Handmade Autumn Burlap Wreath Tutorial

September 6th, 2016

Handmade Autumn Burlap Wreath Tutorial

I am so excited to be sharing another tutorial for how to make a burlap wreath today! I can’t begin to tell you how happy this wreath makes me hanging our front door. The pop of orange is just what our door needs for the holidays and this wreath is perfect for all fall through Halloween and Thanksgiving.

If you haven’t made a burlap wreath before, this tutorial is for you! It outlines step-by-step how to recreate this wreath with my picture tutorial.

Handmade Autumn Burlap Wreath Tutorial

The crisp coolness of fall is moving in here in the Midwest and with it comes the urge to decorate every square inch of my home to honor it. Dare I say that we do more fall decorating than we do Christmas decorating? With simplifying as our goal, though, instead of decorating for Halloween and decorating for Thanksgiving, I am trying to create pieces that can double for both holidays and be appreciated until it’s time to break out the Christmas decorations.

The best part is that this burlap wreath requires no crafting skills, no cutting, and is very inexpensive to create.The one thing I will say with making burlap wreaths is that you need to have a little patience with yourself in the beginning. My first wreath, I took apart three times before I got the hang of it. Once you get the bubbling of the burlap down though, this really is a quick and easy craft and such a great way to dress up a door. (Note: affiliate links are included)

How to Make a Burlap Autumn Wreath


Supplies Needed:



1. Begin by folding your burlap in half, like I have shown above, and keep the fold going as we go along. Select one section of the wire wreath to start in. Feed the beginning end through the wreath as shown above: over the outer ring, under the next, over the next, and under to finish. Leave a little loose end to tuck in or you can wire it to the wreath with a little floral wire in the back. Now you have started your wreath- super easy!  This is the technique we are using throughout.

Note: I am showing it to you tightly so you can see how this will work, when you do this, you will actually be pulling out the burlap a bit to give it to that bubble effect that we are going for. 

2. Using the working end of the burlap (the working end is the side that isn’t the final end of the burlap, but the end you are working with), we are going to begin making the bubbled burlap right next to this row, within the same section of that metal wreath, but we will begin weaving in the opposite direction, continuing to pull out and bubble the burlap as we go, moving the working burlap into each section, weaving one direction than weaving the other direction.

4. When you run out of burlap (it should be when you are about halfway through covering the wreath), tuck the end towards the back and pick up where you left off. Again, you can wire these ends with a little floral wire on the back.

5. Once the entire wreath is covered, secure the final end with floral wire on the back of the wreath to make sure everything is held into place, twisted around one of the metal strands of the wreath.

6. Now you can fluff your burlap out to create that bubbly effect and to cover any of the metal you can see peeking out..

7. Clip small stems of your greenery to weave into your wreath. Starting with the front, add bits here and there, but not in a pattern, to make it look natural. Repeat this process with the middle layer and then finally attach a few towards the back to add texture to this wreath.

Handmade Autumn Burlap Wreath Tutorial

I don’t want to brag, but doesn’t this look like something out of a magazine? Weaving in the texture of the greenery really makes this wreath pop and looks professional. Thanks to catching some half-off sales at our local craft store, I was able to make this beauty for less than $20 which also makes me very happy!

Handmade Autumn Burlap Wreath Tutorial

I hope you can dress your home up simply and beautifully for the fall holidays with this fun idea!

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Fashion Capsule Shopping On a Budget (See My Haul)

September 1st, 2016


I promised to take you on the journey from start to finish on planning a capsule wardrobe. I shared my possible contenders (that link is where you can read more about what a capsule wardrobe is!) and I wanted to share with you the fit on these items as well as my thoughts on some other pieces that I picked up. Since this is my first time doing this, I would SO appreciate your feedback if this helps you with your own wardrobe planning.

A Little About Me

Before I begin I want to let you know that I am merely remarking on quality and best buys for your buck and not what you should or shouldn’t wear.  If you need help picking out clothes for YOU please take this course. It is an amazing class and will help you pick the right fit and look for your own body type.

If I were forced to classify my own style it would be Elderly Hipster with a lean towards classic lines.

Oh, you haven’t heard of Elderly Hipster?

It means I might lean in a bit to boho or retro, but you won’t catch me back in overalls. It means I lean towards classics with clean lines so I find things like distressed jeans to be distressing and patterned leggings to be pajamas. I also feel weird about the exposed shoulder trend especially the weird cut-out shoulders. I can’t do it.

I like them for you, but not for me. 

I normally don’t purchase as much, but I got pretty sick this year and my clothes are not fitting right anymore. I haven’t really felt like myself and have been lacking a bit of confidence because, to me, I look worn down and sick. It sucks. Instead of trying to tie up skirts and pants and knotting/belting/zip tying all the things to make them have shape around me, I bought some things and am putting clothes away until I look like my old self again.

I used you as an excuse to shop though so I hope that’s okay.

It’s been a hard year and I want to feel like myself again.

A Little About You

Since many of the items have an affiliate link (something I try to always disclose), I am able to get a good snapshot of what you guys like. What I can see from these reports is that you love a good deal from familiar stores like Old Navy and LOFT. I can also see that you are willing to invest in quality staples to round out your purchases like a good pair of jeans. One of the top things you are buying are these ballet flats, for example, which tells me you value quality and comfort like I do.

Maybe your style is Elderly Hipster too?

Boutique is also okay, but it must be classic, made well, and affordable. I partnered up with Ali On The Boulevard and we worked together to come up with affordable capsule options that have longevity from her store. I wanted to work locally so I could actually feel and see the items for you, not just act like I knew if it was good or not. I even stood there while she called every supplier too to make sure you guys could purchase any of the pieces and everything that is featured you will be able to order. The highest price item is $38 and most sit in the $25-33 range. I hope this will add to your enjoyment of capsule shopping. I will be sharing these items with you next week (along with HOPEFULLY some of the items that have not arrived yet)  and the accessories/shoes that I found to compliment them.

