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The Future of Halloween

The Future of Halloween

I was at Home Depot last night to get some drywall screws because apparently the people who hung the projector in our house thought it would be fine to just hang it from a drywall ceiling without anchoring into studs (side note: this is NOT how a heavy projector that hangs over your head should be hung!), when I came across this Halloween candy dispenser. I saw a photo circling on Facebook of a similar thing and thought it was…

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Costco Workbooks and Muddy Puddles

Costco Workbooks and Muddy Puddles

Sunday, I spent about 3 hours working on Eli’s school lesson plan for the week, so I knew exactly how Monday was going to unfold….and it was spot on! Up until this point, school work took roughly 2 hours total each day and when I say school work, I really mean school review what I already know. Well, after talking with a couple other moms of first graders at different schools, I realized just how little Eli was doing with…

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Best Toy Ever!

Best Toy Ever!

The older your kids get, the harder it is to shop for birthdays and Christmas. Babies don’t care about things, so you pick what you like and think is cute; toddlers will take to anything that has music and lights and is interactive; but school-age kids definitely have a preference for how they like to spend their free time. We are big into Legos, board games, and outdoor toys at this house (and Eli of course loves any Nintendo Switch…

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Cordless Hot Glue Gun

Cordless Hot Glue Gun

If you’re looking to up your crafting game, look no further than a cordless hot glue gun! Yes, they do exist! I had been tethered to an electric outlet my whole crafting life until my birthday this year when Sam and my father-in-law, Mark, teamed up to give me this amazing craft-changing gift. It’s only a matter of time before I make myself a holster for this and start wearing a cowgirl hat 🙂 The Ryobi Glue Gun P305 is…

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Ava Turned 4!

Ava Turned 4!

Birthdays are a big deal in our family. It’s the one day out of the entire year where we can focus on just the one child and make the day truly all about him/her. The rest of the year, we try our best to teach compassion and empathy for others, not being selfish with toys, and not being egocentric, which is a hard thing to do in our “me first” society. So, birthdays are celebrated big because I want my…

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Best Veggie Steamer!

Best Veggie Steamer!

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t eat as many vegetables as I should, so when I find something that advertises as easy way to retain as many vitamins and minerals as possible, I give it a try. Might as well get the most out of my veggies when I eat them! Introducing my favorite little gadget for STEAMING broccoli and cauliflower…and I’m sure it would work great for carrots, too, if I actually ate those 🙂 This basket…

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Bikes Part 1

Bikes Part 1

Sam and I have always loved biking, and after having kids, we knew it was something we would continue doing as a family. Which meant researching the best way to haul around the kiddos on long rides, and the best way to introduce them to riding their own bikes. I decided I didn’t want to put the kids in the seats that sit directly on my bike just incase they got a bit wiggly and it threw me off balance,…

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Readers Are Leaders

Readers Are Leaders

I love reading. My mom says I was reading books to myself before kindergarten. I can remember packing for vacation and my suitcase would be full of books, with a couple clothes thrown on top. My mom always had to check my suitcase before we left the house 🙂 So, it’s no wonder that our house is currently overflowing with children’s books in every room (my childhood books are in boxes in our basement that Sam labeled “Colleen’s Junk”) and…

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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

Continuing on with the apple theme (after all, we did pick 40 pounds!!), here is my favorite apple crisp recipe. I used to wing it when I made any kind of crisp – a little oats, a little butter, a little sugar – done. But, it didn’t always turn out great. Until now!! My dear friend Venessa was kind enough to share her tried and true apple crisp recipe, and I’ve never strayed from it. Make it once, and you’ll…

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Applesauce

Applesauce

I have 40 pounds of apples sitting on my countertop right now, which naturally means it’s time to bring out the applesauce making equipment. Before I go any further, if you want to know the secret to EASY applesauce making, it’s all about this machine. Deluxe Food Strainer and Sauce Maker by VICTORIO VKP250 Best Christmas gift ever! Thank you, Sam 🙂 This machine literally takes all the work out of making applesauce. NO peeling apples! NO coring apples! Smooth…

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