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Creamy coconut & summer berry popsicles

During the summer months, I feel like my parenting style is a little more relaxed than normal.  Bed times get pushed back, the TV stays on a little longer in the mornings, and desserts become almost a weeknight occurrence in our home.  To be honest, I wouldn’t really want it any other way.  These are

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loving her exactly as she is

It can be so easy with social media to see a snippet of someone’s life and think they have it all together.  Maybe they’ve only shown you a small window into their world, or a small curated version, but either way, I think it can be hard to get a complete picture. When I started

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Organizing a kitchen that works

For the better or worse, I’ve had a lot of experience organizing a kitchen.  Our family has moved many (many) times.  Because of this, I’ve had both the joy and the pain of being able to work in and organize many different types of kitchens.  Some big and beautiful.  Others, not so much.  But either

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Watermelon and arugula salad

If there’s one thing we can’t seem to get enough of during these hot summer months, it’s watermelon.  Sweet, juicy and oh so refreshing.  We are all having a serious watermelon moment in our house. So naturally I’m trying to find ways to sneak one of our favorite summer foods into some of my other

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Vegetarian Paella

Last month (before we moved) JonPaul and I were back in Chicago for a “house hunting” trip without our kids.  Although it was supposed to be a “work” trip, we managed to sneak in a little fun and have dinner at one of our favorite places in the city, Avec.  Their food is just outstanding. 

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What I’m taking home from the east coast

It was early April, and our little family was making our way out east.  Me, JonPaul, the three kids and my five-month pregnant belly all packed into our little car, along with everything that was anything to us.  We were a buzz of excitement and adventure.  I can remember holding JonPaul’s hand as were about

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Vanilla coconut granola

This is a recipe we make on repeat in our house.  Probably three times a month (we eat A LOT of granola).  We devour this vanilla coconut granola on top of vanilla ice cream, for breakfast with yogurt, or even just by the the handful as an after school snack.  It’s the perfect “go-to” snack

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Grilled corn tortilla soup

One of my favorite week night meals has to be taco night.  And it’s not because the recipe couldn’t be simpler (literally just a crockpot, frontera enchilda sauce and a few chicken breasts ;), but rather because it gets our whole family involved.  There is something for everyone.  The table is always filled with little hands

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