Old Man's Cave Logan, Ohio

As I woke up this Veterans Day morning, I realized that this Veterans Day would be very difficult for so many families. Although, I'm sure it is never easy.  I can't comprehend what it is like waking up daily with a loved one gone on military duty. I can't even fathom what wives, mothers, fathers, husbands, brothers or sisters do each day without their loved one being just a phone call away. Military families sacrifice so much.

One definition from Webster Dictionary defines sacrifice as, destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b : something given up or lost.  I define what you do as selfless.

Whatever your reason is for joining your particular branch of the military, you are ultimately making a sacrifice for my family, my children and for our freedom. For this, I am truly grateful. My family and I will keep you in our prayers and hope that you can find comfort and peace today.


 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. - 2 Corinthians 3-4. NIV (Whole Chapter)

Spring Cleaning for your Life Part Two - Freshening up your Attitude

Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by this Monday you've taken some off time during the glorious Easter weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

MMM_Button Spring Cleaning for your Life. Yes, you read that correctly. Today's Making the Most of Monday is Part Two of a three part series that I thought would be a great way to start off spring. If you missed part one a couple of  weeks ago, click back to Out with the Old.

Part Two: Freshening up your Attitude.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to write down a list of things that are cluttering your life. This week, I'm going to ask you to take a big step. Together we are going to let go of that old way of thinking, living and reacting and be out with the old, once and for all. 

I've put together a list of words. Words that you may harbor in your own heart that keep you from living up to your potential.







All of these words are very powerful and can affect your attitude, your way of thinking and how you portray yourself. The bottom line is, you control your attitude. The previous sentence is short, but holds a lot of power. Once you have full realization that attitude is a choice whether good or bad, you've already begun the process to living a better life. Below I've included a few powerful quotes. I encourage you to take a moment to think about each one.


The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.
  - John C Maxwell

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.
 - William James

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
 - Author Unknown

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
 - Jimmy Dean

Are you ready to change your attitude? Its all about controlling what you are thinking about and what comes out of your mouth.

I have to admit some days it's hard to wake up ( being that I'm not a morning person at all) and smile at my bright eyed children and give them that positive and happy attitude that they need for a successful day. If I woke up in a bad mood every day and already bad mouthing what lies ahead or the obstacles they may face what kind of attitude am I teaching them? What kind of foundation am I laying for their day?

I hope you'll freshen up your attitude this week. Get rid of old thinking habits. Get rid of negative words and feelings your harboring. Realize that you have control over your attitude. If your thinking bad, acting bad it is probably going to turn out bad. If you are thinking good, working hard and remaining positive, I bet no matter what you face, you'll get through it a hundred times better.

Make a choice, to Make the Most of Your Life today.

 - Gabreial


Spring Cleaning for your Life - Part One Out With the Old


Happy first day of spring! 

Spring Cleaning for your Life. Yes, you read that correctly. Today's Making the Most of Monday is Part one of a three part series that I would like to do for the next couple of weeks.

Part One: Out With the Old
Are you holding on to bad clutter in your life? I'm not talking about piles of paperwork or unfinished business. I'm talking about life's clutter.

I've put together a series of questions below. Take a moment to think about each one before you give it a serious yes or no.







Are you allowing toxic relationships to run your life?

Do you surround yourself with people who control your thoughts?
Are you hanging on to any bad habits?
Do you have a poor attitude?
Are you allowing fear to keep you from stepping out? Is discouragement keeping you from your dreams?
Are you holding on when you know you should let go?

During this crazy economical time it's easy to get lost in the stress of bills, and money money money. It's also easy to loose yourself along the way, while you are going through the process. I'm hoping these questions provoked your mind into thinking about what is really cluttering your life.

With anything that life sends our way, we need to remain mentally strong. You need you, family needs you and friends need you. Are you prepared to help you? Are you prepared to give them what they need?

This week, think about these questions. Write down a list of things that are cluttering your life. After your done, be prepared to be out with the old so that you can live up to your full potential. 

