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  • Welcome!…

    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Ebates | FREE Cash Back

Shop online?  As much as I try to buy local, there are still times when shopping online is the best option for our family… We are Amazon Prime members, so free shipping is the bomb-diggity.  I also use Ebates to get cash back… It’s a super simple process and anytime you go directly to a store site online, you stop by Ebates first, type in the shop name, and it then takes you to that site… All the while, earning you a given percentage of cash back on the amount that you’re spending.

1) Sign up for an Ebates account, it’s free!

2) Search for the store of your choice

3) Check out the current offers for that specific store, and click on it to be directly transferred.

4) Start shopping and earn cash back while you do!

It’s that simple…. who doesn’t like to earn free money while they’re buying something they would already have been buying anyhow 🙂

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8th Grade Volleyball

This was the girls’ second game this season, but first home game… They did great!  Won 2 of 2 games.. As 8th graders you can really see that they are learning to sync & work together on the court.  We’re so proud of Kaylor.. she is setting this year, so a little bit of a different zone, and she’s getting it down well.  Can’t wait to see the season progress.

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Christmas 2014

“It’s the most wonderful time, of the year”….. I’m sure my kiddos would agree too!  They were totally into the countdown until Jesus’ birth this year.. Both of the littles brought home construction paper chains from school 🙂

We started off our Christmases w/ my sister & niece… My poor brother-in-law was super sick, so he wasn’t able to make it 🙁  It was a wonderful night though.. We had dinner, made homemade hot chocolate, and drove around looking at Christmas lights.  The girls had a sleepover w/ us too.

Christmas Eve service at our church was once again, a great one!  If you don’t have a church home, there is always an open invitation to come along w/ us!  (not just on Christmas, but any Sunday morning too!)

The littles LOVE making treats (and sneaking ones to eat too)!.. 
Christmas morning; 

Rowen was SO proud to give us the gifts that he bought at the pre-school “gift shop”… Kaylor received soap, Ashlyn a butterfly night-light, daddy a mini stapler, and an 2012 ornament for mommy 🙂 

Aren’t these cute?  My mom made them w/ the kids.. 

Christmas w/ my dad’s side;

Our Christmas w/ my mom’s side… 

Christmas at my in-laws.. 

Another awesome Christmas season for our family… We’re so thankful for God, our health, family, and friends.  <3

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Holiday Home Tour 2014

There’s something so magical about having a home decorated for the Christmas holidays… Don’t you agree?  I think w/ the weather being colder and/or snowing, which we hadn’t had much of until after the first of the new year, it adds to the coziness feel.

I was excited to see what the entry way would look this year, since the stairway railings had been updated..

The fireplace wall has changed from last year too.. 

Apparently the kids thought our stockings needed labels… lol

I like to change our tree up a little each year… This time around, we went w/ browns and golds.


I wanted to make our tree a little higher, so I headed out to the garage to use a few pallet pieces that I had lying around… I built each of the 4 “walls separately, using two 1×2’s to connect each of the three pallet pieces.  For the top, I used 1×3’s to create rows across to support a piece of plywood that the tree base would then sit on.  Added a little burlap around, and I think it’s a good DIY tree crate!

So many things in this image cracks me up…. Ladybug pillow pet on the balcony landing above, rubber basketball under the dining table, and Rowen climbing onto the kitchen counter 🙂

Thanks for “touring” our holiday home for 2014! 🙂

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Reindeer Ranch…

I saw pictures of real live reindeer last year online that a friend took her child to see, and knew that this winter I just had to check them out w/ my own kiddos…  What a neat place, called the “Reindeer Ranch“.  Since it was December 20th and only a few days before Christmas, it was the perfect time to check out Santa’s sleigh helpers..  Kaylor had a bad headache so she didn’t want to come along.. we missed her!

The kids loved it!  (and I’m not fooling anyone… we did too!)  There was a super cute shop full of Christmas decorations, and some hot drink treats.. We shared some hot apple cider.  Sooooo yummy.  We had a little bit of a wait before our turn to do the reindeer tour, and I think Erik found some Christmas gifts that were on his list to buy.  And the kids had some time to play on the hale bales and swings too… A little chilly, but really not bad for being the middle of winter.

Our ticket bought us a chance to feed & pet the reindeer, up close & personal… Apparently they aren’t too aware of how large some of their antlers are, so we were warned to stay alert.. The largest one had antlers with a 3 feet span!  They really are beautiful animals.  Their hooves “click” as they walk, therefore influencing the old Christmas song of hearing them on the rooftop.  The reindeer would also “kiss” you if you put your cracker in your mouth to give to them… Ashlyn didn’t hesitate to try that out.

Afterwards, we headed into the little cafe and got some snacks to share, and enjoyed watching & listening to a man on guitar playing & singing Christmas songs..
What a super fun way to spend an afternoon right before the holiday..

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