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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Celery Soup

Slow cooker sweet potato and celery soup with barley is a must-have meal for a simple weeknight dinner or the perfect appetizer for Sunday supper. As the cooler months are upon us, fresh and hearty soups are the perfect way to warm you up on a cool day! This healthy, vegetarian soup is just what the doctor ordered! Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Celery Soup with Barley   Happy Thursday …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 182

So…my baby starts kindergarten and I’m all over the place about it.  You can find my letter to her HERE.  I’m pretty sure that it’s going to take all my power to not dive face first into these Apple Filled Cupcakes from Simplee Thrifty {find the recipe HERE}.  Seriously!  Just picture that one year old with cake smeared all over their face.  Yep, that’s going to be me!   If …continue reading

A Letter to my Kindergartner

As you head off to bed with a nervous energy for what is to come tomorrow, I sit to contemplate how I’m going to keep it together tomorrow for your sake.  You came into our lives just before a snowstorm on my thirtieth birthday and you’ve been a force to reckon with ever since. A Letter to my Kindergartner Part of me wants to skip around the house knowing I …continue reading


Creative Halloween Ideas

I love to start collecting ideas early for Halloween so that I can start putting them together in advance.  Otherwise I get overwhelmed by all of the creative ideas out there and nothing gets done, which is why this collection of Creative Halloween Ideas is out well in advance.  Enjoy! Creative Halloween Ideas Click NEXT to view the next Creative Halloween Idea.


Banana Breakfast Cookies

Banana Breakfast Cookies are the perfect way to get anyone to eat a nutritious breakfast right from the start.  With it’s subtle hint of peanut butter and the perfect amount of sweetness with it’s chocolate chips, they’re a breakfast that everyone wants to grab. Banana Breakfast Cookies Before I give you the recipe for these banana breakfast cookies, I have a confession to make.  For the longest time, I couldn’t …continue reading


Homemade Funfetti Cake

Nothing says celebration like sprinkles and cake! This light, moist 3-layer, 6-inch Vanilla Bean Homemade Funfetti Cake is filled with rainbow sprinkles and topped with a fluffy, creamy vanilla frosting and more sprinkles. It’s the perfect little cake to celebrate any occasion. Vanilla Bean Homemade Funfetti Cake   Hi Everyone! I’m so happy to be back this month from The Crafting Foodie to share another delicious, decadent treat with you. …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 181

I simply can’t resist all things adorable when it comes to Halloween.  So this year, I’m starting super early and picking out all my favorites and I couldn’t resist these adorable Jack-O-Lantern Orange Fruit Cups from Simplee Thrifty.  Can  you handle so much cuteness?! If you’re ready to party,  just click below to join on in and be sure to follow along with me on Facebook !  Once you’ve linked …continue reading

All Natural Countertop Wipes

This may contain affiliate links. With Back to School right around the corner these easy All Natural Countertop Wipes are perfect for all types of surfaces.  Especially students desks, but they also work great home.  The best part is that they can be put together by a five year old in under ten minutes.  Yep, these are made by Riley and the video is below so the proof is in …continue reading

Comforting Breakfasts

I don’t know about you, but I’m a stress eater.  I’m all for eating healthy and definitely try to the majority of the time, but sometimes I just need some comforting food.  I know for an absolute fact that I’m going to need a comforting breakfast on Riley’s first day of kindergarten, which is why I put together this collection of Comforting Breakfasts. Comforting Breakfasts Click NEXT to view the …continue reading


Tips for Homework Help

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OurPact. Riley starts kindergarten this year and something that I am not looking forward to is homework.  As a former teacher myself, I know the importance of continued practice at home on the skills that were learned that day in school, but I also know how stubborn Riley can be.  Plus, with technology today it can often interfere and …continue reading


Summer Spotlight

Today I’m being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Dwelling in Happiness, Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, Crafts by Courtney, 3 Little Greenwoods, Making It In the Mountains, and View from the Fridge. The Summer Spotlight showcases creative ideas from a different talented blogger each Friday throughout the summer months. I encourage you to swing by and check out the feature about The Melrose Family as well as the …continue reading

Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Who says good-for-you treats can’t also be indulgent? Yes, these are supposed to be healthy snacks for kids, but this mama might have snuck one or two herself, because it’s still hot, and when you need to cool off, nobody can resist this favorite flavor combination in a frosty form like these Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Pops. Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Frozen …continue reading

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