Welcome!  I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend full of good food and family time.  As you can see, it looks a little different around here.  Thanks to Erin and Melissa of Wooden Spoons Kitchen my little blog has a brand new look.  To say that I love it would be an understatement.  They so clearly captured what I wanted, when I wasn’t exactly sure myself.  If you are in the market for a blog update, branding or design I can’t recommend them enough.

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So…are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?  Thankfulness is sure in the air with all the wonderful thankful posts everyday on facebook and instagram.  I think the focus on gratitude is just one reason I love this time of year.

With less than a week until the big day I’ve started making my lists…for food and suitcases.  We will be traveling to family this year.  I’m looking forward to good food, family time and a trip to the river with my dad and boys.

It’s been a couple weeks since I last shared a few of the things I’ve been enjoying lately.  Maybe it’s all the gratitude in the air, but I had a long list of things to share today.  Here are just 5…


1. DesignersCare

I love it when people use their talents to help those in need.  A group of talented designers have come together to do just that, by opening an Etsy shop selling art cards and stationary.  All proceeds go directly to the Red Cross to help those effected by Hurricane Sandy.  They would make a perfect gift for the holidays.  I ordered some myself  and look forward to sending them to friends.

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Sitting here, trying to write a post that comes out on an election day isn’t easy.  I’ve come to the point where I no longer know what to say.  The finger pointing commercials and countless (countless!) solicitation calls have somehow made me want this election over more than ever.  Politics can be as personal as religious choices for some, and the conviction they feel for their cause just as strong.  My children talk about the election and have raised many questions I’ve had to really think about to answer.  They range from something as simple as explaining the differences between Democrats and Republicans to the more complex questions of , “why can’t everyone just get along?”  From the mouths of babes.

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At the slightest hint of cold weather my children start asking for hot chocolate.  This is a bit ironic, given the fact that they don’t love to wear winter coats, hats or mittens.  In all honestly, if it’s above 40 degrees they think it’s okay for shorts.  Crazy boys.  All that said, they do love their hot chocolate.  I do too.  Once the cold hits I’m chilled to my bones until the spring thaw, so I often have a mug of something warm close by.

While traditional hot chocolate is lovely, it’s fun to change it up every now and then.  Last week, while stocking up on tea, I came across a box of Chocolate Chai.  My first thought?  Genius!  The creamy flavor of chocolate and the spice of chai, it seemed the perfect match.  Because I love the challenge of making things on my own, upon returning home I quickly headed to the kitchen, to try my hand at creating a homemade version.  A few batches later, I had a family approved chocolate/chai inspired drink.

We even took a thermos with us on our Sunday morning hike.  After a cool morning of crunching leaves, collecting acorns and walking sticks it felt good to share a cup of something warm.

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