February 28, 2013

Day in *My* life

It's throwback day! This post was initially published almost exactly a year ago on my friend's blog - which she has since disbanded, so I thought I'd share it here! Amazing how little life has changed in the last year... :) 

Welcome to life at Crazy Casa K…both my husband and I work full time, I’m a park ranger and my husband works from home. It makes for a busy life, but we love it…most days!

The alarm goes off at 6:30. I usually lie there for a few moments before garnering the willpower to get up! Usually A is making happy noises in his crib. Babbling away. I usually have 20 minutes before he is tired of playing by himself.

Then I go in and get him – the best part of my day is seeing his face light up when I walk in the room. I sing him his morning song “Good morning to you, Good morning to you, you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too!” One day he won’t enjoy this song, but for now, he bobs his head along with a big smile on his face.

I get him dressed and ready for the day. Then he plays while I get his and my breakfast ready. At 7:30 we go in and wake up daddy – making sure he makes his minute long commute down the hallway. Our baby-sitter arrives and chases A around while I scarf down breakfast, get my coffee ready, and update the babysitter on A’s food and schedule for the day.  I try my hardest to get out the door by 7:40 – waving and blowing kisses to A as he eats breakfast.

My days usually consist of meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Just what you imagine a park ranger doing, I know! When I’m not in meetings I hang out at my desk, trying to do some work while not being too distracted by the adorable pictures of A around my office J I’m also lucky to have a big window…
Over lunch I almost always try to make time and run/walk with one of my colleagues. I’m trying to work up to just running! Today I had the chance to both visit the new visitor center (opening June 9th, eek!), and see a roadrunner outside my window – wildlife sighting!

On a normal day I leave work at 5:30 pm – I work 9 hour days, so I can have every other Friday off to spend with my little guy. A gets to play with daddy from 4:30-6:00, and I get to feed him 2nd dinner (yes, he eats two dinners. No, he isn’t a hobbit!).

Since it’s my short day though, I got off a little early today, so we got to go for a walk as a family before it gets dark.  Then he gets a bath (his favorite, favorite thing!), play a little, cuddle, read a book, sing a lullaby, brush his teeth (and scream when I take the toothbrush away) and say “nigh nigh.”

Then I get to relax, wait, no! My amazing husband has started dinner…so we finish making dinner, give the Moose some attention, and most night these days, watch some tv or hockey. I play on the ipad, do some blogging, talk to my husband and get ready for bed…

Read, sleep, and get ready for the next day J Then it starts all over again….just a regular day in the life at Crazy Casa K…

February 27, 2013

My Panamanian Meal #pcweek2013

When I heard that I was going to Latin America for the Peace Corps - I got really excited. Palm trees, warm weather, salsa dancing, and great food. I had visions of tasty food, filled with exotic spices, black beans, mangoes, tomatoes, cilantro...ah, the dreams. The reality? much different! Panamanian food - at least in my fishing village was pretty much as bland as bland could be!

Now, don't get me wrong. I LOVE the warm culture of the Panamanian people! I love the palm trees, the coconuts, the ocean breezes. I love the laughter and the yelling. I don't love the food :) But I decided, for nostalgia's sake to recreate the meal that I ate EVERY day (yes, really). At least every day that I was in my village.

My Panamanian meal!  Tomatoes, Cabbage (with mayo), Patacones (double-fried plantains), Avocado (or whatever was in season), rice and fried fish. It was actually pretty easy to recreate!

Ingredients: Oil (lots!), Rice, Garlic, Onions, Water, Chicken Bouillon, cabbage, mayo, salt, pepper, tomato, plantain, fish!

1) Rice - In a pan, add oil, saute garlic and onions (I forgot the onions!) - once browned, add in 1 cup of rice and mix until covered with oil. Add 1.5 cups of water and a little bouillon, once boiling put heat on low, cover and cook until water is gone!

2) Cabbage salad (oh my god, every day!) - Chop up cabbage, mix liberally with mayo, add salt and pepper. Top with sliced tomato! I couldn't believe that "salad" always meant cabbage and mayo!

