Dear Readers… + Desktop Calendar {August 2013}

August Desktop Calendar at

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Dear Readers…

The past month has been a busy one as I work on several projects for the upcoming months behind the scenes, and I’m excited to tell you about a few of those today!

Before we get to those, though, I just have to share this with you. Earlier this week I opened up a new Start, Stop, Continue survey to see what you as readers would like to see us start doing, stop doing and continue doing as we move forward. I anticipated that the answers would vary, but I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the complete contradictions in them:

  • “More homeschooling posts!” versus “Less homeschooling posts!”
  • “More parenting tips!” and then… “Less parenting tips!”
  • “More DIY projects!” followed by “Fewer DIY projects!”

In fact, there was not a single suggestion that was not contradicted by someone else’s feedback, which means, unfortunately, that we’re simply not going to be able to give everybody exactly what they want. (I should have known that, huh?)

I can tell you that we’ll continue to be sharing real-life parenting stories, and I’m trying my best to begin offering new home management printables more regularly again since I know that is something that many, many people are hoping for. I appreciate everybody who took the time to offer honest feedback (and you can still share your thoughts for a chance to win an gift card!), and I am carefully reading through and considering all of the responses!

Weekly Reads
One change we will be making is moving back to a monthly format for the “on my bookshelf” posts rather than the Weekly Reads series. While that format worked really well during the first part of the year where I was actually reading a fair amount, it’s been somewhat of a guilt-inducer for me recently because I feel silly posting when I haven’t read anything, and I don’t want to waste your time as readers. So look for that new format next week!

Baby Week on

Baby Week
Mark your calendar for the week of 9/9 because we’ll be hosting Baby Week, with an amazing roundup of giveaways. Seriously, I could not be more excited about the sponsors who are participating, and my hope is that it will be a fun week whether you’re expecting/hoping for a baby or not because every one of the giveaways will make a great gift as well. In addition, I’ll be sharing my birth stories (something I’ve never done here on the blog before) and hosting a link up so you can share your stories as well. All in all, it should be a fun week!

{And for those of you who are really just not interested, we’ve condensed all those posts into five days on purpose, and I hope you’ll stick around until it’s done!}

101 Days of Christmas {2013} at

101 Days of Christmas
As crazy as it sounds, we’re also working hard on the annual 101 Days of Christmas series. We’ll kick that off on Monday, 9/16 with an updated planner, and I’m already working on quite a few projects (yes, in the middle of summer…) that I’m excited to share with you!

Easy Homemade {For Kids}

Easy Homemade {For Kids}
Finally, as we count down the weeks until baby Jackson’s arrival, I’ve had to make some hard decisions about what I can realistically accomplish before his birth, and I’ve decided to hold off on finishing Easy Homemade {For Kids} until early 2014 so that I can make sure it’s not just thrown together but something I’m actually proud to publish. That was a hard decision because I’m really excited about how it’s coming together so far, but I think it’s for the best!

As always, thank you for being part of the Life Your Way community and for taking the time to comment on posts, send me emails and share the site with your friends and family!