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  • 10 Tips for Homeschooling Success

    After a tumultuous ending to the last school year, here comes another one. Yes, the 2020-2021 school year is upon us. Some of you are sending your kids back to school, some of you are taking advantage of virtual school, and some of you have decided to homeschool. All of these options differ in a […]

  • Copycat Chipotle Guacamole

    Do you want to know something surprising? I never liked avocados and definitely not guacamole, until I was in my late twenties. I have no idea why it took me so long to fall in love with both. Of course, my husband and I both feel in love with chargrilled oysters only a few years […]

  • Strawberry Mint Smash Cocktail

    It’s mid-summer and it’s hot! Hot enough for all the refreshing drinks. I love fixing and creating new cocktails during summer. This summer is no different, especially, since I can’t go out safely and get one. I’ve been mulling over what to make for weeks now. I always like to make things that are in […]

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    Hamburger Soup

    There isn’t a soup that I’ve tasted and didn’t like. Soup is just so comforting to me. Whether it’s a potato soup, vegetable soup, or tortilla soup – I love it all! Today, I thought I’d share a soup recipe that I make a few times a year – Hamburger Soup. Of course, I love […]

  • Stairway Wall Before & After

    Sometimes you have to wait for inspiration to strike to figure out a project. We’ve been in our home for 9 years now and I’m starting to see spaces in a whole new light. Maybe working out more regularly is helping my brain after all. HA! Our stairway wall (the wall downstairs that hides the […]

  • 30 Day Workout Review

    Over a month ago, I finally got enough energy to start working on a new fitness/wellness journey. For weeks, I had been mulling over whether to tackle a new diet, start running, fast, get more serious about these gut health products, or workout a lot. What should I do to be a better Crystal? My […]

  • Supermoms are REAL

    The struggle is real – the Mom struggle that is. Across the world, Moms are putting in the extra work to take care of themselves and their families. We are shouldering it all – working from home, homeschooling the kids, the bills, ALL the meals,  and did I mention – ALL THE DISHES? So maybe […]

  • Cozy Back Porch

    As you know, I’ve been completing a lot of work on the exterior of our home. It’s been about 2 months and we finally finished our back porch! It wasn’t long ago that I shared the design for the back porch with you. I had started the design process and realized I should map things […]

  • 8 Things You’re Probably Searching for Right Now

    Essential worker or not, one thing is true and that is that we are all spending more time on the internet, unfortunately even my kids. So what has everyone been doing on the internet and what are people buying? Zoom, Animal Crossing, Facetime games, DIY haircuts, and kindergarten workbooks are some of the trending topics […]

  • Cozy Back Porch Mood Board Design

    There are a lot of things I didn’t plan this year that have just happened. Some bad things and some good things. Getting things done on the outside was rather low on the list. However, updating our home exterior is one seemingly small project that has turned into a rather big update. A few days […]

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    4 Ways to Make Life With a Senior Dog Enjoyable

    We love our dog, Kipsy, though he isn’t quite a baby anymore. Our family dog, a Maltese, has been a part of our family since he was 8 weeks old. My husband and I remember picking him out and bringing him home, like it was yesterday. Now that he is 12 years old that makes […]

  • Our Favorite Kid’s Toys & Games

    We’ve always been big on creative play in this house. But being stuck inside the house has made playtime that more valuable. Yes, there is plenty of work to be done but I’m a firm believer that playing is just as beneficial for young kids. So, I thought it would be fun if I shared […]

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