Friday Coffee Talk

Happy Friday, friends!  Isn’t it funny how even if you’ve had the week off school or even if it’s the summer, it always feels SO GOOD to know it’s Friday??!  That’s totally how I feel today.  AND the fact that I’m doing something a little different on the blog today!  Instead of writing a post about what’s been going on around here lately and what we’ve been up to, I made a video! So pretend like we’re sitting together, over coffee, and[Read more]

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you haven’t heard (or have been living in a cave), this year’s cold and flu season has been horrible.  Every single family we know has been affected in some way, shape, or form, and not just by bad colds, but the flu, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, or a terrible combination of a few!  Typically I am not a big germaphobe, but I have been trying really hard to keep our family healthy by taking vitamins, diffusing and applying[Read more]

Happy New Year! 2017: Year in Review

Helllllooooooo friends!!  It was not my intention to take such a long break through the holidays… my WordPress blog server was down for almost two weeks and it took me a while to figure THAT out, and then it took them a while to get it fixed!  But here we are now, back up, and a lot to catch up on! I had several end-of-year blog posts planned that will just be published a bit late.  Nothing much more that you[Read more]

Weekend Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I cannot BELIEVE that Christmas is now less than one week away!  Are you ready?  Are you done with your shopping?  Are you ready to just sit back and enjoy the holiday cheer this week?  If your answers are no, no, and no, then I’m right there with you!!  I have a SUPER CRAZY week this week (just like last week- hello, only one post), we have three school parties this week, and we’re finishing up teacher gifts,[Read more]

Weekend Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  Can you believe that Christmas is TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY??  **Cue stress and anxiety levels to skyrocket.**  This season is flying by unlike any year in the past.  I am trying my very best to savor it and slow down a bit, but it’s SO HARD.  But we did have our first family Christmas with the Luton side this past weekend, and we were able to relax and just hang out with family, and let the kids play[Read more]

Scenes from Thanksgiving + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving break, with lots of good food, tons of good family time, and maybe a pajama day (or two).  We were able to spend time with family- we were in Blue Ridge last weekend and in Aiken early last week- and then were able to spend the rest of the week at home, just our little family of five. When I was growing up, we spent most holidays with just our immediate[Read more]

Lutons do Disney 2017: What We Learned

I know y’all are probably sick of hearing about our trip, and this is the last post about it, I promise (I think :))! Now, as a preface to this post, I am no Disney expert.  This is the first trip we took to Disney World as a family, and I am certainly a novice when it comes to planning a Disney trip and all the tricks and hacks and special secrets that come with experience.  BUT, I do know that[Read more]

Lutons do Disney 2017: The Trip

We took our first family trip to Disney World last week, and y’all, it was the trip of a lifetime.   We started talking about it September 2016, and officially booked it in December 2016.  I have been reading and plotting, researching and dreaming, praying and planning ever since then, trying to design the best surprise Disney trip for the kids, Scott, and I that I possibly could.  And in one word, the trip was MAGICAL.  I’ll have a second post[Read more]

The Best Things About Summer 2017

Today is the last day of summer, and I’m taking it harder than I had expected.  In years past, I have been a little sad, but ready for the kids to go back to school.  This year, I’m just sad!  I think it’s partially the fact that this summer really was so short, also that Ben will be going to Pre-K at the elementary school with the girls, and partially the fact that I feel like the kids have really grown[Read more]

Independence Day Recap

Like most Americans, we are very proud of our country, and love the Fourth of July! We had a pretty big Fourth this year– we packed about all we possibly could into the day with the kiddos.  Here’s a little recap of our day if you’d like to see… Our big plans for the day were to go to the Minor League Gwinnett Braves game, since Ben’s favorite player, Freddie Freeman, was at Gwinnett rehabbing his hurt hand.  We thought[Read more]

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