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Turkey Necks and Giblets, Oh My!

Turkey Necks and Giblets, Oh My! | Mini Van Dreams

Each year around Thanksgiving, I always get a chuckle about the first turkey I ever made on my own.  It was an eye-opening experience at the crack of dawn – one I have never lived it down.  Since then, I have made several turkeys and now it is old hat… sometimes, I even remember to take out the giblets.   (more…)

Jesus Don’t Make Junk

God Don't Make Junk | Mini Van Dreams

I cannot believe it has been five years since Brother Rick passed away.  Going to mom’s church is just not the same – he isn’t there.  This post popped up on my feed today and I wanted to re-share.  Every day, I still remind myself that Jesus “don’t” make junk.


Thanksgiving Meal Planner Free Printable

Thanksgiving Meal Planner Free Printable | Mini Van Dreams

I cannot believe it is almost Thanksgiving!  I tend to have all my Thanksgiving notes jotted all over on sticky notes – I am sure I am not the only one, right?  I decided to create a Thanksgiving Meal Planner free printable to keep everything in one place this year!  So, go grab the download and stop worrying about what you are making, who is coming and if you might have thrown away a note you jotted down on an envelope!   (more…)

Unofficial and Somewhat Snarky Guide to Amicable Divorce

Unofficial and Somewhat Snarky Guide to Divorce | Mini Van Dreams

Earlier this year, Don and I decided we would be better parents and happier people if we were no longer married.  Don’t get me wrong – I will always love him for the two beautiful children we have and the memories we share.  However, I was unhappy and I believe he was to.  Our unhappiness with each other and our situation was spilling over into our family and how we interacted with each other and the twins.  We decided to get an amicable divorce.  But, is there really such a thing?


Car Chases and Bread Sandwiches

Car Chases and Bread Sandwiches | Mini Van Dreams

Today, October 11, 2018, my daddy has been in heaven 14 years.  Fourteen years without his love and support when I needed it most.  Fourteen years without hearing, “Who loves ya baby cakes?” when he would see me.  Fourteen years without my daddy.  I was flipping through old posts trying to find a favorite about my dad.  I stumbled across this one and it is one of my favorite memories of my dad.  My dad loved and supported me through every decision I ever made.  I know he would be proud of what I have done and what I have become.  Right before I went to the starting line at bracket finals, he leaned into the car and yelled, “Kick some ass!”  Ever since then, I have tried to live my life that same way.  I try to kick ass every day.  I miss you more than anything, daddy!


Free Printable Planner Stickers: Peachy Keen

Free Printable Planner Stickers: Peachy Keen | Mini Van Dreams

This time of year always brings the taste and smell of peaches to mind.  You drive past road side stands and farmer’s markets with big signs proclaiming, “Fresh Peaches!”  When searching for a theme this week for my free printable planner stickers, I came across these Peachy Keen graphics and it made me smile.  So, I thought they’d be perfect!  These adorable stickers are available in both ECV and HP versions.  Grab yourself some peach tea and maybe a piece of peach pie and get planning.


Halloween versus Fall Festivals

Halloween versus Fall Festivals: My Take on the Debate | Mini Van Dreams

Halloween versus fall festivals – a hot topic this time of year.  Let me start this post by saying… I am a Christian and I believe in God.  I was brought up in a Baptist church and was raised “right” as my parents would say.  This post is about my opinion on the whole Halloween versus Fall Festival thing… and why it irks me to no end.  I don’t want anyone to take offense… and I am absolutely up for any civil and non-inflammatory debate concerning this…


My 40th Birthday

My 40th Birthday | Mini Van Dreams

Yesterday was my 40th birthday.  I have been dreading this day for about a month.  I was going to be 40.  What have I accomplished?  I have two amazing children, a Master’s degree, a great job, and a handful of great friends.  But, what about that bucket list I made when I turned 30?  I had several items left to do… ride in a hot air balloon, visit Las Vegas, get a tattoo…


Free Printable: School Planner Stickers

Free Printable Planner Stickers: School Time | Mini Van Dreams

School is almost back in session… and who wants to sit and write all those important dates in their planner?  Not me. Grab my free printable school planner stickers and save some time!  These cute pencils have events already filled in – from meetings, to picture day, to graduation day – there are even some blank ones that can be customized for your schedule!