If you'd like to participate this week, please feel free to comment below. 

Amazing waffles, but so much more at The Taste of Belgium

Taste of Belgium Date Night

It isn't date day until you take a table-side selfie right? That right there is my better half #theabeardedhunk (look him up on Instagram). We like to do date "days" instead of night quite often if we can get them. We find that we can hit up lunch menus to save on our bill, and enjoy some time away together without being exhausted, if you know what I mean. #thirtiesproblems

We recently hit up a new to us spot, The Taste of Belgium at Rookwood. 3825 Edwards Road. Cincinnati, OH 45209. It's across the street from Rookwood Commons. Taste of Belgium is known for their waffles, and rightly so; they're delicious. Crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What started as a 120lb cast iron waffle maker, touted all the way from Jean-François Flechet's hometown in Belgium, is now a successful group of Belgian-inspired eateries.  

We've tasted the fluffy goodness a few times during our visits to Findlay Market. This time however, we branched out and tried a few new things at this swanky location. 

Taste of Belgium Rookwood

My craft beer enthused husband was impressed with the taps at Taste of Belgium, and I was impressed with all of the specialty drinks they offer. From cocktails, to specialty espresso sips and wines, they have just about anything you could want to drink. You can tell from the details in the setup of the restaurant and the food flying out of the kitchen, that quality is important here. From our seat, we watched as the chefs, and line cooks were adding final details to plates. Each one seemed to have been checked over with care. 

Taste of Belgium Crepes

This was my vegetarian crepe, with roasted red peppers, spinach, goat cheese, balsamic glaze. It was gooey in the the middle, and the veggies were perfectly crunchy. If you're gluten free, they offer those as well. 

Taste of Belgium Goetta Hash

This was hubby's choice, Goetta Hash. He enjoyed it very much and said he would get it again. It smelled absolutely delicious, and this veggie loving momma, may or may not have tasted a small bite of goetta. 

Taste of Belgium Rookwood

Sitting directly in front of us, was their market, filled with fresh waffles, pastries and delicious macarons. If you have any room left after that hash, you might have a hard time decided what to indulge in. Everything looked so good. 

As far as date days go, this is a hot spot, and a great place to unwind and reconnect. Our server was on the ball, and didn't miss a beat. The place was buzzing with people in and out, and though it was busy, we felt cozy and comfortable. The decor and brightness of this location are top notch, you just feel good while you're there. If dining alfresco is your thing, they also boast a nice outdoor seating area with umbrellas. Let us know if you've ever been to Taste of Belgium, and if you dared to branch out from those tasty waffles, we need help decided what to order next time we go.




Teach Me: Exercise with Fitness Blender

If you're wondering how to get some exercise into your home school day, why not check out Fitness Blender? Husband and wife team Daniel and Kelli have created Fitness Blender and offer all of their exercises for free.

You can go to their website and click on various requirements for the type of workout you would like to do. Choose from training type, body focus, difficulty, minutes and calorie burn to find the right workout for you. Everything is organized and easy to find. If you need a little more direction they do offer workout plans, but that's only if you choose to use their plans. They are also very inexpensive.  The videos offered in the workout plan are the same as what they offer for free, just organized into days, and specific workouts.


Today my kiddos and I did the 25 Minute Fun Workout for Kids. You can check it out below. 








The folks over at Fitness Blender do not know me and I was not paid for this. Just thought you would like to know some free resources for getting you and your kids moving! 

Celebrate! My little sister is getting married!

I'm so excited, my little sister is tying the knot! She is going to be the most beautiful bride. I can't hardly stand it! Today I'm celebrating her, and her engagement with my future brother-in-law with these lovely handmade  goodies from Parris Chic Boutique. 


Let the wedding planning begin! 

xoxo Love you sister! 






Sponsored Feature: Invisalign and what I wish I would have known then.

  Truth in Review: This is a sponsored post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.



