DIY Mail Organizer

DIY Mail Organizer

This project is an example of “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” We have a few “problem” areas in our home that I struggle to keep tidy.  The biggest one is the island in the kitchen. We get so much mail every day that it quickly piles up. The problem gets even worse when school starts back. I’ve been wracking my brain to try to find a solution to the problem.  I decided that a small filing system…

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Haven Conference {2016}

Haven Conference {2016}

I was a little absent last week but I had a good reason.  I went to Haven Conference in Atlanta!  It’s a blogging conference focused on the DIY/home decor niche of the blogging world. I’ll give you the overview of the trip and summarize my thoughts on the experience at the end. A photo posted by Amanda (@thebaybush) on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:02am PDT First of all…I should not be allowed to travel alone.  I was a hot mess….

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Easy Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Today I’m sharing an easy (and delicious) recipe that I found on Pinterest for Banana Bread! I love sharing a good recipe when I find one!  This one comes from Simply Recipes. Here’s what you will need… 2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled 1/3 cup melted butter 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet) 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose…

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Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey’s

Thank you so much for being patient with me as slowly update the blog from posts from our trip to Walt Disney World in January.  Today I want to share our visit to Chef Mickey’s during our last trip. Since we booked our trip at the last minute (about a month before we were traveling) the only reservation I could get was at 8:00pm.  That makes for a long day in the parks followed by a long meal.  Our kids…

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Outer Banks Trip

Outer Banks Trip

I’m still back tracking to get you guys caught up on everything that happened during my ‘blog break.’  Today I wanted to share a special day that I got to spend with my oldest (and 120 of her closest third grade friends). It’s a tradition at my daughters’ school for the third graders to take a trip to the NC Outer Banks and visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, Jockey’s Ridge and Bodie Island Lighthouse.  (Normally they visit the aquarium but…

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Sloppy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches {Simple Suppers}

Sloppy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches {Simple Suppers}

I’m all for simple meals in the summer time.  It’s hot enough in the South already without slaving over a hot stove! I’m still working Monday through Thursday so cooking on those nights is challenging anyway. I’m also always on the lookout for a quick and delicious recipe using ground beef.  We love ground beef and I cook it at least two times a week.  It seems like I alternate between hamburgers and tacos this time of year (and chili…

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How to Make a Model Guinea Pig

How to Make a Model Guinea Pig

Okay.  On the random scale, I am off the charts today with this post.  But maybe it will help some poor parent doing a project with their child the night before its due like I was.  I’m going to share a little tutorial on how to make a model guinea pig with you. When Avery’s kindergarten class did their unit on “farms” they each got to pick a farm animal to do a project on.  Avery picked a guinea pig.  Now…

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Myrtle Beach {2016}

Myrtle Beach {2016}

I thought I would share snippets from the rest of our trip to Myrtle Beach.  I shared our trip Brookgreen Gardens on Monday. We usually hit up Steak N Shake at least one each trip for all you can pancakes!  The food is good but the service is always terrible. Uncle Rusty took McKenna and Tyler on the beach to hunt for sand crabs one night.  All of the other kids were already sacked out when they went.  Here’s the…

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Brookgreen Gardens {Myrtle Beach, SC}

Brookgreen Gardens {Myrtle Beach, SC}

We spent a little time in Myrtle Beach with my family over the July 4th weekend.  While we were there, we drove down to Brookgreen Gardens to see the gardens and Lego exhibit. We only saw a small portion of the gardens on our way to the zoo (where most of the Lego sculptures were located).  The portion of the gardens that we did see was absolutely gorgeous! In addition to the gardens, there is a small zoo, a restaurant,…

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Quick & Easy Lunchbox Drawer

Quick & Easy Lunchbox Drawer

We’re just getting settled into summer but I know it will be time to go back to school in no time!  Packing lunch boxes every morning is my least favorite part of the day.  I think it’s because I don’t have a good system in place. I constantly walk back and forth between the refrigerator, pantry and cabinets.  It’s a huge time waster! I took about an hour last weekend to clean out a drawer in my kitchen and organize it specifically…

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