The Winter TV Challenge

With the freezing cold temperatures and complete darkness at 5:00 PM, one's attention can easily turn to a nice Cab and a little binge TV watching. Except it's not always that easy. It can depend on who has control of the remote. When it comes to the current lineup at the Think Beyond the Nest... Continue Reading →

KATY Trail 2020 – Phil and Kai’s Most Excellent Adventure

My son Kai and I finally rode the Katy Trail. Perhaps COVID and the change in “normal” activities finally pushed us into action, but after at least five years of saying “we should ride the entire Katy Trail someday,” we completed the 225-mile bike ride from Clinton to St. Charles, Missouri. We thought we’d share... Continue Reading →

A Time of Togetherness. And Not.

Just like everyone else who has been following the stay-at-home orders, the Think Beyond the Nest household has been a bit cozy these days. Togetherness has been a blessing and we’ve found many ways to enjoy this time together. We’ve reinforced those things that we enjoy doing together. Thanks to input from friends via the... Continue Reading →

Homemade Almond Milk – the best gets better!

Phil and I have been almond milk drinkers for quite some time now.  We like its health benefits and the way it tastes.  The little boxes we purchase(d) from Costco are easy for storage and the milk lasts forever! However, just when you think things can’t get any better with your almond milk, they certainly... Continue Reading →

Yummy Winter Meal Prep

So this just happened. Our "living-at-home-soon-to-be-married adult son," Kai, totally earned his keep the other day. I think the Millennials call this "meal prep," but whatever you call it, I'm loving it. And we're not talking McDonald's here. All in one day, during another cold Kansas City weekend, Chef Kai cranked out a giant Crockpot... Continue Reading →

When Your Nest Isn’t So Empty Anymore

We started our blog, Think Beyond the Nest, after both of our grown boys had flown the coop. We’ve shared our experiences, thoughts, ideas and activities along the way. The nest we built many years ago was down to two.  And just like that, after becoming perhaps a little too cozy, we have found our... Continue Reading →

Opening Up On the Anxiety Conversation – I Know I’m Not Alone

Wow! August is over, and I made it through! I have to admit that all year long I have been secretly dreading the month of August not just because of the heat here in Kansas City, but because of what I experienced at this time a year ago. I’ve always been a pretty easy-going, happy,... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Simply Taking the Stairs

  You land in Chicago. After hitting the first available bathroom, you walk through the concourse on your way to baggage claim. As you near the end of the concourse the signage directs you down a level to baggage claim. There's an escalator. Usually full of other travelers headed to the same baggage claim. There... Continue Reading →

When They Say, “I Do”

Spring is definitely in the air, and I don’t know about you, but it seems as though more and more of our nieces, nephews, and friends' children are getting married. It’s a wonderful thing, and yet mind boggling all at the same time!  It's crazy to think we have children old enough to now be... Continue Reading →

End-of-Life Planning for Aging Parents

In the past week alone, several of our friends have lost a parent. We even had one friend a few months ago lose both her parents in a tragic accident.  There have been some beautiful tributes and even social media posts sharing absolutely priceless photos and videos. As our friends faced the difficult task of... Continue Reading →

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