Top 5 Friday Fun

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I am sitting here enjoying a warm beverage now that the cooler temperatures of Autumn have arrived. This time of year is my favorite! Quiet walks with the puppy on these cool crisp mornings are amazing. I can’t wait to rake leaves, pick pumpkins and enjoy all that Fall has to offer with my children. I hope you are relishing in the changing season and savoring the crisp cool mornings that turn into warm sunny afternoons. While you are out and about this weekend, check out the great links below.

  • Here is a great post on curiosity and why it is so important for children. It also comments on their success vs curiosity. Check it out and then get out there and cultivate you or your child’s curiosity this weekend!
  • Now that snuggle weather is here, check out these beautiful blankets from Sackcloth and Ashes.  Bonus, For every blanket that you purchase, they give one to a homeless shelter.
  • Need a craft idea to help increase mindfulness and reduce stress? Blog New weekly has a great list.
  • Pumpkin trail mix….need I say more!? The kids and I are going to make, and then devour, this recipe this weekend. While you are at it, check out some of the other recipes from Slim Pickin’ Kitchen; she has some great sweet treats.
  • If you need ideas for Autumn decorating, look no further. House of Hargrove has a roundup of many different great ideas. You can check it out here.

5 Favorite Breakfast Recipes

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We have been on the go lately. Between work, school, puppy and sports I feel like I could use another 5 hours in my day to get everything done. Although I have delegated more in recent weeks, time still flies! I have decided to compile some of my go to recipes for quick healthy breakfast that also fills you up. Yes, all of you green smoothie only or a cup of yogurt until lunch time…just doesn’t get it done for this girl (I wish it did). I need something a little heavier during the morning. I also want to note that we are up before the sun every morning and my children eat two breakfasts before school. With that said, healthy but hardy is key in my house.

5 Breakfast Recipes:

  • Egg Tacos: We use this recipe and put a fried egg on top. All of the ingredients except the egg, can be made ahead of time and warmed up in the morning.
  • Avocado Toast: This is another go to in my house. Here are many different variations for this yummy quick toast.
  • Waffles: Once a week I will make either waffles or pancakes with a clean eating recipe. I always make the batter the night before and cover it in the refrigerator. This helps with both keeping the kitchen clean and buys me more time in the morning.
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins: My husband leaves really early in the morning so, I will make this easy egg recipe or a frittata. This way he can take a piece right out of the refrigerator and eat it on the go.
  • Roasted Veggies and Eggs: This is another go to, and can easily be refrigerated. I usually roast the veggies and keep them in a container. I heat them up with the fried egg in the morning.

Bonus: I have not tried this recipe yet but, doesn’t it look amazing?!




Secret Art Project: Kid Approved

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When I was in high school my grandmother had a roll top desk that I adored. When I became a Freshman in High School, she decided to let me have it and I was ecstatic.  Just one week after receiving this wonderful gift, there was a tragic fire and her house burnt to the ground. To this day, that roll top desk is one of my prized possessions. It has completed many military moves with us and held together with minimal damage- despite its age. One of my favorite things about the desk is when you open the drawers there are old stickers and writing on the outside but, you would never know just looking at it. The secret stickers and markings always fascinated me so, I decided one rainy day that my boys and I would make our own little hidden masterpiece on a piece of our furniture.

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I decided we would use our kitchen table for the project. This is where we have gathered together to play Play-Doh, paint and it too has moved around with me since I was in my early twenties. Oh- and its a hammy down piece from my cousin!

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The boys had so much fun creating this hidden gem. We added some hand prints, the date and signatures to finish it off. They loved doing this and it is now our own little secret! I catch them peeking under the table during meal times to make sure its still there. It was so fun doing this together and I hope my boys not only get to see their masterpiece but remember the laughs that we had completing it.



  • Paints (My kids picked their favorite colors)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water
  • Towel or Napkins
  • Sharpie Markers

I let my boys be creative within the area under the table that would not be seen. Try this secret art project with your family. You can choose a table, headboard or even the back of a draw like my grandmother did.

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Green Tomato Salsa

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Its that time of year again, when the sun isn’t shining quite as long and the nights are cooling off. As I long for all that Fall brings, I am also sad that my green tomatoes in the garden are probably not going to make their ripe red debut. Alas, food is food, and in this house we use up everything! I decided to make green salsa with my leftover tomatoes this year. It is a pretty quick recipe and perfect for canning or freezing. There is a little bit of spice paired with the tanginess of the lime- just perfect for chips and margaritas. You can add it to your favorite taco recipe or pair it with some guacamole.

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Top 5 Friday Fun

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Well its the unofficial end of Summer! Its been an amazing season full of lasting memories and warm Summer nights. We celebrated birthdays, family outings and even added another member to our family. Summer always has a way of lifting our spirits and making us feel alive! While you are resting this weekend and craving the routine that school brings, check out the cool links below!

