizing and redecorating my daughters' room, I've been cleaning out my own closet (and doing some vintage shopping) to prep for a "shop my closet" type of blog. I had some success selling vintage accessories on Etsy, but the fees are not something I want to pay considering I'm not making a huge return.
Of course you can see I also reworked The Blog Entourage. It is no longer about other blogs. It is a lifestyle blog with new posts coming on the things I love the most - cooking, style, decorating, organizing and travel. Perhaps the biggest change is I no longer accept guest posts. It was taking up too much time, and time is money. It's time for me to get serious about freelance writing and whichever other side projects I have going on, and this site needs to function as a reference point for prospective clients.
I appreciate the readers who are still making their way to the site!