15 Delicious and Easy Donut Recipes

Craving donuts but don't want to drive to the store? Here are 15 simple and easy doughnut recipes you can make at home with just a few ingredients. Have you ever tried making doughnuts at home? I've made a few batches over the years but they were the Trim Healthy Mama version that tasted quite a bit like cardboard. Diet doughnuts are not even worth the effort, trust me on this. I figured if I was going to eat a real deal doughnut then I could just head on down to Krispy Kreme while the … [Read more...]


DIY Dorm Room Decorating Ideas {and my college confessions…}

In just a few weeks, a whole bunch of my friends will be sending their babies off to college for the first time. It's been over 20 years since I lived in a dorm, but I can still remember making that drive down to start my freshman year with a carload of clothes, a tropical fish themed comforter set and about forty-leven framed photographs, which I carefully spaced all around the windowsill like a shrine to my boyfriend at the time. I had never met my roommate and didn't know a single soul on … [Read more...]

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The Next Chapter

I have always been obsessed with floor plans. When I was a teenager, I would spend hours pouring over Southern Living House Plan books. While the other girls were reading Teen Magazine, my nose was stuck in a book of blueprints. I would study each plan and figure out what I liked best about it and what I would change if it were my own home. I would admire the pencil sketches of the front of the house and try to picture what kind of family might live there. I was obsessed. By the time I was … [Read more...]

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Must-See Montgomery: Alabama Safari Park

Updated: I wrote this post in June 2018 but we visited Alabama Safari Park for the second time on July 6th, 2018 and got to experience it all again with my mom and Caroline. I've added pics from our second trip since they were so much fun! Have you ever been up-close to the spiral horns of gazelle or petted a pack of zebras on their heads? Have you ever had to stop and wait for a flock of baby emus to cross the road? You don't have to go to Africa to experience these majestic animals … [Read more...]

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Must-See Montgomery: Old Alabama Town

A few weeks ago Garrett and I took a day trip to Montgomery, Alabama to visit Old Alabama Town. It started out as a literal guilt trip. His 4th-grade class had taken a field trip to the Alabama capitol in February, and I was scheduled to go with him. Unfortunately, I had to back out at the last minute and wasn't able to go. It was the first field trip that I have missed in his entire life and of course, G didn't let me forget how sad he was that I didn't come. Not only was he mad that I … [Read more...]

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5 Steps to Farmhouse Curb Appeal

Hey guys! It's time for June's "Meet The Blogger" series where I have one of my blog friends guest post for me while I post over on their site. This month I'm SUPER excited to introduce you to Lisa of Farmhouse on Boone! Lisa and I share a love of farmhouse style decorating and front porch swings. Her beautiful home makes me want to paint mine all-white and toss out any scrap of clutter. And she can sew some really awesome stuff! I am honored to have two of her fall pillow covers that I … [Read more...]

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4 Ways to Find Unique Farmhouse-Style Decor

It's really easy these days to buy mass-produced farmhouse style decor items. That Fixer-Upper rustic farmhouse style is still super hot-n-trendy, so it is available everywhere you turn in the home decor stores. I even featured a local farmhouse decor truck here on the blog a few months back that is like an ice-cream truck for raving farmhouse decor fans. But even if you don't have farmhouse deals-on-wheels in your city, you can roll down to any big box store and find a million pretty … [Read more...]

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31 No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes for Summer

Craving Baskin-Robbins ice cream but don't have a store near you anymore? Here are 31 of the best no-churn ice cream flavors that you can make at home! When I was a kid, Baskin Robbins was my number one choice of stores to visit when we went to the mall. While other kids were begging to go to KB Toys and the Hello Kitty store I only had one thing on my mind, and that was 31 flavors of ice cream dripping down a waffle cone. Yes, my friends, there is a reason I am called Unskinny … [Read more...]

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Peanut Butter No-Churn Ice Cream Recipe

Here's the scoop on how to make homemade peanut butter ice cream from scratch without an ice cream churn. This No-Churn PB ice cream is easy and delicious! If you asked me to name my favorite ice cream flavors, it would go something like this: Mint chocolate chip Peanut Butter Lemon I shared a delicious recipe for no-churn lemon {+blueberry} ice cream yesterday, so now I'm gonna give you the scoop on how to make homemade peanut butter ice cream from scratch, without an ice cream … [Read more...]

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How to Make Homemade Lemon Ice Cream {with Blueberries!}

Make easy homemade lemon ice cream with this simple no-churn recipe for a sweet treat for summertime parties. Happy First Day of Summer! Hot summer days are upon us again. When I was a kid I would spend every summer at the river with my family, swimming, playing cards and eating homemade ice cream. I can still hear the annoying whine of the ice cream churn spinning on the back porch. These days, "no-churn" ice cream is all the rage, and for good reason.  It's a simple way to … [Read more...]

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