Serious as a Heart Attack

I keep saying that my life will slow down after I get over the next big hurdle. "After I get home from the Haven Conference, I'll have more time to blog." "After Caroline's first birthday is over I'll be able to focus on blogging again." "After school starts I can definitely get back to blogging." But then, I jump over those hurdles and bigger obstacles land squarely in my path. Last week, after Caroline's first birthday party was over and Garrett's first day of third grade came to a … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s Berry Sweet First Birthday Party

Caroline turned one last week, and we celebrated this weekend with a berry sweet strawberry themed birthday party!  It's so hard to believe that my little baby girl is already ONE. My goodness, time needs to slow down. I'll have a source list at the end of this post in case you are looking for any of these strawberry themed birthday decorations. I setup a little gift table in front of the fireplace, and decorated it with strawberries and flowers. I scored that sweet little green … [Read more...]

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Late Summer Boredom Busters

Five Ways to Keep Kids Entertained in the Home Stretch Until School Starts Back Last week my facebook feed began filling up with everyone's First Day of School pics. Yours too? Yep, friends, it's already that time of year! Garrett still has a few more days before his school starts, so we are savoring every minute of this last lazy weekend before the alarm starts buzzing at 6 am.  But, this is also the time when I start hearing "I'm soooo bored!"  Summer vacation is great in the beginning. … [Read more...]

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Simple Cast Iron Skillet Scrub

I use my cast iron skillet all the time when I'm cooking dinner. This skillet and I cook the majority of our family meals together, as well as some special event food like Charleston Cheese Dip and Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls.  But inevitably, after dinnertime is over, this is what I'm facing.... I know everyone says cast iron should be non-stick but let's be real here.  Cast iron ain't T-Fal, y'all. If I sear meat in cast iron, there will be a sludge of charbroiled blackness … [Read more...]

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Five Things Your Garbage Disposal Wants You to Know

Back in the early 2000's when I was an apartment dweller I had a garbage disposal in my sink.  I will admit it was kinda scary when a spoon accidentally dropped down inside of it but I LOVED having it as an option for quick and easy cleanups. I've missed that old disposal over the years. After I moved out of the apartment I started buying houses, and our past three houses have been on a septic tank. I have always been told that garbage disposals are not compatible with a septic tank, so I … [Read more...]

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15 Delightful Blueberry Recipes for Summer

Yesterday I gave you 15 Strawberry Dessert recipes to help you use up all those summer berries. Today let's talk out how to use up all those blueberries that are on sale in the grocery stores and ripening on the vine right now. Here are 15 Delightful Blueberry Dessert Recipes to give you lots of yummy options, from oatmeal to shortcake: Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats from Fit Foodie Finds Blueberry Muffin Recipe from Inspired Taste Lemon Blueberry Bread from Glorious … [Read more...]

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Berry-licious Birthday Planning + 15 Strawberry Desserts RoundUp

Summertime is in full swing, and I have berries running out of my ears. Blackberries. Blueberries. Strawberries. Cherries... (are those considered berries? IDK.) Do y'all do that too?  Buy berries simply because they are so cheap at the grocery store, then let the surplus sit in your fridge until they go bad? It's a serious issue for me sometimes.  Sometimes I need more ideas on how to use up all these strawberries and blueberries and blackberries I have in my refrigerator. But … [Read more...]

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The Caroline TV Chest

When we moved in this house, we temporarily put our tv on top of an end table that my husband built with intentions of having built-in bookcases added around the fireplace.  Over a year later, and the "temporary" setup was still going strong with no end in sight. How pitiful is that?  Over a year later, and my tv was still sitting on top of that same end table (and I'm ashamed to admit it wasn't even anchored to the wall). The tv is bigger than the table. There were wires hanging … [Read more...]

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The Collected Foyer

Our foyer, living room, kitchen and dining room (which is my home office) is one big open space in this house.  Wide open living is great, unless you have a toddler who is faster than a speeding bullet zipping around snatching and grabbing every thing she can get her hands on. Here is a picture of our open living area BEFORE she started walking (the coffee table has since been replaced by an overstuffed ottoman that she can't chew on). If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw … [Read more...]

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Flank Steak Rollups Recipe {Low Carb}

With just three weeks to go before I have to teach a class at the Haven Conference in Atlanta and take a million selfies with 400 DIY bloggers, I'm desperate to shed some of my non-budging baby weight. So, I started a 90 Day Low Carb Challenge with a bunch of my best girlfriends. (Nothing like waiting until 20 days before an event to start the 90 Day Challenge.) One of my friends has recently lost a lot of weight following the ketogenic diet plan, so she has inspired all of use to give it a try. … [Read more...]

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