20+ Zucchini Recipes


We have long been fans of chopping up zucchini and throwing it in our spaghetti sauce. The kids would gobble it up and call them meatballs. We never bothered to correct them. When I did Whole30 (read about that here), I became obsessed with zoodles. I bought the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer (affiliate link), because it was cheap and had good reviews. I would warm my spiraled zucchini in a skillet with some olive oil and eat it just like spaghetti. This particular sauce had shredded chicken and mushrooms thrown in too. YuM! It was simple, cheap and yummy. You can find more about what ...

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First Day of School Signs & Bunting


Hard to believe that it is already time to be thinking about back to school. I feel really at peace with the nearing of the school year. Which is saying a lot if you remember how last year went (Need a refresher? Find it here). I'm in no rush to get through summer, but the last few years have been full of angst and worry. Half-way through last year we found the perfect fit! Read about that here. Eleanor will be heading into the same class and Quinn will be starting first grade so he will be starting a new loop. Hudson will be home with me and we will be welcoming a brand new baby girl this ...

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Printable Recipe Card


I whipped up a cute little recipe card box that I will be sharing on Tatertots & Jello in August. Obviously, the next logical step is to make darling, chic little recipe cards to go with it. I love that these recipe cards have a hand lettering feel. These are laid out 3 to a page, size 4x6. Perfect for sliding in a photo album too. I think they would make a cute addition to a gift or a great addition to a wedding shower. Everyone brought a recipe to my wedding shower and I still use those today! In the photo is my favorite banana bread recipe. So simple and so yummy! ...

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Alphabet Rocks


Last week I shared this fun Tic-Tac-Toe activty and printable. I told you that the obsession with rocks was big around here. Well, I managed to use up a ton more creating alphabet rocks. I used the same Elmers Painters Pens to write on the rocks. I did two sets of the alphabet and an extra set of the vowels. On one side is capital letters and on the other side are lower case letters. Now we can spell all sorts of fun things! The kids really like playing with them. They like being challenged to spell words or read words that we spell. That green basket on the ...

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My Daughter’s Bedroom


If you recall from this post, when we found out we were pregnant with baby number four, we started a room shuffle. Everyone switched rooms and not one room is finished. The baby's room is a pile of stuff, our room is awaiting some sort of clothing storage miracle, the boys have their mattresses on the floor and just this one gallery wall done, and Eleanor's clothes are sitting in plastic tubs while we wait for a dresser. Part of the reason everything is sitting in disarray is time and energy, but the biggest reason is money. We kind of had our "face the music moment" and after sitting ...

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Packing The Perfect Lunch


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Rubbermaid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about LunchBlox, all opinions are my own This summer has been nothing but go, go, go. A little thinking ahead goes a long way in making our outings more enjoyable for everyone. There is no wrath quite like a hungry two-year-old. The Rubbermaid LunchBlox is the perfect way to keep our busy family happy this summer and will be just as useful this fall when we are back in school mode. There are three containers and an ice pack. The best part is the way ...

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A Jam Packed Holiday Weekend


Post contains affiliate links. This past Fourth of July weekend was so exhausting, we literally needed a day to recover. Yes, an entire day devoted to hanging out on the couch in our pajamas/clothes we had on the day before. Yup, that lazy. We kicked off our Fourth of July weekend at my sister's party on Friday. It was a pot lock with s'mores and sparklers. All the Fourth of July necessities. The guys spent a huge portion of the day playing a game called Kubb. We had never heard of it before, but they sure had fun. We also turned Hudson's car seat around on the way ...

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Tic Tac Toe Rocks Activity or Gift


My children, Eleanor in particular, have an obsession with rocks. Their obsession is driving my husband crazy, because we have rocks sprawled all over our yard. I have a few rock crafts up my sleeve though. I have had these Elmer's Painters pens for years. I originally got them for a campaign way back when and have completed quite a few crafts with them. I'll share those projects at the bottom of the post. The rocks were gathered by my children at the beach. You technically only need nine, but a few extra never hurt. The burlap bag was actually part of a crafty prize package that I won ...

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TV Credenza Makeover


This post brought to you by Faultless/Bon Ami Company   . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Balancing Home. I hate ironing, therefore I love starch. Anything to get the job done quicker and keep it crisper longer. Starch isn't just for ironing! I used starch to hang some gold polka-dot burlap fabric along the back of our TV credenza. That, along with a little spray paint for the handles, really dressed up our free/hand-me-down TV credenza. We took out the shelf and wiped everything down. Starch makes burlap shrink, so I wouldn't cut your piece to size before ...

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Reading Log Printable


If your kids are like my kids, they love tracking things. Kids, like adults, need encouragement when reaching for goals. Whether you have a child who loves reading/being read to or are in the midst of encouraging your child to read more-- setting goals is motivating for everyone. A reading log is a great way to help children develop a life-long habit and is one of the best summer activities to sharpen developing brains. If you are setting goals, the recommended minimum for reading is 20 minutes a day.   We also have a fun writing journal printable to keep kids writing throughout ...

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