organization ideas to make your life simpler

These are such great ideas to get the house organized. I'm really excited to try some of these organization ideas.

There is no part of me that considers myself to be an organizational guru.  I do try, but mostly I fail.  That doesn’t mean I don’t see the value in being organized, or am not able to implement a plan, when I see one that makes sense for our family.  I just need someone to say, “This is how to organize your home.” Pinterest (come follow me, if you don’t already!) is the best place … read on–>

grape creamsicle smoothie

This is seriously the easiest grape smoothie ever, and the kids love it!

February is heart health month, so it seems like the perfect time to share this super delicious, and super easy smoothie recipe with you all.  Did you know that Welch’s 100% grape juice contains no added sugar, color or flavor and it supports a heart- healthy lifestyle?  Plus, it’s purple and it tastes good!  Purple happens to be wild thing #4’s favorite color, so she is particularly fond of this recipe.  We love to experiment … read on–>

being a WAHM ain’t easy

Being a WAHM is a blessing but it definitely has its challenges, and truths that no one really talks about.

Thirteen years ago we found out we were having a baby.  I had just graduated from college, I had visions of being a career mom.  I had never wanted anything more than to be a mom.  Not long after that, I starting being a work at home mom.  I knew that I had goals, and passions beyond having a baby, and working would be something I would want to do. Then I had a baby, and … read on–>

DIY fairy wands your kids will adore

These are the cutest DIY fairy wands, and they were so easy to make. The kids loved this craft!

Crafting, with the kids, is not something I do very often.  When there was only one wild thing, and we didn’t have a busy schedule, and I didn’t work as much as I do now, I planned special things to do with him all the time.  He was the lucky one.  Wild things 2-4 never have had as many special crafts planned by me.  Sure, they do crafts in their playgroups and at school, but … read on–>

natural fiber rugs- you will love!

I am drooling over all of the texture in these natural fiber rugs!

Refreshing our bedroom means that without doing any major renovations, we are going to freshen up our room, and make it new again.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about this, and how much fun I am having with the planning process. One of the things on our list of things to buy is a natural fiber rug.  Our room currently has no rug in it at all.  There was once a rug in … read on–>

how to brighten a dark picture in LR

This is so perfect! Such a quick way to brighten a picture that was too dark, and I thought was ruined!

Obviously, when I am taking pictures, I always try to achieve something close to perfect exposure.  Most of the time I do a pretty good job. Sometimes, I fall in love with a picture that needs a little work though. Thanks to Adobe Lightroom, it’s a quick and easy fix to brighten a dark picture.  There is so much you can do to your photos quickly, and easily with Lightroom.  If you’re curious about its … read on–>

diy succulent window for the gardener with a black thumb

I am so happy I figured out a place to put my succulents. This succulent window adds so much to my kitchen.

If you haven’t taken even one quick look at pinterest lately, you will most likely have seen succulents in your feed.  If you have opened a Pottery Barn or West Elm catalog, you will have seen succulents too.  Succulents are ornamental plants that thrive on low water supply.  Guess what that means- even someone like me, who has a total black thumb should be able to handle these plants.  And, I plan too. DIY succulent … read on–>

boneless bbq wings, that are baked

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Well, the Steelers may not be in the Super Bowl leaving a lot of people around me very sad, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be lots of people won’t be partying!  I may not be a huge football fan but I am a fan of football food.  These boneless BBQ wings are a huge hit in our house.  I actually stuck them on a platter the last time I made them, and they were … read on–>

why we choose experiences over things

This is so great! Your kids will gain so much more when you choose experiences over things!

Over the years, we have changed our outlook on giving our children tons of “things” and realized we value experiences of material things.  It’s not a new concept.  In fact, I saw many blog posts this year around Christmastime suggesting parents consider gifting experience rather than material items. We take it a step further and consider this when we are gifting our children anything for birthdays or anything else where gift giving is customary.  In … read on–>

coastal bedroom refresh

I can't wait to change our mismatched bedroom into an awesome coastal bedroom.

This is the first time I am doing this here, and I have to say I am super excited, and a little nervous.  I have mentioned in random places on the blog that although we live in west central PA, we decided a couple of years ago, that we would make our house as coastal-looking we could. Every one of us loves the beach, and it just seems fitting that we would decorate it that … read on–>

15 delicious mason jar meals

I have become obsessed with mason jar meals. There are so many things you can make!

A couple of days ago, my friend Jill introduced me to mason jar meals.  It’s not like I haven’t seen them on pinterest, but I just didn’t really see the point. Until now..  you guys…  I am S-O-L-D!!  I just spent the afternoon making all kinds of goodies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I’m so excited that we have things to grab and eat in a pinch or even take for lunch.  Anyhow, since I … read on–>

photography terms for the momtographer

These 24 photography terms will help you learn photography even faster!

When it comes to understanding photography, it can be a bit confusing. There are so many terms to learn, but knowing them will bring you one step closer to actually growing your photography skills.  Here are some terms that I have come to know, and love over the years! 24 photography terms you should know   White balance– is the balance of color temperature in your pictures. Pictures that are on the cool side have … read on–>

diy painted kitchen canisters

I am in love with these DIY painted kitchen canisters, and they were so easy, and fun to make. It was so nice to be able to pick any color I wanted.

For the last several (I am not exaggerating here) years, I have been on the hunt for canisters for my kitchen.  The fact that I am super cheap, and our kitchen was the ugliest room in our house helped to talk me out of anything I found.  Now that our kitchen has been redone, I was ready to take the plunge.  The only thing I had working against me now was the cheap part. So, … read on–>

cuban sandwich sliders that will be gone in minutes

These Cuban sandwich sliders are the perfect potluck appetizer for anyone! They were so good, they were gone in minutes!

This year, for Thanksgiving, I was asked to bring an appetizer.  I’ll be honest, I don’t have a go-to appetizer, and I’ve also learned that if something takes too long for me to make, I will just end up upset I chose that particular thing to make. Once we figured out we were responsible for an appetizer, Brent and I were on the hunt for the right thing to make.  Brent tends to get a … read on–>

Kalahari Resorts | Poconos

We loved the indoor water park at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. It was the perfect winter escape, and we didn't even have to catch a plane!

I have already had it with winter, and it’s only January.  Don’t judge!  I’m not made for winter.  I miss the colors green, and blue, and sweat–  I miss sweating.  True story. I know some of you love winter, so don’t hate on me for saying it isn’t for me. If the decision were mine alone, I wouldn’t live where it snowed, but it’s not, so I take what I can get in terms of … read on–>