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...

Sterling Mom Moment: This morning, I asked the boys if they wanted doughnuts for breakfast (a VERY rare treat) because their Dad had to run to Sheetz for coffee. Sidenote: It is never pleasant when we run out of coffee in our house. My seven year old said, “What’s a doughnut?” and the two year old echoed his question. (!!!) Neither he nor my two year old had a clue what doughnuts were! In hindsight, I suppose they haven’t had them too often at all. I’ve...

The below photos are from my garden, mid-May. I’ve got everything planted (for now), but am not quite where I’d like to be in terms of weeding, mulching, and pebbling the paths. That’s coming though and I’m hoping we get it done before our June 13 Birthday Party for the boys! For now… I made these super easy plant markers. Being a full-time working Mom, I need QUICK fixes. Wine corks + Sharpie + bamboo skewers = easiest plant markers I could think...

It was the day of my best friends’ wedding shower and bachelorette party and I had out of town guests and LOTS to do as one of the organizers of the party. With guests visiting and the time coming to get ready to head out and set up for the party, my husband surreptitiously pulls me aside and lets me know that there is sewer water pumping through our basement (both up through the floor and down through the ceiling) and it has started coming out of the floor of our first...

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