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True Love!

Have you ever found a product that you just love?! Maybe it’s the right color, it just really makes sense, it was a great deal, or it solves a real problem.  Well, the “In A Pikle” bag (aka “the Pikle”)  is one of those things that I just LOVE! How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways! 1.  I hate to get somewhere and not have what …Read More

What Is Your Passion?

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION? With the dawning of a new year, I was recently asked the question, “What is your passion?”  Believe it or not, this question actually stumped me. Most people may be able to instantly answer, but for me, it took some time to really define what things I “like” doing, “love” doing, and find “passion” in doing vs. the things I “must” do to keep life running …Read More


With all of the buying, wrapping, and running around, it’s hard to feel that warm fuzzy holiday spirit all December long. My suggestion is not that we get rid of long-standing traditions, but that we tweak them to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Traditions are a special part of the holiday season. Here are a few of our favorites that help keep our holidays simple and meaningful. You are free to steal …Read More

Gift Guide For The Active Girl

I’m guessing you have a woman in your life who is wonderfully disciplined, active, and passionate about health. I know I do! The best gift you can give is the gift of wellness. Your friend or loved one will be delighted. For the active lady on your list, we have compiled fit gifts especially for her. We know she’ll love them just as much as she loves her green juice …Read More

Stocking Stuffers For Guys

The Christmas shopping is in full swing and I am still at the creative stage where I really want to find and give thoughtful items for my family (in a couple of weeks I will be at the desperate stage and start resorting to gift cards!).   I’m not sure if anyone else has this problem, but I tend to get stuck when it comes to ideas for the men …Read More

My Favorite Things

                                                                 …”these are a few of my favorite things”…                                                             …Read More

Gift Ideas For Moms With Young Kids

This time of year is stressful and busy for me and my family. I am sure you feel the same way with work, appointments, shopping and also trying my best to be super mom. Even as I write this blog my 4-year old son is asking me about his ABC’s (he keeps getting stuck after G)  it never ends!  There are some things I have discovered that are sanity savers …Read More

Our Favorite Fall Activities

I am blessed to live in a place where we experience the richness of all seasons of the year. My favorite season by far is summer! So, to be honest,  I get a little bummed when the air turns cold, the days get shorter, and the bright green leaves start to turn.   Despite all this, there is something “cozy” and wonderful about fall… warm sweaters and comfy boots… the …Read More

Calling all football fanatics….In A Pikle is a touchdown!

For so many of us, September, even more than January, represents the start of a new year. Our souls are filled with new life (okay, maybe it’s just adrenaline and chaos) as our kids skip back into school, a chill settles into the outside air, the green leaves turn colorful, and football, of course, is finally back in season. At In A Pikle, our goal is to keep you organized …Read More

Make The Most Of Your Car Time

The end of something creates an opportunity to begin something new! I REALLY look forward to summer and all of its fun! Mostly, I just love a break from nagging my kids about homework! I also love not having to enforce bedtimes and practice times!   But after a few months, I kind of get excited to get back to a schedule. This time of year, I fill up the …Read More

My Son Says To Savor the Summertime Sizzle

This week, the heat of summer sizzled over 115 degrees in our humble little town. Hiding from the heatwave, I found myself searching for every color of highlighter in our home and printing a blank calendar for August, September AND October too (gasp)!   Some quick background info: THE FOSTER FAMILY CALENDAR is the household governing document, which means it’s the only document that is “refrigerator worthy” for 24 hours …Read More

Relief for Travlers with OCD!

I can’t really pin-point that time in my life when I realized I “thought” differently about everyday things.  However, over the years, it has become more and more obvious to me that I do.  Thus, before you read this post, as I know some of my “routines” may be a bit out of the ordinary, I kindly ask that this be a “judgement free” zone.  ☺  (Thanks in advance.) I hope this post …Read More

Why Does He Do It?

A few weeks ago, I made a visit to my sister’s house.  She had been doing some remodeling and redecorating and I was really excited to see the finished product!   She took me to her husband’s new office. It was beautiful! Besides the new paint, carpet and furnishings, she had taken extra measures to create a space where he could focus and be inspired (okay, I was down right …Read More

Oh The Places You’ll Go…Graduates!

“Oh the places you’ll go!” Every graduate whether from pre-school or graduate school is hearing this poem by Dr. Seuss at this time of the year…. “…You can steer yourself any direction you choose, you’re on your own and you know what you know, and you are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss hits the nail on the head! He reminds us that our destiny is in fact up …Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

When I was a kid, my dad would take me and my brother and sister shopping the week before Mother’s Day. He never took us to the store with a specific gift in mind or tried to give us ideas or advice as we shopped for mom. He always gave us complete freedom to pick out ANYTHING we wanted to get our mom. I found this empowering, he found it …Read More

Say “I DO” To The PERFECT Wedding

At a very young age every little girl begins to piece together the plans for her perfect wedding day… the dream dress, accented with the perfect flowers in the perfect shade of ???, the perfect cake, the perfect dance, and of course the perfect groom.   Unfortunately, life has a way of teaching us that there really is no such thing as perfection.   By all means dream away!  Fill your Pinterest …Read More

Make Luck Happen!

Have you ever met one of those people that are never “In A Pikle”? What about those who seem to always win the sweepstakes in life? Simply put, they’ve got all the luck! How do they do it?  How does good fortune always seem to smile on them while the rest of us are left “Pikled”? Guess what? We at “In A Pikle” have the solution. How, you ask? Well, …Read More

Five Things I’ve Learned as a “Momprenuer”

Have you ever had a great idea for an invention?  Something that solves a serious problem of fills a need in a big way? We are all the beneficiaries of the creative ideas of inventors and entrepreneurs. Until I walked that road myself, I had little appreciation for the time, sacrifice, courage, and risk it requires. If you are a “momprenuer” (crazy creative mom turned entrepreneur), it’s a whole other …Read More

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump This simple, yet profound statement has always resonated with me. I have found this saying to be true in so many ways both personally and professionally. A few weeks ago, Marianne Porter (my awesome business partner), blogged about the Five Love Languages (if you missed her post, you can read it here). As …Read More

What Love Language Do You Speak?

I was recently talking to a friend. She told me about how she had talked to her (fairly new) husband about her frustrations surrounding Christmas.   Last year, they traveled to her sister’s house to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Soon after arriving at her sister’s home, her husband realized that he had totally forgotten her Christmas gifts at home. Since they had traveled a long distance to enjoy …Read More

One New Years Resolution

res·o·lu·tion rezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ noun noun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions a firm decision to do or not to do something. Who?  41% of the world population What?  New Year’s Resolution When?  11:59am on December 31st Where?  Various locations Why?  That’s a dang good question….. How?  #365daysofthankful When one hears “New Year,” they often coincide it with “New Resolution(s)”… This year, I will __________________(fill in the blank). The idea of making “resolutions” isn’t …Read More

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