A pinch of this. A dash of that. And a whole lot of DIY. This is my journey. A chronicle of my adventures (and misadventures) with do-it-yourself projects, simple recipes and experiences surviving parenting and adulting.

Join me for the good, the bad, and the ‘nailed it!’ moments along the way.

Veterans Day at Home Depot

I’ve read many stories over the years of deplorable treatment of active duty military, veterans and spouses, but none of that prepared me for a first hand experience. Let’s talk about Home Depot and how one…

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DIY Treasure Chest Bank

The day started with a bit of tragedy. I was lying in bed, still half-asleep when I heard crash, shatter, scream. I jumped out of bed and bolted to living room to find a distraught little…

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Dealing with Prescription Mistakes at the MTF

TL;DR: the base pharmacy almost dosed my 4 year old wrong and didn’t even care. It all started with a fever… This morning, Dustin and I spent 3 1/2 hours at the base hospital. The whole…

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Will You Accept the Plastic Free July Challenge?

It’s Plastic Free July. Don’t know what that is? I didn’t either until a few weeks ago. But I’m taking part this year and I hope you will too! Plastic Free July Eco Challenge I had…

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Nurses, Teachers, Military Spouses… Thank You!

Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurse Appreciation, Military Spouse Appreciation and Sunday brings Mother’s Day. Seriously. All rolled up in one week. Pretty sure teachers and nurses deserve their own week all to themselves. If not an entire…

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Batten Road Market

At the end of a dirt road, down by a riverbank, a collection of local artisans, small businesses and vendors are gathering to share their goods, services, crafts and passions at the Batten Road Market. You’re…

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Celebrating Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers. The amazing people who help us raise our kids while stuffing their heads full of useful information and good habits. While I will gladly take as much of the credit as I can get for…

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Milkweed, Monarchs and Masterpieces: The Tale of a Preschooler and His Butterfly Garden

Spring is definitely here, and we’ve planted a butterfly garden to celebrate its arrival and prepare for the oppressive heat of summer. No, a butterfly garden won’t provide much shade from the hot summer sun, but…

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Dirty Pour – Acrylic Pour Fluid Painting for Beginners

If you aren’t artistically inclined, it’s easy to dismiss the idea of making your own art to decorate around the house. But making beautiful canvas art isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. Dirty Pour…

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Shop Rush & Ramble

Handmade accessories, art and decor, perfect to gift or keep for yourself. All items sold in the shop are handmade and often one of a kind.

Excitement and exploration. Chaos and confusion. Whisk and wander.


Hurry up and wait. My life in a nutshell. And the concept behind Rush & Ramble.

Whether you're looking to spend some time with a DIY project or buy something already made, I've got you covered. In additions to projects, crafts and kid-friendly activities, I'll be sharing my thoughts, experiences and experiments along the way.