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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...

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...

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...

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...

This Morning Stunk I woke up to a THUMP and a choking sound – and I ran like hell to my 7 year old’s room, because I knew exactly what that sound meant. He had fallen out of bed and was having a seizure. It looked to be a really bad one (but, of course, they all look that way to his Mom). The Dude and Epilepsy Over three years ago, when he was 4, the Dude started seizing at night. At first, we didn’t know what the heck was going on. Plus, his seizures only...

I’m a little late on planting my “cold season” crops this year, although, in Pittsburgh, it’s still kind of the cold season. I’m going to chalk up the delay to having 3 kids, one being a baby, 3 dogs, a recent plumbing/sewage emergency that flooded two floors of our house, the resulting cleaning and remodeling to fix the issues – oh, and the fact that I work a typical 60-70 hour (+) work week. Yeah, it’s been rough and I’ve been...

I recently hosted a bachelorette party for my BFF and included a champagne bar, with suggested drink recipes. If I told you what happened that night, I would have to kill you. But, I can tell you the champagne bar was a big hit! My first learning from that night is that I will have a champagne bar at every party I ever throw. Here’s the amazing transformation from hotel room desk to champagne bar: Before: After: My second learning? Blackberry champagne margaritas are the...

I am once again trying to make the transition back to a more plant-based diet for the entire family. The Dude, my seven year old, is super happy about this. When we told him we were going to try to take a break from eating meat, he said, “Yes, Finally!!” My oldest son has never been a big meat fan – I think it’s because he just doesn’t like the taste of it and I also think a small part of it is that he doesn’t like the idea of eating animals....

  Dandelions Deserve a Gold Medal I learned something new today that I thought was worth sharing! Apparently, those so-called “pesky” dandelions deserve a gold medal for the role they play in kickstarting the food cycle in spring after a long winter (particularly in Pittsburgh, PA, a Northeast/Midwest area with brutal winters!).  Did you know that dandelions are one of the first links in that magical chain of events that brings food to our gardens and dinner...

I purchased this 2 pack Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder off Amazon for Baby Bean’s Easter basket. You can get these at stores like Target, Babies R Us, Walmart, and Burlington Baby Depot too! So, little man tried it … This baby product review verdict?? 5 stars!! Any product that soothes a teething and a hungry baby at the SAME TIME is a winner in my book! It’s pretty messy, but well worth it. I love taking age-appropriate frozen fruit (I prefer frozen Organic fruit...

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