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

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

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

sleep number bed review

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance68 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sleep Number®.  As always, all words and opinions are my own. If you remember, back in December we went to our local Sleep Number store in Rochester, MN, to select a new mattress and foundation.  Jeff and I have very different mattress preferences and this had led to one or both of us not … Read More

the big three

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Running a Business41 Comments

When I worked in the corporate world (can you even imagine that?), I would keep a running to-do list on a legal pad.  Each day, I would work through the list until it was “quitting time” and, whatever was left on the list would get transferred to a fresh piece of paper as the start of my to-do list for … Read More

Tuscany, Paris, & Junk Bonanza

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Artistic Endeavors, Balance72 Comments

I have a couple of very exciting trips and events coming up this year that I wanted to share, in case you’re able to join me.  The first one is a biggie. A few months ago, I received an e-mail from one of my MMS Milk Paint retailers, Dana, of Le Beau Chateau.  She is a seasoned world traveler and … Read More