Listen to Your Engine

I’m in the middle of reading an advance copy of Jennifer Dukes Lee’s latest book “It’s All Under Control,” and I have to say it is wonderful. Just what I need at this busy time of life. Today I want to share an excerpt from the book along with some practical advice on how to incorporate more rest into your life, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom for a special giveaway!   Jennifer’s words: Let’s stop should-ing ourselves and start replenishing ourselves. We need to listen to our bodies instead of pushing them. What if, when we heard our bodies begging, Go into a lower gear, we actually paid attention? As an example, let me introduce you to my first car. It was a red Volkswagen Beetle with a clutch and stick shift. It always reeked of fuel, which meant that I smelled like a gas station. My Slug Bug died an untimely death in 1989 when it started on fire on an Iowa highway. I rescued my French horn from the backseat and walked down the deserted highway, crying under a half-moon sky, waiting for someone to let me hitch a ride. The car had been my first major purchase, bought with my lifeguarding paychecks. I didn’t know how to drive a stick shift at first but learned by listening to the sounds it made. In its own way, the car had a “voice.” When the car was in too low of a gear, it made a high revving sound. That was my cue to shift to a higher gear. As I continued to accelerate,...
Cat Cafe and Vintage Shopping

Cat Cafe and Vintage Shopping

Another rainy day, so time to explore another part of town … Today we headed South to visit Nine Lives Cat Cafe in Indianapolis. It’s a place we’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t had time. With soccer canceled due to rain, it felt like the perfect day to finally check it out. Yep, that’s a big cat wheel (like a hamster wheel). If you are a cat lover (or even just an animal lover), Nine Lives is a place you need to check out. The store is divided into two parts – a coffee shop (with delicious coffee) and the cat lounge. To enter the cat lounge you’ll either need a reservation or maybe you’ll get lucky and there will be an opening. They only allow a set amount of people in the lounge at a time, so you might want to call ahead. We picked up our coffees and headed inside to enjoy some kitty time. In the lounge were about a dozen cats – some were roaming, some playing and some sleeping. You can purchase a half hour of time for $3 per person or a full hour for $5. We opted for the half hour and it was a nice amount to time to visit all the cats and enjoy our coffee. All of the cats in the lounge are up for adoption. The cafe has been open a little over a year and has adopted out 253 cats. Isn’t that wonderful? My son is a huge cat lover, so he was in heaven during this visit. The rest of us enjoyed petting...

Interview with Lisa from Well Grounded Life

Good morning! Last week I did an interview with Lisa Byrne from The Well-Grounded Life and shared a little bit about my experience in her program and what I’ve been up to since. Sound good? If you feel the need to work on your health and wellness, Lisa has a variety of excellent programs, so I recommend checking them out on her website. I use a lot of her principles and techniques in my daily life. If you are interested in the program I went through, you can use my code for a $300 discount! Check it out at The Well-Grounded Life and if you decide the program is right for you, be sure to use the code Pam300 to get your discount. In the meantime, take a look at our chat:  Graduate Spotlight Links to posts I mentioned in the interview: Clean Sweep Week 1; Clean Sweep Week 2; Clean Sweep Week 3 Chicago Visit – this one has the links to all the rest of the trip *this post contains affiliate...
Rainy Weekend Fun

Rainy Weekend Fun

Our weekend was very rainy and dreary – I can’t remember a time it rained so consistently! That meant we had to be a little more creative with our weekend plans. We decided to make it a Think Local weekend and see what adventures we could find. One would think with living in a city for almost twenty years we would run out of new things to do, but this weekend proved that theory wrong. We did a TON of new things and came up with many more ideas for later this year. Saturday morning we all jumped in the car with BIG umbrellas and started driving south. We had absolutely no idea what we were going to do, just began driving in a direction we weren’t very familiar with. Our first stop was Beasley’s Orchard – found on Yelp. In addition to a farm store stocked with Indiana made products and fresh veggies, we were able to peak at the apples being washed. Had it not been a downpour, we could have picked apples and enjoyed the outdoor areas. Next time. We asked at the orchard if there were any interesting towns to explore nearby and were guided to Danville, Indiana. So that’s where we went. Not only does Danville boast a cute little downtown with interesting shops and restaurants, it’s also home to the Mayberry Cafe – of Andy Griffith fame. We even encountered Barney Fife handing out tickets while we were wandering around the shops. He had his one bullet in his pocket … We also discovered that Danville has an excellent little museum, the Hendrick’s...
What to Wear – Fall 2018 Edition

What to Wear – Fall 2018 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Time for a new Style Challenge – wondering what I’m talking about? Check out this short video: GYPO Style Challenges has helped over 6 thousand women from all over the world make getting dressed in the morning the easiest thing you’ll do all day! The great news is the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge just launched today. The Style Challenge takes all the headache and guesswork out of shopping and trying to stay on trend. You don’t need to worry about putting together outfits or if you’ll get enough wear to justify buying something. Every item on the seasonal shopping list is selected with intention and purpose. This means only buying pieces that you love and will wear over and over. And honestly, you likely have a lot of pieces in your closet you can use already, that’s a win for the budget! I know I’ve only purchased one top, one pair of jeans (that I’ve been looking for several seasons now), and some jewelry for this challenge. You can register for the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge for just $39 HERE. You’ll get the following tools to help you on your style journey: A capsule wardrobe shopping list of on-trend items and classics basics (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want!) Links to shop for recommended items online or in store (we’ve done the work for you by choosing items to suit every budget and body type!) A daily outfit idea created from pieces on the shopping list sent to your inbox...
5 Ways to Save Money on Museum Visits

