Summer Bolte

Summer Bolte

Why DIY? Here’s Our Why.

My husband and I enjoy a good DIY project. We are currently and slowly working on updating our third house during our 12-year marriage. We are commonly asked why we would DIY instead of hiring a skilled worker. Expense Hiring a skilled worker is not always more expensive than doing a project yourself, but typically [ keep reading ]

News: Is It to Stressful to Watch?

Yesterday, my mom offered to turn on the morning news. I declined. We had 5 small children running around and there was plenty of noise. The truth is, I have not watched much news at all in the last year. Any news I see is something I happen across on the internet through other searches [ keep reading ]

Training Wheels: Should They Be Avoided to Ride a Bike?

My husband and I have three kids. We should have had more because, by our third kid, we are just starting to get the hang of all things kids. The most recent parental task that we have determined to be easier the more practice we have, is getting our kids to ride a bike without [ keep reading ]

Exterior Home Maintenance: Important Not to Forget

Owning a home and property is the American dream. Owners soon realize that houses require significant maintenance. Whether your home is old or new, every home will require some maintenance. Some of the easiest to neglect and forget about are any exterior home maintenance. Caulk Some of the least exciting exterior home maintenance to complete [ keep reading ]

Father’s Day Letters: A Good Gift for Dad

Today we stop and remember, honor, spend time and express our love to our fathers on Father’s Day. Fathers are likely receiving gifts, cards or special meals all around the country. It is often difficult to buy my father a gift. I imagine my father is much like many other men. He is at the [ keep reading ]

Creative Party Favors That May Not Go to Waste

I recently lamented on the waste of money party favors may be. In addition to possibly being a waste of money, party favors may also become waste in our landfills. Most party favors are cheap plastic that easily breaks or does not hold a child’s attention long. If you cannot forgo the social norms and [ keep reading ]

Party Favors: Do We Really Need Them?

Recently, I casually mentioned a child’s birthday party around my 82-year-old grandfather. Following the story, he informed me that he did not have birthday parties growing up. Not only was it not common to have large birthday parties, but his parents likely could not afford the luxury. Party favors were definitely not a consideration. Fast [ keep reading ]

I Started the Whole30 and Quit 10 Days Later

It was not all that long ago that I posted about my 2nd round of the Whole30. I had completed the food elimination diet two years ago with great success. On my first round of Whole30, I completed more than 30 days of the food elimination diet. On completion, I had lost approximately 10 pounds [ keep reading ]

Camping Trip Cooking: We Loved It!

My family just completed our second camping trip. I never grew up tent camping and my husband grew up camping in an RV. Needless to say, tent camping is new to us.  We have eased ourselves into camping since we have had little experience. On our first camping trip, we only took snacks and did [ keep reading ]

Want to Try Camping? Read This First

Our kids were fascinated by the idea of camping and begged us to do it. We had a small four-person tent so my husband slept in the backyard one summer night with our two oldest kids. They loved it. They begged us for years for another back yard camp out. On a date night in [ keep reading ]

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