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2019 Mother’s Day Gift Guide (by an Actual Mom)

What to get for mother’s day? That is the question so many of us are facing as we look to buy gifts for the special moms in our lives–moms of little ones, moms of teenagers, grandmas,  wives, aunts, friends! This is a list of gifts for a variety of women with different interests (from cooking to gardening and sentimental to functional). The items on this list were carefully chosen and are items that I own, have gifted, or are on my own wish list (wink, wink to my hubby)!

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Seed Starting 101 (A Step by Step Guide for Beginners)

You’ve decided to plant a garden! You have a plan, a vision, goals (if not see my post on starting your first garden)! Now what?! It’s time to plant some seeds! Don’t be intimidated! While starting your plant babies from seeds can be daunting, it is very doable!

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Easy French Toast Muffins (That Your Kid’s Will Love!)

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What is better than warm, cinnamony, syrupy French toast?

Ok, probably not much. Seriously, who doesn’t love French toast? As I am typing this I can almost taste the buttery, mapley, yumminess! Mmmmmmm! My kids LOVE breakfast food too! French toast, pancakes, waffles, you name it! Unfortunately, sometimes there just isn’t time to make it the old-fashioned way.

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Four Simple Tips for Starting Your First Garden

You can have a garden! Yes, you. I don’t care how many plants you have killed, if I can do it, anyone can do it!

For many years I considered myself to be a “black thumb” when it came to gardening. In college I killed a cactus–yes a cactus. I had never met a healthy green plant that I couldn’t turn into a withered, shriveled, pitiful little heap of twigs. In fact, my house plants closely resembled Ursula’s garden from The Little Mermaid.

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8 Smart Shopping Tips for Any Budget!

I am TERRIBLE at budgeting. Terrible with money in general really.

It has been an ongoing joke with my family since I was a teenager. When it came to bills, my motto was “out of sight, out of mind.” Savings account? What was that?! Of course, this didn’t mean I didn’t like to SPEND money. I’ve always been one to indulge in the occasional session of retail therapy. Not that I am a big spender, but all those little occasional trips to Target and the mall certainly add up!

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Easy InstantPot Enchiladas

Sometimes you just need a good recipe–something simple and tasty to make on a weeknight.

I am a great fan of the Instantpot and I frequently use it as both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker! The beauty of the Instantpot (or any slow cooker) is that you can put your ingredients in and then just leave it! Do what you got to do. What woman doesn’t love that?

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9 Positive Educational Kid’s Shows

I am always on the look out for positive, educational kid’s shows. The kind I can let my kiddos watch, free of mom-guilt.

We have all read the studies on how screen time melts children’s brains and stunts their intellectual and physical development. I wholeheartedly agree that the amount of time kids spend in front of a TV should be limited. This is even more true for younger children. I endeavor to fill my kid’s waking hours with books, games, crafts, and outdoor activities as much as the next parent.

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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

This delicious and simple soup recipe is one of my favorites for a cold day! It is creamy, savory, delicious and perfect with fresh bread or a nice grilled cheese! I like to make this soup with sausage, but it can easily be vegetarian as well!!

Enjoy!

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Black Thumb: Diary of a Wannabe Gardener, Day 9 — 5 Things I Learned

I think it is official. I am no longer a “black thumb.” When I first started my  vegetable gardening journey, I knew nothing except my previous attempts (and failures) at keeping anything green alive. My college roommate can testify to my cactus murdering phase. Now, nearing the end of the growing season for my zone, I can safely claim a successful first garden. Virtually all of the vegetables I planted grew well.

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Black Thumb: Diary of a Wannabe Gardener, Day 8 – The Garden Grows

My Memorial Day deadline has come and gone–my garden has now been completely planted.

The garden is growing!! I have radishes, turnips, two pepper varieties, peas, beans, corn, pumpkin, summer squash, zucchini, onions, two varieties of cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, oak leaf lettuce, cabbage, fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, garlic, chives, dill, cilantro, basil, and asparagus in the main garden. I also planted rhubarb, strawberries, and raspberries in additional areas around my yard. In containers, I have my tomatoes, and additional strawberries and basil. Whew! That is a lot. Too much? That remains to be seen.

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