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Spring Cleaning Pinterest Hacks!

Spring Cleaning Pinterest Hacks!

Hey, hey!  Welcome back to my little blog.  I’m sorry I haven’t been around more…  I’ve been cleaning. Spring cleaning, in fact. Packing too, but that’s a story for another day.  Cause it’s long, and this post is going to be short. 🙂 I started a new series on Facebook, and I’m recording a live video every Tuesday.  You can join me by following my Facebook Page here. Have you ever been on Pinterest and wondered “does that really work?” …

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The Crock-Pot for 30 Days in a Row? Oh, Yeah!

The Crock-Pot for 30 Days in a Row? Oh, Yeah!

So far, I’m right on track.  I’m 12 days into 30 days of using my Crock-Pot every single day.  I haven’t missed once, and I’m loving it.  Having meals planned in advance always helps my stress levels, but having them all planned out AND all prepped before noon is outstanding. No more 5pm dinner rush!  I can’t even. I may not even need an oven in our new house.  HAHA.  NOT.  Because cookies. Seriously, though, I’m completely happy with the…

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30 Days of Crock-Pot Cooking

30 Days of Crock-Pot Cooking

Eeek!  I committed to my crock-pot.  I mean… I’ve probably already done it, but this time it’s official and I’m all in. What’s official? I’m not putting my Crock-pot away for 30 days.  I’m going to use it every single day.  And go live on Facebook chronicling the entire adventure for you.  In fact, I’m already 5 days in, and loving it! Some of the recipes are new, some are old friends. Some are desserts, some are breads. There’s lots…

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Need Some Encouragement, Mama?

Need Some Encouragement, Mama?

Not so very long ago, there was a moment in time when I felt like I was standing in the middle of a hurricane.  The problem was, I was in my living room. There were kids screaming. There were toys every.freaking.where I looked. Dinner was still buried in the freezer.  It was 5pm. The phone was ringing, and it was probably a work call… but I had no idea where it was. I was sooooo done. Ever been there?  If…

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I Did Something I Swore I’d Never Do.

I Did Something I Swore I’d Never Do.

I did something a few months ago.  It was about the time that I stopped posting quite as regularly on this blog. Those two things are related.  Just in case that wasn’t clear.  Ha. Over the last 13 years, for as long as I have been a stay-at-home-mom, I have been consistently approached about different work from home opportunities. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Norwex, Younique, Monat… I could keep going.  You’ve probably seen all of these too, and been “spammed” on…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom (That Don’t Cost a Fortune!)

Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom (That Don’t Cost a Fortune!)

Have you ever stood in the middle of a store, wondering what in the world you were going to buy for your wife or mother?  Have the night sweats caught up with you a week before your wife’s birthday?  Does your mom have absolutely everything already?  Then this video is for you. (This video was originally recorded live here on my Facebook wall, which is why I am interacting with viewers you can see.  If you want to watch it…

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7 Ideas for Gifts that Grow with Baby

7 Ideas for Gifts that Grow with Baby

Is there anything worse then giving a gift that you agonized over, drove to the store to shop for, paid for with hard-earned cash… only to find out that the baby you chose it for outgrew it like 6 seconds after Christmas?  Yes, there are worse things.  But still, we can do better this year!  Here are my top 10 ideas for gifts that grow with baby, and get plenty of use for months (or even years) to come! (These…

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10 Creative Play Gifts for Ages 3-5

10 Creative Play Gifts for Ages 3-5

I can’t believe that Christmas and the holiday season are nearly upon us!  Regardless of my beliefs, they are coming quickly, and so it’s time for the shopping and planning!  I am a big proponent of creative play, and thus of creative play gifts for kids.  Many of my favorite gift ideas are the ones that involve the type of toys that encourage kids to let their imaginations take them place. So, without further ado, here are my top 10…

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Clean Eating: What CAN I Eat?

Clean Eating: What CAN I Eat?

Congratulations… you decided to “eat clean.”  What happens on day 4 when the cravings hit (and they will?)  How about when the fun of new recipes wears off? You start to miss your favorite processed foods (cake, anyone?).  Packing a lunch is hard when making sandwiches isn’t an option. And how are you supposed to go without your favorite pasta dish?  Not to worry.  I’ve got your back.  Here are some of my favorite clean eating substitutions. Pasta Eating clean…

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Clean Eating: What is it, and How Do I Eat Clean with Kids?

Clean Eating: What is it, and How Do I Eat Clean with Kids?

You would do anything for your kids, wouldn’t you?  Of course you would.  I’ve found that motherhood has led me some places that I never thought I would go, all in the hunt for the best for my kids. For example… Two years ago I had no idea what clean eating meant. I thought that maybe it meant washing your fruits and vegetables.  In fact, I was clueless about most of the things my family was eating, other than considering…

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