I had also made a commitment to embrace secondhand, but the feedback I got from you is that, while this was certainly inspiring, it made it hard to replicate. Not everyone desires the thrill of the hunt like I do. Many of you signed up with thredUP, but maybe got lost or overwhelmed along the way.  This time I wanted to show you smart purchases, but I also spent some time looking at your purchase history to make sure it fell in line with what you buy.

You guys had mixed feelings about Stitch Fix and I did too. I had some credit sitting in my account so I thought I would give it a spin again and this time I actually kept three items (first time ever!). I had no idea they started carrying shoes and they picked out some trendy comfortable shoes for me which made the delivery worth it. This time it worked out, but it took them three tries to finally nail it.

So that’s the scoop on you and me. I am ready to show you what I got. I also have a new appreciation for fashion bloggers. I don’t want to do this again for a long time!!

Perfect Mustard Cardigan & Styling Ideas

Perfect Mustard Cardigan

Mustard Cardigan, Chevron Necklace, Gray Tee, & Leopard Print Shoes

mustard cardigan- H&M ($12.99!!), gray t-shirt worn for almost 3 years (similar, old navy),   7 jeans (thredup), world’s comfiest leopard flats (Amazon), chevron necklace (francesca’s)

Every year I get asked about mustard cardigans and, you guys, THIS IS THE ONE!! It is soft, the length is perfection, the sleeves have a dolman sleeve quality to the cut, and this baby is only $12.99- BOOM! I took a risk and got three of these in a variety of colors. This fits true to size (I am wearing the XS) and the length fits like this on someone who is a towering 5’1″ (jealous?) I still can’t believe this find this year and I hope you can snag one in the whole rainbow too!

Also this necklace is beautiful and just the chevron detail I had been looking for. It’s two toned and the piece is heavy with a sturdy necklace to hold the chevron. I highly recommend for a knockoff Madewell look!

Burgundy Cardigan, Gray T-Shirt, Chevron Necklace, & Leopard Print Shoes

Hope you love that sweater because here it is the wine color. Also, note to self, clean the mirror next time. Lord knows what is on this one.

Belted Black Cardigan, Floral Top, Skinny Jeans, & Black Ballet Flats

Perfect Black Cardigan

black rib-knit cardigan (H&M), floral print shirt ($14.99!!) 7 jeans (thredup), belt (similar, target), world’s comfiest black flats (Amazon)

And the cardigan again, but this time I belted it so it makes it totally different. Also, check out these ballet flats. I am going to say they look like something that rhymes with LEIKS and far more affordable. Oh, and JUST as comfy, I guarantee it.  This floral print shirt is amazing and has the mustard and blush color blended right in it. It runs small, I think, so I would size up one on this one.

Floral Print Shirt, Skinny Dark Jeans, & Black Ballet Flats

Seriously, how gorgeous is this print? It will pair well with just about everything in my capsule this year! Yay!

Cozy Gray Top, Chevron Necklace, Dark Jeans, Tan Tassel Booties

world’s coziest top that feels like pajamas (old navy), 7 jeans (thredup), tassel booties- your feet will say thank you over and over again (tom’s), chevron necklace (francesca’s)

Last week I raved about this top so I just wanted to show you how adorable this is. The cut is perfect and the material feels like a cozy blanket, but the kind that doesn’t make you sweaty. This top runs true to size and I saw so many of you ordered this one last week. I would love to hear if you loved it half as much as I did!! Tell me, tell me!

Black Cargo Vest, Ivory Shirt, Dark Jeans, Tan Tassel Booties

world’s coziest top that feels like pajamas (old navy), black cargo vest (target with a french accent- $29.99!!),  7 jeans (thredup), tassel booties- (tom’s), chevron necklace (francesca’s)

I wanted to switch up the olive green vest and added this black cargo vest as a topper for a variety of outfits in this capsule. It’s so cute and lightweight. I snagged the world’s coziest top in the ivory too and it will make a great staple under my dresses in the colder months. I’m wearing the XS and this one fits true to size.

Sleeveless Pintuck Swing Dress With Tan Belt Pintuck Swing Dress with Rose Cardigan & Tan Belt

Blue Swing Dress, Mustard Sweater, & Tan Belt

sleeveless pintuck swing dress (old navy), belt (similar, target), mustard cardigan- H&M, rose cardigan, dusty rose cardigan- J. Crew (thredup)

I clearly need to iron this BUT my husband said this is his favorite thing I got and it was acquired for a song at Old Navy (woohoo!). I am showing you a few ways I plan to wear it, but there are MANY more!

Sleeveless Pintuck Swing Dress

Pintuck Sleeveless Swing Dress

This dress has a lot of fabric to it and I was worried it would overwhelm my petite frame. This dress runs big so size down one. I am wearing the Petite XS and you can see the length on me is perfect. I will stick to wearing a belt with this one because I’m not paying for alterations until I am for sure planning to wear it for many a season. That said, when I eat my giant dinners, I shall let the belt fly and not worry about my belly hanging out.

If you carry weight around your middle, this is a great way to camouflage it.  Just skip the belt and distract the eye with a fun necklace or scarf.

Belted Boho Shift

Belted Boho Shift

Boho Shift With Suede Booties

burgundy tassel boho shift (old navy), belt (similar, target), suede booties (similar,old navy)

You guys! This is me being edgy. Remember, elderly hipster! I got this dress on impulse after that first one fit so good and I LOVE THIS DRESS. I do need to iron it (I’m exhausted- the kids, the running, the meals, the neverending story of my life), but the thing that I really love about this is that it is fully lined. I like it not belted, but my husband says it looks like a nightgown. I think we both need to warm up to the boho look because I adore this dress. It can also be paired with that mustard cardigan, but I didn’t want that in every picture because I do have a few other looks.

