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DIY Sign for Nautical Bedroom

This DIY sign for my nautical bedroom makes me smile every time I see it! I feel goofy even making this into a post of it's own, because it's so ridiculously easy, but every good pun deserves its spotlight! When I started working on my bedroom, I knew I didn't want to go with traditional … [Read More...]

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Master Bedroom Makeover + Giveaway!

Doing a makeover on our master bedroom was not easy for me!  We've been married almost 15 years, and our bedroom has always just been a place to sleep for us. The rest of our house is filled with bright colors, walls filled with pictures and so much personality. But our bedroom was a dud. This … [Read More...]

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Organic Produce and a Vitamix Giveaway!

  Over the last few years, I've noticed a significant change in the way I'm grocery shopping. I'm more conscious of what I'm purchasing, where it originates from and how it will affect my family's health in the long run. I no longer grab whatever is on sale that looks like it will taste the best. … [Read More...]

Panda Express Chinese Spare Ribs + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panda Express for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Clearly, I like to eat. What I don't always like to do is cook. It's like every day, these people want dinner! Every.Single.Day. It's enough to drive me bonkers! But, yesterday, we were … [Read More...]

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Master Bedroom Makeover- Part 1

We all have talents in this world, right?? Mine is soooo not decorating. I know what I like, but piecing it together is brain overload for me. It just never seems to look cohesive and I struggle BIG TIME with actually making a decision! I mean like months upon months of agonizing over one … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars

These chocolate pecan toffee bars start with a cake mix! I worked with a girl once who didn't like brown sugar. I'm just going to let that sink in for a minute Does that bother you at all?? I mean, obviously people have different tastes and like different foods. I'm in looooove with roasted … [Read More...]

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Hop to the Music with Disney ( bonus giveaway!)

I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. We might be a little tone-deaf and look just a smidge like Elaine from Seinfeld when we're … [Read More...]

Panda Express Chinese Spare Ribs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panda Express. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes my husband gets a hankering for slow-roasted, fall-off-the-bone, sticky spare ribs. When this craving hits him, it hits him hard. In other words, he will bring it up repeatedly, he will show … [Read More...]

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Strawberry Lemon Cake Recipe

  This lemon cake with fresh strawberries will have everyone asking for the recipe! I very rarely will make a whole layer cake anymore. Christmas seems to call for lots of little finger food for desserts. Birthdays for the last couple years, my husband and kids have been asking for apple … [Read More...]

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Fudgy Andes Mint Brownies

Fudgy Andes mint brownies are on your table in no time with a box mix. I couldn't even bring myself to type "recipe" in the title for this post. I promise you, this isn't really a recipe. It's more a "Today Isn't the Best Day and I Have No Motivation but I Really Want Chocolate" kind of … [Read More...]

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DIY Your Own Pillows

It's easier than you think to DIY your own pillows! When my son was 3 years old (gulp, a decade ago!), he was in love with his preschool teacher. His preschool teacher had a love for cardinals, and the next obvious step in this chain is that my son developed a love for cardinals. Or as he … [Read More...]

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How to Paint a Room with High Ceilings

Painting a room with high ceilings is easier than you think with these how to's! Yesterday, I posted our living room reveal and was so tickled that you guys liked the paint color as much as I do!! It is gorgeous at all times of day and is such a true gray! There were 2 things that I was … [Read More...]

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Before and After Living Room Makeover

Finally ready to share before and afters of our living room! I've been a bit missing in action lately, and I could easily blame it on the fact that we painted our living room/dining room/everything room. But, honestly, that was 2.5 weeks ago and really didn't take that long. We spent MUCH more … [Read More...]

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Book Party Cupcake Toppers

Creating these book cover cupcake toppers for your next party is easier than you think! This was one of those things that I wasn't even planning on turning into a blog post. It was just some quick cupcakes for my daughter's class because they were having a book bistro last week. They were … [Read More...]

Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup

Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup

This spicy tomato parmesan soup is easy to make and a hit with the whole family! Sorry for the radio silence lately. I've been working my way through a behind-the-scenes blog class. A little continuing education, if you will. I've also decided, I could never do a cyber school. I neeeeed a … [Read More...]