Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

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Who’s getting pumped for Thanksgiving this year?  I used to dread it, because it was just another reminder of what a big failure I was in the kitchen.  But after my daughter, Penelope, was born I made it my mission to teach myself how to cook so that I could make food for her.  I… [read more]

Easy Toddler Easter Craft

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Ever since I started taking ceramic wheel throwing class this past year, my creative side has awakened. When Penelope was a baby, my primary outlet was sewing, but I have always loved painting and making art. I love using art as therapy; I find it so therapeutic. Penelope is such a little artist, too. Unlike… [read more]

DIY Kids Christmas Craft Ideas

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Last year I did a couple of Christmas crafts with Penelope that were really fun.  She got such a kick out them, and they were all great fine motor skill practicing opportunities.  For this Christmas tree button one, I bought a big bag of buttons and some pipe cleaners.  You tie a little knot at… [read more]

Advent + St. Nicholas

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This year I am starting a new tradition for my little family and I thought I would share. It was inspired by my sweet friend Haley and her new book: Feast! Real Food, Reflections and Simple Living for the Christian Year. Haley, like me, is Catholic, but her ebook is great for any Christian wishing to… [read more]

Grain Free Thanksgiving Menu

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  Thanksgiving dinner used to scare the bejeezus out of me. Lots has changed since then and now I really enjoy cooking on Thanksgiving. I always keep the meal simple and resist the urge to make five bajillion vegetable sides just so the table looks like a feast. Last Thanksgiving I did a totally grain… [read more]

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway!

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  Maybe you are like me. Christmas card season simultaneously stresses me out beyond belief AND excites me so much I literally get giddy with anticipation. The whole process is stressful from planning and orchestrating the family portrait, to picking out the card and buying/getting them delivered in time for me to then send them… [read more]

July 4th Party Decor Ideas and Flag Pole Tutorial

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Last year I threw a little July 4th party (click here for the food menu I did) for friends.  I love throwing any kind of party, but I have learned that the smaller parties are more enjoyable.  I always want to invite everyone I know, so no one feels left out, but then you end… [read more]

How to: Burlap Easter Egg Wreath

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Penelope is very artistic and loves to paint and do anything crafty.  I really lucked out that she is into all the things that I am into.  I imagine it’s difficult for parents to connect to their children if they don’t have things in common.  I wonder and hope that she stays into cooking, gardening,… [read more]

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St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooker Freezer Recipe

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Who’s in the mood for a traditional Irish stew for St. Patty’s day?  Well, I have just the slow cooker freezer recipe for you. PrintSt. Patricks Slow Cooker Freezer Recipe Ingredients2-3 pounds of beet stew meat, cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes 2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour 2 cups of gluten free beer 1… [read more]

Valentine’s Day Round Up

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Are you getting pumped for Valentine’s Day?  I try to keep things simple by doing one new DIY and one new recipe a year, but I love crafting and decorating and with Pinterest it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and want to make everything you see! But if I just do something different each year and… [read more]

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How To: Homemade Valentine’s Day S’Mores

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My friend Katie, aka Wellness Mama, has a great recipe on her website for healthy marshmellows. I have been wanting to try to make them oh, for like 3 months, ever since my friend Lauren told me about her homemade marshmellows (which are not healthy, so I went searching for a heathier alternative). I had intended to… [read more]

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Valentine’s Day Craft for Toddlers

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Hi folks!  My name is Leslee, and I have been helping out behind the scenes of M+BL since last year and this is my first post! My two-year-old daughter loves to paint, so today I’m sharing a fun Valentine’s Day painting craft we did recently. I love crafting and love making things with my daughter.… [read more]

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Valentine’s Day DIY Burlap Heart Wreath

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Holy Moly. This is the easiest wreath I have ever made. No sewing at all.  Took me 15 minutes from set up to clean up. It’s not the fanciest wreath I have made, but I like it. First, I bought a yard of red burlap fabric from Hobby Lobby.  You could buy regular burlap and then… [read more]

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NOLA Christmas

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  I first visited New Orleans on Halloween of 2001 or 2002 (can’t remember, if that doesn’t tell you how much fun I had, I don’t know what does). A good friend from high school who is originally from Louisiana and was attending college at LSU, so I went to visit him and we drove… [read more]

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Link Love 11.16.12

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Next week for Penelope’s preschool Thanksgiving feast I am tasked with bring a fruit dish and treat.  For the fruit I am either gonna do this or this (thanks Pinterest!) and for the treat I am gonna make my Grain Free, Sweet Potato, Chocolate Chip cookies but used cooked pumpkin instead of sweet potato! ViX… [read more]

How To Display Your Child’s Holiday Artwork

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Like I mentioned the other week, I am obsessed with collecting and archiving Penelope’s artwork. I wanted to figure out a way to do something special with her holiday artwork so I can bring them out for display each holiday as a part of my holiday decor. My living room has a couple of big… [read more]

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