This one fits true to size, perhaps, a tiny bit baggy if you are on the fence of two sizes. Isn’t it just the cutest? I’m happy I went with that impulse. Combined with their every single day is a sale day coupon code and you can get this one in the $20 range!

  Black, Mustard Necklace

Back of Top

All black, mustard necklace, & suede booties

pintucked blouse in black (LOFT), Just Black black jeans (Stitch Fix- I know!!), suede booties (similar, Old Navy), mustard necklace (similar, but mine is from Goodwill, yo!)

I got two of these pintucked blouses for dressing up and for layering. I REALLY love these because they have a lot of movement and an adorable tie in the back without that open racy look (elderly hipster).  I am wearing an XXS in this one- sizing probably fits pretty true to size, I just have trouble with my smaller frame.

Stitch Fix sent the Just Black jeans and I fell in love. They are buttery and soft, but not linty and trapping cat hair as my other pairs. They sent me ankle-length and they were nearly perfect in length for me. I have been wearing these nonstop since I got them.

Pink Pintuck Shirt + Burgundy Necklace + Black Jeans
Striped Jacket, Pintuck Shirt, Tassel Necklace in Flourescents

Pink Shirt, Mustard Sweater, and Royal Blue Necklace

pintucked blouse in angel wing pink (LOFT), tassel necklace (similar, j. crew factory), striped blazer (similar, macy’s and under $30!!), blue bubble necklace (similar), burgundy bubble necklace, similar, mustard cardigan (H&M)

I don’t often think of pink as a neutral, but this soft pink delivers in so many color schemes that it is a new neutral for me. I think this is one of my wisest wardrobe investment pieces just for the variation it brings with color.

That neckline is hella fun too for a million colors and necklaces. This also has the tie back feature without the raciness (get off my lawn, whippersnappers!).

Burgundy Shirt, Black Jeans, Chevron Necklace Burgundy Top, Jean Vest, Black Jeans, Suede Booties

burgundy top (thredup- here is a similar one), Just Black black jeans (Stitch Fix), suede booties (similar,old navy), jean vest (thredup- here is a similar one on budget)

I just love everything about this. The top can be dressed up or dressed down and the neckline on this makes it perfect for pretty much everything. The pocket sits higher so it’s not right on the boob. Not that I have those. But for all of you SPECIAL ladies. This was made by an in-house brand for Stitch Fix, but I snagged it on consignment. Such a steal! This is my first jean vest ever and another SUPER edgy piece to my wardrobe.

Burgundy Tee, Black Jeans, Moccasins

Just Black black jeans (Stitch Fix), Burgundy Top (Stitch Fix), Adorable Moccasins (Kenneth Cole, Stitch Fix), mustard necklace (similar, but mine is from Goodwill, yo!)

How cute are these items? I had my doubts, but they finally pulled through. I made sure to request SMART basics for a capsule wardrobe. The top wasn’t my favorite until I put it on and realized how lovely it is. It’s almost a light sweater material and it drapes beautifully. These black jeans are my new favorite jeans and the slip on shoes complete my busy mom lifestyle. REALLY happy this time and plan to try again with the next capsule.

Sweater Dress from Anthro

Sweater Dress from Anthro

GORGEOUS sweater dress (thredup), blue bubble necklace (similar), Madden Girl Open Toe Booties (similar, Macy’s)

Now I’m just showing off because this dress…I love it and I got it on consignment. This is my jazz hands piece and I can’t wait to layer it for the cooler season.

Swing Top With Style

Madewell Swing Top  (thredup), pintucked blouse in black (LOFT), Just Black black jeans (Stitch Fix), black beaded necklace (similar, open sky)

Another thredup find and LOOK that pintuck blouse is underneath. My husband was like, “Whoa, fashionable.” This swing top is from Madewell and I love it. It’s one of those pieces that will pair well with a bib necklace for fancy nights out.

Perfect Striped Dress

Perfect Striped Dress

striped t-shirt dress (target), belt (similar, target), mustard necklace (similar, but mine is from Goodwill, yo!), nude peep toe shoes (similar, mine are also cole haan- they run narrow so I don’t last long in these!)

This is one of the weirdest things in my capsule, but I fell in love with it. This is a maternity dress. No, I am not making an announcement. Putting Me Together said this is the ultimate striped dress so I went with it. On a taller person, this will be right at knee length or higher (look at her- legs for days!). On me, it is a comfortable midi length. I absolutely love it and it feels like…you guessed it…pajamas. She says this one doesn’t pill after being washed- woohoo!

When the receipt breezed through, I had to text my husband and remind him that if I was pregnant, I was birthing the next Savior. We double locked it. LOL! Only fur babies moving forward!

Francesca Cardigan

Francesca Cardigan

The only miss was just because I am so petite. This cardigan was going to be everything. As you can see, I have PLENTY of cardigans and no need for this piece. It’s being returned. This would be adorable on someone of taller stature though!  I just couldn’t carry the volume or length very well.

PHEW! I also have a new appreciation for fashion bloggers.

More happening on Tuesday with my friend Ali and a few notes on my favorite accessories.

I hope this is helpful. If it isn’t, just get out of here because that was a crazy amount of work. And worth it…I hope.


Ask questions, tell me what you think, or whatever! Just let me know you visited!

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DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions

September 1st, 2016

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

This post was created in partnership with Waverly Inspirations. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site! 

I am so excited to share with you these DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions I made today for our kitchen. While we have loved the aesthetics of our metal chairs in our kitchen, some of the bony bottoms in this house haven’t wanted to spend too much time in them. Lest you feel lead astray, it is not my rear that is struggling, thanks to a healthy dose of Sir Mix-A-Lot genes. I just get to hear from other people in my house about their discomforts.

Since I don’t sew (and struggle with exactness and measuring of materials) I wanted to create a DIY chair cushion to comfy up your metal chairs AND I wanted that chair cushion to be able to have two prints so we could switch them around. Not only does this give you two choices, but if you get tired of the print, you can reuse your cushion materials inside and recover them again with a fresh print.

