There’s something very special about a small gathering in a cozy backyard to celebrate a marriage. It’s the perfect way to create a casual and unique wedding Whether planning your own backyard wedding or lending your darling farmette to a couple for the day, using our creative ideas for an intimate backyard wedding is the perfect way to create a day that matches the couple’s vision, full of simplicity, natural… Read More »Creative Ideas for an Intimate Backyard Wedding
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Have you ever considered using your crafting skills to create your pet’s collar? In this article, we’ll share the best benefits of designing your dog’s collar and how to make one for your best friend. Your dog is a valued member of your family, so why shouldn’t they have a personalized collar? Customized collars can help your furry friends express their personalities while you flex your crafting skills. It’s More… Read More »How To Craft Your Customized Dog Collar
A beautiful Mani-Pedi doesn’t have to mean a trip to the salon. You can give yourself a fresh eco-friendly manicure with custom sized nail stickers and a few easy steps! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Beautiful Nails Without The Salon A beautiful manicure used to mean making appointments, sitting in the chair with the fumes and… Read More »How To Give Yourself A Fresh Eco-Friendly Manicure At Home
The summer months are perfect for inviting people over. Our tips will help you ensure your house is ready for when company knocks at your door. Summertime. The kids are getting off school, more people are traveling again, and you can expect to have some house guests over in the coming months. But after so long without company, your house may seem a little worse for wear. If you’re in… Read More »Come on In! Tips for Getting the House Ready For Company
Whenever you spend time inside a house or building, are you conscious of the possible air toxin exposure? It’s important to find natural solutions to make the air you breathe as healthy as possible If you want to improve your indoor air quality, you need to decrease common toxins and increase air purifiers in your home. Otherwise, breathing indoor air toxins can cause chronic respiratory issues, headaches, fatigue and other… Read More »How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Welcoming guests is always a treat, but not when your guest bathroom isn’t up to snuff. Our tips will help you create the perfect guest bathroom. There’s nothing quite like having company stay over. You exchange stories and create memories. But the course of hospitality never did run smooth. Finding ways to create welcoming guest spaces while remaining frugal can be tricky, especially when it comes to tough-to-decorate spots like… Read More »Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Bathroom
You don’t want to miss fun opportunities. There is a great variety of wacky summer holidays everyone can enjoy that probably fly under your radar every year. We’re all too familiar with the big, and sometimes stressful, popular summer holidays. Fun summertime holidays can sometimes feel like serious business. Just look at the craziness of organizing a Fourth of July party or the difficult task of entertaining the kids during… Read More »Wacky Summer Holidays Everyone Can Enjoy
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet The way we consume information has changed how we think, react to other people, and even deal with stress. When we are online, our heads are filled with vast amounts of information, clutter, and distraction. But what if we embraced a minimalist view about our time online? Take a step back for a moment and look at all… Read More »How To Embrace Digital Minimalism
Organizing a closet can be a difficult and grueling process. Here are a few tips that should help you get your closet back into working order again. Is your closet like so many others, with clothes spilling out like a giant landslide? There’s no need to feel ashamed—it happens to the best of us, but we know we can do better. Going through all the clothes and shoes we own… Read More »Closet Renovation: How To Get Organized
Struggling to decorate? Add your own personal twist to your home design and décor. Here, we’ll explore different ways to bring personality into your home. This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny. Support your favorite bloggers by shopping their links. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Designing a new home or renovating… Read More »Ways To Bring Personality Into Your Home
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Passover begins March 27th at Sunset and ends April 4th. That means many Jewish families, like mine, are busy collecting recipes, cleaning out our pantries, and cooking ahead for the big holiday week. For Vegetarians, this can be a complex holiday, and it stirs up a lot of crazy conversations around the seder table. We collected our favorite… Read More »Best Vegetarian Passover Recipes For Your Family Seder
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Does anyone else feel like they are done with winter and need a reboot? Thank G*d, Spring is finally here! This weekend I was outside, starting some seeds for this year’s garden, and I just realized how much I really need to refresh my soul and reboot my state of mind. This has been a really long winter.… Read More »Spring Reset! Ways to refresh your mind and home
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Making yourself a priority sounds great, but is usually set on the back-burner for most people. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, fitting in time for yourself seems almost impossible. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage you to maintain personal healthy relationships and promotes peace of mind. To help promote self-care, gift your… Read More »DIY Spa Gift Basket Ideas and Recipes
