If I can be honest, I hate going to blogs for a recipe and then having to scroll for 10 years until I can find the recipe to quickly print to make for dinner in 10 minutes. So, I’m going to skip the intro, post the recipe below, and just make a few important notes: This is also awesome with lentils, both in addition to or in place of the quinoa. I didn’t...

The Dude’s Lyme Disease Symptoms: This year (2017), there was one particular week when our fourth grader was having a really rough time. For that entire week, I tried to figure out what was wrong with the Dude. First, he suffered from headaches, fatigue and fevers – on and off. Standard tired school kid stuff. He was fine more often than he was off. During those off moments, he acted tired and had the occasional headache. He has epilepsy, so his medication often has similar side effects. Meaning, this was really nothing out...

In a classic Sterling Mom misadventure, my husband texted me this photo today: That’s right! My kiddo broke my TV today. And, I used my motherhood misadventure to remind all my childless friends that birth control is always an option. How does this happen, you ask? I will tell you a classic story of being a parent of three sons. My oldest, the Dude, age 11, and youngest, the Bean, age 3, were playing Mario Kart on Wii U. The Dude wanted to keep playing. The Bean did not. The Dude kept forcing the Bean to hold the Wii U remote –...

10 months ago, I had my darling Baby Bean. The third of the Sterling boys, Bean arrived after a very rough pregnancy and a very easy labor.  (Apparently, by the third time, you’re a pro). Here is my Baby Bean and I at the Beach together this summer: Now that it’s 10 months later, I am finding myself loving every moment of my life with my even bigger...

AKA “How I Found My Dream Job Without Really Looking” My oldest son, The Dude, came home from school one day, looking a little down. He plopped down on the couch, turned, looked at me, and, with a sad face said, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.”  I bust out laughing. The first thing I thought to say was, “Well, even...

One of my favorite meals to prep on Sunday and eat on Meatless Monday (or really prep and eat any day of the week) is my roasted vegetable lasagna recipe. It is much healthier to substitute vegetables for meat and helps us get lots of good nutrients into our growing boys, while still having that same traditional home-cooked meal flavor that we all know and love. It also gives me enough leftovers for a lunch or two for me and the boys. Not too many dinners this affordable give...

Real talk…. I wrote this on my birthday, but spent a little too much time enjoying it to post this. After catching up from work and the festivities, I wanted to still share my thoughts on my 30th this year. And, the one thing I will say about celebrating my 30th at night with friends is that I definitely went out like I was in my twenties, but woke up feeling 30. WOO WEE. 😉 Here’s what I have to say… It is my 30th birthday today! Ok, that’s the last...

My husband said this is officially his new favorite recipe, of all recipes. And, I can make it for him for any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 😉 I actually have no problem with this, because I really loved this recipe. Read on to see how I made this huevos rancheros recipe, or scroll to the bottom for the easy, printable recipe version. Olè! Huevos Rancheros Recipe {see below for ingredients & printable recipe!} Peel and chop your potatoes. Boil them for about 5 minutes. Heat...

It was perfect timing when I saw, read, and laughed at my friend’s Facebook status today. We have all seen those Buzzfeed articles and Facebook messages talking about how great it is to be 30. I’m with Kelly, it’s all a crock of crap. In honor of my second annual 29th this Monday, I wanted to keep it real and share my friend’s list of why 30 isn’t so great. Top 15 Reasons 30 Isn’t So Great via Kelly Lauren, slightly edited for the Sterling Mom blog. Having your first root canal/surgery/medical crisis/baby...

Aka Why We Held Our Son Back …& Why It Was The Right Decision For Him. On the second last day of first grade on June 12, 2014, my oldest son received and brought home the below letter. The purpose of the letter is to have a current second grader write to a current first grader to help the first grader get excited about moving up to the next grade. I read the letter with a smile on my face, then got a little misty-eyed as I read the signature. Why? Because the little...

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