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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Do you ever feel overwhelmed by healthy living?

I'll be honest: I have.

It’s not that you don’t understand or agree with why it matters. You’re sold on the merits of eating whole foods, raising healthier kids, avoiding toxins and chemicals, getting fit, and using alternative remedies.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016


My husband is allergic to dust. I, on the other hand, am allergic to dusting.

Ok, I'm not really allergic to dusting. 

But here is the truth: I have two kids, two dogs, and a bunch of chickens to keep alive. I have a business to run and a book to finish writing and dusting the house all the time is, well, it's just not my priority. 

Also? Have you ever noticed that sometimes you "dust" and what you really did was just make all the dust that was resting on your things airborne? Yeah. That's not a helpful thing (ahem, dust allergy).

That's where these life hacks come in. I cannot promise all your dust will magically disappear. But I can tell you that half the dust battle is keeping dust from accumulating in the first place - or at least keeping it from accumulating so fast - and these hacks will help!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


I've talked before about my large glass jar collection. Not only are glass jars great for holding leftovers, but they make a great craft medium as well. (see all my projects using glass jars here!).

For this project, you can transform empty glass jars into lacey votive candle holders in less than 15 minutes with just a handful of supplies.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Do you ever feel like your kids could use more outdoor time? It's easy to get stuck in a routine where indoor play becomes your norm. I had already been thinking I wanted to arrange a playground playdate with some of our friends and their kids to help get everyone outdoors when CLIF Kid emailed me. They want to encourage boys and girls to get more outside time. I love their products and I love this message so of course I said I would partner with them to bring you this post!


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Friday, September 2, 2016


In the "Mommy Wars" there are few things that will get people as riled up as mentioning vaccines. On one side are parents who say "All vaccines are poison, avoid all of them!" On the other side are parents who not only vaccinate their own kids, but who want to pass laws that will force all parents to vaccinate their children on the CDC schedule or be excluded from school.

So who's right?

Not being a doctor myself, I think it is smart to refer to one when I am considering choices regarding the medical care for my children. Maybe you agree?

Since not many doctors are willing to "go there" and actually talk to you about informed consent for the vaccines and medical procedure they recommend, I feel really privileged that my pediatrician WILL have that conversation. I'm also really thrilled that my pediatrician will make recommendations based on science and not just on the size of the kickback check he gets from vaccine manufacturers. Oh? And he wrote a book about it.

So what does my doctor say about parents who aren't vaccinating their kids?
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Sunday, August 21, 2016



Do you love apple pie? I sure do. When our local farmers started bringing fresh apples to the farmer's market, my son asked if we could make an apple pie. It was 100 degrees outside, so uh, no. Sorry. BUT I did agree to see if I could make him an apple pie smoothie and I must say I am pretty proud of how this turned out!

Now you can enjoy apple pie all year round - even when it's hot outside - since this is your secret to no-bake apple pie!

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Friday, August 12, 2016


A few days ago, I bought some gorgeous vine ripened tomatoes. They smelled fabulous, and looked beautiful, so I took them home and made some super flavorful lime and cilantro salsa!  I can't stop eating it!  Really, it is SO delicious! 

You'll love this fresh, salsa, too - especially if you've been growing tomatoes at home or picking them up at your local farmer's market. For a fun twist, try making this with different colored tomatoes.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Do you call Oregon home? You'll love these rustic barnwood inspired blocks. This DIY project lets you recreate an aged look without all the time and water normally required to age things naturally! Plus, you'll have 5 more sides you can decorate if you'd like! I did two other sides to also spell "love" and "joy".

This project is part of a partnership with five other Oregon bloggers to bring you awesome home state projects. Check those out at the bottom!

Of course, I hope you'll feel inspired even if you don't live in Oregon! Just swap out the Oregon silhouette for a silhouette of your state OR use the heart template I provide instead. 

Ready to make this? Let's get started!
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Saturday, August 6, 2016



Do  your kids love Dragonvale? 

One of my son's favorite games of all time to play on the iPad is Dragonvale. Dragonvale is a kid-friendly game (that adults love, too!) where you get an island full of dragons and you send different dragon combinations to a breeding cave to make new types of dragons. Then you feed and take care of your dragons to help them grow. Your dragons also compete in races, quests and other fun games. Overall it's a blast and I might even love playing it as much as he does.
(want to play? Download Dragonvale for Android here or iPhone here)

All that to say: When it was time to pick a theme for his sixth birthday party, K wanted a Dragonvale themed party (check out our previous party themes here). As much as I love meticulously crafted, "Pinterest perfect" parties I must be getting old because I just don't have the time and patience to spend 40 hours making crafts for parties any more. 

Luckily I found some dragon party supplies at Party City that were perfect and together with some other simple supplies put together this super fun party. In fact, I think it was my least time intensive but ALSO most fun party to date! #winning

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016



Sometimes a side dish for dinner is beyond me.  The thought of throwing together a batch of biscuits or a decent salad sounds lousy, so smoothies have become a regular at dinner (and at breakfast and lunch).  

I often freeze fresh some fruit a few days in advance, and just throw in a little bit every time with a piece or two of fresh fruit.  It adds a nice sweet element to a meal while still providing lots of nutrients.   

This delicious vegan smoothie is a recent favorite!  It feels fresh and summery!  It will be perfect for your last minute dinner prep or even an upcoming brunch!  

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Friday, July 22, 2016


If you're new here, let me catch you up:

At the end of last year, we sold our townhouse and bought a one-story home in a semi-rural town about 10 miles away that was stuck in the 90's - and not in a cool, trendy way.

It's the ultimate project house: every single room in this house needs help.

It's not that old (it was built in 1999) so things were in fairly good condition when we bought it. The colors, though! Oh my word. Let's just say my main living area was mauve and sage green and weird 90's design choices (like: no window sills. In the whole house).

You can see all our Farmhouse projects I have done do far but for now let's focus on my living room...
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Friday, July 15, 2016



Summertime is one of my favorite times of year.  The world is green (at least where I live), it is warm, and fruit and vegetables are readily available.  

I love making smoothies in the summer, but am always a little rankled by how expensive the frozen fruit is.  Adding fresh fruit doesn't give you the same cold quality, and adding ice waters your smoothie down, so I always prefer to use at least one kind of frozen fruit. 

A few weeks ago, I realized that I could buy extremely cheap, in-season, fresh fruit that would freeze terrifically and easily for a fraction of the cost of most pre-frozen fruit.  

It will take you about 10 minutes over two days, and a shelf in the freezer.  It can't get much easier than this.  

You can use the frozen fruit in ice creams, smoothie bowls and smoothies.  They are a perfect staple for your cool summer treats!

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