my mother’s plants

Grief for me has been cycling through the polar opposites of ‘save everything!’ and ‘throw it all away!’ Sorting through her storage room in my dad’s garage a few weekends back with my sister-in-law, I found myself when asked what to do with something, more often than not, answering “Goodwill pile!” Guess it was just

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grief & road trips

Before I lost my mom, I didn’t realize how messy grief was. I knew people were sad after they lost a loved one but I didn’t understand the extent of it. I honestly feel really guilty about that. I think as a culture we could do better about talking about death and helping the grieving

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our homemade zipline!

I’ve got a new video up on my YouTube channel today talking about our homemade zipline! Woo! subscribe to The Dainty Squid on YouTube It’s still incredible to me that we built this bad boy in no time at all. It went from just a silly idea to something tangible reeeeal quick. Honestly, it’s a

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it’s the little things…

like sliding in the mud with my nieces and nephew! So, I’ve had this video sitting on my computer for nearly a month now. I just kept waiting for the right time to share it. Then I finally decided I didn’t want it on my YouTube because I want my channel to be a little

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ohio to arizona & back

Last week was… epic! Jeff and I took our annual trip to the desert except this time we did things a bit differently. Instead of flying into the cheapest city, renting a car and then roadtripping around, we drove all the way to Arizona with our friend, Jake! Our main destination was The Wigwam, the

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doolan family bus – pt 5

Bus update time! Check out previous bus conversion posts here – 1, 2, 3 & 4. Another Sunday of bus work in the books! My sister in law and I concentrated on making cushions from the original seats. My dad and husband worked installing the water tank and getting it all ready for the toilet

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one year anniversary!

Sunday marked one year since the very best day of my life. June 9th, 2018 at 9am I was standing on top of a crumbling old structure in a ghost town in Arizona exchanging vows with a real handsome dude. I am still so embarrassed to call my wedding day ‘the best day of my

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doolan family bus – part 4

Bus update time! Check out previous bus conversion posts here – 1, 2 & 3. Last week we started tearing apart the old seats to salvage the foam inside. Nevermind the fact they’d been sitting out in the elements for two months. My dad is alllll about recycling materials. Had I written this post the

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