Charli 🌿@motheroftheyearadventures

There are no perfect parents & no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.❤️•BLESSED•Wifey•Mom x 4•Project Junkie•

Usually when you go through the process of home construction, no matter how much you plan, there’s always something you wish you would have done differently. .

Every now & then though, things turn out even better than you ever anticipated! For our home, that appears to be our formal dining room, aka my “Plant Lady Room.” 😂 We are not a formal dining family, & with the open concept of our home, the dining room is more of a collective decorative statement area. .

Today as I was harvesting & drying mass loads of herbs, I also discovered that the “Plant Room” has a great herb drying rack! 🤣 While we are only home for a couple days in between trips, I just didn’t have enough time to carefully prune & dehydrate all of the fresh cuts of herbs. I quickly ran out of room on my actual herb drying rack, so I scanned the house for somewhere else to hang additional bunches. The chandelier caught me eye! ❤️ I’m loving the additional greenery, & the house smells amazing! #WhyNot .

You may not know this about me, but a wide variety of herbs are my absolute favorite thing to grow in my garden! There’s just something about fresh herbs in the summer months, and I love to dry them a couple times each growing season to enjoy all year round! .

#PlantLady #Gardening #Herbs #FreshHerbs #DryingHerbs #HerbHarvest #DiningRoom #Chandelier #CreativeSolutions #SmellsAmazingUpInHere #PlantLadyProblems #DontJudgeMe #GardenToTable #BestRoomInTheHouse #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


Here’s my garden tip of the day: Plant, Pray, Walk Away. 🙏🏼🙌🏼😂#ButSeriously .

Each year it never fails. I pour into tending to & perfecting my garden. Each season I learn from the previous season, & do all that I can to make changes for a better crop & harvest this go around. .

I try to plant something new every season, and I take the time to learn about that plant through lots of research & trial and error hands on experience. There’s always that one Hail-Mary plant though. Never fails, my kiddos want to plant something I know nothing about & have no clue what I’m doing. Last year it was cantaloupe & watermelons. We put them in the ground & hoped for the best. We only produced a couple melons, got anxious & picked them too early last season. This year we tried to plot their spot a little better, but we still ended up doing the Hail-Mary planting, lol. .

Wouldn’t you know, we got melons! 🍈 🍉I’m not sure how, but we do! They grew, & they thrived! I guess while we were busy training tomatoes, battling aphids & Asian beetles & babying our pepper plants, our melons decided to do a “watch this” move for attention! .

I am not complaining! ❤️ we are LOVING our afternoon snack of fresh cantaloupe topped with a combo of orange mint, chocolate mint & mojito mint! This is one of our favorite fresh summer treats, so we are super excited to step into our back yard for all the ingredients! .

#SummerTreats #Gardening #GardenToTable #FreshProduce #Organic #Cantaloupe #Melons #Mint #SweetMint #OrangeMint #ChocolateMint #SummerSalad #FreshFruit #RaeDunn #BonAppetite #AfternoonSnack #GardenTip #HailMaryGardening #LearnAsYouGo #IfItsNotBrokenDontFixIt #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


Well, if this doesn’t say “Sorry, we’ve been busy making memories,” I don’t what does 🤣. .

I know, I know, I have been entirely MIA for a while now. I do miss you all, but I’m sorry I’m not sorry. The past few weeks, we have been busy traveling & enjoying uninterrupted quality family time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my IG community filled with so many inspirational people behind the amazing accounts! I’ve made great friends through social media, but time can never be replaced. First & foremost, my family is #1 priority. While the kiddos are out of school, I don’t want to miss any opportunity to make memories with them! ❤️ .

So, please excuse me & forgive me (hopefully like my plants & flowers will 🙈) as we are still working our way through summer vacation! We’re home right now for a few days on the turnover while my oldest is at church camp. We have awesome house sitters, but we can’t ignore the major chores much longer. There’s laundry to be done, bags to unpack & repack, chores to check in on, & apparently a few things around the inside of the house to tend to that have been neglected 😏. .

Where’s all my Canadian 🇨🇦 friends at!? We’re headed your way in a couple days for some more remote quality time & family fishing! 🎣 .

Happy Monday everyone! Don’t forget to unplug every now & then & simply enjoy all the beautiful blessings around you! .

If you like this great hymnal block, go check out @rusticrootstn for more great pieces! Our #JesusTheLightOfTheWorld block stands in our home as a constant reminder to enjoy where we’re at right now in this very moment wrapped in light & love everyday & to continuously spread that message on to others around us! .

SummerVacation #QualityFamilyTime #SomeThingsCanWait #FocusOnTheImportantThings #Priorities #MakingMemories #SpreadTheLight #LiveByExample #BePresent #BeTheChange #SettleForASlowDown #MotherOfTheYearAdventures



We managed to slip away for a great day date on the lake! It was a glorious sunny 😎 & 75 degree day filled with fishing & quality time!
What more could you ask for!? PURE PERFECTION in my book! 🙌🏼❤️


#DayDate #Fishing #CoupleWhoFishTogether #MilleLacsLake #BassFishing #Walleye #FreshFish #CatchOfTheDay #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


This strawberry & blueberry Clafoutis has been just what our bellies have been craving! ❤️ Something savory & sweet on a beautiful summer day! .