3) Patacones (the healthiest part :P). Get a green plantain - peel with a knife (wash your hands, they stain!). Cut into evenly thick pieces. Drop into enough hot oil to cover the pieces. Once slightly cooked, remove from oil. Use something (we always used a can - I'm sure there are more sophisticated options!) to flatten the plantain slices. Put back into oil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from oil add salt!

4) Fish - re-use patacones oil - add fish, fry! I bought de-boned fish without the skin. Normally I would eat an entire fish fried whole. Fun to pick out the bones, oh yes! And to eat the eyes - yuck!

5) Cut an avocado in half and add it to the plate! Tada! - now you have the meal I ate for two years (more or less)! And don't forget a whole glass of water, but not until you eat all your dinner, you wouldn't want to ruin your appetite :)

Now, some things changed depending on the season - lobster, avocado, crab, shrimp, papaya - but the core of the meal was always, always the same. Rice, rice, rice, fish, cabbage, plantains and a big glass of water. It was actually fun to re-create it, and I enjoyed it! Biggest surprise? The tastiest part was the mayo and cabbage :) It's not so bad when you don't have to eat it every day!

It brought back great memories! What meals do you eat that are inspired from other countries?

February 26, 2013

I am an RPCV {#pcweek2013}

I was driving in the car Sunday night and started thinking about where time had gone. I was driving out of LA, to the far, far, far suburbs with a sleeping toddler safely ensconced in the back seat, having just dropped my husband off at the airport - off on an adventure - and I was heading back to our home.

Adventures in suburban Los Angeles
I definitely don't feel like my life is full of adventure right now. Suburban living, Mommy-ing (ok, totally an adventure), Commuting, Running, Cleaning, Cooking. Not living in a fishing village, hiking to Macchu Pichu, teaching elementary school in Spanish, exploring a new culture, living without electricity, burning rice, taking strange boat rides with sea-sick pigs...

As I think about it more, however, my adventures as a Peace Corps Volunteer made my current life possible. I am a better mother because of the Peace Corps, a better employee, a better manager, a better person. Just better.

I am unfazed by a toddler vomiting all over me. I have yet to gag over diapers (yep, can be gross), I can appreciate a good story and am good at building relationships. I have an appreciation for lobster and cabbage. I can eat the same thing over and over and over again if need be. I know that lukewarm beer on an overbearingly hot day is a little bit of heaven. I can handle broken air conditioners and can be very patient - it will all happen in good time. I know how lucky I am - I am grateful for my family, for my home, for the people in my life.

RPCV Panama
My adventures then (2002) and now (2013)
The Peace Corps taught me many, many things. How to smile big, how to wait forever, how to be a part of something bigger than myself, and how to appreciate being me. I may not be living in a hut in a fishing village, but I am, and always will be, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). I am still learning from those adventures and making my life better today...more adventures await, I can feel it :)

February 25, 2013

Keeping my Blog Organized!

I try very hard to be organized. It may be more of a love of planners than anything else :) I currently have three in my purse. Yeah, I know, too many. My blog planner...even color-coded! I am currently just using a regular planner, and it works for a monthly outlook, but I thought it might be nice to supplement with a weekly blog planner - one specifically designed for bloggers.

There are actually quite a few amazing free, printable blog planners out there! I decided to try Mommy Words Weekly Planner. I wanted something with blog specific action areas, one page to fold into my other planner, and simple!

My attempts at being organized!
I've been using it now for a few weeks and I have to say there are some things I love - it is a great addition to my regular planner! Overall, I think it has been a great way to organize my thoughts.

There are really four sections - info on the upcoming post, To-Do's for the week, Communications and a box for "shards of brilliance." (I love that phrase by the way - reminds me of The Dark Crystal (brilliant movie) - but I digress!).

