The Books I Read and Loved Last Year

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Every year I make a reading goal. I love reading, always have, but with a toddler glued to me (literally, I wish I could share a video of my little monkey!) and a preschooler who is constantly ready to engage in a project or activity it’s hard to find the time! Can I get an… Read More

4 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends For Winter

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Over the last few years essential oils have become such an integral part of our family’s routine. Whether it be for wellness or treating a specific illness, we’ve found many essential oils to be wonderful additions a great fit for our family. There are three ways you can use essential oils – aromatically (with a diffuser),… Read More

Clutter Free in 30 Days


Deep breath my mama friends … the New Year is upon us! Since the 1st I’ve felt really cliche setting my annual goals, making lists of projects I want to accomplish, and starting a new “diet.” Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of weight put on January – to start off strong and… Read More

Review: eeBoo Puzzles


For the last few years our house has been full of puzzles. Shortly before my daughter’s 2nd birthday she became enamored with them; her favorites were the wood puzzles with chunky shapes, mostly the Melissa and Doug ones. She mastered those before she turned 2 1/2 and I started looking for the next step up …… Read More

Review: Wild Friends Nut Butter

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Long before Wild Friends Nut Butters debuted on Shark Tank, I was a fan of their nut butters. Especially this one. Wild Friends began as Wild Squirrel, a simple peanut butter experiment between two college friends in Oregon that has boomed into a wonderful business. They’ve got talent, a delicious product and a business model that… Read More

Mom Fashion | Welcome Winter Lace

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It seems that every season I find myself drawn to a specific pattern or texture in my wardrobe. For the Fall I was loving plaid (still do!) and now that winter is upon us, I’ve fallen for lace. Not bright white lace, but that soft, buttery cream colored lace that seems to be popping up… Read More

Cranberry Orange Rustic Bread

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I’m starting this post with a big, bold PSA … YOU NEED 18+ HOURS OF PREP AND RISING TIME TO CREATE THIS BREAD. DO NOT START THIS RECIPE ONE HOUR BEFORE DINNER. With that said, it’s totally worth it. And truly very, very easy. And the results are magnificent! There is just nothing like warm,… Read More

Hey Mama, Make SMART New Year’s Goals!

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  It may be my Type-A personality, or perhaps my college major of business, but I’m all about goals. Not so much New Year’s resolutions, but goals. Goals are my jam. They make me happy and help me to feel organized.  My list of goals are outlined each year ’round about this time – post Christmas,… Read More

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies


Christmas equals cookies, right? Even though I fall into the category of cookie monster mama, I’ve hit my max on gingerbread and peppermint this holiday season. And so, I’m switching gears with my baking to salted caramel inspired treats. Salt caramel is that perfect blend of sweet and salty – just what I need after… Read More

Molasses Cookies For Christmas

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Around here Christmas isn’t complete without a batch of molasses cookies. They’ve got that sharp, distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with a cup of eggnog and when pressed in sugar, they glisten a bit like snow regardless of whether or not you’re experiencing a real white Christmas. Although, don’t you always hope that you’ll wake… Read More

5 FREE Christmas Activities For Your Family

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Christmas can get expensive, amiright? With gifts and travel, extra food and activities, December is one of those hefty months when it comes to budgeting. Luckily, today I’m here to share a few favorite FREE activities you can enjoy with your family. Best of all, even though the price tag is small, the memories won’t… Read More

Christmas Prime Rib


Each year our family buys a share of a cow. Once delivered we have a variety of cuts and the one we all get most excited about is the rib eye roast that turns into prime rib. It stays tucked safely in the freezer until Christmas week and then becomes the star of our holiday… Read More

10 Christmas Activities to Do With Your Kids


1) Participate in a Polar Express inspired train ride or create your own at home <<< this is the greatest idea EVER. And free 2) Make ornaments! These are my favorite, of course, but Pinterest is booming with kid-friendly ornament ideas. Just search “DIY ornaments” and you’ll be feeling crafty for days. 3) Visit Santa … and… Read More

Christmas Eve Traditions … What Are Yours?

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the melding of a million traditions! Oh, traditions! And then comes the baby in the baby carriage … and, of course, another round of traditions! Since my husband and I wed in 2007 we’ve evaluated a lot of the traditions we grew up with, the ones we want to keep… Read More

Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

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Our tree is simple and sweet this year – white lights, a ribbon garland and homemade cinnamon ornaments. These ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft and ensure that your home will billow the scent of Christmas all December long! Earlier this week my daughter and I mixed the cinnamon dough in our trusty KitchenAid and… Read More

A Collection of the Best Rain Boots

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I promise I don’t mean to sound like a know it all … but, when it comes to rain boots, I know a thing or two. You see, I was born and raised in the state of Washington. It rains here, a lot. We do rain boots here and we do them well. Dare I… Read More