• Week Four Coronavirus Hiatus: Cut Yourself Some Slack

    Week four, that seems really unbelievable. I read a great NY Times article last week about relaxing on the “To-Do List”; easing up on the need to feel productive. I couldn’t agree more. We have enough pressure and stress on ourselves right now, do we REALLY need to have our house in perfect order too? Learn a new language (I laughed out loud)? Or learn how to make puff pastry from scratch?   If those things relax you then by all means become multilingual and clean out every last closet. Some days cleaning helps me, some days I just want to binge watch TV after we’ve completed our eLearning because…

  • Cocktails: Quaranita

    I came up with this one on our rocking Saturday night… I don’t care for super sweet drinks so this was perfect for me. Feel free to add a little simple syrup if desired! You can easily reduce the recipe down to one or two cocktails or save the leftover juice/tequila mixture in a mason jar in the fridge for the next night!  Also, in case you missed it in my March Favorites post; I have found a liquor delivery service that is SO EASY, and purchases from local stores! Spirits, wine and mixers! Win win. Check them out here: Drizly!  Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup tequila blanco Juice of…

  • March Favorites…

    Well, okay, this March was weird. No other way to explain it. We are living in the middle of a global pandemic that is unlike anything we have ever experienced before… and we are shut in our homes. No matter, I still definitely had my “favorite things” this month. I apologize if there are repeats from months past… what can I say, I didn’t get out much.     Drizly Alcohol Delivery – So, we are all trying to stay home and not venture to stores… this service is brilliant. Delivery from your local liquor stores… just like Instacart or Prime Now… but for your Tequila, Wine & mixers. A…

  • Week Three Corona Virus Hiatus: Let’s Move

    Alright, alright, alright… here we go, week three! How is everyone doing? Stir crazy? Hanging in? I have found that a daily (okay, almost daily) dose of exercise has been doing wonders over here. I have rounded up some great sources for workouts below… and don’t forget getting outside for a walk, run, bike ride… just please keep your distance from others! If you have ever debated getting a Peloton, now is the time! It runs around $58 a month! Even if you don’t want to invest in the bike, their streaming service is awesome. Tons of additional  content ranging from yoga to weight training to boot camp. If you…

  • Easter Baskets

    Who else feels like, “What day is it”? I know Easter is coming… and I know I need to hurry up and help the Easter Bunny make some lovely Easter Baskets for my kids. Trying to keep everything as normal as possible and Easter happens to be one of my favorite holidays! Here are a few little things for kids of all ages, parents included. And some sweet decorating items too!   Hot Chocolate on a Stick – How cute are these with the Easter Eggs on top? Jelly Cat Stuffed Frog – Because it can’t be all bunnies and he is so cute! Bitsbox – We love this kid’s coding…

  • “Cookie Dough”

    Okay… who is with me on the hunger… all… day… long? I mean it must be boredom? Stress? Right? Any which way… I keep eating chocolate chips… by the handful. But what I really wanted was cookie dough. And perhaps it would be nice if it had some redeeming qualities like healthy fats… I knew I could cobble together some kind of grain free treat with the remainder of my bag of almond flour… this frozen “cookie dough” hits the spot! Make them small so it’s just enough sweet, and don’t skip the extra tablespoon of coconut sugar at the end, it gives it that small crunch that real cookie…

  • Week Two Coronavirus Hiatus: Gratitude

    Okay, here we are… rolling in to week two of this thing. It will be be a lot longer, we know that. That is OKAY. We are all OKAY. I know I have spoken about gratitude a lot in the past 18 months. The shifts that happened in my life after I lost my brother… the changes in my perspective are incredibly helpful here. This is a scary time. We are scared about what the future holds for our communities, small businesses and our country as a whole. We have to remember just how lucky we are as a small little family. My family, my immediate family & extended family,…

  • Nordstrom Flash Sale Picks

    Okay… the SALES are coming guys… Nordstrom just went and announced a 25% off sale- unheard of! I took advantage by picking up some “Staycation” or “Quarantine” fashion pieces, kidding kidding. Sort of, I went with #7 & #9. That said, if you are in need of some new comfortable clothing… now is the time! See my sale picks for being very comfortable and still slightly put together while on your Coronavirus Hiatus! Click on corresponding number to shop item!  1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. / 13. / 14.   And there are…

  • Smashed Crispy Potatoes Family Style

    This is comfort food to the max, and we all need a little right now, am I right? So funny story… everyone got that text/email about the 2 week mandatory national shut down that was “from a legit source”, right? We got it at 9:38pm on Sunday night and Matt flew off the couch and ran to the store before I could utter a word. These are stressful and uncertain times, so I get it. He wants to keep everything as stable as it can be for our kids and that definitely means not running out of milk. But it was amusing when he returned with copious amounts of bacon…

  • Week One Coronavirus Hiatus

    OKAY. Here we go, the first full week for us on our little Coronavirus Hiatus is here. The weekend went smoothly… we are fully stocked (did you read this post?) and are staying in (please read THIS ONE). I know I have been preachy (well for weeks now?) but let me give you one little glimpse as to why. Meet my good friend, Fiona. Please read this article she wrote on being the mom of a immunocompromised son. We adore this family and knowing them has truly opened my eyes to the importance of being aware of those around you and how your minor actions can have a bigger impact on…