Unplugged Play: 50 “I’m Bored” Activities

At 11:15 this morning, I set the baby in the pack-and-play and started to prep lunch. I asked my five year old to find something fun to do while waiting for lunch. Apparently, this was no small feat --  the whining ensued almost immediately. Independent play is definitely a learned skill, and takes time to [...]

25 Lovely Things

  I love finding joy in the small, simple things. But I don't do it often enough. I'm learning... slowly... that thankfulness ushers in a host of small, sweet miracles that are worth dwelling on, celebrating, and reveling in. Today I'm creating a new tag - 25 Lovely Things. Want to join me? If you [...]

Six Ingredient Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

This couldn't-be-simpler, slow cooker soup is perfect for anyone who still loves a great grilled cheese in the summer, but needs a break from the hot kitchen. 😀 I love using fresh herbs in food, and this summer, Bundle, our four-year-old daughter, planted her own basil. Today she harvested some to use for this soup! [...]

Better For You Banana Bread

Finally, it's recipe time! It seems like it's been weeks since I've posted a real recipe! But thanks to Baby Bear, I've been working hard to maintain a healthy diet while being ravenously hungry...I think the pregnancy cravings last way past childbirth! Ha. All that being said, I've been craving banana bread. But this recipe [...]

Our Simple Summer Schedule

The sun is shining, the freezer is stocked with popsicles, school's officially out for everyone in our county, and the baby pool is filled up almost daily. Sure signs of summer, right? I'm both elated and devastated that a week with Baby Bear has already passed...how do they grow so fast?! But I'm also excited to get [...]