    Let's go back about ten years as of last month. Walking down the isle in my beautiful wedding gown, waiting for my prince charming at the other end. Wedding pictures galore and memories to last forever. A beautiful night and an amazing memory for sure. However, roll back time a few months before the big day when I decided to get braces. At the time I'm not sure why I chose to get braces several months before my wedding day, but I was determined to finally get the straight teeth that I always wanted. Fast forward to the present time and you won't find many wedding photos adorning our walls. One of my biggest regrets were the big metal braces in every single photo. I wish I would have known about Invisalign then. 

    Invisalign would have prevented those big wrap around braces from entering all of my beautiful wedding photos. In fact, I could have taken my Invisalign aligners out for pictures. Yep, that would have been nice. This time around when it comes to my boys and their teen years of the ultimate need for braces thanks to me and their dad, we'll be looking into Invisalign Teen. 


    Some of my favorite aspects of Invisalign Teen is that they can be removed to eat. No more worrying about flossing, flossing and let's not forget all of the flossing! Of course that means, you can't just forego the flossing but I can imagine the frustration of having to remind them to floss after every little bite. Afterall plaque build up isn't fun. 


    When looking ahead to our near future of braces, I'm excited that the cost of Invisalign is roughly the same compared to traditional metal braces. I'm also thrilled that if they want to play sports, or play a musical instrament that they can remove the aligner to do so. No more risk of broken wires, brackets and painful pokes in the side of the cheek. 

Visit the Invisalign Website for more information abou the clear alternative to braces. 

What about you? Have you used Invisalign? And if so, what was your experience?




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An Anniversary Letter to Him.




And so it was, TEN years ago today. I came up those stairs, daughter in arm of father, and for the life of me I could not breath.  The undergarment was just too much. It wasn't you. It wasn't about that day. It was squeezing me tightly and I couldn't take it. This was my day, our day, THE day. So I slipped it off before turning the corner.

Though the look on my face was that of a scared "deer in the headlights" kind of look, I knew my breath of fresh air was there. He was waiting for me at the end of the aisle. All I had to do was take a moment, breath him in and he was mine forever. We became one. One body, one soul, life mates. Somehow in the crazy mess-of-a-world we were both living in, God, fate, the inter-webs, they brought us together. 

It is our love story, and one I'm proud to recall this day with you. 


xoxo me. 

Vintage Indie Life: What I Find Most Attractive about Your Husband


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Soul Mates by photographer ©Susannah Tucker 

Today I'd like to direct your attention to an article written by a fellow writer friend of mine from Home Educating Family Magazine, Shari Popejoy. "What I Find Most Attractive about Your Husband"  Originally published January 2013 by Today's Christian Woman Marriage Partnership,was one of those articles that I think is worth a look for today's married couple. 


"That ring means he has a wife who honors and respects him, makes good on her promises to him, and makes sure he never regrets that vow he made. It means you'll put the kids to bed early tonight or give up some time with the girls so you can spend some extra moments with him. It means that even if you come home to a messy house, or kids in meltdown, or enough household chores to equal a second job, you'll take a moment to take his hand."


I'm encouraging husbands and wives to give it a few moments of your time. While this isn't something we normally discuss here at VI, marriage is an important topic and one I'm passionate about. Marriage is hard work, not something to be taken lightly. When we love one another with such  passion and grace thinking about each other instead of ourselves, marriage can truly last a lifetime.

I know to some Valentine's Day is a cliche, a Hallmark Holiday if you will, but around here it's a friendly reminder of the day my husband proposed to me. It is a reminder of how I want the next 10, even 20 years of our marriage to go. It is a reminder that I want to last forever and for that to happen it will take time, dedication, and commitment on so many levels from both of us. 

Thanks for taking the time to give this article some thought and I wish you and your loved one a very happy marriage full of love, grace for one another and passion to last a lifetime. xoxo Gabreial  

O Holy Night

A yearly tradition of words so beautiful and full of precious meaning. May your family find peace this Christmas. May you be blessed with true hope in Jesus Christ. 




