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Pigs in a Blanket with a Twist

By: Amanda Magnus Do you ever experiment with food? Well I don't very often but from time to time I'll have a good idea. This time though it was my husband, Brian, that had the idea for the recipe I'm about to tell you about. We enjoy doing brunch with my parents on the weekend.… Continue reading Pigs in a Blanket with a Twist

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Netflix Recommendations

By: Kristen Finstad   Friends - spring is finally in sight. Here in Wisconsin, we're looking at 40s, 50s and 60s over the next couple of weeks, and I couldn't be more thrilled. We all survived a couple of rough months full of snow storms, ice storms, and polar vortex temperatures, and, I've gotta say,… Continue reading Netflix Recommendations

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Your St. Patty’s Day Menu

By: Kristen Finstad   So last week I posted several St. Patrick's Day-themed meals and desserts and asked for help deciding which ones to make (even though I would have loved to make them all). I also asked for Andrew's input, since, well, he'd be the one stuck eating it! We decided on one meal… Continue reading Your St. Patty’s Day Menu

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Current Successes, Struggles and Future Plans

By: Amanda Magnus I don't know that I've ever done a post about what's going on in my world so I thought why not give it a try. The winter weather is hopefully starting to come to an end and warm weather is around the corner. With warmer weather comes more opportunities to get out… Continue reading Current Successes, Struggles and Future Plans

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – What’s Your Vote?

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and ever since finding out I'm a little bit Irish via the Ancestry DNA kit, I take the opportunity to celebrate! Even if you're not Irish though, I think there's always a reason to dress up in green and celebrate St. Patty's Day! Today I'm going to… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – What’s Your Vote?

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Top Three & This or That

By: Kristen Finstad   Happy Monday...Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend! I always think it's fun to read people's little quizzes about themselves and their favorite things, so on this Monday morning, I'm going to create my own! Here we go: Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links from Amazon that we may… Continue reading Top Three & This or That

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A Living Room Makeover

By: Amanda Magnus When it comes to decorating, I have a really hard time focusing on one theme. If you remember my post about my son's first birthday, that was evident since I combined two themes! I just like so many different things I can't decide! Not to mention I happen to be an indecisive… Continue reading A Living Room Makeover

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Must-Watch Winter TV Shows

By: Kristen Finstad   I think I've done my fair share of complaining about winter on this blog, but until I see some green grass and hear some birds chirping, I'll probably keep on complaining. 🙂 One way we've been coping with the cold temps and seemingly daily blizzards is with some quality TV content.… Continue reading Must-Watch Winter TV Shows

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A Must-Try Birthday Dinner

By: Amanda Magnus Another birthday?! Yes! We have a birthday every month from December to February. This time it was my husband's birthday. So unlike the other two birthdays we recently celebrated, there was no birthday board or decorations for this one. 🙂 But he did get a pretty great birthday dinner! I recently went… Continue reading A Must-Try Birthday Dinner

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Looking Back on Vacations Past

By: Kristen Finstad   As I write this, Andrew and I are stuck in traffic on terrible wintry roads in YET another snowstorm (that marks, what, five storms in three weeks?). To say I’m over winter would be an understatement. So, I’m taking a moment to close my eyes and relive some past vacations, and… Continue reading Looking Back on Vacations Past

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Porter’s 1st Birthday Party

By: Amanda Magnus Well my last post was all about Porter's first year. I promised I would do a follow up on what we did for his first birthday party as well so here it is! Theme I am terrible when it comes to picking just one thing. There are just too many options and… Continue reading Porter’s 1st Birthday Party

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Party Food: Super Bowl Edition

By: Kristen Finstad   Ahh, the Monday after the Super Bowl. This should be a national holiday - am I right? Most everyone wants to enjoy the Super Bowl in some capacity -- whether it's for the game itself, the commercials, the social element of Super Bowl parties, or the food -- and it just… Continue reading Party Food: Super Bowl Edition

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Indoor Activities for Kids So You Can Keep Your Sanity

By: Amanda Magnus Does anyone else feel like January is the longest month out of the year? It seems the end of the year always flies by with the holidays and then we celebrate a new year starting and time just seems to crawl after that. Maybe it's the cold Wisconsin winters and being cooped… Continue reading Indoor Activities for Kids So You Can Keep Your Sanity

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Things I Wish I Could Tell My Teenage Self

By: Kristen Finstad   Flash back to a few years ago, I had recently graduated college, was frantically job searching and figuring out the real world, and decided to take a moment to reflect on what I'd learned in my young adult years. And though I wrote this post a few years ago, I think… Continue reading Things I Wish I Could Tell My Teenage Self