One of the best clafoutis recipes can be found in @stacylynharris newest cookbook, Stay Lynn’s Harvest Cookbook (available to purchase on @amazon). .

This wonderful dish is somewhere between a custard & a tart & loved by the whole family! You can use whatever berries you have lying around in the kitchen. I promise it won’t disappoint! .

#Clafoutis #FreshOutOfTheOven #SummerEats #DeliciousTreats #FreshBerries #FamilyFavorite #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


‘Merica 🇺🇸 .

Ice Cream Treats🍦
Nothing beats a nice cold DQ treat on a sunny day at the lake! .

#Summer #LakeLife #IceCream #Treats #DQ #DillyBar #4thOfJuly #Freedom #MyMiniCrew #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


Excuse us while we spam you with our 4th of July festivities! 🇺🇸 .

We have had a full week so far with our cousins that we only get to see a couple times each year. So forgive us for being a little MIA while we’ve been busy making memories. .

The 4th of July is one of my all time FAVORITE holidays! ❤️💙 The week surrounding the 4th of July is a full celebration around here!
It’s a time when my whole family comes together at the lake house. We eat corn on the cob, hot dogs, brats & burgers, watermelon, tons of great side dishes & summer salads. All the staple summer lake food! We spend our time on the water swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding & simply relaxing! 🙌🏼

It’s here not only do we celebrate a fun summer holiday at a great location, but where I’m reminded most of how utterly BLESSED we are! With sun shining, the cool breeze blowing, lots of laughter & surrounded by family (including my career military God father who is now retired & working for the military still as a civilian... #Lifer), I look around at the setting we’re in & can’t help but be so incredibly grateful & thankful for all that our service men & women do. .

Because of our service members, we live in this Land of the Free & Home of the Brave. So THANK YOU to all that have served & allowed us to be here celebrating in this country together! I pray each & every day for our military & political leaders that they may be led with God’s protection & guided to make the best decisions for this country & it’s people. May we all stand tall in counting the many many blessings & opportunities we have, & I pray that you may continue to spread the light & love onto your neighbors! Let’s do our part as so many others have sacrificed their lives to do theirs. .
🎉 Happy Independence America! 🇺🇸 .

#LandOfTheFree #HomeOfTheBrave #4thOfJuly2018 #IndependenceDay #CelebratingIndependence #BreakfastAtTheLake #MakingMemories #Thankful #Grateful #Blessed #Freedom #LetFreedomRing #ThankYourServiceMembers #DoYourPart #SpreadTheLove #ShareTheLight #CountYourBlessings #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


• We can all agree that summer days at the lake house are THE BEST! .

Being not quite big enough can be tough sometimes. It’s tough when you’re at the age when you’ve gained more independence. You get to run freely around (under a watchful eye still) & feel big enough to fully hang with the big kids, but you’re just not quite there yet. .

Our annual trip to MN has been another perfect trip so far! Maybe next year the littles will get initiated in on ALL the fun! .

#SummerNights #LakeLife #LakeMemories #Boating #BoatLife #Tubing #Cousins #NightsLikeThis #DreamingOfGrowingOlder #PatientlyWaiting #MNlakeLife #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


We have arrived! I can’t even tell you how much I’m LOVING the drop in temperate & cool breeze ❤️🙌🏼! .

We are super grateful for amazing house/animal sitters, so we can begin our summer vaca circuit! .

If you need us, we’ll be enjoying family time & Minnesota lake life for the next week! ❤️❤️❤️

#HomeGrown #MNroots #Vaca #CoolerWeather #FamilyTime #WhereMemoriesAreMade #FreshWildFlowers #NanasKitchen #RaeDunn #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


☀️ FRI-YAY!! The sun is shining beautifully, & we have a true Calm After the Storm kind of day here! .

I’m wearing this super comfy, super soft & utterly AMAZING muscle tank from @zellaboutique today! Sending out all the GOOD VIBES & encouraging you all to spread it amongst you with everyone you pass today! ❤️

I invite you to join me on the #GoodVibesChallenge today! I’m tagging a few of my friends to get started! Whether it’s a random act of kindness, maybe you buy coffee for the person behind you, or simply choose 3 random people to shed positivity onto, let’s work together to uplift one another!
Don’t forever to add the hashtag #GoodVibesChallenge & tag me as well as your friends! .

Click my stories to find the link to buy your very own Good Vibes tank! .

#FriYay #GoodVibes #BeTheChange #PositiveVibes #SunshineDays #ShareASmile #PayItForward #RandomActsOfKindness #GoodVibesChallenge #MakingTheWorldABetterPlace #OnePersonAtATime #TheLittleThings #MotherOfTheYearAdventures


It’s been an insane night over here in So. IL with some crazy storms passing through! .

Please keep our area neighbors in your thoughts and prayers as there’s been a lot of wind & storm damage around these parts. .

The after show has proven to be pretty amazing though! I wish I could capture enough to do this lightening storm justice! (Swipe left to see more).

#Storm #StormWatching #Lightening #LighteningStorm #Thunderstorm #CrazyWeather #SummerStorm #NoFilter #GodsHandyWork #PrayersForThoseWithDamage #MotherOfTheYearAdventures