With the arrival of spring, it seems ingrained in us to refresh our homes as well. From spring cleaning to switching over closets to doing housework, we’re all abuzz with making things new again.

But sometimes we want to pretty-fye our surroundings and have to do it on a budget. So what’s the easiest way to spruce up our coziest of spaces without spending a fortune? Read on!
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When hosting friends for an intimate gathering for dinner, you often envision great conversation with fantastic food throughout the course of a lengthy evening, which is ideal. When you host a dinner party that incorporates the raclette, that’s exactly what you get and then some.

The raclette method of cooking, while it may seem like a new and emerging trend, has actually been around for hundreds of years. It was one that began in Switzerland and has in recent years made it to other parts of the world. The raclette is fantastic for dinner parties because it’s a form of cooking that allows socializing while eating slowly throughout the course of an evening. [click to continue…]

Well, they’ll think of everything, won’t they? Pottery Barn. Just when I think I’ve gotten all that I can out of them - my storage boxes, bookshelves, glider, play kitchen(!) - Pottery Barn Kids draws me back in. It’s like I don’t want to look at their catalogs anymore. But. I. Can’t. Help. Myself!

So, here’s what I found for ME (yes, me, not my young lovelies) at Pottery Barn Kids. I’m telling you this in case you still have hints to drop for upcoming Mother’s Day. Or you’ve got to get your mother something from the grandchildren and G-Ma, as a woman and mom, might just love some jewelry! [click to continue…]

Co-sleeping seems to be getting a bad rap in the news with the Milwaukee Health Department’s campaign against co-sleeping and the recent cases of babies dying while co-sleeping, but I have always been an advocate of co-sleeping. Our family has found co-sleeping to be the perfect fit for us.

We didn’t come to co-sleeping as a plan or by way of drawing a line in the parenting sand. We came to co-sleeping because our first-born would always fall asleep when I nursed her (on me). I would try to put her into her bassinet but as soon as she was removed from my warm body or from her place in bed next to me and laid on the cool sheets, she would wake up and cry. [click to continue…]

Spiro Bouncer: The Only Teeter Totter Your Toddler Needs!

May 2, 2021

Remember the carefree days of the grade school playground? Teeter tottering with your peeps … until one bailed and you went falling to the ground, only to walk away with a sore bum? Ah, those were the days, right? Well, Spiro Bouncer has reinvented the wheel … er, teeter totter. Not only have they come [...]

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4 Sweet Retro Kitchen Accents

May 2, 2021

Ah, the 1950s. Chances are, things looked easier on the outside than they actually were, and since we only get to look back at the poodle skirt era through the magic of movies and television, we probably tend to gloss over the frustrations created by the absence of the modern conveniences we enjoy today without [...]

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The Mommy Files: Activities for Screen-Free Week

May 2, 2021

So screen-free week is upon us … and that means it’s time to turn off and tune out for an entire week! Is your family participating? First, it might be good to know why screen-free is important … so read up on these statistics … it will help you understand the motivation behind the movement.

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Teaching Character: Love of Learning

May 2, 2021

I was going to tell you about how a love of learning can lead a young mind toward a fulfilling and fruitful life. I was going to tell you how a love of learning is a life long endeavor, a way to ensure continued passionate endeavors. I was going to tell you how our educational [...]

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The Problem with Breastfeeding

May 1, 2021

Breastfeeding is something that I had a difficult time doing. I tried really hard and did everything that my lactation specialist told me to do, but I just never seemed to produce enough milk to adequately feed my baby. I felt like a bad mother and like I had failed my perfect little baby in [...]

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What the Feeding Tube Diet Leaves You Hungry For

May 1, 2021

Maybe you’ve heard of the latest diet craze? I first heard about it on the news but now have seen countless stories on it. It’s called the K-E diet or more descriptively, the feeding tube diet. And yes. It involves an actual feeding tube. I suppose adding my opinion to the mix won’t really matter [...]

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Color Crush: Posh, Pink & Unapologetic

April 30, 2021

Let’s face it: pink gets a bad rap. Most of us, if we’re being honest, grew up drawn like magpies to shiny objects every time we saw something in a bubblegum hue, but we eventually outgrew it and perhaps even started to resent it. As little girls, we’re expected to love the color pink; many [...]

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Pinterest to Plan Your Weekly Menu

April 30, 2021

Pinterest is a great resource for party planning, home decor and fashion, but it’s also a great source to find a large variety of popular recipes quickly, or it can be a place where you keep track of recipes that you love so you can easily organize your weekly menu.

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Timeless Trend: Pop of Color

April 29, 2021

I’ve seen it stated it time and time again among mothers that we don’t have time for fashion, and while I can empathize with the lack of time and energy for the intricacies of some looks, I think there are some things that we can all make work. One such look we can all pull of [...]

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