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Sweet, Nostalgic Breakfast-in-Bed

Host a nostalgic breakfast in bed date with your husband
When I was a kid, breakfast-in-bed was a really special treat.My sister and I would get up early and tinker around in the kitchen. We loved concocting coffee mixtures for my mom after we scrounged around for “sugar” (salt) and “powdered creamer” (flour). She drank those clumpy lattes like a champ!My grandma was THE BEST at breakfast-in-bed. She let...

What Parents Want (But Won’t Ask For)

What parents want (normal things that are on a family shopping list that you can help out with in lieu of a baby shower gift)
This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club®, however, the text and opinions are all my own.This may come as a surprise, but we have a lot of grandparents reading the blog on a regular basis. Young couples turn their parents on to the site as they start having babies of their own. We get emails with advice from grandmas and grandpas (and Omas and Opas...

BBQ Shopping List That’s More than Sausage

Everything you need for a BBQ
I'm heading out to Iowa this week to take my dad to his 50th high school reunion, and Nate's staying behind to keep an eye on the boys. He actually informed me at the last minute that he's invited some friends over for a cookout while I'm gone. Ever the obsessive host, I decided to put together a BBQ shopping...

So Many Celebrations

Gluten-free carrot apple latkes
October through December is definitely the season of festivity. Parties and celebrations and gift swaps galore! And it seems like everyone has birthdays around this time (nine months before now is Valentine's Day, soooo I guess that makes sense). We even have a couple anniversaries squeezed in for good measure.Last weekend we kicked off the celebrations with Nana and Papa's 50th...

How to Cut a Mango

How to cut a mango for mango rice
I freaking love mangos. Mango Coconut Rice, mangos with chicken, mangos in a smoothie. Mangos ALL the time. It took me forever, though, to finally figure out how to cut a mango.I used to go to our local Thai restaurant as often as possible to order their mango sticky rice. I'd even get some extra to take home at like $7...

Picnic Tablecloth Solution

Simple picnic tip to keep tablecloths from blowing away
I saw this simple picnic tablecloth solution back at Fitcation and loved it so much, I had to snap a few photos and share.The caterer simply took some twine and tied it around both ends of a picnic table to keep the tablecloth from flying away in the wind.Add some decorative items to hide the knot where the twine is...

Life Hack: Portable Wine

I was on a party bus a couple months ago and saw this GENIUS idea for serving wine. Cupcake pan + cups = portable wine party! I would totally do this with red plastic cups because that's how I roll.This would be genius for tailgating events, too. Or even for a low-key backyard wedding. Someone can just walk around with...

Paleo Groceries at Target

Easy paleo groceries: What to buy at Target that's clean and healthy.
After I had kids, Target started calling to me like a homing beacon. I can vividly recall wandering the aisles on my very first public outing with Some Boy. Glossy eyes, unwashed hair. "Thank God I can get binkies, food, home decor and a new shirt at the same time!" I beamed, delicately balancing my two-week-old. The stores always...

Candy Craft Time with M&M’s

They do exist #shop #FueledbyMM #cbias
As long as I can remember, my family has had candy craft time. When I was a kid we weren't allowed to have a lot of  sweets. When we did have them, it was a big deal and my mom made sure it was special for us. We'd get candy corn and M&Ms at the beginning of each holiday...

Paleo Christmas Treats

Paleo Christmas Treats
Just because you don't eat gluten, dairy, soy or sugar does NOT mean you don't deserve to treat yourself around the holidays. Come drool over this collection of Paleo Christmas treats and then bust out your almond flour, dark chocolate and coconut oil and get going in the kitchen! Because even though the holidays are hectic, you need to...