How We Hacked Black Tie Attire for $20

Recently, we were invited to a wedding and were so excited to attend. And then, 3 days before the wedding, we found out it was “black tie only.”

At this point, we slightly panicked.  It was the night before we were leaving for the beautiful, touristy beach town where the wedding was to be held and neither of us owned any black tie attire.

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5 Great Ways to Make Baking A Breeze

As some of you know, I have been on a mission to eat clean this year, which also means I have been spending some major QT with my kitchen and all its accoutrements (like the oven). Over this time, I have discovered a few hacks that have helped me speed up cooking and have reduced the amount I have to clean. Without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):

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Shopping Clean: On Buying Real Food

In one of my previous posts, I shared with you my horror of learning about what I was actually putting onto my family’s plates: processed human hair. Gross!

Now that I have removed the offending “not-food” from my pantry, I have to ensure that when I shop, I shop clean and buy real food. And I need a foolproof system in place to do so given that I shop with a cart full of preschoolers.

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How to Institute a Veggie Loving Household: Step One – Examine Yourself

Neither my husband nor I started out loving veggies. Years ago, words like “kale” or “brussels sprouts” would send shivers down our spines. That has changed. Now we love roasted brussels sprouts and frequently add kale to our soups and smoothies. And our young kids love eating them too (cue birdsong and waterfall sound effects). So, how did we get here?

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11 Ways to Have Fun Doing Repetitive Tasks

Have you ever felt like Sisyphus, doing the same task over. and over. and over again with no end in sight? Dishes get cleaned. Then they get dirty. Then they get cleaned again. Then they get dirty. Same goes for the floor, the countertops, the clothes. You get it.I get it. We all get it.

Well, the good news is that there *is* a way to make repetitive tasks seem not quite so boring, soul-sucking, or repetitive. I’ve spent the past few years finding ways to make tasks feel less repetitive and more (dare I say it?) *fun*. Yes, yes, I really did just say fun.

Before I get into my tried and true ways to enjoy yourself while doing chores, there are two very important ground rules that you must enforce when it comes to making chores fun:

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