• Life,  Parenthood

    Why you should get yourself a planner.

    This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more info:) I need some structure. I enjoy having a to-do list. My toddler, my pets, my husband, my house, just run more smoothly on a schedule. I have officially been back at it as a stay at home mama for almost a month. It’s been amazing, and stressful, and a little isolating, but we’re finding our groove. Surprisingly, one of the biggest struggles so far is keeping myself busy and getting done what I want to get done, while simultaneously feeling like I’m not doing enough “nothing” with Everest. The procrastinator in me has been poking around, making me think I’ve got all the time in…

  • Parenthood

    Potty training: Nakedness and bribery.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially daytime potty trained, hallelujah! #byebyediapers. Our sweet little Ever has figured it out, just shy of two and a half years old. Unfortunately, his addiction to apple juice makes nighttime a whole different ballgame that we are no where near winning. But we’ll get there eventually. I’d like to think we are just great parents… but in all honesty, I think they decide when they’re ready;) Now remember, every kid is incredibly different, and I am by no means an expert on potty training, or parenting in general, let’s be real here. What worked for us might be totally and completely useless to you. But after lots of questions,…

  • Soups & Chilis

    Hearty Veggie Chili

    This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more info: Who doesn’t love a big ole bowl of comfort? Especially one packed with all your veg for the day! Living in the midwest means insanely long and crazy cold winters. When it snows 6… sometimes 7, or maybe even 8 months out of the year, you’ve got no choice but to adapt!  Good snow boots, a resilient state of mind, and warm hearty comfort food.  Anyways, back to chili! Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good meaty chili just as much as the next person, but I promise, you won’t miss it. Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I made a few additions and…