a new exterior door

A new home, another new door. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you may remember when we replaced the two exterior doors at our last home.

Our new place has the exact same siding- something that we didn’t plan. But because it did, I knew that I wanted another black door with white brickmould since I loved the way it looked on our last house. Below is a before photo.

I returned to Lowe’s and this time I was able to purchase the door that I had my heart set on 3 years ago. It was pricier than what we had purchased last time, but because I was only buying one door and not two, we decided to go ahead with it. Here is the link.

I also bought the handle and lock from Home Depot, exterior light from there as well, and the white planter and mat from HomeSense.

I am in love with our new door. It’s so modern and lets in an incredible amount of light into our living room. The frosted glass allows us to have privacy, but the gaps between the grills also let us and the kids look out to see who is outside. We couldn’t have chosen a better fit for our new home!


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quick and easy recipes for winter

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Winter has arrived, and it’s time to think about what you can cook to connect with the season. Forget about light meals for a minute; winter is all about healthy flavors and nutritious ingredients; it also has some of the simplest and most popular meals for many households.

Sausage and Mash

Sausages and mash originate in Britain, where it has become a firm favorite and part of the nation’s cultural identity. Sausages and mash are an easy and affordable meal to make – which might explain its popularity – but it’s also very delicious and the perfect meal for the winter. 

Sausages and mash – also called bangers and mash – is now a popular meal around the world; it sits heavy in the stomach, making it a nice meal for colder weather. Although bangers and mash is traditionally budget meal, they can be made using more high-quality sausages instead.   

Winter Soup 

Soup is probably the quickest and easiest meal you can make in the winter, which is why it is so popular. There are many winter soups to choose from, including lentil soup, minestrone soup, vegetable soup, and turkey lentil soup; for a meal with a difference, find out more in the recipe. 

If you want to make turkey lentil soup this winter, follow this quick and easy recipe for turkey lentil soup. Start by making a basic lentil soup with red lentils, soup stock, and your choice of vegetables; the difference is when you add the turkey to the pot and boil it until it’s cooked. 

Winter Stew 

If you like winter soup, you will also like a winter stew. Stew is different from soup because it uses different ingredients and is stewed in the oven instead of blended; still, there are many similarities, such as the simplicity of the recipes and the nutritional qualities inside the meals. 

If you want to make a stew this winter, you will need a range of vegetables and some beef or chicken; you will also need some tasty stock flavoring and a meat alternative if you are veggie or vegan. Everything goes in the pot to boil, but instead of blending, you stew it in the oven.  

Steak and Sauce

If you want to treat your household this winter, have some steak and sauce for dinner. Although steak is not the easiest food to cook, it is pretty quick to make, especially when someone like it medium or rare. Also, with the right steak cooking instructions, it can be pretty straightforward. 

Cooking a steak well takes some time and practice, so don’t be too disheartened if it’s not perfect the first time. As well as cooking the steak, you will have to make a sauce to go with it, such as a mushroom and onion sauce, a whiskey sauce, or a traditional black pepper sauce. 

Winter Casserole 

Another quick and easy winter meal is a winter casserole that allows you to use up a lot of the vegetables and ingredients in your kitchen and provides a delicious evening meal that can be eaten right away or frozen for later. Find out more about winter casserole recipes right here.

** This was a contributed post.

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one year old

Today our youngest- and probably our last- child turned one!

I have been reflecting on this moment a lot over the past month (this mama is emotional with three birthdays occurring in November). This is what I have to say.

Every few years, since the moment I turned 30, I have been blessed with a new baby. This has not been lost on me. Married relatively young at 24, for the longest time we never wanted children and went out of our way to prevent them. And because life never works out the way you plan it, when we finally did start trying for one, it took a few very emotionally taxing years to conceive. Once my eyes glanced upon those two pink lines my old life was over and my new life began. Then again, and again, and again.

Motherhood. For me, nothing compares to the role of being a stay-at-home-mother and wife. This is where I am needed most and I wouldn’t trade it for all of the wealth in the world. It has been exactly seven wonderful years of making, growing, and raising babies. If this is our last one, it has been the best thing that I have ever accomplished.

I feel undeserving and yet so grateful for each of my children- on earth and in heaven. You, Beau Beau, are a huge blessing. We love you to the end of the universe and back. Thank you for being ours.

Happy first birthday!!!


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It’s another year around the sun for me today.

A year that was dedicated to welcoming and raising our newest baby, leaving the country life and moving into the city, and a few travels in between. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s where I’m supposed to be. I’m feeling thankful and a little undeserving of all of God’s blessings.


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could moving house be the right choice for your family?

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Considering moving home? You’re in for a journey. Moving home is often considered one of the more stressful and tasking life changes that we can make, but more often than not, people tend to be happy with the moves that they make and consider everything worth it in the end. Of course, it’s important that you mull over this big decision properly. Here’s some advice and guidance that can help you with your home move, making everything as simple as possible!

Why Are You Considering Moving?

Start out by asking yourself why you’re considering moving. People don’t tend to jump up and move home for absolutely no reason. There tends to be something wrong with the place they’re currently living in, or there’s something better somewhere else. There are so many different reasons to move and when you’re responsibility free, it is fine (though expensive and time consuming) to skip from one home to another with little thought. When you bring kids into the picture, moving can be a lot more disruptive and difficult, with many kids struggling to settle into new homes. This is why you should only move if the benefits definitely outweigh the cons. Perhaps you want to move closer to work, better schools, family and support networks or somewhere with better opportunities or more comfortable living conditions for your family. This is worth it.

Finding a House That Ticks Your Boxes

Before you dive into the move, it’s essential that you find a property that meets you and your family’s needs. Every family is different, so you should make some sort of checklist before even viewing any properties. You need a good and clear budget. You should have an idea of the location you want to move to. You should be able to say how many bedrooms you want. You should know if you need a garden, garage, driveway or other amenities. You may even want to look into local facilities and amenities, such as transport links, stores and entertainment. You can then start browsing online and booking in some viewings to source something that ticks as many of your boxes as possible with minimal time and effort.

Bringing in the Professionals

When you move with a family, you’re having to deal with a lot of people’s belongings, as well as many high emotions for kids and complex processes that may go into moving pets from A to B too. It’s not all too surprising that you may want to seek some professional support during this time. The best people to get in touch with are SMARTBOX Solutions, Inc. as they have plenty of experience with moving families from A to B with as little stress and difficulty as possible.

Settling In

Settling into your new home will be a huge stage of the process. Do what you can to familiarise your kids with the area and get them excited about their new home. Most parents organise and unpack their kids things first to help them feel happier and more comfortable.

As you can see, there really is a lot to take into consideration and bear in mind when moving home as a family. Hopefully, some of the suggestions above will really help to guide you in the right direction with your move!

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