• Turkey & Cheese Stromboli

    I spent some time today organizing and cleaning out my fridge. I am listening to Marie Kondo’s audiobook on the Libby app (it’s a totally free app and it’s amazing so you should check it out) and I am trying to minimize things in my life. I purged quite a few things that I didn’t love in my fridge, plus got a good cleaning in on the side compartments… who knew they could get so dirty. While organizing and cleaning the fridge, somehow, my pizza dough managed to pop open and well, I’m not going to throw away perfectly good dough, so thinking back to my previous recipe…

  • Amazon Secrets – The Guide to Promo Codes and Discounts

    Raise of hands – who shops on Amazon? I’m raising both my hands! I literally shop on Amazon all the time, for ALL the things, because it has everything my little heart can desire! Plus, it saves me time from having to load up the kids and run to the store to try and find something that I could just order and have delivered to my front door in a matter of days. That right there is the biggest reason I shop on Amazon. The ability to pop open your Amazon app on your phone and type in what you need is power at your finger tips. Having…

  • Coconut Macaroons

    Every year around Christmas time I try to put together a little “goodie bag” of baked treats and share them with my neighbors. Our neighborhood is a pretty close bunch and they often help share an egg or sugar when you need it most so this is something I like to do just as a small thank you. This year on the menu where chocolate truffles, these coconut macaroons, and  cookies packed into a cute little metal tin and served by my oldest to their front door. Doing little things like this and showing EJ how to be kind and learn to give rather than recieve is a…

  • Instant Pot Chicken and Orzo

    Instant Pot’s are such a miraculous creation. It’s perfect for quick dinners, making the flavors triple due to the cooking technique. Can you tell I love mine? I’m still trying new things with it and this was one of those recipes that I would normally cook on the stove and bake in the oven, but I converted it into an instant pot creation! The other awesome part about this whole thing is that you can make it all in one place, so less dirty dishes and less clean up. Heck yes! Less dirty dishes! That is music to my ears! This is a simple recipe, so even good…

  • Potty Training a 2 Year old

    Today was day 1 (my second go of day 1) on our attempt to potty train my almost 2 1/2 year old, who hasn’t shown any interest in using the big boy potty what so ever. Yesterday, I attempted it for the first time and that lasted all of about an hour before he peed through all three pairs of brand new underwear that I had bought him. After that, back into the diaper we went. Today, a fresh day, and I figured it was worth a second shot.  When I potty trained my now 5 year old, it seemed like it was a breeze. Maybe we had…

  • Russian Blini (blintzes)

    These Russian crepes are also known as thin pancakes, crepes, blinchiki or blini are a common morning breakfast in our household.  Sometimes your sweet tooth gets the best of you. I know that is the case for me at least. I usually end up looking in the pantry a few times a day grazing and looking for something sweet to eat. My morning routine however, is pretty straightforward on most days. I usually keep it simple by eating Special K and cutting up some fresh strawberries in there. My kids love blini which are the Russian version of crepes. There is also the savory kind of blinchiki, which…

  • Questions to Ask Your Property Managers

    In the past two years, my husband and I have taken the jump into investment properties and set a goal for ourselves to try and purchase at least 1 property a year. We bought our first house, a duplex in Spokane, WA in December 2017. We closed on our second property, a 4plex in Ohio, in December 2018. Our Spokane property I bought sight unseen. Literally! Hadn’t stepped foot in it and it took me around 8 months before I even had a chance to see it in person! My husband happened to be hunting over in Eastern Washington and drove the two hours to Spokane and walked…

  • The Best Vegetable Fried Brown Rice

     Packed with hidden vegetables, this fried rice is healthy, delicious and kid approved! Fried rice is a favorite in my home, especially because I can hide vegetables in there and both the kids eat it and don’t have the option to pick the veggies out because they are so finely chopped and mixed in that they couldn’t tell! I call that a mom win my friends – and once you try it out yourself, you’ll think so too! I started off by using left over brown rice. I mean, if you have it and don’t know what to do with it, making fried rice is always an appropriate…

  • Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

    A perfect soup for the cold weather months, to warm you up and fill your tummy. This version of the classic “chicken and wild rice soup” was designed specifically for the instant pot and specifically as a vegetarian version.  If you’d like to include chicken in the soup, by all means, do it! But for this recipe, I decided we’d focus more on the vegetables and make that the star of the show. Have you taken the plunge and bought an Instant Pot yet? I know a few people that are still on the fence, but this is literally the best and my favorite cooking tool I have…

  • Date Your Spouse – Printable Quiz Cards

    Hi Friends! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!  Whether you’d like to celebrate with a fancy dinner or a romantic night at home, all that matters is that you spend time with your special someone. Slow down, reconnect and cherish your time together. Have a meaningful conversation with your partner. Sit down with a hot cup of tea (or wine) reminisce on shared memories and maybe, you’ll even learn something you didn’t know about each other. Remembering to date your spouse is something every relationship needs, otherwise we get stuck in the day to day and forget what really got us there to begin with. But how…