Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unique Home Decor and More from UncommonGoods {and a Blogging Milestone}

Find cool and unusual gifts for any occasion and any recipient -- including yourself! -- at UncommonGoods!

I'm trying not to be someone who always talks about how busy they are. And I don't want to fall into the habit of glorifying busy. Especially since I believe in pausing to enjoy a day unplanned every now and then.

This time, though, I can't get around it because "busy" really is the only way to describe the state of life over the course of the past week. My schedule was jam-packed with meetings, time with friends, anniversary celebrations, and tea parties. I was so consumed with balancing it all that I had to dig deep to find the energy that would carry me to the weekend.

But I didn't balance it all. One major item fell by the wayside -- celebrating Taste As You Go turning eight. That's right... As of yesterday, I've been blogging for eight years, and I can't quite wrap my head around what that means.

Compared to other bloggers, I've never planned anything too elaborate to mark these milestones. I've written blog posts and shared enthusiastic updates on Facebook and Twitter. But I never did anything much beyond that. This year, however, I've decided to shake things up a bit. I'm teaming up with UncommonGoods, one of my favorite online stores for birthday gifts (see here) and personalized gifts (like these), to bring you this round-up of unique home decor and more.

And, you never know... I may just wind up buying one or two of the items in the round-up for myself as a special treat...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How To: Peel Peaches

Peeling fresh peaches is a lot easier than you think.

As I mentioned in my last post, finding time to blog has been a lot more difficult ever since I went back to work. There were nights when I planned to write only to spend my energy doing something else.

But we've finally settled into our new normal, and we've established a comfortable weekday routine. I'm hoping that means I can get back into the rhythm of blogging on a regular basis again.

To start, I'm going to share a post I began planning last summer. We were introducing solid foods into Caroline's diet, and I was making homemade baby food by the ton.

Of course, that included peach purée (post coming). But before I could purée anything, I had to peel the peaches.

And here's how I did it.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for August

In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for August at once.

Wow, do I miss you guys.

When I shared the news that I'd be going back to work, I didn't think that adjusting to our "new normal" would be so tough. I thought I'd be able to balance everything -- working, parenting, socializing, blogging... But I was so, so wrong.

Working? Yes.

Parenting? Hanging in there.

Socializing and blogging? Still haven't figured out how to fit those things in without running myself ragged.

But I'm getting there. And this blog post is evidence of that.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for July

In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for July at once.

Let me kick off by saying this -- you guys are the best. I can't even begin to tell you how loved and supported you've made me feel ever since I made my big announcement. It sounds as if you're excited as I am to see how this next chapter is going to inspire the blog.

And, as of yesterday, I'm one step closer to the official beginning of that adventure. We've registered Caroline for daycare and I've set the start date at my new job.

But... If there were ever an appropriate time for me to use the phrase "all the feels," then this is it. Having me go back to work is the right thing for our family right now, and I'm thrilled about this opportunity. But part of me can't help feel sad knowing that my time at home with Caroline is coming to an end.

It's going to take a while for us to get used to our new normal. And while we're adjusting, this month's menu plan is either going to save us or it's going to go largely ignored.

Only time will tell.