Mommy Sabbatical

At the House…

Tuesday afternoon it was hot here in Iowa and Hubby decided to quit farming early and go work at the house in town. ...more

Watermelon Cucumber Mint Juice

Lately I’ve been obsessed with watermelon – and rightly so I think, as it’s such a refreshing summertime fruit....more

Zucchini Spice Cake

I’ll say upfront that I’m in love with all things zucchini. I wish I had one of those neighbors who had more zucchini than they knew what to do with because I would gladly take it off their hands. However, my husband is not a fan ....more

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

Can someone please scrape me up with a spatula? I think I’ve melted to the ground. Texas is toasty this time of year, and it’s got me avoiding the oven… except for the occasional batch of chocolate chip cookies (a new mama’s gotta have her vices) ....more

Apple & Blue Cheese Chicken Salad

So you grilled up a bunch of chicken the other day, “roasted” one in your slow cooker, or picked up a rotisserie bird from the grocery store, and today you don’t want to heat up your kitchen. But you do want a healthy and delicious lunch or dinner. Clearly it’s time for chicken salad with crunch, tang, and creaminess from Greek yogurt instead of mayo, like this Apple & Blue Cheese Chicken Salad ....more

The Other Girl's Best Friend

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeachMint* Today we're going to talk about shoes because, aside from a dog, shoes are a girl's best friend. Well, they are as far as I'm concerned and we can all blame my mother for said shoe friendship because she taught me at a very young age that you can never have too many shoes. While the closet in my small one bedroom apartment slightly, though respectfully, disagrees with my mom on that rule, I have a hard time resisting the temptation to add new shoes to my ever growing collection ....more

<i>Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition</i>, by Louise Fitzhugh

Before I get started, I should make something clear: this is a review of a specific edition of Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy, not the book itself. I am constitutionally incapable of saying anything about the actual story beyond “If you haven't read it, seriously, drop everything and do so IMMEDIATELY.” For those of you (sad, legitimately to-be-pitied people) who haven't read Harriet the Spy, it is a delight. Harriet M ....more

July Chit Chat!

Hey you! I've got my monthly Chit Chat video for you today. For those that want to learn more about me, see my awkward personality, or hear my accent, check out my video!Here are some of the July Chit Chat highlights: Drink of the Month Mug of the Month (email me to send me a mug to promote your blog!) July in Review: Charlie My 4th of July plans Trips First blogger conference! ...more

Quick Mailbox Makeover

You ever have something in or around your house that is just SO embarrassing that, even after a major makeover, it still looks like someone else's "before" picture?This is going to be like that.So... this was my mailbox a few weeks ago: [cringe] They say sharing your pain is cathartic. For the record: not feelin' it ....more