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  • Two women standing in a coffee shop with bags of coffee behind them.

    Dublin Roasters in Frederick: 5 Cool Facts

    Admittedly, it doesn’t take much to bring me joy — they say “it’s the small things,” and I’d have to agree. Like a breathtaking sunset, an announcement of a new season of your favorite show, or really good coffee. Speaking of really good coffee, I was invited to tour Dublin Roasters in Frederick, Maryland, while on a mini-vacation to the area earlier this fall. The goal of my visit was to understand the process by which they specially roast their uniquely sourced beans, as well as learn more about Serina Roy’s vision as owner and founder — and to have a tasty latte along the way. (Of course, right?) And…

  • Pressure cooker ribs on a baking sheet after being pulled from under the broiler.

    How to Make Pressure Cooker Ribs

    These pressure cooker ribs are full of flavor and simple to make, even on a weeknight. Cook and serve these Hatfield® Marinated Pork Ribs in less than an hour — perfect for back to school or any other time of the year! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FALLInLoveWithHatfield #MakeEasyMoreInteresting #SimplyHatfield #CollectiveBias   We’re no strangers to busy weeknights and harried dinners over here. I work full-time and with the kids back in school, everyone’s pace has exponentially increased. Long weekends like Labor Day are coveted — a chance to unwind, put our feet up, binge some TV and…

  • Enjoy a long weekend in the Adirondacks surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, winding rivers and glassy lakes, apple orchards galore, with a myriad of charming Upstate New York towns peppered in-between.

    A Wintry Weekend in the Adirondacks

    Enjoy a long wintry weekend in the Adirondacks surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, winding rivers and glassy lakes, apple orchards galore, with a myriad of charming Upstate New York towns peppered in-between. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. Living on the East Coast has its perks. I often say we’re lucky in Maryland to be so close to a number of great weekend road trip destinations: an hour from both Baltimore and Washington D.C., four hours from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia, three hours from Charlottesville — the list goes on and on. Now that our kids are older,…

  • Learn how to plan an inexpensive weekend road trip with a few simple steps!

    How to Plan an Inexpensive Weekend Road Trip

    Learn how to plan an inexpensive weekend road trip with only a few simple steps! A few times a year I try to get away and visit my sister up in Brooklyn, New York.   It’s simple because I can hop on Megabus for less than thirty dollars round-trip and then mindlessly ride into Manhattan without the hassle of traffic, tolls and paying attention. I get a lot of reading done! Or napping… Recently, though, my sister and I decided it would be fun to go somewhere together instead. We have limited budgets (and time), so we have to be strategic with all the components that would go into a…

  • Mugs are part of everyday life, whether they're filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine ... or pens. We can all get by with any old mug, of course, but the right mug can bring a little spark of joy each and every morning. There are perfect mugs for every personality, no matter how quirky or basic!

    Perfect Mugs for Every Personality

    There are perfect mugs for every personality, no matter how quirky or basic! Finding the perfect mugs to be a part of everyday life has been a fun hobby of mine over the years, whether they’re filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine … or pens. We can all get by with any old mug, of course, but the right mug can bring a little spark of joy each and every morning. Check out this list of some of my favorites — there’s a little something for everyone!    

  • Coffee isn't just for waking you up in the morning! Here are three ways to enjoy coffee after your breakfast brew.

    Ways to Enjoy Coffee Outside of Breakfast

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #InspireYourBold  Coffee isn’t just for waking you up in the morning! Here are three ways to enjoy coffee after your breakfast brew. I first tried coffee sometime in my teens. Maybe even younger—stolen sips from my parents’ mugs, probably. These were the days before huge coffee shop chains were on every corner on the East Coast, and the idea of coffee as more of a “sweet treat” really didn’t exist. (Beyond coffee ice cream, of course. Yum!) The majority of high schoolers I knew didn’t drink coffee, of any kind. And then?…

  • Getting rid of lice may seem daunting, if not impossible. Once you understand the simple steps for how to get rid of lice without chemicals, your mind will be at ease!

    How To Get Rid of Lice Without Chemicals

    Disclaimer: this resource isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Getting rid of lice may seem daunting, if not impossible. Once you understand the simple steps for how to get rid of lice without chemicals, your mind will be at ease! Growing up, my sister and I never had lice. I’m not sure if any friends did because back in the ’80s, no one talked about it. Social media didn’t exist to connect people, whether that connection was for neighborhood meet-ups, mutual interest in fandoms like Outlander, for medical reasons or for understand parenting-related quandaries. Sure, Baby Center was a thing and the message boards served as a very basic way…

  • There are so many great artists out there, it's easy to get stuck in a genre listening to the same-old, same-old! To change things up, here are 10 indie folk alt-rock bands to add to your playlist.

    10 Indie Folk Alt Rock Artists to Add to Your Playlist

    There are so many great artists out there, it’s easy to get stuck in a genre listening to the same-old, same-old! To change things up, here are 10 indie folk alt-rock artists to add to your playlist. I’ve always loved music. Could be because I grew up in a family with lots of musicians, or, maybe it’s because music has played such a large part in our lives—both playing and listening. Perhaps it’s simply a coincidence. Regardless, over the years my taste in music has varied. I remember in elementary school when I first started finding music that wasn’t something my parents were already listening to, thanks to my boombox…