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Chicken Pot Pie


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Cranberry Chicken

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A Year of Clean(er) Eating


It’s hard to believe but it was a year ago already that we started our journey to clean(er) eating [See how we got started here]. What a difference a year has made!

Overall we have become very intentional with our food choices. We try to buy healthy, whole, minimally processed foods. We avoid additives, preservatives, dyes, refined grains and sugars. Read more

Christmas Traditions

Christmas was so much fun this year. J was a great age to love the lights and ornaments, wrapping paper and boxes.

Christmas morning was an enjoyable time together. His excitement was contagious. Read more

While Summer Lingers

I don’t do winters well. I don’t like being cold. I don’t like snow. And I don’t do well without sun. So it brings me great joy and happiness when summer lingers.

This Fall has been refreshing. Days of warmth and sun, rainbows and roses.


Yes! Full-bloom roses in November. I know it’s cliche but they were the perfect reminder for me to stop and smell the roses…literally.

It’s been wonderful enjoying these last lingering moments of summer. We’ve been spending every chance we get outside, enjoying the sun while we can. The days are growing shorter and colder and winter is near. So for now, I will enjoy each lingering day with roses, rainbows and sun-kissed cheeks.

Cleaning House

A week of organizing can go a long way! Read more

Building a Village

281927_10152257824083543_1996863967426229637_nThe other day I read an article about missing the village I never had and it resonated with me. Daily I feel the pull, the desire for communal living, for raising children side by side, for a shoulder to cry on and a friend to laugh with. While the article put words to an emotion so deep within me, it also made me feel so blessed. I am blessed to have a village surrounding me and I am forever grateful for it.

I can’t even begin to truly describe my village. It’s so complex yet so simple. It’s beautiful. It’s love. It’s learning. It’s sharing. It’s there.

Here’s a glimpse of my village. Read more

What to Do: The “I’m Not Judging, I’m Not Crazy, These Are Facts” Dilemma


Our local coffee shop – Where bantering is par for the course!


When you know better, you can do better. But when you know better should you educate others to know better? (I say know because what they do with the information is up to them.) Is it a responsibility to educate others? A moral obligation? A nice gesture? Or is it overstepping boundaries? Read more

Banana Oatmeal Cookies


I searched high and low for a delicious, clean-eating oatmeal cookie. I read recipe after recipe but each one seemed to be missing a little something or contained ingredients I wanted to avoid. After looking at several recipes, I gave up. I pulled several ideas together and went with it. The results were delicious!

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Intentional Eating


Inspired by the fact that J will begin eating foods with us in the next couple of months and challenged by my sister, we’re taking the plunge. We cleaned out our pantry and we’re starting fresh. Literally. Read more