grilling with dad!

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We think it’s quite convenient that Father’s Day comes at the peak of grilling season, because for many dads out there, Father’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a big, juicy piece of meat and his family gathered around the grill outside! Now, we know this isn’t true for everyone, but what dad could turn down a day spent cooking and eating with his loved ones? This week we are all about celebrating Dad with our favorite grilling recipes, tips for making the perfect burger and a DIY gift that the man of the hour is sure to love!

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This recipe is very forgiving and loves substitutions, so add or subtract whatever you (or dad!) would like! It’s a great all-purpose rub that can be used on anything from beet and pork, to salmon and veggies!

2 tablespoons kosher salt || 2 tablespoons smoked paprika || 1 tablespoon cumin || 1 tablespoon granulated garlic || 1 tablespoon chili powder || 1 tablespoon brown sugar || 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper || 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper || 1 teaspoon ground mustard || 1 teaspoon ground coriander

Mix everything together and place in a jar that can be sealed tight!

naturally dyed Easter eggs

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We are not alone… (Fairy Doors)

Kate is a fabulous blogger, mother and creative genius! I am totally in love with her creation earlier this month of “Fairy Doors!” I can’t wait to have some of these little doors pop up all over my house… I know my children will be completely enamored and wondering where they came from? Who lives in there? How can they get in?Etc…

This is going to be a million times better than the Elf on the Shelf (especially since I won’t have to remember to keep moving that damn elf every single night!)

Check out her entire post at We are not alone… (Fairy Doors).

two open spaces = two great diy projects

Last week I decided to utilize two unused spaces in girls’ room and build two built-in desks! This way they can study, draw, doodle and write their next Pulitzer-prize winning novel in the comfort of their room (and not the kitchen table)! I went to home depot got some wood, nails for the nail gun, primer, paint and voila… two beautiful little desks for two adorable little girls!

My oldest had this random space in her room that was sitting empty, so I built her a small desk with shelving above to keep all of their books and mementos. On the other side of this room was a ridiculous dormer that was unused (except for the occasional tea party and fatboy), so the youngest got her very own desk under a window too. Not bad for this extremely un-crafty mom. Next… painting their room!