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Dirty Kanza Kids Bike Race

My passion is running, my husband's is biking. Our daughter is still figuring it out. Some days she wants to be a runner like me, other days she wants to follow in her dad's footsteps and ride bikes. Honestly, we could care less whose footsteps she follows, as long as she keeps moving. Last weekend she surprised us both by riding in the Dirty Kanza Kids Bike Race. It's something she talked about doing, but with anything, we told her she needed to train (I say this term loosely as training … Read More>

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Why You Should Add Avocados to Your Diet

Why should you add avocados to your diet? It's really a simple answer, because I said so. OK, maybe that only works on my 6-year old. But seriously, avocados are what nutrition experts consider a "super food." One of those foods that is worthy of a cape. These nutrient dense fruits have a ton of vitamins and minerals, with relatively few calories. They contain monounsaturated fat (the good fat) and are naturally sodium and cholesterol free. And even better, they came in at #1 on the … Read More>

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Flightseeing in Denali National Park

Flightseeing in Denali is an experience that everyone traveling to Alaska should consider.   Part of my personality is the need for order. That means spreadsheets, agendas and itineraries so I know what to expect, what is expected of me and what I need to do. Those can be great attributes when planning a vacation, but they can also make for a stressful and not-so-fun trip. I've learned that flexibility is absolutely necessary, especially when you're planning outdoor … Read More>

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Square Foot Gardening

Lately I've been reading about our food supply and all the concerns that go along with getting food to our local grocery stores, in an "affordable" manner. I put affordable in quotes because that term is up for debate. Affordable from a monetary standpoint is one thing, but affordable from a health standpoint is entirely different. It's not a coincidence that the fruits and vegetables most people like to eat (yes, I am making an assumption here) are the ones on the dirty dozen list. I about … Read More>

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10 Days Traveling in Alaska

Last summer Kurt and I crossed off one of our bucket list items and spent ten days traveling in Alaska. With a limited amount of time (you should really spend at least 2 weeks in Alaska) and a lot of ground to cover, we knew had to make the most of it and spent many nights researching the various things to do. A trip to Alaska means different things to different people. For us, it meant spending most of our time doing outdoor activities. We wanted to hike, camp, and for me, I really wanted to … Read More>

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Transform Your Kitchen with New Appliances

When I was in 4th grade, my parents started a major remodel project on our home. My mom had a tiny kitchen, and for someone who like to cook, this simply did not work for her. At some point the decision was made to swap my parent's bedroom and the kitchen, and then began a remodeling project that I'll never forget! As a 10-year old, I didn't understand the fuss. A kitchen is a kitchen, right? Wrong. As an adult who enjoys cooking and baking, I've realized that function and design are … Read More>

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Things to Do in Arkansas – Family Friendly Hiking Trails

Be honest. When I say Arkansas, what immediately comes to mind? Let me guess, Bill Clinton. Walmart? The Razorbacks! Sure, those are all very important things to the state of Arkansas (especially the Razorbacks), but what many people don't realize is there are several outdoorsy things to do in Arkansas, especially in my favorite part of the state, northwest Arkansas. We were there over my daughter's Spring Break and had a great time. We camped, hiked and overindulged on fried foods at … Read More>

Food

avocado smoothie king

Why You Should Add Avocados to Your Diet

Why should you add avocados to your diet? It's really a simple answer, because I said so. OK, maybe that only works on my 6-year old. But seriously, avocados are what nutrition experts consider … Read More>

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Cranberry Margarita Recipe

Thank you to Dasani for sponsoring this post and as a reminder, you must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. When doing so, please drink responsibly. No drinking and driving, and no drinking and … Read More>

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Bean Bag Chili Recipe

Last month the company that I work for had an employee picnic at a local park. Since it was such a nice day, and we were kidless, my husband and I decided to ride our bikes to the event. Wichita isn't … Read More>

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Travel

flightseeing in Alaska

Flightseeing in Denali National Park

Flightseeing in Denali is an experience that everyone traveling to Alaska should consider.   Part of my personality is the need for order. That means spreadsheets, agendas and … Read More>

ten days traveling in Alaska

10 Days Traveling in Alaska

Last summer Kurt and I crossed off one of our bucket list items and spent ten days traveling in Alaska. With a limited amount of time (you should really spend at least 2 weeks in Alaska) and a lot of … Read More>

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Things to Do in Arkansas – Family Friendly Hiking Trails

Be honest. When I say Arkansas, what immediately comes to mind? Let me guess, Bill Clinton. Walmart? The Razorbacks! Sure, those are all very important things to the state of Arkansas (especially the … Read More>

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