Coffee-mate Inspired Serving Tray

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Crafts, DIY | 1 comment

serving tray

My husband is the coffee drinker in our house. I don’t drink it at all. I LOVE the smell of coffee, though. It’s so comforting and always brings my dad to mind, since he’s probably the biggest consumer of black coffee in the known universe. He always has coffee breath, and as a child, I found that so reassuring and familiar. But even though I don’t drink coffee, I still buy creamer because I love to bake with it and Jared likes his coffee flavored. And the last bottle of Coffee-mate I purchased actually inspired me to get creative!

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Back to School Ideas

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Crafts, Kids | 3 comments

back to school gift

This year I had a great teacher gift for Henry’s Kindergarten teacher, but it wasn’t really worthy of its own blog post. I wanted to share it with you, though, as I think it’s an easy idea and something that a teacher would actually use after school is out. So I pulled together some of my Back to School gifts and ideas and added a couple of friends’ back to school posts to provide a well-rounded post that’s sure to help with your return to classes this year! 

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Toy Wash with Palmolive #Palmolive25Ways #cbias

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Cleaning Tips and Tricks, Kids | 2 comments

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outdoor toy wash 

Henry, our middle son, just started Kindergarten this year and for the first time, Charlie is home alone with me. I love having the special one-on-one time with him and I am trying to have little projects and activities planned for the two of us to do together without big brothers coming along to take over help. :) We just rearranged the bedrooms and put all three boys in together which left the other bedroom as a playroom. Charlie loves to go in there and make huge messes while enjoying the toys all to himself. I love having the opportunity to help teach him about playing responsibly and cleaning up after himself. OK, maybe I don’t LOVE it, but you need to grab the chance to teach life lessons whenever you can! When we were picking a bucket of small toys, I noticed they were all grimy and nasty, so I grabbed the Palmolive, a bucket and a couple of brushes and we headed outside to “do work” as Charlie calls it.

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Let’s Get Real #52

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started. Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That’s right! It’s all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That’s you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

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Gidget and Fancy Feast® Broths

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in Home and Garden | 15 comments

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About a month ago, I introduced you to our giant puppy, Lulabelle. Now, thanks to this sponsored campaign by Fancy Feast® I get the opportunity to introduce our kitty, Gidget, to you!

Kitten Gidget

We had lived in our home for about nine months when we were started to be overrun by spiders and bugs. My husband is NOT a cat person, but I like to have a kitty around to help control the bug and rodent population. So I started searching Craigslist (because when it comes down to it, it’s really my call) ;) and found an advertisement for a litter of white kittens. She had such pretty markings and bright blue eyes, so we brought her home and named her Gidget.

Gidget pillow

Gidget quickly made herself comfortable in our home. Poor Dusty, our family dog before Lulabelle, was always being pushed around by the cat. They would “share” the dog pillow until Dusty finally gave up and wandered off to find somewhere else to rest. But Gidget wasn’t totally selfish-she earned her keep around the house by making a dent in the nasty bug population and brought me “presents” quite regularly. ***Warning*** This next photo will probably make you shudder. It’s not graphic, but if you can’t stand the site of mice/rats/rodents/lizards you may want to scroll by quickly. You’ve been warned.

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Double Berry Cookie Pie

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Desserts, Featured | 4 comments

Double Berry Cookie Pie


Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. If I could only have one sweet for the rest of my life, it would be homemade chocolate chip cookies. A close second would have to be Albertson’s bakery cookies. Those things are like crack! I blame all of my weight gain over the last 10 years on chocolate chip cookies and Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra ice cream. I’d like to blame my three kids, but I’m pretty sure it’s just the chocolate. Anyway…when I saw this super easy recipe from Pillsbury, I was immediately intrigued. I had to make a dessert for a group of college students visiting our church, so I was looking for something easy to throw together and run over to the church later. Of course, I couldn’t just send it off without tasting it first. :) This Double Berry Cookie Pie was rich and sweet with refreshing bursts of raspberry and blackberry in every bite. It would have been awesome served hot with vanilla ice cream melting all over it! But I had to make it early in the day and just served it room temperature with some whipped cream instead. Still very good. I mean, come on, it’s basically a giant chocolate chip cookie. :)

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3 Ways to Take Control of Your Calendar

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in Home and Garden, Homeschool | 15 comments

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I love this time of year. The stores are full of bins overflowing with brand new pencils, fresh pink erasers, and colorful highlighters. I also switch over to a new calendar because I follow the school year instead of the standard January to December year. Earlier in the year, I printed and bound a great blog planner full of pages I was sure I would use. Nope. So I’m using this back to school season to take control of my calendar and share with you what works and what doesn’t.

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