Food · Tips&Tricks

Did You Know That Leeks Float!? {Super Easy Way To Clean Leeks}

I love using leeks.  I think they are a great alternative to onions.  Don’t get me wrong…I love onions too – especially when caramelized – but leeks add a refreshingly new flavor to a food or recipe.  Anyway… I love leeks, but I don’t love cleaning them… they can be gritty if not cleaned really… Continue reading Did You Know That Leeks Float!? {Super Easy Way To Clean Leeks}

Food · Tips&Tricks

Make The Most Of Your Broccoli – How To Use The Broccoli Stem And Make It Taste Good

My favorite way to prepare broccoli is by roasting it in the oven.  I love when it comes out slightly crispy/almost burnt on the edges and perfectly tender throughout the rest. Until recently I thought that it was such a waste to throw away the stem when a recipe calls for the florets: Florets  are… Continue reading Make The Most Of Your Broccoli – How To Use The Broccoli Stem And Make It Taste Good

DIY & Home Projects · Tutorials

The Easiest “Framed” Chalkboard You Could Ever Make!

By now you all know that I love chalkboards!  They are one of my favorite tools to use when decorating or planning a party.   They easily add a personal touch to an event or when just decorating in everyday life.  If Jonathan has a good day at work, Great!  He can come home to… Continue reading The Easiest “Framed” Chalkboard You Could Ever Make!

Parties

Party Activities For A {Cowgirl} Bachelorette Party

For my sister’s bachelorette party we traveled to Nashville, TN.  We wore cowgirl hats and boots, stayed in a country looking log cabin, listened and line danced to country music the entire weekend and said “Yee-haw” every chance we could get!  It was a cowgirl themed bachelorette party due to our location and outfits…not as… Continue reading Party Activities For A {Cowgirl} Bachelorette Party

DIY & Home Projects · Woodworking

DIY Floating Shelf Above The Toilet In Our Powder Room

Recently I have really been on a shelf kick.  I built the chunky floating “spa” shelves in our master bathroom.  Followed by the ledge shelves for our books in the playroom.  And now I just finished a floating shelf in our downstairs powder room.  If you are sick of reading about shelving units I don’t… Continue reading DIY Floating Shelf Above The Toilet In Our Powder Room

All Things Children · Parenting · Parenting as a Therapist · Positive mealtimes

Please DO Play With Your Food! Encouraging Food Play And Painting With It!

Fostering a Healthy Mindset Around Food Creating an environment that encourages a healthy mindset around food is important to us.  Do we encourage Eliana to play with the food on her dinner plate?  No.  Do we create opportunities for Eliana to think about food in positive ways?  Yes.  At our home we are continually working… Continue reading Please DO Play With Your Food! Encouraging Food Play And Painting With It!

DIY & Home Projects · Parenting as a Therapist · Playroom · Tutorials

DIY Magnetic Chalkboards for a Play Room and Vertical Work Surfaces for Children

Is anyone else making a basement into a playroom?  We have a finished portion of our basement that we have decided to use as a combination Craft Room and Play Room.  I have slowly been transforming the room from a plain white box that was used as a storage area into a fun bright and… Continue reading DIY Magnetic Chalkboards for a Play Room and Vertical Work Surfaces for Children

Food

Avocado Banana Almond Milk Shake

For our Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Party I made all kinds of green and rainbow foods for the children to enjoy.  One was this “Shamrock Shake” named only for its color, not its similarity to McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.  It contained several healthy items that were blended together into a smoothie.  Some of the children’s mom’s… Continue reading Avocado Banana Almond Milk Shake

Sewing

Turning A Placemat Into A Pillowcase – Cheap DIY Pillowcases

Turn a placemat into a decorative pillowcase! An easy DIY project that took me less than 30 minutes!Using a seam ripper (can be bought at joann fabrics/walmart/Amazon for a couple dollars), I opened the seam between the back and front of the placemat.  See link for sample product: Seam RipperThen I slid a pillow that… Continue reading Turning A Placemat Into A Pillowcase – Cheap DIY Pillowcases

Operation Organization · Tips&Tricks

Operation Organize – Tupperware

Before:After:It is amazing what improved accessibility and a few labels and organization can do to your spirits! Our tupperware was previously stored here:In that cabinet stuck in the corner – we always fought with it! The Solution Accessible:  The first solution was to move the tupperware to a more accessible location – that way it… Continue reading Operation Organize – Tupperware

All Things Children · Child Made / Arts & Crafts · DIY & Home Projects

DIY Toddler Made Thank You Cards

We are blessed to have wonderful family and friends surround us!  Eliana was showered with love and presents for her birthday.  We wanted to show our appreciation, but Eliana isn’t old enough to write her own thank you cards yet.  So we did the next best thing – she decorated the cards and I wrote… Continue reading DIY Toddler Made Thank You Cards

Holidays · Parties

Hot Chocolate Bar

We opened our Hot Chocolate Bar for the season during our Open House in early December! The bar includes both child-friendly and “Adult Only” mix-ins. Child Friendly:Peppermint sticksStirring StrawsMarshmallows Dipping CookiesAdult-Only:Godiva LiquorBailey’s Irish CreamWhiskey Our “Adult Only” mix-ins are segregated into a basket so that they are distinguishably different.  The child friendly mix-ins are placed in… Continue reading Hot Chocolate Bar

Tips&Tricks

“Homemaker’s Stainless Steel Cooktop Cleaner Friend”

We recently got a stainless double oven: I love it!  With the exception of the stainless top…it is so hard to clean!  Oil and grease get caked onto it so easily… I tried several products: None of them worked very well… Then I tried Bar Keeper’s Friend….and it is really my new friend.  It could… Continue reading “Homemaker’s Stainless Steel Cooktop Cleaner Friend”

DIY & Home Projects · Tips&Tricks · Woodworking

Using Stair Tread Nosing as Finishing Trim on Built-in Shelves

I was so excited about the “DIY – Between the Studs Storage” until it was finished and I didn’t love the end product… there was something missing in the trimwork.  I couldn’t decide on wood trim, wood accents, white trim or painted trim to match the room… While perusing through the trim isle at Lowe’s… Continue reading Using Stair Tread Nosing as Finishing Trim on Built-in Shelves

All Things Children · Parenting · Parenting as a Therapist

A Parent and A Therapist – Coloring and Crayons

When you are a Mom you are always wondering if you are making the right decisions. Knowing your parenting choices will impact your child, you wonder if it was the right choice or the wrong one. Of course children are resilient, and particularly in the first few years, they allow you to learn and grow… Continue reading A Parent and A Therapist – Coloring and Crayons