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5 Steps for Goal Setting

As a former school teacher, S.M.A.R.T. goals were shoved down our throat.  I hated the way that they were so uniform and I found it difficult to use this framework to create goals for my students as well as myself.  I guess I just don’t think into such a square box.  The steps that I use for goal setting, are easy to apply to everyday life as well as professional aspirations. …continue reading


Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Can you believe that Back to School is here!  This is my first year that I will not be going back as a teacher.  Instead I will be starting the school year as a parent that works from home of a kindergartner.  I can’t even believe it!  I’m so excited for all that Riley is going to experience and I’m even more thrilled that I’ll be able to experience it …continue reading


Zucchini Lasagna

One of my absolute favorite parts of summer is when it’s time to make everything zucchini!!!  I love sneaking zucchini into muffins like my apple zucchini mini muffins, but I also love to create an entire dish where the star of the dish is the zucchini.  In my zucchini lasagna this is definitely the case.  Plus, it’s healthier than using wheat noodles. Zucchini Lasagna As many of you know, I …continue reading


White Peach Custard Tart

Hi everyone, it’s Cindy from Little Miss Celebration and I’m happy to be making a summer visit. Doesn’t Jenny’s blog look fantastic? I just love the new look! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying lots of fabulous summer fruit. Today, I’m sharing a recipe for a Sugared White Peach Custard Tart that’s super easy to make. You can whip this tart up in no time and …continue reading


Lime Cheesecake Popsicles

I got back Monday morning from Food & Wine Conference and I learned so much while I was there.  One of my favorite sessions was a food styling session done by Denise Vivaldo.  She was not only hysterical, but I learned so many tips that’ll save me time as well as save me from melted popsicles.  These Lime Cheesecake Popsicles taste just like the real thing and they are so …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 177

I just got back from Food & Wine Conference in Orlando yesterday and if you’re looking for a conference that brings amazing speakers together in a family-like atmosphere then this is the conference for you.  It was fabulous and I met so many amazing people.  I have to admit that I might be playing a bit of favorites with my top pick from last week.  Not only do I love brownies, …continue reading

Peaks & Valleys of Motherhood

This post may contain affiliate links. I recently read Peaks & Valleys by Spencer Johnson M.D. and I found myself connecting with his words so much.  I picked the book initially wanting to take a look at the business aspect of my life, but I found myself profoundly relating to it as a mother.  It gave me a way to introspectively look upon those moments when I wanted to hide …continue reading


Peanut Butter Apple Cereal Bars

With back to school just around the corner {I know my NY friends are giving themselves a face palm since they just go out}, but here in the south school starts in August so it’s time to get ready.  One of the toughest meals for me to get my girls to eat is breakfast so I made these Peanut Butter Apple Cereal Bars that are gluten free and low in …continue reading


Pasta with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Garlic Tomato Sauce is a must-have for a quick weeknight meal option! Perfectly al dente pasta is tossed in a rich and hearty tomato sauce that has been spiked with the essence of garlic and an herby freshness that can’t be matched! Sprinkle it with a dash of fresh parsley and freshly-grated parmesan cheese, and this pasta with garlic tomato sauce will disappear from the dinner table in …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 176

We actually snuck away this past weekend to Charleston, SC and spent the day at the beach and found so many amazing restaurants.  It was especially hot this weekend though and I wished we had something refreshing and fun for the kids to drink on the beach.  This Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade {RECIPE HERE} from Ella Claire would have been perfect!   If you’re ready to party,  just click below to …continue reading


Why Moms Need to Dream

Whether you are a working mom that does the 9-5 or a stay at home mom that wrangles multiple kiddos all day long, do you get the feeling ever so often like there’s something missing?  Do not get me wrong, my girls are my world and I would do everything in my power for them, but is there a piece of you that wonders where “you” went.  Their world becomes …continue reading


No Bake Desserts

I don’t know what it’s like where you live as far as the temperature, but it is HOT here in North Carolina.  Everyone keeps telling us that it is unseasonably warm, but I’m not buying it.  Luckily, I don’t mind the heat.  I certainly appreciate my air conditioned house though too.  In order to keep it cool inside, because the a.c. has some difficulty keeping it cool {that’s how hot …continue reading

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