annoying project day

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Balance34 Comments

I’m sure I am not alone with it comes to not quite finishing some of the more annoying and easily overlooked parts of a DIY project.  When I am really focused and disciplined, I’ll pin myself down and force myself to finish that last bit of painting or put in that final piece of shoe molding.  But there are other … Read More

one year ago today…

Marian Parsonsa slice of life84 Comments

…we moved into our home in Rochester, MN! Moving into the new house was like standing at the top of a summit after a long, hard climb and an even longer time of preparation, planning, waiting, and praying.  After months of uncertainty, we had arrived at our destination – a new job in a new town in a new part … Read More

cherry picking

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Gardening51 Comments

I hope you had a lovely fourth of July!  We invited some friends over from our church and then watched fireworks from a vantage point near our house.  It was low key, but everything July 4th should be…burgers, corn on the cob, macaroni salad, sparklers, and friends. Other than that, I’ve been doing some projects around the house, like finishing … Read More

tuning into what’s real

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance37 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to go to a private island located in Rainy Lake in Canada.  It’s a island owned by our pastor’s family and he invited us and another family to spend a few days there.  I was looking forward to the fellowship, enjoying nature, watching the boys experience something more wild than suburbia, … Read More

making ourselves at home

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Organizing37 Comments

Before I get into today’s post, I want to encourage you to visit one of my friend’s websites.  Laura Dreyer is a talented artist and creative business owner (she is the creator of Little Clay Land), but is also a long-time friend and the designer of my logo and lot of the branding that became the cornerstone of my professional … Read More

summer activity | fun with food

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Food & Fitness28 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  As always, all words and opinions expressed are honest and my own.  (Oh,, and the first 50 readers to sign up will get $50 off their first two weeks Blue Apron, so you might want to stick around.) Our vacations are behind us and now the bulk of the summer is ahead of … Read More

May 2018 Favorites

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things44 Comments

We are finally back home!  After 10 days of driving across the country and visiting our family on the east coast, it’s so good to be back home.  I was planning on hitting the ground running and getting right back into my normal work routine, but the backlog of mail, laundry, cleaning, and things that needed to be done was … Read More

April 2018 Favorites

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things23 Comments

We’re already 10 days into May and I realized I haven’t shared my favorites from April!  Well, let’s take care of that right now.  Here were some of my favorite things… AVIARY Launching Aviary was pretty exciting and definitely a highlight… THE PORCH  I turned 40 years old (eek) in early April and we didn’t have any special plans, but … Read More