• 2016 Gardens: planting seeds and having faith

    Happy Easter everyone! With Easter we celebrate the victory of life over death and dwell in the possibility and promise of miracles. We had a beautiful day celebrating the day with all of our family and eating all of the things.  We hope the same for you and yours! Speaking of having faith, the last frost date is a long standing point of contention between farmers and gardeners and our Lord. We await Spring with building apprehension, wanting to get started with planting, but must wait for that last frost to pass or risk losing it all. It takes a lot of faith and patience to wait and we’re like toddlers in a…

  • Progress for the Happy Camper

    This road we’re on feels like a long one recently. Over the last couple of weeks there have been ups and downs, which to continue the already on the verge of being over done metaphor, can be described as: dodgy rest stops (the fear that grips you when your husband insists on operating a saw in a terrible mood), armed protest road blocks (the ongoing discussion on liquor licensing), finding a dairy queen in the middle of a dessert (a full set of 1960’s gold leaf cocktail glasses for $2 each at Goodwill!) We keep chugging through it all, hills and valleys, and I know we’ll get there. My eye…

  • Weekending with the Kelly’s

    Here is a glimpse of what our weekends have looked like lately. We have been spending them working on the trailer, stomping puddles, and wrapping our hands around the local’s coffee in attempt to keep warm on these grey days which inevitably lead outside, Henry’s current favorite place. He loves to stomp and splash after his Grandpa showed him the joy of puddles. He loves to walk around the yard and try to get Leupold to give up his ball. He especially loves walks with dada, who for some reason he has started to call “mama” lately. I wonder if this is because in his eyes we are becoming more…

  • Happy Camper Cocktails- the journey begins!

    Hello, beautiful readers. I have some really exciting news. This is happening:….   ….!!!! I almost can’t believe that the Happy Camper Cocktail Company  has come along so quickly in the last few months, but this gorgeous photo literally puts it in black and white and grounds my dream to a new reality. How pretty and professional is this logo? (Rhetorical question, if you don’t adore it please don’t share, because I am obsessed and oh so happy to have it!) This logo feels like the second really big step from taking this dream from a dream, to a trailer, to a business. And, I have a website! Yay! You…

  • How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

    It drives me crazy that my child won’t eat a balanced diet. Let’s just start there. In theory I know that kids are often picky, heck I was, though that was mostly my sister’s fault. I copied everything Venise did and she remains to this day a particular eater. In practice, Henry’s picky eating aggravates me to no end. I take food really seriously, always have. I love eating it (as an adult I am a pretty adventurous eater), growing it and cooking it. I also hate waste. So watching my child refuse to eat the veggies I have lovingly prepared for him is incredibly frustrating for me. When I first became a parent, feeding…

  • Girl Crush: Joanna Gaines

    Every woman between the ages of 25 and 65 is obsessed with her remodels, exquisite taste in pillows, witty husband, and gorgeous sun kissed babies. Yes of course I am talking about Joanna Gaines. Even more so, we’re obsessed with the wholesome family fun the Gaines family models on their weekly show. They make the American dream look really good, and we actually believe in their happiness and strong values. So I wasn’t surprised when I was moved and impressed by this video when a friend sent it. The Gaines don’t hide their Christianity from their viewers, rather they wear it through their actions and attitudes in their daily life,…

  • Happy Camper Cocktail Company- the beginning

    Have I gushed about how awesome my husband is lately? Yes, he makes me laugh and takes awesome care of me and our son (example: last weekend we had a wedding to attend and my stepdad threw out his back and couldn’t watch our son. Mr. Kelly dressed up Hankie Pankie in a suit jacket and Chuck Taylors and brought him to the ceremony, played with him in the sand at the beachfront venue while I did bridesmaid-y things, and then drove him home to my Aunt Debbie who was able to sub-in and put our little man to bed. All told, he drove 4 1/2 hours so that he…

  • Hello 2016- Belinda’s Resolutions

      This year I thought through my New Year’s resolutions as we think about our Simple Goodness life, and categorized my intentions for 2016 within farm, life, home, and food. I don’t have a farm, so I got out of that one really easily. My goals are already 25% easier to achieve! Life Live in the moment, slow it down, keep it simple. I try daily to remind myself of this. I feel like life just isn’t set up this way anymore and it takes a dedicated effort to remind ourselves to unplug and maintain presence. This year I want to read the newspaper cover to cover a few times…

  • How My Kid Saved Christmas (or something less dramatic)

    Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begins Christmas day? According to Wikipedia, in most Western Church traditions Christmas Day is the First Day of Christmas and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January. While a lot of my friends have taken down their trees and decorations and already have the presents sorted and tucked away in their new homes, I’m still holding onto Christmas. I don’t know what it was exactly about this year but it went QUICKLY. Maybe it was because this was my first year with a whirling dervish of a baby boy to run after or perhaps it was the sickness…

  • Changing Traditions

    At 10 pm last Sunday night, in a fit of rage that could only be induced by untangling Christmas lights only to find they won’t connect correctly or are half burned out, I realized just how different this Christmas will be. It will be our first Christmas with a toddler. That ever-curious, fascinated with the world, glass case of emotions, destructive breed of little man is about to throw a wrench in all of my holiday plans. The signs had been creeping up on me, in the way of jealousy over friend’s tranquil Instagram posts of flawless decorations hung with languishing ease. In year’s past, I too enjoyed a hot toddy or…