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Cleaning and organization have never been my strengths. I have always prided myself on being “creative.” Every school assignment, ice-breaker, and the like, I never failed to use “creative” to describe myself. You know what they say about creative...
If you've read my recipes before, you know our family eats vegetarian 95% of the time. But, a few weeks ago, my husband decided he'd try making my life a little harder by committing to full veganism. While I...
My name is Alicia and I’m obsessed with books and reading. My love for books started as a hobby in college and grew into a full-blown obsession when I realized how much I love being surrounded by books daily...
I am not a houseplant expert. I have had the basic ‘this-will-live-through-anything’ plants die while in my care. But I’ve also had plants thrive, and a few successful plants even propagate! Since college, I’ve had some sort of houseplant...
As soon as the winter weather hits, hot chocolate quickly becomes a staple in our house. The moment the kids drop their backpacks at the door, they are asking for a cup of cocoa to wind down from their...
With the holidays quickly approaching, what if I told you that you could have a gift that would last years? Yep, let me say it again - YEARS! Instead of getting a gift that a loved one might use for...

Holiday Advent Activities

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When my children were very small, I decided to create a holiday tradition special to our family. After a quick Pinterest search and a run to the dollar store, I created our family advent calendar. Each year on December...
Meal Planning. When people hear this term, it can stir up various emotions. For some people, the term "meal planning" brings up anxious thoughts; for other people, it sparks joy in a Marie Kondo kind of way. Meal planning...
If I willingly set my alarm for anything before 6:00 am, you can be assured that the reason behind the early rising is a really good one. A whirlwind, solo mom trip, 40th birthday present made the cut, but...
Growing up, the only "experience" I had with Hanukkah was listening to Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song. I also knew Ross and Monica on Friends were half-Jewish. That's about it. Then I met a really sweet Jewish guy in college,...
In January, I set a goal for myself to read 52 books in 2021. I even wrote a post about my favorite books in March, detailing the books on my nightstand. It started as an effort to rekindle my...
There are two things that I am currently obsessed with: mushrooms and Tiffy Cooks on TikTok. Mushrooms have become quite the staple in our (mostly) vegetarian household because of their rich, umami flavors. One night, I was doing my...
“Just be grateful for what you have.” I’ve said that sentence to my kids more times than I can count. Gratitude is one of the character traits I’d most like to instill in them, and yet I know lecturing...
As another Thanksgiving season approaches, I never realized just how much I needed my friends, my chosen family, until I became a mom. There’s no better time of year to celebrate just how thankful I am for this crazy,...

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See Circle City: Creek Stomping Around Indianapolis

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Growing up in the late 1980s and 1990s, I loved playing in my local park's creek. That kind of unstructured play is something I...
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