I'm pretty good about planning out my posts - but I had never about labeling the category - which is a great idea! I love the to-do list at the bottom, I really need to start thinking about the more administrative aspects of blogging. This is a great reminder. In addition, I really like the simplicity, design and how it is on one page! See for yourself :)

Just click to take you to the free download at http://www.mommywords.com/
For my own purposes, I also like to keep track of followers on different sites, so a weekly tracking area would be nice. However, I can always keep track in the notes area...though my notes end up being much longer than a small box - I love to write down random ideas. That said, this planner is perfect as a supplement to my other planner. I can write daily to-do's, keep track of more detailed info and tuck this one pager in for easy access each week!

You should definitely check out Mommy Words for the free planner - and other sage advice! Thanks so much for making this free for all of us to use!

This is a free product that I reviewed without compensation. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. 

February 24, 2013

Happy Monday - A Happy Home!

It's Monday again - and I need some happiness. It's been a tough week. A really bad cold hit the house - sick toddler and sick mom are a bad combination. It just keeps lingering! Since I've been stuck in the house, I've been trying to think of ways to make my home a happier place. Other than having magical cleaning fairies visit :)

Normally, an easy way to brighten up the house is fresh cut flowers, either from the yard or store bought. I love fragrant flowers to brighten my mood. Even just opening the windows and smelling the fresh air instantly makes me feel better.

Baking! Though I don't have energy for it this week. The smell of fresh baked bread or molten chocolate always makes the house feel happy. Some mellow music ~ or dance music ~ instantly makes me smile! Some good Latin music always makes me want to move. On a cold night, there isn't anything better than the fireplace, I love having a fireplace.

Of course, longer term, adding some color to my home has made me so happy - even as simple as painting an accent wall, changing the bedding or new artwork. We If you want to see more of my home - check out the home tour :)

The most important way to make my home happy - of course - is the making sure the people in it are happy! Who could be sad when they get to come home to smiles like these!

How do you make your home a happier place? I'd love more ideas! Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 6 of Happy Monday!

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February 23, 2013

My Cat, My Dog ~ Book Review

We love reading in this house. 

I'm not sure if A loves it as much as I do, or if the 20 books (give or take) before bed is really just a stalling technique! I'll assume it's a love for books :)

Therefore I was thrilled to be able to review "My Cat, My Dog" by Katrina Streza and illustrated by Brenda Ponnay. 

Ipad kid's book

It is an incredibly cute book - I LOVE the illustrations...they are perfect for young readers. You could almost frame the illustrations for some wall art! The story is also great for learning, perfect toddler repetitiveness. A wanted to read it over, and over and over again....and then he told me over and over again all about what the "guau guau" (dog) and "mau mau" (cat) were doing! It's definitely a keeper!

The book is published by Xist publishing - which produces books for the touchscreen generation, geared for toddlers through beginning readers. Yes, my 2 year old can already use an ipad!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did :) It's only $2.99 on Amazon!

*I was provided a copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own.

February 22, 2013

Peace Corps Week!

You'll actually look forward to your morning commute. Life is calling. How far will you go? Learn more about the Peace Corps

Guess what next week is? Peace Corps Week! Some of you may know that I was a Peace Corps Volunteer many years ago :) This upcoming week is Peace Corps week, so I decided I'd take some time this week to tell you a bit more about my experience and how it still affects me.

Living as a PC volunteer was an amazing experience...one that really changed my life. Since the third goal of the Peace Corps is to bring the experience back home, I thought I'd do my part.

If you know anyone who might be interested in joining the Peace Corps - I'd be happy to connect with them. There are always RPCVs (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) that would be willing to share their experiences.

February 20, 2013

Good intentions

I had great blogging intentions this week! But then a horrible cold hit the household...so instead of actually following through...I will just tell you about them. Sorry!

I was going to write a post about my beautiful, talented, wonderful sister. It was her birthday and I'm so glad she's in my life. A is lucky to have an aunt that lives close by :)

I was going to link-up to the Come On, Get Happy blog hop. I'm all for getting more happy in my life! Instead, I'll just encourage you to stop by :)

I was going to write a review of this cute kid's book - and link up to a Kid Lit blog hop....next week! Keep an eye out.

