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Make It Monday {Paper Plate Fishbowls}

March 3, 2014 duchessoffork 1

Happy Make It Monday! One of our favorite things to do is visit The Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island. It’s our own local aquarium that’s been in business since before my time. Some of their dolphins have been performing since I was little! The Gulfarium has dolphin an …

Playing Dress Up at Barefoot Princess

February 28, 2014 duchessoffork 0

Barefoot Princess is the most adorable Lilly Pulitzer shop in the heart of Sandestin. My friend Jessica invited me out to the store to play dress up while they snapped some pictures for their website and Facebook pages. A kid-free evening of Lilly clothes, wine, and cheese? S …

Make It Monday! {Paper Plate Bunny}

February 24, 2014 duchessoffork 0

I’ve decided to roll out a new “series”, if you will. Every Monday will now be known as Make it Monday! where I share some sort of engaging and hands-on craft for kids (fingers crossed I can get my act together for regular Monday posts). Painting, sculpting, …

Brown Sugar Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

February 20, 2014 duchessoffork 5

My resolution to cook one new meal a week in 2014 is still going strong! We’ve made a quick honey wheat pizza dough, slow cooked carnitas, and even skinny Swedish meatballs. The standout so far has been brown sugar and balsamic grilled flank steak. Flank steak is a cut …

Mac is 11 Months!

February 17, 2014 duchessoffork 2

My Sweet Mac Man, How can it be that you are nearly a year old? In the blink of an eye the majority of your first year has flown by. You are quite the little music man. You love listening to music and can always find the beat. Once the music starts your little booty …

Cheeseburger Birthday Party Inspiration

February 12, 2014 duchessoffork 6

Mac wasn’t always a big baby. He started chunking up around 3 months of age, and ever since we’ve called him Big Mac. Strangers and friends alike are amazed by the size of our infant. We even introduce him as Big Mac and it always gets a chuckle out of folks. That …

Sweet Valentine Goodies for Kids

February 7, 2014 duchessoffork 0

I just LOVE Valentine’s Day. Do you see what I did there? But really, the pink puffy hearts and cute holiday marketing get me every single year. I’ve put together tiny treat baskets for my littlest loves and here are some of my favorite ideas. 101 Dalmatians IR …

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Results

February 3, 2014 duchessoffork 17

I finished my AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge on Wednesday, January 29th and I’m feeling great! Three and a half weeks have never gone by so fast. I’m sure people participate in this and other health and fitness challenges for a variety of reasons. For me it was a chanc …

Garlicky Roasted Chickpeas

January 29, 2014 duchessoffork 1

I’ve been trying to flex my creative muscle in the snack department lately. Peanut butter and nuts are my go-to snacks, but my servings of them have gotten way out of hand. I used my challenge to get out of certain food ruts and have enjoyed snacking on different combin …

A Typical Day of My Clean Eats

January 27, 2014 duchessoffork 8

I suppose clean eating means different thing to different people. In my daily diet, I try to avoid processed foods, refined sugars, white flour, and anything with more than 5 ingredients. Lately I’ve been limiting my dairy, also. Limiting. Not avoiding all together. I&# …