I don’t want to brag, but I also think these are SUPER cute too!

Grab your glue guns and let’s get to work!

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed (everything including these gorgeous fabrics are found at Walmart!!)

Your choice of matching Waverly Inspirations Fabric (measure the dimensions of your chairs to figure out your yardage)

Trim (I purchased two yards for each chair, but this will also depend on your own chair size!)

Fabric Glue

Fabric Rotary Cutter

Rotary Mat

Hot Glue Gun & glue sticks

Foam Cushion


DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

Directions for No-Sew Chair Cushions

1. Begin by place a large piece of parchment over your chair seat to create a template of the sizing of the seat of your chair. Mine had a lip that outlined around it that I followed for tracing. Cut this out and use this as your guide for cutting your foam. Using scissors, cut to the size of your template (Note- if you are worried about your template holding up, you can trace it on heavier paper and then use that as your guide).

2. Grab one of your fabrics and place the foam cushion on top. Cut (with your rotary cutter and on your mat) around the cushion, giving yourself 2″ of wiggle room around the cushioning. Repeat this same step with your second piece of fabric.

3.  Now it is time to glue your pieces. You want one fabric with the print out and one fabric on top with the print in. We will be turning these inside out once they are dry so you want to be sure your fabric is facing the correct direction. Also be mindful what direction your print is going so you can repeat that on each cushion.

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

4. Using your fabric glue, glue around the entire square, leaving an opening to slide in your cushion on one side. Repeat this on all of your cushions. Set the cushions aside and let them dry for 24 hours.

5. The next day, carefully open up and turn the cushion covers to the right side. Slide your foam cushion in and then either sew the opening with a needle and thread or (this is my lazy girl way!) line up the fabrics folding it in to match and hot glue that seam shut.

6. Grab your trim and carefully apply your hot glue and then secure your trim. Do this all the way around your cushion. If you have any excess, line the cushion up and figure out where to secure a tie (or two!) for it. You can either secure this to the cushion with a bit of hot glue or you can grab a heavy thread and needle and stitch it to the back.

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions from MomAdvice.com

I hope these fun cushions bring your bony butts as much joy as they have to our house. We all agree that this also warms up the space a bit and makes it feel a little more homey. I added these coordinating pillows to the end chairs to add a little more warmth to them.

Do you want more fabric craft inspiration? Try these!

How to Make a Blanket Scarf

Fabric Wreath & Matching Garland

Fabric Bulletin Board Tutorial

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Amy’s Notebook 08.31.16

August 31st, 2016


source: design mom

I love these meal ideas for late summer entertaining.

5 tools that can help you clean like a pro- I’m in!

I hate trying on jeans so this was helpful.

Had a good laugh over these reviews- I wonder if the company regrets making this product…

I want to try out this 100 year-old to-do list hack.

Why fangirling in your 30’s is so much better.



source: a beautiful mess

These DIY painted patio floors are such an affordable update to an outdoor patio!

This is on my crafting bucket list. Have you tried it?

I can’t wait to do a little antiquing and weave some of these suggestions in our home.

The hell that is the school drop-off line. WHY IS THIS SO HARD?

I never knew you could spray paint balloons!

11 books that pair well with your childhood faves- can’t wait to snag these from my library.

The question to ask yourself- what if I don’t.

I gave this a spin again and, for the first time, I wasn’t disappointed.

Just discovered this blog for replicating fancy style on a budget- yes!

5 important things you should know about your fridge- I’ll finally use my crisper drawers right!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Pressure Cooker Korean Street Tacos

August 29th, 2016


I have heard the praises sung from so many about their Instant Pots that I finally decided to take the plunge and get one for our family. We have had the best time cranking out meals, breakfasts, and snacks with it and I am so excited to share those recipes with you on the site. The first recipe we made were Korean Tacos for a fun Friday night feast together. The best part is that this meat is fall apart tender in 45 minutes and so easy to shred, it is just a matter of pulling it apart a bit with two forks.

Instant Pot

If you haven’t joined the cult of Instant Pot,  I would like to share why the church of the Instant Pot is the best. In this one gadget you are able to saute your dishes, slow cook your dishes, pressure cook your dishes, and even use it as a rice cooker. It has, basically, eliminated the need for multiple kitchen gadgets in my house. I bought the 6-quart that is minus the yogurt making setting and I am really happy with it. You can certainly splurge a little more for all the bells and whistles and tell me all about it!

Instant Pot

Pressure cooking the first time was SCARY! I read my booklet three times and about lost my crap when I had to release the steam out of the top of the venting thingamabob. When I say I lost my crap, I basically started screaming and ran in the other corner of the kitchen.

Then I realized that this really was not a big deal.

It’s steam.

I will not die from it.

right?? right??

There is a learning curve with this one. One day I was venting it when it was supposed to be shut, another day I had it closed when it should be venting, and the biggest issue I have had is figuring out timing.

If a dish says it is ready in JUST seven minutes, please know that they are not counting the preheating time which can be agonizingly long when you wait until the last minute for that “JUST seven minute” meal.

Several nights my kids were clutching their bellies and moaning around the house.

“How many more minutes? I’m so hungry.”

“LOOK, I AM DOING THE BEST I CAN. IT SAID SEVEN MINUTES AND EVERYONE IS A LIAR. IT’S ONLY 9 AT NIGHT. YOU ARE ALL BEING VERY DRAMATIC.” (runs under table to shield oneself from the evils of the steam monster).

Once I started to understand when to vent/when not to and gave myself an extra half hour start time before meals, I fell in love with this. I have used it every single day since we got it from slow cooked oatmeal to quick risottos to these delicious Korean tacos today. It is my new best friend!

Pressure cooking is amazing for its ability to make quicker work of things that normally take a long time or that can be very labor intensive. Steel cut oatmeal in four minutes, risotto in seven (with no pot hovering), shredded beef in forty-five minutes. It’s a dream come true!

