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    23 Back To School Recipes

    Getting the kids, the house and yourselves back into the routine of school can be challenging at the end of the summer. Early mornings, bus schedules, after school programs, homework….all of it. One of the last things you want to do is have to think about FOOD on top of all of that. Let us …

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Vanessa Hamlin



Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to share easy recipes, money making ideas, gardening and food preservation tips, home remedies and everything else that a good old-fashioned life entails!

Kayden Hamlin | Author at Food Life Design



Kayden Hamlin is a full-time preschool teacher and graduate student. She is passionate about sharing saving money tips, self-care and mindfulness ideas, and child development activities! When not in a classroom, you’ll most likely find her reading with a cup of tea in hand or knitting projects for her family and friends.

Olivia Whalen | Author at Food Life Design



Olivia Whalen is mama to three young girls who is devoted to creative learning, exploration and free range imagination. Olivia enjoys thinking outside the box when it comes to homemade baby food or family meals. She enjoys sharing creative kid crafts, budget friendly recipes and beginner homesteader fun!

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  • Canning Pickled Beets

    Beets are one of my absolute favorite things to grow in the garden. The colors are magnificent and I love a freshly roasted beet salad. Canning pickled beets is a close runner up for me. I love anything pickled but beets have such a beautiful and earthy taste to them. You can sweeten or spice …

  • Free Printable Fall Stationery

    Looking for some pretty paper to write notes to family and friends this season? Download this free printable fall stationery and start today! I’ve been on a major fall kick lately. It seems like as soon as back to school time hits, I’m ready for pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters. Since it’s still a …

  • School Lunch Ideas for the Whole Week

    Need some school lunch ideas for your kiddos? Check out this post – it’s packed full of ideas for the whole week! It’s that time of year again, you guys! There’s only a few weeks left of summer vacation and it’s time to start planning for the school year…not to mention school lunch ideas! Are …

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    Need a quick, easy breakfast or a delicious bread to go with your dinner? Try these amazing Sweet Corn Cakes – they’re perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Sweet Corn Cakes are a “healthier” take on Corn Fritters – which I dearly love – but they are so much better for you when they aren’t …


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