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A Must Try Winter Soup

By: Amanda Magnus If you read Kristen's post earlier this week then you know we are talking about our favorite soup recipes! Soup really is a great comforting meal this time of year if you live in a place with colder weather. The best part about soup is there are so many different kinds and… Continue reading A Must Try Winter Soup

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Cozy Winter Soups: Chicken & Wild Rice Recipe

By: Kristen Finstad   Ahhh, January in the Midwest. The season of cozying up by the fire with a good book, camping out in the living room for movie marathons, and just overall avoiding the outdoors. Is there anything that goes better with all of these things than a warm bowl of soup? I think… Continue reading Cozy Winter Soups: Chicken & Wild Rice Recipe

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My Stitch Fix Experience

By: Amanda Magnus One thing we haven't covered much yet on our blog is fashion. I personally don't consider myself a fashion guru but, I'm sure like many of you, I do enjoy getting new clothes and at least trying to look fashionable! And if you are anything like me, I tend to stick to… Continue reading My Stitch Fix Experience

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Cocktails For Any Occasion

By: Amanda Magnus Needless to say, these past few weeks have been a whirlwind of family get togethers and celebrations. There was plenty of delicious food and drinks enjoyed by everyone! New Year's was the most recent celebration and it did not disappoint. My husband, Brian, and I were lucky enough to have my mom… Continue reading Cocktails For Any Occasion

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Crockpot Recipes: Warm Drink Edition

Happy Monday and Happy New Year's Eve! Can you believe it's the last day of 2018?   Despite the fact that this New Year's Eve happens to be unusually warm compared to most years, we're always in the mood for warm drinks during wintertime. These two recipes in particular are perfect for New Year's Eve… Continue reading Crockpot Recipes: Warm Drink Edition

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Christmas Traditions

By: Amanda Magnus and Kristen Finstad   Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! We both just love this holiday, and thought it would be fitting to dedicate today's blog post to our Christmas traditions to help get in the spirit. So, grab a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and enjoy. Kristen's Childhood Traditions Like many,… Continue reading Christmas Traditions

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Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

By: Amanda Magnus First of all, green bean casserole is one of my favorites but I rarely make it. Maybe it's because it's a side dish and when I'm planning meals for the week I like to keep things simple and just do roasted veggies as a side as opposed to making a casserole. If… Continue reading Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

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Once Upon A Time…

By: Amanda Magnus Once upon a time...that's how all good stories begin right?! Well, this is the story of Princess Ella's third birthday party. Princess Ella came into this world on December 8, 2015 at 12:54pm. Her parents were overjoyed at her arrival and have been so blessed over the past 3 years watching her… Continue reading Once Upon A Time…

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Craveworthy Christmas Cookies

By: Kristen Finstad   From stocking-shaped, frosting-covered sugar cookies to your classic chocolate chip, Christmas cookie season is here! Whether you're looking for some simple and delicious recipes for your office cookie exchange, or just looking to wow your family at this year's celebration, we've got three recipes you're going to want to try. Commence… Continue reading Craveworthy Christmas Cookies

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Handmade Gifts for Friends and Family

By: Kristen Finstad With the holiday season comes an abundance of expenses - from the dozens of gifts, to the Christmas tree, to the potlucks, to the decorations...you know how it goes. Handmade gifts are a wonderful way to cut costs in the gift giving department. Plus, everyone knows handmade gifts are so much more… Continue reading Handmade Gifts for Friends and Family

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Gift Giving Ideas from Kids

By: Amanda Magnus Gift giving can be so stressful this time of year. It's hard enough trying to find gifts from you for everyone on your list. Then if you also have children you may be having to find gifts for them to give to friends and family as well.  If you are still searching… Continue reading Gift Giving Ideas from Kids

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Your Guide to Online Shopping During the Holiday Season

By: Kristen Finstad   Happy Tuesday! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent enjoying some delicious food and great company. 🙂 The madness of Black Friday is over, but Cyber Monday kicked off the week with amazing online deals. With websites and apps for absolutely anything you can think of these days, technology can… Continue reading Your Guide to Online Shopping During the Holiday Season

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Gift Giving Guide – Shop Small Edition

When it comes to this time of year Black Friday and Cyber Monday are what most people are waiting for to score some great deals! Not going to lie I'm the same way. But did you know that Saturday, November 24th is "Shop Small Saturday"? It's a great way to support your local small businesses… Continue reading Gift Giving Guide – Shop Small Edition

