Homemade Smores Ice Cream

smores ice cream

If you read my Copycat Wendy's Frosty post, you'll remember that I just got a new ice cream maker that I love!  And so we have been going a little homemade ice cream crazy at my house.  And I couldn't wait to try adding things into the basic ice cream recipes to make them even yummier. The first recipe I made (that turned out awesome!) was, of course, homemade Smores Ice Cream!  S'mores is the classic summer treat that we have made in … [Read more...]

Copycat Wendys Frosty Recipe

wendys frosty knockoff

One of my favorite memories as a kid is eating Wendys frostys.  They were a rare treat, since my mom wasn't a fan of buying us fast food.  But once I started driving, I would occasionally drive by Wendys and get a frosty and some fries.  Don't you love dipping your fries in the frosty?  I want to create that same memory for my kid but eating ice cream at Wendy's is actually not my favorite kid activity--it always ends in a mess.  And they usually … [Read more...]

Colorful Living Room

colorful living room

I actually really love neutrals.  I love the softness of beiges and creams, the cleanness of whites, the contrasts of grays and blacks.  It's very sophisticated.  But I think there's a bigger part of me that loves color more.  Color makes me complete.  It doesn't have to be over-the-top, paint-the-wall-pink bright color.  It can be subtle, but there.  So I created a colorful living room. I have a lot of aqua and soft blue in my home, and … [Read more...]

Vacuuming–Easy Cleaning Checklist


I recently tried out a new vacuum, the Dirt Devil® 360º Reach™.  It's a different kind of vac than I am used to, not the standard roller wheel vac.  It has the engine up by your hand which means it can convert in all sorts of ways.  It can be small or long.  It has a long tube that enables you to reach high spots like some lights and ceiling fans or the tops of window and door frames.  Or take the long tube off and you can conveniently use it as … [Read more...]

LeapPad Platinum Review


We recently received the new LeapPad Platinum from LeapFrog.  We've been working with LeapFrog for years and last year I visited their headquarters and learned about the process of how they develop games and products. The visit made a big impression on me, I wish everyone could have seen that side of LeapFrog.  They put in so much time and energy into each product and truly try to make it as educational as possible, while still being fun.  So … [Read more...]

New England Clam Chowder

clam chowder

We are big fans of clam chowder in my house.  There's really nothing like it, and it's best fresh.  And by 'fresh', I mean mostly fresh veggies but I also use some canned goods too.  I don't live near the ocean and so getting fresh clams is not really a priority--especially when the canned clams are pretty darn good.  And ps, super convenient. It's not unlike making a pasta dish or another kind of soup.  The secret to really flavorful … [Read more...]

A Little Pillow Refresh

hello target pillow

This post was sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own. There's only one room in my house that I would consider 'done' yet I can't seem to leave it alone.  It's my pretty, special space that stays clean and beautiful all the time.  Because no one lives in it.  It's the guest room. I gave it a makeover a few months ago where I slaved away in there for over a week.  I gave it wall treatments galore, painted the walls navy blue and … [Read more...]

Cookie Butter Milkshake

cookie butter milkshake

I love cookie butter but I have a hard time figuring out how to use it.  I feel like it's a little too rich for me to eat on things like toast or in a sandwich but I love the taste of it!  So I decided a milkshake would be a good way to use this wonderful stuff--the ultimate way to have milk and cookies! I got my favorite milk, called Meadow Gold DairyPure Milk.  I love this stuff because it's just what it says--pure.  DairyPure Milk is … [Read more...]