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Feb 272017
 
A Root Vegetable Beef Stew with White Beans & Ginger

In a few weeks you may be wondering what else to make with that potato and carrot harvest. Or maybe not. I assume anyone who grows vegetable and tubers is always a big creative cooking genius. My husband has gotten really into growing celery lately, and really, you don’t need to be creative to use celery. It is a staple in pretty much everything. As of late, I am really ….

Feb 132017
 
Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

It seems like we are constantly prepping for a party, or brainstorming our next party these days. Between four kids’ worth of birthday bashes, then holidays, summer barbecues, and get-togethors just because, there is always something I need to cater. I started experimenting with coming up with easy party food because really, not that many people appreciate the fancy stuff anyway. Don’t waste the energy! Go simple! Plus, the kids ….

Feb 022017
 
Painted Light Fixtures Before & After

In addition to the garage catch-all room makeover, I am working on a few revamps of small areas like the front door entryway and the hallway. These little projects really just require a coat of paint and a rug, plus maybe something arty on the wall. One thing that can really change a space is the light fixture. Unfortunately, new light fixtures are not in our budget right now. At ….

Jan 232017
 
DIY Hook Board Coat Rack

Once school was in full swing, it became apparent that the first step in our garage catch-all room makeover was creating the hook board coat rack. The entryway was a tornado of book bags, shoes, and coats. All while the actually coat closet in the room remained empty. Since getting my family to open the closet door and hang their things was never going to happen, I decided to take ….

Jan 122017
 
Lately Around the House

I feel stuck in a perpetual state of business and the lazies at the same time. Who wants to get out and do anything when it is a bazillion degrees below zero? Instead we indulged in a little too much baking and I have an extra 10 pounds to prove it. Not so great for the postpartum weight loss, but the kids sure liked it. Baby E is starting that ….

Jan 102017
 
Making Over A Small Mudroom Closet

Hello all. Hopefully you had lovely holidays and are not suffering from January weather too much. I, for one, am sick of subzero temps. One the one hand, the cold keeps me inside to actually work on some projects. One the other hand, the cold makes it difficult to work on said projects when the only place to use saws and sanders is in the unheated garage,. Brrrrrrr. We are ….

Dec 232016
 
Five Months Old

  Baby E is five months old! He is long and skinny, so most clothing fits him a little weird. Christmas is this weekend and it is just so busy around here. I still have some gift certificates to order and gifts to wrap and maybe I should get around to cleaning the bathrooms. Maybe. Baby E is a disgruntled fussbucket most of the time, unless I am holding him, ….

Dec 202016
 
Ipsy & Beauty Box Five December 2016

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: Hikari Cosmetics Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Iris – ….

Dec 072016
 
Workouts & Indulgence   {Plus A Kemps Giveaway!}

*sponsored by Kemps. Tired. Unmotivated. Lazy in the gym. Bored with workouts. These are the signs. The signs I’m being too stringent in my regimen and need to shake things up. Sometimes you need a refeed day, a cheat day, or an indulgence. I’m already tired of winter, so I’m erring on the side of indulgence these days. Often times, I hit the weights hard and then have a post ….