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Your New Must-Try Thanksgiving Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is arguably my favorite meal all year. From the buttery mashed potatoes and hearty stuffing, to the tart cranberries and delicious pies, it's a meal that just can't be beat. While it is something I look forward to each year, I also love to try new recipes from year-to-year.   My… Continue reading Your New Must-Try Thanksgiving Recipe

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Gettin’ Crafty: Birthday Banners Edition

By: Kristen Finstad   Happy Tuesday! Today, we're talking crafts. My sweet grandpa is turning 90 this month, and we're throwing him a party to celebrate (ya only turn 90 once, right?). I've, of course, asked Amanda to make one of her awesome birthday boards, which you may be hearing more about later this week.… Continue reading Gettin’ Crafty: Birthday Banners Edition

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Your New Favorite Breakfast: Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Bake

We've talked about a few different breakfast recipes on the blog, and they're all great for different reasons and occasions. The recipe featured today is perfect for hosting a group for brunch, as it makes a lot of food! It would also be perfect for prepping a week's worth of breakfast. We're talking about Tater… Continue reading Your New Favorite Breakfast: Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Bake

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Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Jessie Hetzel is another guest poster and we are so excited to have her! Jessie is a Midwest momma to three and works hard to find nutritious options for her family to eat. Be sure to follow her Instagram account here for more great lunch ideas and to see specifics of what foods she loves… Continue reading Healthy School Lunch Ideas

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Escape Rooms – The New Must-Try Experience

By: Amanda Magnus Have you ever heard of an escape room? They are popping up all over the place and are a must if you haven't experienced one yet. Kristen and I have done three escape rooms now at Escape In Time. I am going to tell you about our experience at this specific location… Continue reading Escape Rooms – The New Must-Try Experience

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7 Need to Know Tips for Home Decorating on a Budget

Meet Mel B! She is our first guest blogger! She is a self diagnosed perfectionist, head over heels for the little boy who stole her heart and calls her mom, and obsessed with all things personal growth. On her blog she talks about things like productivity, mindsets, and lifestyle. She shares her tips and tricks for… Continue reading 7 Need to Know Tips for Home Decorating on a Budget

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Board & Brush: Our Experiences and Thoughts

By Kristen Finstad   So, one of mine and Amanda's favorite things to do together is Board & Brush! If you haven't been, you ought to go! If you're unfamiliar, Board & Brush is this cute little place (with locations nationwide) where you basically turn a piece of raw wood into a super impressive decoration… Continue reading Board & Brush: Our Experiences and Thoughts

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Gettin’ Crafty: Halloween Luminaries Edition

By Kristen Finstad   Let me start off by saying that Andrew wanted me to name this blog post "Eat, Drink and BOO Crafty". Not a bad idea. Anyway - I asked, and you answered! Two weeks ago I listed several Halloween craft options, and the Halloween Luminaries received the most votes. Remember these?  … Continue reading Gettin’ Crafty: Halloween Luminaries Edition

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Furniture Refinishing Project: Failure to Success

By: Amanda Magnus As promised, here is my second refinishing project of a small china hutch. I seriously love refinishing furniture! I don't know that I could ever love doing it as a job though because I would want to keep everything I refinished. It's always so fun to see the finished project come together,… Continue reading Furniture Refinishing Project: Failure to Success

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Pinterest Halloween Crafts – What’s Your Vote?

By: Kristen Finstad Halloween is quickly approaching, and I firmly believe that there are few things cozier than a house decorated for fall and all of its festivities. I've done my due diligence in researching Halloween crafts on Pinterest, and I've found a few of my favorites. Some are spooky and some are cute. I'm… Continue reading Pinterest Halloween Crafts – What’s Your Vote?

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Blender Banana Oatmeal Muffins

By: Amanda Magnus Continuing with our theme for the week let's talk about breakfast. When it comes to breakfast my preferences have really changed over the years. From my high school days or even before I was never a big breakfast person. I actually preferred my sleep over breakfast so I would usually skip breakfast… Continue reading Blender Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Two-Ingredient Bagels: It’s What’s For Breakfast

By Kristen Finstad   First, a few relevant facts about me: I'm not a big breakfast person. Don't get me wrong - I'm starting to get hangry by about 10 a.m., but in the half hour between waking up and leaving for work, I'm just not hungry. Solution: breakfast on the go! I don't really… Continue reading Two-Ingredient Bagels: It’s What’s For Breakfast

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Instant Pot Deliciousness

By: Amanda Magnus I would be willing to bet that unless you avoid the kitchen or have been living under a rock you've heard of the Instant Pot. It seems to be the coolest new kitchen gadget and thanks to my wonderful husband I am lucky enough to own one. I've only had my Instant… Continue reading Instant Pot Deliciousness