Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

With fall approaching in so many places (we're even supposed to get a cool front here in South Florida -- which for us means a low of 68 and a high of 84), I have been missing the seasons just a bit. Although when I walk outside and see a glorious sunset or think about the fact that we're going to head to the beach tonight with friends to let the kids build sand castles while we watch the sun sink behind the horizon, I know we're fully blessed and just where we should be. But even in our neck … [Continue Reading]

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Loving the Space You’re In

We’ve been back in Florida for nearly a year…and we’ve considered many things about where we want to live and in what sort of home. Southwest Florida is an interesting place, because you truly can find homes of all shapes and sizes, with no property to care for or tons of it. And at this point in our lives, it’s very clear to us that having the opportunity to live in a condo which is slightly under 2000 sq. ft with few things to worry about outside our four walls is just where we belong. We … [Continue Reading]

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Small Condo Design Makeover Ideas

As you've likely noticed by now, the renovation bug has bitten us again. I've been writing more about those projects and there are a lot of posts to follow about our future plans. But at this point in time, we’re also really focusing on appreciating what we have and loving the position we’re in -- where we can enjoy our family, our times together, being closer to grandparents for a change (and hopefully even more family soon) and not needing to worry about running around like crazy people all … [Continue Reading]

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Finding Balance

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The Technology and Methodology Behind Great Massages

Before we ran the Berlin Marathon last year, we went for a massage. We'd logged a LOT of miles and our muscles ached. It was my first massage ever and the pure sense of relaxation that I felt for … [Read More...]

Letting go of a sweet soul

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Nine memories from my teen years

I was recently challenged by Mecca Bingo to drag up some of my childhood memories. I … [Read More...]

Essential Oils for Common Ailments

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Foodie Desires

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Jack-o-Lantern Pancakes with TruMoo Orange Scream Milk

This post brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine. With Halloween just around the corner, and us involved in the biggest and best Halloween party in Naples, we have been feeling … [Read More...]

Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

With fall approaching in so many places (we're even supposed to get a cool front here … [Read More...]

Succulent Barbecue Ribs in the Oven

Words can barely express how much we love these ribs. No seriously. We make them … [Read More...]

Sharable foods for your next game night or party

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute … [Read More...]

House & Home

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Moving Tips for Families

So your family has decided to move. Congratulations! A move can be extremely exciting, and can serve as a fresh start for each and every member of your family. However, while relocating may be in … [Read More...]

Loving the Space You’re In

We’ve been back in Florida for nearly a year…and we’ve considered many things about … [Read More...]

Small Condo Design Makeover Ideas

As you've likely noticed by now, the renovation bug has bitten us again. I've been … [Read More...]

How to Remove Rust Stains From Tile Floors

What’s the best way to get those rust stains off your tile floor? It’s not … [Read More...]

Natural Living

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11 Companion Gardening Ideas to Banish Pests

Insects are often such a pain - especially when they are in your garden and all you want to do is protect the food you are growing. How do you get rid of these pesky invaders without a ton of … [Read More...]

Essential Oils for Common Ailments

For those just getting their feet wet with essential oils, there is a whole lot to … [Read More...]

Organise Your Garden For That Perfect Summer Party

Whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or "down under" like Lara (the other of … [Read More...]

Ease winter blues with this room spray

When you look at the weather forecast, it's no secret that winter is in full swing. … [Read More...]