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August 4, 2020

Wanna talk about a snack that I can’t make fast enough? It’s these easy gluten free energy balls, and they taste like double chocolate chip cookie dough, you guys! SO. GOOD. I’ve tested and tweaked a bunch of different recipes, and this one is our family’s very favorite combo. This is a big recipe that […]

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Wanna talk about a snack that I can’t make fast enough? It’s these easy gluten free energy balls, and they taste like double chocolate chip cookie dough, you guys! SO. GOOD. I’ve tested and tweaked a bunch of different recipes, and this one is our family’s very favorite combo. This is a big recipe that […]

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August 4, 2020

gnat sticky strips

Y’all, I have worked long and hard to start to become a Plant Lady, and I will not be outdone by the tiny little gnats I’m now discovering around my green babies! Just when I thought I had the hang of this houseplant thing, I started noticing a few gnats…and then a few more…and then […]

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August 3, 2020

jane well woven vintage rug

After months of design meetings, concept planning and a trip to New York to the company’s studio, my custom rug line with Well Woven is finally here!! (See my NYC design trip HERE!) It was such a cool experience to be part of the design process from the start, choosing colors, patterns, textures and even […]

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July 28, 2020

Since we are all staying home more and more these days, I’m trying to find creative ways to make our space interesting, fun and cozy for the kiddos. They currently share a bunk room, and I thought adding a simple reading nook for kids in one corner could be a sweet little spot for snuggles […]

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July 14, 2020

straw bag agolde shorts summer style

Ever thought about trying a capsule wardrobe? If you’ve ever stood in your overstuffed closet and still couldn’t find anything you truly loved to wear, then a wardrobe capsule might be for you! I started doing these almost 8 years ago, and it has changed the way I spend money, helped me examine WHY it […]

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July 9, 2020

We recently painted the exterior of our brick home to make it feel more like “us,” and we also added cedar shutters. See the finished exterior HERE! Once we did that, our very dark (and very weathered) wood front door no longer went with the exterior of the house. Instead of spending additional money to […]

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July 2, 2020

cottage style home exterior front porch

We have spent some time and budget on redoing the exterior of our home after dreaming and saving for a few years, and it has truly made the house feel so much more like “us” than it did before! We painted the brick [see BEFORE + AFTER HERE] after testing out numerous paint colors [winning […]

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June 15, 2020

Listen. I am no gardener. I can keep a very limited amount of very specific (read: hard to kill) plants alive [evidence HERE 😉], but I would like to learn! We have two groupings of hydrangeas at our house, one on the east side and one on the south. Pretty sure the plants on the […]

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June 11, 2020

gluten free lemon cookies with glaze

Recipe initially inspired by Southern Plate and My Gluten Free Kitchen with a few tweaks to make it work for our GF family! Okay people, our easy gluten free Lemon Scooties cookies are here for ya just in time for a sweet summer treat! Not really sure how we got started calling them Lemon Scooties […]

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May 29, 2020

laundry room refresh open shelves

We’ve been putting off this project ever since we moved into our home almost 7 years ago, and now we’re wondering why we waited so long! This 2 day laundry room renovation was a long time coming, and it feels so good to be done. Looking back, I think I was (sadly and embarrassingly) too […]

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May 28, 2020

learning games apps for kids

Normally when school is finally out for summer, my attitude towards routines, schedules and learning goals is SEE YA LATER!!! I usually look forward to a relaxed vibe with nothing on our calendar except chilling and resting and doing whatever we want (it feels like MY summer break too, because we do part-time homeschool, ha! […]

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May 21, 2020

matching outfits mom and daughter

One of my girls’ absolute favorite things at this age is to match outfits with each other and with mom. I know it won’t last forever, but while they still think it’s cool, I’m going to do it! Usually, I find matching outfits for one daughter at a time, and I take her out on […]

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May 14, 2020

unicorn summer toys

Every year at the end of school, we have a tradition in our family where I swap out the kids’ backpacks, school supplies and coats in our hallway drop zone [HERE] for summer essentials! It’s such a fun way to mark the fact that we all survived another school year, and the girls love the […]

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May 11, 2020

easy family meal quick chicken dinner recipe

Raise your hand if you are running out of dinner ideas with all of this staying home these days? My hand is up. If you’re looking for a quick and painless dinner for the fam, I think you’ll love our easy instant pot recipe: pepperoncini shredded chicken! Just a couple of ingredients, 35 minutes in […]

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May 6, 2020

sherwin williams alabaster white duck shoji natural choice oyster white paint colors

We have wanted a painted white brick home since three homes ago, and we finally took the plunge! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been trying out different tones of white paints and polling my IG buddies [HERE] to find the perfect (for us!) color. We wanted a saturated, creamy, warm white that felt like […]

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May 4, 2020

rice cake healthy lunch protein powder

Finally documenting my very favorite lunch for you guys: rice cake “dessert” lunch with protein powder! I get asked about this little concoction all the time on my Instagram stories [peek at them HERE!], so I thought it was time to get it on the blog for easy reference. While I do eat this rice […]

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May 1, 2020

pink whipped strawberry milk

We’ve probably all heard of the DELICIOUS whipped dalgona coffee craze that’s taken over the internet (and if you haven’t, click [HERE] for my updated recipe…YUM), but my little girls wanted in on the fun! Today in Instagram stories we tried out an easy whipped strawberry milk recipe while some yummy browned butter chocolate chip […]