Lastly, I was going to remind you that I have two giveaways open right now, one closing at midnight - for a 2 yr. subscription to RedWeek - a site for timeshare rentals - the other, a gift basket for cold and flu medicine from Little Remedies (needed in my home right now!) that ends on Saturday!

I'm just starting to feel better so hopefully I'll get around to being more productive soon! Hope you are feeling ok in your household!

February 17, 2013

Happy Monday - What I Love to Do!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone found something to make them happy this week...I can't wait to hear about it :)

What makes me really happy? Having time to read! Now that my little guy is a little older, I can find time to read again. I've read three books in the last week. That is happiness :) Once it gets a little warmer I dream of sitting out in my yard, with the beautiful hanging strands of light, on my swinging chair with a hot chocolate just enjoying a good book. My home is pretty much overrun with books - so now that I have some time, I have no shortage of books to read!

I have always - well, as long as I can remember - been an avid reader. I love books. I love good sentences, beautiful words, great characters. I love escaping into another world - I even love not so great books that let me escape for a little bit :) I love learning. I have my dad to thank for my love of books - I only hope I pass it on to my son.

I go through phases...Chick Lit, Russian Classics, Parenting Books, Sci-Fi, Documentaries...but I'm pretty much a fan of any genre. My all time favorite? Probably a tie between Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden. Right now I'm sort of in a Teen Dystopian and Parenting Book Phase - but I think I need some new inspiration.

What about you? What books make you happy? I'd love some suggestions!

What made you happy this week? Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 5 of Happy Monday!

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February 15, 2013

It's Cold Season! ~ Little Remedies Giveaway

My little guy has had a runny nose for the last few weeks. Hasn't been sleeping well, he just hasn't been 100%. Little kids seem to be germ factories! I'm always looking for the best way to keep my guy healthy, and to keep him comfortable when he is sick. It's also cold and flu season, which can be a stressful time - especially for those of us with young children!

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My adorable but snotty child
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February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to my Amazing Husband!
Meeting at Night
by Robert Browning

The gray sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low:
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,
And the voice less loud, through joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!

February 12, 2013

Kaboom!'s Playground Love Contest!

You might know, that I'm a park ranger - I believe that parks are for people, that being outside soothes your soul, that everyone needs some green to breathe. I think every single kid has the right to have a safe place to place to play, to just be a kid.

So I was very excited to find out about Kaboom!, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States dedicated to saving play for children. They have served over 6 million kids through building, improving or opening more than 14,000 playgrounds. 

This month they are asking you to send in photos of the playgrounds they love for a chance to win great outdoor toys. Just visit their Facebook site to enter! Hurry, you have to submit your photo by February 19th!

I feel incredibly lucky that I have the option to walk with my son to many outdoor play areas. KaBOOM! wants to make sure that all kids have that opportunity. If you are interested in supporting this mission, there are many ways to help, including volunteering and donating.

I wrote this post as a part of the Global Team of 200, a specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrated on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health. All information used with permission.

February 10, 2013

Happy Monday - Here's to your Health!

Happy Monday! I am so glad that you're here :)

I wanted to change things up a little today. I am still going to suggest a topic each week - in case there are some that need a little inspiration. But really, this is a time to collect happy stories. So feel free to link-up any post from this week that makes you happy - or share a comment about what makes you happy!

This week...exercising with my family makes me happy! It's proven that exercise makes you happy...but even better...I love running with my husband and son! This week we ran from our house to a hiking trail nearby. Once we were at top, the little guy wanted to get out and run just like daddy. I love that he is learning to love exercising too. He literally ran all the way down the hill with a huge grin on his face. He loves hiking with us too :)
Family exercise

I want that kind of happy when I am exercising! I have a lot to learn from my son.

I hope he learns to love family time and how much fun exercise can be. I hope I can set a good, healthy example!

