Vanity Makeover – Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

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Hello! Sometimes you have a regular old maple bathroom vanity and it works. It does its job of holding your tooth paste and hair brush and razor. But something may be missing, besides the mascara or toothbrush.

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Build an Epic School Lunch

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School starts here on Monday! I am already in panic mode thinking about healthy breakfasts before school and packing lunches my kids actually want to eat. We have limited time in the morning before the kids head out the door so breakfast needs to be quick and easy. What you take for lunch makes a big different around the lunch table {aren’t kids funny like that?!} so I like to make sure I pack things I know my kids will actually want to eat. Dannon® Danimals® solve both of those issues for me and help me build an epic school lunch.

Tips and Tricks to Pack and EPIC school lunch your kids will love.

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Bacon Avocado Crostini

**I know we usually do Paleo Mondays but, to be honest, vacation kicked my butt! So, enjoy this delicious crostini recipe instead and we’ll get back to the paleo goodness next week!**

So, we totally buy our avocados at Costco. When you have a five year old who eats 1-2 per day, you need to buy in bulk. But, sometimes he just isn’t feeling it and we are left with a bunch of avocados and no idea what to do with them. We can only eat so much guacamole after all. I was having friends over recently and decided to put them to good use by making bacon avocado crostini.

Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Crostini

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Easy Dinner Recipes Meal Plan – Week 7

The start of a new week is almost here which means it is time to make sure our menu is ready for the week! Each week, I get together with six other bloggers to create a meal plan full of easy dinner recipes. It makes meal planning super simple which, in turn, makes getting dinner on the table each night a breeze. If you’re craving something sweet, we throw in a dessert to cover that too. All you do is pick which recipes you want to use from the meal plan and then hit the store for your ingredients. There is no more worrying at 5pm each night what to make for dinner because you’ve got that covered!

You can check out the prior week’s meal plans too because they are filled with delicious ideas!
Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4 // Week 5 // Week 6

This easy dinner recipes meal plan makes getting dinner on the table a breeze!

This easy dinner recipes meal plan makes getting dinner on the table a breeze!

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Pinworthy Projects Party

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. We are starting to get into back to school preparations but not before we go for a quick mini-vacation. Has summer break already ended for you?

I took a moment before closing up the computer for my time with family to check out what you all linked up last week. So many great items that it is always difficult for me to pick but here are some great features.

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S’mores Cupcakes // DIY Chalkboard Nursery Printable // 39 Lemonade Dessert Recipes // Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

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TBT: Easy Mustard Chicken Recipe

It has been awhile since I did a TBT recipe but I was registering my daughter for dance and gymnastics for the fall (yes, I am insane) and realized how busy our weeknights are going to be. I know I am not the only one in that boat so I wanted to share one of my favorites: an easy mustard chicken recipe.

Easy Mustard Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal. It cooks super fast and tastes amazing.

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One Pot Queso Pasta

I am so excited to partner with CansGetYouCooking.com to share with you one of my new favorite recipes! Even though this content is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We’re staring down the beginning of the school year here with less than 2 weeks to go. It has me all kinds of stressed thinking about the hectic weeknights to come that are filled with homework, after school activities and more. Of course, we have to fit dinner in there somewhere which is where awesome meals like one pot queso pasta earn their keep.

One Pot Queso Pasta is an easy and delicious meal that is virtually hands off for the cooking time leaving your free to take of all the other busy weeknight stuff.

One Pot Queso Pasta is an easy and delicious meal that is virtually hands off for the cooking time leaving your free to take of all the other busy weeknight stuff.

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1 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

1 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

I’ve recently cut out all refined sugar from my diet. Once I set my mind to it (and saw the lbs start to drop off!) it was easier than I had initially thought. But, it’s summer, and I would still like to enjoy an ice cream every so often. 
I’ve seen this recipe for 1 ingredient banana ice cream on Pinterest for a while now and have been dying to give it a try. I wasn’t sure that it would really taste like ice cream but BOY was I wrong! It’s also a great way to use up those over-ripe bananas…there’s only so much banana bread you can eat!

1 ingredient banana ice cream
1 ingredient banana ice cream

This couldn’t be easier to make: You want to use 4 or 5  over-ripe bananas (the browner they are, the sweeter the ice cream will  be!).

1 ingredient banana ice cream

Peel them and slice. Place the slices on a plate and freeze overnight. Then, all you have to do is blend them up in  food processor/blender until thick and creamy!

Now, in the spirit of being sharing, I’m going to let you know that I froze my bananas whole with the skins still ON. Don’t do this, they are impossible to peel once they are frozen!! You could peel first, then freeze but I reckon slicing them up first would make the process a whole lot easier. 

1 ingredient banana ice cream

1 ingredient banana ice cream

If you want to serve it right out of the blender, expect a “soft-serve” consistency. To make it a bit more solid, pop in a freezer-proof container and chill for at least 2 hours. 

1 ingredient banana ice cream

Who knew that pureed frozen bananas were so thick and creamy!? Honestly, if you love ice cream and bananas then you will adore this. It’s Paleo friendly, dairy free, (added) sugar free and a great guilt-free treat for both kids and adults alike. Feeling adventurous? Once you’ve mastered this version, don’t be afraid to experiment! I’m going to add almond butter to my next batch :-)

 

One Pot Chicken and Kale

One pot meals are my favorite. They really make it easy to get dinner done without a lot of dishes to clean up in the aftermath. On a lot of weeknights, I end up being the one to get the dishes in the dishwasher so I appreciate any little bit of help I can get. My favorite dish right now is paleo one pot chicken and kale.

One Pot Chicken and Kale

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Easy Recipes Meal Planner – Week 6

Ok, you guys. It is meal planning time. We are inching towards the beginning of our school year plus getting ready to go on vacation so this week’s meal planner is heavy on the crockpot meals. Using the crockpot just makes things so easy. I also like using my slow cooker during the summer because it doesn’t heat up the kitchen on the steamy nights. Instead, I get a fix it and forget it meal that I can enjoy without our electric bill skyrocketing!

Be sure to check out last week’s meal plan too which is full of one pot meals for those crazy busy nights. My two favorite pans for these are here and here.

This week's meal planner is full of easy recipes for dinner plus a delicious dessert!

 

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