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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

greek lemon chicken soup

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

It’s been a veritable germ-fest at our house this fall. The first couple of weeks of December were particularly challenging. More days than not, at least one of the kids was home from school with some kind of bug. I’ve gotten pretty much nothing done, which made the short time leading up to the arrival of 9 guests for the Christmas holidays really interesting (stressful).

Soup is the usual response to sickness, is it not? In our town, there’s a popular soup shop that features an amazing Greek Lemon Chicken Soup that seems to have some real curative properties. Read More

DIY Superhero Dress-up Corner

DIY Superhero Dress-up Corner

My boys’ room is typically a disaster. They play with something for five minutes and it doesn’t get put away. They change into their pjs, dirty clothes stay on the floor. Typical four & six year-old activity… Recently the boys have been into dressing up like superheroes and I scored some sweet deals on costumes post Halloween. But like every other thing they get their hands on these just piled up all over the place. I made this simple dress-up corner that is reachable height for them so they can easily hang their costumes back up after dressing up. (I’ll be honest, they haven’t had the strongest compliance with hanging them back up so far…). But it turned out pretty cute regardless and fills an otherwise awkward little space in their room. The supplies only cost a few bucks and it took just a few minutes to throw it all together! Read More

How to ReWig an American Girl Doll

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I frankly should not have been surprised when my daughter came to me asking how we could rewig her American Girl doll. My daughter’s obsession with her American Girl doll (Saige) has been previously documented. She comes up with the craziest ideas of things that we need to do or make for Saige and will not rest until it’s done. Saige’s dollhouse must be decorated for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas in advance of the decorating of our actual home.  So I knew her latest plan to rewig her American girl doll was not one that she would drop. Read More

5 Killer Strategies to Save Money this Holiday Season

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I was talking to a friend recently, giving some (solicited) financial advice and she noticed how geeked up I got talking about it. She asked why I never write about personal finance since I was clearly such a nut about it. Good question. I do love personal finance…maybe more specifically, I love the game of it. Finding little unknown hacks here and there to save money and optimize finances. It’s so fun! Unfortunately, it’s a little off-subject for this blog. With that said, I think most of our readers shop for the holidays and I think most of our readers are looking to get the most bang for their buck….so, I’m going for it with this post and hoping that this post gives you some fun and actionable ways to save some coin this holiday season! Read More

Cherry Bourbon Smash with Lime

Cherry Bourbon Smash with Lime

Happy Friday everybody! It’s been a little while since we’ve posted a drink recipe, and we used to crank them out pretty regularly. We’re calling this one a Cherry Bourbon Smash, with lime and angostura bitters and it’s coming to you courtesy of my husband. Incidentally, this will be the last drink that I consume for the next month. With my 36th birthday fast approaching, I thought a little detox was well in order after what was, frankly, a pretty indulgent summer. It’s always good to keep ourselves in check, right?! Maybe next month I’ll try to cut out coffee. Ha. Yeah right.

Cherries and bourbon are a relatively common combo, but the addition of lime, ginger beer and bitters really pushes this one over the top and gives it some extra complexity. Cheers!

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