Lighting and other Fixtures

Lighting and other Fixtures

Below you’ll find direct links to the items we are using in our home. I’ll update the list as we go. Disclosure: some links are affiliate links     Sconce   LED Edison Bulbs 4000K   Glass pendant over kitchen sink   Small Flush Mount…

Master Bath Design Boards

Master Bath Design Boards

I realized the other day that I needed to have the master freestanding tub decided so the plumber could rough in for the drain before the foundation is poured. Some tubs have the drain in the center, some on one end. And I needed to…

Christmas Ornament Cookies

Christmas Ornament Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make cookies.  There are so many memories made in the kitchen.  I pulled up this old recipe from 8 years ago to make this year’s cookies, and I realized that when I made these ornaments, I was…

Here we go!

Here we go!

We just got our building permits!  We are really doing this…building a house for our family.  It’s overwhelming and I just have to have faith that even though I don’t have every step and detail figured out, that it will all work out. I designed…

Homemade Sunscreen

Homemade Sunscreen

When my boys were 3 and 2 years old, we took them to the beach.  Each morning, we’d coat them head to toe in store-bought baby sunscreen.  The brand was one that I considered more natural and safe. Everyday, about an hour later, they’d be…

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for ALL kinds of dads

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for ALL kinds of dads

Dads come in all types and they deserve to be appreciated everyday, but especially on Father’s Day.  Ties and socks are out! Whether the dad in your life is into music, beer, cars, working out, grilling, or the great outdoors, we have some great ideas…

How to Get Laundry Done Fast

How to Get Laundry Done Fast

When I envisioned my future family life as a young person, I never had visions of doing the dishes. every. single. day.  Also mysteriously excluded from my future family fantasies was the mountain of laundry that mocks me from the dining room table day after day.…

Lemon Meringue Pie: Low carb, gluten free

Lemon Meringue Pie: Low carb, gluten free

(This post is copied from my food blog, www.defiantlygoodfood.com.)  Growing up, I remember my grandmother making the best Lemon Meringue Pie. There are family legends about her pie. She made it look effortless, pie shell from scratch and all! And it was so lemon-y it would…

Clean Eating for Cinco De Mayo

Clean Eating for Cinco De Mayo

I’m gathering up ideas for dinner on Cinco de Mayo.  Here are four delicious recipes from DefiantlyGoodFood.com.   All of these recipes are low carb and gluten free!        

10 Tips for Cooking with Kids + Making Memories in the Kitchen

10 Tips for Cooking with Kids + Making Memories in the Kitchen

Cooking with kids can be fun, adventurous and educational.  For me, I think attitude is everything.  I have to let go of perfection, be open to anything, ready to laugh, be silly and carefree. I sometimes rush to get through the daily grind of life like dishes…

12 Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Help Cook

12 Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Help Cook

12 Reasons to Involve Kids in the Kitchen Its good old fashioned fun No electronics, no EMF, no violent games, no competition.  The pull of the iSomething is strong and it seems everywhere I look kids are hunched over some device.  I know some apps…

It’s getting cooler outside…

It’s getting cooler outside…

You know what that means?  Time to break out the sweaters! I love sweater weather…cool crisp air, rustling leaves, warm coffee in my hands. This cup sweater is from Mallina Designs on etsy.com.

Milk and Cookies

Milk and Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are excellent. I mean they are tender, melt-in-your-mouth darn good chocolate chip cookies and they can certainly hold their own against the sugar laden, gluten-filled version!  They use Lily’s chocolate chips which I love!  They are sweetened with stevia instead of sugar or aspartame.…

How to create a SMOOTH chalkboard wall

How to create a SMOOTH chalkboard wall

We know it looks cool in the home, but did you know that writing on chalkboard walls is really good for kids?  This article does a great job explaining! Have you seen chalkboard walls and wished you had one in your home?  We did too.  So we…

Colorado

Colorado

It’s official…We are in LOVE with Colorado in the summer!  It was so easy to find gluten free options all over Colorado…even in small towns and hole-in-the-wall restaurants!  You know we loved that!! If you have travel plans to go to Colorado next summer, please…

Seaside, Florida

Seaside, Florida

Seaside is one of our favorite places to go…it’s like a summer home away from home. That reminds me, we need to book our house for this summer! “I Lived” by One Republic Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall Hope…

How to Create a Website

How to Create a Website

I have been getting asked lately by personal friends and internet friends how to set up a website/blog.  So here’s the scoop…it’s so easy that even this totally tech-UNsaavy chick can do it (in fact I’ve done it several times), and you can too. Are…

Old Fashioned Strawberry Milkshake Recipe  {with a low carb makeover}

Old Fashioned Strawberry Milkshake Recipe {with a low carb makeover}

This is so fun to make…It reminds me of going to an old fashioned soda shoppe where they make milkshakes in the steel cups. **Note: do not use an immersion blender in a plastic or glass cup. May 26, 2016 by Jessica Starr Category Clean + Green Food…

Reclaiming Life

Reclaiming Life

  Don’t you just love old barns and reclaimed wood?  The history. The character of the wood.  It’s strength, stability and durability. The increased strength of reclaimed wood is often attributed to the lack of air pollution that existed up until the 20th century as…

10 Tips for Purging Kids’ Stuff and Why It’s Good for Them

10 Tips for Purging Kids’ Stuff and Why It’s Good for Them

I showed this picture to my kids hoping to show them what a mess they made. I asked my oldest, “Do you see anything wrong in this picture?” He studied it and said, “Yeah, It’s crooked!” ooof! Simplifying is not about taking stuff away…it’s about making space and time…

Science Experiment: The effect of food dye on living things

Science Experiment: The effect of food dye on living things

My 10 year old did the Science Experiement for school. His teacher and classmates were surprised to learn the harmful effects of artificial chemicals in food.  I myself was surprised at how badly the aspartame plant fared.  I’m so glad my Diet Coke days are…

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Cup Reviews

Cup Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to clean and organize in any house with kids By Librarianishon September 16, 2016 Verified Purchase You guyssssss! These are awesome. They stack neatly (such an issue if you’ve got kids and are trying to keep the madness contained), wash neatly,…