• Breakfast,  Recipes

    Easy Stovetop Oatmeal: Gluten-Free Banana Cranberry

    With the discovery of overnight oats and slow cooker oatmeal, I feel like stovetop oats have gotten a bad rap.  I fell prey to the bad reputation of classic stovetop oatmeal, too, till I figured out how to cook a proper bowl. Stovetop Oatmeal really doesn’t have to be hard.  In fact, it’s pretty easy.  All you need is a good seasoned or non-stick pot, a trusty spatula or wooden spoon, REAL old-fashioned rolled oats, and your favorite milk.  It’s really that simple. And flavors are only limited to your imagination!  Our family’s favorite is banana and cranberry.  The banana gives it a natural sweetness and the dried cranberries give…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting

    Post Surgery Update

    We survived another surgery with Doodlebug.  Surgery number 4 to be exact. Four surgeries in two and a half years. *ugh*  It’s pretty exhausting. Even the quick trips seem to drain all life from me.  And I know it’s rough on Doodlebug!  But she’s such a champ; every time she does amazing. Doodlebug really is something special.  She’s 2 and I admire her bravery so much.  When she was in the NICU during her distractors, I came across a Shakespeare quote: “And though she but little, she is fierce.” This phrase encapsulates her so well.  Bless her heart!  She has been through so much and continues to face obstacles.  But by…

  • Create,  Lifestyle,  Planning & Organization

    June Planner Supply Haul

    It has been a while, Y’all!  I mean seriously.  It has been, what seems like, forever since I shared what I’ve picked up for my planner.  So here is video of the supplies that I have picked up over the last couple of months. I’ll be honest, a majority of the items that I picked up, like the pens and washi, I actually purchased at a surplus store.  Yes, Y’all!  Our local store actually gets lots of Target and office store items, so I try to remember to stop in every month or so to see what’s new. The rest of the items, like the happy planner items and washi…

  • red, white, and blue stars on a grapevine wreath for the 4th of July
    Create,  DIY-it

    DIY Patriotic Wreath

    I love all those pretty door hangers you can get at the boutique home stores.  But my conscience just can’t spend that much money on a wreath that may or may not last through the season.  So I decided to whip out my glue gun and get to crafting up a cheaper – but just as cute – version for the 4th of July.     The total cost for this project was less than $10. Say whaaaaaa?!?!?!?! Yep, you read that right!  Wreath form and all, this project was less than $10. I feel like I’m totally winning a life, right now, Y’all! Here’s the cost breakdown: grapevine wreath…

  • Recipes

    Slow Cooker Carnitas

    We love Mexican food in our house.  I am positive we could eat it breakfast, lunch, and dinner (because we have).  And it’s probably one of the biggest things we miss from living in Phoenix.  So, of course, we’ve had to get our fix somehow – and I like Mississippi and all, but I’ve yet to find a praiseworthy taco.  That’s why I started making slow cooker carnitas. One of Mr. O’s taco favs was always carnitas – which just means little bits of pork.  So it was imperative that this delicious shredded pork was one of the first dishes I had to recreate. Every restaurant in Arizona would have their own take…