diy painted kitchen canisters

I am in love with these DIY painted kitchen canisters, and they were so easy, and fun to make. It was so nice to be able to pick any color I wanted.

For the last several (I am not exaggerating here) years, I have been on the hunt for canisters for my kitchen.  The fact that I am super cheap, and our kitchen was the ugliest room in our house helped to talk me out of anything I found.  Now that our kitchen has been redone, I was ready to take the plunge.  The only thing I had working against me now was the cheap part. So, … read on–>

cuban sandwich sliders

These Cuban sandwich sliders are the perfect potluck appetizer for anyone! They were so good, they were gone in minutes!

This year, for Thanksgiving, I was asked to bring an appetizer.  I’ll be honest, I don’t have a go-to appetizer, and I’ve also learned that if something takes too long for me to make, I will just end up upset I chose that particular thing to make.  Once we figured out we were responsible for an appetizer, Brent and I were on the hunt for the right thing to make.  Brent tends to get a … read on–>

Kalahari Resorts | Poconos

We loved the indoor water park at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. It was the perfect winter escape, and we didn't even have to catch a plane!

I have already had it with winter, and it’s only January.  Don’t judge!  I’m not made for winter.  I miss the colors green, and blue, and sweat–  I miss sweating.  True story. I know some of you love winter, so don’t hate on me for saying it isn’t for me. If the decision were mine alone, I wouldn’t live where it snowed, but it’s not, so I take what I can get in terms of … read on–>

Easy Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter Sandwich

strawberry banana peanut butter sandwich

The kids are back in school, and winter activities are in full swing.  Despite the fact that the we are super busy, the kids are going stir crazy from being stuck inside the house so much.  There isn’t much time to plan a ton of special “things” to do beyond the things we are already doing.  So, no special crafts, or cooking projects.  I do feel guilty when the kids ask me to do things … read on–>

ted talks to inspire

10 ted talks that will inspire and motivate you!

A couple of years ago, I took a business course which showcased some incredibly awesome ted talks.  I was hooked.  I couldn’t get enough of them. And those were just the ones meant to inspire creative entrepenuers.  When I realized there were even more TedTalks to inspire basically anyone, I became even more obsessed.  If you are feeling down in the dumps about yourself as a mother, or even just in general, grab yourself a … read on–>

valentine’s day etsy finds

whether you're searching for gifts, decor, or cards this Valentine's Day, you have to check out this great list!

We don’t go all out for Valentine’s Day, and we don’t even get something every year for our kids, or each other for that matter.  Sometimes though, I see something that someone I love just absolutely has to have!  From house decor, to gifts for the kids, to classroom Valentines, and gifts for mama you can literally find everything on Etsy.  There are some seriously talented people in the world!   50 Valentine’s Day Etsy … read on–>

photo blog post round up

Oh goodness! This is the best photography tutorial round up ever!

One of the main reasons I started to really keep up on this blog was to have a place I could put the things I love so much, and I am really passionate about. I knew that I wanted to be able to help the moms out there who really wanted to learn how to use their cameras, and were feeling frustrated with the pictures they were taking of their kids.  In the last couple … read on–>

New Year’s Resolutions for my kids

I've got a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions for my kids.

I’m all for a good self-improvement resolution.  I may not always stick to them, but I love having goals for myself.  This year, as I sit with my bored children over Christmas break, I have a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions them.  I’m not saying they have to do every one of them, but I would be more than a little happy if they would each pick one or two. 20+ New Year’s Resolutions … read on–>

New Year’s Eve Photo booth

adding a photo booth to the new year's eve party sounds like so much fun!!

Can you believe 2016 is almost over??  I can’t.  I mean, I seriously cannot. This year for NYE I am sure we will be in bed long before midnight, watching the ball drop underneath the warm covers.  We don’t even try to pretend we aren’t lame.  But we may have a little bit of fun before that happens- which will probably include a hockey game, and some nachos.  We are pulling out all the stops … read on–>

the perfect planner for busy moms

This is the perfect planner for busy moms! I'm so happy I was introduced to it.

The last couple of years, I have been on the hunt for the perfect planner.  I need a place that I can keep my schedule, my budget, grocery lists, goals, business plans, and everything else.  I am not a big journal-er, but I do like to write down thoughts, and record things that I feel are important.  I have tried to use digital planners, they just don’t work for me.  I’m kind of old school … read on–>

reasons cutting down a Christmas tree is the way to go

We always get a real Christmas tree because we love them, and it is a great family tradition.

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are all about traditions around here.  Most of our traditions include spending time together.  Here’s the deal, B and I both work- a lot.  It’s the life of a business owner.  It’s not like you get to shut down at 5pm, or on the weekends.  No matter how much I try to clock out at a certain time, there is always something I end up having to do.  Add … read on–>

gingerbread houses + toddlers

gingerbread houses can be super fun to make with kids--and frustrating. if you're thinking about making one, you're definitely going to want to read this!

Years ago, before the birth of wild thing #3, I found a haunted gingerbread house.  It was insanely easy, and we had a blast with it.  Two years ago, I thought it would be fun to make another one. This is what it looked like (by the way, if you don’t follow me on instagram, you should!  😉 ).. Needless to say, we skipped making one last year. This year, wild thing #4 was given … read on–>

diy glitter pine cones

these diy pine cones are so cute, and ridiculously easy for anyone to make!

Oh goodness!  I cannot believe we are less than a week away from Christmas!  I swear, the older the kids get, the faster the month of December goes.  I really feel like there should be another couple of weeks, at least, before Christmas!! Every year, I try to add a couple of new decorations to our Christmas collection.  This year, I finally got around to making our pallet stocking hanger.  I love how simple and … read on–>

How to take pictures of the Christmas tree with your iphone

christmas-tree2

This time of year, everyone is taking pictures of their Christmas tree.  Some of us are using a DSLR.  Others are using their smartphones.  You may think it’s not possible to get a really great picture of your tree with your iphone, but I am here to tell you- you CAN!!  There are some things you can do to turn those phone pictures into something you are super proud of, and might even choose to … read on–>

diy pallet stocking hanger

this diy stocking hanger was so easy to make, and i am so happy with how it turned out. it's perfect for anyone that doesn't have a mantle or a staircase.

I have been trying to figure out where on earth to put our stockings since we moved into this house nearly 5 years ago.  We don’t have a fireplace, and since it is split-level, we don’t even really have a staircase to hang them on. The first year we were here, I hung a branch on the wall, and attached them to that.  I had an idea in my head, but it just didn’t work … read on–>