Grey Painted Dresser

Grey Painted Dresser with Glass Knobs

A few weeks ago, I was walking in my neighborhood with my kids and found this dresser on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it. I knew I wanted it, but I wasn’t sure if I could get it home by myself. Paranoia quickly set in and I decided I had to have it before someone else took it! So I walked back home, strapped the kids in the swagger wagon and drove over. It was a challenge, but I was able to awkwardly get it into the van (with the drawers removed)! Hallelujah!

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Blueberry Muffins

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My kids and I went blueberry picking about two weeks ago. Note to self: don’t take a toddler blueberry picking without another adult! Reed kept picking all the green berries and trying to sneak them into my basket. He’s lucky he’s so cute!

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Mushroom Grilled Cheese

MushroomGrilledCheese3 As you guys know, I’m all about the benjamins sandwiches (I hate it when I let that slip!). This is a sandwich my mom created a few years ago. It’s a grown-up version of the traditional grilled cheese. The mushrooms are subtle, but add a lot of flavor. Serve it with a side of tomato tortellini soup for a quick and delicious meal. It’s great with Havarti cheese (which I found at Aldi, of course), but you can use whatever cheese you have on hand.

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Tomato Tortellini Soup

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You guys, this is the easiest and most delicious soup! It’s creamy, filling and full of yummy tortellini I first had it at a baby shower my friend Lauren hosted this winter. After enjoying two servings of it, I knew I had to find the recipe as soon as possible. Sure enough, there was one on I Heart Nap Time that fit the bill. I just added some more tortellini since that’s our favorite part!

This goes great with a mushroom grilled cheese (which I’ll be sharing next week) for an easy weeknight meal. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook and our whole family loves it.

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20 Reasons to Shop at Aldi

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For the longest time, I was a grocery snob. I loved Costco (and still do!) and bought a lot of name-brand food thinking the quality was superior. Which, in some cases, it is. But my husband, the frugal man that he is, suggested maybe I start shopping at Aldi more to see if we could cut our grocery budget down. I hesitated, as I’ve tried shopping there in the past and couldn’t always find everything I needed. But after this past year, I can now say that I’m a loyal Aldi customer! Here are some of the main reasons I shop there:

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White Chocolate Banana Bread

My neighborhood had a garage sale a few weekends ago. I was so excited to find four of these tiny little loaf pans for 25 cents each. They totally remind me of my childhood, snacking on my own mini loaf of banana bread after school.

I’ve decided to ignore the fact that my husband hates bananas and taunt him with the delicious smell of baked bread, only to leave him wanting. Hey, it’s not my fault I buy bananas faster than the kids can snack on them (ok, maybe it is since I do the shopping).

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Fourth of July Banner

When we moved into our house last year, my husband and I agreed on one essential thing: the TV would go above the fireplace. Really, there was no other logical place for it to go. But now that I’m a little more ambitious with decorating, I’m realizing how limited I am when it comes to decorating the mantle. That darn TV takes up so much wall space! My saving grace is a banner. It’s the one decoration I can change out often and adds a lot of color to the room.

Last summer I made this simple Fourth of July banner. Here is the template I used from Landee See, Landee Do. Don’t stress if you don’t have time to make this before the holiday. I actually made mine right after the Fourth last year since all the paper was on clearance at the craft stores! The template has two different sizes of pennants. Just trace and cut and arrange however you like. I punched holes in the corners and strung it up with some red baker’s twine. Easy peasy!

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Fourth of July Fashion

I love the Fourth of July. What could be better? It’s a holiday full of great food, fireworks and an excuse to wear red, white and blue. Here are a few outfits I put together for the Fourth. You don’t have to be all matchy-matchy or wear a flag tee to be patriotic. Red and blue accessories can make an ordinary outfit pop. Wear something fun and comfortable, and look good at the same time!

Outfit # 1 – Red seersucker skirt, lacy navy tee, a bright red bracelet, white t-strap sandals and a polka dot purse.

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Front Yard Update

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I mentioned on my Instagram last week that I’d be sharing our front yard update soon. As promised, here it is! My husband Jimmy deserves most of the credit for this transformation. He’s such a hard worker and enjoys yard work way more than I do. Growing up, he helped his mom a lot in the garden. Since I’m a novice gardener. I’m grateful to be passing along their knowledge to you guys!

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

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I’m constantly amazed with what a social butterfly my three-year-old is. This week we went strawberry picking, and as soon as we got into the field, she started chatting with everyone else there. She was introducing herself to some lady a few rows over who happened to be named Mary Jane. Addie’s eyes got big as she asked, “When you were little did you have some little shoes that you gave to me?” Ha! She had everyone laughing. I swear, I can’t tell her any secrets because she remembers everything.

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