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April 29, 2020

We haven’t done one a Mom-ify Me post in a while! Love finding beautiful homes and turning them into outfits for mom, and you can click [HERE] and [HERE] for a couple more Mom-ify Me ideas! I’m constantly inspired by my fellow creatives, especially those who express their art in the home decor field, and […]

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April 28, 2020

Hey friends! In celebration of World Book Day, I wanted to share a few inspirational book-loving Instagram feeds! If you have been with me for very long, you know I have a deep love for books. I used to be a high school English teacher, so it goes without saying that books have been a […]

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April 23, 2020

If you’ve been following along on my @cottonstem Instagram this week [HERE], you’ll know I’m on a quest to become a plant lady! It’s been a slow process, but hey…I have now kept alive THREE whole plants for ONE whole year, so there is hope. 😉I wore a shirt this week that said “Plant Lady-ish,” […]

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April 17, 2020

Continuing in the tradition during self-isolation of baking my feelings, today I made some gluten free cupcakes with buttercream succulents! Lest you think I put out the effort to make the cupcakes from scratch, I must tell you they came from a mix. We can only do so much, right? 😉 [HERE] is the gluten […]

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April 15, 2020

My four little women love to look through Pinterest with me and choose crafts for us to do together. A few weeks ago, they chose a DIY felt flower mobile! The photo inspo they chose were a little advanced for little hands, so we simplified the DIY felt flower mobile to be a bit more […]

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April 14, 2020

During these weird times of self-isolation, I find myself craving a spot of happiness in the form of growing things. Now, let’s be real — I’m NO plant lady. In fact, I’m quite the opposite, actually! I like to refer to myself as “plant challenged,” and I can’t even keep alive succulents. However, about a […]

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April 13, 2020

Whatcha been up to, guys? Sitting around in your jammies all day, losing track of the ACTUAL day of the week like us? Thought so. 😉If you need a pretty easy project both bust the boredom and up your PJ game, look no further than DIY tie dye pajamas! These took about 30 minutes of […]

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April 8, 2020

I’ve been baking my feelings during this self-isolation, and one of our favorites is gluten free blueberry crumble muffins….YUM. The recipe is a mash up of a bunch of different recipes I found, tested and altered, so who knows where the original originated from. But here is our version, and we LOVE these soft, crumbly, […]

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April 2, 2020

Not sure about you, but I think after all of this staying home, I’m going to forget how to wear anything other than sweats, jammies and more sweats! Thought it might be fun little distraction to put together a few stay at home sweater ideas from my spring capsule wardrobe for when you JUST GOTTA […]

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March 31, 2020

*EDITED: This fundraiser has ended and shirts are no longer available for purchase – during a week and a half, over 4400 shirts were sold for a donation of $11, 223 + $5000 donation match for a total of $16, 223!!! For the past few weeks, I’ve been searching for an idea to use my […]

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March 30, 2020

First of all, may I just say…YUMMO. 😍 Not only is this whipped coffee beautiful to look at, it is so creamy and thick and delish, too! Since we can’t chat with girlfriends over a frothy cup o’ joe at our favorite shops currently, this whipped coffee (originally called dalgona coffee) sitch will help get […]

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March 26, 2020

Hey, friends! Spring vibes are here! Wanted to add a bit o’ green to this gorgeous Amelie mirror gifted by Arhaus, so I grabbed some greenery, floral wire and wire cutters and went to work! I love how it adds a touch of whimsy and spring green to the space, plus the mirror serves as […]

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March 11, 2020

I love me some skinny jeans, don’t get me wrong. But as we approach warmer weather, I need my stems to breathe a bit! 😉 Loving the straight leg denim currently, because it gives shape in the booty but is more relaxed in the leg. I was so used to wearing skinny jeans only that […]

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March 10, 2020

Last month, our fam was invited to attend the Disney Content Creators conference that took place half at Disney World and half on a Disney Cruise aboard the Dream (see more about that HERE). Needless to say…it WAS a dream for us!! Best week ever and so thankful for those sweet memories. The most frequently […]

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March 4, 2020

Hey, pals! Spent the day creating my spring capsule wardrobe for 2020, and I wanted to share the process with you! If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, I’ll link my easy 5 step process for beginners [HERE]. You can walk through the process with me in my capsule wardrobe blog series, and […]

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March 3, 2020

Well, it’s taken long enough (ha!) but we’re finally done updating our modern farmhouse style kitchen! When we moved into this home six years ago, we made a few updates to the kitchen on a seriously tight budget, like DIY concrete countertops [HERE] and chalk paint for a cabinet refresh. While those were awesome DIY’s […]

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March 2, 2020

We just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Disney World, and I gotta say…it was MAGICAL! It was our family’s first experience at Disney World, and we loved it so much! Very grateful to have been invited to attend the Disney Content Creators conference. Before we left, I tried to figure out the […]

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February 27, 2020

Have you been listening to “Into the Unknown” on repeat since November in your house, too? The girls are into it in a big way, and since two of them have winter birthdays and chose to have an experience over a gift/party this year, we thought it would be fun to do a sister slumber […]

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February 12, 2020

When you have a kiddo with a food allergy, holidays big and small can be a bit tricky when it comes to the steady flow of treats and sweets that accompany the celebratory fun. Two of our girls have Celiac, so we have learned to think outside the sweet box when it comes to little […]

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February 9, 2020

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