• the best ways to help a friend with a new baby {hint: it’s not dinner}
  • 20 quick, easy and beautiful things to crochet
  • pleated flutter sleeve dress (free pattern in size 4T)
  • tips for getting kids to go to bed at night (and stay there!)
  • the bow tie easy tee {free women’s sewing pattern}

20 quick, easy and beautiful things to crochet

great ideas for small, quick crochet projects

There are so many cool free crochet patterns available that I always think I’m finally going to learn how to crochet. But then I get intimidated by the thought of making an entire blanket – I mean how many hours and skeins of yarn does it take to make one of those anyway? So I’ve […]

pleated flutter sleeve dress (free pattern in size 4T)

this dress is adorable! free pattern in size 4T and great step by step sewing tutorial

Last summer I shared a free pattern for a flutter sleeve dress (or tunic) in girls size 4T that featured a gathered elastic neckline. It’s a very easy sew that doesn’t take much fabric, and it’s been one of my most popular sewing posts of the past year. Since we’ve had such a lovely early spring […]

tips for getting kids to go to bed at night (and stay there!)

great ideas for getting little kids to go to bed and stay there until morning - I'm going to try #3!

It can be the last and most exhausting struggle of the day: convincing your little one to go to bed and actually stay there. When my three oldest were young I looked forward to 8 o’clock each night as if a genie was going to pop out of a bottle and grant all my wishes. […]

the bow tie easy tee {free women’s sewing pattern}

free sewing pattern and tutorial for this easy bowtie tee in women's size L.

So it’s been nearly two years since I shared the free pattern for the “easy tee,” which was designed to be the simplest way to sew a women’s t-shirt. That first summer, I made 8 variations of the shirt, including one with raglan sleeves, one with a lace front, and one with a contrast yoke. The […]

easy healthy triple berry pancake topping {low sugar!}

finally, a healthy alternative to syrup! this low sugar triple berry pancake topping takes just minutes to make and you can even use frozen berries!

I recently made the mistake of reading the nutritional information on my favorite brand of berry syrup: 200 calories for a quarter cup serving. Ouch. This delicious stuff that turns plain old pancakes into something magical does it the same way most other magical food does – with lots of sugar. I’m not sure why […]

9 mistakes not to make when you’re building a new home

wish I'd read this before we built our house! great tips for building a new home - 9 mistakes you don't want to make

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’re currently in the process of building a new home, which is incredibly exciting (and I shared the pros and cons of building new vs. buying existing). Today I want to share some of the things we know now that we wish we’d known almost a year ago […]

how to make cinnamon honey butter {easy recipe}

this cinnamon honey butter is so good and so easy to make! perfect on rolls, toast, even sweet potatoes!

I was pretty stoked a few years ago when our town got a Costco. Not only can we now shop there and spend way more money than we’d planned to every time we go, we can also wander around during lunchtime, eating up samples to our hearts’ content. Go Costco. Anyway, lately they’ve been sampling […]