3 Easy Ways to Clean Your Home More Naturally

3 ways to clean naturally

Just as I've been trying to move my family's diet to more natural, whole foods I also have made it a priority to clean my home with natural products whenever possible. As someone with a background in science and chemistry I've always been hyper aware of what I'm using in my home, especially since I became a mother.  My three young boys walk around … [Read more...]

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3 Times You Should Say NO to Cleaning #MoreSpring

home cleaning by Homejoy #More Spring

It's here.  Spring Cleaning time.  I post each year with my tips and tricks for spring cleaning your home but today I thought I'd switch it up for you...today we're talking about when NOT to clean.  Here are 3 times in life you should just say no to cleaning, trust me, you'll be better off for it! When You're Having a Major Life Event Before … [Read more...]

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Skinny Gut Secrets-How Gut Bacteria Causes Weight Gain (and what to do about it!)

Skinny Gut Secrets

I've struggled my entire life with digestive problems-doctor after doctor have called it Irritable Bowel Syndrome and sent me home with a variety of medicines, none of which made a difference in my everyday life.  At best, I would feel bloated and sick after meals, at worst I didn't even want to leave the house because I never knew when I would … [Read more...]

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How to Fake Flawless Skin-Without Caked On Makeup!

how to fake a flawless face

As I'm getting a little, ahem, older a lot of the decisions of my younger years are catching up with me.  In particular, my habit of baking in the sun while growing up in Virginia Beach is causing some age spots and fine lines to pop up-fun stuff right? I've never been a huge fan of heavy makeup so I've been on a quest to find makeup that gives … [Read more...]

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Holiday Gift Guide

2014 holiday gift guide

As a mom to 3 little guys and adding homeschooling to the mix-I am a HUGE fan of online shopping. It is no fun to shop with my kids in tow-I avoid it at all costs! This year I became a member of ShopRunner which is just about the best way to shop online-you get free two days shipping from a TON of retailers, free returns, and exclusive deals just … [Read more...]

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Serene Coastal Bedroom Reveal: Part 2

bedroom coastal blue and white

If you've been keeping up on our decorating progress in our new home you already can see that there have been two pretty big additions to the master bedroom in the last few weeks-my gorgeous oil painting finally arrived and we have a brand new ah-mazing headboard courtesy of Birch Lane. I wanted to create a serene, coastal bedroom-but first, let me … [Read more...]

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Heading into Fall and my Leather Bag Obsession

duluth leather bag working mom

Today I wanted to share one of my new favorite outfits-especially as we get those random cooler days when you can tell that autumn is just around the corner. The skinny jeans are Old Navy, and they are just enough dressed up with heels to make me feel fancy, even at the grocery store.  The heels are Kenneth Cole Reaction from last year-found at … [Read more...]

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Organizing Tips for {Attempting} to “Do It All”

weekly homeschool planning sharpie

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all opinions are my own. #PMedia #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I get a lot of questions from people about how I "do it all," to which I respond "I don't!" But, I will say that I do a lot: a stay at home mom to three boys … [Read more...]

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How to Save Money on Kid’s Clothes

moxie jean haul

It's back to school time and while we're homeschooling this year, buying new clothes for the kiddos is still at the top of my to-do list. My three boys grow so fast and while I love buying them cute clothes, I hate how quickly the prices add up. That's why I'm so excited to share with you my awesome new secret weapon-Moxie … [Read more...]

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Nutella No Bake Cookie Recipe

nutella no bake cookies recipe

It's no secret that the kitchen is my favorite room in my house...I've talked numerous times about how sad I was to leave behind the kitchen I designed in our old house in North Carolina when we recently moved to Washington, DC. Despite not having my dream kitchen in our rental right now, I still enjoy spending most of my time there-and engaging my … [Read more...]

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Haven Conference and #RealTastesGood

bag of bars Haven Conference

So I promised you last week that I would tell you all about the amazing Haven Conference I went to last weekend! For those that don't know, Haven is a DIY/Home blogging conference held in Atlanta each year.  Over 350 bloggers come together to meet with brands, take classes, and network, network, network! I headed out Thursday morning leaving my … [Read more...]

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The New Kitchen and Spotlight: Uncommon Goods

plant nanny

I've been avoiding showing y'all the kitchen. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just not, well, my old kitchen.  Remember the old kitchen? Let's reminiscence for a minute:   She was a beauty.  Because we built the last house from scratch I was able to pick every finish and it was my happy place at the last house. Here … [Read more...]

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