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A Fresh Week of Meals
July 12, 2020 | meals

We just got home from eight days away to visit family and friends! Today I'm resetting all the things, including our grocery situation! Here's whats for dinner this week:   Spaghetti We always eat spaghetti on bath day, ha! No recipe here, but the Rao’s pasta sauce is my fave! Its a go to for...

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Summer Learning + Routines!
June 25, 2020 | homeschool, kids

Hi friends! Hopping on to share our summer schedule and some favorite resources! I loooove summertime. Maybe that stems from my past as a second grade teacher - summer was the best! But, I know that 2020 has brought us a rollercoaster. Maybe you're beyond wiped out, maybe you're wondering what...

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Amazon Faves
June 25, 2020

Scroll for all my Amazon Faves!     BOOKS       OIL ACCESSORIES     COFFEE      APPAREL  

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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
March 25, 2020 | homeschool, kids

I love this book! It has sweet childhood memories for me, and now passing the giggles on to Piper has been so fun! "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" is so silly, yet requires some great cause + effect and inference skills!   After you read the book today, we vote for a big game of charades! I...

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The What If Monster
March 25, 2020 | homeschool, kids

Our story today is a book called “Jonathan James and the What If Monster.” I bought this book right before my first year of teaching. I actually read it at an Usborne book party and knew it would be an awesome beginning of the year type book. Whether its the beginning of a new school year or...

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Harold & The Purple Crayon
March 22, 2020 | kids, homeschool

  Our story today is a classic, have you read it before? “Harold and the Purple Crayon” is a bedtime fave here! Its so simple yet captivating. >>After we read the story together, you can play along at your house! We’ll tell you about Yarn Art and an easy little printable in the video.  We...

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The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross
March 20, 2020 | homeschool, kids

Today we’re excited to read “The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross” with you! My bff Kelsey Maloof recommended this book to us a few years ago and we love it. With Easter nearing, we thought it’d be a great pick, and the reminder of HOPE sure isn’t lost right now either! This book is such a...

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Towers + Airplanes + Rabbits, Oh My!
March 19, 2020 | homeschool, kids

Our book today is “My Friend Rabbit.” This book is hilarious and leads to a lot of fun conversation and inferences!   >>After we read the story together, you can play along at your house! We’re going to build the BIGGEST TOWER EVER!! Just like the animals in the story! There are no rules...

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Read Along in Space!
March 17, 2020 | homeschool, kids

Another day of read alongs, hooray! Our book today is “If I Were An Astronaut.” Piper has always thought about being an astronaut when she grew up, and this book taught us all about what astronauts do each day!   After we read the story together, you can play along at your house! We’re going...

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St. Patrick's Day Read Along + Play
March 16, 2020 | homeschool, kids

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, our book choice is “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.” Its a funny rhyming book based on the old woman who swallowed a shoe original! After we read the story together, you can play along at your house! There’s a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt...

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Mouse Paint story + play
March 15, 2020 | homeschool

Here's the printable to go along with our Read Along this morning!  There's so many ways to play along with this book: Drop food coloring into mason jars filled with water. Pour, mix, and observe! Do some painting! Make piles of each primary color and mix away. For little littles, put...

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Daily At Home Schedule
March 15, 2020 | homeschool, kids

After two weeks of visitors, a week in the hospital, and now social distancing, the girls (and boys ) in this crib are ready for a serious routine overhaul! I'm a type A, 3 on the enneagram, work from home mama so YES I LIKE ROUTINES but I also have days where we ditch the whole thing, wear pjs,...

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February Valentine Activity!
February 5, 2020 | homeschool, kids

  Here we are, February 5th and I'm just decided to do this. THAT IS OK. There's nothing magic about the first of the month or a Monday, the magic is in going for it. I have really tried over the last year to claim ground in our home for discipling our kids. Not the fancy, beautiful, quiet...

