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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.

Homemade Pancake Recipe & Other Fluffy Flapjacks

This homemade pancake recipe is one that we use on Sunday mornings for a big family breakfast. However, if this one doesn’t suit your taste buds, I have some recipes that are totally noteworthy for other fluffy flapjacks.  Sunday mornings are a time for togetherness for us. We like to start the day off a …

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Candy Santa Sleighs & Personalized Stockings!

‘Tis the week of Christmas! Can you even believe it? I know that I cannot. It came so quickly! I know one thing though….my girls are thrilled for holiday festivities! We have been going nonstop since the beginning of December with holiday crafts, happenings and cooking. This week we made personalized stockings (a tradition) and …

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Our Vermont Family Holiday Traditions

Moving into December means letting the month of Christmas traditions commence! It is, after all, the most wonderful and magical time of the year! Being a family with young children makes it all that much more special because we get to witness it all through their eyes. There are so many festive holiday traditions…some popular …

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Homemade Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce & More

This homemade orange zest cranberry sauce is a crowd pleaser…even for the folks that claim to dislike cranberry sauce. It is so incredibly different than your canned cran that people either love or hate. My family doesn’t enjoy the canned version although I don’t mind it! It brings back many childhood memories as there wasn’t …

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Easy Creative Holiday Treats For Your Kids Classroom

Believe it or not we only have just over two weeks before Thanksgiving and then the official Christmas season begins! I know…kind of hard to believe. If your family is anything like mine the entire month of December is filled with festivities from work to school to tradition and family. That is why I already …

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Delicious Signature Thanksgiving Cocktails

I love to host Thanksgiving dinner. I always cook for the masses even when it is just my family of five on an average night, so Thanksgiving dinner gives me the excuse to go all out without feeling like I’ve cooked too much. Aside from cooking, coming up with and wow’ing my guests with one …

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Meaningful Ways To Celebrate National Gratitude Month

November is National Gratitude Month! So instead of just being thankful on Thanksgiving we spend the entire month incorporating ways of gratitude into our days. It is a great lesson learned for our children and truthfully a really good reminder for us as adults as well. With this list of meaningful ways to celebrate national …

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Self Care With Homemade Body Scrubs and Face Masks

Self care with homemade body scrubs and face masks is not only rewarding for what they do for your skin but also for your health! You are eliminating all of the exposure from chemicals that they pack into a lot of store bought products. I am here to share with you some of my all …

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Heartier Meals, Earlier Bed Times & Fun Fall Things!

This week we had a shift on the homestead by moving into the colder months with heartier meals, earlier bed times & fun fall things! I am a firm believer that instead of fighting the impending dread of those incoming cold season blues I set my family up to embrace hibernation and use the time …

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A Night Of The Jack-O-Lantern

We just had our annual “Night Of The Jack-O-Lantern” and it consisted of pumpkin carving and a fun Halloweenie themed dinner! I thought I’d share it with you all because I have some incredible pumpkin carving hacks that will make the experience that much more enjoyable and make your carved pumpkins last longer too.  Plus, …

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No Bake Chocolate Cookies & Other Peanut Free Desserts

I say this with sadness because I LOVE peanut butter. Like….gravitate towards it 100% of the time. So what did I go and do? Fall hopelessly in love with a man who is deathly allergic. With lots of trial and error and patience I have come to find a couple of recipes that are still …

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Vibrant and Delicious Immune Boosting Smoothie

Coming into cold season I do all that I can to prep my families immune systems for the inevitable wave of sicknesses that come with temps dropping and school germs. One of my favorite ways is by incorporating and putting an emphasis on foods that naturally support our health overall like this vibrant and delicious …

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Fun Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving Dinner

There are elegant and cozy ways to decorate but have you ever thought of putting together Fun Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving Dinner? Switch things up and surprise your dinner guests with quirky, fun and interactive ways to gather around the table. Over the years I have put the house together in so many different …

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Planning An Enchanted Forest Child’s Birthday Party

I had so much fun planning an enchanted forest child’s birthday party for my girls that both have September birthdays! They love all things whimsical and magical so this was the perfect party for them! Growing up I spent so much time collecting woodland objects and turning them into fairy houses all through my backyard …

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DIY Floating Tree Ghosts and Other Spooky Crafts

With Halloween quickly approaching I thought I would walk you through the DIY Floating Tree Ghosts that I make with my girls each year and also share some of my other favorite spooky crafts.  Being a crafty family makes the Halloween and Christmas season that much more fun because we can make a lot of …

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Creative Homemade Kids Halloween Costumes

Looking for some ideas for creative homemade kids Halloween costumes? Look no further! This list is some of my all time favorites. They are fun, easy to make and one of a kind!  Going out to buy costumes for the kids in a store can add up quickly. The costumes, accessories and makeup combined can …

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Crockpot Southern Green Beans and Stewed Tomatoes

This crockpot southern green beans and stewed tomatoes recipe is the perfect way to jazz up dinner! For us, it’s a holiday favorite but this dish sits nicely with any belly filling plate.  This dish is something we always have accompany Thanksgiving and even Easter dinner. It goes so well with a turkey or ham. …

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Harvesting and Roasting Fresh Sunflower Seeds

Our goal this year for the garden was to try and use as much as we possibly could during harvest for our families consumption and use! Trying to think outside of the box and use, freeze, process and can as much of the plants and herbs that we could! Harvesting and roasting fresh sunflower seeds …

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Fresh Roasted Tomato and Herb Sauce – Can or Freeze

This past week I made some fresh roasted tomato and herb sauce that you may can or freeze! This recipe is easy and absolutely delicious and only calls for a couple of minor adjustments if you plan to can it! I chose to freeze this first batch so that we have a quick pull out …

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