March 2012

soaking it in

It's been a crazy month, both as a blogger and from a life-in-general point of view.  I've SO appreciated all your support and encouragement as I shared my depression story.  Your emails and comments have been amazing and I am still getting through them all.  Suffice to say, you guys are awesome and I have [...]

mom’s night out {paint your own pottery}

Sometimes your just gotta get out for a couple hours, ya know? The other night 2 of my girlfriends and I snuck away to the local paint-your-own pottery place, The Creative Circle, a "date" we had sadly been trying to make for almost 3 months.  Since when did life get that crazy? It was so [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 4}

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{Read Part 1: Falling} {Read Part 2: Clouds Lifting} {Read Part 3: Changing Paths} *   *   * Part 4: But For Grace In the fall of 2009, just a few months after Trouble was born, we made the decision to move back to Florida.   It had become clear that my 85-year-old mother-in-law, Marie, [...]

The Spring Cleaning Challenge: Conquering the Kids’ Room

Happy First Day of Spring--it's time to start our Spring Cleaning Challenge! I don't know about y'all but if it weren't for my darling children, my house would be clean all the time.  Okay, maybe not all the time, but almost all of the time.  How can two such seemingly sweet and innocent girls be [...]

strawberry basil sangria

Mmmmmm....Sangria.  Doesn't that picture just make you want to take the rest of the day off? We are still enjoying our little Staycation this week, so instead of a boring food recipe, I thought today I'd share our Official Cocktail of Staycation 2012.   I love making Sangria for parties but usually use citrus fruits--oranges, [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 3}

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{Read Part 1: Falling} {Read Part 2: Clouds Lifting} *   *   * Part 3: Changing Paths Three days after Hurricane Charley we boarded up our mangled house and drove to St. Louis so I could begin law school. After a year-and-a-half of single-mindedly focusing on getting myself there, I was so excited to [...]

The Spring Cleaning Challenge {#SpringCleaning12}

Are you ready for spring?  I am so excited to announce today that I am joining forces with 10 other bloggers to bring you this super fun Spring Cleaning Challenge.  Our goal is to motivate and encourage you all to jump into spring with a clean and organized home.  And what better motivation than public [...]

staycation {spring break 2012}

We are halfway through Princess' two-week spring break, and so far we've been having a blast.  The girls are at such a fun age! Last week we did lots of coloring and fuse beads, had a friend come play for a day, made a teepee town in the front yard, got ice cream and cupcakes, [...]

Simple Vegetable Frittata {Recipe}

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I've been slightly obsessed with frittatas lately, one of my favorite budget meals.  Have you ever made one?  They are the perfect last-minute-oh-crap-it-is-5:30-and-I-have-no-idea-what-to-make-for-dinner meal. As long as you've got eggs, cheese, and a little milk or cream (or even evaporated milk in a pinch) you can whip one together and throw in whatever items happen [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 2}

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{Read Part 1: Falling} *   *   * Part 2: Clouds Lifting The thing about hitting rock bottom is that you don’t actually know you are there until things finally start to get better.  At the time, it was a very scary place to be.  After spending two years living under the dark cloud [...]

how to fill that wall {gallery wall inspiration}

There is a wall in my house that is haunting me. It is a big, giant wall, 16 feet high by 12 feet wide and I honestly have no idea how to fill it. It is the main focal point of our entire house and it just stands there, blank, mocking me every single day. [...]

Creamy Dill Vegetable Soup {Recipe}

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There is something about soup that is just good for the soul.  I made this soup last week Sunday after a very rough mommy day.  I don't even remember now what I was all atwitter about, but I was stressed and crabby, with too much to do and not enough time to get it done, [...]