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Whispering Secrets

It seems like yesterday that I wrote dispatches from kindergarten about Jackson’s first day at school. We were all so very excited and anxious, ready for this milestone. Yet, we were also wondering what Jackson’s school experience would be like. Would he have good teachers who would challenge and nurture him? Would he stay excited […]

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I’ve been marveling at how quickly summer passed this year. Time flies when you’re having fun, as the saying goes. But it seems like this summer hadn’t even started before it was over. It was so busy — so many deadlines, opportunties and obligations. I really struggled with trying to balance it all. And I’m […]

This mostly homemade chicken fajitas recipe tastes as good as what you get from your favorite Mexican restaurant. But it comes together quickly. Just heat and eat! #ad #WMTProjectAPlus

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine. Read my full disclosure policy here. Adios, summer. Hello early mornings, school routines, carpool lines, homework, busy afternoons and hectic dinner hours. 180 nights of “What am I going to feed these people?” Well, I can […]

I always worry about painting furniture black because I'm afraid details will get lost. But this vintage buffet is gorgeous. I love the subtle distressing and the white highlights. It really gives new life to a battered, old piece of furniture. #sponsored #decoartprojects #chalkyfinish

We seem to be doing things out of season around here. It’s almost the end of summer, and we’re finally breaking ground on our new backyard patio and pergola. In the front of the house, I’m working on giving the front porch a new look. But it actually makes perfect sense to be working on […]

Download these free printable patterns to make your own Minecraft school supplies, including pencil boxes, and a cool notebook cover. You'll even learn how to make your own Minecraft pencils. #sponsored #MyGameband #GameontheGo

Third grade is no joke! School projects. Book reports. Required reading in a variety of genres. Nightly homework assignments, instead of a packet of worksheets sent home in a batch and due at the beginning of the next week. Homework is about to get real here, and I’m not sure any of us are ready […]

I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the best brownie recipe I've ever tasted. A layer of browned buttercream frosting sandwiched between two layers of chocolate make these worth the time it takes to make them from scratch. #CreateDelight #IDelight #ad

“Don’t give any of these to the neighbors.” So said my husband after tasting one of these chocolate brownies. “Not even the one who let me borrow a stick of butter to make them?” “Nope.” Well, that’s mighty neighborly of you. I think he was kidding. But desserts as good as these brownies, featuring a […]

This red wine sangria recipe is just the thing to keep you cool and refreshed on hot summer days. Pair your favorite wine with seasonal fruit and juices to customize this recipe.

I’m sweetening up summer with Sweet’N Low® and sharing a refreshing red wine sangria recipe as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #donthesitaste It’s the dog days of summer, that long sultry, stretch when the sun is so hot it saps every bit of energy you have. This time of year, it’s all about […]

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I think I’ve spent more time in the car this summer than ever before. It’s been a summer of road trips and family outings and appointments hither and yon. And if you’ve done any traveling with kids, you know that frequent stops are inevitable. “I’m hungry.” “I need to use the bathroom.” “I’m bored. Can we […]

Here's another kid-friendly Minecraft craft: a DIY creeper face slap bracelet that you make with duct tape. You can customize these bracelets any way you want and with any skin or mobs you want. Make one of your own in less than 10 minutes by following the steps in this video tutorial.

It’s time for another fun, kid-friendly Minecraft craft. Kids love slap bracelets, especially when they’re decorated to look like a creeper from Minecraft. Since these are made with duct tape, you can create a DIY slap bracelet featuring any kind of mob or custom skin you like. You just need to have the right color […]

8 Tips to Take the Drudgery out of Laundry

I am not a great lover of any household chore, but laundry may be my least favorite! It’s the chore that never ends, unless you decide to join a nudist colony! And since most of us aren’t going to go that route, it’s time to get that dirty laundry monster under control, once and for all. […]