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Extended Stay America Visit #2 Even Better Than Expected

Extended Stay America Grab n Go breakfast

In June I dropped my daughter off at the US Air Force Academy and we stayed at the Extended Stay America in Colorado Springs thanks to the ESA team. The first weekend in September is Parent’s Weekend and we headed   Read More »

Turn Your Favorite Shopping Bags into the BEST Textbook Covers

Shopping Bag Textbook Covers

When it comes to back-to-school traditions, somethings never change. I remember spending hours covering all of my text books in high school with brown paper cut from grocery sacks. If I was lucky, they survived one 9-week grading period and   Read More »

Easy Paleo Un-Egg Roll Bowls

It’s time for a diet reset. This spring I did so well, eliminating sugar, dairy and grains from my diet and as a result I lost 30 lbs and felt AMAZING. Enter summer – sending a child off to college,   Read More »

Making Kids Lunch Fun with Bento Box Lunches

Part of the back to school fun for my kids is picking out a cool lunch box for the upcoming year. As my girls get older, they are wanting to move away from the traditional PBJ packed lunch and are more interested in having “real” food mid-day.  Last year I picked up a few cute bento style boxes and they were a hit, which has put me on a hunt for some new ones this year.

Extended Stay America – Clean & Family Friendly

Over the past year I have done quite a bit of travel for both work and for fun with the kids. We have had some great hotel stays and few pretty awful ones, too, but the one thing that I   Read More »

3 Reasons I Switched to French Press Coffee

French Press coffee better than keurig

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on one and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission on that sale (which goes to pay for things like the hosting for this site). I didn’t   Read More »

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Protein Shake with the Nutri Ninja

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Protein Shake

When I was at the blogging conference, BlogHer, this summer, one of the companies in the Expo Hall was Ninja – the makers of my favorite blender – the Ninja. Before I had a Ninja, I managed to break literally   Read More »

Popcorn Box Blog Party – My Take

It is a lot fun having very crafty friends, especially when they send you a package of seemingly unrelated items and challenge you to make SOMETHING. This year Laura Kelly’s Popcorn Box Blog Party package arrived and the contents looked like   Read More »

My New Planner Obsession – Erin Condren

Erin Condren vertical life planner

I love to plan – with markers, stickers, color and doodles. It makes me happy and the organization brings peace to my day. I have been making various planner pages of my own for years, but when I discovered Erin   Read More »

Menu Planning for the Busy Mom

Menu Planning for the Busy Mom

I can always tell what kind of a week it is going to be based on ONE thing – did I take 15 minutes over the weekend and make a plan? If the answer is YES, then chances are the   Read More »