A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

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The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

(Summer Giveaway Week 2013) Win $100 Worth of Back-to-School Gear from MightyNest!

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OK friends, let’s talk about the products we busy homemaking mamas own. There’s a lot of marketing out there these days aimed at us – stuff they try to convince us that we need… and usually I’m just kinda meh about it all. I’m the type of that doesn’t really want to buy something unless it speaks to me. How does something speak to me, you ask? I connect with things that are both useful and beautiful. Accomplish that, and you’ll likely have me as […]

Spring Giveaway Week: MightyNest Picnic Gear Pack (with Review!)

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer What’s summer without a picnic or two or twenty? Um, nothing, that’s what. OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but isn’t it true that two of the most universally loved human experiences are eating and enjoying the great outdoors? Put the two of them together and you’ve got sheer bliss, baby! My kids love picnics so much that they have pretend ones all year long indoors. A blanket on the floor and a plate of snacks = happy little people, […]

10-Minute Lunches: “Tea Room” Chicken Salad

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I’ve always loved chicken salad. To me, it’s the perfect feminine tea party food. Give me chicken salad, a freshly-baked croissant, a cup of fresh fruit and a spot of hot tea, and I can just sit and pretend I’m enjoying high tea in a different land and time. But I have a confession: I’ve always been nervous to make my own chicken salad. Surely I couldn’t throw together a salad as delicious as a fancy tea room’s! But here […]

10-Minute Lunches: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer My family doesn’t eat fancy lunches. I usually send leftovers with my husband to work, and my girls and I eat mostly snack-like plates. It’s just easier than stopping halfway through the day and preparing an entire meal. However, there are days I get a craving for a little more–but I still don’t want to stop to cook up anything elaborate! On those days, I look at what I have on hand and throw something a little nicer together. A […]

10-Minute Lunches: Turkey Wraps

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer With a busy household it is always nice to find recipes that are quick to make, nutritious, and well received by the family. These turkey wraps are just that! In fact, they are one of my husband’s favorites. As warmer weather approaches, wraps a welcome treat, since there is no need to turn on the oven or heat up the kitchen! Next time you have a roast dinner chop leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces and store in the freezer. […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)

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Snow is lovely. Except when it delays my flight home from Pennsylvania by 24 hours, keeping me from my family. These things just happen, though, and so here I sit in the Harrisburg Sheraton hotel, attempting to come up with a suitable meal plan filled with simple meals for a week of transitioning back to regular life and coming home to an empty fridge! Unexpected circumstances and hectic times don’t have to mean that we can’t still meal plan effectively. By definition, the whole purpose […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 5 (And 7 Ways to Use Those Leftovers)

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Can you believe we’ve been consistently meal planning together for over an entire month now? I don’t know about you, but after a summer of inconsistency, in both my planning and in the meals I was serving, it feels good. Really good. We’re eating better, saving money, and there are certainly less panicked dinner hours because I have a plan and I use it. It also enables me to take advantage more often of one of my favorite meal-making techniques… leftovers! Leftovers are a busy […]