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Once upon a time, I made an eBook named Chris Loves Burgers. It houses all of my favorite burger recipes for beef, pork, poultry, crab/seafood, and vegetarian patties. There are also instructions for not only the patty but everything that is assembled in the burger to make it out of this world. I discuss it […]

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With all the progress happening in our backyard this month, the theme around here has been outdoor (if you couldn’t tell from all the outdoor posts we’ve shared). 5 Outdoor Entertaining Musts All About Our Diamond Pavers and Artificial Turf Outdoor Spaces Then and Now Build an Outdoor Space at Every Budget Outdoor Kitchen Plans […]

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My love of dinner parties started early. I remember an abundant bowl of fruit on my family’s Thanksgiving table when I was little. It was morning, and there were still HOURS until dinner. Still, I asked my mom if I could have an orange. “Of course!” she said. “It’s the day all day!” And that […]


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This project is sponsored by Lowe’s. The tile is officially laid in the laundry room and I’m so in love! Let’s see it from one more angle because why not? Floors this beautiful deserve to be shown off! Look at how much difference a checkered tiled floor can make! This new flooring is giving the […]


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One of my favorite things to do in the summer is break out the grill and create some simple, tasty recipes. The grill is a great place to experiment and skewers are the perfect place to start. Plus what’s better than grilling on the 4th of July? Especially mouth-watering skewers. The only thing better than a […]


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We’ve been focusing on outdoor spaces on the blog this month (if you haven’t noticed!) and today is a fun one–all about lawn games! You’re never too old for a lawn game! Both Chris and I grew up playing games outside and so of course we love doing that with our friends and family. Growing […]


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One of our biggest projects this year is building out an upstairs laundry room using borrowed space from the playroom. Chris and I have been drawing up and re-drawing floor plans and elevations that I can’t wait to share. The biggest hurdle we’re designing around is this great, big window which is a blessing and […]

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