Decor · Frugal Living · Home

Bathroom Mini-Remodel: Scraping Popcorn Ceiling, Painting and Refreshing Decor

Our 1970's ranch has popcorn ceiling all over the house. When we remodeled the hall bathroom this summer, we paid the painter to scrape that ceiling and paint it while he was doing the rest of the room. I was home while he did this project, so after observing his process and reading a few… Continue reading Bathroom Mini-Remodel: Scraping Popcorn Ceiling, Painting and Refreshing Decor

Holidays

Halloween Treat Bags + Free Printable!

These little Halloween treat bags are so cute - they're perfect as a little thank you gift or as a party favor! Halloween isn't just for kids. It's a great chance to share a festive treat with someone you want to encourage. I made these a couple years ago for the adults who were volunteering… Continue reading Halloween Treat Bags + Free Printable!

adoption

Adoption Update {October 2022}

If you’re new to our adoption journey, start here. The basics are that we’re adopting through our state’s Department of Social Services (DSS), which means we will adopt a child who is currently in the foster care system. We have applied to adopt a child or group of siblings between 7-16 years old. In July I… Continue reading Adoption Update {October 2022}

Recipes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes in 7 Minutes

I LOVE mashed potatoes. I've even been known to eat them for breakfast. It's hard to beat made-from-scratch mashed potatoes, but sometimes you just don't have time to do the work those require. I've perfected my 7 minute mashed potatoes using a spruced up version of instant mashed potatoes. If the thought of instant potatoes… Continue reading Perfect Mashed Potatoes in 7 Minutes

Holidays · Organization · Time Management

How To Host A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal {Part 1: October}

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? For me, a big part of the fun in any event is the planning. I also believe that doing things ahead of time relieves stress and makes things much more enjoyable not only for you as the hostess, but also for your guests. I've hosted Thanksgiving quite a few times in the… Continue reading How To Host A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal {Part 1: October}

Recipes · Time Management

Menu Monday + Tweaking the Plans {10.3.22}

Sometimes your meal planning strategy needs to be tweaked. During the school year, my husband referees college volleyball in the fall and college lacrosse in the spring. This means that, like others in the sports industry, he works in the evenings on game days. Historically I've always planned supper meals on those days with things… Continue reading Menu Monday + Tweaking the Plans {10.3.22}

Frugal Living

Three Ways To Spend Less On Groceries

Food prices are high, that's for sure. Here's some good news: I have three things you can do today that will reduce your weekly grocery budget. #1: Budget your groceries, not just your cash. Budgeting groceries means that you purchase enough food that, combined with what you have on hand, it should be sufficient to feed… Continue reading Three Ways To Spend Less On Groceries

Decor · Home

Fall Decor 2022: Blue and White with Pops of Orange

Welcome to my 2022 fall decor tour! This year I went with mostly blue and white decor, adding in a few pops of orange. The display on the shelf below was inspired by this pin. I always begin my decorating by finding some inspiration photos that I can copy with what I have in my… Continue reading Fall Decor 2022: Blue and White with Pops of Orange

adoption · Faith · Recipes

The Need You Probably Didn’t Know About: Meals for Children In Foster Care Transition

I love taking meals to people who are in need. Sometimes they are welcoming a new child into their home, are sick or recovering from surgery, or they have just moved. Recently I added another category to that list. Did you know that children who are in foster care end up spending days, nights, and… Continue reading The Need You Probably Didn’t Know About: Meals for Children In Foster Care Transition