5 Ways to Save Money on Museum Visits

Do you love to visit museums but find the admission to be cost-prohibitive? Especially if you aren’t sure how great the museum will be? One of the things that we love to do when traveling, or even just keeping busy around our own town is visit museums. I always like to know of a few in the area in case the weather is bad, we need something to do, or just feel like checking someplace new out. However, since we visit them often, for a family of four, the cost can really add up. Here are five of my favorite ways to save a little money while still enjoying museum visits: Look into annual memberships. This is my all-time favorite tip. If you know you’ll visit a museum more than once, it’s often less expensive to buy a membership and you often get additional benefits like free parking, discounts on food and shopping, etc. When my kids were little, we held memberships to the zoo, children’s museum and Conner Prairie. It was also great because we never felt like we had to spend the whole day there – we could just visit for a few hours and then head home for naps or on to do something else. Museum memberships are a fantastic gift, so if the Grandparents don’t know what to get your family for Christmas, this would be an excellent suggestion. Coupons. Ever seen the Entertainment Books? How about deals on Groupon or Living Social. I’ll often find buy one get one free deal for museums so I’ll check these places out when planning a visit. Purchase tickets online....
Salt Caves and MudLove in Warsaw, Indiana

Salt Caves and MudLove in Warsaw, Indiana

Our Saturday started off bright and early with a tasty breakfast at The American Table – it was less than a mile from our hotel and very busy.  The breakfasts tended to lean towards huge platters of eggs, meats, and potatoes – they looked delicious, but a little heavy for our tastes.  Luckily, the menu is so large, my son and I found the perfect start to our day too. After breakfast, our plan was to head downtown to check out the Cave on the Square.  Once we parked, we stumbled across the local farmer’s market.  Since I love a good farmer’s market, we took a little detour to pick up some fresh yellow tomatoes and cucumbers.  Yum! When we entered the Cave on the Square, we immediately noticed the delicious smell of freshly roasted coffee.  In addition to offering a Himalayan Salt Cave, the store had a full-service coffee bar.  We grabbed a couple of drinks (coffee for me and a maple steamer for my little guy) and headed into the salt cave.  For only $5 each, we were able to enjoy the soothing atmosphere of the cave for an hour.  The salt cave was carefully created to simulate an actual salt cave or mine.  There are salt rocks all over the walls, the floor is covered in loose salt (which made our feet very soft), comfortable chairs and small tables all around and the cave is lit with soft glowing lights.  Soothing music was playing and the air temperature was perfect.   We also discovered a foot lamp which was very enjoyable.  It was warm and smooth...
Cafe Sante in Boyne City, MI

Cafe Sante in Boyne City, MI

Just wanted to quickly share my guest post on The Yums. If you love European Cafes, warm ambiance, and delicious food, Cafe Sante is the restaurant for you. Located in Boyne City, Michigan (near Petoskey and the Boyne Mountain/Highlands ski resorts), it’s fantastic year-round. We make it a point to visit every time we head up to Boyne to ski. Check out my review HERE for more details – and don’t forget to Pin it for your next Michigan trip!...
Book Reviews – Summer 2018

Book Reviews – Summer 2018

Since it’s been a while since I did a book review, I felt like it was time. I’ve done quite a bit of reading over the summer, and definitely, it picked up when school started and I found myself sitting in carpool lines … here are my favorites from the last few months. I received an advanced copy of Mammoth and it kept my attention during a long, hot swim meet weekend. I believe it will be released in November, so it would make a great Christmas gift for any teenage girl who loves to read. Natalie is a fashion-savvy, paleontology loving teen. She wins a coveted internship for the summer between her Junior and Senior year of High School working at a dig site in Texas. Natalie struggles that summer to navigate the relationships she forms, the work she is doing on her internship and determining who she wants to be (the fashion-loving Natalie she created for her blog site or the “real” Natalie). It was a fun and quick read, and I appreciated how everything wrapped up for Natalie – much more realistic than the typical perfect ending. My rating 4 out of 5. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel is a truly magical experience. It’s fantasy but told in a way that feels real – like you are really living the story and it is possible. Weylyn was raised by wolves and understands that he is different than most people, but still wants to (and is able to) make connections. He is magical and simple yet complex all at once. The book is told from the experiences of the...
Beginning the Weekend off Right!

Beginning the Weekend off Right!

On a quick trip to Warsaw, IN (someplace I had never been) for a soccer game, my son and I decided to make the most of our time and discover what Warsaw had to offer.  We were pleasantly surprised at how much we found to do! We started our time off checking out the hotel we were staying at.  We stayed at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and it was perfect! Indoor pool and hot tub?  Check. Gameroom?  Check. Arcade room? Check.  Outdoor pool?  Check. Comfortable rooms with a fridge and microwave? Check and check. We also found the location to be ideal – it was minutes away from everything we wanted to do and see.  Although we didn’t try it, there was a full-service restaurant and a bar.  My son was quite interested in the room service, but we decided to head out instead. We did spend a fair amount of time playing pinball in the arcade room.  That was lots of fun! Having heard good things about Spike’s Beach Grill, we headed over there for dinner.  It was just a few minutes from the hotel.  Spikes had an awesome beach bar feel with outdoor seating, sun-washed colors everywhere, and multiple sand volleyball pits.  There was even a stage for live music with a Cessna on top!  Pretty cool.  We enjoyed clam strips and vegetable sushi.  I also indulged in a mango margarita – very tropical and yummy. Since it was still early, we made our way to the Village of Winona for dessert.  The Village is a quaint and very well-maintained mix of fun shops, restaurants and homes alongside...

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