How to: Build Raised Garden Beds

It’s almost fall here in Florida, which means I’ve been getting my garden ready!

I planted cucumbers and pumpkins inside our house starting in August (it was WAY too hot here to be growing ANYTHING here).

In September, I moved them onto the patio and moved the sprouts to bigger pots.

Hubby and I (with a little help from the girls) put up a fence next to our chicken coop. It’s 16 feet by 16 feet off the side of the coop, which is 4 feet wide. The entire “garden” area is 16-by-20.

Hubby tilled inside this area and we put river rocks 1 foot around the edge of the inside of the fence.

Inside the fence, we are putting 4 foot by 6 foot raised garden beds. We used 1x6x6 and 1x6x4 and screwed them into 4×4 posts stacked three high. To make the beds 18 inches high.

We then stapled landscape mesh underneath each bed.

We then filled them with potting soil and we are starting to put out sprouts in it!

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Recipe Share: Homemade Blueberry Muffins

With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.

I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!

I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!

So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.

I wanted to use whole wheat flour.

I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.


So this is what ended up bring my recipe:

1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp lemon zest

2 tbsp lemon juice

(for both lemon zest and juice I used one whole lemon, but only the juice from half)

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1 large egg white

1 cup 2 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup blueberries


It sounds like a lot, but it’s not!

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes.





From this…To that!

Last year for Halloween, my girls were Snow White and a Bumblebee.

And it was adorable. See for yourself:


But I wanted them to have matching candy holders for each of their costumes.

I wasn’t finding what I wanted online or anywhere for that matter.

So I made them myself.

When I was younger, we just used good ol’ pillowcases for Trick-or-Treating.

1) There’s no way my kids can carry a big pillowcase

2) They don’t need that much candy

So I went to Wal-Mart and bought two regular orange Jack-O-lantern pumpkins. Then, I got brown packing tape and some red duct tape.

When I got home, I wrapped each pumpkin in it’s respective tape until the orange and the faces were no longer visible.

For Emma’s, I did an apple since she was Snow White and finished it off with some green ribbon wrapped around the handle.

For Addie’s, my bumblebee, I took black permanent marker and wrote “HUNNY” on it (like Pooh).

All in all, the project probably took me a day to complete (during nap time and after bedtime)

And my kids had one-of-a-kind Halloween treat bags.

This year, we are going as the Sanderson sisters (from Hocus Pocus) so they will have little cauldrons as their treat bags.

More on our costumes and those in a later post!

Happy Halloween!


Homeschool Guilt

So we had kind of a big thing happen in our lives recently and I’ve been hesitant to post about it online for fear of judgement.

But keeping it in has proved very hard on me and my family.

My daughter, Emma, recently started preschool.

But wait? Wasn’t I homeschooling? Yes. I was.

And I still am.

After our cruise, it was clear that both of our girls have a very hard time separating from us.

It’s been nearly 4 years and very few days apart.

So, Emma started going to a local high school just 2 days a week, 3 hours per day and has been doing wonderfully!

She hasn’t cried once. She has picked out her outfits and packed her backpack and picked out her snacks every day.

But we are also still planning on doing school here at home.

As my husband told me, we are merely using this as a “tool” to help her learn something I can’t teach her- separation from me.

He said it’s just like if I would take her for Algebra classes or Spanish classes or anything else.

It was very hard for me. I almost felt like I had lost my identity as a “homeschool mom.” And if I wasn’t that, what was I?

I felt like I had failed at homeschooling.

But I didn’t.

And I haven’t.

The End.

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How to Survive a Hurricane…with Toddlers

I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.

I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.

I’ve seen streets flood.

I’ve had the power go out.

I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.

We throw Hurricane parties.

Until we have kids.

Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…

Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:

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Homemade Granola Bars

Who does’t love a good granola bar?

My oldest daughter recently took a liking to them, which I was thrilled about!

They’re a healthy snack and one more thing she’ll actually eat! SCORE!

Except, I was paying $5 for 5 granola bars. Yikes.

And she would eat like one a day.

So pretty much every week, I was buying another box of granola bars.

I decided I wanted to try to make my own. How bad could it be? I had made granola before, so why not granola bars?

I scoured the Interwebs for recipes.

I wanted something with chocolate chips.

But still chewy.

Must be toddler approved.

I ended up using parts and pieces of a few different recipes. Here’s what I came up with:

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Olympic Crafts

We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!

These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!

It’s been so fun sharing it with them!


Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.

We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.

They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.

Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:


This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.


They were quite simple:

Two toilet paper rolls

Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)


Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames

And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition

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Recipe Share: Peach Jam

Back in May, we went peach picking at our neighbor’s orchard.

I spent a week cutting and pitting and freezing and cooking and baking peaches.

Last month, I decided I wanted to attempt to make Peach Jam. Usually, I make my strawberry jam in a bread maker, but it always comes out a little to runny for our family’s tastes.

So, this time, I decided to make it on the stove.

I attempted to make a no-pectin recipe, but it was looking too liquid to me, so I added pectin to it (following the directions on the pectin)

Here’s what my recipe ended up being:

One gallon-size Ziplock bag of frozen peaches (when I bagged them, it was probably 3-4 peaches)

2 1/2 cups sugar

Juice from 1 lemon

2 teaspoons fruit pectin

Cook down the frozen peaches, add sugar and lemon juice. Once all ingredients are melded in the pot, I poured into a mason jar and have been enjoying it on toast, PBJ and more!


DIY: Stand-Up Craft Table

I’ve been asking for a craft table for I don’t know how long. 

For my birthday, my husband came home with wood. LOL

And built me a craft table for my new Cricut.

For the legs of the table, he used 2X2s. For the top piece, he went to a local lumber yard, Lakeland Lumber, and got a 22×36 piece of white wood.

We (meaning he) attached the legs of the table with these nifty little things:


You screw these plates to the bottom of the table. Then, you pre-drill holes in the 2X2s and screwed in the threads. After that, you just screw the legs into the plates. Easy peasy!


At first, I thought I wanted my table to be 40″ from the floor. Once we put it in the room, I changed my mind (it’s a woman’s right!) and decided I wanted it to be 36″ so we took it back to the garage and out 4″ off the legs with a mitre saw.

My craft room is teal and white, so we bought spray paint and are going to paint the top teal and the legs white.


Birthday Party: Flamingo & Pineapple

Hello, August!

Which also means it’s MY BIRTHDAY (month)!


This year, I decided to do a Flamingo & Pineapple theme, which was SO FUN! And very apropos because it’s the summer!

Plus, the Dollar Store had TONS of party supplies!!

I started by printing out several printables and putting them in picture frames all around the house.


Then, I created a banner for the fireplace. I hand-cut flamingos and pineapples.


Then, my husband gave me my birthday present: a FUCKING Cricut!!!!!!!!


Complete game changer.

Every day for 4 days after, I made something for my party. So far, I’ve made a pineapple and flamingo shirt, plus a flamingo mug and a cake topper.


For the food, we had TONS of pineapple! I made a strawberry tree with a pineapple top, Hawaiian tortellini salad, sausage and pineapple bites, spinach and strawberry said with poppyseed dressing, plus watermelon and grapes.


Here are some more details from the party:

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Pineapple sunglasses: Oriental Trading


Pineapple cups: Party City

Hair Clips: Peace Love and Glitz


Aloha Cake Topper: Jolee Studio


Flamingo cookie cutter & pool float: Amazon

All in all, it was a great party!


If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! Leave a comment below!





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