a pizza party menu

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  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  I'm so thankful to be able to financially contribute to my household through this blog.  But, it's important to me that you know I only accept and share campaigns that are relevant to my life and that I believe would be of interest or benefit to you.  All … [Read more...]

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  Last week when my daughter and I were school shopping, we planned to go to a couple of stores before going to Target.  As we made our plans she said, "But even if we find everything we need at the other stores, we can still go to Target.  I love going to Target and just looking at everything.  I could stay in there for hours." My heart … [Read more...]

french coastal decor: a table makeover

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  "Do you like this," I asked my daughter as I ran my hand across the kitchen table. "Yeah, I do," she answered. "Does it look like beachy, weathered wood to you," I wanted to know. "No. To me, it looks like old, french furniture."   On the inside my heart was smiling so big, wondering how she knows what old, french … [Read more...]

my homemade macaroni and cheese

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  This summer's menu has been very light...fish tacos, sandwiches, hamburgers... but the other night, we needed some good old comfort food.  And in my mind, macaroni and cheese = the perfect comfort food. I still enjoy the occasional blue box, but when I'm craving macaroni and cheese, I want my homemade macaroni and … [Read more...]

the best dishwasher detergent for clean, but dirty dishes

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.     This...   is embarrassing.   Every single glass we use is covered in hard water stains.   At our last family get together, my sister asked for a sip of water.  As I handed her the glass, I … [Read more...]

creating an everyday table setting

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    “Are we supposed to use these,”  friends have asked as they remove their cloth napkins from their plates. "Yes, I will just throw them in the wash later," I reassure them.     After everyone has left, I enjoy reliving new memories as I gather crumpled napkins, wash dirty dishes and put serving pieces away … [Read more...]

the only daily planner that works

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  When I was a newlywed and new mother, I pored over Emily Barnes' books, and following her advice, I created budget ledgers, and chore charts and shopping lists and address books... Now, not so much.   One thing I've discovered over the years is that my life doesn't fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created … [Read more...]

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  I came across Momastery's post Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt on Facebook the other day and shared it on my own page, asking if you ever feel this way. Post by Mrs. Hines Class. As I went about the rest of my evening my mind kept going back to that article and I wrestled with my own conscience. Am I less grateful for what I … [Read more...]

How to Make a Cuban Sandwich

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  A few months ago, we went to see the movie Chef.  It was an endearing story of a man who is a chef but was forced to quit the restaurant and start a food truck.  His estranged son came along for the ride, watching and learning as his dad made sandwiches.     Their first stop was in Florida where they made a Cuban … [Read more...]

From Discarded to Divine: a DIY Mirrored Nightstand

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   Remember the nightstand that never quite had a home?  The one that is part of the same bedroom suite as the dresser turned media console? It had a brief life as a media console, then a printer stand, until I … [Read more...]