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Like millions of other people, I live with panic attacks and let me tell you, they are SCARY! Even though I manage them fairly well, I have coping skills and some helpful herbal remedies. Living with the constant fear of a random panic attack is like walking around thinking something is going to jump out and scare you… Read More »My Truth About Panic Attacks
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet I always loved going to my family’s old farmhouses in rural Tennessee and looking around at the things they had collected through the years. I dreamed one day of having my own farmhouse filled with my own collection of treasures. I love going antique shopping and finding the perfect thing to add to my collection. But as a… Read More »Farmhouse Antique Shopping Tips
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet I’m impressed! I love how so many of you have asked how you can boost your sex drive over 40. And I have answers! Let’s face it, ladies, there comes a time when there are many things that come before sex as our list of “To-Dos”. Sometimes we are just plain exhausted at the end of the day… Read More »How To Boost Your Sex Drive Over 40
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet While January is all about reflecting and making goals for the new year, February is the month of love. Whether you are excited about the DIY Valentine’s Day gift you have planned or you’d rather skip the holiday altogether, we encourage you to make this a month of showing love. Showing love means something different to each person.… Read More »14 Day Love and Kindness Countdown Calendar
I can’t believe I’m already decorating and getting ready for Valentine’s Day! But, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I want to make sure I have enough time to get everything just right. Plan your perfect Valentine’s Day with our Favorite Sexy Recipes for Date Nights and get out your craft supplies and try a few of these DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts. We have something for everyone! We have… Read More »Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts
Today’s Chore: Cleaning the dog beds! If you have dogs then you know the life of living with dog hair and cleaning up after them. Our dogs, Riley and Wynter are going through their winter shed, and that means a TON of fur flying around. Every day we are vacuuming, dusting, and trying to keep the dog hair off our clothes and our bed. But we have a few simple… Read More »How To Clean The Hair And Odors Off Your Dog’s Bed
2020 has been such a crazy and challenging year for many. As it comes to an end, the opportunity to push reset arises and becomes the perfect time to focus on self-care. Take this time to move on from this tough year and pamper yourself with some self-care activities by following this 31-day self-care calendar. Plus the wallpapers and insta story stickers included will help you stay motivated and on-track… Read More »Make More Time For Self-Care in 2021 (Free Self-Care Calendar)
For many people, 2020 was a financial challenge. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs or have faced serious questions about their finances. This is why many people turn to refinance their home loans to get some extra breathing room and take advantage of the historic lows in interest rates. Like many others, we knew this was the year we needed to refinance our home to get a better rate… Read More »When Is The Right Time To Refinance Your Home Mortgage?
For the person on your list who enjoys spending time in the kitchen and creating masterpieces out of spices and herbs, we have a few things we think they might like! Cultivate their passions and show them you appreciate their efforts. Shop Here! Staub Enameled Cast Iron Crêpe Pan with Spreader & Spatula – Staub’s special set turns out thin, Breton-style crepes worthy of an authentic French crêperie. The enameled… Read More »Firefly Gift Guide: Kitchen Collection
15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts for Families This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. It’s been a long year. It might feel like it’s hard to feel like celebrating the holidays with so much going on. But we believe that taking time to work on your mental health and enjoying the little things can help you to find more… Read More »15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts
Weighted blankets have changed the way my husband and I sleep, and now we won’t sleep without them! Weighted blankets are helpful for not just insomnia and anxiety, but for us; they have allowed us to sleep more soundly than ever before. This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Support content creators and… Read More »Weighted Blankets – What You Need To Know
8 Unique and Fun Menorahs In our home, we have a LOT of Hanukkah menorahs, from silly to traditional. And I love them all. We choose which one we will light for all 8 nights of Hanukkah and in the window, we have the basic Jewish Family Electric Plastic menorah that I think every family has. It’s fun, it’s useful, and it won’t burn down the house! So if you… Read More »Beautiful and Fun Hanukkah Menorahs
What You Need To Stock Up On For Emergencies If 2020 has taught us nothing, it was that crazy things can and often WILL happen and we should all be prepared. From storms, Covid-19, and economic closings, to illnesses and earthquakes we need to be prepared to stay home safely and care for our families. A couple of years ago, while we were living in Seattle, we met some of… Read More »Emergency Food Prep Tips
Home Coffee stations are popping up everywhere. And we know why! We love our home coffee station not just for feeling luxurious at home, but it also helps to keep everything all together and tidy! Making your own coffee station is easy, and we have a few inspirations to show you how you can create your own luxury coffee station. 26 Inspirational Home Coffee Station Ideas This post contains affiliate… Read More »26 Must Have Coffee Stations For Your Home
