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Olivia Whalen

Olivia Whalen is mama to three young girls who is devoted to creative learning, exploration and free range imagination. Olivia enjoys thinking outside of the box when it comes to preparing homemade baby food or meals for her family. She most enjoys allowing the little minds in her life to flourish and with that you will see her write about creative kid crafts, recipes that fit a family budget and keep everyone asking for more, tips and tricks for a tiny babe, and beginner homesteader fun! Some of her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, cooking or just basking in motherhood.

9 Must Have Items To Pack For Family Camping

Packing to go camping can take some serious planning. I always start my list with the must have items to pack for family camping. Next, add in the extras where it is needed. We really focus on ditching the modern conveniences and coming together closer as a family to spark curious adventure! It has certainly …

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11 Healthy Meal Ideas For Kids

Striving to get the kids to eat healthy is always of upmost importance however, it does not always come easy. Healthy meals for kids can sometimes take some coercion and creativity. I’ve pulled together some really great options that might help you in persuading the growing littles in your life to expand their cuisine and …

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Companion Planting Your Vegetable Gardens

The benefits of companion planting your vegetable gardens is endless. If planned right you can boost your harvest and overall crop health significantly. Companion planting is great for your plants, soil and can even be good for wildlife if done correctly. You can keep away pests, welcome in pollinators, improve overall crop tastes and even …

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread with Greek Yogurt

Zucchini bread is so scrumptious! Even if you don’t like zucchini, it is just plain yummy! Now add in chocolate chips? Yes please! My husband whom dislikes zucchini AND yogurt begs me to make this chocolate chip zucchini bread with greek yogurt. It is sweet and moist and a wonderful treat! Zucchini bread is a …

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Savory and Spicy Cowboy Sandwiches

Savory and Spicy Cowboy sandwiches can only be described in two words, big and rich! They are finger lickin’ good. A flavor combination that makes this meaty creation a home run. This Savory and Spicy Cowboy sandwich recipe is easy to tweak depending on your preference of heat and pairs well with almost anything. Grab …

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DIY Seasoning Mixes for Slow Cooker Meals

A delicious list of DIY seasoning mixes for slow cooker meals of any preference. Slow Cooker meals are the bees knees in any season. Our household is filled with kids and chores and this time of year, Spring cleaning, garden bed planning and fresh air intake – most importantly. I typically do not want to …

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20 Apple Cider Vinegar Uses for Home, Beauty and Health

Apple cider vinegar has always been a staple in my pantry- and it’s not just for cooking! The uses and benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless. From skincare to cleaning the kitchen and even outdoors… you can use that magic bottle for it all. Here are some incredible apple cider vinegar uses for in …

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Pillsbury Biscuit Recipes for Any Meal of the Day

Cooking from scratch is something I try to do as much as possible. However, sometimes it just isn’t in the cards. Biscuits from the can are an easy alternative and can be used for any meal of the day. Pillsbury biscuits have a lot of different options- Grands, Buttermilk, the list goes on. No matter …

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DIY Laundry Stripping Recipe to Remove Build Up

Did you know that even after a full machine wash your linens and clothing can have residue build up from detergent, softeners or products and oils right off of your skin? This DIY laundry stripping recipe will help you remove all of that build up. You can even strip items that are not machine washable …

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Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Asparagus with Lemon

Did someone say asparagus? Yum! I LOVE asparagus. It can tend to be a little bitter so if you add in the right ingredients to cut that down it is delicious!! With this oven roasted garlic Parmesan asparagus with lemon recipe you can master the flavors you find in the restaurants. Also in comparison to …

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Grilled Pineapple Turkey Burgers

This grilled pineapple turkey burger recipe is a great – and healthier- substitute for that juicy burger on the grill craving you might have! And don’t let the word “healthier” fool you….this burger doesn’t lack ANY flavor. It hits all the spots- tangy, sweet and even a little spicy.  Typically prepared on the grill, this …

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How to Grocery Shop for 2 to 3 Weeks At A Time

This article will give you some tips and tricks to successfully grocery shop for 2 weeks to 3 weeks at a time and also not waste all those goods!  Bulk shopping and meal planning can not only be a time saver but can also be your budget’s best friend. For me- especially with multiple little …

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Make-Buy-Do: 27 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be only a “Hallmark Holiday.” Here are 27 great Make-Buy-Do – Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him! These ideas are going to help you create a Valentine’s Day for your guy that is full of customized love showcasing that extra mile romantic planning. Whether you are crafty, prefer to shop …

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