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A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

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Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I made these goat cheese stuffed dates on a weeknight when the light was fading and the kitchen was messy. "These would make a great item for celebrating something special," I thought. I remembered then that my daughter had taken her first real steps earlier in the day, and that was a reason to celebrate!… Continue reading Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

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Blackberry Pecan Salad

  Meal planning has kinda gone out the window so far this month. Like many things, it was easy to do for awhile, and then busyness got in the way. So one day with the "what's for dinner?" question on my mind, I put this salad together from what I had on hand and it… Continue reading Blackberry Pecan Salad

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A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

  Have you ever looked at Instagram fashionistas and thought, "I love how they mix patterns, but I just don't know how to do that for myself"? Or saw someone on the street who rocked a patterned top and skirt, but couldn't figure out why the items looked so good together? You can mix patterns like a… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

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Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

  I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

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3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

  Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century.  I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it's not Easter?  I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what… Continue reading 3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

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Sweet Corn Salad

  Once upon a time, I attempted to grow my own vegetables on an apartment balcony. I bought dirt and containers and bell pepper seeds and a watering can, then patiently waited all summer for a bell pepper to appear. One. One pepper grew out of all of those seeds. It was the world's most… Continue reading Sweet Corn Salad

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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

  These are a tasty way to get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins in one meal. You can combine an endless variety of flavors and textures to suit your tastebuds! I was hungry and this sweet potato bowl looked good, so no pretty photos with this one 🙂 . This is a very versatile… Continue reading Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

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11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

  There's something about the beginning of a new year that always makes me want to get organized. My latest project has been my daughter's room, so I haven't been blogging this year until today. It was difficult to decide on a nursery theme- there's so many cute ones out there! But I found a… Continue reading 11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

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Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

  I love chocolate with pretty much anything- fruit, ice cream, pretzels, nuts, in candy bars, etc. But one time I was reading a chocolate label ("Don't do that," my husband likes to joke) and noticed that the last ingredient was something called "vanillin." After looking at other candy labels, I noticed that it was… Continue reading Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

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A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

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Sweet Corn Enchiladas

    The secret to these is the Corn and Chile salsa from Trader Joe's. It's a little sweet, a little spicy, and very addictive. If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, subsitute a can of drained sweet corn, but consider taking a road trip to stock up on the Trader Joe's version :).  … Continue reading Sweet Corn Enchiladas

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Ute’s Stuffed Mushrooms

"May I help you?" Her voice sounded so familiar that I had to do a double take. I told her thanks, I was just browsing; we talked about where the clearance section was. I was curious though so I had to ask: "Where are you from originally?" Then it made sense why the store associate sounded exactly… Continue reading Ute’s Stuffed Mushrooms

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Salted Chocolate Apricots

I had a bit of chocolate left over after making chocolate covered Nutter Butters, so I decided to make these salted chocolate apricots. They are delicious! And adding fruit to chocolate makes it healthier, right? All you need is chocolate chips, wax paper, coarse sea salt, and apricots. The directions are similar to the ones… Continue reading Salted Chocolate Apricots

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Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

  Two of these are from Kilwin's, and two are homemade. Which is which? Ok, I made the ones on the right. But they tasted exactly the same, for less than half the cost. Because the ones on the left were $1.50 each, my husband and I only bought two when we were at Kilwin's recently.… Continue reading Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

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DIY Travel Map

Travel maps are a great way to document where you've traveled to over the years either on your own, or with a partner or your family. I was inspired to make my own by my husband's grandparents' travel maps. Michaels had maps with adhesive on the back, as well as the trifold styrofoam board. I used… Continue reading DIY Travel Map

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Yogurt Popsicles

When my sisters and I were kids, we would peel the lids off of single-serve snack size yogurts (the kind that came in a 6-pack), stick a spoon in each, and freeze them overnight to make "popsicles." They were so good that I wondered if I could do the same with greek yogurt (since it… Continue reading Yogurt Popsicles

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Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers

Usually most omnivore weddings don't have many vegetarian options. So I was pleasantly surprised to attend two weddings this summer with two delicious vegetarian entrees- one had baked mac & cheese, and the other had polenta & goat cheese stuffed peppers. The peppers were so good that I made a version of my own. I… Continue reading Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers