10 Minute Total Body Workout for Busy Moms

Busy Mom's 10 Minute Total Body Workout

Hi there!  It has been a little while since I shared a workout routine, and with the busy and indulgent holiday season upon us, I figured that we might be due for another quick one! I'm still loving my early morning exercise, but I never have the time or energy for more than about 10-20 minutes of formal activity...there are just too many other to-do's that I also want to accomplish in the wee hours of the morning before the little guys wake up.  In fact, if you'd like a little peek at A … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Marinara Pasta Shells with Sausage and Butternut Squash

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Looking for a simple, delicious, and family-friendly Crock Pot recipe that everyone will love?  These Slow Cooker Marinara Pasta Shells with Sausage and Butternut Squash require very little prep (you don't even have to boil the pasta!), and they simmer all day creating a flavorful, rustic, and healthy dinner. [Tweet "Slow Cooker Marinara Pasta Shells with Sausage and Butternut Squash! #recipe #CrockPot #healthy"] All of my boys love pasta, especially if it's served with a marinara … [Read more...]

Yellow Friday Online Shopping Event

It's Friday afternoon and the holidays are almost upon us.  What do you say we grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and do some shopping? There are some really great deals here, so I wanted to pop in and share this Yellow Friday event, which is hosted by my blogging buddies, Courtney and Julie, over at The Chirping Moms! You may remember this event from last year...I know that I definitely picked up a few of my holiday gifts with these great coupon codes!  Enjoy this stress-free way to get a head … [Read more...]

My Grandmother’s Hamburger Soup

My Grandmother's Hamburger Soup

This simple, healthy, and tasty Hamburger Soup is pure comfort in a bowl, and it has stood the test of time for generations! Remember my grandmother's best friend, Aunt Bee?  In case you missed my previous post, I introduced you to her here.  She has helped to carry on my grandmother's memory by sharing with me some of the recipes that they enjoyed together.  This Hamburger Soup is probably the one recipe that Aunt Bee has talked about the most, and she has continued to make it (along … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient {and Cut Your Energy Bill!}

Easy Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill

Brrrr! Almost overnight, we went from eating lunch outside at the picnic table to 30-degree-temps and snow flurries in the forecast! And with Old Man Winter knocking on our door, we are battening down the hatches and making sure that our 100-year-old farmhouse is as ready for the season as possible. Are you doing the same? Well listen up, because today I’m sharing some Easy Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient {and Cut Your Energy Bill!}. I haven’t talked too many specifics about our … [Read more...]

Stuff We Love This November

Stuff We Love This November

Happy November, friends!  I'm excited to share a few more of our current favs with you today.  And don't forget to return next month, when I share my annual Christmas Gift Guide.  Can you believe that it's almost time to start our holiday shopping?!  Don't worry -- I will be here with plenty of great ideas for everyone on your list!  Stay tuned!  But until then, here are some random items that have made their way onto the top of our must-have list this fall... 1. Maybelline Sky High Curves … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about New Tax Filing Requirements (and how TurboTax can Help!)

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Hi there, friends! If you are a regular reader, then you already know that I love to share anything and everything that helps busy parents simplify their lives, enjoy their families, and just get things done a little bit easier. Whether it’s a 3-ingredient recipe that can be on the table in minutes, a quick little parenting tip to help with toddler discipline, or useful products that we love, I want you to know about it. After all, when we’re informed we are empowered! Today I’m excited to … [Read more...]

Turkey, Bacon, and Cheese Crostata + {First Birthdays!}

Turkey Bacon and Cheese Crostata

Will you have some left-over Thanksgiving turkey to enjoy?  Or maybe just some extra cooked chicken in your refrigerator?  Accented by sweet, tart apples, this Turkey, Bacon, and Cheese Crostata comes together in just minutes -- thanks to the help of a refrigerated pie crust! Happy Monday, friends!  I hope that you all had a great weekend!  Our Saturday and Sunday were busy with family activities, friends' birthday parties, and celebrating this little guy -- who turned 1! It's so … [Read more...]

Aunt Bee’s Spinach and Cheese Squares

Spinach and Cheese Squares

Hi, friends!  I have another delicious recipe to share from my dear Aunt Bee today!  These Spinach and Cheese Squares are just begging to make an appearance at your upcoming holiday party!  They are the perfect bite-size finger food, but they work equally well as a weeknight side dish.  Cheesy and easy -- how can you go wrong? By now we're probably all very familiar with Aunt Bee, since I have spent the fall posting an ongoing series of her retro {or, decades-long-favorite} recipes that … [Read more...]

4-Ingredient, 4-Minute Corn Pudding

4 Ingredient Corn Pudding

With just 4 ingredients and about 4 minutes you can whip up this delicious Corn Pudding!  It couldn't be easier, it couldn't be tastier, and it couldn't be more perfect for the fall! Have you noticed that I'm doing you all a favor this year?  I'm giving you plenty of options to help you cut back on stress, time in the kitchen, and money spent on fancy ingredients!  With a bounty of quick and easy recipes that all taste amazing, you can pull together a holiday meal (or a weeknight dinner) … [Read more...]