How To Host A Socially Distanced Thankgiving Your Friends And Family Will Enjoy Thanksgiving is almost here, and many of you are asking how you can have a fun Thanksgiving while keeping your friends and family safe from Covid. We are right there with you, collecting ideas and trying to make good decisions for the people we love as well. We share how you can host a social distanced Thanksgiving.… Read More »How To Host A Social Distanced Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to dress up my table and pull out my creative side. I love a beautiful tablescape that seems to make the food taste even better. These 17 Thanksgiving Tables each have a different character and style so you can mix and match for your perfect style. And of course, you know our modern farmhouse style will always be tossed in as well! This… Read More »17 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tables
Our family is the most important thing to me and the time we get to spend together is always cherished. Fall is one of our favorite times as a family. It’s so rich in traditions and memories. I love how the hustle and bustle of summer seems to slow down here as the weather starts to cool down. This week we pulled out those pumpkins and took some time for… Read More »Fall Family Fun
Thanksgiving is a special evening of friends, family, and fun. So hosting Thanksgiving Dinner takes some planning ahead. We have some great tips to help you host the best Thanksgiving Dinner party without the stress. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Store-bought. If you have something that you just love that you… Read More »How To Host The Best Thanksgiving Dinner
Hey everyone, I wanted to take a moment away from recipes and reviews to get personal and to share part of my story and struggles. I believe that when we can connect as humans, we become like fireflies and start to fill the darkness with our connections like sparks of light. It is only through sharing our struggles and our successes that we can reach out and connect with others. … Read More »Memory Markers and My Crappy Day
Fall is here and we have had a few months of getting used to socially distanced get-togethers. Today we have some fun ideas for entertaining outdoors on your patio this fall so you can continue to see your friends and family without taking risks during the pandemic. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. It’s been a long… Read More »How To Entertain Outdoors This Fall
This year, many of us are thinking about how we can celebrate Halloween a little differently than ever before. Staying home? We have a few Halloween themed activities to keep up the fun and stay safer at home. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Our children are all grown up, and some have families of their own.… Read More »How To Have A Spooktacular Social Distanced Halloween
While January is all about reflecting and making goals for the new year, February is the month of love. Whether you are excited about the DIY Valentine’s Day gift you have planned or you’d rather skip the holiday altogether, we encourage you to make this a month of showing love. Showing love means something different to each person. You may show your love by gifting the perfect present while others… Read More »How To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift
This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. CBD Bath bombs are one of my favorite ways to soften my skin and relax. I love the colorful water options and scents that make me feel like a kid again! I love the way my skin feels soft and silky after soaking in the tub, and the CBD soothes my… Read More »Why Do CBD Bath Bombs Feel So Nice?
It’s completely normal to feel stressed, especially when the world seems like it’s overwhelming. Personally, I’ve been struggling to keep motivated recently. So I’ve been reaching out to talk to my friends, family, and even my therapist about my feelings. Admitting that you are stressed isn’t a weakness! We have a list of ways that you can reduce stress and stay peaceful without leaving home. This post contains affiliate links.… Read More »15 Ways To Reduce Stress And Stay Peaceful
8 years ago, my best friend was killed in an accident that forever changed my life. He was “My Person” because unlike everyone else in my life, he was there the longest and knew the darkest parts of my life. And he loved me all through it, like a brother and like someone who understood trauma intimately. When he was gone, I was left in a world that suddenly had… Read More »It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
It’s been a long and crazy summer, and after taking a mental health break in June to try to wrap my mind around all, that’s been happening around the world. I’m back to work and trying to revive my energy to create some content. But let me tell ya, working from home is hard work! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added… Read More »Breathing New Life Into Working From Home
7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating In the “New Normal” As we continue spending more time at home due to the current climate, we have the opportunity to ask ourselves if we are setting the right boundaries for ourselves. Are you making enough time for self-care? When I say boundaries, I don’t necessarily mean from other people but rather from devices, substances, routines and expectations. The pandemic has for many hit… Read More »7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating the “New Normal”
Happy July! It’s hard to believe that summer is in full swing, July is here, and many of us are still doing our best to do everything we can to fight the infection rate from Covid-19. But this is also the time that many of us reflect back on bigger issues, like plastic pollution and waste. Here’s something scary: Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be… Read More »Plastic Free July- Tips for reducing your plastic use
Hey everyone, I’m back today. I’ve been in the kitchen a lot for the last few weeks, working on new recipes and spending a lot of time in the garden working on growing food for my family as well as working on my mental health. The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, and in June I felt like I was hitting a wall with all of the… Read More »I Took A Mental Health Break
