We Tried Potty Training in 3 Days: Here’s What Happened

I put off potty training for as long as possible. There were two reasons for this. I’m pretty sure my hidden underlying reason was that diapers were the last “baby” thing I had to hold on to. We’ve long since said goodbye to bottles, baby carriers, strollers, even the crib.…

Travel Journal: Exploring the Texas Bluebonnet Trails

We loved exploring the Bluebonnet Trails near Ennis, Texas in spring. Here’s everything you need to know to see the Texas bluebonnets. When my brother moved to Texas, Chris and I wasted no time in planning our first trip out to meet him. Our first question: when should we go?…

The Easiest Plants to Grow for Beginner Gardeners

Here are the easiest and most foolproof vegetable and herb plants for beginner gardeners, plus tips on how to help them grow healthy and strong. For the seasons that I’ve planted my own backyard garden, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’m still making tons of mistakes.  Still learning. Still…

5 Ingredient Pesto Grilled Fish Foil Packets

Foil packets are the foolproof way to grill fish! This easy recipe (with pesto, potatoes & tomatoes) is super flavorful but also fresh and healthy. We have this place in Boston that I think is heaven, but it’s otherwise known as Eataly. It’s an indoor Italian marketplace with the most…

Easy Beginner Guide: Plant Your Organic Backyard Garden In One Weekend

Here’s how to plant an organic backyard garden in one weekend. An easy step-by-step beginner guide to growing your own fresh organic vegetables and herbs. Chris and I have planted two backyard gardens from scratch. We started as bewildered beginners with our organic garden in our last house. We learned and…

My Two Favorite Poems About Raising Children

your children are not your children. they are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. they come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.   you may give them your love, but not your thoughts, for they…

Easy 30-Minute Falafel Rice Bowls

Creamy hummus, crispy falafel, fresh veggies and tasty flavors like honey, lemon, and feta. These easy 30-minute rice bowls are vegetarian and healthy! On this hot and humid summer day, I have something light and fresh and Lebanese-inspired for you! This tasty rice bowl has crispy falafel and creamy hummus,…

Travel Journal: Magnolia Market at the Silos

We did everything Magnolia during our visit to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ hometown of Waco, Texas: Magnolia Table, Magnolia Market at the Silos, and Silos Baking Co. Ten minutes from the nearest Walmart Superstore and Wendy’s, there’s a sleepy little neighborhood containing some deserted industrial buildings and a couple of…

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