I am sure I will have more to say about this gadget as I progress my way through new recipes! For now, let’s make some tacos!


These Korean tacos take about 45 minutes to make (after the preheat time- ahem!) and is made with items you most likely already have in your kitchen. A squeeze of fresh orange juice, soy sauce, beef broth, and a diced apple make an incredibly flavorful beef. I love that this is created from a bottom roast so it makes this an affordable dish to create and a wonderful one to entertain with.

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To balance the saltiness of these, I topped these with a sweet Asian slaw made from cabbage, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and honey (to taste). It adds that irresistible crunch and balances the flavor in these.

Don’t have a pressure cooker? No worries! Just put this meat in a slow cooker for eight hours on LOW instead.

Don’t forget that this can also be transformed into taco bowls for your week too! Prepare the rice in the Instant Pot (some recommend getting an extra insert to make quick work in the kitchen!) and enjoy this delicious meal all week long.

These were a huge hit with my whole family and we made quick work eating through this batch on busy weeknights! I can’t recommend this one enough!


Pressure Cooker Korean Street Tacos
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Serves: 8 servings
Put your Instant Pot to work to create this flavorful Korean Street Taco for your week. This is a great one for busy weeknights & can be made into delicious rice bowls for your lunches!
  • 4 pounds bottom roast, cut into 2" cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and chopped
  • juice or one large orange or 2 small
  • Corn tortillas (warmed)
  • 1 cup red cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 cups cabbage mix (shredded)
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)- cilantro haters OMIT.
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sriracha, optional for added heat
  1. Season your bottom roast meat cubes generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Turn on your Instant Pot and select the Saute setting. Once the pan is hot coat the pan with the olive oil and in batches brown the meat on all the sides. Transfer meat to a plate while you’re working.
  3. Once all the meat is browned, using a whisk, deglaze the bottom of the pot with the beef broth, scraping up all the browned bits.
  4. Pour in the soy sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Return all the meat back to the pan and then place the garlic, ginger and appl on top of the meat, stirring lightly to slightly combine.
  6. Finish by adding a squeeze of orange juice.
  7. Place the lid on your Instant Pot and using the manual button on normal pressure set to 45 minutes. IMPORTANT: Make sure the valve is CLOSED.
  8. While the meat is cooking, begin preparing your slaw. Add the red cabbage and regular cabbage mix to a medium sized bowl.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk the rice wine vinegar, sriracha (optional), soy sauce, honey and sesame oil together.
  10. Pour the dressing the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.
  11. Once the pot is done, release the steam and shred meat using a fork. On a warmed tortilla, scoop meat and then slaw to finish.

Adapted from Cookies & Cups

Tell me, what’s your favorite thing to prepare in your pressure cooker? Do you have any great tips/tricks for a newbie?

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Coziest Top Ever, Musical Fun, & Roku On-The-Go (GIVEAWAY!!)

August 26th, 2016

Unknown Artist (Natalie) Antique Painting

One of our goals this week was to get the painting my husband found at an antique shop in Saugatuck framed for our home. If you haven’t given Hobby Lobby’s framing department a spin, it is where we have taken all of our pieces for framing. This one required custom framing and we splurged for the museum glass (did you know you can use a coupon on that- so nice!). That splurge pays off though to not have a glare across her face.

We got her hung in our family room and then my husband remarked how she really should be anchored by something…you know, like a new record console since that corner was so bare. Anyone else feel like these switches spiral into other purchases? I insisted we make do and switched tables, moved things around, and gathered greenery from the backyard. It works for now until we want to continue spiraling.

She really is a beauty and adds so much to our little living room.

Here are a few other things that are making me happy!

Old Navy Brushed Fleece T-Shirt World’s Coziest Top

Next week I am planning to try on and post the things that I ordered for my capsule wardrobe for fall, but I couldn’t wait on this one, for fear they will sell out. You guys. THIS TOP IS EVERYTHING!! The outside is made of the softest material ever felt (almost like a faux cashmere material) and the inside feels more like a terry material so you don’t get overheated. It is the top you will want to wear all the time, I promise you. As someone who hates shirts to be too short, the length is absolutely perfect on this one with satisfactory coverage. This one runs true to size (I purchased the XS and it is not too tight). I had ordered it in Gray and in Oatmeal and it is paining me not to order more. That is how much I love it.

Since Old Navy pretty much runs a sale every single day, I doubt you would ever pay the full retail price of $20 for it, but if you did, it would still be the best $20 you spent.

I tried it on and ran up to my husband.

“Touch me,” I said (with a glint in my eye).

“Okay,” he said (with a glint in his eye.)

“Can you believe this shirt?” (I said with eyes dancing)

“Oh, I guess we were thinking different things..” (sad face emoji).

He touches the shirt…

“I am so jealous. I want a shirt like that. If I had a shirt like that I would wear it every day.” (more sad face emojis because no male t-shirt equivalent on their site)

So there you have it, I can’t endorse this one enough!! Snag it ASAP.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Musical Geek Awesomeness

I was so excited that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend came to Netflix and I have been treating myself to an episode in the afternoons. Have you guys seen it? It is pretty much my dream show. The main character, Rachel, lives in New York and is a successful practicing lawyer. When she bumps into an old boyfriend, Josh, on the street she believes it is fate and drops everything to try to get him back including a great career and her life in New York.

Yup. She’s crazy.

This city girl moves to a small town in California (two hours from the beach, four hours in traffic), taking a job at a small town law firm (with hilarious co workers) in hopes she can get back together with Josh…poor, unsuspecting Josh!

This is dark comedy at its finest and they manage to weave in the most beautiful (and hilarious) music that make it feel like each episode is a taste of a Broadway show. I cry-laugh through almost every single one.

If you haven’t watched it yet, DO IT. You can watch it on Netflix, Hulu, or stream it through Amazon.

