• 4th of July Attire

    The 4th is around the corner! We seem to always have a fun calendar of events around the 4th of July. Whether you have a relaxed block party, beach day planned, family BBQ or something a little fancier;  I have found festive pieces for the whole family! PS: Those red shades are $8!!! 4th of July Attire for the whole family! Click on corresponding number to shop Women’s item! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.   Click on corresponding number to shop Men’s item! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5.…

  • A Relaxed Weekend

    I am beat guys. I need a breather. The end of school is a real energy suck, am I right? This Monday also marked 9 months since I lost my brother. 9 months! I am trying to wrap my head around that. Heading into Summer is very bittersweet. We are so excited for a break at the beach but Summer was my time with my brother. We spent every weekend together. Seriously, every weekend. It is going to be a difficult adjustment for all of us; I am going to cut myself some slack as I navigate this new path. Soooo on that note…. you get a greatest hits post.…

  • Kid’s Chocolate Beet Smoothie

    As the school year winds down into Summer, things tend to get a little crazy, no? Even if you don’t have kids in school it just seems like the days are short and packed. So many appointments you’re trying to wedge in before summer and all the events… it’s wonderful to have a full calendar but it leaves me short on time. I have been prepping breakfast the night before for everyone because it starts the day off right. Thad’s Banana Bread,  Morning Glory or Blender Muffins, dreamy Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding or smoothies- it all makes it a touch easier in the morning rush. For a smoothie you just need…

  • Pina Colada Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

    If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain… who doesn’t love that Rupert Holmes song? My kids love it AND they love Pina Coladas, virgin of course, and fully proved that over vacation. They were immediately requested when we returned home despite not having a pool to enjoy them next to. We have been experimenting with vegan ice creams ( I still need to write up the Strawberry Chocolate Chip one!) thanks to The Faux Martha’s INCREDIBLE Black Vegan Ice Cream recipe. You guys, it is JUST. SO. GOOD. I didn’t set out to find a vegan/dairy free ice cream but her recipe popped up in my…

  • Honey Orange Buckwheat Pancakes

    We recently went into the city to see The Warhol Exhibit before it left The Whitney. Being an Art History major in college I was thrilled to get to see it… I wrote my senior thesis on comparing and contrasting Warhol and Pollock. I digress… the kids seemed to enjoy it and I was thrilled when my oldest brought up one of the pieces toward the end of the next week; “Mom, do you think I could do a self portrait like the green one… we could set it up like…”.   But what they REALLY enjoyed was the lunch we grabbed after. We found a little gem called The…

  • 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…

  • March Favorites…

    I can not believe it is the end of March. The temperature is actually starting to rise. The birds are chirping,  the flowers are trying to peek out and Spring Break is around the corner! I am pumped to open the windows and let the fresh air in! This month was chock full of fevers, viruses, bugs and antibiotics for this household. It stunk. So this month’s favorites have a bit of homebody/kids undertone!   (Click on item name to shop!) 1. Escape This Book! Titanic by Bill Doyle and Sarah Sax – My 2nd grader DEVOURED this book. It has different paths you can take to get to the end…

  • Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding

    Okay… so this isn’t really pudding. It’s an overnight oats recipe, but my kids call it “breakfast pudding” so that’s what I’m going with. Such an easy recipe. Make a batch in individual jars at the start of the week and you are good to go for a few days! The key is the Special Dark Cocoa Powder (who else loved that miniature Hershey’s bar when they were a kid?) – it makes it that much more decadent. You can certainly use regular cocoa powder if you don’t want to add another to your pantry but we love it! Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding (Makes 2 servings and can be multiplied easily)…

  • Bacon & Cheese Hash Brown… Waffles

    Hash brown waffles. They are a thing and they are all over Pinterest and Instagram. We had to try them. Thad and I would have made these together (and loved them). We had a mutual love for McDonald’s hash browns (come on, you know they are THE BEST) starting at an early age. It was always the biggest treat when my mom would wheel through the drive-thru for those. Unbelievably, this past weekend marked 6 months of his being gone.  This felt like the perfect thing to make for Sunday dinner in a small nod to him. I turned to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for a fail proof recipe.…

  • Thad’s Banana Bread

    Banana Bread. This was a staple in my house growing up. Whenever those bananas got spotty we had banana bread for breakfast. We LOVED it, especially my brother, who then in turn made it for my kids. They now love it, too. I have taken our old classic recipe and tweaked it to make it gluten free and have a little less sugar (and no refined white sugar)… there is still butter. I think butter is the key to the deep flavor of this particular bread, but feel free to swap in melted coconut oil, I am sure it will work! Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of…