• You Ask "Again?" I Say "Because I Can" - changes coming and an explanation of why I like to change things up on my blog

    You Ask “Again?” I Say “Because I Can”

    I must at least be a princess of blog changes. Let’s see. I started up again a little over 2 years ago and have made…well, I can’t remember now how many changes. Then again, I’m probably one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever know, so it can’t be surprising, right? Okay, in all honesty I’m not making too many changes. Actually, it might not even really be noticeable. But, first, I’d like to explain myself, if I may. I Want You to Know…I Am Privileged Some people blog because it’s their job or side hustle. Other people blog because it’s a hobby. I blog because, well, it’s just something…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #8 - take a look at what I've posted and posts from other bloggers that I've enjoyed

    The Lily Cafe Digest #8

    Well, that was fast. My first blogging break of the year is here. I contemplated whether I should continue to take breaks every 6 or so weeks and decided that, yes, I should. Not only do they give me a bit of breathing space, but it gives me time to really turn my focus back to my family. Also, as an introvert, interacting with people, even if it’s over the Internet, is exhausting and I really need to recharge. The most important thing I learned I needed to do was to just take some time to pause, to stop, to come to a standstill so I can look back and…

  • Catching my breath - looking back over what I've accomplished over the years

    Catching My Breath

    The universe communicates with me in unexpected ways. Perhaps you think I’m crazy or perhaps you completely understand. Either way, all that really matters is that I’m not completely in charge of my own life. Life has it’s plans for me and, no matter how much I fight against it, it’s a losing battle for me. Anyways, yes, the universe communicates with me in unexpected ways. For the past few months, it has been speaking to me through a dear blogging friend, Brooke, to remind me to keep my heart and mind open, to let the good and bad in and simply experience them for a fuller, richer life. But…

  • Some of my favorite moments as a mom

    Some of My Favorite Moments as a Mom

    I’ve now been blogging consistently for 2 years. Two years ago I decided one of the things I would be writing about was motherhood. I never intended on actually sharing too much about my kids as I’m really serious about protecting their privacy, but, once in a while, I can’t help but document a small slice of their childhoods. Two years ago, my son was 3 and my daughter was about 8 months old. That means there’s actually quite a bit of their young childhoods that have been documented in some way. here While I don’t really talk about them much, I do talk a lot about how I’m raising…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #7

    The Lily Cafe Digest #7

    It’s that time again! Time for a break. Since my son will be off from school for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be taking the time off as well. Once again, this Digest comes at the start of my break, so I hope you understand why I’m not allowing comments. I don’t plan to be anywhere near WordPress for the next 2 weeks, though I’ll be around to write my upcoming posts during the third week, so I may stop in and say hi. My last break came after 9 weeks of blogging, so I was a little caught off guard when the past 3 weeks just sped by. In…

  • The Bloggers I Love: Moms Edition - some of my favorite mom bloggers

    The Bloggers I Love: Moms Edition

    Over the past two weeks, I’ve been sharing some of the bloggers I adore. First I talked about the absolutely beautiful and authentic souls I’ve had the great honor to “meet” here. Then I shared some writers/authors and book reviewers I enjoy every chance I get. Now it’s time for me to share some of the mothers I enjoy reading. Unfortunately, this was a bit harder to do as mom bloggers have a tendency to vanish from the blogging world, so, even though I enjoy a number that have come and gone and come and gone again, I’ll just be sharing the ones who post more often. I Didn’t Want…

  • The Bloggers I Love: Writers and Book Reviewers Edition

    The Bloggers I Love: Writers and Book Reviewers Edition

    Last week I shared the blogs of four amazing ladies I absolutely adore for their authenticity. This week I’m returning to my roots as a lifelong reader and writer with some readers and writers I enjoy. Writers and Authors Jennifer M. Zeiger – I adore this lady. She writes choose your own adventure stories and encourages her readers to participate. Her stories are fun and entertaining and I’m always looking forward to the next one. She’s a lovely fantasy author who is so wonderful at providing constructive feedback, and I love her insight into writing! Her most recently published book is The Adventure, which has three fun choose your own adventures…

  • The Bloggers I Love: Beautiful, Authentic Souls Edition

    The Bloggers I Love: Beautiful, Authentic Souls Edition

    While compiling the stories, writing related posts, and book reviews I had enjoyed each week, I noticed that, as much as I tried to share a post from different bloggers each week, there were still some that made the list almost every week, so I’d like to share why I adore them. There are also other bloggers I read religiously. They don’t necessarily write stories or focus on talking about writing, but they still have their own stories to tell. So, please, I hope you take a look at some of the bloggers I love. This week, I would like to invite you to check out some of the most…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #6 - catch up on what I've posted!

    The Lily Cafe Digest #6

    This Digest comes during my week-long blogging break, so I hope you understand why I’m not allowing comments. As it’s also Thanksgiving week in the US, I’ll be spending my time with my family and away from this blog and email as much as possible. The past 9 weeks have been full of changes and reflection. I posted 17 book reviews and was delighted to host my first author, Jeremy P. Boggess, and his nonfiction book Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow. I’ve also been baking up a storm. In addition to writing down 5 ratio recipes, I baked muffins, quick bread, and custard using their respective ratios and learned how to…

  • Balance Blogging and Living Part 2 - how life impacts blogging

    Balancing Blogging and Living, Part 2

    Life has a funny way of handing me lemons, sometimes asked for and sometimes not even close, and telling me to make lemonade. She’s determined to show me she knows what’s best for me, so who am I to argue? Apparently, it wasn’t enough for me to bow my head and say, yes, I understand why I must find a new balance. The day after I posted about finding a new balance between blogging and living, I ended up with a relatively minor infection, a very routine one in general, but one I hadn’t had for about 30 years. Between the discomfort of it and the antibiotics, I felt like…