How to Make Your Own Placemats

Make Your Own Placemats

File this craft under ‘As easy as it gets.’ You don’t need to draw, have nice handwriting or be crafty at all to create cute and personalized placemats. It’s a good project for a rainy day, special occasions or when you want to make something fast and functional.  Now that Brady’s sitting at the dinner table, he gets a placemat. And because […]

Farro Black Bean Burgers

Farro Black Bean Burgers

Last week’s theme was ‘Eat alllll the farro.’ If you haven’t made it before, there are three things you need to know:  It’s good. And versatile. It’s good for you. There is no such thing as a little bit of farro. Because it nearly triples its volume when cooked, I was drowning in farro after making […]

Farro Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

Farro Salad Recipe

In Wyoming last week, I ordered the most delicious farro salad from Snake River Brewery. If you’re tired of pasta or rice, give farro a try. It has a mild and nutty flavor, a consistency like brown rice or barley, and A+ nutritional content. In fact, it’s similar to quinoa: high in protein and fiber and a […]

Peaches & Cream Preggo Pops

Peaches & Cream Preggo Pops (with ginger)

I just got home from a family vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where fall was in full swing. It felt so lovely to be outside in the cool air, wear flannels, drink hot chocolate and watch the leaves turn yellow. Back in Ohio, it’s 85 degrees.☀️ As a Midwesterner, you hate to wish away any warm weather. But […]

How to Renovate Adirondack Chairs

How to Renovate Adirondack Chairs

It all started out with a Craigslist pickup gone wrong. Dun dun dun!  For months, I had been scouring Craigslist for two white rocking chairs for our front porch. I finally found two, selling for $75, so I arranged to pick them up from the seller. When I arrived (after an hour’s drive, mind you), he told […]

Watermelon Ginger Mocktail Recipe

Watermelon Ginger Mocktail recipe

As I mentioned in my last pregnancy update, I’m missing wine a little bit. I’ve never been that crazy about alcohol, so I think it’s more of the symbolism behind a glass of wine at the end of the day. It’s something nice for yourself, something enjoyable that requires you to settle down and slow down. My Nalgene water […]

Pregnancy Update: Week 16

Bun in the oven pregnancy announcement

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have missed our exciting announcement. We’re expecting baby #2 in February 2017!  I’m planning to share a pregnancy update every couple of weeks. Partly because I didn’t document much of my first pregnancy (aside from loads of bump selfies), and I’d like to have these […]

How to Make Your Own Infant Seat Cover

How to make your own infant seat cover

There’s a saying in my family that you can hear the knitting needles clicking once a baby announcement is made. When it’s my baby, you can hear the power sander and spray paint of furniture reno, but I digress. These days I’m more into sewing than knitting, so I turn to my trusty sewing machine to make crib sheets, changing pad […]

What Brady Ate: Dinner Edition

What Brady Ate for Dinner: 9 dietitian-approved toddler dinners

In my last post on toddler lunches, I promised to share the one thing that instantly stopped Brady from throwing food on the floor. And it was…a booster seat! We moved him from his high chair to a booster seat at the kitchen table, and I kid you not, his behavior changed immediately. Now that he’s […]

What Brady Ate: Lunch Edition

What Brady Ate for Lunch: 9 dietitian-approved toddler lunch ideas

This is the second post in my “What Brady Ate” series. Don’t forget to check out breakfast if you haven’t already! Whereas breakfast tends to be mostly repeat foods, lunch and dinner are much more diverse. Which means new and unfamiliar foods, and ample opportunity for Brady to refuse them. Which he does, often. So this […]