Melissa

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Melissa is a Central Ohio native who’s been living in Columbus for the past decade. After graduating from Miami University and living in Boston for a few years, she’s happy to call the capital city of Columbus her home. Melissa’s currently a stay at home mom to Emily and Thomas who are four and one year old. When Melissa’s not chasing around her kids and changing diapers, she loves to cook, decorate her home, try out local restaurants, read a good book and those first sips of her morning coffee! She's recently hopped on the decluttering bandwagon and is sharing her journey on her insta-blog at @everyday.simple.mom.

I’m 36 and I Get An Allowance

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Yes, you heard that right.  I'm 36 and I get an allowance. To note, I actually like getting an allowance. Oh and my husband gets one too. Yes, we get the same amount. Before you think...

Taco Night Favorites

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Taco night is a favorite at our house. Is it at yours too? There are so many reasons to love it! First, it's a meal most of my family will happily eat. Second, it's usually...

Creating a Better Wardrobe for Kids: Part 2

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In the first part of this series, I wrote about creating a more kid-friendly closet system. Although it's not imperative you read it before jumping into this one, you can read that post here....

Creating a Better Wardrobe for Kids: Part 1

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I recently created a kid-friendly closet and capsule wardrobe for my four-year-old. It's not because I'm trying to be trendy. It's because I no longer had the patience to deal with dressing my four-year-old on...

A Staycation For Mama

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At the beginning of 2019 I felt exhausted, overworked and burnt out. Of course, I enjoyed being a stay-at-home-mom, but being with my children all day, every day was wearing me out. When you...

My Favorite Local Toy Stores

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With Christmas approaching, I know what's on the mind of most children - toys!! While many people enjoy shopping online, I really prefer to shop in person, if possible. It's even better when I can...
Make holidays more stress-free with these ideas

20 Ways to have a Stress-Free Holiday

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While everyone seems to talk about "holiday magic" it's no secret the holidays can be a stressful time too. It's understandable when you consider there are often gifts to think of and buy, fancy...
favorite finds at Trader Joes

What I Buy at Trader Joe’s

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I don't know about you, but dinnertime at our home can be stressful. Sometimes I forgot to defrost something. Sometimes I forgot we didn't have an ingredient I need and some nights (okay, a lot...

Easy Low Sugar Meal Ideas

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A while ago I wrote a post about trying to reduce the amount of added sugar my family eats. If you're not accustomed to this way of eating, it can be a little tricky...

An Ice Cream Play Date with Hudsonville

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Summer may be coming to an end, but that's no reason to stop enjoying your favorite warm weather treat - ice cream! In order to savor those last warm days of the season, I decided...