Praying for the families in Connecticut, praying for all of those hurting in the world, praying that they find Jesus in this very dark hour.


2 Thessalonians 3

King James Version (KJV)

3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.




Leading Lady Boutique: Nursing Cami

You may remember Leading Lady Boutique from our virtual baby shower a few months ago. Well I'm back to give you the full review of the Nursing Cami that Leading Lady Boutique provided for me during the baby shower.


Now that I'm traveling out a bit more with baby girl, I'm trying to get the hang of nursing a wee one while out and about again. My plan is to go as long as possible and nurse until she's ready to stop (also known as Baby Led Weaning). Of course, that topic is for another day, but the importance of convenient nursing clothing will help me in achieving this goal for her and myself. 

 The cami features a built in bra and adjustable straps. The straps also feature an easy snap/unsnap access for quick nursing. It is made of soft and stretchy material for full coverage of my tummy, while nursing. I think this cami will be ideal in winter months when I can layer a sweater over top. The nursing cami has truly come in handy and I'm already looking to purchase more of them in different colors. 

A special thank you to Leading Lady Boutique for providing their nursing cami for my review. 


Truth in Review: The above product was provided free of charge for our review. We were not paid for any content in our review and the review is that of our personal opinions. - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.

Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: Parenting boys 9-12 Boot-Camp Tonight! Reminder

If you've been looking for some great parenting advice for your son aged 9-12, Hal & Melanie Young of Raising Real Men have a spectacular Boot Camp lined up for you. Even if you can't join tonight, you'll be able to join and listen and hear the archives for a whole year! My husband and I really enjoyed last weeks session and hope you'll join in this week. 


Here's what the Boot Camp is all about. 

Raising Real Men Book Cover


We’ll be discussing:

Brains Turned to Mush

Temptation Everywhere

Dating and Courtship

Homeschooling High School

Jobs & Entrepreneurship

Doing Real Things in the Real World

Becoming Young Adults, not Sullen Teens

Loving these years!


Don't wait! The Bootcamp Starts tonight at 8EST, but remember if you sign up and can't attend tonight, you'll be able to catch up later in the week. 

Visit Raising Real Men for more information on registration. 


Vintage Indie Kids: Ruffles and Lace!

I've been waiting for ruffles and lace! In God's perfect timing our little family is so ecstatic to share with you we're having a girl!  I'm over the moon excited and so are all the fellas here. We're counting down to July! 


Handmade lace ruffle rompers!  I'll take one of each of these please ,from Chicabootique.  These can then  scrunched down to make bloomers for two products in one! Visit Chica Boo and shop handmade for your little love. 



All images © Copyright of their owners.

Photography credit - Top Right Jennifer Porcaro Photography


On the Road with The Bellaires: Saul Good, Lexington, KY Restaurant Review


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Traveling through Lexington? Take a short trip off Man O War Blvd to Saul Good and you will definitely believe just that when you taste the food and beverages served at this comfortable and cool restaurant. The dining experience, overall restaurant appeal, and welcome feeling will delight you. 

  Saul Good

From the dining area to the restrooms – the focus and attention to cleanliness and detail is readily apparent. The décor and surroundings are soft, quiet, and comfortable, with room to spare. A patio with fireplace is also available for larger groups of those who desire a more natural or private setting. And the food menu – well – the prices are very reasonable for meals, drinks, and dessert and the selection was varied for any taste without being burdensome or overwhelming.  

  Saul Good Nachos

Our first order was the flank steak and beer cheese nachos. This dish was UNBELIEVABLE .  There was a delicious cheese and garlic combination and a taste unlike any other. I suggest you share with a friend. It is not only a kind and amiable gesture, but it will also help you to make room for dessert which should not be passed. Our second order was the chicken lettuce wraps served with delicious (spicy) peanut, szechwan, and/or sweet chili sauce and this was a family favorite. If you can’t decide on a sauce - try all three. Throw in a tri-tini sampler or miniature martinis of pixi stix, candy bar, and pomegranate flavors and you are set for a casual small but “Saul Good” dinner.

