Favorite Things, John Hughes, Life, Marriage, Music, Photography

100 Things I Love

I stumbled found a blog article about 100 things I love the day before Thanksgiving. It inspired me to create my own 100 Things I Love list in my phone, adding items as I thought of them. It’s been a lot of fun to thinking about things that tickle my fancy, and it made me think that… Continue reading 100 Things I Love

hollywood, california, travel, budget
Humor, Motherhood, Travel

California. On a Kari and Anna Budget

A few years ago, Anna and I discussed going on a girls' trip after she graduated from high school. I'm not sure when we started talking about it, but it became less talk and more action over the last two years. Because when your teenager requests to vacation alone with you, you take it seriously. We also… Continue reading California. On a Kari and Anna Budget

teenagers, family, children, motherhood
Motherhood, Parenting

Eighteen Years Ago

Seems like a lifetime ago and really, it was. My oldest daughter turns 18 tomorrow. Eighteen years ago this week, I was getting ready to have my first child. I was watching a movie a couple of weeks ago (OKAY IT WAS PRETTY IN PINK) and in it, Duckie was rewinding a tape deck in… Continue reading Eighteen Years Ago

grandma, loss, death, family, hummingbird, motherhood, daughters, grief, support
Family, Favorite Things, Life


I thought this tied in well with Monday's post.  In full disclosure, I edited the ending because originally I said we were getting a hummingbird tattoo. We still haven't gotten it yet because life happened, then the pandemic happened. But my mom and I should do this together this year once it's safe. A bird… Continue reading Hummingbird

Family, Summer, Travel

What Happens in Vegas Stays In Salt Lake City

We traveled to Utah last summer for Mike's company's annual picnic and had a fantastic time. So amazing, in fact, that we were planning our trip to Utah for this summer on the way home from our trip last summer. This year, however, we added a cool little side trip: fly into Las Vegas (neither… Continue reading What Happens in Vegas Stays In Salt Lake City