How To Skin a Tomato For Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tomato Skinning

My neighbors have the loveliest garden I’ve ever seen! There are all types of flowers growing around their home and a huge variety of veggies. Every few days they bring us some tomatoes. I’ve never eaten fresh tomatoes straight from a garden, so I had no idea what to do with them. I didn’t want them to just sit on my counter and go to waste and I definitely didn’t want to have to throw them away because they spoiled.

I could have chopped them up and put them on a sandwich or in a salad, but I never liked … Read More

Cleaning Messes With Viva Vantage®

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Anyone who has kids knows that kids can be messy. There are big messes and there are small messes. As a mom of an active two year old, most of the messes I clean are pretty darn big. I’m not sure if my kid is a magnet for messiness or if he makes the messes just to keep me entertained, but I’m always wiping up after him.

The issue I have with cleaning up behind him is that I have to use stacks of paper towels, napkins, and baby wipes just to get him clean. One or two don’t get … Read More

Where Have I Been

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You may have been wondering where I’ve been lately and why my posts have been so sporadic. You know we moved to Virginia a few months ago and right before that I had a baby. Well, I’ve also been in and out of the hospital for MRI’s, CT scans, and ultrasounds and I’m back in physical therapy. It all has taken a toll on me and it was hard for me to stick with blogging. I was slipping back into a depressive state, but it didn’t get as bad as it was before. I’m doing a lot better now.

The … Read More

Beach Bag Redo

Beach Bag Redo 1 I was cleaning out my closet recently when I came across our old vacation beach bag. I’ve had this bag for years. I don’t remember where I got it or why I’ve kept it for so long, but I think it’s time for an upgrade. The bag really isn’t in that bad of a condition, but it does show signs of wear and tear. Beach Bag Redo 4 Beach Bag Redo 3 The inside was intact and helped protect against wet clothes soaking through. I figured that I could use the old bag to make me a “new” one. All it took was a little outdoor fabric and … Read More

How To Clean & Season a Cast Iron Skillet

How To Clean & Season a Cast Iron Skillet

Am I the only one who collects cast iron skillets and never uses them? I had this grand dream of collecting them, cleaning them, cooking with them, and having a beautiful display set up just for them. Well, over the past year I’ve found them at yard sales, thrift stores, and was gifted a few but all they’ve done was collect dust. I just didn’t want to take the time to clean them. I guess I was too lazy and really didn’t want to do all of the dirty work. Now there are a few recipes I want to try … Read More

DIY Beauty Storage Jars

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I always do my best to keep my bathroom counters clear of clutter. I admit that sometimes (if you ask my husband he may say it’s more than just sometimes) I’m in a rush and leave makeup, brushes, and any other beauty product you can imagine just laying around. The counters in our guest bathroom don’t have that much space and I thought that if our guests wanted to get beautified they’ll have more clutter than I will. Every girl needs her cotton balls, Q-tips, and mani/pedi supplies, so I wanted to help them out. Here are some cute storage … Read More

Look At The Changes

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It’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve been busy, busy, busy. We’ve taken several weekend trips or had family visit from out of town, I’ve dealt with a sick two year old and a sick four month old, and we had a couple of July birthday parties to plan. Usually, with a hectic schedule I eat when and what I can.  I definitely would not discriminate. Fast food, junk food, and even leftovers from my son’s plate became a part of my daily meal plan (or should I call it an unplan?).

Well, now that I’m on the Medifast Read More