  Saul Good Fondue

For dessert we decided on fondue for three. Pretzels, strawberries, rice crispy treat squares, and bananas ready to dip in a dark chocolate sauce. A perfect choice. The fruit was fresh, the pretzels crisp, and the rice crispy treats provided a playful way to enjoy the delicious dark chocolate. In trying to find the description of this sweet delight, my son summed it up perfectly when he stated…….. “this is heaven.”


Do not miss the chance to enjoy good food, great hospitality, and some unique conversation if you are traveling through Lexington Kentucky. Only 5-10 minutes from any highway, and at very reasonable cost, Soul Good restaurant will be a welcome visit. 



I've missed you!

Hello lovelies,

How is everyone doing? Did you miss me while I was away? I hope you enjoyed my special guests, Casey of Elegant Musings and Elizabeth Holcombe. I sure did enjoy reading their features when I returned. Please help me thank them by visiting their sites. They are all a chock full of vintage goodness.

My family and I just returned from a trip of a lifetime. We had a wonderful time with great friends. We've never ventured out of the U.S. before and took the plunge this past couple of weeks.  My camera was ruined during our cave tubing adventure in Belize, but thank goodness for the boys DSi's, I captured some beautiful scenery (although a bit grainy). I thought I'd post a few here if your like me and facing the cold weather season, boo right!

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Costa Maya

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Costa Maya

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I could move to the beach or an island for that matter. I love me some sunshine!

I hope to show you more of our trip including a few from our cave tubing adventure. You have got to meet Dave of Cave Tubing R Us!

Have a great day everyone,


Frugal Tips for Mama's: Mega Swag Bucks Today

Hey everyone, I just wanted to remind you that today is Mega Swag Bucks Friday!

Swag Bucks is a free rewards system. The concept is easy, you just use the Swag Bucks tool bar or search engine or their home page like you would any other search engine to earn free Swag Bucks and in turn cash them in for gift cards to places like Amazon. Amazon is great for us because we love shopping for organics, school supplies, books and the like. A $5.00 Amazon Gift Card is only 450 Swag Bucks and it doesn't take long to rack them up. 

Search & Win

Mega Swag Bucks details;

Friday's you can earn swag bucks in multiples of 50,100,200 or even 1,000 just for searching.

If you'd like to get started, head over to Swag Bucks to find out more details. It's free to sign up and no strings attached. I'm saving my bucks up for something big I'd like to buy at Amazon. What will you use your Swag Bucks for?

xoxox Mamas! ♥ Gabreial

(by the way the link up there is a referral link, help me, help you)

God Bless America

We thank you for your bravery, for your courage and for fighting for our freedom. We thank our Lord and Savior for His grace and his protection over you. 


"We shall trust Him in the darkness as well as in the light. He has said, “I will not fail thee or forsake thee” [Joshua 1:5]. The Christian’s faith is that which trusts the Unseen Power which lies behind all open manifestation. No matter what threatens, he knows God will send His protecting angels to keep charge over him. What is history but the recorded result of these invisible forces?"  - Wall Builders

Image courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts

Happy Mother's Day

I'm thankful for two wonderful boys who light up my life just from a look in their direction. I'm so thankful to God, and Jesus my Lord and Savior for my healthy children. I'm thankful he gave me the only true thing I've ever wanted, to be a wife and a mom. 

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(Nature Club Photo from our Trip to the Arboretum)

Children are full of so many great qualities that we sometimes take for granted. Like the times they make you smile, when you're sad, frustrated and tired. 

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I'm thankful for those times and for scriptures of sweet reminders that God has given me. 2

2 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
       but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

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( My oldest love , showing me what he found )

I love them...

