Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I read {this} article from Real Simple last week just as I was having some serious mom guilt about having "too many rules" (out of the mouths of babes...).  The timing was ironic.  Although, I don't care much for the word "ironic."  (I just don't think God does ironic.)

Now, there was nothing earth-shattering about the article.  It wasn't emotionally moving or even worth a "share" on social media, in my opinion. However, something about it stuck with me.  The article put into words what I couldn't.

"WHY do we have do sort the silverware when we load the dishwasher, Mom?"

"All my friends get to eat in their living rooms!  WHY don't we?"

Exception to the rule: Post-op popsicles.

"Can't I just choose what I'm going to wear in the morning?  WHY do we have to pick out our clothes before bed?"

"Ugh!  WHY do I have to take my shoes off on the rug if I'm going back out in a little bit?"

These are questions I answer on a frequent basis.  Yes, the rules are hard and fast (kinda), BUT, like all good rules, they're in place for a reason.

And that reason? (Hold on to your hats.  This is earth.shattering.)


A little preventative effort on the front end, saves us time and energy on the back end.  Don't believe me?  Let's look at the numbers.

No tracked in mud and dirt off shoes?  20+ minutes of vacuuming/scrubbing/mopping SAVED from my week.

Clothes laid out the night before school?  10 minutes per day x 5 days a week = 50 minutes a week SAVED.  AND more time to sleep in for my little students.

Sorting the silverware as we load the dishwasher?  2 minutes per load x 4 loads per week = 8 minutes SAVED per week!

Keeping food in the kitchen only (unless it's a dinner on a blanket kind of night!)?  No vacuuming/scrubbing/carpet cleaning = 30 minutes per week SAVED!

That's 100+ minutes per week SAVED!  BOOM!

And there's more, y'all.  But you get the point.

Those are 100+ minutes that I get to spend playing, going on adventures, reading, swimming, cuddling, and enjoying time with my most five of favorite people.

So, yeah.  We have rules.  Call me selfish, but I refuse to miss out on time with my peeps because I'm cleaning up messes and dealing with unnecessary headaches.

Fall in line, my little Starr-lings.  Mama has your best interest at heart.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Meal Planning Monday!

Stopping in for a quick Meal Planning Monday!  I know, I know, you've been waiting with bated breath. Sorry about that.

Summer is slipping away far too fast, and I find myself trying to hold on tightly. I'm not going down without a fight, though.  No.  We're attempting to squeeze in lots of last minute bucket list adventures, as well as, trips to the pool, afternoons at the park, and fun with friends.  All this busyness leaves no time (err...desire) for gourmet meals.  Or even too-many-ingredient dinners, for that matter.  So, while the suppers may be simplified, the meal-planning is not.  Easy meals does NOT necessarily mean less time spent planning.


Here's what on the menu this week in the Starr kitchen.

Monday: Chipotle Chicken Wraps

Tuesday: Burrito Bowls

Wednesday: BBQ Smacked Chicken Sandwiches

Thursday: BLTs

Friday: Bubble Up Enchiladas

There you have it!  I'm curious...what's for dinner in YOUR kitchen?

And because I'm a rule follower (#socialmedia rule 101: always include an image with every post!), here are a few pics of our little patient, post tonsillectomy...and her sweet siblings, too!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Townies. (SummerFest 2014)

We're nothing if not townies in this not-so-small city we call home.  It's a title we wear proudly and, as townies, we feel it is our obligation to partake in all things Ankeny.  Topping our list of hometown activities is SummerFest, a mid-summer celebration.  It's an event full of family fun and entertainment and we do our best to take advantage of all SummerFest has to offer. 

Year after year, the celebration remains strong and is an annual reminder of this amazing place, filled to the brim with fantastic people, that we are privileged to call home.

Here's a not-so-brief pictorial recap of our wonderful weekend.

  So, there you have it!  About 20 reasons I will continue to wear the "townie" title proudly.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Oh, photos!

It's been a while since I've completely overwhelmed you with grainy iPhone pictures, right?  And if I go ahead and do that today, then you'll at least have the holiday weekend to recover and all.  Always looking out for you, aren't I?!?

Alright, enough talk!  Let's get to the photo overload!



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