Finding calm during stressful times isn’t easy. But we have some tips that we hope might help. We’ve been talking a lot about how 2020 was one of the most stressful years for many people. Just as scary, millions of people are out of work and wondering how they will be able to feed their children, pay their bills, or when they will be able to go back to work.… Read More »Finding Calm During Stressful Times
Where To Buy Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer To Fight Covid-19 Hey everyone, we have some good news for you. After looking high and low, we have located face masks and hand sanitizer! I found them this morning and I’m so excited to share with all of you where you can not only buy, but they are on sale! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission… Read More »Where to buy face masks and hand sanitizer
Last Minute Gifts For Mother’s Day – What Mom’s Really Want Mother’s Day is just a week away and like so many, we are still staying safe at home. Like so many Moms, my children are all grown up and I miss the days of homemade cards, breakfast in bed, and listening to them tell me they think their gift was “just right.” These days, my children are wide spread,… Read More »Gifts That Mom Really Wants
Hey everyone, we introducing our new blog sponsors – Dropps. We have been using their products for a couple of weeks and I’m excited to share them with you. In celebration of Earth Day, we also have news about how to save money while saving the Earth. Let’s dig in and talk about Dropps! Not only is Dropps they are great company with wholesome products, but they sponsor our blog so… Read More »Tackling Plastic Pollution with Dropps
Spring is here and before you know it, Mother’s day will be upon us. Today we have a great DIY that you can do with the kids for Mom or make yourself to send to someone special. But don’t forget to make a few for yourself! Seed bombs are easy to make, they are fun great gifts, and you can make them ahead of time and store them for when… Read More »DIY Seed Bombs
If you had more time to focus on your health and wellbeing, what would you do? Well this is the time for many of us that we suddenly have the time, what are you doing with it? For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to self-quarantine to limit risks of getting Covid-19 because I have Lyme Disease and complications. And I’m loving the Better Me that’s coming out of… Read More »How Staying Home Has Improved My Life
Like most Americans, I love a good latte. Not too sweet, not too bitter, a romance between cream and espresso, those are the qualities of a good latte for me. So when I travel finding a good latte is almost a challenge that I always accept. This visit to London I wanted to get away from the touristy things that I’ve done before and try something different… a coffee crawl… Read More »Coffee Crawl – London
Ready to make your own hand sanitizer? We have an easy recipe that not only soothes your hands, but leaves them clean when you can’t get to soap and water. Let me stress this very clearly, please wash your hands with soap and water. This is not a replacement for good hygiene and this is NOT to be used around your face and eyes! Click to go to… Read More »Soothing DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
These days everyone has a side hustle. We all want to make a little extra money for travel, going out, or doing something fun. I’ve been a blogger for many years, and I’ve found how easy it is to make some extra cash while pursuing my dream of being a writer. Working from home is how I earn money to travel, go out, and even treat myself to a massage.… Read More »10 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Cash Working From Home
When the body experiences stress, the result is typically anxiety. Upon exposure to a stressor, the endocrine system triggers the release of stress hormones like cortisol. They govern the body’s fight, flight, or freeze responses. The person experiences the sensation of ‘butterflies in their stomach’ as they feel apprehensive and uncertain of an outcome. That’s how people experience regular anxiety. However, when it becomes so severe and frequent that it… Read More »5 Alternative Ways to Deal With Anxiety
Image by Pexels We couldn’t be happier about this new downsized lifestyle trend where people decide to live in smaller homes, sell off valuables and generally make small adjustments to simplify their lives. Living with less is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint and overall environmental impact, but it’s also a great way to live a happier and more meaningful life. One obvious contributor to this… Read More »How to Declutter Your Home and Still Be Kind to the Earth
Moving from one house to a new one can be so exciting. But it’s also one of the most stressful experiences. From finding a new home, uprooting your life, and saying good-bye to friends and family. There a lot of emotion happening in a big move. That’s why we wanted to share our moving plan and how we managed to unpack all of our boxes without going crazy! This week… Read More »Tips For Moving Without Losing Your Mind
A welcoming home is always ready for impromptu guests, but having that guest-ready home doesn’t mean you have to hire a cleaning service and a chef! We share some easy tricks to creating a cozy home for your guests that won’t break the bank. We promise you won’t have to get up at dawn to start cooking and cleaning. Being prepared is the hardest tip, since sometimes surprise guests catch… Read More »5 Right Now Steps To A Guest Ready Home
Everywhere you go, it is starting to feel like the holidays are here. Last winter, we moved back to the East Coast to be closer to our friends and family. We spent 5 years in the Seattle area, made great new friends. But home will always be Maryland. This will be our first Hanukkah in our new house. After a long wait, we are all moved into our farmhouse, and… Read More »What Is Hanukkah?
