Office Updates & Peek Into My Workspace


Whew, it's been a while since I updated my office! I work from home, and while I do love my space, I've been so busy that I have let it go a little bit. I need to move around a few things, replace others, and just do a general re-organizing of it. Plus I need some upgrades to help accommodate my growing work base. So, I thought I'd show you a little peek into my area and start off with a simple desk update. I've got more coming, but for now, since the desk is my main area, I am starting there. So, here is what it looked like before: Not bad, right? maybe a little simple, but it's been okay. My main issues are space and storage, and of course that ancient looking chair! Besides … [Read more...]

Baby Bath Time Basket

I created this gift basket as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. #JohnsonsPartners Right around now is when I start thinking about Christmas gifts each year. I make lists of who I need to shop for, what I need to buy, and what I can get away with making myself. I adore handmade gifts, and over the years I've found that my favorite way to gift is through a mix of bought items and DIY combined in a gift basket. Not only are they super fun to create, but I feel like gift baskets are so much more personal than the standard "single gift in wrapping paper" that I've become used to. With gift baskets I can give several personalized items, really get creative, and wrap it up in an adorable … [Read more...]

Vegetable Pot Pie Muffins {30 Minute Dish & A Giveaway!}


Everyone has their own holiday "staples" when it comes to recipes. They could be recipes that were passed down through the family, dishes that you grew up with, or ones that you created yourself. For the most part I usually make a mix of those, but the one that I would say my "signature" holiday recipe is would be one that I made for the first time a few years ago. Now, if you're familiar with my recipes then you know I am not one to want to make extravagant dishes that take up to much time. I feel like gourmet should be fun, and that I shouldn't be taking hours upon hours and using the entire kitchen cabinet as my ingredient list, because that can become way too much. So, I keep it simple. … [Read more...]

Sundae Soiree

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DairyFree4All #CollectiveBias My birthday is coming up soon, and each year I love to think up fun new ways to celebrate. I'm not talking about full on parties, just small things to do that help make the day special. I love themed events, and last year I had a craft day for my birthday which was super fun, but this year I've really been in the mood for something sweet, frosty and refreshing. So, I came up with a fabulous idea: a Sundae Soiree! I'm a little bit obsessed with frozen treats. I would eat them every day if I could, but too much of something is never a good idea so I … [Read more...]

Fabulous Fall Glamping


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallGlamping #CollectiveBias Everyone knows that we are an outdoor family. Camping is a regular activity for us, but with the weather cooling down so quickly, it's about to start getting harder and harder to sleep under the stars without turning into popsicles. Luckily we still have a few more warm(ish) weeks left this year, so over the weekend I gathered up our gear and set it up in the back yard for some family fun outside. Most of the time I like to go "out of the box" when it comes to our camping trips and outdoor days, so for this occasion I made sure to glam it up, because … [Read more...]

Travel Tips For Happy Kids


I am sharing our travel tips as part of a sponsored post with SocialStars and GOLDFISH® crackers. #GoldfishCrowd The holidays are quickly creeping up on us, and for many families that means travel. We mostly keep our celebrations local, but we still end up making the rounds between families during the holiday season, and it's something that can be a little stressful. My kids get antsy on long car rides, but over the years I have come up with a few tips and tricks to help make the drive easier on the whole family. Take Breaks Adults can sit for long car rides without having to stretch our legs or go to the bathroom much. But kids? That's a lot to ask of them. It depends on how long … [Read more...]

Focus On Family Time


I was part of the Every day, care™project with Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #EveryDayCare Being a parent is a crazy ride. There are highs, lows, and all kinds of in-betweens. Even though it can be tough, I treasure every single moment of it. I work from home, and because I run my own business as a one woman show I spend most days locked in my office until the sun goes down. I break for dinner and bedtime, but once the kids are asleep I'm working on my laptop and tidying the house until I drag myself off to bed at 2am. I don't even know how I wake up in the morning, much less function on a few hours of sleep, but I do it because it makes my family's life better. … [Read more...]

Tailgate Time!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallWithATwist #CollectiveBias I have never really been a football fan. My husband and his friends love it, but me? Meh. I’m more inclined to cheer on the foods I see at game day gatherings than anything else. For real, have you ever been to a tailgating party? Because I have, and they are usually packed to the gills with munchies. We always love a good excuse to hang out with friends, but being a vegetarian among carnivores can be difficult when it comes to an acceptable middle ground. Luckily, MorningStar Farms is here to save the day! Since it is Football season around here, I … [Read more...]

Cartoon Vampire Makeup Tutorial


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HallowCleanFaceOff#CollectiveBias I've never been one to really wear makeup. Sure, I will whip out the eyeliner and mascara on date night (which is rare) or when I'm having my picture taken (even more rare), but in general I just don't tend to wear it. But when it comes to Halloween it's a different story entirely. I love going all out with a full face of whatever is going to transform me into my chosen costume. I'm a Halloween fanatic, and I love getting creative with my look. Each year I carefully choose my costume and go from there. Since I'm a mom I am up to my eyebrows in … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Have A Smooth Daylight Savings Time Transition


I'm talking bedtime routines as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars and JOHNSON'S®. All opinions are my own. #JohnsonsPartners #SoMuchMore Kids are funny about schedules. Mine take more than a little bit of effort on my part to settle in and go to sleep at bedtime, but now that Daylight Savings Time is about to end I am preparing for the nightly struggle to get even more crazy. My kids are notoriously stubborn when it comes to most things, and bedtime is no exception, so in preparation for the coming weeks I decided to come up with a "game plan" to help minimize stress over the time change and (hopefully) help everyone have a more peaceful transition. Check it out below! 1. Talk … [Read more...]