Inspirational Podcasts For Parents!

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I’ve always loved reading as a means to grow as a person. There are a million amazing resources filled with counsel and advice on personal organization, parenting, marriage, finances – you name, you can find a book on it. Problem is, as a mom with two little ones, my reading has stalled quite a bit… Read More

Keeping Your Kids Hydrated During the School Year

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Kids’ bodies are made up of roughly 65% water. So, to function well they need proper hydration! But summer break is over and mama’s watchful eye can no longer monitor that our little ones are getting their fill of good ol’ H2o! What to do? Well, here’s a few tips to keep your kids hydrated during… Read More

Apple Stamping Art Project

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We’ve officially arrived in apple season! Around here we’re eating a ton of apples and canning applesauce, but if you ask my daughter, our most fun apple activity has been our apple stamping art project! There isn’t much prep involved for an afternoon of apple stamping, just a few supplies and one, dare I say, AMAZING… Read More

Squash Ricotta Risotto

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Who out there meal plans? I do! And I promise it not only saves me money, but time too! This recipe is one of my favorite catch all meals. It’s kind of like a kitchen sink soup, but in my opinion, much yummier. Plus it tends to be a winner with the kids because it’s… Read More

5 Favorite Moisturizers

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I’ve never really been a make-up collector. I like make-up, I wear it weekly, not daily, and I do have my personal favorites, but my heart belongs to moisturizer. That’s where I consider myself to have a wee bit of expertise. I’ve tried a good portion of the Target aisles and the department stores too. Plus,… Read More

Must See {Returning} Fall TV Shows

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Season after season, a number of shows return in all their glory with new, exciting twists and better plot lines. These characters are like family to us … right? And if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to see how last season’s cliff hanger comes to fruition! Get ready for all the must see… Read More

Must See {New} Fall TV Shows

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Let’s face it: us mamas need a break from the kids now and again, and what better way to relax than with our feet up enjoying a little tv? The time has come to pull out our calendars, grab the remote and take note of all the NEW television shows coming our way this fall! The… Read More

Creative Announcements | Just For Adoption

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In the last few years I’ve had a handful of close friends adopt- some from overseas, some domestically. A few opted to explore the foster to adopt program and have welcomed children that way. Whatever the means, these are amazing families, welcoming amazing children full of promise and a bright future. I’m so blessed to… Read More

10 Darling Hand Print Projects

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This last week a dear friend and her son visited my family from the Midwest. We were sipping coffee (this yummy recipe!) and chatting when I told the kiddos TV time was over and they could choose between outside playing or play dough. My friend glanced and me and whispered “I hate play dough, I… Read More

My Fall Reading List

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I don’t think I mentioned that I too participated in the summer reading program alongside my kids. During the months of June, July and August I read 9 books. Not a bad average for an overtired, busy mama, right? I’m going to keep the reading ball rolling and continue to utilize our fabulous library this fall.… Read More

Must Have Homeschool Art Supplies

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Our first official day of homeschool preschool is September 3rd! With a 4 year old (and a 2 year old tagging along) our focus will be super hands-on this year. If the past tells me anything about our upcoming year, our learning will revolve around crafts. My children loves creating and I love seeing all their artwork. Craft time… Read More

Can You Run a 5K?

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I am not an athlete. Never have been, never will be. What I am though, is determined. And for quite some time it has been in the back of my mind to run a 5K. Mostly, just to see if I could and you know what I learned on Saturday – I can!   Have… Read More

Mom Shirts That Say It All

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Wake up and smell the coffee, mama friends! Well, first you’ll have to start the coffee, because in all likelihood you forgot to set the timer again. Am I right? Or is that just me? Then, sip that coffee and take your pick of a tee make especially for you. One that speaks your heart… Read More

Our Top 10 Library Books From the Summer Reading Program

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Did you and your littles participate in your local summer reading program? We did! It was a wonderful weekly commitment to: visit our library, find new books, chart our reading adventures, listen to story time, do crafts, and scoop up some great coupons for local businesses after completing each week. Our library really went above… Read More

Perfect Pinterest Snacks

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Avocado Cream Cheese Snack Roll Ups /// Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks /// Dried Cantaloupe /// Apple Cookie /// Cheese and Turkey Roll Up /// Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries /// BLT Bites /// Frozen Peanut Butter Snack Square /// Coconut Cream Pie Energy Bites /// Cobb Dip Whether you’re looking for lunch box snacks or… Read More

Back-To-School Shopping For Mom!

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Back-to-school season is in full swing!!! Here in the Northwest we don’t begin classes until after Labor Day, but the stores are full of supplies and my Facebook is full of back-to-school status updates. From what I hear, the supply lists are long and specific! We are launching homeschool preschool this year, but that doesn’t… Read More

Super Iced Coffee

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Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make life easier, right? Well, then let me introduce the most amazing, easiest make-at-home iced coffee. I call it Super Iced Coffee. Because, well, that’s exactly what it is Here’s a step by step in how to add a kick to your step during these warm summer days …… Read More

Hatch a Butterfly With Your Family

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Ready to spend $20 on the best little bit of family fun? Yes? Alright … place your order for a Live Butterfly Garden! The Live Butterfly Garden offers children the invaluable lessons of metamorphosis, science, patterns, patience, and life cycle studies. Give the Magic of Metamorphosis to a child you love. In your kit you… Read More

Picnic Potato Salad

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Our family cookbook is full of handwritten notes detailing our feedback on various recipes. This particular potato salad recipe has been dubbed “perfect”, “ideal for picnics” and requested for “every potluck, every summer.” Yep, most definitely a winner! With summer in full swing, I’m excited to share this recipe for the perfect picnic potato salad.… Read More

Black Bean Burger

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I’ve attempted to implement Meatless Mondays around here: both to save money and give our digestive systems a break from processing meat. It’s been met with mixed reviews, especially from my husband, but I’m happy to say I’ve found a few winner recipes. Most of the winners are thanks to black beans since they’re so… Read More