This is the hot cocoa mix to rival all mixes. My husband says it tastes like Starbucks hot cocoa. We drink way too much hot cocoa in our family. Wait, is that even possible? Let me rephrase: We drink a good amount of hot cocoa. It's my kid's (and husband's) favorite sweet treat after dinner is over. We generally start the cocoa train each year around early fall and it usually fizzles out mid spring. But, this year we're still going strong with cocoa evenings in June. I knew the Swiss ... Read More about Hot Cocoa Mix: Organic, Home Made, Easy.
Come to my home any random day, and most likely, you'll find these chocolate chip cookies in my cookie jar. My husband is a man of simple taste. His usual dessert requests are chocolate chip cookies or vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. I think it a tad boring, but hey, at least he isn't complicated. I should take the complicated thing back though, because he is picky. If I use a different brand of butter in my baking he notices! I've always laughed and said he should have been a ... Read More about The best chocolate chip cookies. A tried & true recipe.
A book wall may seem crazy, but I think you're probably crazy with me since you're here, wanting more. Books have always been a huge part of my life, for as far back as I can remember. Can you relate? If so, then a book wall is only logical. ;) Growing up, the library was a wonderful treasure my mother would take us to weekly. I love the smell, the feel, and what a book represented: adventure & knowledge. Both of which I couldn't get enough of. Lost in their pages time and time ... Read More about A Book Wall tutorial. How to construct a beautiful wall of books
Pinch me, I'm pretty sure I'm dreaming about what just happened. See, I have this leather crossbody bag, named after me, designed by me and my Instagram followers, and made by Aaron, owner and creator behind the company TGR Leatherwork! I'm dreaming right? How do I get to partner and design a leather crossbody bag? Let's back up a little and I'll tell you a tale. I wouldn't believe it myself except the proof is sitting in all its leather glory on my desk right this moment. If ... Read More about Fashion meets practical in this perfect leather crossbody: named after . . . me!?
Backyard chickens, we've had them for going on five plus years now. Before that though, I grew up on a 10 acre farm where we had a large coop and lots of chickens. My family raised both egg layers, as well as tried our hands at meat chickens. Chickens were also my Grandma Judy's favorite animal. She had chickens, gunnies, peacocks, rheas, emus, and ostriches! Seriously! She also raised miniature donkey, had horses, lamas, and more. Believe me, summers spent at her house were the best! ... Read More about How to keep backyard chickens: Tips from a farm girl turned city dweller
Yes, I said you need to have a nut butter board at your next party. With cheese and charcuterie boards all the rage lately, this is a sweet little twist and fun surprise for guests. Okay I'll admit, I still have yet to make a charcuterie board. They are beautiful, yummy, and on my list of thing to create. However, this nut butter board was all of those things too! When NOW® released their new Nutty Infusions™ collection I instantly knew I needed to get creative with these ... Read More about The Nut Butter board you need at your next get together
This was such an easy project! Faux wainscoting is simple, inexpensive, and makes a huge statement . This faux wainscoting post is part three in a four part series on how we refreshed our hallway. For the whole project, from beginning to current, make sure to check out these posts: Updating interior doorsHow to hang wallpaper: Get it perfect the first time. Why we did faux wainscoting Originally when planning out the hallway project we were going to do real wainscoting. The ... Read More about Faux Wainscoting tutorial: Wainscoting look without the cost
The IKEA FINTORP hanging system is a welcome addition to most any space. It's a great way to have "useable" decor in many areas of the home. I consider myself part of the "cool crew" now that I finally own this IKEA FINTORP system. Joking! (But honestly not at the same time) ;) This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. A naked wall with no idea what to put there Okay okay it's true, I have many naked walls that I'm still deciding ... Read More about IKEA FINTORP hanging system: Installation & decorating
Keeping kids healthy - "is that even possible?" I can hear a desperate mom asking as her child comes down with that thing again for the fourth time in three months. Keeping kids healthy seems like a constant chore right? Can I get an amen? They seem to be coming down with something each time we turn our heads. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you a ... Read More about Keeping Kids Healthy: Our daily routine for long term health
Wallpaper can be a scary word Hear "wallpaper" uttered and instantly, most think one of three things. 1.) It means a lot of work if you're planning on tearing it down. 2.) It use to be a word most would hear and instantly think "dated home". 3.) If you're planning on putting it up, it can strike dread into your heart. I'm here today to share that truly, in my experience at least, it's not as bad as most are lead to believe. Hallway renovation update The hallway ... Read More about How to hang wallpaper: getting it perfect the first time.