All Things Children · Parenting · Positive mealtimes

Sippy Cups and How Children Never Have To Stop To Drink Anymore

Sippy cups are now made so that they are essentially indestructible.   They are spill proof even when thrown down several stairs, across a room or probably out of a moving car.   They have really come a long way from this I grew up drinking from an open cup that sometimes had a lid made by… Continue reading Sippy Cups and How Children Never Have To Stop To Drink Anymore

All Things Children · Parenting

Road Trips and Pit Stops – PlayPlaces App

PlayPlaces – Ultimate Kids Road Trip App By AppAvenger I need to share this amazing app that Eliana and I used on our most recent road trip – PlayPlaces. Eliana and I took a 10 day road trip.  Jonathan was traveling for work and we decided to visit family while he was gone.  Our destinations included: Centerville,… Continue reading Road Trips and Pit Stops – PlayPlaces App

All Things Children · Parenting · Positive mealtimes

My Mini Sous Chef

Mommy’s Little Helper in the Kitchen: Creating a Positive Mealtime Environment AND Positive Lifelong Associations with Foods I love to let Eliana help when she is able to and when is a better time than in the kitchen?  By watching me cook, she is becoming familiarized with the smells, sights and textures of foods while… Continue reading My Mini Sous Chef

Food

Homemade Granola Christmas Gifts

Most importantly,  LETS GO IRISH!  OK, now back to granola… We have been making homemade granola recently.  We now eat it almost every morning for breakfast. We mix it in either Greek yogurt or Trader Joe’s European Style yogurt (I love this yogurt – I usually get the “Whole Milk European Style” and have turned… Continue reading Homemade Granola Christmas Gifts

DIY & Home Projects · Woodworking

Chunky Floating Shelves and Adding Storage to a Small Bath

These shelves are now finished and styled.  To see them click here! Our Master Bath is pretty small when you compare it to Master Bathroom’s in newly built homes.  A master bath (or “ensuite”) wasn’t an important component when checking off “must-haves” while house hunting.  If the master bedroom included an ensuite, then we were… Continue reading Chunky Floating Shelves and Adding Storage to a Small Bath

Tips&Tricks

Organizing and Labeling Wine with Colored Rubber Bands

Welcome to our wine cellar!  Well, it is not actually a cellar, but maybe someday……  It is a wine cabinet that I fell in love with while my husband and I were shopping for a bedroom dresser.  Who needs a dresser when you can have one of these instead, right? Recently my sister moved in… Continue reading Organizing and Labeling Wine with Colored Rubber Bands

DIY & Home Projects

DIY Chunky Floating Shelves – Final Photos with Shelf Vignettes

The shelves are done and decorated!  I am in love with them!  I had a hard time photographing them – my lighting wasn’t great.  What do you think? For before photos and planning of the shelves click here: Chunky Floating Shelves Here they are without any items on them yet: And here they are loaded… Continue reading DIY Chunky Floating Shelves – Final Photos with Shelf Vignettes

DIY & Home Projects

Jack and Jill Budget Bath Renovation – Before and After

We face-lifted most of the rooms when we moved into the house.  This bath had a lot of potential but just looked faded and unloved.  We were able to update the bath on a budget by simply applying some paint, a couple new mirrors, lights and countertop.  Everything else we were able to re-use or… Continue reading Jack and Jill Budget Bath Renovation – Before and After

Parties

A Perfectly Paired Shower For A Perfect Pair – A Couples Shower

This past week has been fun and busy while we finalized details, hosted family and cooked up a storm for my sister and “almost brother”‘s wedding shower.  Because it was a couples shower we (the bridesmaids) decided to throw an evening cocktail shower at my home and highlight the couple as a “Perfect Pair”.  We… Continue reading A Perfectly Paired Shower For A Perfect Pair – A Couples Shower

Food · Parties

A Perfectly Paired Menu For A Perfect Pair – A Couples Shower Menu

For our “Perfect Pair” themed couples shower we served heavy appetizers that were split into 4 stations.  Each station was paired with a different wine and beer.  We used chalkboards to label the foods and describe each pairing.  The stations were in different areas on the first floor of the house to encourage movement and… Continue reading A Perfectly Paired Menu For A Perfect Pair – A Couples Shower Menu

Tips&Tricks

How We [Kinda] Got The Look Of A Large Rug For A Smaller Price

We love the original hardwood floors in our home.  It is one of the many reasons we fell in love with this house – for its character.  We were fortunate to find these floors under the carpet shortly after moving in.  What we didn’t anticipate was the price of purchasing area rugs for every room… Continue reading How We [Kinda] Got The Look Of A Large Rug For A Smaller Price