Welcome to Living a Sunshine Life. I’m here to give you some insight into my life as a stay at home mom/work from home mom, and give you some positive ideas to make life easier, stress free or just give you a smile for the day. You’ll also find some product reviews and a few giveaways, recipes, craft ideas and fun. Have fun while you’re here, and take a moment to get to know my family.
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This is me, Mary, owner of Living a Sunshine Life. I have a love for making people smile in any way I can. I have a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which I’ve wanted to use as a springboard into a Life Coaching career. When I’m not blogging I’m hanging out with family, geocaching, writing, scrap booking, reading, crocheting, cross stitching, painting, and having coffee with friends. I am an academic and would be happy being in school every day for the rest of my life as I try to learn something new every day. I enjoy homeschooling my girls and it makes me smile to see their curiosity about the world blossom.
Here is my husband, Nick, and I on our 9th anniversary. He’s an all around laid back guy who people love to talk to. He has a lot of great insight and shares my love for education. He’s in the military working full time for the Army National Guard. He’s frequently found with his nose in a non-fiction book and he has a great love for Legos and anything else he can build with. He’s an amazing father, and plays with the girls all the time; even tea parties and pretend shopping trips. You’ll often find him doing his best to take over the camera for me and helping with my blog. I’m a tough boss, yet he works well with me. I appreciate his understanding on that 😉
My oldest daughter is Charlie. No, it’s not short for anything; Charlie is on her birth certificate (I always get asked that.) Charlie is a lover of the colors pink and purple, she loves Care Bears, My Little Pony and La La Loopsy. But more than anything else, she loves dinosaurs. She wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up, and already considers herself one. Charlie loves to learn and will ask a million questions about just about everything, and we do our best to answer every single one of them. She has an attitude when she wants to, but underneath it all she is the most loving, empathetic child I’ve ever met. She loves fruit, especially raspberries straight from our canes in our backyard and apples picked from the orchards at Nebraska City.
Our youngest daughter, Lena, is the most active member of our household. Her favorite colors are blue and red and she often tells us she’s Grumpy Bear, her favorite Care Bear, even though she smiles all the time. Lena is very independent and knows what she wants. Most of the time it’s hugs. She loves to give and receive hugs from us. Lena can often be found playing Reading Eggs online, building with Legos or attempting to cuddle with our pets (even if they don’t view it that way.)
Meet Arthur, our 8 year old Siamese cat. Arthur doesn’t care much for the kids, or the dog. He spends most of his day curled up on my bed, typically my pillow because he knows I’m allergic to him. As far as we can tell I am his favorite person in the house and he shows me by bossing me around. Arthur loves his catnip ball and prefers to perch on high places where he can yell at the dog and assert his dominance. He acts grumpy, but I like to think he likes all the attention he gets.
Next in line is our sweetheart Glory. We rescued Glory in December of 2011 and the kids fell in love with her immediately. It took me a little longer to warm up since in the first week of her living with us she ate my favorite purse. But, we worked through our differences and while her manners still have some work to do, we’ve figured out how to live mostly harmoniously. Her favorite toys are soft squeaky toys. She’s a good dog, we’re happy to have her with us.
Let me introduce you to Bagheera. Bagheera is a lap cat. She prefers to sit on laps, draped over arms, snuggled into arm pits (yes, gross, but that’s what she does). Bagheera also has wonderful manners. She always pops her head up and taps our leg to ask if she can jump up in our lap. Her only rude moment comes when she wants a treat. She doesn’t just ask nicely, she whines, and whines and whines with a high pitched meow until we either give in or leave the area. Bagheera loves to play with anything fuzzy and sparkly that will move quickly across the floor.
Finally please meet our newest addition, Oaken. A beautiful blue Betta. The entire family loves him and he has more personality than I’ve even seen in a fish. He’s pretty darn awesome.