{making your home a haven}

I have been extremely absent from my blog lately but I wanted to share this fall challenge with you all.  I’m excited to begin this today since it is really pretty easy ~ but can have a huge payoff.  Check out Courtney’s blog for more details! Be well, Melony  

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{a temporary and neccessary hiatus}

Although there aren’t many people following my little blog here, I start to feel a little guilty when I go for a week or more at a time without posting.  So, here’s the lowdown. This pregnancy is kicking my rear-end.  Period. This is actually my 4th pregnancy ~ but it’s the first that has brought […]

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{pantry challenge 2013 ~ week #2 meal plan}

So, I don’t know if anyone else finds themselves intrigued by other family’s meal plans….but I am.  And since we are almost half-way through a pantry challenge, I decided to share our meal plan for the week.  It’s nothing too terribly exciting, but being the Type-A personality that I am, I have to plan everything.  […]

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{weekly goals ~ september 8-14, 2013}

Wow!  I can’t believe that I’m actually sitting here writing up another weekly goals post.  It feels like I just did this.  Oh wait, I did!  LOL So just as a recap, here is last week’s list of goals with an update on how I did. Goals for the week of September 1-6, 2013 1. […]

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{the weekly rewind ~ September 8, 2013}

Oh how happy this picture makes me!  Even with temps consistently remaining in the mid-upper 90s I could swear I can feel the chill of fall just around the corner. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.  Regardless, we are still chugging along here in the Merten household.  This past week was quite an exciting one […]

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{pantry challenge update}

So, here we are, one week into our September 2013 Pantry Challenge. It’s been interesting thusfar. I had to make a trip to the grocery store to pick up our perishable essentials a few days ago. What was really intriguing to me was how often I almost picked up something off the shelves to put […]

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{weekly goals ~ September 1-7, 2013}

Although it’s a couple of days late, I figure “better late than never” applies. My goals for last week were sadly not all completed.  Here is a recap: Goals for the week of August 25-31, 2013 Continue reading my bible daily Write out tentative meal plan for September Walk 20-30 minutes every day outdoors/on treadmill Do light weights routine […]

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{the pantry challenge ~ september 2013}

I’m so excited to announce a new series that I’ll be sharing here on the blog for the next 30 days. During the month of September I’m going to be doing a pantry challenge.  For anyone who’s unsure ~ the challenge will be for me to prepare all of our meals (breakfast, lunches, dinners AND […]

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{monthly goals ~ september 2013}

Holy Moly Gosh!  How is it already the beginning of September??  I feel like we just started August and here we are moving into another month. So much has happened in the past 31 days that it’s kinda hard to remember it all.  I’m glad I’ve been doing somewhat regular (okay not really regular at […]

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{the weekly rewind ~ schooling, birthday mania, and football}

The name of the game this week has been reassessing.  Or at least that’s the case for this weekend.  But I kinda figured that’s what would happen once we started back to school full-time.  Our first week went pretty well, I think.  The kiddos seem to be adjusting to the new schedule.  Just in time […]

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