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They Want to Eat Every Week
January 19, 2020 | meals

Here we are, another week! I'll be honest, I just didn't want to plan out any meals today. But my family keeps showing up every week expecting to eat! ;) So I just pulled up an old pinterest board and my past blog posts and grabbed meals from there! My future self will thank me for just...

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New Cookbook + Meal Plans
January 3, 2020 | meals

  This week I used my new cookbook I got for Christmas! “Cook Once Eat All Week…” sounds divine right? This concept of prepping isn’t new for many of you, but the cookbook honestly just takes the brain work out of it. Not sponsored, not an ad, I simply love it and will forever share things...

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Favorite Christmas Books!
December 16, 2019 | homeschool

I love children's books! Blame it on my education degree, blame it on my mama, but there's nothing like a big old stack of kids books. So one of my favorite things to do when we decorate for Christmas is to pull out my box of Christmas books. I have found that leaving a jolly stack of them on my...

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Two Weeks Til Christmas!
December 13, 2019 | meals

Friday is heeeeeere! Meal Drop is heeeeere!  We head out of town in a week so my goal was to pack this week with some good clean meals and lots of veggies. The soup on Monday is a top 5 recipe for me. SO good and flavorful with lots of broth. Smoothies are always an easy way to get more...

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A Texas Comeback
December 10, 2019 | meals

I love to meal plan. Truly, it’s fun for me and I love making organization and care for my family combine here! So I thought, if I’m planning these anyway, I may as well share them here! Whether you need fresh meal inspiration or just an easy button to count on weekly - I’ll be here! Hope this...

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Cozy Comfort Foods
December 10, 2019 | meals

Ok seriously: raise your hand if Costco is sometimes your dinner plan! Are you team hotdog meal or do you do #theloop?  The meals this week are easy, comfort foody, and often repeated around here.  Also, check out that Chicken Cacciatore link - it’ll take you to tonnnsss of freezer meals. When...

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Pregnant, Hungry, and Lunches
December 10, 2019 | meals

The recipes I had planned in this lineup were during my 30 something weeks pregnant days. All I wanted were hearty, yummy meals So when you need one like that, here you go! There's also a few recipes listed below that are my favorites for lunches.  That taco soup recipe is so stinking easy and...

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Chicken Week
December 10, 2019 | meals

Have y’all ever cooked a whole chicken before?! I’ll confess: I still have to close my eyes part of the time.  Every now and then I notice a need to buckle back down on categorizing our expenses and really sticking to our set budget.  Part of doing that equals shoring up grocery cost, and my...

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Elderberry Syrup
September 18, 2019 | oils

I added another level of crunch to my hippie ways recently. I'm always up for learning about any natural, proactive wellness tool, and elderberry syrup is a common one many of my circles use! I'd never made it before but our Grove tribe decided to do a big virtual hang out where we all could...

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Meal Prep Staples
August 8, 2019 | meals

One of the best things my mama taught me was how to plan ahead and prep, prep, prep. I can still remember us being on rotation for who would brown the ground beef, or waking up to a Saturday chore list that including making blueberry muffins, fruit cups, and the classic Sunday morning egg...

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Homeschool Faves
May 22, 2019 | homeschool

Its the end of May, its sunshiney (today...hello Illinois), and summer is SO. CLOSE. I don't count down the days as actively as I did when I was teaching, but its still one of my favorite times of year. And even though school is on the way out for the year, I wanted to share some of our favorite...

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Magnolia Round Up
May 15, 2019 | life, travel

Matt surprised me with a trip to Dallas for my 30th birthday, complete with a stop at The Silos in Waco. An avid Chip + Jo fan, I wanted to squeeze every bit out of that day and set out to research #allthethings. It ended up being an amazing visit! If you ever get the chance, GO! Here's all the...

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Calming Evening Routines
March 3, 2019 | oils

You know the drill. It’s 6:30 pm, dinner is done, and you’re glancing at the clock wondering how to keep the humans calm til bedtime. Maybe it doesn’t go that way at your house, but these faves are wonderful regardless to calm all the things as the day winds down!      IN THE DIFFUSER Get...

