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Top 5 Pinterest Finds {May}

I slacked since my last post. I remembered my monthly Pinterest commitment, but forgot again immediately after.  But I am here within reasonable limits, so without further ado...   Top left, clcokwise: 1 // EOY Desk Arrangement // I used this for my last week of school and it worked rather well because I could easily see all students and keep good proximity control. I might try it again for the beginning of this year. 2 // DIY Fidget Spinners // Fidget spinners are soo annoying right now. I have taken more of these than anything else. Well, I lie... I actually recycled more plastic water bottles than anything else... 3 … [Read more...]

Top 5 Pinterest Finds {April}

I haven't found myself with a whole lot of free time lately, and I admit I'm super stressed most of my days. However, I still catalog all my favorite finds on Pinterest and I always pull from there when I find myself needing to create something to call my own. Since I'm attempting to ease back into blogging, I want to see if this idea for my "Top 5 Pins" sticks. So here's my top list from my pins in April. Top left, clockwise: 1 // All-Natural Protective Paw Wax // I added this because I made my sister's dog some protective paw wax over Christmas, and when I came across this recipe I thought it sounded a lot better. I don't have … [Read more...]

Soothie Suckers: the Cool Way to Feel Good!

It's in the air: illness. We love the cold weather, but there's just no escaping the fact that a change in temperature brings on the sniffles. I, personally, have an awesome immune system. My husband and kids, on the other hand, do not. I tend to be overly protective of my household because of this, though I am not necessarily a germaphbe. Instead I try to focus on building immunities and preventative care. A new super cool way we do this is by treating the kids to Soothie Suckers. Soothie Suckers are herbal blend ice pops that support the immune system and add balance to the inner workings of our bodies. I was given a box of each flavor … [Read more...]

My New Go-To Diner

I love food. I love homestyle breakfast food the most. Tampa is a weird little town sometimes and finding the perfect place that's both delicious and comfy without being overpriced has proven to be quite the task. I don't yet know anyone who shares the same tastes as I do when it comes to diners, but luckily my fiance has been on the hunt. The other weekend he was treating em to breakfast and did a simple Google search for restaurants that served breakfast. Google pulled up several, most we had already tried. As we scrolled through the list we notice that The Recipe Box had several positive reviews. We found the location, decided it had … [Read more...]

Treat Yourself with Keenwah! {Giveaway Hop}

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind… treats! Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own - so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveaway - from Step2! I'm on a mission to eat better. One of my favorite snacks is i heart keenwah, a delicious snack made of delicious quinoa. Quinoa is a superfood. It is a complete source of protein (about 15%) , … [Read more...]

Keeping Up The Homeschool Energy with Bagel Bites

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.   Homeschool week 1 complete. Update: success! Things are starting to fall together and we're slowly but surely getting into our very own relaxed routine. Some surprises lurked in the mix. One of the things I did not think about was how much food my child would need at home. Kids re pretty hungry little creatures, what with the constantly growing and all. We can't always binge on fruits and veggies, so I try my best to focus on food that has real and … [Read more...]

Mix It Up with Graze and Bigelow! {Giveaway Hop}

Welcome to the Let's Mix It Up in March Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by The Blogging Mamas Network. We're mixing up March, with a host of other bloggers, by bringing you fun (and in some cases delicious) giveaways in this Food and Cooking themed Giveaway Hop! And you do not want to miss the Grand Prize - a Ninja Ultima Blender - be sure to enter to win the Grand Prize! The theme of this event is "food," and boy do I LOVE food! As someone who constantly tried to actively think about what I'm putting into my body, options for things that are both delicious and nutritious seem few and far between. Snacking is my weakness. Especially with … [Read more...]

Local Resturants to Eat At in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

I love going back home. My last trip was this past Thanksgiving and it wasn't the most traditional of holiday experiences. I missed my cousin dearly though, and so I enjoyed spending time with my family. It was a lot of down time, this vacation. Pretty relaxing on the surface, we got to spread ourselves thin simply doing things we missed doing. Part of going home almost always includes hitting up our favorite local restaurants. Like it would any local to "the fort," these places bring back memories just snuggling into a familiar table or booth. In the fof chance you're headed there for your next holiday break or family vacation, let me … [Read more...]

Omi’s Naked Mice Recipe (no mice needed)

I hope all you wonderful mamas had a fabulous day today. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary really, but my baby must have gotten special vibes because he let me nap and have a pretty fuss-free day. I am glad I saved some dairy-free chocolates, too. The urge to cheat was intense today, let me tell you. One thing that is easy about going dairy free is that I can still eat all the meat I want. I'm definitely a carnivore and so most of my diet is meat-based anyway. Since going dairy free I've been eating more veggies, for sure. But meat... meat is on my list of most favorite foods after baked goods. My mother was here to visit a few weeks … [Read more...]

Maman’s Beef & Peppers

Thursday I was supposed to have a doula come over. I did slack a bit since my last cleaning spree, so since I was expecting company I decided to just stop being lazy and get back in the swing of being productive. I turned on some Funkadelic and cleaned my living room, put Christmas decorations away (shhh!), and got the kitchen super shiny looking. It's not much, but it is more than I've been doing the last few days. Of course my doula came down with a cold and rescheduled... I also busted out the crock pot, which I hadn't done in a while. I used to use it at least two or three times a week, but like I said... I've been slacking. Recently my … [Read more...]