Roku Stick

Roku On-the-Go

We don’t have cable (one of the best financial decisions we have made) and so I am always on the hunt to share new options for affordable streaming for families. We have had a Roku box for years and I was so excited to see that they have created a Roku now that is simply a stick that you can stick into your television’s HDMI port, that has all of the shows you are currently streaming. For wall-mounted televisions, it is a fantastic way to watch your shows without figuring out where to put a box.

The best part about it is that it is completely portable. For our family, it would be fantastic when we rent homes for family vacations, a way to keep the kids busy when stuck in a hotel room, and for our own wall-mounted television in our office (that had a Roku box dangling from it- not kidding!). For other families, it might be a great one to send off with your college kid so they can still use the account or to take to your parent’s house so they can catch a flick with you- that kind of thing!

Did I mention you can plug in a headset for private listening?

Oh, I know what kind of person you are- you know you don’t want your kids to hear your shows.

I can’t be the only one indulging in Broad City!

Some of the channels that we use like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime are all available through this (along with a lot more!). The best part on this device is a killer search function where you can search for shows and it goes through ALL your accounts that you have to hunt for shows so you don’t have to toggle between your accounts.  The price is just $49.99 (!!!) so this is a great one, particularly if you don’t have a box already to stream with in a room or you are lacking those web-enabled television features. You can snag one of these at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, or check the Roku site for the shop closest to you.

We are so happy today to give one away to you! One lucky winner will receive their very own Roku Streaming Stick. Big thanks to Roku for giving us a chance to try one out and share about it in our favorite things today! Yay!

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Slow Cooked Honeycrisp Apple Oatmeal


Completing: Cleaned out my car! Jazz hands! Emily said, “Oh, I just love our organized car.” I just love not driving around in the equivalent of a dirty dorm room.

Reading: I’m listening to this book on audio. I had never heard of it before (or this incredible story in history- who knew about this lady before Helen Keller!?).

Eating: I’m back on an oatmeal kick. I love this apple oatmeal that I can put in the night before in my slow cooker. You won’t want to miss my slow cooker trick for creamy oatmeal. It’s a life-changer.

Listening: To my new playlist I made on repeat (with a side of ping pong)! I hope you enjoy it too!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Coconut Oatmeal (& Tips for Perfect Slow-Cooked Oats)

August 25th, 2016


It’s become an embarrassing pattern of mine to make a resolution every year to be better about eating breakfast. Each time, I start on the path towards healthy eating. However, as life becomes fuller and mornings more hectic, I find that eating a good breakfast often gets pushed to the side.

This year, I discovered how invaluable my slow cooker was in creating a beautiful, hot breakfast for my entire family that I could serve in the morning and enjoy for mornings to come. I could also serve it as a midday pick-me-up or as a healthy late- night snack. The discovery might seem a bit old-fashioned, but a batch of oatmeal is a great way to start the day. This isn’t just any old oatmeal though—this oatmeal is made from delicious steel cut oats.

What’s the difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats? Well, a part of it is their structure and the other part is the way that our body digests them. While both contain whole grain oats, they are processed differently. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces.

The reason steel cut oats are so awesome is because they digest more slowly than rolled ones, leaving you fuller longer. Like all other grains in whole or cracked form, steel cut oats rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats. This just means that it takes longer for digestive enzymes to reach the starch inside the thicker pieces, slowing down its conversion to sugar. For me, those highs and lows are some rough stuff, and I’ve found that a bowl of steel cut oats keeps my blood sugar much steadier.

I make a variety of different oatmeal recipes in my slow cooker and have found one thing to be consistent no matter what kind I make. Can I let you in on my little secret? I absolutely hate cleaning the slow cooker after making oatmeal. I also hate that the oats can get crusty pretty quickly on the edges, yielding a less than creamy bowl even when I have the perfect liquid ratios.

How to make slow cooker oatmeal

Let me share my secret that yields the most perfect and creamy bowl you can imagine and it is probably something you already have in your kitchen:

1. Find an oven-safe dish that fits inside of your slow cooker and fill that dish with all of your ingredients for your oatmeal.

2. Fill a measuring cup with water and pour the water around your dish, just to about the halfway point. This creates a warm water bath (a lot like those candles we made this summer) and helps your oatmeal to cook more evenly yet remain delightfully creamy.

3. Put a lid on the slow cooker (no need to double lid) and set it to cook for eight hours. It’s okay if your slow cooker switches to “warm” in the night. Thanks to your water bath, your oats will not get overcooked, but stay hot until you wake up!


Once you have that perfect bowl of oatmeal, you can add your favorite toppings to it or create a quick toppings bar of ingredients for the week. For this Creamy Coconut Oatmeal recipe, I found the taste of rich blackberries and toasty almonds to be a delightful way to top it!

Slow Cooker Creamy Coconut Oatmeal (& Tips for Perfect Slow-Cooked Oats)
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups steel cut oatmeal (no substitutions)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar (can omit if topping with brown sugar)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  1. Place all ingredients in your Kenmore slow cooker as I have shown you above.
  2. Cook on low for eight hours.
  3. Serve with your favorite oatmeal toppings like berries, dried fruits, nuts, granola, nut butters, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, or additional milk for topping.

 I can’t wait to hear what you think about this technique for perfectly cooked oatmeal and hope you can get the year started out right with this easy breakfast option!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.25.16

August 24th, 2016

Eggs in Ham & Cheese Cups via Hos Josephine

Source: Hos Josephine


How good does this look for breakfast? YUM!

Love the map in these lamps. It’s all in the details, isn’t it?

Buy only the home you need, not the house you can afford.

Swooning over this kitchen reno!

Wouldn’t these be the cutest present to share?

An inspiring post on vacation cooking- I must do this for our annual trips. So smart!

I love these DIY shelves!

How to build cute comfortable outfits.

