Sweet Lavender Vanilla Shortbread Cookies


If you've been a reader of this blog, you will know that I have been a fan of lavender for quite a long time. It has become one of my favorite culinary herbs to create with. It's (almost) savory flavor with just a pinch added to any baked good or meal is enough to make me melt! I was browsing … [Read more...]

Food Preparation For A Week Long Vacation


We are headed up to gorgeous North Conway, NH with friends this week. Every other year, a group of college friends and all of our families go away on vacation together. There are 8 adults and 9 kids (between the ages of 2 ½ and 7). I realize that this does not sound like bliss, but it is. There is … [Read more...]

10 Must Have Beach Items For Ages 2-7


Five weeks ago we made the move to MA. Thankfully, it is summer time and we have been able to put our exploration hats on. The kids and I (and Ben on the weekends) have been to playgrounds, farms, orchards, on hikes, the city, ponds, and beaches. There are no shortage of activities near our new … [Read more...]

French Toast Casserole {Recipe}


Last weekend, we headed home to visit my parents in Washington Crossing. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, my mom is a wonderful cook so we are always spoiled with delicious meals! C fell in love on Sunday with my mom’s French Toast Casserole. My kids have always loved french toast, so … [Read more...]

Things I Want My Daughter To Know: Always Be Open To Growing


You will miss out on a lot of life if you are not open to growing. I had a wonderful childhood. I had opportunities that were given to me. I lived in a wonderful neighborhood filled with loving people, people that my family called friends. I was lucky. Oh so incredibly lucky, and still am. One … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan: July 13th – 19th

Weekly Meal Plan

We are just getting back from a great weekend back in PA with family. My cousin was in visiting from Washington State and so we headed over to visit her and her family at my aunt's house. Every time we get to do this, my heart is full. I get such joy out of conversations with my cousins. We all grew … [Read more...]

Iced Mint Water – Refreshing and Real


Years ago when we first moved into our home in PA, there was a GIGANTIC patch of mint. It took over, grew everywhere. Ben and I ripped every root of that mint out. We later planted a beautiful butterfly bush in its place and a few other flowers. I love mint, but not a whole yard full of it. So … [Read more...]

The Governator Burger Pizza {Recipe} and Revolutionary Pizza {Review}


All right, if anyone knows my family, then you know that my family (one member in particular) LOVES pizza. That one member (don't worry Ben, I won't mention names - whoops;) tends to like certain brands that may or may not be the most healthy choice. SO whenever I get the chance to try out some … [Read more...]

6 Reasons You Should Care About What Sunscreen and Bug Spray You Use


After what felt like an exhausting winter, summertime is FINALLY here in full swing! We have had one full week of bright, sunny, 80 degree days. We've hit the beach, swam in the pond, gone for hikes and bike rides, and enjoyed days at the pool. We are wholeheartedly embracing summer. I learned my … [Read more...]

Motivation Monday And The Reasons Behind It


Today is Monday. It is Motivation Monday. I have been a co-host of this link-up for quite a while now. Barb from A Life in Balance asked me to join and I jumped on it immediately. I had been following the link up for quite sometime before that, and was more than excited to be a part of it. You … [Read more...]

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