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Jillian Armstrong

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Jillian is the wife of Matthew and mama to three little girls. She's a stay-at-home mom who homeschools, reads at any possible opportunity, enjoys cooking, and loves the fall.

My Salad Formula + 14 Perfect Summer Salads

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Summertime and salad go hand and hand, you know? I crave cold foods during the summer, I want crisp and light and flavorful! Gone are the days of salad being lame. A quick scour...

Do I Have To? :: The Monotony of Pretend Play with Kids

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I have a distinct memory of sitting in the backyard of the house I grew up in, asking my mom to play Barbie Dolls with me. “Sweetie,” she said, “Mommy will dress the Barbies...

Five Ways to Improve Your Transportation Situation

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Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.                 My new life passion is optimizing my car. For years I’ve treated my suburban like a trash can tornado, but I’ve officially put an end to that way of...

The Good Messages in Disney’s New “Bad Guys” Movie

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I’m over Disney princesses y’all. Or the old school ones at least. I know I'll have to get over this as my three daughters love all things princess, but I just don’t want our...

The Best Salsa: Where To Buy It & How to Make It

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If there’s anything that unites people, I have to say, it’s a massive bowl of chips ready to be dipped into salsa. Honestly, even a humble jar of Pace and bag of Tostitos will...

Living Easter: Friendship with God in Day to Day Life

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I love the Easter season. Finding little treasures for my kid’s Easter baskets, participating in egg hunts, picking out pastel-colored dresses and white sandals, and thinking about the perfect Easter Sunday meals all bring...

Current Costco Favorites

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I have a love hate relationship with the fact that Costco so frequently changes out their products. I love that they are always adding new items to try but hate that some classic favorites...

Our Favorite At-Home Date Night

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Date night has always been really important to me and my husband as an opportunity to reconnect, enjoy each other, and keep things spicy. But with the addition of our third child in 2020,...

News in Ukraine: Responding as a Family

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“Russia has invaded Ukraine,” my husband had an unusually serious expression as he relayed this news to me yesterday morning and I could tell it was hitting him heavily. We spent a lot of...

Unsolicited Medical Advice: The Dos and (Mostly) Don’ts

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I’m grateful to say that I received generous support from friends, families, medical providers, and strangers as I battled and overcame breast cancer last year. But, along the way, one unpleasant moment sticks in...

No Shelf Control: How to Start a Successful Book Club

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Three years ago this month, a couple of friends and I started a book club. We started strong with Becoming by Michelle Obama and I’m happy to report that we’ve been meeting monthly ever...

Embracing Winter: Low Key Dinners and Cozy Reading

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In South Louisiana we experience quite a few sunny days in the winter, however, January and February are still usually pretty dreary. Pair the weather with less daylight and post-holiday blues, and these months...