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Motherhood: Surviving Those Harrowing Early Months

Bringing home baby is an exciting time, but it can also be exhausting, overwhelming, and downright terrifying. No amount of books or gadgets really prepares you for those trying early months. I had completely different experiences with each of my babies, but a few things always remain the same. There is a lot of advice out there, much of it merely opinions, but some things are true no matter how ….

Gluten Free Banana Cinnamon Muffins {With Konjac Root}

After going back to gluten free due to issues with the kids’ eczema and digestion, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to substitute gluten free flour for wheat flour in ways that are less labor intensive.  Ever notice how replacing gluten means adding weird stuff like xanthan gum? It makes the flour stick together like regular flour. However, having a bunch of gum ingredients around is expensive and ….

Baked Yukon French Fries with Garlic & Thyme

I must admit, I hate Russet potatoes.  It is the dryness and mouth-feel. Which is a pity since russets seem to be the recommended potato in just about everything. Why is that? Usually someone gives an answer related to the starch content, which I find to be rather silly. In my opinion, Yukon potatoes have much better texture and flavour for soups, hash browns, and salads. I suspect there is ….

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2015

Time for July’s Ipsy Glam Bag! Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where each month you receive a Glam Bag with around five samples focusing on makeup and sometimes nails or skin care. The cost is only $110 per year with occasional savings options, and you can purchase full sized items from your bag on your Ipsy account for a discount. referral link! In this month’s bag: OFRA Cosmetics Bliss ….

Beauty Box Five July 2015

The July 2015 Beauty Box 5 is here! (Affiliate links) Beauty box 5 is a beauty subscription box with 4-6 sample size (and sometimes full sized) beauty products like makeup and toiletries. It is $12 a month by the month, $10 a month with a 3-month subscription, or $8.25 a month with an annual subscription. Sometimes the value of the box can be six times what I pay for a ….

A Summer of Pudding: Tapioca & Fresh Berry Parfait Cups

Sponsored by Kozyshack “Mom, I’m still hungry. Mom, I’m still hungry……Mom, I’m still hungry…..!!!!” I hear this phrase ALL.DAY.LONG. Mostly from my son. It might be a growth spurt, or it might just be that he is bored. I am not really sure. His favorite snack is Greek yogurt with fruit,but that is probably because it the main “junk food” I let him have. Since it is the Summer of ….

Chicken Tomato Soup with Spinach & Orzo

While I am not a huge fan of pasta, my family feels otherwise, so I suppose it was time to make a pasta dish again. And it is not even gluten free brown rice pasta! It is the real thing. Personally, I think it is just as delicious without any noodles, so go ahead ans skip them if you like. Chicken Tomato Soup with Spinach & Orzo 2 large chicken ….

Strawberry Blueberry Gelatin Gummies (DIY Kids Snacks!)

As parents, we hate denying the kids little treats, but sometimes I just cringe at the idea of giving them what is essentially candy. Take those little fruit snack packs for example. They are basically gummy bears with 10% fruit juice added. In an effort to curb their ingestion of junk, while also making them feel like they are getting a treat, I have been coming up with snacks other ….

A Summer of Pudding: Chocolate Coconut Delight!

Let’s talk desserts. You may have noticed we are on a kick around here. Cookies,  puddings, pies, oh my! Something about Summer and seasonal fruit seems to bring out the sweet teeth in our house. We have been living on the patio this season,  so our meals and snacks are very picnic oriented. So today, in honor of National Chocolate Pudding Day,  (yes really!), the kids indulged in gluten free ….