Parenting: Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Had Kids

For the record, I’m not offering any parenting advice in this post.  I’ve been a mom now for over 3 years with #3 on the way so I’ve gotten in a good deal of parenting experience (which for some reason doesn’t equate to “experienced”).  Every single day, I’m still learning as I go.  I can, […]

Painting Upcycle Tutorial: The House Rules

I’ve been seeing this saying everywhere lately.  It’s called the “House Rules” and I adore it.  I decided to take an old canvas painting of wine bottles that hangs in our kitchen and totally re-do it using this saying.  I kind of love how it came out so I’m going to show you how easy […]

Sweet ‘N Smoky Slow Cooker Chili

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It’s no secret that I love to cook, but I tend to stick to recipes.  Sure, I’ll alter them here and there but overall my cooking style fits in with my “follow the rules” kind of personality.  My husband, however, rarely cooks with a recipe and often ends up creating some very yummy dishes.  One […]

Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen (Embracing Life’s Joys & Challenges)

One day last year was the first day since I had children that I can recall someone asking me what my occupation is.  To be perfectly honest, the question caught me off-guard, and I paused before hearing myself answer “homemaker”.  Homemaker?  Wow, that sounds so archaic. What is this the 1950′s?  I should have at […]

No-Sew Fabric Scrap Tutu

I made the above after seeing the below cute fabric scrap tutu on Pinterest.  It’s such a cute, girly way to use up fabric scraps.  The link to the original on Etsy doesn’t work anymore and I couldn’t find one just like it searching on Etsy (so if you’re reading this and it’s yours, let […]

NEED. MORE. COFFEE. (a.k.a. Daylight Savings Sucks).

                        Sleep.  I’m a big fan.  I’ve always been a person who requires at least 8 hours of sleep in order to be a functional, healthy, congenial (that just sounds so much nicer than a non-b*tchy) person.  The lack of sleep is, without question, the […]

Just Like Portillo’s Famous Italian Beef

My mom and step-dad recently took a trip to Chicago and they raved about Portillo’s Hot Dogs and Italian Beef on Facebook.  A friend of my mom’s sent her a slow cooker recipe for their Famous Italian Beef.  It is so good.  It’s awesome on toasted italian rolls with provolone or mozzarella melted on top.  Here’s a […]

Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Branch

When I saw this in my Pottery Barn magazine last week, I instantly knew I wanted to make my own knock-off version.  Especially when I saw that the Pottery Barn version was on cardstock.  The above pic is my knock-off and below is the Pottery Barn version.  I know they just used the branch for […]

It’s Totally Ok…

…to be an unapologetic slave to your child’s nap routine.  Sure, there are special occasions that call for a slight schedule change. But a cranky baby means a cranky mommy.  Nap time is the only time mom’s get to themselves each day.  I love my kids to death but I very much so look forward […]

Frayed Fabric Peony Flowers

I love fabric flowers and there are a ton of tutorials on the web to make all different kinds of cute variations.  To make this type, which I think looks most like a Peony, you basically just cut out a bunch of the same size circles and fold/bunch them up about 3 times and sew […]