The BEST Instant Pot meatball recipe! Make them 5 different ways: no sauce, with sauce, sweet & sour grape jelly, Korean, and Swedish style.
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Having the right types of toys will help your children to play better, longer, and more creatively with less. Here are the 10 best simple toys for kids that will provide endless play opportunities for many years to come.
This hearty sweet potato quinoa chili is SO good! Made with sweet potato, onion, bell peppers, zucchini, canned tomatoes and beans, it’s loved by vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters, alike!
Juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, this easy cast iron roast chicken recipe is the BEST! The secret is in the dry brine. All you need is salt, pepper, a cast iron pan, and some space in the fridge to let it rest overnight. Simple and full of flavor, it makes the perfect
This deliciously creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Soup is both rich and comforting, but is lightened up with healthy ingredients. It features loads of fresh broccoli and cauliflower, freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and whole milk in lieu of heavy cream — plus white beans and ground chicken sausage for a boost of protein, fiber, and
Made with ground chicken and just a handful of simple pantry ingredients, these healthy baked chicken meatballs are quick, easy, and delicious. They’re the perfect addition to any meal, whether you want to pour on some pesto, dip ’em in marinara, or bathe them in barbecue sauce. With this recipe, you’ll have plenty to pop
Want to make a kids capsule wardrobe but not sure what and how many clothes you’ll need? Here’s a list of essential clothing for fall/winter and a printable kids capsule wardrobe checklist so you can be sure you have everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The first time you create a kids capsule wardrobe,
These Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins are made with lentils, oats, and whole wheat flour, and are sweetened only with overripe bananas and chocolate chips. Each bite is bursting with banana flavor and has just enough melty, chocolatey sweetness to make this healthy snack taste like dessert. They’re loved by kids and can easily be
This easy Instant Pot Shredded Beef is mild in spice yet loaded with flavor and boasts endless meal possibilities, from Mexican-inspired tacos and burrito bowls, to enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, and more. Perfect for a crowd or quick family dinners with leftovers to freeze. Kid-friendly, budget-friendly, and cooks to tender perfection in about an hour! Favorite
This Easy Pea Pesto is simple and delicious — not to mention fast, budget-friendly, kid-friendly, and a breeze to freeze! Easily vegan and great over whole grain pasta for a no-fuss meal packed with healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fiber. Make a batch (or two!) and freeze for a quick and healthy meal in the
Kids home all day thanks to COVID-19? Learn how to activity block and add structure and variety to your days with this free printable activity blocking worksheet and simple daily schedule for kids. Perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond! Kids climbing the furniture? The walls? Ours too. Things sure have changed fast the last couple
The best homemade baked chicken tenders — crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Made with just six ingredients and minimal mess, these easy chicken tenders are freezer-friendly, dairy-free, and can easily be made gluten-free. Loved by kids and adults alike! I’ve made a lot of homemade baked chicken tenders. Some with panko,
Are you looking to simplify and live more minimalist, but getting resistance from your significant other? Here are 7 things you can do (and what you can declutter!) to be minimalist even when your partner or spouse isn’t on-board. My husband is a simple but sentimental guy. He’s the kind that hangs onto ticket stubs,
This easy Instant Pot Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with spinach comes together in under 30 minutes, making it the perfect one-pot meal for busy weeknights. It’s satisfying, quick, kid-friendly and so good you’ll want to make it again and again. Do you love easy recipes? I love easy recipes. But y’all know easy recipes
The best ever healthy No Added Sugar Banana Bread, bursting with banana flavor and is made with no refined sugar, just healthy, real food ingredients. It’s also dairy-free and has just 150 calories and 6 grams of sugar per slice. Enjoy it plain or add some mix-ins: walnuts, pecans, raisins, or my favorite, chocolate chips!
Made with fresh spinach and convenient canned artichokes, this quick and easy Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip will become your new go-to party appetizer. Packed with healthy spinach and artichokes and naturally gluten-free! If you invite me to a party, chances are I’m going to bring this Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip. It’s my signature
Interested in minimalism but don’t quite know where to begin? Start with this simple 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. The challenge is comprised of 30 assignments that will help you simplify your home, schedule, and mental load. You will clear clutter, reduce the noise and demands of the everyday, and create processes that will streamline your life.
