Seasoning Mixes You Should Stop Buying (and make your own)

Spices are expensive, and seasoning mixes are even MORE expensive. Stop buying them and make them yourself! Here are 5 recipes!

Seasoning packets on your grocery store’s shelves can seem like a good idea when you’re trying to whip up a quick family dinner.  But I think we can do better. I have thought of some huge benefits to making your own seasoning mixes from delicious recipes.  Three reasons to stop buying seasoning mixes and make your own: Save Time – Having your own pre-made seasoning mixes on hand will save you time.  Just follow these simple recipes below and keep your go-to mixes ready for any quick meal. Save Money


6 Ideas for Extra Veggies From the Garden

Stumped as to what to do with all those extra vegetables from your garden? Don't throw them away yet! Check out these 6 great ideas!

Your garden is just starting to gear up and the thought of all those fresh vegetables is exciting. Sometimes though, you may end up with far more vegetables than you were expecting! It can be incredibly difficult to keep up with your garden output. So, what do you do with those extra vegetables? How can you make the most of them and save yourself some money? Here are some simple ideas for making the most out of your garden. 1. Preservation:After spending all the money and time on your garden,

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4 simple ways to protect your family photos

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A few months ago, one of my dear friends had something somewhat disastrous happen. No one was hurt, nothing was broken, and there was no financial loss. But it was heartbreaking. Several years worth of photos – gone. The hard drive on their computer suddenly crashed, and poof. Everything was gone. There was no hard drive backup, and that was where all of their photos were stored. Wedding pictures, baby pictures, first steps, first days of school were all just a memory. It’s crazy how quickly the times have changed.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This is the last Crockpot Pulled Pork recipe you will ever need. It is PERFECT. Just 5 minutes of prep and you are on your way to some AMAZING BBQ!

This is the last Crockpot Pulled Pork recipe you will ever need. It is PERFECT. Just 5 minutes of prep and you are on your way to some AMAZING BBQ! I’ve tried several slow cooker pulled pork recipes in the past. Some have been good, but I’ve always far preferred the smoked version… and for the record, I still do prefer that version. But this is the first slow cooker version I’ve tried that actually comes close. There’s red rub recipe from my favorite BBQ cookbook, and I LOVE the flavor on

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ePantry Summer Cleaning Special – FREE Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap + Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Spray + FREE Pop up Sponge + FREE $5.00 credit!


Summer is in full swing! There’s no better time to clean your house, especially with the Fourth of July coming up! I know that many of you will be opening your homes for pool parties, barbeques, and all sorts of summer gatherings; so, prepping the house is very important. This is where ePantry comes in! I’ve posted about ePantry in the past and wanted to share with you another story about their awesome company!  Here is why I love them so much: My sister Jenna and her family were living overseas,


How to Set Up a Temporary Summer Craft Station

Looking for an education way for your kids to get through the summer? Check out how to easily create a temporary summer craft station!

I know summer might have just started, but if you’re hanging out at home with the kiddos all summer, those days can be long! One way to help ensure that you have activities to do during the summer is to set up a temporary summer craft station! You have to be willing to give up this space for the summer, but you’ll gain back even more in sanity. How to set up a temporary summer craft station: 1.) Choose a location Make sure that you have the right place to

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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Looking for a different crockpot recipe? This Crockpot Ropa Vieja is PACKED with delicious Cuban flavor and will only take you about 15 minutes to prepare!

Ropa Vieja. What? You’ve never heard of it before? Well you are in for a treat with this Crockpot Ropa Vieja. It’s a traditional Cuban dish that’s perfect for your slow cooker. It’s braised and shredded beef cooked in a tomato based sauce with peppers, onions, peas and seasoned with cumin and other spices. And let me tell you – this one is GREAT! Beefy, salty, spicy (if you add a jalapeno)… serve it over rice and your family will treat you like a culinary genius. But here’s the trick, this