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Generate Positive Energy, Starting With Your Home

It’s been almost two years since we’ve bought our home, and we’ve gone through a great deal of changes. In fact, there is really not much left on our home that is original…we renovated, improved, restored, and we still have quite a bit we’d like to do. Something we’ve been considering are solar panels, because […]

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  • Solar Panels aren’t incredibly popular here in our area (which is crazy because TX gets SO much sun!). We were interested in a house that was solar powered when we were house hunting last year, but alas it got sold before we had a chance to look at it and put an offer in.ReplyCancel

  • I think solar panels are a wonderful idea. I personally would LOVE to use them in my home. I think more people would consider it if we can find that it’s reasonably priced.ReplyCancel

  • I love the idea of it. I don’t know of any homes in my area that do solar panels, but I’m going to look into it.ReplyCancel

  • Yeah the panels look fine on that house and what a nice house it is. I would love the savings. We have a lot to do to our new home too.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to install solar panels, the prices can be steep though.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to have solar panels on our house. What a money saver and so much more energy efficient.ReplyCancel

  • I know it would be a great investment. We will one day I’m sureReplyCancel

  • If we owned our own home, solar is definitely something I’d look into. Love that they save a ton but don’t make the house ugly.ReplyCancel

  • WE are hoping to be in our country home within the next couple of years. We’ve talked about solar panels when we do. I hope we can see more homes with them to try and make homes more energy efficient. We still have to get new windows in our home.ReplyCancel

Organized- Home & Toy Storage

Toys everywhere, clothing tossed aside, books piled high- this is our reality with two little boys who don’t clean up unless we march them over to their mess and sing the clean up song while they neaten up, and our home often looks like a tornado hit. We found ourselves using our unused playard to […]

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  • You’re so organized. I’m trying to get our home as organized. We haven’t gotten the furniture yet to put stuff away.ReplyCancel

  • Those plastic drawers are a fabulous idea for storing small toys!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, you’re very organized! I use to be organized (a very LONG time ago), but I stopped. It seems like every time I tidied up, someone always messed it back up. Now that my kids are a little older I may just start organizing my house again, as the clutter is a bit overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • We’ve actually gotten lazier the older we’ve been getting, it was easier to stay organized when our daughter was younger than it is now! I have a show rack in our laundry room/mud room where the shoes stay organized, and I’m working on our pantry slowly. Right now the biggest challenge is our home office, mostly because it is a huge space but we don’t have a lot of storage in it, that means things just get put down and they tend to stay there and multiply.ReplyCancel

  • I’ll have to think about this next time I go to Target, because my son’s room can use some organization! I also love the idea of a shoe organizer.ReplyCancel

  • Love the organization and hopefully it will teach your boys that everything has its place.ReplyCancel

  • We have done the shelving units, book shelves and baskets too. I actually find organizing more difficult now that my children are older and there are more of them!ReplyCancel

  • I love all of these ideas. I have a thing for stackable bins on my shelves. I also love the those cloth bins that you are using on your stand.ReplyCancel

  • I so need that shoe organizer, but not sure where I’d put it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow, you got everything so neat, i Need to do the same thing.ReplyCancel

The Finishing Touches With @Decorview

One of the most dramatic ways to change the atmosphere of a room is with window treatments. Depending on how you dress your windows, the general aura and mood of a room can be dramatically changed. I love a lot of natural light and window treatments that are simple and clean. I recently shared a […]

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5 Things I Do to Help Keep My Kids Cold-Free

It’s that time of year that kids are back in school- yay! It’s also that time of year when germs are on the warpath and kids tend to get sick a lot more- boo! My children are rarely sick, and my pediatrician jokingly asks me what my secret is. Dr. Cocoa has asked me share […]

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Stelline de Pollo Recipe #EsPosibleConBarilla @BarillaUS

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Barilla and Latina Bloggers Connect. My mother in law is probably the most beautiful Dominican woman ever, and she cooks pretty well too. She shares favorite recipes with me that she made for my husband while growing up, which I appreciate, because before I met him I […]

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  • Wow looks amazing. I love one pot recipes as they are very easy to make and I love Barilla. I’m sure it will taste amazing when I make it.ReplyCancel

  • ortones

    Thank you a lot for providing this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • This looks like a nice recipe to try. We love chicken and rice in our house a lot. Thank you for this idea.ReplyCancel

  • Is that the Martha Stewart pot? That’s my big want this Christmas! Do you like cooking in it?ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      No, it’s Le Creuset (I think 5 or 5 1/2 qts?), I never tried anything of Martha Stewart’s so I have no idea how it would be, but I can recommend this one, I love it :)ReplyCancel

  • This looks so yummy. I’ve tried Barilla pasta before but never had Stelline. Will pick it next time I’m at Stop & Shop.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never cooked with Stelline before. At first glance I thought it was quinoa.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      It’s little star pastas, and it was my first time too (I never saw them before). My boys like that they are stars, so now I look for it.ReplyCancel

  • That star-shaped pasta is too cute. I could use that in a ton of dishes for the kids. They love the character shaped noodles in their mac & cheese and Campbell’s soup, but I’d love to entice them with a healthier meal.ReplyCancel

  • That looks beyond amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • This chicken and pasta dish looks so tasty. I will have to make it soon.ReplyCancel

Hearty Potatoes and Beans Minestrone #SimplyPotatoes @simplypotatoes

This post brought to you by Simply Potatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. There are only three things I require for family meals: that they be healthy, tasty, and easy to make. Not necessarily quick, although I don’t mind that either, but I’m not really the type to spend hours making meals from scratch. I […]

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  • Oh this looks absolutely delicious and perfect for the upcoming fall months.ReplyCancel

  • This looks amazingly delicious and perfect for fall!ReplyCancel

  • This looks good, I love simply potato, I just brought some todayReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a really filling meal! Ooh, I’m so excited that it’s that time for good ‘ol sweet potatoes!ReplyCancel

  • This minestrone recipe looks great. I’ll have to make it soon.ReplyCancel

  • I pinned this and must, must make it. It looks soooo good. I actually do really like Simply Potatoes products a lot!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so ready for fall! Not just for the incredible flavors, but to make & eat hearty meals that warm your soul. This looks so incredible. I love every ingredient in it!ReplyCancel

  • Looks good! Smart lady for saving time on meal preparation! Wish we could…but for our family of ten it is much cheaper to buy bulk ingredients and prepare them from scratch.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that does look hearty! And sweet potato is one of my absolute favorite veggies!ReplyCancel

  • This looks very warm and comforting. Perfect for fall!ReplyCancel