What made you happy this week? Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 4 of Happy Monday!

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The Hour that Matters Most

The Hour that Matters Most
By Les & Leslie Parrot, Stephanie Allen & Tina Kuna
208 pp. Tyndale House Books

I have to admit, I did not have high hopes for this book - but I really, really liked it! I was at Dream Dinners making some meals to go and saw a stack of them in the corner ~ I figured it would be sort of an interesting book/advertisement for Dream Dinners (founders are contributers). However, it is so much more than that! 

The core message of the book is why eating meals together as a family, especially dinner, is so important to a family. As the mother of a 2 year old, much of the content isn't quite relevant to me yet! I know, however, that I will be facing some of these issues in the future.

I come from a family where we ate meals together every night. I can't tell you how important that was to me growing up. I think it's so important to be together as a family every day. Now that my little guy is starting to eat at the table (cue tears, he's getting so big!!), I want to make sure that we set good habits now, ones that will last his whole life. He is SO very excited this week when we took the tray off of his booster chair and let him eat at the table with us.

Eating Dinner as a family

This book not only shared some easy family recipes, but it also had great advice on improving your conversations with your kids and spouse as well as improving your family relationships (even seems relevant to work relationships!).

This was one of those books that had me constantly marking pages and vowing to try out ideas when I can! I recommend it to anyone trying to make time for family dinner - or just for families looking for tips on how to make dinner the best hour of the day. I particularly love the conversation prompts! Definitely a 4/5 stars! I can't wait to implement some of the really great ideas!

February 9, 2013

Ever Thought About Renting a Timeshare? ~Giveaway

My husband and I love to travel. He is exceptionally good at finding good deals in amazing places! We have had a lot of fun traveling with the little guy too - he especially loves the luggage carts :)

One thing we hadn't looked into, until recently, was time share rentals. I discovered that there is a whole market of time share rentals. You can rent a time share that isn't being used - which often makes it a budget-friendly proposition! Timeshare rentals typically cost up to 50% less than hotel rooms, especially when rented directly from the owner.

For a family, a big advantage is being able to save money on meals. We just got back from a mini-vacation in a hotel where we had a mini-fridge but no kitchen. I know it would have saved us money if we'd been able to prepare our our food. Most timeshare rentals come with a full-sized, fully-equipped kitchen. 

While exploring RedWeek.com, a website where you can find a timeshare, or rent one if you own one, I also discovered many of the resorts have swimming pools, often with waterpark features, hot-tubs, kiddie pools and children’s playgrounds. I even found one with a mini-golf course! The website is easy to navigate, has much-needed reviews and lots of options, including searching by "kid-friendly" or "pet-friendly." If you  do take family vacations, it seems a reasonable price - for $14.99 a year you have unlimited access to all the listings. For folks with timeshares there are additional deals! I have to say, I have never thought about or looked into timeshares prior to being introduced to this site. Now, however, I'll check here first!

Now for the best part :) RedWeek is offering one of my readers a free two-year RedWeek membership!  Use the Rafflecopter form below, it is open through 2/21/13. You must like RedWeek and Time Share Ambassadors (or follow them on twitter) to be eligible!

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p.s. In case you wondered about the term “redweek,” and why this company has that name:  In the timeshare industry a “red week” is the best, or prime time, to own a timeshare (for example, Christmas week at a ski lodge, etc.). In using this term as the name of this company, it simply means “The Best.”  J

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

February 8, 2013

Installing the Nest - DIY

There is this really cool new thermostat I've been coveting for awhile now. It's called the Nest. They call it "The Learning Thermostat." From the creator of the ipod, it is a simple, elegant design. In addition, you can access it from the computer, your iphone, while you are away. It's pretty cool! From the Nest website:
"Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So Nest learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and Nest can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%."
So, we decided to take the plunge and invest in one of these thermostats - I say invest because it isn't cheap, about $200 for the 1st generation version.