  1. Here is a great post from What I have Learned about getting back to school on the right foot. These tips are directed for teachers but, as a parent I think they are also great suggestions that can be used at home as well.
  2. Every day is a gift! Here is a great post on finding the joy in the day to day….even if the vacations are over or you’re not doing something thrilling. Its a wonderful reminder.
  3. The Honest Blog has a post on beauty tips to bring back that glow after all of the salt, sand and chlorine. We all need to restore and no better way then to do it naturally.
  4. Katie did What has a great list of Labor Day sales.  If you are looking for those end of the season bargains, check it out! How cute are the housewares from Target?!
  5. Top 10 botanical cocktails from Lilla Bello- yes please! These drinks look beautiful and perfect addition to eating alfresco. The hibiscus champagne cocktail is calling my name! Which one is your favorite?

Upcycled Bookmarks

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We are big readers in this house and always hunting around for bookmarks. The other day, after getting a new stack of library books, my son asked for a page marker and we didn’t have any. At that moment, we pulled out the art supplies and started decorating recycled materials. One of the bookmarks is made from a paper that came from the library, another is made from thin cardboard and the last one above is made from part of a packaging box. Everything you see above are things that we had at the house so, we didn’t have to spend a thing! (BONUS) I love that every time I open my book it reminds me of time spent with my kids creating something new.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

These bookmarks would make great gifts as well, placed inside the recipients favorite book. Its a great way to personalize the gift.


  • markers
  • colored pencils
  • paint
  • stickers
  • scissors
  • paint brushes
  • string
  • hole punch
  • clear packing tape
  • cardboard or paper
  • old magazines
  • any other decorations

Step 1: Decide what you are going to use for the bookmark (paper, cardboard or anything else) and cut the paper into a long rectangle.

Step 2: Decorate the paper any way you would like! Get creative and use lots of color.

Step 3: Let the decorated paper dry and then use the tape and cover your decorated paper front and back. Be sure to cover it completely so that it is water proof.

Step 4: Using the hole punch, put a hole through one side of the paper bookmark and string your ribbon through the hole.

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Magnolia Table: Review

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Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal! I have always been in love with her style, house design and all around demeanor. If you haven’t read her book The Magnolia Story and enjoy the show, you should check it out. She writes of the good and the bad and how she saw the positive in all aspects of her life even when things were down. This is the kind of life I want to live and she is someone that I want to emulate.

“We both hope, with all of our hearts, that the people who read this book and watch our show and come to see what we’re working on in Waco will take a chance to go after their dreams too. Because the key to everything Chip and I have learned in our life together so far seems to be pretty simple: Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love, and go do that until it hurts.
Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning–and he will be there until…The End.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story
After seeing every Fixer Upper episode, getting the Magnolia magazine, reading Joanna’s book and checking out her online store, I knew I had to buy her cook book.
At first glance the pictures and stories in the cook book are beautiful and the recipes are simple (as in not fancy- ingredients that you would have on hand) and very much what you would think of cooking on the farm or in the country. There are recipes for biscuits (my family favorite), pancakes, and pot pie and more. What makes this book special is that Joanna adds personal recipes and twists on traditional recipes from her Korean roots.
I also like how Joanna Gaines is not afraid to be honest and real. At the beginning of the cook book she gets personal about being on a tight budget and not being able to afford much. This is a real struggle facing many families today but, the best thing to take out of this story is that with hard work, positivity and dedications (and aligned stars) you can make your dreams come true. Whatever they may be!

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Mint Tin Treasure Box

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In my family, pockets are filled with rocks, sand, shells, dirt- you name it! Every rock is a “crystal” to my children and they both have pretty extensive rock collections. We also have a huge jar right by our front door that houses treasures right when you walk inside. The other day while onea walk my younger son started handing me pretty little rocks and said “hold these mommy, they are crystals.” Well I had our puppy’s lease, treats and bags in my hands (and no pockets) I needed an extra hand. Hello- story of motherhood right?! That evening I decided to make him a little treasure box that he can take on our walks. We had an Altoid tin at home and I thought it would be the perfect container for his outdoor treasures. I decorated it a bit to make it extra special.  Continue reading “Mint Tin Treasure Box”

Top 5 Friday Fun

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.     
Henry David Thoreau

We hope that your August has been amazing thus far and that your weekend is a peaceful one. My family are going to take the weekend to relax and embrace this time together before the busyness that Fall brings. Gloriously, we do not have a thing that we have to do! I hope you have a few minutes to do the same and that you too have a minute to slow down and connect to each moment as your week comes to a close and your weekend begins. If you need an idea for an activity to do with your family or even take a moment alone, you can find it here.

Here are some fun links that we found around the web this week!

Check it out:

  1. Do you have any zucchini left from your garden or farmers market? If so, Kristine’s Kitchen has a yummy and healthy zucchini bread recipe. This would make a great breakfast or or treat.
  2. Blissfully Brunette has a delightful read on setting intentions and why you should do it. She comments on setting intentions to stay balanced and show gratitude. If you haven’t done so already, check it out here.
  3. Have you ever read the blog Scary Mom?! If you haven’t, you should start right now! The stories are hilarious but also informative. I recently learned that she now has a shop open to buy t shirt, bags and more with hysterical sayings on them.
  4. I can relate to some of these life lessons from the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. She has a post about letters to her younger self. What would you write to your younger self? You can find the entry here.
  5. Spiked lemonade, yes please! Its peach season and we are loving it in my house. What better with a BBQ then some lemonade…spiked, even better. Recipe can be found here by the Kitchn