• 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?…

  • A traditional PB&J can stir up nostalgia as the epitome of a lunchbox classic, especially with—in my case—a heavier ratio of peanut butter to spread, and a side of classic, salty potato chips!

    The Nostalgia of a Classic PB&J

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jif® and Smucker’s®. All opinions are mine alone. #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias A traditional PB&J can stir up nostalgia as the epitome of a lunchbox classic, especially with—in my case—a heavier ratio of peanut butter to spread, and a side of classic, salty potato chips! There are certain things that strike up strong memories from childhood, ranging from scents and sounds, to textures and tastes. I hear a song from the ’80s and I’m immediately thrown back to the days of acid wash jeans, friendship pins, copious amounts of hairspray and splatter paint. The touch of ribbed cotton fabric makes…

  • These sweet and slightly tangy blueberry lemon pancakes will become a fast favorite in your house!

    Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

    These sweet and slightly tangy blueberry lemon pancakes will become a fast favorite in your house! Pancakes are such an easy breakfast staple. Plain pancakes only take a few ingredients … probably items you already have in your fridge and pantry. Then you can easily mix things up with fun add-ins based upon in-season fruit, produce deals from the farmers’ market or grocery store, and even spices from your cupboard. Some of our favorites pancakes over the years include peach cobbler pancakes, cinnamon sugar pancakes and, of course, traditional homemade blueberry pancakes. But, with regards to a traditional favorite, I’ve found that sometimes even the slightest of additions can take that…

  • This shrimp and chicken jambalaya made in an Instant Pot is a simple and unique take on the traditional, melt-in-your-mouth savory stew.

    Instant Pot Shrimp and Chicken Jambalaya

    This shrimp and chicken jambalaya made in an Instant Pot is a simple and unique take on the traditional, melt-in-your-mouth savory stew.  Having realized a bag of frozen raw shrimp in my freezer, along with a package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs nearing expiration in the fridge and some leftover steamed rice, I felt it was my duty to create a Chopped-style dinner last week. It was a weeknight, so in addition to having fun with a random assortment of ingredients, I was also faced with the time crunch of “after work” cooking mania. This is where the Instant Pot can be so very handy. I decided on a jambalaya-style stew.…

  • 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…

  • These juicy seared turmeric pork chops take about fifteen minutes to make from start to finish, which means they can help you can easily get a homemade dinner on the table in under thirty minutes any night of the week!

    Seared Turmeric Pork Chops

    These juicy seared turmeric pork chops take about fifteen minutes to make from start to finish, which means they can help you can easily get a homemade dinner on the table in under thirty minutes any night of the week! Working full-time and managing a busy schedule of kids’ activities and my own, I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive tasty and simple dinner options. Pork chops are one favorite in our house, particularly the thicker cuts—boneless or bone-in, we like them all. The thinner chops can work for certain dishes, like stir-fry or something saucy, but have a tendency to dry out really easily even if you’ve cooked them…

  • This blueberry muffin cake is all the mouth-watering flavor of traditional blueberry muffins—complete with a yummy crumble topping! —without the fuss of filling tins or storing individual muffins.

    Blueberry Muffin Cake With Crumble Topping

    This blueberry muffin cake is all the mouth-watering flavor of traditional blueberry muffins — complete with a yummy crumble topping! — without the fuss of filling tins or storing individual muffins.   Earlier this week, ALDI had a great sale on blueberries. You have to keep your eye on their “Produce Picks” because you can really find some terrific, crazy low deals on fruits and veggies! We like to use blueberries for smoothies and cobblers, but blueberry muffins are a house favorite, too. Rather than go the traditional individual muffin route this time, I decided to keep it super simple and make a blueberry muffin cake with a crumble topping.…

  • This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes!

    Tomato Basil Fettuccine

    This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes! Cooking dinner shouldn’t be a drag. I’ll say this though, it can be hard to embrace a chef knife and a skillet after a 10-hour work day, followed by being a kid shuttle service, and knowing there’s a looming pile of laundry in a mound on the bathroom floor the hamper. I get it. I do. I’m also one to look at the glass half full. To make lemons out of lemonade. I don’t have to cook dinner. I get to cook dinner. See how that works? But that doesn’t mean that every night I’m pulling off a five course meal. (Okay, let’s be real—that actually never happens, unless the…