Five on Friday

Hello friends!  I know I say this all the time but WHOOOAAAA, this week has been ridiculous.  But YEAH– we have three kids, three businesses we’re running, on top of friends, family, baseball/softball, OH YEAH I NEED TO CLEAN THE HOUSE AND DO SOME LAUNDRY, church, school, I NEED TO SHOWER AT SOME POINT, and oh yeah, SLEEP!  Haha, no rest for the weary, right?!  Here are five things for this Friday before the three day weekend (cheers to that, amirite??!),[Read more]

Honey Vanilla Iced Coffee

It is no secret that I am a HUGE coffee drinker.  If it’s hot, there is a 99% chance it’s either black (coffee) or a latte (espresso), but if it’s iced, I like to branch out and try different flavor combinations.  So when I read about a Honey Vanilla Iced coffee the other day, I knew I had to try it out, and now it’s my favorite cold, mid-afternoon pick-me-up! I’m sharing my “recipe” with you today!  I put “recipe”[Read more]

Weekly Meal Plan

Mondays are no joke when you are recovering from a busy weekend and coming down with a cold!  Ugh.  Ben started running a fever on Saturday night, and by early Sunday evening, I knew that I was getting it too.  Luckily, no fever for me (so far, at least. Fingers crossed!), just congestion, scratchy throat, headache, and achy body.  Happy fall- the allergies have arrived!  So my diffuser is practically pumping right into my face, and I am drinking hot[Read more]

Lutons Lately + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We were both laid-back AND productive, and I call that a win.  I can’t even begin to believe that this is our last full week of summer before school starts back next Wednesday!  So we’re trying to cram a few fun things into this week, in addition to starting fall baseball and softball for the girls (!!!), and also get some school supplies and back to school clothes bought!  No rest[Read more]

What We’ve Been Eating + Weekly Meal Plan

Hi friends, and Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend– ours was spent recharging and relaxing, and snuggling with the kiddos after their week away! We’ve been on our new eating journey for a few weeks now, eating a more plant-based diet and very limited dairy, meats, and other animal products.  It is going really well, and I thought I’d share a bit about what we’ve been eating today. Like I said when we first started, we[Read more]

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Homemade Whipped Cream

Back on Father’s Day, I wanted to make a yummy dessert to finish off our celebratory dinner.  But since we had just gotten back from out of town, and I was already making a big dinner, I needed a low-maintenance solution.  I only had to look as far as the back of my brown sugar box! This Brown Sugar Pound Cake that I made was easy, delicious, and I actually had everything on hand to make it.  You can add[Read more]

A Change in Our Diet + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello, my friends!  And Happy Independence Day weekend!  We had a jam-packed weekend, are doing a bit of work today (SO MANY fun, new things going on with Magnolia Marketing Group!), and then we’re doing some more celebrating tomorrow! Over the weekend, we watched a few documentaries that made a pretty major impact on us and how we eat.  What the Health and Forks Over Knives (both on Netflix) both examine how a whole food, plant-based diet is much better[Read more]

Meal Plan Monday

Hello, Friends!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  I had a SUPER busy end to last week but had a lovely, laid-back weekend.  We headed out to our local farmer’s market on Saturday, just to be rained out (boo), we ate a mediocre lunch at one of our previously favorite places (we’ll try again!), and then we went to a new little farm stand near our house and got bad corn.  BAD CORN!  Who even knew there was such[Read more]

Links I Love: The Food Edition

Even though I love (and collect!) cookbooks, I get almost all my meal and snack ideas online.  Here are 10 links I love for my favorite recipes, cooking tips, and food tricks that I have found online lately– 8 Frozen Yogurt Bar Recipes Every Kid (and Mom!) Will Love (Shown Above).  Perfect for the summer! 12 One-Pot Pasta Recipes.  Easy to fix with ingredients already in your fridge and/or pantry! Never buy bottled salad dressing again. This simple dip with pita chips looks[Read more]

Five-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

One of my favorite birthday traditions that we have in our family is that I always make the birthday kid (or adult :)) a homemade birthday cake on their big day.  While I have no problem outsourcing a cake or cupcakes for school or their birthday party, I like to keep their actual cake on their actual birthday an in-house creation.  And the kids love it.  I’ve made several strawberry cakes with strawberry frosting (for the girls, and PS- Paula Deen’s recipe is REALLY good),[Read more]

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