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    Vacation Week

    It’s vacation week for our family! Well, staycation week. We aren’t going anywhere. We were supposed to be on a plane to visit family, but all of our summer travel was cancelled. Quarantine travel rules between states make leaving New Jersey tricky. Plus, it didn’t seem like a good way to show our love by living in the state with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases and then traveling on a plane to visit people who are considered high risk. I’m showing my love by staying away and that feels strange. I’m holding onto hope that things will get better because I miss everyone! This week we are going…

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    Happy List: #149

    Woohoo! We made it to Friday, folks. Barely. I had THE BEST weekend with my friend. Only three things broke in the house while she was here. So that was a win. What were the items? Our boiler (the was an expensive repair), our granite counter (I’m trying to baby along a crack until we remodel), and the toilet (I fixed that all by myself after a trip to Home Depot). Moral of this story, come visit us. It is great. Hospitality as its finest. Stuff breaks, but we promise to fix it. If we can’t, we’ll serve you drinks. Shoot, even if we can fix it we’ll serve you…

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    Would I Make It Again: Homemade Ginger Ale with Fresh Ginger

    Ginger ale is one beverage that I never, ever considered making at home. It didn’t even dawn on me that you could. Or should. Or would! But I did. The idea started on a somewhat typical Friday night. I had cooked a package of bacon. Why bacon on a Friday night? Why not?! We had company visiting us for the weekend. Handy Husband was on bartender duty. The adult beverage of choice that evening was a Moscow Mule. This drink is made with ginger beer, lime and vodka. I had purchased a few different varieties of ginger beer and ginger ale for Handy Husband to use to mix these drinks.…

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    Out Exploring This Week

    This week I will be out and about exploring. Handy Husband is taking some time off work, so I am too! I’m not sure what we are going to do yet. I’m currently baking bread and listening to a thunderstorm, but if the weather cooperates I might do more of this… Or maybe we’ll hit up a museum or a hiking trail. I’ve got a big playground, figuratively-speaking, to explore! On a housekeeping note, did you know I have a shop page where I keep a round-up of favorite items I’ve either mentioned on the blog, am currently loving/using, and/or will be mentioning on the blog. These shop pages are…

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    Spring Break and an Irish Blessing

    I hope you had a lovely Easter. Here’s an Irish blessing to start your week: May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours! I’m hopping off the blog this week to spend time with Handy Husband and the kiddos. If we end up doing anything exciting, I’ll be sure and post it on Instagram. Have a happy week! Share this:

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    Don’t Freak Out! Website Changes!

    Hello my favorite people! I’m popping in today to say don’t freak out because the website looks different. I’m the only one who needs to be freaking out! I was trying to add/improve functionality for my mobile readers behind-the-scenes and well, one thing led to another and I pushed the pretty flashing button that said “activate.” It turns out that button changed how everything looked! Why can’t I have one of those buttons when I’m trying to get ready in the morning? I’m not sure if the site is staying this way or not. I need to work out a bunch of bugs, which is my least favorite thing to…

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    Happy New Year!

    Hello, hello! I hope you had a fun time ringing in (or sleeping through) the New Year! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@aprettyhapppyhome) you’ll know we are off on a grand adventure. It has been our quest while living in Ireland to see as much of Europe as we can. In this trip alone we will cross three more countries off our list. We won’t have time to do a deep dive into each of the areas we are visiting, but the highlights are pretty fantastic! I’m taking a break from blogging this week to continue with our adventures. I’ll be back next week to tell you all…

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    Happy List: #38

    It’s Friday and my week has had more drama than usual, so I feel ready to EXHALE and regroup. On Monday I shared my happy little golf ball pumpkins. The hardest part about this craft is waiting for the paint to dry. On Wednesday I shared the books my kids read over the summer. One of our favorite books involved a Flying Diaper. What’s not to love about that? Here’s a big dose of the random things this week that made me smile, nod or say, “That’s such a great idea!” FREE PRINTABLE – ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS Here’s an AMAZING free printable for you all. It was designed by…

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    Thank Goodness for Easter Break

    Hello, everyone! I hope you had a lovely Easter. Spring Break in the Republic of Ireland is actually called Easter Break and it takes place the week before and the week after Easter. In fact, today is a bank holiday, which means the adults get the day off too. Hurray! We are more than ready for a break from our routine. Because there’s nothing like a break from your routine to make you appreciate your routine! I’m taking the week off from blogging to spend the remainder of Easter Break doing family stuff. Adventures and, hopefully, an abundance of sunshine are in store for us! As the sign on my local…

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    Recipes to Try

    Do you ever get in a recipe rut? I do, but that’s mainly because I could eat tacos five nights a week. Okay, it’s 7 nights a week, but who’s counting? Unfortunately, the children in my household aren’t as enamored with tacos as I am. Clearly, I’ve gone wrong somewhere in their child-rearing. I ran across 3 intriguing recipes recently. One of them I tried and loved. Two of them I haven’t tried yet, but for mainly legit reasons. Read on and I’ll justify my inaction… NIGHT CEREAL: SAVORY QUINOA RECIPE I use quinoa in my Dave’s Killer Bread CopyCat Recipe, but other than that, I don’t cook with it regularly.…