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Instant Pot Faves
January 6, 2019

We recently renovated our kitchen, and one aspect I wanted to change was our appliance collection. What do we really use, how can we streamline, what needs to stay and can go? I'd say the most used appliances in our kitchen are the toaster oven (we did a trial period without a microwave and...

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Postpartum & Oils
December 12, 2018 | oils

Our oils journey began right around the time our oldest daugher turned one. We have loved having this arsenal as she's continued to grow, but I was so thankful to have oils since day one with our second. I've been getting alot of questions about what oils we're using, if its different this time...

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Hutchy's Birth Day
November 18, 2018 | life

If I learned anything since becoming a mom, its that the details get fuzzy fast. (And the coffee gets cold fast, too.) So, I'm documenting Hutchy's birth story here so its not lost in the recesses of my brain and so that he has it someday! Also because I'm a sucker for a birth story... I'll say...

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Fave Freezer Meals
October 28, 2018 | meals

First baby. Decorate nursery. Pack 15 hospital outfits. Wash all new clothes. Hang onesies on cute matching pink hangers. Second baby. FILL THE FREEZER. Ok, perhaps a bit of a stretch to make the point. The little man does have clean clothes, don't worry. But I knew this time around, I'd be...

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Tell Me What You Do
October 24, 2018 | oils

"Tell me what you do." That's what she asked me. "Tell me what you do to stay healthy! I'm desperate!"  That's probably the number one question I get asked about oils, and my favorite to share about. Its SO STINKING SIMPLE. You can do it, easily. Here's the plan. Your daily routine: Support...

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Chickening Out
October 24, 2018 | meals

Ever have those weeks or months you've got to tighten up the grocery budget? I think it really proves how innovative and savvy we can be. When that's the case over here, we do the chicken week. THIS is #budgetlyfe on the real real. I learned this from my friend Kimber (get you a friend like...

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Creating Little Writers
October 23, 2018 | homeschool

So many of you wanted to know more about this journal, so here's the details! It's nothing fancy, but it really is my favorite part of our school day. For those of you who don't know, we began "homeschool preschool" this year with my almost-four year old. I wasn't quite ready to commit to pick...

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Oils in One Hand, Doritos in the Other
October 23, 2018 | oils

Doritos in one hand, oils in the other. Can I tell you a story? Way back, three years ago, when I was poking around at essential oils, I had NO clue what they were. But, I wanted some more tools in my mom bag so I grabbed a starter kit. And when I did I met all these amazing people. But they...

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I Didn't Know
October 18, 2018 | Oils, Life

I had NO idea. Until I did. And to me, the conversation can’t be about shame or judgement. But it sure can be about awareness. The New York Mag published an article two days ago that formaldehyde (ingredient in tons of our lotions, baby products, candles, plug ins, perfumes, etc.) is a cause of...

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Pregnancy + Jesus
September 26, 2018 | Life

If I'm being honest (which I try to be here often, there's enough highlight reels) its been a rough season lately. Lets preface that by saying I am so incredibly thankful for this pregnancy, this little life, and the chance to grow our family.  But holy refining, batman. Days upon days of...

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A Pink Wall
September 3, 2018 | Life, Oils

A PINK wall! I never thought I’d get to have a pink wall in my house, but here I am living the dream.  This pink wall is in my sweet little office. When Matt renovated our basement last year, I got to stake out my corner. Oh the stories that pink wall could tell.  See, two years ago I was a...

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The Skinny on Skin
July 20, 2018 | Oils

Skin. Its our largest organ so when it needs a little help, we usually notice big time. This was actually one of the reasons I got into oils - my little girl's skin needed some lovin' - so here's a few things we've learned along the way!  ‚ú®Lavender, Frank, and Tea Tree are some of the basics...

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