All posts by Melissa Griffiths

It’s time to Back-to-School Shop till you drop (with a 25% off coupon!)

This is my last post for Lands’ End and I just have to say this whole thing has been so much fun for my kids and I. It’s not every day that that some food loving hobby farmer (and her future little farmers) in the middle of no where get to be included in such fanciness. Thank you so much for enjoying the journey with me.

Here’s what’s in it for you. I hope that I’ve given you some knowledge about what Lands’ End in has to offer us mommas of school aged kids (great quality clothes that are a built to last, adorable styles that both mom and kid will love, sizes for all, and you can get almost anything that will take a stitch embroidered, school mascots included. Yes, I’m in love with the embroidery). And if any of that sounds good to you, you can take 25% off any of the clothes that I picked out for my kids by using the promotion code: FIRSTDAY5 and pin: 0818 at checkout.

You can see my pop up shop by clicking on the blue banner below. That shop will give you the details on the outfits I chose for my kids.
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I had a friend come over yesterday with her four very busy kids and we got to chatting about this project of mine. We are both super excited to give the Iron Knee jeans for boys a run for their money and the fleece-lined hoodies are really nice while still being very practical. Take a look at those two items if you have a minute, they are our favorites.

And because we can. Let’s take one last look at my child models and those great clothes. Don’t worry friends, I know you aren’t as into pictures of my kids as I am, so I’ve squished all of the goodness into a few collages (the full post with lots of pictures can be found here).


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The County Fair in all of it’s glory!

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The county fair was this past weekend I'm so excited to show you a little peak at all the fun! Come see small town America in all of it's glory! This was our family's first year really participating in the fair and it was so much fun! My Aunt Sally is on the fair board and so she asked me to help set up a "country store" where people who brought exhibits could bring extra items to sell. It was the first year doing it and it was so successful. Lots of people brought things to sell and lots of things Continue Reading →

My kids are CHILD MODELS! You should come see :)

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Sometimes my mother heart is just leaping out of my chest with excitement over the things my kids are doing. You know what I mean! Watching the ball soar on that amazing home run hit, the first time they sing a solo at church, or their tiny little voices at the school play. So rewarding. Well today is one of those days. I never wanted to have my kids be child models, but who doesn't want their kids to be child models. #braggingrightsforyears Ok, ok, so they aren't really child models but don't they look like it? I've just been dying Continue Reading →

Rich Peanut Butter Brownies

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Happy Friday to you! Our county fair is this weekend and I've volunteered to be there lots and lots helping out with a country store. It should be a lot of fun, and if you'd like little sneak peaks of the action, tag along on instagram! I post there lots. I'm super excited to see how all of the things I entered into the fair were judged today too. I'm hoping for a few blue ribbons! I thought I'd celebrate my fun weekend with you by posting this delicious peanut butter brownie recipe. It's rich and chocolaty with just the right amount Continue Reading →

That One Time I went Back to School Shopping in my Robe

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When we moved to the middle of no where a little over a year ago I knew that I would be sacrificing a few things in exchange for so many positive things. I left behind health food stores, museums, parks, and libraries. I gained land to grow a garden, a community like no other to raise my kids in, and a slower way of life that I am grateful for. I've found lots of hikes, sand dunes, and our little town pool to fill our recreational need. The bookmobile (a mobile library of sorts) stops by twice a month to fill Continue Reading →

16 Cucumber Recipes that are sure to please

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Summer cucumbers are here and I have a great list of 16 cucumber recipes that are sure to please today. Confession: I didn't like or eat cucumber until I was 24 years old. Pregnancy is a funny thing when it comes to food likes and dislikes. Each pregnancy I have stopped liking something I did previously and also started liking something I didn't. Things I stopped liking or eating include: peanut butter icing, cream cheese icing, pineapple as in ingredient in savory dishes (like on pizza or on a kabob), and cilantro in large quantities (so sad about this one). Things that Continue Reading →

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

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It's already the 12th of August which means it's time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier. Today I'm talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop plain popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn't until this spring. I've always used an air-popper to make popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find a Continue Reading →

Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts

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Just over seven years ago I remember stepping on the scale in the doctor's office and seeing what it read. 201 pounds. I didn't say anything at the appointment but I came home and cried later that day. Hitting the 200-pound mark, even at 38 weeks pregnant was a total self-esteem crusher. I was so upset and disappointed to weigh that much. I weighed 203 pounds the morning she was delivered one week later. Fast forward to today. I stepped on the scale and it read 199.6. I did a happy dance and resisted the urge to call my husband to Continue Reading →

Lemon Recipe Roundup

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After so much citrusy fun last week (did you see the fresh Lemon Shake-up recipe and the citrus ingredient spotlight?) I thought it only appropriate to do a recipe round up of one of my favorite citrus fruits - lemons! Lemonade sure isn't the only way to use that tasty fruit and this lemon recipe roundup will give you a whole bunch of inspiration. Nothing quiet says summer like lemony things. Am I right?! Enjoy! Lemon Thyme Scones with a Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze from The Sweet Chick Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie from A Family Feast Fresh Lemon Shake-ups from Bless this Mess 3.Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake from Barbara Bakes Lemon Pizza from Celebrating Continue Reading →

A Birthday Surprise worth Falling out of Bed for!

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My daughter turned 7 last week and I had a grand surprise up my sleeve. I've been wanting to change around our sleeping setup for sometime to better accommodate the needs of our family. It's time for Macey to get her own room and for the little boys to share the bunk bed. My thinking when it comes to things like this is, if I'm going to go through the effort, it might as well be a gift or party. I decided to make the affair a birthday surprise that won't soon be forgotten. Unbeknownst to Macey, I'd been prepping things Continue Reading →