Keeping it Simple

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Gift Ideas for Father's Day {MMM #332 Block Party}

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  It's time to start breaking out the Summer Decor and we're already gearing up for Father's Day at our house.  Here are some ideas to inspire:

Sunday, May 22, 2016

20 Copy Cat Recipes {MMM #331 Block Party}

We love eating out but sometimes you can make your restaurant favorites right at home for just a fraction of their menu price. Here are 20 awesome copycat recipes that will have you drooling
Great Copycat recipes such a good list of our favorite recipe knock off recipes

Monday, May 16, 2016

Easy DIY Huggies Diaper and Wipes Pouch


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It's sad to say and hard to believe, but my "baby" isn't really a baby anymore.  He is a full blown, high energy, toddler!  I get excited for when they get to the toddler age because they become more independent and I don't have to lug around a huge diaper bag where ever we go. But one down side of not having a diaper bag is when we are out and about and I need to change him and I don't have diapers... it's not a good combination.  Since I'm done with the diaper bag and never plan on buying one again, I decided to make a diaper and wipes pouch instead.  It was super easy to make and it's super cute and it goes perfectly in my purse (rather than just having a diaper and wipes in there, this looks so much better!).  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

5 Cheese Baked Ziti Pasta Recipe with Homestyle Sauce


At our house, we are huge fans of pasta.  It's by far our favorite kind of food, everyone loves it and eats it so well.  The best part about pasta is that there is so many varieties so my family doesn't just get sick and bored of one dish.  And I love of times I can take one dish and change it up a little bit and it's like a whole new meal that I know my family will love!  Our favorite kind of sauce is definitely the traditional spaghetti sauce so when I found out that Ragu came out with a new line of Homestyle sauces, I was super excited about trying them out! They are thicker and heartier and they taste like homemade sauce! The taste and the texture of it brought me back to when I was growing up and the homemade sauce that my mom made for spaghetti, it was so good!  I picked up a bottle of the new sauce and made a 5 cheese baked ziti with it and it was sooooo good.  My whole family loved it and it was so easy to make!  We will definitely be making this dish lots!



Sunday, May 8, 2016

20+ Tips, Crafts and Ideas for your Garden {MMM #329 Block Party}

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you wonderful women and mothers out there!  I hope that you had a wonderful day filled with love!

Spring is here and it's time to start thinking about the outside of your house!  Here are 20 great ideas to get you started!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Keepsake School Papers Binder with Printable



School papers.... I have a love/hate relationship with them.  I love to look back at them and see all the cute things my kids used to do back when they were younger, but I hate the craziness of them!!  Please tell me I am not the only one that has piles of school papers that I want to keep and has no clue what to do with them!  I have three kids in school (four beginning next year) so my piles are really starting to get big.  So I came up with an idea to help control the craziness of the papers, I made each one of my kids a binder.  Then I made some super cute printables to go with them.  I made the printables as a title page and made two sizes.  One is a full page that can go into page protector and one is smaller, perfect for using an inkjet label printer or anything similar for custom printables.  You could have just one binder for all the papers or you could do one binder (or even a basket with a label on it)  per year, either way it's a great way to keep all of the papers organized.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

14 Handmade Teacher Gifts {MMM #328 Block Party}

I don't know about you, but teacher appreciation week is upon us and I haven't started anything for my kids teachers.  Check out some of these ideas if you're scrambling too.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12 Kid Activities that are Clever and Fun {MMM #327 Block Party}

Whether it's raining out or you've just had too much sun, these 12 clever kids activities will keep the the whole family happy.
Clever kid activities. Easy DIY crafts and kid projects perfect for summer fun and rainy days.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mommy's Secret Stash Container Tutorial with Recipe and Printable


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When I became a mom 11 years ago I had no clue what I was getting myself into.  I wasn't unfamiliar with kids considering I am the youngest of nine and by the time my first baby came around I had 26 nieces and nephews (I was born an aunt even).  I watched my nieces and nephews all the time and watched my siblings be parents.  I remember going into a store and seeing a parent yell or drag their kid into the store and thinking "I will never be that kind of parent, I will never do that to MY kid".  Little did I know that I would be that kind of parent more often than I would like to admit.  Being a mom is hard.  It's hard work and stressful and challenging and some days just plain suck.  But at the same time it's wonderful and so great too and there are days that are so awesome and so much fun and so rewarding.  For the days that aren't so great, I decided to make myself a little stash of treats and gum to get myself through the day.  Because some days you just need to hide from your kids and eat something to get yourself through the day :).