Hey Everyone! We know a lot of you are packing up for some last minute summer adventures. Don’t forget these packing essentials! We gathered a few essential tips for your last minute getaway! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) When I go on a solo travel trip, I don’t… Read More »Packing Essentials – Must Haves
Do you have a travel bucket list? Daydream about locations beyond your borders? I do too. I am always reading about fantastic places to explore and I’ve been thinking a lot about the places on my bucket list and trying to turn them into a To-Do list instead. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at… Read More »My Travel Bucket List
The weather is warming up, and I have been daydreaming about road tripping. I love road trips. I’ve been on a few fantastic road trips with friends that have been some of my favorite memories. It’s so much fun just picking up a week’s worth of clothes, a pillow, and getting in the car and getting away from home. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link… Read More »Tips To Make Your Road Trip The Best Ever
Recently on a long flight from Seattle to Baltimore, I realized that that traveling with an introvert like myself can be a puzzle for many who might not understand the complexity of an introvert’s mind. Even though we love to travel and explore the world, we also have some special requirements in order to prevent us from just getting overwhelmed and having a breakdown. Being an introvert doesn’t mean we… Read More »7 Things You Need To Know About Traveling With An Introvert
When I was a kid I was a picky eater. I had a handful of things that I considered edible and anything else was left behind. No amount of begging and bargaining would get me to eat my veggies. My family tried everything to convince me that veggies were good to eat and not for feeding the dog. I, however, wasn’t convinced. I remember one evening my Gram had made… Read More »Please Pass the Peas: Chickpea Pot Pie Recipe
So many people, including myself, suffer through Fibromyalgia pain. The day-to-day pain can be mind-numbing and just thinking of going to the gym feels unattainable. But you can do more without having to trek to the gym to help your body to feel better and stay healthy. Today’s post comes to us from The Health Review‘s contributor and editor Debra Cochran. We know that using CBD before exercising helps to keep your… Read More »8 Gym-Free Exercises for People with Fibromyalgia
The youngest of our 5 is about to be a sophomore in high school this year. And as I was reminiscing about how fast these last 15 years have gone for her, I realized that I only have a few more years left to make sure she is ready to take those important steps into her own adult world. The Teens are now preparing for life away from home. This… Read More »10 Life Skills Teens Should Know Before Going To College
I will not be told that my body isn’t good enough. I will not be fat shamed by commercials trying to get me to believe that now that the new year is here, I need to suddenly change my evil ways. NO.
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) A few weeks ago I headed back to the doctor for more blood work. It’s routine, part of surviving life with Lyme Disease and trying to beat this epidemic of death that has been floating around lately. Anyways, they did a bunch of… Read More »I want my Gluten and Dairy!!
Skincare is about more than what you put on your body. You also want to focus on eating correctly and getting a nice supply of antioxidant rich fruits that replenish everything your skin needs to repair itself.
Bath Bombs are so relaxing and a great way to give yourself some self-love. What if you could not only soothe your mind and soak away aches and pains with natural CBD without the high cost of trendy CBD bath bombs? We have that easy DIY for you! How do CBD Bath bombs make you feel better? CBD soothes pain and reduces inflammation. Used topically, it can also settle skin… Read More »DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet We love Chicago! The city is easy to navigate, there are plenty of things to see and do for all ages. Short on time? Here are 5 things you must do while in Chicago. The River tours – We like the river tours of Chicago. They are a great way to see the architectural beauty of Chicago, learn some… Read More »5 Things You Must See and Do In Chicago!
I always have lemons in my kitchen. I use them in everything from my morning seltzer water to cleaning.
Did you know that lemons are high in potassium? You need potassium for clear thinking, balancing your blood pressure, and works with sodium to temper your body’s water balance.
Every summer we have an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies that come from both our own garden and the weekly Farmer’s Markets that we visit. But the trick is finding ways to use them all up before they go back. Plan Ahead! When you have an idea ahead of time about what is coming into season and how you are going to use it, you won’t be left scrambling… Read More »Kitchen Tricks – Summer Veggies
Nobody prepares you for the pain.
No, not the pain of childbirth, the pain of parenting adults. When your little perfect baby has grown up with your love, wisdom, and becomes someone else… an adult.
When we got married, we had a lot of crazy things on our minds. For us, it was already complicated. We started things off by throwing every obstacle in the world at our marriage. We launched right into having a family, not a small one.. one cute kid and a dog, but a large one ending in 5 kids, dogs, cats, and a ton of debt that we managed to… Read More »In sickness and in health