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Because I have so much more to tell you!



I’ve been wanting to send you emails for ages but I didn’t want to just send an automated email every time a new post went live. If you wanted the post, you could come to the blog to read it. I want to write you letters, and tell you things in a less formal way than on official post. This desire has brought me to the realisation that I need an email newsletter in my life.

After lots of figuring things out I’m finally ready to send you really useful and pretty emails.

Tomorrow I’m sending my very first email newsletter!

I want this email to be a joy for you to open and something exciting in your inbox.

It will:

  • Be sent a few times a month (no need to flood your inbox)
  • Include exclusive recipes just for subscribers
  • Be personal and probably include some typos, you know me… Queen of Grammar and Spelling I am not.
  • Have a list of the most recent blog posts though they won’t be the bulk of the email (great way to stay up to day and then you can pop over and read what strikes your fancy).
  • I’m going to throw in casual but useful tips, tricks, holiday info, recipe I have tried but didn’t get a pinterest-perfect picture of, remind you of recipes past that you might love (hello Linguine Rosa with Shrimp AKA the perfect healthy delicious Valentine’s dinner!), smaller but fun house updates, you know, a real letter!
  • Useful, fun, and worth the space in your inbox (and if you don’t agree, you can easily unsubscribe via a link at the bottom of the email and two button clicks).

It will not:

  • Be an automatic email that is sent when I post something new.
  • Be too frequent, too long, or anything else that makes emails annoying or spammy.

I’m really excited to get started. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, by all means, get on the list!

Simply Sign Up Here!

I can’t wait to email you tomorrow!!! It kind of feels like we are officially going to be BFFs.

Thanks for being here. You are the best.


Amazing Nutella S’mores Bars

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Raise your hand if you are a Nutella lover! Both hands are over my head and I'm waving them like a crazy person. Nutella is a dangerous thing to keep in my house because I just can't walk away from it. My kids love it too. My very favorite way to eat it is straight out of the jar on a pretzel. Seriously, Nutella and pretzels is the best sweet and salty combination ever. I'm celebration World Nutella Day with this AMAZING Nutella S'mores Bar recipe just for you. This recipe. You guys. This recipe! I've been super busy behind the scenes Continue Reading →

We finally started building our house!


This past weekend was a pretty big deal in our little family. We officially started building our house on the beautiful property that housed our garden and chickens last summer. I've been struggling with how to relay the impact, meaning, and depth of this small step in my sphere on the internet. Part of me feels like it's bragging, or that people won't care, or that people will think I'm making a big deal out of something small. Friends, this is such a huge deal to me. I'm naturally a nester, a settler, a homemaker, and a bloom-where-you-are-planted kind of girl. In Continue Reading →

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos

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Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos are as tasty as the pictures look friends! I am working with Sabra (you know, the hummus folks) today and I'm so excited! I made this recipe with football, parties, and entertaining in mind. I love these easy skillet nachos for a few reasons. One, they are delicious and they look fabulous. Two, they take very little time to make which makes them perfect for a party. Three, who doesn't love nachos!?! They are a total crowd pleaser. Making a huge batch of nachos in a skillet means that you can serve them Continue Reading →

How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!)

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I've ween working on this post for weeks and I can't wait for you to read it today. How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!) is going to make your life just a little bit easier and just a little bit healthier. I started making these smoothie freezer bags a few months ago and they have totally changed my smoothie game! Here's the details on freezer smoothie bags. You essentially put everything you need for your smoothie, minus the liquid, into a plastic baggie and you pop the whole things in the freezer. When you want to make Continue Reading →

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know

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3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know I'm a "boy mom" through and through. I had 4 little boys in a span of 5 years (yep, you read that right), and though we do have one wonderful daughter leading the pack, I still definitely consider myself a boy mom. Today I'm sharing 3 secrets that Moms of Boys need to know. These are just a few little tips about raising boys I have learned over the past few years and I thought you might like them too. Bonus: they don't just apply to raising boys.  Involve your son in what YOU love 1. Continue Reading →

Simple Broiled Grapefruit

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A few weeks ago I was working with some beautiful grapefruit (remember that homemade beeswax lip balm that I flavored grapefruit?! So great.) So I put a picture of the grapefruit I used on Instagram and asked how people liked their grapefruit best. I was shocked at how many people had never eaten it! Someone mentioned they liked it broiled and that caught my interest. After a little research I now have a lovely broiled grapefruit recipe to share with you today. It's also the first #eatseasonal post of the year! So check out the end of the post for Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

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How is the new year treating you?! I assume you've made a few goals or resolutions and chances are pretty good that those include something along the lines of being healthy. I'm here to help you out with some of those goals with this awesome Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I love this recipe! It's easy to make, you are sneaking in some fabulous vegetables, and this happens to be a little lower in calories than traditional macaroni and cheese (thanks to the vegetables). The flavor is awesome, it's creamy, it's rich, and it makes for a great meatless Continue Reading →

7 Amazing Alternatives to Traditional Journal Keeping!


Journal writing is something I love and have always really enjoyed. I have still journals from when I was a young girl that I roll my eyes at now. Sometimes I feel like people put themselves into two categories when it comes to journal writing, either you do it or you don't. I'm here to tell you today that everyone should be on team journal keeper, that it doesn't have to be hard or even traditional, and that you will never ever ever EVER regret the time and energy spent on keeping a record of your life and the lives Continue Reading →

The Best of 2015:10 Recipes to rule them all…

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2015 is on its way out and I'll be honest, I'm so excited. Unbeknownst to most, 2015 was one of the hardest years I've had personally since I was 18 years old. Hard years are good though, they help you to grow, reevaluate things of importance, and make you grateful that every year isn't the same. The low point of the year was months and months of depression (caused by pregnancy) and the high point was the birth of my 5th baby, Graham. It's been a year that I'm grateful happened but I wouldn't necessarily choose to repeat. I'm looking Continue Reading →