Amazingly Delicious and Easy Tomato Basil Soup

Not sure about you but we really like to eat soup and one of our favorite soups is tomato basil. mmmmmmm…..tomato basil soup with grilled cheese…there’s not much better. I never really liked tomato soup until the hubby introduced me to this recipe. Now I’m hooked.
Amazingly Delicious and Easy Tomato Basil Soup -

Not even joking, this is a dinner that can easily be done on a weeknight, even with kids tugging at your legs. And if the kids won’t leave you alone, just recruit them to help. Audrie likes to pretend she’s on Master Chef. Turn anything into a competition and you’ve got this girl’s attention. Hmmmm…wonder where she gets that… (more…)

Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

*Update – We made the chicken tetrazzini and it was really, really delicious and we will be making it again. However, it did take some time so I’m not sure it’s a good after work, weeknight meal. It could, however, easily be made the night before and then popped in the oven for dinner the next night.

Last week I gave you 3 quick and easy dinners for busy weeknights and this week I’m giving you 3 more. Of the meals I shared last week, the Crockpot Ham and One Pot Pepperoni Pasta were hits. We haven’t made the Cream of Cauliflower Soup but it’s still on the agenda.

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One of my favorite Tuna Helper meals was always chicken tetrazzini. Growing up I couldn’t get enough of that stuff. As the husband won’t eat fish, I’m hoping this Chicken Tetrazzini from lil’ luna will be just as good as the boxed stuff I remember from my childhood. (more…)

Fitness Motivation

As I write this, my legs are shaky and I can barely lift my arms. I’m just home from my first real trip to the gym in about 8 weeks. In January I did something horrible to my back so for 6 of those weeks, I had a legitimate reason not to go. The past 2 weeks, however, I’ve just been lazy. Today was hard. A simple 30 second wall sit that in December would’ve been so easy today left my legs burning. (more…)

10 Easy Easter Cakes

I love getting creative with baking but, like meals, baking projects have to be easy. Preferably the sweets will look and taste like I spent all day in the kitchen working but, in reality, I want to spend as little time as possible.

10 Easy Easter Cakes - Simple Easter Dessert Creations -

Last year for Easter, I made this fun cake. It was e-a-s-y, turned out really cute, and was very delicious. I got the idea from this Happy Money Saver post.

10 Easy Easter Cakes - Simple Easter Dessert Creations -

I found these other simple and fun Easter cake ideas. I wouldn’t share anything I wouldn’t make myself and I wouldn’t make anything that was overly difficult so, believe me when I say, anyone is capable of making any of these Easter creations.


When Would Your Co-Workers Notice You Weren’t There?

Did you see this recent story about a man in Spain who didn’t show up for work for 6 years and kept getting paid? Yes, you read correctly, SIX YEARS. He was only discovered when they went to recognize him for his 20 years of loyal service.


He claims he stopped going to work because of bullying and there was no work to do (obviously, since nobody missed him doing his job). He didn’t report these issues because he was afraid of losing his job (ummmmm but not showing up is a sure way to keep your job…got it).

Here’s the top 4 things that came to mind after reading that story: (more…)

Quick and Easy Meals


For those of you that know us, it won’t come as a surprise that we usually plan at least some of our meals for the week. We’re planners. We make lists. It makes us happy to mark things off a list. At some point I’ll share with you our list of lists we share. It’s a little out of control but it works for us.

Life is busy. There’s work and sports and activities and school. I could go on and on. One thing that helps us get through the week a little easier is meal planning. We don’t do this every week and, when we do, we don’t plan meals for every night. We plan enough and fill in with leftovers, peanut butter sandwiches, cereal, and the occasional dinner out. We don’t always eat everything we plan. Some things may get pushed to next week or never get made at all.

The majority of our meal ideas come from Pinterest. Seriously, how did anybody eat before Pinterest????? I, myself, was withering away until Pinterest came along and saved me from starvation. Ok, that might be an exaggeration but, really, Pinterest makes cooking soooooo much easier.

On the weeks we plan our meal(s), whether we plan one or five, I’ll share it with you. If you’re looking for gourmet food that takes hours to prepare, this isn’t going to be helpful for you. We like one-pot recipes, crock-pot meals, and things that don’t require a $7 bottle of a spice that will rot in the back of the cabinet. (more…)

Crayon Heart Valentines

Crayon Valentine Cover

Seriously, how is it I’ve never melted crayons into shapes before???? Audrie was soooooooo excited about this and it was really, really easy. Not joking, really easy.

After the fun of making the Mailbox Valentine’s Box, making these crayon valentines was a breeze. We looked for valentines at the store but the stock was pretty picked over. She can’t take any kind of food or candy, so that limits the options. We hit Pinterest and found these crayon heart-shaped valentines from The Nerd’s Wife.

Short list of supplies for this project:

  1. Silicone mold of your choice
  2. Crayons
  3. Card stock
  4. Glue gun or some other type of adhesive


Valentine’s Mailbox


First thing’s first, BIG thanks to the hubby for making my page pretty. He’s an awesomely talented guy.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day which means my inner craft geek gets to come out! Part of me gets really excited about this and part of me thinks it sounds like a lot of work. Luckily, Audrie and I were able to agree on a creative yet not-too-much-work box.

We searched Pinterest high and low. There were Pony and Minion boxes but we both liked this mailbox. I got the idea from this Little Red Window post. Her how-to is really good so if you’re going to make this box, I highly recommend you follow her instructions. If you want some pointers on what not to do, read on. I’m very happy with our finished product but I guarantee ours took more time and more coats of paint than hers. Here’s what we ended up with.

Valentine's Mailbox - Easy cardboard mailbox Valentine's box! -

Quick list of supplies needed:

  1. 2 cardboard boxes of somewhat similar size
  2. Blue spray paint or acrylic paint
  3. Tape, hot glue, or some other adhesive
  4. USPS printables (found through Google)


So I’m Gonna Start a Blog

If you know me, you know I’ve been talking about starting a blog for a long time. A really long time. People have been annoyed, undoubtedly, with all this blogging talk but no actual blog to show for it. Well, friends, now’s the time. Why now? There’s a few reasons but the main one is I’ve simply run out of excuses not to do it.

The biggest reason it’s taken me so long to take the plunge is I couldn’t decide what to write about. Seriously, our life isn’t that spectacular. Who wants to read about the dinner we made, trip to the park we took, or other mundane goings-on of our family? What I ultimately decided is, I don’t care. I like writing and I’d like to have something to show the kids down the road. I need proof we actually did fun things because, as we all know, kids tend to think they’ve been bored since they were born.

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