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8 Steps to an Organized Home Office

Maintaining an organized home office doesn’t have to be a boring, arduous process. It can be done in 8 simple steps! An organized home office will save you time, frustration, and help you to be more productive. So, let’s get to it! 8 Steps to an Organized Home Office   #1 Clear Your Desk Surface Think about the times you’ve walked into your home office (or wherever you work at …continue reading


Tips for 5K Training with a Toddler

Struggling to get back to running after having kiddos?  I’m sharing my secrets with my Tips for 5K Training with a Toddler.  Thanks to Joovy for partnering with me I’m able to give my insight. Tips for 5K Training with a Toddler This August I will celebrate my tenth wedding anniversary.  It has gone by in a flash. When Joe and I got married we knew that kids were in …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 220

Any time the ice cream truck comes by I always have to have a Strawberry Crunch Bar.  I’ve passed my love of them onto my girls as well.  A strawberry crunch bar just got taken to a whole new level with this Strawberry Crunch Bar Ice Cream Cake from Cincy Shopper.  It is an absolute show stopper and my number one pick from last week’s Whimsy Wednesdays.  Can you blame …continue reading

Fish Tacos with Corn Salad

The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Powered By: Are fish tacos intimidating to you?  These fish tacos with corn salad and slaw will be the easiest meal you make this week and it’ll look like you slated for hours.  With fresh ingredients and easy cooking fish tacos will become part of your regular weekly meal plan. Fish Tacos …continue reading


Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes make a breakfast when they are right – and these are right! Crispy outsides, soft insides. A little salty. Put them beside your eggs and bacon or under them! Breakfast Potatoes   There was a time that I thought Breakfast Potatoes were created magically by diners everywhere. When I tried to make them at home, they ended up too soft and the potatoes would tear apart or just …continue reading


5 Great Ways to Enjoy Pimento Cheese

Hey everyone! This is Brian from This Cookin’ Dad. With summer soon approaching, we’ll be scrambling for easy recipes that we can take with us to backyard parties and potlucks. So, I have 5 great ways that you can use pimento cheese to feed a crowd or just for an easy meal at home. 5 Great Ways to Enjoy Pimento Cheese   In the south, you grow up with certain …continue reading


Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist

Looking to take your hot dogs to the next level?  These Carolina Slaw Dogs will knock your socks off with the crispy maple, flavor of bacon and the homemade, sweetness of the slaw. Carolina Slaw Dogs with a Twist We will officially have lived in North Carolina one year June 1st.  It has all gone by so fast.  I know the expression, “In the blink of an eye” seems silly, …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 219

Has the warm weather hit where you live yet?  It certainly has here and I’m finding us outside more and more.  Especially with our newest addition, a 9 week old Australian Shepherd puppy that my girls named Charlie.  Can we just say I miss my sleep?!  If you haven’t seen him, you can find him on my SnapChat {MelroseFamily} routinely.  He’s so cute.  I thought this DIY Fire Pit Cover …continue reading

How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Saved Me

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior at Walmart for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Many of you are aware that my life changed drastically last Spring.  I went from working full time as a reading specialist in an inner city school district living in NY to a stay-at-mom living in NC.  Our move and my reasons for leaving teaching were not taken …continue reading


Grilled Sweet Potato Chip Nachos

Grilled sweet potato chip nachos are a fun way to use your grill this summer! Sweet potato tortilla chips are topped with spicy chorizo, an addicting white cheddar cheese sauce, and the perfect toppings of fresh avocado and jalapeno. While you’re grilling up those cheeseburgers and hot dogs, don’t forget to throw these grilled sweet potato chip nachos into the mix! They are the perfect snack! Grilled Sweet Potato Chip …continue reading


How to Transform Potted Plants

If you’ve struggled with how to create perfect potted plants then this how-to is for you, even if you don’t have a green thumb. How to Transform Potted PlantS Living in NY made it difficult to put together perfectly potted plants because you could have a snow storm in April right when you thought Spring was there to stay.  Now that we live in NC, the spring arrived in March. …continue reading


Strawberry Lemon Cookie Cup

Although the ingredient list is simple, this Strawberry Lemon Cookie Cup is especially delicious! With its sweet, buttery taste, soft chewy texture, and exceptional strawberry lemon flavor combination , it’s a true winner.   Strawberry Lemon Cookie Cups Hi! It’s Erin from Suburban Simplicity. Spring is in the air, which means summer is right around the corner! I’ve been in a baking mood lately. Recently I made these Amazing Oatmeal …continue reading

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