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Spring Organizing - Chalkboard Labels from Pick Your Plum

We're going to talk about spring cleaning this week, maybe that will help this snow and ice go away. What do you think?

Today's Pick Your Plum has some fabulous chalkboard labels and dry erase labels to get us started. 



I asked if they were vinyl and they said "They are usable as chalkboard/whiteboard, and adhesive, yes. Thanks so much!" 


Have fun organizing! I'd love to see what you do with these labels. I think I'm going to organize all of my pantry jars. What do you think you'll use them for?



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The Daily Swank: Must Travel....

I don't know about you, but we've had non. stop. cold. snowy. icy. weather and I'm very much over it. So much so, our house is going on the market come spring. I'm not kidding about that last part!

Anywhoo, I'm yearning for some road time with my family. We have all decided we love traveling together. When our little family is on the road, it is when we're the happiest.  Today's Daily Swank feature is handmade shop DenodiNota > For the Love of Travel


I adore the Framed Push Pin Travel Map. I must have one of those! 


Organic & Whole Living: Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Our family is on a journey to Paleo. We're doing this for a number of reasons, but mostly because Paleo is nutrient dense and full of whole foods. This is something we've been passionate about as parents for a long time now.

With that decision, we're cutting out flours, gluten, processed foods, and highly processed sugars. I've been reading and reviewing The Paleo Approach & Practical Paleo, two excellent resources and books for every home library. I'm considering The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne Ph. D. for our high school science nutritional course. This book reads much like a science textbook, and is a wealth of scientific information. 

More on those reviews later. In the meantime, here is a delicious recipe I've adapted from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. Her version was good, but I made some changes based on our family's preferences.

Vintage Indie Pumpking Paleo Pancakes



3 Eggs

1/2 Can of organic pureed Pumpkin, fresh is better. (not pie mix)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon of Black Strap Molasses (optional)

2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

3 Tablespoons of melted butter, ghee (to make this dairy free), or coconut oil

1/2 a banana (if you like them a little sweeter)


1. Mash and whisk all of your ingredients together in a bowl, except for the butter. 

2. Heat your pan to medium heat and melt the 3 Tablespoons of butter or oil of choice. Add 2 Tablespoons of your butter to the batter and leave the rest in the pan for frying. 

3. Pour the batter in small pancake size rounds, the batter will be on the thin side, and that's perfectly fine. 

4. Fry each pancake until the edges begin to firm up and you start to see bubbles form over the surface. 

5. Flip once the pancake has had time to set on one side. 

These pancakes take a little more time to cook than a traditional pancake. The darker the better for our preference. 


Serve with sprinkled of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, and if you're using maple syrup a splash will do. 




What about you? Have you ever tried "going Paleo"? 


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Teach Me: Winter Olympic Games 2014

This post was created in partnership with CitiĀ®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


We are looking forward to the Winter Olympic Games here. This year has been the first year that my children, have been looking forward to following what the US Olympic teams are doing. In partnership with CitiĀ®, I'd love to share their Every Step of the Way program with you. 



My boys and I just finished watching about Alana Nichols. She's overcome so many obstacles to participate in the Paralympics games. Her store is nothing short of an inspiration to me and my children. Something I've never seen before, a mono skier. 


Be sure to check out Alana's inspiring story and the story of many others.