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...

There is nothing more fun or loved in the Sterling house than a cardboard box!! This is also a helpful parenting tip for those of you with the dreaded toddler colorer. My 2 year old Ding Dong has taken to hunting down stray crayons and coloring on things. Recently, the baby gate, the toy box and Baby Bean’s Bumbo seats were victims. That child is sneaky. So, I give him crayons and a box and he’s good for at least a few days. br /> But, this is just why I don’t have nice stuff. I learned with the first one. He liked...

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....

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and Baby Bean was down for an (out of character) long nap when I decided I wanted to make something with the boys for their Grammy and Grandmom for Mother’s Day. I consulted my trusty Pinterest boards for some Mother’s Day crafts I could do with the currently pitiful amount of arts and crafts stuff I have in my house. I was pleasantly surprised to find two fun, easy crafts that I could make work and that both the two year old and seven...

  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 to our tables? That’s...

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...

Guess who ran the Pittsburgh Kid’s Marathon today?! My little Dude!! I’m super proud of him!! He ran faster than ever – definitely faster than any of the neighborhood practice runs! I love the Lincoln Logger program that his school did around the marathon. We tracked 25 miles run over a 3 month period (included an extra school workout running session every Friday at recess) and then the kids completed the marathon’a final 1.2 miles in a race through downtown...

This should be filed under things I wish I figured out with the first baby 8 years ago! Because, guess what? Making baby food is SUPER easy. And it can save you a lot of money. Plus, any non-Organic baby food you buy off the shelf and feed to your child puts toxins into your sweet little baby’s bloodstream and brain. No, thanks! I opt to make baby food out of organic fruits and vegetables and keep a store of organic baby food in the pantry for travel or when we’re...

I’m obsessed with my new blender and even more obsessed with making smoothies using it! Here it is, in all its glory. I know people are obsessed with the Vitamix or the Ninja and all those super fancy blenders on the market, but my KitchenAid serves me WELL! I kind of feel bad for my juicer, which has been temporarily replaced. That’s because I recently read that it is healthier to blend the whole fruit or vegetable instead of extract only the juice. So, that’s...

My boss told me “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Now, I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.   (OK, maybe Wonder Woman). ...

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