• Wooden Spoon Sloppy Joes

    My oldest asked if we could make sloppy joes after flipping through a kid’s cookbook. Meat, check. Sauce, check. Bun, check. What more could a kid ask for? I was immediately thrown back to “hot lunch” day at my small day school in Maryland. I think those Joes either came from a can or a McCormick spice pack. So, yes, my answer was “of course we can make these from scratch my dear!”. I started looking around for a good recipe and every single one had way too many steps and way too many measurements. I don’t need to get that many kitchen items dirty to make this simple dinner…

  • February Favorites…

    February can be a cold bleak month… especially in the Northeast. Thankfully it’s short… and thankfully we were in Bermuda for a week of it. So February, you really weren’t so bad! Below find my favorites from this month! (Click on the link for the coordinating number to shop item!) Iota The Great Big Game in The Teeny-Weeny Tin – This is such a fun little game! Similar to Rummykub, a family favorite, and so easy to tuck in your bag for travel. The tin really is teeny! We played this all week in Bermuda; from age 4 to 77! Athleta High Neck Tie Back Tankini– Bathing Suits are hard……

  • Cinnamon “Latte”

    Okay… this drink is my favorite… borderline obsession and I have it for breakfast on days I don’t have time for eggs. I also make it with decaf chai tea for an afternoon pick me up. This recipe may seem familiar… I posted it about a year ago and SOMEHOW it got deleted from my website. It seems a sweet child MAY have deleted it when they were doing homework on my computer. Oh well. I’ve chatted about the Cinnamon “Latte” (aka power protein morning special) a few times recently so I thought it needed to be reposted! I gave up coffee almost two years ago (wow), but I’m not…

  • January Favorites

    Wow, January. You were long. Am I right? No better time than the doldrums of Winter to introduce a fun new post series! Monthly favorites! At the end of each month I will let you know what I have been loving, living in and most excited about that month! Let’s go! Alo High-Waist Lounge Legging – These are THE most comfortable leggings I have ever owned. Seriously. I’d like to say I reserve them for the end of a long day and weekends… but I definitely wear them more often than that! Alo Haze Long Sleeve – Equally as comfortable as the Alo leggings. Turtleneck is perfect for this freezing weather…

  • Smoky Turkey Chili (No beans!)(In the Instant Pot!)

    Okay all my Instant Pot fans… this is SO GOOD. And so very perfect for these blustery cold days. It is FRIGID where I live! Who doesn’t crave comfort food in the winter? This is also a perfect recipe for a Super Bowl upcoming shindig- who are you rooting for? Sometimes we are pro bean in this household… sometimes anti. So I love that this is a no bean chili that gets bulked up a bit with addition of zucchini (I promise your kids won’t know it’s there!). When you peel and seed the zucchini it allows it to break down and become for of a thickener to the chili. It’s…

  • J. Crew Mega Sale

    I promise my next post will be a recipe but this J. Crew sale is too good not to bring to your attention! 50 percent off all sale and clearance! Use code BIGGERSALE. Everything is thrown in there… there were 18 pages of sale in my size! Coats, sweaters, bathing suits, jewelry… I know you may not want to think about bathing suits in January but I just booked our February trip and ordered #12! I also have been looking for a new coat and couldn’t resist #14 … $115!!!! Without further ado… my J. Crew Sale picks! Women’s Sale 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. /…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #4 – Your Best Friend

    What to get your best bud? The friend that keeps you grounded, that is always there for a laugh? Sometimes that can be hard! You want to get something they will really enjoy and not just a token that will clutter up their house, am I right? I love getting a consumable (food or beauty!) that can be used and then be gone, or something they wouldn’t buy for themselves! Below find my favorites; bonus- everything except for the awesome L.L. Bean tote is $50 and under! Click on item name to shop! L.L. Bean Signature Camo Boat and Tote – I love an L. L. Bean tote bag; durable,…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #3 – For Him

    Our favorite picks to gift to the amazing men in your life this holiday! Some my family swears by and some I have my eye on for them! Click on name of item to link to shop! Sorel 1964 Pac Boot – Snow is coming. These are waterproof and attractive enough to wear all day! OluKai ‘Moloa’ Genuine Shearling Slipper – These are a hit in my house. The back folds down for slip ons and they also have a sturdy sole. Patagonia Black Hole Water Repellent Duffel Bag – These “Black Hole” bags fit everything under the sun. Perfect for Winter ski weekends and Summer beach weekends. L.A. Modern…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #1 -Kids!

    Here we go! The first A Modern Housewife Holiday Gift Guide of the season! Stay tuned, we will have a lot more! Shopping for kids at the Holidays is definitely my favorite! The joy on their faces when the unwrap something they REALLY  wished for, or even better, something they didn’t know they wanted is priceless. Below you will find some tried and true toys in my household, things on our wishlist and items that just looked really cool! Happy Shopping! Click on item name to shop item!  littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit – This was on the top of the wishlist for my oldest. My kids are currently…

  • I need to walk and it’s getting cold…

    This grieving thing is a tricky business. I recently read a particularly poignant article on A Cup Of Jo by the incredible Nora McInerny about grief and lipstick. Really, go read it. It totally explains why I feel the need to blow my hair dry and put on jeans instead of my uniform workout gear. She touched on a point that resonated with me (she lost her husband to brain cancer), she would soon be older than her husband ever was. I have never known a world without my big brothers. They have always looked out for me, their little sister. I now have to go on and live the rest of my…