Made with just essential oils, distilled water, and alcohol, this easy DIY Essential Oil Holiday Room Spray brings all of the wonderful smells of the season together: fresh evergreen, warming clove, zesty orange, and sweet cinnamon. Use it as an air freshener, linen spray, or aromatherapy shower mist, or give it as a gift! Get
These Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are made with naturally sweet dates, whole grain oats, natural peanut butter, salt, and vanilla extract, and are topped with a chocolate kiss. They make a nourishing snack that can double as dessert and are naturally gluten-free, refined grain-free, and egg-free. Growing up, we lived in a tight-knit
Material gifts are fun to unwrap, but we know the best gifts are often memories, not things. This year, give the little ones in your life something they’ll never forget. From toddlers to teenagers, here are the best experience gifts for kids. Think about your favorite memories as a kid. What comes to mind? Sure
Simplifying the toys in your home will cut clutter, reduce stress, and improve how your kids play. Use this guide to declutter your toys for good. You know that feeling of overwhelm and inability to focus when you have too many browser tabs open? That’s how our kids feel in the presence of too many
Quite possibly our favorite pasta sauce of all time, this kid-friendly Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce recipe goes great over any kind of pasta and makes enough to freeze some for a busy night. Easily vegan or dairy-free, and takes just 15 minutes to prep! I’ve been waiting for the right time to share this butternut
A veggie-packed version of a meaty Korean classic, this Healthy Korean Beef Bulgogi features lean ground beef, shredded cabbage, and peas in a sweet and tangy sauce over steamed rice. Topped with quick, pickled cucumbers, tender carrots, and spicy Sriracha crema, this dish is ready in under 30 minutes and will be one the whole
Creating a kids capsule wardrobe for our toddlers has simplified our lives in so many ways. Now we spend less time and money on our kids’ clothing and have more outfits that work together. Here’s how you can create a capsule wardrobe for your little boy or girl! Why I Created a Capsule Wardrobe for
Want to know the secret to reducing junk mail? Here are 3 quick ways you can stop junk mail and save trees (and your sanity) in less than 10 minutes. Anyone else experience an influx of junk mail recently? I swear the second I got pregnant and started a baby registry my name was slapped
In this simple One-Pot Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas), canned chickpeas simmer to soft, buttery perfection while the pasta cooks alongside in a hearty tomato-based broth. Vegetarian (but easily vegan) and ready in around 45 minutes. My most favorite minimalist meals are the ones that I can make on Sunday and eat all week
Looking for an Instant Pot butternut squash recipe? This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto is a delicious fall risotto topped with freshly grated Parmesan, crispy pancetta and sage. Just five minutes in the pressure cooker yields soft butternut squash and perfectly cooked risotto with almost no stirring needed. Are we feeling fall yet, friends? It’s
The best ever healthy no added sugar pumpkin banana bread is bursting with fall flavors and is made with no refined sugar, just healthy, real food ingredients. Enjoy it plain or add some mix-ins: walnuts, pecans, raisins, or my favorite, chocolate chips! You guys. It’s pumpkin season — arguably my favorite season of the entire
Overwhelmed by your children’s books? Here’s how to know if it’s time to downsize your collection, plus our simple solutions to declutter kids books. What is it about books that make us feel like we can never have enough? Is it a love for literature? Or the underlying idea that books are good, so more
This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Feta Dressing features protein-rich quinoa, convenient canned chickpeas, crisp cucumbers, bell pepper, red onion, and fresh, flat leaf parsley. Tossed in a creamy, 5-minute feta dressing, it makes a delicious and healthy lunch, dinner, or potluck-worthy side. Introducing the only dish I’ll taking to potluck parties and summer barbecues for
How to start a capsule wardrobe, complete with a free printable guide to get you started! This minimalist approach is perfect for busy parents and/or beginners who want to get rid of the excess and create an approachable, functional wardrobe. Creating a capsule wardrobe might be one of the most overcomplicated things I’ve ever encountered
Welcome to our minimalist master bedroom tour! This post has been in the works for quite a while. I held off on writing it because we’ve actually been sleeping upstairs in our guest room/office for the last nine months or so. Such is the reality of having a baby and a toddler! With a master
Want to create a minimalist kitchen? Here’s a list of our essential kitchen tools that we use daily, plus a few decluttering tips! A big part of this blog is sharing our minimalism journey — how and what we declutter, things have have made our lives simpler, and tricks or habits we’ve picked up along
This easy Stovetop Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is as luscious as it looks. Simmered in a milk broth and pureed to creamy perfection, cauliflower adds a nutritional boost to this fan favorite. It’s been kid-tested and is mama-dietitian approved, so dig in! I know replacing carbs with cauliflower is all the rage these days but
This hearty Instant Pot Bolognese sauce is packed with veggies and freezes amazingly — so eat half and freeze the leftovers for a busy night! Bolognese. Bolo-nayze. Bolo-neez. Bolo-nyay-zay. Bolo-neezy-fo-sheezy. No matter which way you say it, someone will correct you — at least that’s been my experience. Personally, I prefer the Italian pronunciation, “bolo-nyay-zay”
Toasted pine nuts, quality Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice bring out the best of kale’s deep, earthy flavors in this Kale Parsley Pesto. Can I admit something to you guys? I rely on frozen pesto a lot. Like when it’s 5pm and I’ve got two hungry toddlers and
Early on in our minimalism journey I realized that not everyone’s vision of it is the same. Some folks get rid of all. the. things. Others focus less on the physical stuff and work on clearing schedules and mental clutter first. The beauty of this is there is no “right” or “wrong” way to embrace
Why I Created a Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Two and a half years ago we moved from a modest two bedroom apartment in San Francisco to a big, beautiful house here in Bend. It’s open and modern, and aside from giving us ample space to work and play, it actually feels pretty minimalist. “You’ll fill it