This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement You know those projects that sort of linger in the background until someone is coming over? Like for instance, we knew we were going to eventually clean our outdoor patio furniture and prep the backyard for pool season. But it wasn’t until we had a date on the […]

The Best Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

I’ve shared a recipe for tasty mashed potatoes, we’ve talked perfecting the baked potato, and I’ve reached food nirvana with the cheese-less potato casserole. But this recipe today is extra special. There’s something that just says “you made a lot of effort” about homemade scalloped potatoes, but that béchamel is a no-no for the dairy-free […]

Dairy-Free and Lower Sugar Hot Chocolate

We’re big hot chocolate fans here. My kids want it every morning, and it’s one of my favorites as well. Unfortunately, it’s basically just dairy and sugar and a great way to start the day if your ideal day starts with a stomachache. Mugs | Crockpot | Ladle With the dairy allergies in our home, […]

This time of year, everybody seems to be hosting family and friends, and I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be complicated! There’s nothing wrong with blowing up some air mattresses for a “pop-up” guest space. That being said, I know we’ve all had not-so-great air mattress experiences, so I wanted to do […]

This week marks 1 month in North Carolina so I thought I would share a journal-type post today sharing how I’m feeling. I’m so happy we’re here and we were able to move into our house just over a week ago. I’m really starting to fall in love with the area and with the arrival of our […]


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