Spaces to Organize in the Fall via Polished Habitat

Source: Polished Habitat


More organization eye candy. Now to get the energy to make it happen!

I could have written this post.

This studio living room tour brings all the color. Love all the little details!

I love peeking at other people’s favorite reads, don’t you?

“If I’m not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then say no.”

Adorable study nook!

I’m obsessed with book covers.

Ten key insights from a family therapist on parenting.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

5 Ways to Calm the Chaos This School Year

August 23rd, 2016

From our marriage & parenting contributor, Mary Carver.

5 Ways to Calm the Chaos This School Year

For the past several weeks my mantra has been, “I can’t wait until school starts.” As my family and I have struggled with a perfect storm of change, uncertainty and chaos, the beginning of the school year has become something of a Holy Grail to me. I’ve told myself (and my husband and everyone who will listen) that when school starts…

…I’ll be more organized.
…I’ll start eating – and feeding them – more healthy foods.
…I’ll put them to bed earlier (and go to bed earlier).
…I’ll plan meals and make a grocery list.
…I’ll move the laundry from the washer to dryer before it mildews.
…I’ll stop ordering pizza once a week.
…I’ll get more work done.
…I’ll miss fewer deadlines.

It’s a long list of things I think I’m going to accomplish when the school year begins and I reclaim some of my precious order and organization. But though I’m tempted to just stare at the circled date on my calendar (the one that has hearts and smiley faces and blinking lights around it…at least in my mind), the one that says, “FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL,” and daydream about chore charts and folded laundry and deadlines met and boxes checked, I know better.

I know that with the commencement of the school year also comes the PTA, the school activities, the lessons and practices, the homework and tests. I know that the cleaning schedule and the snack shelf and the color-coordinated to-do list will all fall apart — and probably before we hit Labor Day. It’s just the nature of this busy season of life, and turning a new page on the calendar isn’t what makes it less chaotic and more manageable.

No, rather than dream of a chaos-free life (SERIOUSLY. Can you even imagine? We’d just get bored, right? … RIGHT???), I know from past changing of the seasons or school years that it’s better to deal with the chaos than to pretend it doesn’t exist. So, here’s my plan:

5 Ways to Calm the Chaos

5 Ways to Calm the Chaos This School Year

1. Make Meals Easier. Last year I wrote about three challenges and solutions to meal planning that my family has struggled with. I’m going to be honest: not a whole lot has changed since then. Getting food on the table for THESE PEOPLE who want to eat three times a day, every day of their lives, while also dictating how many sweets and how few vegetables they desire IS HARD WORK. But it’s work that has to be done — and that makes a world of difference.

I don’t anticipate turning into a different person between now and the start of the school year. So I’m not going to pin a whole bunch of casserole recipes for a day-long cooking session that will fill up my freezer. (I actually have about a dozen freezer meals in my freezer right now that I FORGOT I EVEN HAD until just recently. Oops.)

Instead, I’m going to take an hour to chop onions and peppers, grill and slice chicken, and brown hamburger. Then I’m going to take another hour to make baked oatmeal and banana muffins. And then? (After I stick all that food in the freezer?) If I’m still feeling industrious, I’ll prep all our lunch and snack food for the first few weeks. (And if not, I’ll recruit my third-grader to do it. After all, she’s the one who will be eating those individual servings of crackers and pepperoni and grapes!)

2. Pick Out Clothes. Now that we’ve moved, our washer and dryer no longer live in our garage. I have an actual laundry room, and it’s on the same level as our bedrooms. But while this is the ideal layout according to moms everywhere, I’m still struggling to implement a system — a system that doesn’t result in mountains of dirty laundry outside the laundry room door and mountains of clean laundry on top of the dryer.

It may still take a while for me to figure out our new laundry system, but my first step to mastering this mess is to pick out my kids’ clothes a week at a time. I was just lamenting the lack of school uniforms at my daughter’s public school, because OH THE GNASHING OF TEETH about what she’s going to wear. Every. Single. Day of my life. I’m hopeful that if she and I take a little bit of time each Sunday afternoon to pick out five outfits, a lot of those fights will be eliminated. We’ll see…

5 Ways to Calm the Chaos

3. Set My Alarm. My oldest daughter’s new school starts earlier than her old one, plus I’m changing my work schedule (read: adding more work, plus leaving the house to get it done). That means our leisurely mornings spent lounging while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (them), scrolling through Facebook (me), and inhaling granola bars at the last minute (um, all of us) ARE OVER.

There’s no getting around it. We have to get up earlier. And that means, if I am serious about calming the chaos, I need to get up even earlier than my kids. Since I wrote all about the struggles night owls like me face when trying to create better mornings for their families, I know the steps I need to take. It’s just a matter of doing it. And it starts with setting my alarm.

4. Buy a New Calendar. When we moved, I tossed our old white-board calendar that hung on the side of our refrigerator. It had seen better days (the middle few squares were completely gray), but the reason I threw it away was because our fridge in the new house is between two cabinets. And the doors are too narrow for the calendar. So it didn’t work anymore.

But you know what else doesn’t work? NOT HAVING A FAMILY CALENDAR! Yikes. This summer has been full of chaos and irregular schedules, and in hindsight I realize getting a new calendar right away might have prevented some of that. So before we dive into the school year, with its activities and schedules and meetings and appointments, I’m buying a new calendar for the kitchen wall and putting it to use! (I also use a calendar app that my husband and I share, because sometimes I am away from home when I need to schedule something and that’s what works for us.)

5. Just Say No. You guys? I really hate missing out on stuff. I do. And I hate it when my kids miss out on stuff, too. And you know what? Even in our new, small town, we have SO MANY FUN OPPORTUNITIES. Teams and lessons and shows and festivals and movie nights and play dates — and then there’s homework and read-to-self and screen time and free play and GO OUTSIDE ALREADY and church and school (oh yeah, that!) and meetings and orthodontist appointments and Bible study and book club and…

If I let it, the world and all of its many amazing, fun, educational, interesting, entertaining, just great in general opportunities will take over my life. And it will drive me crazy. I know, because I’ve done it before (many times).

