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The new school year is filled with hope & excitement in the first days back to school. Keep the momentum going all year with these school organization tips.

School Organization: How to Keep Momentum in the Second Month

Yay!! We’ve made it to the second month of school!  The beginning of the school year is always filled with so much optimism for making this the most organized school year ever.  New planners and organizers, new school supplies, and new determination for keeping on top of everything all year long.  We scour Pinterest and […] Read more…

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.

Easy Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

My husband and I didn’t do the traditional wedding thing.  We kept is small and low key, and it was an absolutely perfect day.  I shied away from a big traditional wedding as soon as I started planning it. The hardest part was a location!  I grew up in one state and my husband in […] Read more…

These portable snack bars are perfect for camping, picnics, or after school. Made with whole wheat flour and oats, Backpacker Bars make a healthy snack.

Backpacker Bars: A Recipe for Healthy Snack Bars

This past Thanksgiving was the first year I spent without my mom or sisters.  Moving to the other side of the country meant forgoing the big family get-togethers over the holidays.  Not only did I really miss spending the holiday with my family, it meant that I had to do all of the cooking.  By […] Read more…

Have you joined your first CSA? There's a lot I wish I knew before picking up my first CSA box. Here are 5 CSA tips to help you make the most of your haul!

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Your First CSA Box

Join your first CSA?  You are probably thinking “Ok, so now what?”  I was so excited after joining my first CSA that I didn’t think much about what to expect.  Until we picked up our first box.  Week after week I learn a little more.  I’ve put together all of the tips I wish I […] Read more…

We all love to save on groceries with Ibotta, but don't miss these apps to grow your savings even more. The best ways to save money on everyday purchases!

Beyond Ibotta: How To Grow Savings with Free Apps

It seems like everyone I know has jumped on the Ibotta bandwagon.  And why not?  That app is amazing!  Snap a pic of your receipt, scan a few barcodes, and watch your savings pile up.  It’s one of the best ways to save money since the days of clipping coupons. And I’m so glad to […] Read more…

Healthy, versatile, and easy breakfast ideas for each day of the week. These make-ahead and grab-and-go breakfasts have something for everyone!

Easy Breakfast Ideas for Your Busy Mornings

Every morning at our house is about the same.  Kids up and out of bed.  Get them dressed, teeth brushed, backpacks together.  Oh right, and I need to get ready for work too.  Breakfast is almost an afterthought – which means it’s going to be cereal for an easy breakfast again!  Ok, we do love […] Read more…

Instead of a list of structured activities, these easy summer activities will give your kids a carefree summer full of play and imagination.

The Less-structured Summer: Easy Summer Activities for Kids

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!  Summer vacation.  No more lunches, homework, backpacks.  Enter sleepovers, pool parties, and beach trips!  Also enter screen time – video games, tablets, and TV.  My goal is the same as every other summer: keep the kids off screens as much as possible this summer. So I […] Read more…

Running is our secret weapon for keeping active as a family. Everything from choosing the next race to crossing the finish line together is a family event.

Our Secret for Keeping the Family Active Together

There was a time when exercise would be scheduled around school and work schedules.  My husband would hit the gym in the mornings, before the kids even woke up for school.  I would stop in for a barre class on my way home from work.  Then in those few evening hours we had time to […] Read more…

Shredded chicken is a must-have for quick and healthy meals. These 5 delicious ideas using this recipe staple will have lunch or dinner on the table fast!

5 Quick Dinners to Make with Shredded Chicken

Whether it’s the pre-cooked and shredded chicken that I keep stocked in my freezer, or a rotisserie chicken I picked up from the store, there are seemingly endless dinner ideas using shredded chicken.  Lunch, dinner, and even snack-time is a snap! 1. Quesadillas and Nachos Just a handful of chicken and cheese on a tortilla […] Read more…

Everyone loves this game-day spin on tacos. This quick and easy taco dip recipe can be a healthy party favorite when loaded with beans and fresh veggies.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Taco Dip

This is the time of year I find myself scouring Pinterest and my cookbooks for dishes to take to those summer neighborhood get-togethers.  Especially the last day of school events, Memorial Day, and July 4th. It’s also a family staple for game day in the fall.  It’s a rare occasion that you won’t find a […] Read more…

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