Regardless, we ordered it...then my husband turned to me and said "wouldn't it be cool to blog about installing it all by yourself?" My first thought - you are just trying to get out of doing it! Then I realized, it would be pretty cool! It claims you can do it in 30 minutes or less...so why not try, I needed a home improvement project to call my own :) Challenge accepted.

First off, the company tried to make it as easy for you in every way possible. The design is simple, they include a screwdriver and a built-in level. There are plenty of YouTube videos available. If you don't want to do it yourself, you can get the high level service, someone will come install it for $120. So I opened the box, got the tools together and headed on over to our current thermostat.

It was slightly more complicated than it appears when you open the box. For me, in addition to the screwdriver, I needed a flashlight (and someone to hold it!), pliers, a drill and for aestetics, you will probably want spackle and paint. 

Installation requires cutting power to your current thermostat (hence a flashlight if you are in, say, a dark hallway); removing the old thermostat (easy part!); disconnecting wires, labelling wires (pay attention here!); attaching the new thermostat to the wall (using power tools!); reconnecting short, multi-colored wires to new thermostat (harder than that may seem); snapping on the faceplate and connecting the Nest to the internet. Oh, and in our case, cleaning up the wall that had been hidden by the old thermostat but that is now exposed due to the much smaller design of the Nest.

Yes, that sounds pretty easy. Assuming nothing else goes wrong, it probably took about 40 minutes. However, due to the age of our thermostat and some wiring issues, once we hooked up the Nest our fan would not turn off. So we uninstalled and re-installed the Nest again to see if it fixed it and it did not. So a couple hours later we had the Nest installed and a constantly blowing fan. One repairman call and 2 days later, problems resolved and a working thermostat!

So far, I love it. The only glitch is that we are unable to turn off the "Away" setting from the iphone - though I believe we should be able to. A small quibble, for an otherwise wonderful product.

So, now that I successfully installed it (if I can do it, really, anyone can!), now we have to wait and see how smart it is! I'll give you an update after some time - after it learns our habits and I can mess around with the cool software a little.

In the meantime...my husband and I are trying to find the temperature sweet spot. What temperature is your thermostat set at?

February 7, 2013

Birthdays at Disneyland

A and I celebrated our birthdays at Disneyland this past weekend! If it's your birthday you get a button and so everyone wishes you a happy birthday - I've never had so many birthday wishes in my life! 

A loved the parade, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, the cars in Toon Town...and the hotel pool :) I loved seeing him in matching Minnie Mouse ears! 

A's favorite ride? The Carousel! By far :) We rode it three times! He also loved being able to hang out with grandma and grandpa! Overall, Disney is a great place to turn a year older...

February 5, 2013

In the Middle of a Storm

"No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the middle of a storm."
                 - Charles F. Kettering
This quote really resonated with me today. Sometimes when I am in a "storm," my first response is to put my head down and ignore the bigger picture. I just think, this will pass.

But maybe I should work harder to get to the other side...maybe there will be amazing things once I cross the ocean and the more effort I put into succeeding in the middle of the storm, the better off I'll be.

I'll try to enjoy the storm :)

February 3, 2013

My Happy Place

The "place" that makes me happiest, isn't really located in one particular location. In reality, I am happiest where the ocean meets the land. I love the beach.

Galapagos, Baja, Maui, Fire Island

It doesn't really matter where, what state, country, continent - as long as I can dig my toes into the sand, smell the salty air, hear the crashing of the waves. Something inside of me just lets go. I can breathe deeper, sleep longer, smile easier.

I'm lucky to live only 45 minutes from the ocean - but really, it's no quite close enough. One day I want to be able to live somewhere where I can hear the ocean as a lullaby and walk the beach every night to recharge. One day!

Maybe growing up in the desert made my love for the beach stronger, who knows. I hope my little guy loves the beach as much as I do...I'm spending my day dreaming of the beach. Hope you have a Happy Monday too!

What place or place makes you feel at home, content, just plain happy? Link up any relevant post about places, vacations, your favorite nook - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 3 of Happy Monday!

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