Last fall my daughter played on a basketball team and took piano lessons. And just that amount of activity, in that season, was TOO MUCH for my family. The stress of two activities, two nights in a row, every week just about did us in. I know! So many families do so much more! And that’s okay. We will someday (maybe even this fall, I don’t know yet) be able to do more. Each family has to figure out their own balance, avoid their own tipping point, and say no to what is too much for them.

So, there it is: my master plan for calming the chaos this school year. I could list another dozen ideas for organization, another handful of tips for running a household well, another bunch of suggestions for turning my crew into a well-oiled machine. But a) I figure we’ll be doing good if we can manage these five, and b) I think any family will be on their way to more peace if they can work on any one of these things!

How will you calm the chaos in your house this school year?


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DIY Car Organizing Tips (Giveaway with Big Fat Notebooks!)

August 22nd, 2016

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

You know that mom that always has bandages, always has a snack and drink on hand, can pull a pen out at a moment’s notice, has tissues, never forgets an umbrella, utilizes time well between running kids, and keeps a tidy car?

That’s not me.

In fact, I have been pretty embarrassed about just how bad things have gotten. No one really wanted to ride in my car including myself (insert scared face emoji).

It was on my organizing bucket list to tackle this since a good portion of my day is now spent in the car running kids from activity to activity. I spent an afternoon getting us organized for this school year and I wanted to show you how I did that.

Big Fat Notebooks Big Fat Notebooks

The inspiration came from today’s partner, The Big Fat Notebook series. If your kids love Diary of a Wimpy Kid, they will LOVE this new way of learning. When my kids were younger, they were hooked on Brain Quest, but once they hit middle school age, I felt like everything just felt like…Well, work. After a long day at school, the last thing they want to do is browse another textbook. That is why these are so genius. They look fun and teach you something in the process.

There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History.

They also happen to meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. If you are a homeschooling mama, this would make an excellent addition to your curriculum.

You can find these fantastic books at AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound, or Workman.

Big Fat Notebooks

I am not lying when I say that my daughter has become OBSESSED with these. There has been a lot of fact reciting at the dinner table!

We REALLY want to share them with you so please scroll to the end to catch this giveaway!!

I also wanted to figure out a way that we could keep these books on hand for busy days so I used this as an excuse to get my car organized and create caddies for each kid with the things they need. With school supplies on sale right now, it also happens to be quite an affordable time to create these little kits!

DIY Car Organizing Ideas

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

After browsing every type of organizer available, I ended up using these shower caddy organizers for each of my kids because they had great pockets and a wipeable surface in case they get dirty or muddy. I also slipped a plastic cup for each to hold pencils/pens so it would make it easier for them to grab. In each one, I have an umbrella, snacks (that can withstand the hot car),  a water, a couple of Big Fat Notebooks (strategically chosen for the subjects we need to work on!!), and packages of tissues.


I had planned to hang them from the backs of the seats, but the width was too deep on our car. I actually think it will be easier to have them on the floor and they can also be moved to the center when they are being used.

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

Backpacks can also pile up on the floor so I got these hooks to give these guys a home. It can also be a great place to hang a jacket, hat, or purse. Our backpacks often get dirty and thrown on the floor so I am hoping it helps with that too!

Now that the kids are in better shape, I wanted to work on some problem areas for me. My biggest issue is carrying around gym equipment so I wanted to make that an organizing priority.


DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

In my gym equipment stash I have two pairs of shoes (one for dance class and one for cardio), a spare pair of socks, yoga socks, tissues, water, facial cleansing wipes, hair ties, travel brush, and a towel. These are things that I am always forgetting and that I sometimes end up having to buy at the gym.

All of these fit perfectly in this container.

Again, plastic, wipeable, AND breathable.

Not that my feet sweat AT ALL, but I wanted you to know for you. It’s okay. It happens to a lot of people.

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

My yoga mat takes up valuable space and I hate that it is always rolling around in our trunk. Again, using those utility hooks to keep it in place along with my hot yoga towel and umbrella.

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

To finish up the tour, I wanted to show you just a couple of other things that are helping.

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

removable hook for hanging the trash bag- we will see how long this holds!

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

tiny totes for random things- one has receipts and pens, one has snacks for me, one has a mini first aid kit (for a legit one check here!), and the last one has tissues.

DIY Car Organizing Tips from MomAdvice.com

utilizing the gaps for my phone to save space in my drink holder (similar idea here!)

It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty proud. I feel like I *might* be able to be that mom this year AND my kids will be learning between activities too. High fives all around, friends!

Giveaway Time

Big Fat Notebook

I can’t wait to give someone this whole collection. We are so excited to share this with you! The books included in this giveaway are:

Everything You Need to Ace Math . . . covers everything to get you over any math hump: fractions, decimals, and how to multiply and divide them; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions.

Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more.

Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq. There are units on Colonial America; the Revolutionary War and the founding of a new nation; Jefferson and the expansion west; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and all of the notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more.

Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and  transports the reader to ancient civilizations—in Egypt, Greece, India, China, Africa, Rome; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialization, revolution and imperialism, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it.

Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . . . covers everything to get you your best marks: grammar, including parts of speech, active and passive verbs, Greek and Latin roots and affixes; nuances in word meanings; textual analysis, authorship, structure, and other skills for reading fiction and nonfiction; and writing arguments, informative texts, and narratives.

One (1) lucky winner will receive:

  • Copies of all 5 titles in the Big Fat Notebooks series
  • Branded school supplies including highlighter/pen combos, a notepad, and jigsaw sticky notes.

Please follow the widget below to enter to win! I hope this post inspires you to get organized. As always, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below!

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This post was sponsored by Workman Publishing and Big Fat Notebooks. All thoughts and opinions are my own!


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