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Mediterranean Orzo Salad Recipe!

I am addicted to orzo pasta. Maybe it's the shape or the texture?? I have an Orzo Artichoke Pasta Salad that I make all the time and I can't get enough of it! As I was buying ingredients to make it yet AGAIN, I decided to switch things up and make a Mediterranean version of this favorite salad. And I have to say that I love it. And the best part of this salad? It gets better the … [Read more...]

How to Help your Kids Willingly Get Rid of Toys They Never Play With.

Hi guys! I'm Meredith and I blog over at Perfectionpending.net where I write about my life with 3 kids and all the imperfections that go along with being a mom. My blog is full of funny memes, parenting humor and tips, and essays to inspire the mom that doesn't feel like she is quite measuring up. (Don't worry....you are!) One of the things that I struggle with most as a parent is keeping up … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 14 Summer Salads!

There's nothing as refreshing as a salad on a summer evening, and there are so many different types of salad to make! I always end up tossing together different things I have and hoping they taste good together. If you're looking for a little more guidance with your salad recipes, here are... 14 Summer Salads from this week's Link Party Palooza! * * * * * Chicken Poppyseed Fruit Salad @ I … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 20 Farmhouse Projects Part Two!

I've been exploring different themes for decor for a while now, but my mind always wanders back to my current favorite style. Here are... 20 More Farmhouse Projects from this week's Link Party Palooza! * * * * * Succulent Boxwood Wreath @ Suburban Simplicity DIY Industrial Light Fixture @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor Farmhouse Linen Cabinet @ Hello Farmhouse DIY Planter Tutorial @ … [Read more...]

Link Party Palooza — and Giveaway from my Everyday Line!

It's Friday!! Welcome back to the ... We've combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap Time, Lil' Luna, Somewhat Simple, The 36th Avenue, and Tatertots & Jello to make a giant link party. You'll only have to link up once to to be listed on all four sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts -- just like we always have! So be sure to check with each site to see … [Read more...]

How to Restore Marble Countertops

How to Restore Marble Countertops. When I restored the 1905 Cottage's kitchen I knew I wanted marble countertops. It was at the top of my bucket list. I loved the color of natural marble. I loved the veining. I loved the look. So when I found a kitchen island at a clearance center that was discounted almost 90% I couldn't pass it up. Once I got it home I discovered that it had quite a few big … [Read more...]

Quick Grilled Summer Quesadillas!

Quick Grilled Summer Quesadillas! Grilled quesadillas are one of our favorite dinners to make in the summertime. The grill gives the tortillas a crisp outside and the heat from the grill makes the cheese melt in your moth. And school's almost out, I am itching to fire up the grill and serve these!!   So here's a quick and easy recipe for some amazing, quick, tasty and healthy Quick Grilled Summer … [Read more...]

Printable Graduation Card and Gift Idea!

Printable Graduation Card and Gift Idea! Hi Everyone! Kiki from Kiki and Company back to share a fun new printable this month. Wow! This school year has flown by and it is finally time for graduation. If you are looking for the perfect (and simple!) graduation card and gift, look no further than this card. How cute is that, right?! And the best part? The gift and the card can come … [Read more...]

Disney-Inspired Magical Tags and Teacher Gift Idea!

Disney-Inspired Magical Tags and Teacher Gift Idea. There's something magical about Disney. A few weeks ago, the kids and I were at Disneyland and it inspired me to create a Disney-inspired teacher appreciation gift idea. What teacher doesn't love Disneyland?? These Magical Disney Gift Tags would make a wonderful end-of-year teacher gift! While we were at Disneyland we had Ella's … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 15 Refreshing Summer Treats!

Warmer weather means yummier treats around my house! It's always so nice to cool off after a hot day with a delicious dessert. 15 Refreshing Summer Treats from this week's Link Party Palooza! * * * * * No Churn Chocolate S'mores Ice Cream @ Meatloaf and Melodrama Lemon Pie Squares @ Simple as That Meringue Nests with Orange Curd and Raspberries @ The Gold Lining Girl Lemon Loaf … [Read more...]

Iceland Dream Trip: Itinerary

A few weeks ago I was able to go on the trip of a lifetime sponsored by Animal Jam, Visit Iceland and Wow Air. I was excited about the trip beforehand, but I had no idea how COOL it would be - it blew my expectations clear out of the water. I learned so much and I was able to go places I never would have imagined existed. So if you are looking for an amazing place to visit and explore, put … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 16 DIY Summer Projects!

It's feeling more and more like summer every day, which means it's time to start working on new projects! Here are... 16 DIY Summer Projects from this week's Link Party Palooza! * * * * * Easy DIY Yarn Tassel @ Carrie Elle Beach House Bird Feeders @ The Country Chic Cottage Yard Sale/Flea Market Emergency Kit @ Sadie Seasongoods Imprinted Clay Coasters @ Sparkle … [Read more...]

Link Party Palooza — and $25 Target Giveaway!

It's Friday!! Welcome back to the ... We've combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap Time, Lil' Luna, Somewhat Simple, The 36th Avenue, and Tatertots & Jello to make a giant link party. You'll only have to link up once to to be listed on all four sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts -- just like we always have! So be sure to check with each site to see … [Read more...]

Our Puppy and Keeping Your House Clean with a dog!

Tips on how to keep your house clean with a dog.  Tips on how to keep your house clean with a dog. We got a puppy at Christmas! Her name is Tourpel (my kids picked the name out) and she is really so sweet. She is a King Charles Cavalier. When my kids said they wanted a puppy I knew that was the breed I wanted. King Charles Cavaliers have a very gentle disposition. They were bred originally … [Read more...]

1905 Cottage Addition: Dining Room

It's been so fun working on a project I love so much. The 1905 Cottage is a little home I fell in love with years ago and bought about four years ago. You can read all about it here. A couple of years ago I started an addition and now I'm sharing the projects from the addition. Today I would like to share the 1905 Cottage Addition: Dining Room. This is the outside of the home. The bigger … [Read more...]