Valentine’s Mailbox for the Whole Family

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Target and you know I’ve been squealing with joy over the chance to work with them. It’s TARGET! Thanks for supporting the companies that I choose to work with. You all are the best. A few years ago I made a Valentine’s Mailbox for my whole family to use. It was easy, fun, and has turned into a tradition that my kids start asking about as soon as Christmas is over. The reason they love this mailbox so much is because it gives them a chance to serve and to show love in a nontraditional Continue Reading →


Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no weird powder needed)

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Happy February friends! I thought we’d start off Love Month with something sweet and a little indulgent (but still totally healthy). Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no weird powder needed) is just the recipe for today. I tend to get in smoothie ruts. I make a lot of green smoothies for me and a lot of traditional fruit smoothies for the kids, but I don’t branch out much past that. I’ve seen plenty of recipes for chocolate and/or peanut butter smoothies and so I thought it high time to give some a try. After a week or so of “testing” Continue Reading →


Bless this Mess Meal Plan {Week 4}

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I missed posting my meal plan last week, but I didn’t want to skip this week so here it is, my less than famous Bless this Mess Meal Plan! This week is going to be just as tasty as the next. I love meal planning because it takes all of the thinking out of dinner. I swear that half the work is just deciding what to make. I hope this helps to take some of the guess-work out of what you are making too! Here are the links to the other meal plans too incase you want to look around. Continue Reading →


15 Simple One Pot Dinner Ideas

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Simple One Pot Dinner Ideas are just the kind of thing that you need on hand for those busy night you know you’ll be running around to this or that, or for the night that you just don’t feel like cooking. I am a huge fan of throwing everything in a pot and letting it all cook together, but I normally get stuck making lots of soups and chilis. I thought a fun list of One Pot Dinner Ideas would be just the thing to get us both out of our cooking ruts while keeping it simple. It’s been a Continue Reading →


Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

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Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper friends. I call this salad “girl food” which means it’s just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks out and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That’s what best friends are, right?! I’ve been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had Continue Reading →


Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

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Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach is something to get excited about this fine Monday morning! A 1 2/3 cup serving has 230 calories, 3 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber! That is awesome! Between the beans and the spinach I’m sure it has a lot of iron and other vitamins and minerals too. I love this soup! America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out: The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution and it is definitely something to get excited about! I’m giving away a copy to two winners today, so keep reading. Continue Reading →


Things to Sell at a Farmer’s Market that go way beyond produce!

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Have you ever wanted to sell at the Farmer’s Market but aren’t much of a farmer?! Have no fear! There are all kinds of things that you can sell! Or, if you are a farmer (or a simple hobby farmer like myself), this list is of items that are perfect to sell before your produce is in season. Don’t waste those early market months just because your vegetables aren’t quiet ready.


Week 3 Meal Plan

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I didn’t get this week’s meal plan posted late last week like I planned, but I figured Monday was better than not at all. Week 3 meal plan to the planning rescue! Here’s what we are eating this week. (This is my third week doing my meal plans this year, you can see week one here and week two here). PS- It’s the last day to enter to win a Blendtec of your very own! Find the detail here.


20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

In 2012 the average American ate 54.1 pounds of poultry. The bulk majority of that poultry was enjoyed in the form of chicken breasts. I am no master meat cooker and I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this fact so I thought a round up of 20 different ways to use chicken breast would be a great dinner time inspiration for you this week. That Copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich is calling my name!! Whether you like your chicken chopped up in a casserole, served by itself, or somewhere in the middle, I’m Continue Reading →


Pomegranate Mango Salsa

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Pomegranate Mango Salsa has me drooling over here! My friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here today sharing an amazing, fresh, and healthy recipe. Take it away Emily! I love this time of year! Fresh starts, healthy food, and so many beautiful things to eat! I can’t get enough of pomegranate these days. Knowing that the season winds down at the end of this month makes me all the more eager to fit in pomegranate any way I can. This season, I’ve been adding it to my favorite savory dishes (like this rice) and it’s been so fun to learn Continue Reading →