Happy Mother's Day to all of my lovely readers. I hope you find some cheer this Mother's Day.

♥ Gabreial

Random Tips for Mama's : Swag Bucks

Hey everyone,

This is completely out of character for me and Vintage Indie, but I know a lot of other mamas read the blog and I wanted to pass on this great tip to you. I heard about Swag Bucks not to long ago and since have already started earning them.

The concept is easy, you just use the Swag Bucks tool bar or search engine like you would any other search engine to earn free Swag Bucks and in turn cash them in for gift cards to places like Amazon. Amazon is great for us because we love shopping for organics, school supplies, books and the like.

If you'd like to get started, head over to Swag Bucks to find out more details. It's free to sign up and no strings attached. I've actually had a lot of fun with it this week.

xoxox Mamas! ♥ Gabreial

(by the way the link up there is a referral link, help me, help you)

Teach Me: Enjoying Winter Snow

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We're enjoying learning about nature first hand. We're experiencing it in a new way since our new found love of learning has touched us so. We're touching it, seeing it smelling it, analyzing and imagining, just by taking a step outside. 

Winter 2010 - Jan
The boys were excited when I laced up my snow boots to travel with them into their enchanting woods. The one where their pet snake and groundhog both live. We enjoyed sights of bits of green showing through the depths of winter.

Winter 2010 Jan Deer Print

 We took notice of deer prints and droppings, wasn't that exciting! Actually, it was fun to spend some time in the deers world for a bit. We imagined where they were or what they could be doing. We talked about how they survive the winter. 

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Looking up in the sky to a tall tree.

We talked about the smelly green onions, still bright green and still smelling strong despite the winter cold. Yesterday's blue sky was breathtaking and the snow reflection was incredibly bright. I wish I would have taken a picture of the sky for you. That's all for now, I'm sure we'll have plenty more snow to show you very soon.

How are you enjoying winter days?

Snow Report: Peterborough Ontario

You all are just having way to much fun in the snow. It is really taking that gloom of winter and making it more enjoyable.

Stephanie of Peterborough Ontario writes, " Here are some pictures from the tobogganing my husband to be and I did on the weekend with a great group of friends! The hill was huge and icy and snowy all at the same time. The weather has been about -15 every day for the past couple weeks usually with light flurries every day."

Thanks so much Stephanie!

Family 2010: Goals

Creation Museum Summer 2009

Since I've decided to go a little more personal here at Vintage Indie, I thought I would share a few things with you. A week ago my boys and I sat down to discuss how we would like to change, explore and live differently this year. (We later discussed all of this over dinner with daddy-o).  I laid out only one rule for setting these goals. They couldn't be material things/goals, meaning we couldn't buy them.

I loved what their little hearts came up with.

1. Become closer as a family unit.

We laid out and discussed a few ways that we could make this possible.

a. Get closer to God (my oldest love)

b. more family time

c. work together

d. ride bikes (my youngest love) 

2. Really explore nature & life around us.

a. go on more nature walks

b. take our new puppy on walks

c. really indulge in our family garden

My favorite part about all of this, is that these things can be achieved, they are realistic. They are reachable!  They only need love, time and commitment. Resolutions don't have to be materialistic, besides you can't buy happiness, right? If you are interested, I wrote a post on our church's blog this past week titled Resolutions? No, the tool you need to be fulfilled in 2010

What kinds of non materialistic goals have you set for yourself or your family this year?

xoxo - Gabreial

Snow Report: Lori from New York

We're studying snow, ice and all things weather around these parts and we're appreciating your photos! We're finally getting some real snow around here too!

  Vintage Indie reader Lori from east end of Long Island's North Fork sent us these photos, snow on the beach!

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Greetings from snowy New York.    We were blessed with 26" of snow a few days before Christmas.  I have attached a few photos of my neighborhood beach called Harbor Lights.

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Thanks Lori for sharing your photos with us! I bet that furry guy is loving the snow.